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Medici (2016)

Biography | History 
Rayting:   7.9/10 17K votes
Country: Italy | UK
Language: English

A political family drama set in Florence in the early fifteenth century. Cosimo de Medici finds himself at the helm of his banking dynasty when his father, Giovanni, dies suddenly.

Episode Guide

Season 3

December 11, 2019Episode 7 Lost Souls
December 9, 2019Episode 5 The Holy See
December 3, 2019Episode 4 Innocent
December 3, 2019Episode 3 Trust
December 2, 2019Episode 2 The Ten
December 2, 2019Episode 1 Survival

Season 2

Season 1

Best Medici Episodes

Top 20 (Ranked)

November 13, 2018star9.2 388 votesS2E8 Mass
December 11, 2019star8.8 239 votesS3E8 The Fate of the City
November 13, 2018star8.7 267 votesS2E7 Betrayal
November 8, 2016star8.6 530 votesS1E8 Epiphany
December 11, 2019star8.6 182 votesS3E7 Lost Souls
December 3, 2019star8.5 199 votesS3E3 Trust
November 1, 2016star8.4 486 votesS1E6 Ascendancy
December 2, 2019star8.4 199 votesS3E2 The Ten
December 9, 2019star8.4 188 votesS3E5 The Holy See
December 3, 2019star8.4 184 votesS3E4 Innocent
December 9, 2019star8.4 178 votesS3E6 A Man of No Importance
November 6, 2018star8.3 268 votesS2E6 Alliance
November 6, 2018star8.3 254 votesS2E5 Ties That Bind
December 2, 2019star8.3 221 votesS3E1 Survival
November 8, 2016star8.2 443 votesS1E7 Purgatory
October 30, 2018star8.1 269 votesS2E4 Blood with Blood
October 30, 2018star8.1 264 votesS2E3 Obstacles and Opportunities
October 18, 2016star8.0 561 votesS1E2 The Dome and the Domicile
October 25, 2016star8.0 505 votesS1E3 Pestilence
October 25, 2016star8.0 485 votesS1E4 Judgement Day

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User Reviews

npvarley 11 January 2020

Let me start by saying that I simply don't understand how this series seems to have been largely ignored by mainstream media. It has a devoted fanbase, but hasn't really taken off. Given the quality of the show, that's a travesty.

Anyway, about the show. Through all three seasons, with the changing cast as generations pass on, the quality of acting has been stellar. Actors are well cast and do a superlative job of bringing characters to life.

Needless to say, the stunning backdrops in Italy are magnificent. The productions values are right up there too, whether it be costumes, sets, whatever.

And a grate theme song by Paolo Buonvino and Skin.

If you haven't watched this, you really should!

keil1985 19 May 2017

I love period dramas, and I particularly like the idea of a drama centered around the Medici family. Acting is great, story line is great. There's one problem though, the audio engineering is HORRIBLE. It's often difficult to hear the dialogue, even when it's not being drowned out by the overbearing score. It's just not mixed well.

traceyjohnson3 31 December 2016

I love period pieces, and this one does not disappoint. Unlike DaVinci's demons, which borderlines on corny, this series has a lot of drama, some sex and a decent accounting of the Medici household. Of course it takes some liberties, but for the most part it is a good solid watch- and the scenery is stunning. The costumes are beautiful and so are the interior sets. The characters seemed a tiny bit flat, but that was more of a writing error than a acting issue. However, most history - shown in the day to day- isn't all sex and roses, so I thought this was well done. I think that the influence of the church should have been examined more closely, as the Popes during that time were not pious men. I look forward to future installments.

Shehasgreeneyes 21 November 2018

You can watch this one without having to watch the first (however I did and liked the first as well)

I'm quite fond of the Medici's history and I appreciated these two italian series for what they are: a fictional product inspired by historical characters that celebrates them, but doesn't have the goal to be a documentary. It's a homage without the presumption of being the one and only truth. If you want to know more about the real people, read history books (tho, sometimes even historians have more fiction in their books than actual facts, but this is another issue..). I think this series has nothing to envy from other historical tv shows: the cast is great, music and cinematography excellent. In terms of flaws, it does have many of course. Characters arcs are a bit doomed by the fact you have relatively few episodes to develop them. Also, I think that while I appreciate the cast includes talented italian-born actors too - since it's about italian's culture, history and people - I noticed a pattern in that the italian actors are only cast for secondary roles.

