The Great

10 Worst 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.

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#1 - Moscow Mule (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 7.47 from 665 votes.

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#2 - Animal Instincts (Season 2 - Episode 5)


A crocodile roams the court, and Archie sends everyone into uproar by suggesting it might be an omen against Catherine’s leadership.

The episode was rated 7.50 from 347 votes.

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#3 - Alone at Last (Season 2 - Episode 3)

Catherine’s grief over the loss of Leo during the coup finally catches up with her. Peter’s part in Leo’s death, and the discovery that he just murdered a noble, causes Catherine to lock Peter in his apartments with only his mummified mother for company.

The episode was rated 7.51 from 373 votes.

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#4 - The Great (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 7.52 from 874 votes.

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#5 - The Devil's Lunch (Season 2 - Episode 4)

The Ottoman Ambassador pays Catherine a visit as tensions between the regions run high. But Peter fights to win his allegiance and prove to the court he is more fun than Catherine, in an attempt to destabilize her by throwing a baby shower.

The episode was rated 7.52 from 361 votes.

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#6 - A Fake Beard (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 7.52 from 760 votes.

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#7 - Dickhead (Season 2 - Episode 2)

Catherine, Orlo and Velementov begin their rule of Russia and unexpected obstacles appear. Peter is on a journey of self-improvement under house arrest but convinces Catherine to let him attend her coronation and hand over his crown.

The episode was rated 7.54 from 383 votes.

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#8 - 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 7.57 from 621 votes.

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#9 - 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 7.57 from 425 votes.

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#10 - 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 7.59 from 597 votes.

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