The Tudors

10 Worst Episodes of The Tudors

The Tudors is a history-based drama series following the young, vibrant King Henry VIII, a competitive and lustful monarch who navigates the intrigues of the English court and the human heart with equal vigor and justifiable suspicion.

Written by Sophie and last updated on jan 26, 2023.

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#10 - In Cold Blood (Season 1 - Episode 1)

Henry prepares for war with France but receives cautious counsel from the powerful Cardinal Wolsey, who urges a peace treaty; the king learns that his queen's lady-in-waiting Elizabeth Blount is pregnant with his child.

The episode was rated 7.56 from 744 votes.

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#9 - Wolsey, Wolsey, Wolsey! (Season 1 - Episode 3)


The King asks Charles to escort his sister, Margaret, to her betrothed and promotes him to Duke of Suffolk. The envoys from the Holy Roman-Emperor meet with Cardinal Wolsey and determine how to cement the treaty between the two nations. Anne catches the King's notice in a play. The Emperor is invited to the King's court. It is learned that the King of France knows of the treaty talks- and the Cardinal is quick to find a scapegoat. We learn more of why Anne's father and uncle want her to seduce the King.

The episode was rated 7.55 from 498 votes.

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#8 - The Act of Succession (Season 2 - Episode 4)

Sir Thomas More refuses to accept Henry's command that his people swear an oath of "allegiance and recognition of the King's supremacy" to both church and state. Anne is made aware of the King's womanizing ways, and arranges then gives her blessing to his next mistress. Also, Anne has a confrontation with Lady Mary, Henry's daughter.

The episode was rated 7.55 from 344 votes.

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#7 - Dissention and Punishment (Season 3 - Episode 3)


Henry reconciles with his estranged daughters Mary and Elizabeth in time for the Christmas holidays, but betrays and brutally suppresses the rebellion against him after making conciliatory promises to the uprising's leaders.

The episode was rated 7.54 from 317 votes.

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#6 - Simply Henry (Season 1 - Episode 2)

Henry and the court go to the summit to sign the treaty with France. Tensions are understandably high, and tempers of both kings flare up more than once. Meanwhile, Henry takes on a new mistress named Mary Boleyn. He soon tires of her and her father summons her sister Anne to court and tells her to find a way to keep the king's interest.

The episode was rated 7.54 from 570 votes.

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#5 - Problems in the Reformation (Season 3 - Episode 5)


Henry remains in seclusion while mourning the queen's death, an opportunity that enemies of the crown seize to murder several friends of the court; Cromwell is disturbed when Henry doesn't resist his new church's similarities to Catholicism.

The episode was rated 7.54 from 295 votes.

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#4 - Sister (Season 4 - Episode 2)

Thomas Culpepper - Henry VIIIโ€™s newest servant - continues to make eyes at his Kingโ€™s young bride, Katherine Howard. Her servant suggests seduction. While the King shows his age by going to bed early during the Christmas celebration the young but not so innocent members of his court party on.

The episode was rated 7.53 from 303 votes.

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#3 - Moment of Nostalgia (Season 4 - Episode 1)


A long hot summer, thirty years into the reign of King Henry VIII, and well into middle age, Henry takes his fifth wife, Katherine Howard. The Queen's "low background" combined with her youth and beauty, arouses a lusty familiarity in certain members of King Henry's court most notably his handsome young servant Thomas Culpepper.

The episode was rated 7.50 from 312 votes.

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#2 - Search for a New Queen (Season 3 - Episode 6)

Matchmaking begins in earnest as Cromwell schemes to secure the Reformation by marrying Henry to a Protestant wife - but the king's marital reputation precedes him; the condition of Henry's wounded leg turns life-threatening.

The episode was rated 7.46 from 284 votes.

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#1 - Protestant Anne of Cleves (Season 3 - Episode 7)


War looms with France and Spain aligning against England with backing from Rome, so Henry agrees to a politically fortuitous marriage with Anne of Cleves (Joss Stone), a plain and unsophisticated German aristocrat he has never met.

The episode was rated 7.34 from 300 votes.

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