The White Queen

2013 NR 1 season

The White Queen

2013 NR 1 season
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During Britain's tumultuous 15th century, the battle for supremacy between the houses of Lancaster and York leads to a protracted civil war. This historical drama spotlights three women who become deeply involved in the royal intrigues of the era.
Rebecca Ferguson, Amanda Hale, Faye Marsay, Aneurin Barnard, Max Irons, David Oakes, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ben Lamb, James Frain, Janet McTeer
  • SEASON  1

Summary of Season 1 (2013) - 3 discs

Amid the prolonged conflict of England's War of the Roses, three women of royal caste subtly maneuver allies and enemies in their quest for power. Queen Elizabeth, the White Queen, does all she can and must to ensure her claim to the throne.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.78:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Widescreen 1.78:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby True HD, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 17+
Common Sense rating Not for kids
age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The White Queen is a gripping British series set in pre-Tudor England that's marked by intense war drama, steamy romance, and devious manipulation among royal family members. Based on a book series by Philippa Gregory, the story pays homage to the gritty, drawn-out battles for the British throne during the Lancastrian/Yorkist conflicts, but it does so without a lot of gore, since most war scenes cut away just before the slicing and dicing begins. This isn't a series for teens, if for no other reason than multiple bedroom scenes with full nudity (only genitalia are obscured) and realistic simulated sex. Also concerning is how the characters use and misuse the affections of others, usually to their own gain and with little concern for the fallout for the victims. For adults, though, the story is an enticing blend of action, human drama, and love stories of varying degrees.

Sexual Content

Full nudity in bedroom scenes shows everything but genitalia, and sex is graphic and steamy. Bedroom romps have couples tangling in the sheets, and simulated sex seems very real. In most cases, it's a tender and mutually enjoyed experience, but there are some occasions of men forcing themselves on unwilling partners.


Battle scenes are brief, and most of the violence is implied rather than shown. A woman dreams of her husband's death by sword, but the scene cuts away before he's actually struck. The same is true for a series of beheadings; the victims are shown being forced onto the chopping block before the executioner raises his ax, and the scene ends. Even without the graphic violence, though, the story is very intense.


"Goddamn," "bastard," "damn," "slut," and "whore" are heard, but not often.

Social Behavior

The series offers viewers a fascinating (if fictionalized) glimpse into the workings of politics and power in medieval England. Women take center stage, and the story is told mostly from their points of view. Gender roles are predictably traditional, but as the story progresses, it illustrates the power women wield over men - and thus over politics - behind the scenes. No character is above reproach, and some are downright diabolical, but most resort to manipulation only on behalf of their families' interests and their children's futures.


Not applicable.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Adults drink ale at meals, but there aren't any ill effects.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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