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Rodrigo schemes and bribes his way to the Papacy and ascends to the throne as Pope Alexander VI, then uses his cunning son Cesare and the family's new assassin Micheletto to secure his power; Rodrigo forges strategic alliances by offering the hands of his daughter Lucrezia and his son Joffre in marriage to rival aristocrats; the Borgias' mortal enemy Cardinal Della Rovere wields his influence to persuade King Charles of France to invade Italy and depose the corrupt Pope.

The Poisoned Chalice
Episode 1: The Poisoned Chalice

Original Air Date: Apr 3, 2011

In the Season 1 premiere, Rodrigo successfully bribes and intimidates his way into an election as Pope Alexander VI, making him the new leader of the Catholic Church; powerful Cardinals Della Rovere and Orsini oppose his rise; the Borgias recruit a talented assassin named Micheletto to their cause.

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The Assassin
Episode 2: The Assassin

Original Air Date: Apr 3, 2011

The new Pope wastes no time consolidating power and balancing opposition to him in the College of Cardinals by elevating his children to high office, installing Juan as head of the papal armies and Cesare as a cardinal and his successor, while seeking a politically fortuitous marriage for daughter Lucrezia.

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The Moor
Episode 3: The Moor

Original Air Date: Apr 10, 2011

His coffers depleted by his expensive rise to power, Rodrigo seeks funds through a profitable marriage for Lucrezia that will ally with him Milan, and charges a fee for safe haven in the Holy City to Jews displaced by the Spanish Inquisition; the Borgias host a charming Turkish prince; Micheletto is ordered to rid his patrons of the ongoing threat posed by Della Rovere.

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Lucrezia's Wedding
Episode 4: Lucrezia's Wedding

Original Air Date: Apr 17, 2011

Lucrezia's financially and politically motivated wedding to Milanese nobleman Giovanni Sforza is a disaster thanks to Juan's inappropriately bawdy play in his sister's honor, Cesare's brazen flirting with a married baroness, and the arrival of the Borgia children's illegitimate mother; Della Rovere seeks the aid of the illustrious Medici family and their counselor, Machiavelli.

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The Borgias In Love
Episode 5: The Borgias In Love

Original Air Date: Apr 24, 2011

Alternately neglected and abused by her cruel husband, Lucrezia has an affair with Paolo, a handsome stable boy; Cesare strikes a bargain with Machiavelli: deny French troops passage across his masters' lands in exchange for suppression of Savonarola, a fiery preacher of anti-Medici sermons; in love with baroness Ursula, Cesare takes drastic action to get rid of her husband.

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The French King
Episode 6: The French King

Original Air Date: May 1, 2011

Della Rovere reaches France and strikes a bargain with its ruler to invade Italy and install him on the Papal throne in exchange for control of Naples; Rodrigo attempts to thwart the invasion through an alliance by marrying his youngest son Joffre to Princess Sancia of Naples (guest star Emmannuelle Chriqui), but Juan nearly sabotages the plan by seducing his prospective sister-in-law.

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Death, On A Pale Horse
Episode 7: Death, On A Pale Horse

Original Air Date: May 8, 2011

The invasion by King Charles of France and Della Rovere proceeds with victory seemingly inevitable as the French sack the city of Lucca and the Italian powers flee to their banner, with Lucrezia's husband Giovanni Sforza poised to join them in the name of Milan; inventor Leonardo Da Vinci (guest star John Lynch) shows his drawings and blueprints for war machinery to the invaders.

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The Art of War
Episode 8: The Art of War

Original Air Date: May 15, 2011

The invaders capture a fleeing and pregnant Lucrezia as they march on Rome, but she charms King Charles and is allowed to persuade her brother Juan to withdraw his hopelessly outmatched defensive troops; Pope Alexander VI awaits to learn of his fate as Charles enters the city and makes his way to the Vatican.

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Nessuno (Nobody)
Episode 9: Nessuno (Nobody)

Original Air Date: May 22, 2011

In the Season 1 finale, abandoned by even his cardinals, Alexander meets King Charles with humility and saves his throne, even eliciting a confession from the conqueror he crowns as the new "King of France and Naples;" Della Rovere despairs as Charles abandons him; Lucrezia safely gives birth to a son in a convent as the Borgias secure an annulment of her marriage and plot revenge on their enemies.

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3 Seasons, 29 Episodes

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  • Season 3

    Pope Alexander survives an assassination attempt and comes back stronger than ever; Cesare defends Rome and his family against Caterina Sforza and and fights to prove himself to his father, while drawing closer to Lucrezia.

    Season 3
  • Season 2

    Pope Alexander solidifies his power and influence with the help of two loyal allies, Cesare and Giulia Farnese; Juan drives a wedge between the Borgia siblings and pays the ultimate price; Della Rovere schemes to bring down the Pope.

    Season 2
  • Season 1

    Rodrigo bribes his way to power and becomes the new Pope Alexander VI, then uses the cunning talents of his children to secure his position; Cardinal Della Rovere conspires to depose the new Pope with a French invasion of Italy.

    Season 1
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