The Tudors

TV review by Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Henry VIII courts drama in adult period piece.

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 21 reviews

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age 18+

Extreme graphic violence and sex

I’m not sure this show is for anyone. I guess it is beautifully shot like the critics say. The historic inaccuracies bother me, but that’s not my main issue. Let’s start with the violence. During this show there is a lot of violent torture, several men burned alive, one man actually boiled, many beheaded, hundreds hanged including women and children. One sweet woman working in the fields with her farm animals is raped by a roving band of the kings men - just because they can. All this is shown in graphic detail and goes on much longer than necessary. Let’s face it. It isn’t necessary at all. I had to fast forward through these scenes. Now, the sex. Everyone is having graphic sex with everyone. It’s quite impressive and very graphic, in every episode. Clearly the women exist simply as toys for the men and to produce heirs. The sex is graphic and goes on and on. By the time I had watched Henry’s 5th wife Kathryn Howard have sex basically nude and in every possible position, I was done with it. And for all the world, she actually looks under age. Some of the professional critics say this “a guilty pleasure,” I’m not a kid but also not a prude. My advice is that if this is for you, then knock yourself out. If you want to see a truly beautiful series that is historically accurate with none of this nonsense, try “Victoria.” My husband and I both loved it.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
1 person found this helpful.
age 15+


This show is fantastic, absolutely brilliant. Inaccurate but fun. There is quite a bit of violence throughout the seasons but the main problem is the sex. Every episode has at least one sex scene or a scene containing nudity, both male and female. The male nudity consists of butts and the extremely brief glimpses of a penis. The female nudity however is far more graphic. Big female butts are seen quite often, accompanied by a vagina or two. Every single woman in the series shows their boobs multiple times in the show. Anne especially has some graphic sex scenes where she is fully nude. When the women aren't naked they are wearing dresses that showcases their cleavage and emphasizes their boobs as if that is all they are there for, just to show their boobs and be love interests for the men. If you have seen Game Of Thrones this will be fine.

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex

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