7.9
742 votes
The Great

The Great

Hulu 2020

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.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Great

The Great - S1E10

#1 - The Beaver’s Nose

8.18

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 from 355 votes.

The Great - S1E8

#2 - Meatballs at the Dacha

7.84

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 from 360 votes.

The Great - S1E9

#3 - Love Hurts

7.83

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 from 354 votes.

The Great - S1E5

#4 - War and Vomit

7.71

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 from 377 votes.

The Great - S1E6

#5 - Parachute

7.70

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 from 367 votes.

The Great - S1E7
#6 - A Pox on Hope
7.68
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 from 377 votes.
The Great - S1E2
#7 - The Beard
7.64
Season 1 - Episode 2

Catherine takes her first steps toward a coup. Taking advice from Marial, she attempts to seduce and recruit palace intellectual Count Orlo. It’s a disaster. However, after seeing Peter’s brutal treatment of local nobles and unwillingness to listen, he decides to join Catherine’s coup.

The episode was rated from 469 votes.
The Great - S1E3
#8 - And you Sir, are no Peter the Great
7.63
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 from 442 votes.
The Great - S1E4
#9 - Moscow Mule
7.58
Season 1 - Episode 4

Catherine tries to manage her reputation at court and her relationship with Leo, both of which distract her from the coup. Meanwhile, the influential Patriarch of the church dies, and a new one must be chosen. Orlo sees an opportunity to try and influence Peter in the decision, and Archie makes moves.

The episode was rated from 413 votes.
The Great - S1E1
#10 - The Great
7.57
Season 1 - Episode 1

In 1761, Catherine travels to Russia and becomes the Empress by marrying the Emperor of Russia, Peter. With hopes of marrying a great love, Catherine soon realizes Peter is a selfish brat who stands against everything she values. Catherine is feeling hopeless and verging on suicide when her servant, Marial, presents her with an alternative path – to overthrow Peter.

The episode was rated from 542 votes.

Last updated: sep 20, 2021

Comments

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This is seriously the best thing I've watched in a long time. Sometimes gruesome. Always amazing. It kind of reminded me of "The Princess Bride" meets "The Royals". I binged it and want a LOT more.

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Somehow it's sad that the story of this show has only occasionally any resemblence to historical events. For example Czar Peter wasn't a dimwit at all, they were married for 20 years (they hated each other though) and he was only king for six months until he was toppled and died "under mysterious circumstances". The real life of Catherine the Great was fascinating enough to make a compelling TV show. Why would you chose to turn it into an overly ridiculous fantasy story?

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An utterly delightful and absurd romp through "an occasionally true" story of Catherine The Great's rise to power. A powerhouse cast, great visual design and acerbic comedic writing all pull together for an entertaining ride that's short enough to not be tiresome.

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Really good series. I wish it had a bit more historical relevance with the dark humor and drama. Either way, it was a joy to watch. Hope there is a Season 2!

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This _occasionally true story_ takes its subtitle to mind-boggling levels. Very little is actually historically accurate here, but why though? Wouldn't a historically accurate version have been way more entertaining, needless to say **educating**?! Especially considering that Catherine is all about education, I don't really see the point in making this show so ridiculously historically inaccurate. Pretty much nothing is accurate here, least of all, of course, the casting - it would have been more fun to actually see Russians speaking Russian here, rather than British people not even pretending to be Russian. The show is entertaining, though it drags on a bit towards the end. They either should have moved the events of the final episode in S1 to a much earlier episode, or just have reduced the number of episodes to a maximum of 6-8.

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It was amusing at first but quickly started to get repetitive and drag on. Then the ending didn't make much sense nor did it actually go anywhere.

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It is insane this show is not more popular. This was a FUCKING TREAT to watch. Holy shit, what a great job everyone did on this.

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Trash crude attempt at humour. No history just stupidity

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Huzzah! That is all. Now, fuck off.

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Unfortunately, the humor is overshadowed by how dark, cruel, and downright disturbing the story is. I'm all for some dark humor, especially when it comes to death. That being said, when the humor is about abuse? That's when I draw a line. I felt myself more horrified and sad by what was happening to Catherine and how she was being treated than anything. On top of it all, you can't count on anything being historically accurate, so it's a bit of a waste of time as you'll have to research what is real and what isn't. I'd skip.

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