I started downloading "The Tudors" about a month ago and me and Boyfriend are so into it now. If you can get your hands on seasons 1 and 2, I'd definitely recommend checking it out. They are probably available to rent in the States and in the UK. I've had to download all the episodes from online because I don't think the series has shown in Australia and it took 2 weeks to download each season. The third season just ended last Sunday so I hope it'll be quicker to download those episodes.
It basically covers King Henry the 8th rule over England. For those of you who don't know any of the history behind Henry the 8th, he's the one who decided he wanted to divorce his first wife to take a new one, thus causing England's split with the Catholic Church when the Church would not allow him to divorce his first wife. He soon tires of the next wife, and the next wife, and the next wife, etc, always finding ways to justify getting rid of them in some way.
Girls will like it because there are lots of hot guys, hot naked guy bums, and the costumes are amazing. Guys will like it cause there are lots of naked boobs and bums and lots of beheadings. The whole thing revolves around sex, ambition, and betrayal.
We were both blown away by King Henry's ego and Jonathon Rhys Meyer does a great job of playing the character. After seeing this series and reading all the stuff by Phillipa Gregory, like The Other Boleyn Girl, life at this court seems even more interesting than history books made it out to be!