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The Tudors - Season 1

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Amusing, but not history

People need to realize that TV is entertainment. It is not meant to be historically accurate. That is what dry history books are for. I enjoy historical TV shows like this one because it brings history alive. So what if it doesn't follow the way events really happened.

posted by Anonymous on October 1, 2010

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3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

This series is VERY historically inacurate!

As far as the costumes and overall look to it. I've only watched three episodes and was VERY disappointed! First of all, Henry VIII fell into the 'big and tall' category. He also had red hair and beard, which every knows him by. History lovers or not. Jonathan Rhys-...
As far as the costumes and overall look to it. I've only watched three episodes and was VERY disappointed! First of all, Henry VIII fell into the 'big and tall' category. He also had red hair and beard, which every knows him by. History lovers or not. Jonathan Rhys-Myers, although a very good actor, has not the right physical features to play Henry VIII. The one guy the king executed "Lord Chamberlain, was it????" would have been a much better actor to play the king, because he actually looked like the king. "Big, tall, red hair and beard." Also, the costumes in this series are HIDEOUS!!!! The men's costumes were so-so, but a lot of the female costumes where really bad. Semi accurate for that period, not fully. If you're going to do a period show of any time period, do your homework/research. Which, apparently the costume people for this show did not. There were laws called Sumptuary Laws, that dictated what class was allowed to wear what. And back then class was a HUGE, MAJOR deal. People were executed if they didn't follow those laws. Although, the acting was good. The dates, people, etc. were accurate, but I was very disappointed with the costumes and of the casting director's choice to play Henry. Soooo, yeah. If you want good, historicaly accurate (at least in costumes and over all appearance) Renaissance entertainment. Go to you state's/town's Renaissance Faires/Fests. The people there are sticklers for accuracy and the costumes are AMAZING! And, you get to interact with your favorite people from that time period!

posted by Anonymous on October 1, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "Because HBO already came up with Rome"

    In the last few years we have been presented with a number of historical dramas on television. Band of Brothers "HBO", Deadwood "HBO", Rome "HBO", John Adams "HBO", and many others "HBO". The past decade has brought us some of the most celebrated series of purely fictional content as well. Oz "HBO", Sex and the City "HBO", Carnival "HBO", The Sopranos "HBO". As wonderful as these offerings are, they've unfortunately inspired many, many hackneyed mock-ups. The race to edgey storylines and topics breeds a great surplus of insubstantial television. The Tudors sits comfortably in that bracket. It would be easy to believe the script and situations were penned by a 13 year old discovering his libido for the first time. It's one thing to be prurient, another thing to be obsessive. The casting is also a mystery. Why they would pick the slender, slithering, shorn little creature that is Jonathan Rhys-Meyers to play Henry VIII, who even in his youth was physically virile and extraordinarily tall, is beyond me when they had Henry Czerny - Norfolk - right there and picture perfect for the role! And while my bias for Thomas More is a want of Paul Scofield - watch A Man for All Seasons - it doesn't forgive the actor or writers for abusing the character and the historical figure as they have. Sam Neill is a fine actor and one of my favorites, but he is not the butcher's son that is Cardinal Wolsey. The rest of the cast does not impress one way or another. The production values aren't especially impressive, either. It feels like writers chose to design a show that Ren Fest followers something to oggle between selling leather mugs. Or maybe offer them employment in acting or set and costume design. Had it been produced by a network or organization with more discretion and possessing a greater sense of proportion, this could have been a magnificent show. As it is, it's a lamentable laugh, stricken with exploitational inaccuracies.

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    Posted May 22, 2010

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