The White Queen: Season 1 (2013)

Season 1
The White Queen

Critics Consensus

Though it sometimes suffers from clunky storytelling, The White Queen still delivers sufficient intrigue, thanks to its gorgeous costumes, splendid cast, and sexy, soapy plots.



Critic Ratings: 20


Audience Score

User Ratings: 163
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Air date: Aug 10, 2013
Air date: Aug 17, 2013
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Air date: Sep 7, 2013
Air date: Sep 14, 2013
Air date: Sep 21, 2013
Air date: Sep 28, 2013
Air date: Oct 5, 2013
Air date: Oct 12, 2013
Air date: Oct 19, 2013

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Court intrigue, murder, romance and seduction drive this historical drama about the quest of three women and those around them who will stop at nothing in their efforts to become queen of England. The series begins in 1463, as a secret wedding between widowed commoner Elizabeth Woodville (Rebecca Ferguson) and King Edward IV (Max Irons) kicks off a deadly power struggle. Believing that her son, Henry Tudor, is destined to mount the throne, and determined to see it happen, royal cousin Margaret Beaufort (Amanda Hale) begins to take manipulative steps to see her dream come true, while Anne Neville (Faye Marsay), the daughter of influential Lord Warwick (James Frain) also known as "The Kingmaker," looks on as her father schemes his way to securing the crown for her.


Max Irons
as King Edward IV
Aneurin Barnard
as Richard, Duke of Gloucester
David Oakes
as George, Duke of Clarence
Janet McTeer
as Jacquetta
James Frain
as Lord Warwick
Rebecca Ferguson
as Elizabeth Woodville
Amanda Hale
as Margaret Beaufort
Faye Marsay
as Anne Neville
Ben Lamb
as Anthony Rivers
Tom McKay
as Jasper Tudor
Eleanor Tomlinson
as Isabel Neville
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Critic Reviews for The White Queen Season 1

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (12)

You could do worse than The White Queen.

Sep 3, 2013 | Full Review…

If it had less magic, the miniseries might really have cast a spell.

Sep 3, 2013 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The White Queen is gauzier than The Tudors, and it contains more overacting; but it scratches the same itch.

Aug 12, 2013 | Full Review…

Its success is due largely to the costumes, set dressing, and comeliness of the two leads.

Aug 8, 2013 | Full Review…

It's pretty and toothless, far lighter than its source material, and nothing like as thrilling as it should, or could, be.

Oct 10, 2018 | Full Review…

As a love story set in an impossibly chivalrous past, this was deliciously enjoyable. The conflict between the houses of Lancaster and York ceased to matter -- the crucial conflict was between Innocence and Experience.

Nov 6, 2017 | Full Review…

If you can brush aside concerns about historical accuracy (including a 15th century that seems a lot cleaner than you'd expect), 'The White Queen' is a rewarding experience.

Jul 29, 2015 | Full Review…

The White Queen is tremendously entertaining.

Feb 21, 2014 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Like a Masterpiece Classic on steroids, Starz's 10-part historical potboiler The White Queen is ripe with juicy intrigue of the royal and romantic variety, ripping bodices with pay-cable aplomb.

Jan 6, 2014 | Full Review…

Part soap opera, part war film, and part melodrama, this series is an intoxicating jaunt through a snippet of British history fraught with contentious loyalties and lethal power struggles.

Aug 8, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Years slip by in a moment, dismissed with clunky exposition, the rooms with their hangings become interchangeable and claustrophobic, and though some windows shine brightly, it becomes increasingly difficult to see the kingdom for the queens.

Jan 6, 2014 | Full Review…

[Max] Irons, ... along with the rest of the cast, makes The White Queen an entertaining romp through a complicated and fascinating period of English history.

Aug 14, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The White Queen: Season 1

  • Feb 04, 2019
    Great reenactments of a turbulent real story in england. Gripping and totally worthy of the series treatment.
  • May 04, 2018
    I loved this show and the actors were perfectly cast.
  • Apr 07, 2018
    Good stuff. But if watching this as a binge you'll notice a couple of themes that become repetitive: Who'll marry whom and the transactional value of women by contractual marriages, that and their schemes to manipulate their lot ... rinse & repeat, etc. However strong performances from a good cast keep it watchable. Of interest, Tom Cruise said this is where he found Rebecca Ferguson for "MI: Rogue" - where she almost stole the show and will be back for "MI: Fallout" (2018). Of add'l interest is "Poldark's" Eleanor Tomlinson, or Demelza; she's here, too! | ~ Norm de Guerre
  • Sep 15, 2017
    The British always do it better! This pretty and complex series is a great way to learn about the history of the War of the Roses and see how the desire for the crown of England was a ticket to war and death. The acting is superb, the costumes are stunning and the storyline is all true!! Each episode is quite intense and engrossing. The actors play their characters with great skill and banter with rich dialogue. We can really feel the variety of emotions as if we were transported back in time. This series offers a great perspective about live in medieval times and the relationships among royal families. The partnership with BBC definitely elevated the program to a higher level. So much better than any made-up novels or fantasy tales. Absolutely truth is stranger than fiction--so enjoy, be entertained, and educated!
  • Aug 20, 2016
    Great historical drama, with a brilliant performance by Rebecca Ferguson. Very tempered story telling, dramatic but not over the top as in others similar to its kind.
  • May 25, 2016
    I'm two episodes in, and I'm enjoying all the intrigue! Fun show!
  • Feb 27, 2016
    Comprima si schimba istoria dar Ferguson si alti cativa actori sunt foarte buni
  • Feb 17, 2016
    I absolutely loved this mini-series. Gorgeous costumes, realistic scenery, intrigue, treachery, lies, unexpected twists and a torrid love story. Seriously, what more could you ask for?
  • Jun 28, 2015
    When all of it was finally over, I was way to happy about the fact of their are no episodes to watch.
  • May 27, 2015
    If you love English history and are still confused by the Wars of the Roses, this is the series for you! I kept Wikipedia open so I could look up the various characters and their claims to the throne. I hope they do a sequel about Henry Tudor and Elizabeth of York, parents of Henry VIII.

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