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.

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

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#10 - 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 7.49 from 394 votes.

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#9 - 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 7.48 from 407 votes.

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#8 - Choose Your Weapon (Season 3 - Episode 2)

Catherine is visited by the UK and US Ambassadors both wanting her to intervene in the War of Independence. Maxim takes issue with the public displays of affection between Grigor and Marial.

The episode was rated 7.48 from 153 votes.

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#7 - 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 7.47 from 379 votes.

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#6 - 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 7.45 from 690 votes.

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#5 - Stag (Season 3 - Episode 4)


Arkady and Tatyana help Peter and Catherine through a rough patch as they clash over their son Paul. Catherine fears Paul will grow up to be a ruthless and careless leader and Archie and Elizabeth are alarmed when Catherine refuses to ordain him.

The episode was rated 7.43 from 116 votes.

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#4 - You The People (Season 3 - Episode 3)

Catherine involves the peasants, nobles and merchants in a conference designed to bring change to Russia. Peter’s hunt for revenge on an historic enemy threatens to destabilise Catherine’s attempt to outlaw murder.

The episode was rated 7.36 from 131 votes.

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#3 - The Bullet or the Bear (Season 3 - Episode 1)


Catherine and Peter seek some marriage guidance after the chaotic events of the previous day left them in an awkward place in their relationship.

The episode was rated 7.30 from 175 votes.

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#2 - Destiny (Season 3 - Episode 9)

Under orders from Catherine, Grigor hides out in the forest with Paul. Catherine plays a dangerous game with herself to prove that her destiny lies in Russia, and grapples with the impact Peter’s decisions have on her rule.

The episode was rated 7.25 from 92 votes.

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#1 - Peter and the Wolf (Season 3 - Episode 8)


Catherine introduces divorce to the court with unforeseen consequences. Grigor befriends Maxim and goes stag hunting, and Elizabeth and Petrov go on a trip to the regions.

The episode was rated 7.21 from 96 votes.

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