Watch The Tudors
- 4 Seasons
The Tudors is a television show that was run on the Showtime network for 4 seasons and included 38 episodes. It stars Johnathan Rhys Meyers as King Henry VIII of England. The series had many co-stars as well as guest stars including Joss Stone, James Frain, Natalie Dormer, Sarah Bolger and Joely Richardson. As with most Showtime productions The Tudors is rated TV MA for strong language, nudity and adult content. The Tudors follows the life of Henry VIII from the time of his crowning until his death. The show details his life of scandal, paranoia and his many marriages as well as his changes in the Catholic church bringing about the Church of England. These religious changes came as a result of Henry VII's desire for divorce in his pursuit of producing a male heir as well as his infamous tendency towards extramarital affairs. Henry VIII was famously paranoid especially in the years leading to his death. This was played well by Johnathan Rhys Meyers. Throughout the series the paranoia becomes more and more prevalent causing him to distrust everyone around him especially his wives, advisors and at times his own children. The series also introduces Mary, his first daughter who eventually takes the thrown and is known as Bloody Mary due to her policies and laws and the resulting murders of many who disobeyed them. Though the series can at times seem to be all about sex it follows an important history of both religion and the monarchy and includes details that are not always readily available in your high school history books.