When my husband first showed up at home with this series, I thought I was going to be bored out of my mind. I like history, and I like Julius Caesar, but hours of it? We put disc one in the DVD player and hit play. From midway through the first episode, I was hooked. In fact, we watched nearly all 12 episodes in one day. The acting was superb, the sets were amazing and the storyline engulfed the viewer. Their is a lot of nudity and sex in the series, but that is the history of the story. HBO always has groundbreaking performances from relatively unknown actors, and Rome is no exception. Kevin McKidd shines as Lucius Vorenus, Ray Stevenson is perhaps the best actor, portraying Titus Pullo, and Polly Walker does a great job as Atia. They are my favorite three out of the ensemble cast, showing off their great acting while performing some of the most questionable antics during Caesar's reign. The show, in its first season, follows Caesar's control of the Roman people until his untimely death. It also has the side stories of two of his loyal army men, his cousin and the Senate that wishes to overthrow him. In the final episode, Caesar meets his fate, along with a few others that were surprising. Overall, the set design, costuming and acting make this series a guilty pleasure. I can't wait to continue on with season two.