Empresses in the Palace

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  • 2011
  • 1 Season
  • 8.5  (2,116)

Empresses in the Palace is an award-winning historical drama series that follows the lives of the concubines and empresses of Emperor Qianlong during the Qing Dynasty in China. The series, produced by Content Media Corporation, originally aired in China in 2011 and was later released globally in 2012.

The show captures the intricate web of politics, power struggles, and personal relationships within the imperial palace. The plot centers around the competition and maneuvering for the emperor's favor among the concubines and the consequences of their actions. The series is based on a novel by Liu Lianzi, and the screenwriter adapted her novel for television in collaboration with the director, Zheng Xiaolong.

The main character of the series is Zhen Huan, played by Li Sun. Zhen Huan is a beautiful young woman from a wealthy family who is chosen to be a concubine for the emperor. She quickly learns that life in the palace is not as glamorous as she had anticipated as she navigates through the complex web of palace politics.

The series showcases the empresses and their struggle to maintain power and cope with the competition for the emperor's favor. Jianbin Chen plays Emperor Qianlong, who must navigate the palace politics while trying to keep the peace among the concubines.

The show's attention to the details of life in the palace is impressive, and the series has won praise from critics for its intricate storyline and strong performances from the cast. The intrigue and scheming among the concubines make for a thrilling watch.

The show's production values are top-notch, with stunning sets, costumes, and cinematography capturing the grandeur of the palace. The series is also known for its hauntingly beautiful soundtrack that adds to the overall mood and tone of the show.

One of the standout features of Empresses in the Palace is how it explores the role of women in imperial China. The show sheds light on the extreme limitations placed on women in society and how they navigated patriarchy to gain access to power. The series also touches on themes such as the complexities of duty, loyalty, and friendship.

Despite being a historical drama, Empresses in the Palace resonates with contemporary audiences. Its themes are universal, and the strong characters and intricate plot keep viewers engaged throughout the series.

In conclusion, Empresses in the Palace is a must-watch for fans of historical dramas or anyone interested in the intrigue and politics of imperial China. The show is a testament to the beautiful storytelling that can be achieved through television, and the production values make it a visually stunning work of art.

Empresses in the Palace is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (6 episodes). The series first aired on November 17, 2011.

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Episode 6
6. Episode 6
December 22, 2011
Zhen Huan is pregnant again, but she knows her body is too weak to give birth. She plans a way to miscarry, and blame it on the Empress, in order to have the Empress imprisoned.
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
December 15, 2011
Concubine Ye Lan-Yi leads Moz-Yan, a nun in Gan-Lu Temple to the palace to testify to Zhen Huan's innocence. Lady Qi ultimately fails Zhen Huan. However, Wen Shi-Chu has to castrate himself because of An Ling-Rong's threat.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
December 8, 2011
Life in Gan-Lu Temple is difficult for Zhen Huan. Soon she falls in love with the Emperor's younger brother, Yun-Li, known as "Prince Guo." Upon hearing the news about the death of Yun-Li, Zhen Huan is determined to return to the palace.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
December 1, 2011
Consort Hua blames Zhen Huan for her miscarriage, which also causes Zhen Huan to miscarry. The Emperor is furious that he stripped Consort Hua's title. Zhen Huan's constant requesting of the death of Consort Hua leads the Emperor to let her aside.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
November 24, 2011
The Emperor sentences Concubine Yu Ying-Er, who tried to poison Zhen Huan's medicine, to commit suicide. Concubine Yu refuses to adhere to the sentence.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
November 17, 2011
In the Royal Palace, Yong Zheng, Emperor of the Qing Dynasty, circulates among his concubines. But trouble arises when one of the emperor's beloved women, the powerful Hua Fei, begins her battle against the new rising star, Zhen Huan.
Where to Watch Empresses in the Palace
Empresses in the Palace is available for streaming on the Content Media Corporation website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Empresses in the Palace on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon and Viki.
  • Premiere Date
    November 17, 2011
  • IMDB Rating
    8.5  (2,116)