The Great

10 Best Episodes of The Great

A genre-bending, anti-historical ride through 18th century Russia following the rise of Catherine the Nothing to Catherine the Great and her explosive relationship with husband Peter, the emperor of Russia.

Written by Sophie and last updated on jun 12, 2023.

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#15 - Heads It's Me (Season 2 - Episode 1)

Four months after she launched a coup against her husband, a pregnant Catherine is gaining the upper hand in her war against Peter. The fact that he is deeply in love with Catherine and their unborn child does little to dissuade her from taking his throne.

The episode was rated 7.54 from 465 votes.

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#14 - War and Vomit (Season 1 - Episode 5)


As the war with Sweden continues to rage, Catherine and Aunt Elizabeth visit the military at the Russian front. Seeing the soldiers reminds Catherine of her goal to rule Russia differently. Grigor struggles with Peter and Georgina’s relationship and poisons Peter to end it. When Peter falls ill, Velementov, Orlo, and Marial all try to influence Catherine’s steps toward takeover as Peter’s life hangs in the balance.

The episode was rated 7.55 from 646 votes.

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#13 - And You Sir, Are No Peter the Great (Season 1 - Episode 3)

Catherine, Orlo and Marial continue their coup planning. They try to recruit an unhappy military general, Velementov, for their cause during palace celebrations honoring Peter’s late father, Peter the Great. Peter, noting Catherine’s unhappiness at court, gifts Catherine a sterile lover, Leo. She’s hesitant at first, but Leo manages to charm her.

The episode was rated 7.58 from 731 votes.

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#12 - Parachute (Season 1 - Episode 6)


Peter has a new lease on life after his near-death experience. He is open to Catherine’s progressive ideas of introducing art and science to court and wants to focus on an heir. Orlo tries to figure out who poisoned Peter and faces demons of his own.

The episode was rated 7.58 from 622 votes.

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#11 - Walnut Season (Season 2 - Episode 9)

Catherine and Peter are co-parenting their newborn son, Paul, with the help of Elizabeth and trying to avoid their feelings for each other. When Paul goes missing, Peter and Catherine are driven together in their quest to find him.

The episode was rated 7.60 from 355 votes.

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#10 - Stapler (Season 2 - Episode 7)


Catherine’s team is falling apart and she begins doubting her reign when her mother comes to visit. She works hard to hide the realities of the court from her mother and puts on a science fair for which Russia must come up with the best invention.

The episode was rated 7.60 from 358 votes.

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#9 - A Pox On Hope (Season 1 - Episode 7)

Catherine feels optimistic about peaceful coexistence with Peter and their increasing chemistry. When smallpox breaks out in the servant’s quarters, however, Peter reverts to his old ways. Meanwhile, Leo and Catherine’s relationship suffers and Georgina misses Peter.

The episode was rated 7.62 from 639 votes.

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#8 - A Simple Jape (Season 2 - Episode 6)


Catherine is frustrated by the lack of meaningful change in her rule of Russia so far. Seeking to shake the court out of its complacency, she plays a joke on them involving a serf to prove a point, but it gets wildly out of hand with tragic consequences.

The episode was rated 7.65 from 391 votes.

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#7 - Ice (Season 3 - Episode 6)

Catherine tries to persuade Peter to come home whilst Hugo re-doubles his attempts to regain his kingdom. Georgina continues to play her complicated court games.

The episode was rated 7.66 from 103 votes.

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#6 - Seven Days (Season 2 - Episode 8)


Elizabeth pronounces that Catherine’s baby will be born in 7 days and the court begins preparations involving rituals for Peter and Catherine. Conflict with the Ottomans heightens, and Catherine tries to run the country while on forced bed rest.

The episode was rated 7.69 from 372 votes.

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#5 - Love Hurts (Season 1 - Episode 9)

Tensions mount as Catherine, Orlo, Velementov, Leo, and Marial try to get regional counts on board with the coup. A few of the men end up killed. When a body is discovered later, Peter decides to torture everyone at the palace to find the murderous traitors. Marial buckles under the pressure and confides in Archie about Catherine’s plans. Catherine realizes she is pregnant.

The episode was rated 7.73 from 627 votes.

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#4 - Meatballs at the Dacha (Season 1 - Episode 8)


Catherine’s political abilities are tested when she’s given an opportunity to travel abroad with Peter and Velementov to discuss ending the war with Swedish king. Velementov finally sees the potential of her leadership and decides to support the coup. Back at the palace, Leo wants to leave court. Marial tries to keep him there by telling him about the coup.

The episode was rated 7.79 from 614 votes.

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#3 - Once Upon a Time (Season 3 - Episode 10)

Catherine meets court scientist Nikolai, who announces a comet is about to pass through Russia. She uses this phenomenon to her advantage and in the face of some huge challenges, unearths a new side of her leadership.

The episode was rated 7.87 from 90 votes.

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#2 - Wedding (Season 2 - Episode 10)


Catherine makes a devastating discovery about Peter before traveling to the war front for a meeting with the Sultan. Peter considers his options now Catherine knows his secret and all parties come together for a final showdown at Marial’s wedding.

The episode was rated 7.92 from 366 votes.

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#1 - The Beaver’s Nose (Season 1 - Episode 10)

Catherine’s decides to move forward with the coup on her birthday. Peter isn’t so easily overcome and holds Leo hostage as collateral. In exchange for a return to her status, Marial betrays Catherine to Peter and tells him that she is pregnant. Catherine realizes that the only chance for a greater Russia is to fight, without Leo. The battle begins.

The episode was rated 8.06 from 632 votes.

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