As for the differences with the 'real story', you have many because the writers have to still create their own fictional world around these characters otherwise it would be boring and predictable. I, however, find the differences are, for the most part, functional to the narrative and this version of the characters thus the writers' vision. In general, I think it is easier to notice the differences in known real life events that may get changed (there are many. And let me say that Lorenzo is a bit too much a saint here..), than the personal life of Lorenzo and the other characters because those are aspects that, we like it or not, we don't really know so much about and what we know is, for the most part, only speculations from historians that don't always base them on concrete evidence. For example, some may complain that this series romanticizes the relationship between Lorenzo and his wife Clarice, but is that aspect really the most unbelievable thing? The two had 10 kids together and in a time where men having lovers and illegitimate kids was considered almost the norm in society, Lorenzo had none. His father and grandfather did, Lorenzo didn't. The only lover we kind of know he had is Bartolomea Nasi, whom he had relations only years after his wife's death anyway. We know from the correspondence between him and his wife, as well as accounts of friends, that Lorenzo had a great affection and respect for his wife (as well as his kids and the rest of his family). If we know that she was a sweet woman and important to him, it's because of his own written words (most touching is the letter he wrote after her death where he expressed authentic grief and sorrow over the loss). He may have not written poetry for her (which isn't surprising because "amor cortese" poetry traditionally excludes marriage for specific reasons you may not understand nowadays but made perfect sense at the time ), but some of their correspondence is, perhaps, more authentic in its lack of fanciness and as an expression of affection than most of his poetry for other women is. It may have been an arranged marriage, like most where at the time, but it doesn't mean it was a loveless one on the long run so I don't find their relationship in the series is the most far fetched thing (even the first time he saw her is, I think, a little nod to a letter written by Lorenzo's mother where, upon meeting the girl for the

jessicahersha 8 January 2017

I am honestly baffled by the negative reviews for this show. While it wasn't perfect, for me the good far outweighed the bad. First, the strengths:

1) The soundtrack! The opening sequence is strong, and sets the tone beautifully for what is to come, and the moody instrumental music throughout the show added to the scenes without being distracting. 2) The entire thing is visually stunning. Seriously. From the landscapes to the sets, costumes, food, colors... the whole thing is a feast for the eyes. 3) Medici: Masters of Florence is a study in the dynamics of both a family and a city. If you enjoy political intrigue, relationship drama, or the arts, this show is where it's at. 4) The acting in this show is beautiful. Annabel Scholey's many layered performance as Contessina was stunning. Richard Madden can say more with just his eyes than anyone currently on television. Stuart Martin and Guido Caprino as Lorenzo Di'Medici and Marco Bello own the screen with their charisma.

I only saw two issues that detracted from the program. 1) The casting of Dustin Hoffman as Giovanni was a real head-scratcher. His accent and demeanor did not mesh with everything else, and the performance had the air of being something his agent forced him to do. Normally I really do love DH, but this was not his best.

2) This quality is a little harder to put into words, but I felt like the show took a while to find its footing--like it wasn't quite sure which direction it wanted to take. In spite of that, I couldn't stop watching, and really enjoyed this show. Looking forward to season 2!

Shehasgreeneyes 21 November 2018

You can watch this one without having to watch the first (however I did and liked the first as well)

I'm quite fond of the Medici's history and I appreciated these two italian series for what they are: a fictional product inspired by historical characters that celebrates them, but doesn't have the goal to be a documentary. It's a homage without the presumption of being the one and only truth. If you want to know more about the real people, read history books (tho, sometimes even historians have more fiction in their books than actual facts, but this is another issue..). I think this series has nothing to envy from other historical tv shows: the cast is great, music and cinematography excellent. In terms of flaws, it does have many of course. Characters arcs are a bit doomed by the fact you have relatively few episodes to develop them. Also, I think that while I appreciate the cast includes talented italian-born actors too - since it's about italian's culture, history and people - I noticed a pattern in that the italian actors are only cast for secondary roles.

As for the differences with the 'real story', you have many because the writers have to still create their own fictional world around these characters otherwise it would be boring and predictable. I, however, find the differences are, for the most part, functional to the narrative and this version of the characters thus the writers' vision. In general, I think it is easier to notice the differences in known real life events that may get changed (there are many. And let me say that Lorenzo is a bit too much a saint here..), than the personal life of Lorenzo and the other characters because those are aspects that, we like it or not, we don't really know so much about and what we know is, for the most part, only speculations from historians that don't always base them on concrete evidence. For example, some may complain that this series romanticizes the relationship between Lorenzo and his wife Clarice, but is that aspect really the most unbelievable thing? The two had 10 kids together and in a time where men having lovers and illegitimate kids was considered almost the norm in society, Lorenzo had none. His father and grandfather did, Lorenzo didn't. The only lover we kind of know he had is Bartolomea Nasi, whom he had relations only years after his wife's death anyway. We know from the correspondence between him and his wife, as well as accounts of friends, that Lorenzo had a great affection and respect for his wife (as well as his kids and the rest of his family). If we know that she was a sweet woman and important to him, it's because of his own written words (most touching is the letter he wrote after her death where he expressed authentic grief and sorrow over the loss). He may have not written poetry for her (which isn't surprising because "amor cortese" poetry traditionally excludes marriage for specific reasons you may not understand nowadays but made perfect sense at the time ), but some of their correspondence is, perhaps, more authentic in its lack of fanciness and as an expression of affection than most of his poetry for other women is. It may have been an arranged marriage, like most where at the time, but it doesn't mean it was a loveless one on the long run so I don't find their relationship in the series is the most far fetched thing (even the first time he saw her is, I think, a little nod to a letter written by Lorenzo's mother where, upon meeting the girl for the

