Thoughts on The Tudors


I don’t usually leave the book world and talk about TV, but I decided that, in this case, it was germane to this blog because I read a good deal of Tudor historical fiction – one of my favorite things to read, actually.  Those of you who don’t care to read about things other than books, please feel free to ignore this post.

Never once in my life have I ever had HBO on a TV in my house, other than those random weekends where the cable companies let everyone have HBO in order to attempt to have us all pay more to get it all the time.  Because of this, I know I have missed many great HBO shows.  The ones that interest me I usually can eventually watch on someone’s DVD, or when the move to general cable, or I can get the DVDs from the library.

Because of my love for Tudor historical fiction, I have been dying to watch The Tudors since I first heard about it.  I even considered trying to convince my husband that we needed HBO.  When I started using my library recently, one of the first things I did was place a hold on Seasons 1 and 2 of The Tudors.  Evidently they’re popular shows, because I just picked up Season 1 last night.  Since I was pretty tired, I decided to get in bed and watch the first few episodes.

So far, I must say, I’m really rather disappointed.  The first episode seemed to consist of a lot of characters telling other characters things that they should already know.  Yes, I realize this is done largely to set things up for viewers who don’t have any background at all in Tudor history, but I just found it obnoxious.  There is also a lot of sex, which I don’t particularly care for, but at least I was prepared for it, being as that it is Henry VIII AND he’s on HBO, so it didn’t bother me as much as it might have.

I didn’t notice the obvious dialogue as much in the 2nd episode, but that episode seemed to me to drag on FOREVER.  I have no idea why, it just seemed to keep going and going and I wasn’t all that interested.  I really can’t put my finger on it.  I know a lot of people love this show, so I’m going to give it 2-3 more episodes tonight and this weekend, but Im just not sure.  I may be cancelling my hold of Season 2.

What am I missing?  Any words of encouragement from those who love the show?

8 comments to Thoughts on The Tudors

  • I guess I like it because it’s juicy. And yes, sometimes they all talk too much. I really like Thomas More. He’s about the only good guy. I enjoyed seeing the Cardinal getting his comeupense.

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  • I have this on my Netflix queue. Amazingly, I’ve only read a few books about the Tudors. I’m not overly fond of that period in history — and I completely blame my 7th grade history teacher for this. He was the only history teacher who ever bored me (History was ALWAYS my favorite subject) and he was the first teacher to teach me extensively on British royal history. I had a different teacher for 8th grade through graduation, who really made history come alive. He was very fond of Victorian England and colonial America, and those two time periods remain my favorites because of his amazing lectures.

    The real kicker? I can trace my family’s history back to the Tudors. My great aunts went on a genealogy kick in the 70’s and discovered my family is (very) distantly related to Elizabeth I. They went to England and spent months researching birth, death and marriage records.

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  • I guess that I am not one to cheer you on. I love reading about the time period and was very much looking forward to seeing the show somehow when it first came out, since I didn’t have HBO either. I think I was able to download the first epi and it did nothing for me, I don’t think I even finished watching it. So I will wait to see what you think of the next few to see if I reinvest and give them another try.

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  • Elizabeth Barrette

    I watched the first several episodes and eventually drifted away. But I think they totally nailed Henry by describing him as “the rockstar of his age.”

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  • Oh I love the time period and I am enjoying the series. I look at it as pure entertainment and ignore some of the inaccuracies. The costumes and scenery are great.

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  • Erin

    I actually agree with you. I didn’t like the show very much. It was way too much like OC or Gossip Girl set in Ye Olde England.

  • You’re listing the reasons I chose to stay away from this show! Now I’m really not going to try it. LOL.

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  • I think the show gets better as it goes on. I can’t wait for the third season, personally!

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