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The Gilded Age

The Gilded Age

HBO 2022

It’s 1882 and the Gilded Age is in full swing when Marian Brook, a young orphaned daughter of a Southern general, moves in with her rigidly conventional aunts in New York City. With the help of Peggy Scott, an African-American woman masquerading as her maid, Marian gets caught up in the dazzling lives of her rich neighbors as she struggles to decide between adhering to the rules or forging her own path.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Gilded Age

The Gilded Age - S1E6

#1 - Heads Have Rolled for Less


Season 1 - Episode 6

Bertha goes all out at a luncheon to impress Mr. McAllister, enlisting the help of Bannister — who rubs Church the wrong way. George fights to protect his public image, while Agnes’ status quo is disrupted. As Marian debates her feelings, Mrs. Chamberlain makes her an offer. Gladys bonds with a new friend. Armstrong intensifies her campaign against Peggy.

The episode was rated from 235 votes.

The Gilded Age - S1E5

#2 - Charity Has Two Functions


Season 1 - Episode 5

George and Bertha extend an invite to a young man who's piqued Gladys' interest. After charming Mr. McAllister, Bertha accompanies Marian and Aurora to hear Clara Barton speak in Dansville. There, Peggy works on her article and shares the story of her first love with Marian, whose interest in Mr. Raikes continues to grow. Oscar crosses paths with a vengeful Turner.

The episode was rated from 245 votes.

The Gilded Age - S1E8

#3 - Tucked Up in Newport


Season 1 - Episode 8

During her first visit to Newport, Bertha follows Mr. McCallister’s lead but is soon reminded of her place. Oscar’s pursuit of Gladys is threatened by a familiar presence. George gets his day in court. Worried about Armstrong’s interference, Peggy reveals her past. Marian makes a decision about her romantic future. Bridget follows Jack across the city.

The episode was rated from 192 votes.

The Gilded Age - S1E2

#4 - Money Isn't Everything


Season 1 - Episode 2

Tom Raikes’ visit to New York delights Marian but worries aunt Agnes. An increasingly desperate Peggy seeks legal advice from Mr. Raikes, George takes steps to further his latest business plans, Oscar van Rhijn homes in on young Gladys Russell, and a charity bazaar becomes the source of a dramatic stand after Bertha is slighted.

The episode was rated from 303 votes.

The Gilded Age - S1E7

#5 - Irresistible Change


Season 1 - Episode 7

As the city buzzes over Edison’s electricity demonstration, Bertha plans a picnic that involves Mr. Raikes — but not Marian. Agnes entreats her niece to protect the family’s reputation. George prepares for a legal battle as he bristles over Larry’s career ambitions. Bannister plots his revenge. Turner gets an unwelcome surprise.

The episode was rated from 211 votes.

The Gilded Age - S1E3

#6 - Face the Music


Season 1 - Episode 3

An unfortunate development finds George’s new rail station under threat. Despite Agnes’ warnings, Marian continues to see Mr. Raikes, who lays his ambitions bare. Peggy learns that a publisher is interested in her stories. At a talk given by Clara Barton, Ada reunites with a childhood friend. Oscar grows attached to his plan, while Jack invites Bridget to a show.

The episode was rated from 285 votes.

The Gilded Age - S1E4

#7 - A Long Ladder


Season 1 - Episode 4

In the aftermath of a tragedy, George makes a deal to help Bertha. Peggy gets an assignment from publisher T. Thomas Fortune, but a dinner with her parents ends on a sour note. Marian learns more about the mysterious Mrs. Chamberlain. Bannister's visit to the Russell house has a lasting impact on the staff. Bridget shares her dark secret with Mrs. Bauer.

The episode was rated from 249 votes.

The Gilded Age - S1E1

#8 - Never The New


Season 1 - Episode 1

1882. After the death of her father and accompanied by Peggy Scott, Marian Brook travels to New York to live with her aristocratic aunts, Agnes van Rhijn and Ada Brook. Meanwhile, determined to break into society, ruthless tycoon George Russell and his ambitious wife Bertha move their family into a lavish mansion across the street and prepare to throw their first soirée.

The episode was rated from 383 votes.

Last updated: may 16, 2022



Huge fan of Downton Abbey... This show isn't that so far... YES the costumes, the scenery, the sets! However the casting is falling flat. No one is likeable; the people your supposed to root for are cold as of first episode. Will watch more... but I'm not going to be putting this at #1 to watch for the week...


Well the first episode down and to be honest with you, there’s not on likeable character at the moment, none of the comfort or joy of downton abbey. I will try another one or two episodes, but I’ve already got that nagging feeling this show isn’t for me and probably won’t be around for long….


Teo insufferable Trump haters in one show may be more than I can take. Looks like Fellowes got woke.


The first two episodes are the introduction to the series and the time period . The Gilded Age is my favorite period in American history . With rapid industrialization of the country vast fortunes were made, and the making of the American millionaires. I feel that the reason the first two episodes fall flat is because they’re trying to explain historical content as I feel most Americans and perhaps others won’t understand the context of what they’re watching :man_shrugging: . Old knickerbocker New York society was established, and didn’t take too kindly to the new money arrivals . The women truly were the key holders of this society, and they ruled with an iron fist . The ruling class in New York had closed gates, and didn’t want to grant access to the rest of the country . In other words just because you were very wealthy and you were from California per say that didn’t grant you an entry into the wealth, connections, and the politics you needed to further your businesses and financial endeavors. If you want to get a better feel for society at the time read or watch House of Mirth and The Age of Innocence . Episode three seems to finally be getting into the meat and potatoes of the storyline .


Tepid American version of Downton Abbey. Poor writing. Computer graphics distracting. Lots of manufactured social drama. Yawn!


Carrie coon deserves more Shows She's just great


Carrie coon, all the way:smiling_face_with_3_hearts:

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