lisahernandez-lh 10 January 2020

Such an underrated show, and i prefer it over other historical dramas like The borgias and Tudors. Richard madden and Daniel were amazing and fit for the characters. The show gave me assassin's creed brotherhood vibes, which made me love it even more. Loved storyline, the historical period and settings.

famkewijnen 18 October 2019

I really enjoyed season 1 and 2 of this series. And I am impatiently waiting for season 3!

There is just one thing I need to say. I am so tired of people complaining that series like this are not good because they do not follow the exact history of these people and this time. I am a History student and I truly love shows like this. That the history is not completely accurate does not mean you can not enjoy this. Sovstop jammering about this!

famkewijnen 18 October 2019

I really enjoyed season 1 and 2 of this series. And I am impatiently waiting for season 3!

There is just one thing I need to say. I am so tired of people complaining that series like this are not good because they do not follow the exact history of these people and this time. I am a History student and I truly love shows like this. That the history is not completely accurate does not mean you can not enjoy this. Sovstop jammering about this!

adencrane 11 December 2016

I think this is a great series for entertainment and history....It did inspire me to do more research on the Medici family. I discovered the series isn't entirely historically accurate but then we are talking about events that happened or not over 500 yrs ago..The setting is lush and is everything required for the series to be believable...The actors are all incredible and convincing...even Dustin Hoffman!!The soundtrack is pretty good despite the more modern beats ..I think they should have included more period music. The soundtrack is a bit repetitive but that is my main criticism!The intrigues are complicated by historical flashbacks which takes getting used to but all in all i cant wait for the second season!

adencrane 11 December 2016

I think this is a great series for entertainment and history....It did inspire me to do more research on the Medici family. I discovered the series isn't entirely historically accurate but then we are talking about events that happened or not over 500 yrs ago..The setting is lush and is everything required for the series to be believable...The actors are all incredible and convincing...even Dustin Hoffman!!The soundtrack is pretty good despite the more modern beats ..I think they should have included more period music. The soundtrack is a bit repetitive but that is my main criticism!The intrigues are complicated by historical flashbacks which takes getting used to but all in all i cant wait for the second season!

obeycrossliving 12 December 2016

Let me start off by saying, this series does take some getting use to. The initial few episodes are not very interesting, but they are worth watching. If anything the amazing chemistry and acting of Richard Madden and Annabel Scholey makes the slow pace of the first few episodes a lot more entertaining and definitely worth watching. And the final few episodes turned a decent series into a great one. The main characters are very well cast, maybe with the exception of Dustin Hoffman. And as the season progressed, I find myself connecting and caring with many of the characters, and their interesting backstories. Whether it's Cosimo's love story, or the long family feud, I genuinely do care about what happens to some of the characters. I have to say Annabel Scholey probably gave the best performance out of the whole cast and really made the show great.

Its not perfect and at times does seem a bit slow. But overall the series was great.

PS: It's very historically inaccurate, more of a drama then anything. So if that bothers you don't watch it.

obeycrossliving 12 December 2016

Let me start off by saying, this series does take some getting use to. The initial few episodes are not very interesting, but they are worth watching. If anything the amazing chemistry and acting of Richard Madden and Annabel Scholey makes the slow pace of the first few episodes a lot more entertaining and definitely worth watching. And the final few episodes turned a decent series into a great one. The main characters are very well cast, maybe with the exception of Dustin Hoffman. And as the season progressed, I find myself connecting and caring with many of the characters, and their interesting backstories. Whether it's Cosimo's love story, or the long family feud, I genuinely do care about what happens to some of the characters. I have to say Annabel Scholey probably gave the best performance out of the whole cast and really made the show great.

Its not perfect and at times does seem a bit slow. But overall the series was great.

