10 Worst Episodes of Succession

Succession has been a fan-favorite since it first aired in 2018 on HBO. The show follows the lives of the powerful Roy family as they navigate the complex world of media and entertainment conglomerates. With six seasons under its belt, Succession has garnered critical acclaim for its exceptional writing, acting, and direction. However, even the best shows can have their share of missteps, and Succession is no exception. In this article, we'll be taking a look at the worst episodes of Succession, ranked by viewers.

It's always interesting to see how a show evolves over time, both in terms of its plot and its reception. Succession has had its fair share of ups and downs, with some episodes standing out as fan favorites and others falling flat. While the show has maintained a high level of quality throughout its run, there are a few episodes that viewers have deemed the weakest. Whether it's due to a lack of plot development, poor pacing, or uninteresting storylines, these episodes have failed to resonate with audiences.

So, without further ado, let's dive into the worst episodes of Succession, as ranked by viewers. While these episodes may not be the best the show has to offer, they still provide valuable insight into the world of the Roy family and the challenges they face. Whether you're a die-hard fan or a newcomer to the series, this list is sure to spark some lively debate and discussion.

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

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Succession - S3E4

#10 - Lion in the Meadow (Season 3 - Episode 4)

Logan and Kendall have their first meeting together with Josh, a major investor worried about their family feud.

The episode was rated 7.75 from 1380 votes.

Succession - S2E7

#9 - Return (Season 2 - Episode 7)


The Roys head to the UK, where Roman and Shiv try to strike a deal with their mother and Logan and Kendall face the consequences of their last visit.

The episode was rated 7.73 from 1576 votes.

Succession - S1E7

#8 - Austerlitz (Season 1 - Episode 7)

In an effort to fix his public image, Logan agrees to a family therapy session at Connor’s New Mexico ranch that Logan intends to double as a publicity stunt. While lying low, Kendall spends some time with the locals and finds his sobriety tested. Shiv considers putting herself in a precarious situation when Nate pushes her to join a potential presidential candidate’s team.

The episode was rated 7.71 from 1923 votes.

Succession - S3E6

#7 - What It Takes (Season 3 - Episode 6)


Logan and team head to Virginia for a conservative political conference, where Roman finds out surprising news about his mother.

The episode was rated 7.70 from 1346 votes.

Succession - S1E8

#6 - Prague (Season 1 - Episode 8)

Tom has a bachelor’s party to remember. Kendall eyes a new business opportunity with a pair of idealistic entrepreneurs. Roman looks to land a deal for local TV stations with his father’s longtime nemesis. Logan tasks Greg to act as Kendall’s babysitter during Tom’s party. Shiv and Gil get ambushed during a TV interview on a Waystar network.

The episode was rated 7.64 from 1858 votes.

Succession - S1E5

#5 - I Went to Market (Season 1 - Episode 5)


After hearing Logan’s plan to expand in to local TV, Kendall begins to plot a vote of no confidence against his father. Greg drives his ornery grandfather Ewan from Canada to New York for a Thanksgiving reunion with Logan. Tom grows increasingly concerned about the terms of his prenuptial agreement with Shiv, and recruits Greg for a clandestine task.

The episode was rated 7.60 from 1968 votes.

Succession - S1E4

#4 - Sad Sack Wasp Trap (Season 1 - Episode 4)

With the company’s annual foundation gala fundraiser approaching, and his dad out of the picture, Kendall polishes up his speech while enlisting an on-air personality from the Waystar’s ATV Networks to accompany him. Shiv tries to minimize damage from a sordid photo that threatens a client's political future. Tom inherits a “virus” from his predecessor.

The episode was rated 7.56 from 2009 votes.

Succession - S1E3

#3 - Lifeboats (Season 1 - Episode 3)


With Waystar's stock plunging to dangerous lows, Kendall is confronted with a major crisis involving a secret bank debt. Upset with Marcia for pulling rank in the Roy apartment, Shiv decides to enlist an old paramour to conduct a background check on Logan's third wife. Kendall and Roman attend their first big meeting in their new roles, as do Tom and Greg.

The episode was rated 7.43 from 2184 votes.

Succession - S1E2

#2 - Sh*t Show at the F**k Factory (Season 1 - Episode 2)

Logan's incapacitation sets off a heated succession debate among his children, as the Board rushes to inform the media about leadership contingencies before the stock market opens. Greg is tasked to retrieve some important items from the Roy apartment. Kendall makes an impassioned final plea to keep Waystar/Royco in the family, and receives some sobering news.

The episode was rated 7.40 from 2376 votes.

Succession - S1E1

#1 - Celebration (Season 1 - Episode 1)


On his 80th birthday, media magnate Logan Roy, whose imminent retirement was thought to be a given, shocks his family by announcing he's staying on indefinitely as CEO of Waystar/Royco. The news shatters his son Kendall, the heir apparent who's in the midst of negotiating the purchase of a digital-media venture founded by a slick operator named Lawrence.

The episode was rated 7.38 from 2868 votes.

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