Slow Horses

10 Worst Episodes of Slow Horses

This quick-witted spy drama follows a dysfunctional team of MI5 agents—and their obnoxious boss, the notorious Jackson Lamb—as they navigate the espionage world’s smoke and mirrors to defend England from sinister forces.

Written by Sophie and last updated on jan 16, 2024.

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#10 - Strange Games (Season 3 - Episode 1)

In the latest episode of Slow Horses, titled "Strange Games," viewers are taken on a rollercoaster of emotions as a romantic relationship in Istanbul takes a turn for the worse. This unexpected twist sets the stage for a gripping storyline that keeps audiences on the edge of their seats.

Meanwhile, tension rises when one of the Slow Horses fails to show up for work, causing Lamb to hit the panic button. As the team faces the repercussions of this unforeseen absence, viewers are left wondering what could have happened and how it will impact the group's dynamics moving forward.

Fans of Slow Horses are raving about the season opener, praising the brilliance of the scripts, the talented cast, and the intriguing storylines. With the show's unique blend of spy drama and unexpected plot twists, it's no wonder that viewers are eagerly anticipating how the season will unfold. And of course, fans can't help but have that persistent urge to give Lamb a makeover, even though his disheveled appearance is part of his charm. Never change, Jackson Lamb!

The episode was rated 7.89 from 793 votes.

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#9 - Fiasco (Season 1 - Episode 5)


In the latest episode of "Slow Horses" titled "Fiasco," the Slow Horses find themselves in a dangerous predicament - they must disappear to avoid capture by MI5. As tensions rise, Lamb and River devise a plan to outsmart Taverner at The Park.

While some viewers found this episode to be a continuation of the previous plot without much new to offer, others were captivated by the show's delivery and the ongoing battle between Lady Di and Lamb. The story progression mainly revolves around Lamb making a move against Lady Di and Curly's plot, providing continuity from the previous episode. However, it's understandable if some viewers wanted more fresh twists and turns.

Directed by James Hawes, this episode showcases the brilliant performances of the cast. Fans particularly enjoyed the characters played by Brian Vernel as Curly, Antonio Aakeel as Hassan Ahmed, and Gary Oldman as Jackson Lamb. These actors brought depth and charisma to their roles, keeping audiences engaged throughout the episode.

Although some viewers found certain scenes, like the over-the-top "500 Miles" sequence, to be a bit excessive, the tension and comedic moments added a nice touch to the overall story. It's worth noting that this episode serves as a transition towards the upcoming finale, setting the stage for an exciting conclusion.

Ultimately, for many fans, the allure of "Slow Horses" lies in Gary Oldman's compelling portrayal of Jackson Lamb. His performance continues to be a major draw for viewers, reminding us why we tune in to watch this thrilling show.

The episode was rated 7.80 from 1327 votes.

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#8 - Cicada (Season 2 - Episode 4)

In the latest episode of Slow Horses, titled "Cicada," things are heating up for Louisa as she finally decides to make her move on Pashkin. Fans have been eagerly waiting for this moment, and it does not disappoint. But that's not the only action happening in this thrilling episode.

Meanwhile, Catherine finds herself in a different kind of game when she takes on a high-stakes chess match with a mysterious and sinister stranger. As the tension rises, viewers will be on the edge of their seats, wondering what moves Catherine will make and how it will all play out.

This episode of Slow Horses is full of surprises and twists that keep viewers hooked. And if you thought the show couldn't get any better, just wait until Gary Oldman enters the scene. His presence elevates the show to a whole new level of greatness. However, be prepared for the unexpected as the episode ends with a jaw-dropping scene involving River, leaving viewers both shocked and eager for the next installment. With its unconventional spy series format, Slow Horses continues to prove itself as one of the best in the genre.

The episode was rated 7.78 from 870 votes.

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#7 - Bad Tradecraft (Season 1 - Episode 3)


In the latest episode of Slow Horses, titled "Bad Tradecraft," Slough House becomes an unexpected setting for a secret romance. However, things quickly take a dark turn when a dangerous encounter escalates into a deadly situation. As the episode unfolds, viewers are treated to a gritty ending and an enticing cliffhanger that leaves them wanting more.

One of the standout moments in this episode is the hilarious bench conversation and, yes, even a fart scene that had viewers in stitches. It's proof that Slow Horses knows how to blend humor with its thrilling storyline. Additionally, the episode delves into the world of politics, shedding light on the dirty tactics and the lengths people will go to achieve their goals. It's a thought-provoking exploration that adds depth to the show's overall narrative.

