The Borgias

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  • 2011
  • 3 Seasons
  • 7.9  (49,514)

The Borgias is a series on Showtime following the life and times of the Borgia family in fifteenth century Italy. While based on historical events, the show takes a lot of artistic license, making it more of a historical drama than a documentary. The series starts in the year 1492 with the election of Rodrigo Borgia to the papacy. He becomes Pope Alexander VI. The series focuses on Rodrigo and his four children. Cesare Borgia, the oldest, serves the church to please his father, but has a dark, violent side. His interests lie more in warfare, but his younger brother Juan has been given command of the Papal forces. Their younger sister Lucrezia and youngest brother Gioffre are also followed. The first season of the show focuses on the efforts of the family to identify and eliminate their enemies in the College of Cardinals. Their greatest enemy, Cardinal Della Rovere soon travels to France and convinces the French king to conquer the Italian city-states and depose the pope. In the meantime, Pope Alexander negotiates two marriages for Lucrezia and Gioffre that are meant to solidify military and political support for his papacy. By the second season of the show, Lucrezia's marriage has been annulled and last-minute political maneuvering has saved Alexander's papacy. The show deals with the inner conflicts between the family members and the political fall out from their deals to save Rome. Throughout this, the siblings and their parents fall in love, get into fights, and assassinate their enemies.

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The Prince
10. The Prince
June 16, 2013
In the third season finale, the money from the crusades and jubilee is enough to save the Papal army. Differences are set aside between Alexander and Cesare. As Cesare marches on Forli, Micheletto returns. Lucrezia turns to her portions to end Alfonso's life painlessly.
The Gunpowder Plot
9. The Gunpowder Plot
June 9, 2013
Micheletto kills his lover after being betrayed, then disappears. Alfonso suspects that a brother and sister relationship is something more. Alexander wants to monopolize the sulfur market.
Tears of Blood
8. Tears of Blood
June 2, 2013
Rome is flooded with pilgrims for the Jubilee celebration. Catherine plans to destroy Alexander's festival.
Lucrezia's Gambit
7. Lucrezia's Gambit
May 26, 2013
Cesare burns Constanzo's palace in an effort to contain the plague. Due to a shift in politics, Lucrezia seeks a Neapolitan power base for herself and her family. Lucrezia blackmails Prince Raphael and Prince Frederigo replaces Ferdinand as King.
Relics
6. Relics
May 19, 2013
When Cesare lands in northern Italy with a French army, Alexander feels it is an expression to challenge his authority, and is hesitant to agree to Cesare's plan to destroy the Sforza dynasty. Catherina, meanwhile, is plotting biological warfare.
The Wolf and the Lamb
5. The Wolf and the Lamb
May 12, 2013
Cesare's diplomatic mission to France is victorious, with the help of his old advisor Machiavelli. Back in Rome, the seductive and dangerously insane Bianca makes a bold statement. Lucrezia travels to Naples accompanied by her husband and Micheletto. King Ferdinand is immovable in his determination that little Giovanni will not be recognized at court. Upon learning this, Lucrezia plots against him.
The Banquet Of Chestnuts
4. The Banquet Of Chestnuts
May 5, 2013
Newly appointed Cardinal Farnese is placed in the Treasury and soon notices Versucci's theft. Micheletto is ordered to find the responsible Cardinal. Meanwhile, upon hearing of Venice's request for help, Alexander, seeing this as an opportunity to replenish the coffers, dramatically calls for a Crusade. The Cardinals participate in the "banquet of chestnuts". Elsewhere, King Ferdinand learns the truth of Lucrezia and Alfonso's marriage.
Siblings
3. Siblings
April 28, 2013
As the purged Cardinals are dismissed and stripped of their titles and wealth, one retaliates and sets the Vatican treasury ablaze. Incensed by the new King Ferdinand's arrogant refusal to accept Giovanni as Lucrezia's child, Cesare attempts to remedy the situation.
The Purge
2. The Purge
April 21, 2013
Pope Alexander discovers which Cardinals were plotting against him and decides to purge those he mistrusts.
The Face of Death
1. The Face of Death
April 14, 2013
In the third season premiere, Pope Alexander faces death, the cardinals fight for control of the papacy, and Della Rovere calculates his next move.
The Borgias
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The Borgias is a series on Showtime following the life and times of the Borgia family in fifteenth century Italy. While based on historical events, the show takes a lot of artistic license, making it more of a historical drama than a documentary. The series starts in the year 1492 with the election of Rodrigo Borgia to the papacy. He becomes Pope Alexander VI.

The series focuses on Rodrigo and his four children. Cesare Borgia, the oldest, serves the church to please his father, but has a dark, violent side. His interests lie more in warfare, but his younger brother Juan has been given command of the Papal forces. Their younger sister Lucrezia and youngest brother Gioffre are also followed.

The first season of the show focuses on the efforts of the family to identify and eliminate their enemies in the College of Cardinals. Their greatest enemy, Cardinal Della Rovere soon travels to France and convinces the French king to conquer the Italian city-states and depose the pope. In the meantime, Pope Alexander negotiates two marriages for Lucrezia and Gioffre that are meant to solidify military and political support for his papacy.

By the second season of the show, Lucrezia's marriage has been annulled and last-minute political maneuvering has saved Alexander's papacy. The show deals with the inner conflicts between the family members and the political fall out from their deals to save Rome. Throughout this, the siblings and their parents fall in love, get into fights, and assassinate their enemies.

The Borgias is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (29 episodes). The series first aired on April 3, 2011.

Where to Watch The Borgias

The Borgias is available for streaming on the Showtime website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Borgias on demand at Showtime, Apple TV+, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, FuboTV, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play, Apple TV and Showtime Anytime.

  • Premiere Date
    April 3, 2011
  • IMDB Rating
    7.9  (49,514)