Parents' Guide to

The Borgias

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Murder, religious corruption, sex reign in historical drama.

TV Showtime Drama 2011
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 18+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+

Pretty good, not appropriate for kids.

I put 18+ for the incest. That is my main reason, this family is literally known for the brother and sister sleeping together. There is ALOT of sex, and rape. Lots and lots of Rape, not just between strangers but between a married couple. There is also mention of a STD. Their is several murder plots. There is a lot of drinking, the use of drugs. I wouldn’t say it’s bloddy or has a lot of gore. As always watch the show before you let your kids watch it!

This title has:

Too much sex
age 18+

Very Good Show, Not for kids......

i really liked this show. The acting was very good (Jeremy Irons)

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (2 ):

Thanks to a painstakingly scripted two-episode back story that lays the groundwork for political power plays to come, this series takes a while to get going. So if you tune in expecting a reincarnation of the sizzling Showtime costume drama The Tudors, The Borgias might feel like a letdown. That's not to say it fails to entertain; it just does so in a completely different way.

Whereas The Tudors served up graphic sex and passion with a side of violence, The Borgias largely flips the script, marketing Rodrigo and his offspring as "the original crime family." (The same family, incidentally, that features prominently in the adults-only video game Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood.) That means carnage tends to outshine copulation, although sex still plays a provocative role.

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