The BEST Episodes of Borgia

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Aug 14, 2020

Network: Canal+

He was a man whose name would become synonymous with ruthlessness, and whose reign as pope would be remembered as the most infamous chapter of the history of the Catholic church -Rodrigo Borgia. His four children -Juan, the oldest, a prideful, lazy, unscrupulous sexual predator, Cesare, a young man torn between a faith that was not his calling and his dark violent nature, Lucretia, a young girl discovering the secret power that a women's sexuality holds, and Goffredo, an innocent child who would come of age in a family riven by conflict- would provide Rodrigo with a challenge as great as the political maneuvering of his political and religious rivals.

 The Serpent Rises

#1 - The Serpent Rises

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Oct 7, 2011

Cesare leads an investigative commission into Juan's death, but cannot find the guilty party and soon fears he himself killed his brother.

star 8.57
88 votes
Directors: Metin Hüseyin
Writers: Kevin Deiboldt, Tom Fontana
1503 (1)

#2 - 1503 (1)

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 13, 2014

Lucrezia meets her new family with mixed results, while at home a malaria outbreak has historic consequences for the Borgias.

star 8.55
100 votes
Directors: Metin Hüseyin
Writers: Chris Albers, Tom Fontana
1506

#3 - 1506

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Oct 27, 2014

Cesare is brought to La Mancha and goes on trial before the Inquisition, while Lucrezia must use extreme measures to save her marriage.

star 8.53
57 votes
Writers: Brant Englestein, Tom Fontana
1502

#4 - 1502

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 6, 2014

Cesare's renegade generals mount a rebellion against him, while those close to Rodrigo conspire against him, all on the eve of Lucrezia's wedding.

star 8.48
99 votes
Writers: Frank Pugliese, Tom Fontana
1503 (2)

#5 - 1503 (2)

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Oct 13, 2014

Rodrigo's death sets chaos in motion on many fronts and forces Cesare to practice his most sophisticated politics yet as stakes are raised.

star 8.48
94 votes
Directors: Metin Hüseyin
Writers: Marie Roussin, Tom Fontana
1501

#6 - 1501

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 6, 2014

Cesare loses his lover and his daughter, leading to a painful defeat, and Lucrezia's betrothal becomes politically and emotionally complex.

star 8.46
100 votes
Writers: Larry J. Cohen, Tom Fontana
1500

#7 - 1500

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Sep 29, 2014

Outside of Italy, rebellion stirs and the Cardinals fear they'll lose their power, while plans begin for Lucrezia's next marriage.

star 8.44
103 votes
Directors: Metin Hüseyin
Writers: Tom Fontana, William Bromell
1498

#8 - 1498

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 22, 2014

When one of his commanders captures a city without authorisation, Cesare must appease a ruler. Lucrezia's son suffers a potentially mortal fall.

star 8.42
104 votes
Directors: Metin Hüseyin
Writers: Andrea Ciannavei, Tom Fontana
1499

#9 - 1499

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 29, 2014

While Rodrigo engages in delicate politics, Leonardo da Vinci offers Cesare a powerful weapon and murder visits the Borgia family.

star 8.42
108 votes
Directors: Metin Hüseyin
Writers: Susanna Styron, Tom Fontana
1497

#10 - 1497

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 22, 2014

Cesare's new mistress could trigger a diplomatic incident, and public allegations of debauchery are made against the Borgia family.

star 8.39
103 votes
Writers: Audrey Fouché, Tom Fontana
1496

#11 - 1496

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 15, 2014

Lucrezia is in a delicate position with the return of Rodrigo Borgia. It reigns supreme and does not hesitate to be cruel to his enemies. Pope became a counselor with him, Lucrezia can neither impose his word, nor to stop the fears of her husband, which occurred with the arrival of Cesare in Rome. The son Borgia is carried by his desire for conquest. Fierce, he is ready for anything ...

star 8.30
106 votes
Writers: Larry J. Cohen, Tom Fontana
1504

#12 - 1504

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Oct 20, 2014

With a new pope crowned and order breaking down, Cesare finds himself with more and stronger enemies than ever.

star 8.30
63 votes
Directors: Metin Hüseyin
Writers: Brant Englestein
1507

#13 - 1507

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Oct 27, 2014

Cesare's ultimate judgment is realized while Lucrezia struggles to make sense of her family's history and its future.

