While many sites have said this is a cheap, soap opera version of the HBO show Rome, The Tudors can definitely hold its own. This show really strives to show Henry, both the King and the man.
Instead, you learn about his notorious background, with the first scenes involving him in various compromising positions with several women. The third episode does start the foundations of a love affair with him and Anne, but I enjoyed getting to know Henry beforehand.
If all this makes you cringe at the thought of a serial love story in wigs, fear not. While the relationships are the cornerstone of the show, they're not the crux of it; Henry is also very much a diplomat. You see him start a war with France and make various enemies and allies. There is a lot of political intrigue in this show, so if you need something smart there is plenty of that as well. However, if neither of these things appeals to you, then there's also a great deal of the good old "T n A.
Something tells me this guy would have let the raptors eat those kids This seems to be a nice segue into a topic that irritates me. Various websites online showed the first two episodes of The Tudors. These sites included IMDB. Sadly, these episodes were heavily edited. Not just to edit out the naked women, but a lot of the sex scenes were either heavily toned down or omitted completely.
You have to experience him as a womanizer in order to understand the danger Anne faces in loving him. I say experience this show on Showtime in all its glory.
While the bodies on display in The Tudors are really something to behold, the acting skill held within them is also top-notch. On the other hand, the rest of the cast is amazing in their roles.
Maria Doyle Kennedy is beautiful as the neglected Queen Catherine. You can just see the pain in her eyes every time Henry looks at another woman. I would expect an Emmy nomination for this one. She is so innocent and alluring, you want to be around her, but you know she can stab you in the back as soon as look at you.
The trio of young men, with Henry at the helm is definitely the comic relief but they each have their moments coming up to have their own story arc. The standout for me is the dashing Henry Cavill as Charles Brandon.
This, in a nutshell, is what makes The Tudors so special. You assume the story will involve just Anne and Henry but there are so many other characters to get behind.