PS: It's very historically inaccurate, more of a drama then anything. So if that bothers you don't watch it.

egrw 13 July 2020

I notice several reviews that mention the first season only, IE Dustin Hoffman's role, etc. On my first viewing, I found the first few episodes to be slightly boring, but the show only got better as it went along. I truly enjoyed season 1, but season 2 is on a whole other level and I urge anyone who didn't care for season 1 to keep watching. I find Lorenzo (seasons 2-3) to be much more likeable as a main character, and the Pazzi storyline was captivating. I gasped and cried throughout this show and I found myself very attached to the characters. The Medicis have their faults but for the most part, they're good characters who you root for. I really enjoyed some of the character and relationship arcs, and the romance is done well. More of a slow burn between the two main couples, infuriating at times, but entertaining to watch as there's good chemistry. Not a ton of sex or nudity, mostly in the first season and then it drops off after that. The costuming is gorgeous, and the soundtrack! I'm currently obsessed with it and listen to it frequently. The music is very prevalent throughout the series, but to me it just helps tie everything together. The acting is great and Daniel Sharman especially is amazing as Lorenzo. I can't imagine anyone else in that role as he IS Lorenzo.

I think anyone who loves history, politics and scheming, and family drama will enjoy this show. It's very underrated and I had never heard of it until I came across it randomly on Netflix. As much as I loved Game of Thrones, I think I enjoyed the Medicis much more. It's simply one of the best shows I've ever watched, personally.

egrw 13 July 2020

I notice several reviews that mention the first season only, IE Dustin Hoffman's role, etc. On my first viewing, I found the first few episodes to be slightly boring, but the show only got better as it went along. I truly enjoyed season 1, but season 2 is on a whole other level and I urge anyone who didn't care for season 1 to keep watching. I find Lorenzo (seasons 2-3) to be much more likeable as a main character, and the Pazzi storyline was captivating. I gasped and cried throughout this show and I found myself very attached to the characters. The Medicis have their faults but for the most part, they're good characters who you root for. I really enjoyed some of the character and relationship arcs, and the romance is done well. More of a slow burn between the two main couples, infuriating at times, but entertaining to watch as there's good chemistry. Not a ton of sex or nudity, mostly in the first season and then it drops off after that. The costuming is gorgeous, and the soundtrack! I'm currently obsessed with it and listen to it frequently. The music is very prevalent throughout the series, but to me it just helps tie everything together. The acting is great and Daniel Sharman especially is amazing as Lorenzo. I can't imagine anyone else in that role as he IS Lorenzo.

I think anyone who loves history, politics and scheming, and family drama will enjoy this show. It's very underrated and I had never heard of it until I came across it randomly on Netflix. As much as I loved Game of Thrones, I think I enjoyed the Medicis much more. It's simply one of the best shows I've ever watched, personally.

trricky 25 December 2016

I believe that this series deserve a lot of credit to create a complex story to Florentine republic. I know some people might disagrees, but I'm enthusiastic to follow the schemes and the art of intrigue as old politics were. I wish to see soon the second series of it. Cosimo life is a small part of Medici legacy and I hope to see more of the Lorenzo saga in the next series. Cosimo for sure put them in the history book, but Lorenzo is the one that create the Renaissance and he would deserve a series... I don't know how they will jump ahead of a century but I wish they do, Anyway I've enjoyed the series and I believe the wife/ husband relationship is overrated, since at that age women's were not supposed to act in behalf of their husband. I wish they could

jilena008 1 January 2017

Loved it! Cosimo (and Lorenzo) De Medici are fascinating historical characters and the story line weaves with the intrigue and political tightropes of the day. Of course there are historical liberties but the script and sets recreated the era well. The story drew me in and the acting is brilliant! Loved Contessina's character and Annabel Scholey pulled it off! Hats off to Richard Madden, Giudo Caprino and the entire cast. The real Cosimo was a key player in the formation of the Renaissance, no small thing. Love that a series would tackle the era and the real pressures that such a significant person faced. "Medici" was inspiring, educational and looked beautiful. Another review said the dialogue was boring which surprises me but it wasn't really an age of "zingers", maybe that's what they were looking for.

jilena008 1 January 2017

Loved it! Cosimo (and Lorenzo) De Medici are fascinating historical characters and the story line weaves with the intrigue and political tightropes of the day. Of course there are historical liberties but the script and sets recreated the era well. The story drew me in and the acting is brilliant! Loved Contessina's character and Annabel Scholey pulled it off! Hats off to Richard Madden, Giudo Caprino and the entire cast. The real Cosimo was a key player in the formation of the Renaissance, no small thing. Love that a series would tackle the era and the real pressures that such a significant person faced. "Medici" was inspiring, educational and looked beautiful. Another review said the dialogue was boring which surprises me but it wasn't really an age of "zingers", maybe that's what they were looking for.

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