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  • 2017
  • 1 Season
  • 7.6  (525)

Sophia is a Russian television series produced in 2016 by Russian director Aleksey Andrianov. The show boasts of a star-studded cast featuring Mariya Andreeva, Vilen Babichev, and Ivan Oganesyan among others. Sophia is a historical drama series inspired by the early days of Moscow. It follows the life of the famous Sophia Palaiologina, a Byzantine princess and wife of Ivan III, the Grand Prince of Muscovy.

The series begins in the 15th century, a time of turmoil and war in Moscow. The Mongol Empire had just fallen, and the city was on the brink of a new era. Sophia, a young and beautiful princess from Byzantium, is married off to the Grand Prince Ivan III to cement a political alliance between the two empires. Sophia has to adapt herself to the new environment and deal with the challenges that come with being a foreigner in a new land.

Sophia is a well-educated princess, and her knowledge of philosophy, art, and diplomacy helps her to win over the people around her. However, she soon realizes that life in Moscow is not as glamourous as it seemed. Sophia has to navigate the treacherous court politics, fight for her position in the royal family, and deal with the rivalry between her husband Ivan and his powerful uncle. She soon finds herself at the center of a web of conspiracies that threatens to tear her world apart.

Mariya Andreeva, the lead actress who plays Sophia, delivers a remarkable performance. She portrays her character with great sensitivity and grace, capturing the spirit of one of the most beautiful and intelligent women of her time. Vilen Babichev, who plays Ivan III, is also impressive. He portrays Ivan as a strong-willed ruler who cares for his people but is also consumed by his lust for power. The chemistry between the two actors is excellent, and they bring a touch of romance to the series.

Apart from the lead characters, the series also features some other interesting characters. There is Ivan's uncle Dmitry, who is always plotting against his nephew, and the loyal courtier Semyon, who supports Sophia in her struggles. The show also touches upon the lives of ordinary people in Moscow, highlighting their struggles and aspirations.

One of the highlights of the series is the production design. The show recreates the atmosphere of medieval Moscow with great accuracy. The costumes, sets, and props are all impeccable, reflecting the grandeur of the time. The visuals are stunning, and the cinematography is top-notch.

The show's music also deserves a special mention. The haunting score by composer Anton Silaev adds to the drama and emotion of the series.

Overall, Sophia is an engaging historical drama series that takes the viewers back in time to the early days of Moscow. It's a visual treat and features excellent performances by the cast. The plot is replete with political intrigue, love, and betrayal, which keep the viewers hooked until the very end. Sophia is a must-watch for fans of historical dramas.

Sophia is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (8 episodes). The series first aired on November 6, 2017.

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The Exile
8. The Exile
November 6, 2017
Sophia is sent into exile. The Prince begins drinking and having nightmares and doubting Sophia's exile. A plan to murder Sophia conspires. Giambattista moves forward to kill the princess, but she manages to escape back to John in Moscow. John orders the execution of all those who participated in the conspiracy, but Sophia persuades her husband not to kill. Ivan Grozny receives the crown.
Novgorod Obeys
7. Novgorod Obeys
November 6, 2017
The city of Novgorod finally obeys Moscow. John stops to pay tribute to The Horde and thus expanding further the boundaries of the Moscow Principality. Believing that Sophia killed his eldest son, John decides to send her to prison, but continues to doubt himself on whether he made a correct accusation.
John Returns
6. John Returns
November 6, 2017
After defeating Ahmad Khan and The Horde, John returns to Moscow. Due to his accomplishments, he begins to receive letters from foreign monarchs. They offer their daughters in marriage to the son of John. The choice falls on the daughter of Stephen, ruler of Moldavia. Sophia does not like the proud and self-willed girl. Stephen hopes that this alliance will strengthen the relations between Moscow.
Winter on the River
5. Winter on the River
November 6, 2017
Winter is coming. Ahmad Khan sends ambassadors to John with an offer to surrender and pay tribute to The Horde. John refuses and is ready to go to war. Facing the river, John guarantees Khan that he will get nothing. Ahmad is utterly offended and swears that he will kill the Prince of Moscow.
The Horde Comes
4. The Horde Comes
November 6, 2017
The Horde comes to Moscow, but John refuses to pay them and cuts off one of their the hands. Returning to Khan, he reports that Moscow will no longer pay tributes to The Horde. An outraged Khan decides to go to war. John is ready for war, but realizes that fighting The Horde could cost him his life. Sophia supports her husband and believes that he will be able to conquer any army.
3. Novgorod
November 6, 2017
John decides to release his brothers from captivity and they decide to move to Novgorod, a freedom-loving city which is openly against Moscow. They want to begin a war to get what they are entitled to after the death of Prince George. Gathered in the Novgorod council, under the leadership of the ruling Novgorod widow Marfy Boretskoy, they begin killing all those who stand in defense of John.
The Pregnancy
2. The Pregnancy
November 6, 2017
Shortly after the wedding, Sophia becomes pregnant. Her pregnancy brings drama and her closest servant makes a deal with the Catholic Church to poison the princess. A terrible earthquake comes and destroys all of wooden Moscow. After George's death, the brothers begin to divide the remaining land of their inheritance, but John decides that all Russian lands should be managed from Moscow.
The Marriage Proposal
1. The Marriage Proposal
November 6, 2017
The Grand Duke Ivan III comes to Rome with the Byzantine ambassadors. They take notice of a young girl and Pope Paul offers her for marriage to the Prince. The people see the union as a cunning plan of the Vatican to unite the Orthodox and Catholic Churches. John III sees this marriage as an advantage for strengthening the state. Also at this time begins the confrontation of The Horde.
Where to Watch Sophia
Sophia is available for streaming on the Janson Media website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Sophia on demand at Amazon Prime and Amazon.
  • Premiere Date
    November 6, 2017
  • IMDB Rating
    7.6  (525)