The Borgias

Series Summary
The Borgias, led by patriarch Rodrigo, are a family of outsiders from Spain who try to take over control of Renaissance-era Italy. Through the use of bribery, extortion and torture, Rodrigo rises up the ranks to become pope. Two of Rodrigo's children are used as pawns by being married off to members of rival families at a young age. Vanozza, Rodrigo's long-time mistress and mother of his children, and Giulia Farnese battle for the elder Borgia's affections. The story of the Borgias has inspired such works as Machiavelli's political treatise "The Prince" and Mario Puzo's "The Godfather."

Air Dates: 2011 - Present

Genres: Historical drama, Crime

Network: SHOW

  • Season 3, Ep. 10 : The PrinceJun 16, 2013

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    Alexander and Cesare have reconciled; the Borgias are ready to move against their enemies; Catherina is determined to resist a siege; Cesare learns that Alfonso has become aggressive.

  • Season 3, Ep. 9 : The Gunpowder PlotJun 9, 2013

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    Micheletto kills his lover and disappears; Cesare races to rescue Lucrezia; Alfonso begins to drink heavily; Alexander and Mattai scheme to corner the market in Italian sulphur.

  • Season 3, Ep. 8 : Tears of BloodJun 2, 2013

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    Pilgrims travel to Rome for the Jubilee year celebrations; Catherina wants to hinder the festival; Mattai's contacts destroy a Turkish fleet; Lucrezia sees a change in Frederigo; Micheletto learns his lover is a spy.

  • Season 3, Ep. 7 : Lucrezia's GambitMay 26, 2013

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    Cesare burns Constanzo's palace to contain the plague; Lucrezia seeks a Neapolitan power base for herself; one of the candidates for Ferdinand's replacement is accused of trying to kill the other.

  • Season 3, Ep. 6 : RelicsMay 19, 2013

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    Cesare lands in northern Italy; Catherina sends a plague-infested cloth to Alexander; Alexander taxes a newly arrived Jewish communtiy; Mattai gains the Pope's respect.

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Critic Reviews( 3 )
  • By casting Feore, Arnaud, Harris and the magnetic Irons in this Gothic soap opera about randy popes and their enemies, and by taking the world of 15th Century Rome moderately seriously, Jordan ensured that this drama would be more than just a mildly cheesy guilty pleasure. It's not much more than that, mind you, but you won't have to go to confession after you've partaken of this Showtime costume drama. Show More

  • It's a very straightforward, sincere, dull accounting of all the trouble caused by Rodrigo, son Cesare (Francois Arnaud, frequently nude), daughter Lucrezia (Holliday Grainger) and company cause with their newfound power and station. Show More

  • Showtime has tantalized me for ages with glimpses of Jeremy Irons growling and groping his way through a role as history's most debauched pope. It finally arrives Sunday, and you won't be disappointed. Show More

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