star 8.11
61 votes
Writers: Tom Fontana
The Invasion of Rome

#14 - The Invasion of Rome

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Sep 30, 2011

Rodrigo has his back on the wall as the French troops occupy the Eternal city, but thanks to his son Cesare, a fragile peace can be negotiated.

star 8.08
117 votes
Writers: Sean Whitesell, Tom Fontana
God's Monster

#15 - God's Monster

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Oct 7, 2011

To prove himself worthy of the crown of Naples, Juan proposes to convert the Jews in a mass christening, but accidentally reveals a dark secret.

star 7.99
87 votes
Directors: Metin Hüseyin
Writers: Kevin Deiboldt, Tom Fontana
Miracles

#16 - Miracles

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 30, 2011

By the intervention of Spain, France is forced to withdraw, but Isabella of Spain demands a purge of the Jews from the Eternal City.

star 7.96
85 votes
Writers: James Yoshimura, Tom Fontana
 Maneuvers

#17 - Maneuvers

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Sep 23, 2011

Instead of keeping the peace, Rodrigo gives in to Giulia's urging and has his men take up arms, but under Juan's command the campaign fails.

star 7.92
95 votes
Directors: Metin Hüseyin
Writers: Andrea Ciannavei
Prelude to an Apocalypse

#18 - Prelude to an Apocalypse

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Sep 23, 2011

With his enemies advancing and his troops deserting Juan's command, Rodrigo has to take a tough decision that puts Cesare's life at stake.

star 7.85
93 votes
Directors: Metin Hüseyin
Writers: Thomas Kelly
1495

#19 - 1495

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 15, 2014

While Lucrezia is head of the Vatican, Rodrigo Borgia continued his retreat. He tries to erase his feelings of love for Julia and her desire for her own daughter, now married to Alfonso di Calabria. But even away from all temptations, he struggles to get there. For his part, his daughter, a young woman who became regent seat with wisdom and moderation, qualities that are lacking in Cesare. The latter, still at war in Romagna, hopes to achieve with a little luck to defeat Catarina and all the enemies of the Borgia family ...

star 7.84
146 votes
Writers: Brant Englestein, Tom Fontana
1505

#20 - 1505

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Oct 20, 2014

Cesare stands trial for treason against the Holy See and the Ten Commandments, with his old friend Niccolo Machiavelli as prosecutor.

star 7.82
60 votes
Writers: Brant Englestein, Tom Fontana
A Sacred Vow

#21 - A Sacred Vow

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 9, 2011

A quarrel starts among the cardinals and old reckonings are being settled, while Cesare offers his son as a sacrifice to God, abandoning the newborn.

star 7.65
232 votes
Writers: Frank Pugliese
The Assumption

#22 - The Assumption

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Apr 15, 2013

Cesare and the King of France organize their wedding, one after another, the day of the Assumption, a date when it rains consistently. Cardinal Orsini, very sick, terrified of what awaits him after his death when he thinks about his relationships with friends and enemies of the pope. Lucrezia plays on the big surge of hope caused by the salvation and the power of forgiveness to ease political tensions.

star 7.62
78 votes
Directors: Metin Hüseyin
Writers: Frank Pugliese, Tom Fontana
The Bonds of Matrimony

#23 - The Bonds of Matrimony

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 16, 2011

The wedding of Lucrezia to Giovanni Sforza is to seal the union between the Borgia and Sforza families, but the marriage will not be consummated.

star 7.61
130 votes
Directors: Dearbhla Walsh
Writers: Gina Gionfriddo
1492

#24 - 1492

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 10, 2011

Though officially their uncle, Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia gathers his three children, but Juan's and Cesare's lack of control threaten his life's work.

star 7.55
492 votes
Writers: Tom Fontana
Pax Vobiscum

#25 - Pax Vobiscum

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 25, 2013

Savonarola was sentenced to death by hanging by the Pope Alexander VI after admitting acts of heresy under torture. He uses his last breath to curse Cesare Borgia and the whole family, in the name of God. Later, Cesare attend Midnight Mass and Easter lights the traditional fireworks fireworks Florentine. Alessandro, his lifelong friend, wish him "peace of God", but the peace of God is more interested Cesare.

star 7.54
82 votes
Writers: Andrea Ciannavei, Tom Fontana