As always, the incomparable Jackson Lamb steals the show with his outrageous behavior and lack of manners. His antics provide plenty of laughs and elevate the quality of Slow Horses. With a rating of 71.29, this episode keeps the momentum going and leaves viewers eager for more. Directed by James Hawes, the episode showcases stellar performances from the talented cast, including Gary Oldman as Jackson Lamb, Samuel West as Peter Judd, Kristin Scott Thomas as Diana Taverner, and more.

While Slow Horses continues to impress, some viewers have voiced their concerns about the portrayal of certain characters. Specifically, the kidnappers and some of the right-wing individuals come across as caricatures, which can be distracting. However, overall, the episode still manages to captivate and entertain. It's worth noting that the plot, though revealing at times, still holds surprises, ensuring that viewers are kept on their toes until the very end.

The episode was rated 7.75 from 1406 votes.

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#6 - Drinking Games (Season 2 - Episode 3)

In the latest episode of Slow Horses titled "Drinking Games," River takes a trip to the picturesque Cotswolds in search of a mysterious sleeper agent. As he delves deeper into his investigation, he finds himself getting cozy in the charming countryside. But little does he know, the tranquility of this idyllic setting masks the danger that lurks beneath the surface. With each twist and turn, River unravels a web of deceit that will keep viewers on the edge of their seats.

Meanwhile, Min, one of our favorite characters, discovers firsthand just how brutal Russian drinking games can be. As she immerses herself in the local culture, she quickly realizes that these games are not for the faint of heart. With high stakes and intense competition, Min finds herself caught up in a thrilling challenge that tests her limits. Will she come out victorious, or will she be left nursing a hangover and a bruised ego?

Fans of Slow Horses will be pleasantly surprised by this episode, as it takes the story in unexpected directions. The blend of suspense and humor keeps the narrative engaging, making it a must-watch for fans of the show. So grab your popcorn and get ready to join River and Min on their thrilling adventures in "Drinking Games" - you won't want to miss a minute of the action!

The episode was rated 7.74 from 954 votes.

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#5 - Visiting Hours (Season 1 - Episode 4)


In the latest episode of Slow Horses, titled "Visiting Hours," tension runs high as Taverner sends the Dogs to track down Lamb and the Slow Horses. However, it seems that River holds the key to saving the gang. With Lady Di causing trouble for Lamb and a sense of urgency building, this episode keeps us on the edge of our seats. As the series progresses, we can't help but appreciate the brilliant performances of the entire cast. Jackson Lamb is no longer the sole intriguing character, as the one-liner jokes seamlessly fit into this gripping crime series. Slow Horses just keeps getting better with each new episode.

With a rating of 71.29, "Visiting Hours" proves to be an intense addition to the series. The plot unfolds with a score of 1.2 in the first two parts, building up to a thrilling 1.4 in the third part, and concluding with a solid 1.3 in the fourth part. Directed by James Hawes, this episode showcases the talents of the cast, with Gary Oldman as Jackson Lamb leading the pack with a rating of 1.7. Brian Vernel as Curly, Stephen Walters as Zeppo, Dustin Demri-Burns as Min Harper, Jack Lowden as River Cartwright, and Kristin Scott Thomas as Diana Taverner also deliver standout performances.

In this episode, tensions rise as the 1st and 2nd chair attempt to throw the Slow Horses under the bus. Lamb, however, seems to have anticipated this move and will do what it takes to protect his team. As the blame game plays out, it becomes clear that the higher-ups are quick to shift responsibility onto those lower down the ladder. Amidst the chaos, one-liners like "We should keep kissing in case they look in the rearview mirror" bring some much-needed humor. As the secrets unravel and the interrogations intensify, Cartwright's ill-fated decision to visit the hospital sheds light on why the man being interrogated was sent to Slow Horses in the first place.

In "Visiting Hours," Slow Horses continues to captivate viewers with its gripping storyline and stellar performances. With each passing episode, the stakes get higher, and the secrets become harder to keep. As fans eagerly await the next installment, it's clear that Slow Horses is a series that just keeps getting better.

The episode was rated 7.70 from 1322 votes.

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#4 - Last Stop (Season 2 - Episode 1)

In the latest episode of Slow Horses, titled "Last Stop," tensions run high as Jackson Lamb, the seasoned spy, finds himself on red alert. The shocking discovery of a former spy's lifeless body sends shockwaves throughout Slough House, leaving Lamb and his team on edge. As they scramble to uncover the truth behind this mysterious death, the stakes are higher than ever.

Meanwhile, Min and Louisa, two members of Lamb's team, find themselves facing an intriguing offer from an unexpected source. Temptation hangs in the air as they weigh the potential benefits against the risks involved. Will they succumb to the allure of this outside offer, or will their loyalty to Slough House prevail?

With the second season of Slow Horses off to a riveting start, viewers are in for a treat. The show's intricate storyline and complex characters have drawn comparisons to the gripping espionage tale, "Thinker Taylor Soldier Spy." Just like in that film, missing even one line of dialogue can leave you utterly lost. So buckle up and prepare for another thrilling episode of Slow Horses, where secrets are unveiled and loyalties are tested.

The episode was rated 7.64 from 1088 votes.

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#3 - From Upshott with Love (Season 2 - Episode 2)


In the thrilling episode "From Upshott With Love" of the hit TV show Slow Horses, the tension reaches its peak as Lamb, our resourceful protagonist, finds himself in a high-stakes situation. Lamb's expertise in liaising with intelligence sources is put to the test when he encounters a Russian defector who may possess valuable information about sleeper agents. As the clock ticks, Lamb must navigate through a labyrinth of secrets and deception to uncover the truth. Will he be able to decipher the clues and prevent an imminent threat?

Meanwhile, the relentless River is hot on the trail of a merciless assassin. With her razor-sharp instincts and unwavering determination, she stops at nothing to bring justice to those who deserve it. As the pursuit intensifies, River's own life hangs in the balance. Will she be able to outsmart her adversary and bring them to justice, or will she become another casualty in this dangerous game?

Prepare to be on the edge of your seat as "From Upshott With Love" delivers heart-pounding action, gripping suspense, and unexpected twists. Slow Horses continues to captivate audiences with its compelling characters and intricate plotlines. Don't miss this thrilling episode that will leave you eagerly anticipating the next installment of this addictive TV series.

The episode was rated 7.63 from 983 votes.

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#2 - Work Drinks (Season 1 - Episode 2)

In the latest episode of Slow Horses, titled "Work Drinks," River and Sid find themselves teaming up to tackle a new challenge. The episode starts off strong, building on the foundation set by the well-crafted pilot. With the world already established, the pace picks up, and the show's identity shines through. Viewers can expect great tension and character development, all accompanied by gritty photography that adds to the overall atmosphere.

One viewer was particularly intrigued by the start of the episode, speculating whether a character purposely failed a test to end up in Slough House. This plot twist adds an extra layer of mystery and anticipation for the rest of the season. Despite some viewers feeling that this episode dragged a bit, the strong performances from the cast kept it enjoyable. And just when you think you have the series figured out, the last scene takes a surprising turn, setting a different tone for the show.

With a rating of 67.88, this episode delivers a compelling plot that unfolds piece by piece, revealing more about what's really happening. The director, James Hawes, brings his vision to life, while the standout performances from Olivia Cooke as Sid Baker and Jack Lowden as River Cartwright make them fan-favorite characters. Dustin Demri-Burns as Min Harper, Gary Oldman as Jackson Lamb, Kristin Scott Thomas as Diana Taverner, and Brian Vernel as Curly also leave a lasting impression. However, some viewers expressed their dislike for how mean the characters are to one particular individual, adding an element of tension to the dynamic.

Overall, "Work Drinks" showcases the strengths of Slow Horses, delivering an episode that keeps viewers engaged and eager for more.

The episode was rated 7.50 from 1493 votes.

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#1 - Failure’s Contagious (Season 1 - Episode 1)


In the first episode of Slow Horses, titled "Failure's Contagious," we meet River Cartwright, a former MI5 agent who finds himself in a less-than-ideal situation. After being ousted from MI5, River ends up in Slough House, a dumping ground for failed spies. The episode sets the stage for the show's premise, offering a glimpse into the world of terrorism from the perspective of the lowest level of MI5.

Although the first sequence of the episode is tense and gripping, some viewers found the overall delivery to be anti-climactic. However, the standout performance of Gary Oldman as Jackson Lamb, an old and grumpy boss, steals the show. With a talented cast and promising plot material, there is hope that the show will improve in subsequent episodes.

While the plot may not immediately reel you in, the intriguing characters are what keep viewers engaged. Despite mixed reviews, fans of spy dramas may want to give Slow Horses another chance, hoping that it picks up in the upcoming episodes. With a rating of 66.54, there is room for improvement, but the potential for an exciting and captivating series is there. Directed by James Hawes and written by Kornelius Harda Wicaksana, Slow Horses has the ingredients for an intriguing spy thriller that may surprise us as the story unfolds.

The episode was rated 7.33 from 1748 votes.

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