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The Man in the High Castle

The Man in the High Castle

Amazon 2015

Explore what it would be like if the Allied Powers had lost WWII, and Japan and Germany ruled the United States. Based on Philip K. Dick's award-winning novel.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Man in the High Castle

The Man in the High Castle - S2E10

#1 - Fallout


Season 2 - Episode 10

Tagomi enlists Kido in a deception to save Japan from destruction. As Smith's life crumbles around him, he makes a dangerously bold play to hold onto his power. Joe tries to do the right thing but suffers the ultimate betrayal. Juliana must make a heart-wrenching choice that will shape the future of the world.

The episode was rated from 2526 votes.

The Man in the High Castle - S4E9

#2 - For Want of a Nail


Season 4 - Episode 9

Smith and Helen’s true loyalties are placed on trial by an old nemesis. The BCR struggles to maintain order across the JPS. Kido is forced to confront his atrocities. Bands of roving vigilantes threaten Childan and Yukiko.

The episode was rated from 701 votes.

The Man in the High Castle - S3E10

#3 - Jahr Null


Season 3 - Episode 10

Juliana's attempt to stop the Nazis lands her in a precarious position. Himmler and John Smith lead a lavish celebration of Year Zero. Amid a series of successes, Smith faces a setback. Kido returns to San Francisco with a prize, performs an act of kindness for a friend. Tagomi makes a difficult decision. Ed returns to San Francisco and reconnects with Childan.

The episode was rated from 992 votes.

The Man in the High Castle - S2E9

#4 - Detonation


Season 2 - Episode 9

Tagomi faces a dilemma: to stay with his family or return to the world he left behind. Desperate to escape the Reich, Juliana strikes a final, dangerous deal with the Resistance. When Ed reveals a secret that puts the Resistance plan in jeopardy, Frank must decide how to deal with his best friend's betrayal.

The episode was rated from 2396 votes.

The Man in the High Castle - S2E8

#5 - Loose Lips


Season 2 - Episode 8

Juliana gathers intel for the Resistance that could trigger WWIII. When the political situation in Berlin becomes unsafe, Joe must make a choice that could put his life in danger. Frank learns the truth about Juliana, leading him to question his newfound Resistance family.

The episode was rated from 2440 votes.

The Man in the High Castle - S1E10

#6 - A Way Out


Season 1 - Episode 10

As revelations abound, Juliana is forced to make the hardest decision of her life. Wegener returns to Germany to carry out his mission. Smith risks becoming the prey as he goes hunting with his assassin. Kido desperately tries to close his investigation before his time runs out.

The episode was rated from 3169 votes.

The Man in the High Castle - S3E5

#7 - The New Colossus


Season 3 - Episode 5

As the Reichsführer continues to provoke the Japanese Pacific States, Juliana barely escapes a deadly situation and discovers a trove of Nazi secrets. John Smith tangles with his political adversary. The Nazis prepare for "Year Zero." Joe and Juliana come to a turning point in their relationship.

The episode was rated from 1044 votes.

The Man in the High Castle - S3E9

#8 - Baku


Season 3 - Episode 9

Juliana and Wyatt's mission takes them farther east and dangerously close to the center of a top-secret Nazi project. Trying to improve relations between their sides, Tagomi reaches out to Smith. Smith makes a crucial discovery. Kido finds closure.

The episode was rated from 971 votes.

The Man in the High Castle - S1E9

#9 - Kindness


Season 1 - Episode 9

With time running out, a desperate Frank is forced to put his life on the line to help Joe. The pieces finally fall into place for Smith as he uncovers who was behind the assassination attempt. Tagomi is devastated when he's confronted with the consequences of his scheming. Kido's investigation takes a dramatic turn when he makes an important discovery.

The episode was rated from 3028 votes.

The Man in the High Castle - S4E7

#10 - No Masters But Ourselves


Season 4 - Episode 7

When the BCR launches a massive assault across the JPS, Kido finds the fate of the Empire in his hands. Childan becomes a captive of the Kempeitai. Helen resolves to support her husband by re-entering public life. Juliana and Wyatt arrive in New York to plan a daring new strategy against Smith.

The episode was rated from 676 votes.

The Man in the High Castle - S4E5
#11 - Mauvaise Foi
Season 4 - Episode 5

John Smith is forced to confront the choices he’s made. The Empire attempts secret peace talks with the BCR. Kido arrests a traitor, threatening to divide the Japanese against themselves. Helen is assigned a new security minder. Juliana reunites with Wyatt to plan the fall of the American Reich.

The episode was rated from 691 votes.
The Man in the High Castle - S4E3
#12 - The Box
Season 4 - Episode 3

Wyatt’s rebels and the BCR join forces to attack Tokyo’s elite at Robert Childan’s auction. Helen comes back to the Reich to protect her children. Kido receives an unexpected call from the Yakuza. Smith sends an assassin to kill Juliana.

The episode was rated from 704 votes.
The Man in the High Castle - S1E6
#13 - Three Monkeys
Season 1 - Episode 6

Joe celebrates VA day at Smith's house. Juliana accepts a job working for Tagomi as she continues her search for answers. Smith invites an old friend to join the celebrations, with surprising results.

The episode was rated from 3291 votes.
The Man in the High Castle - S3E6
#14 - History Ends
Season 3 - Episode 6

With Wyatt's aid, Juliana flees San Francisco with the stolen Nazi secrets. Childan can finally return home; Ed decides to stay in the Neutral Zone. Tagomi makes revelations to Kido that change Kido's perspective. John Smith's career takes a turn.

The episode was rated from 1004 votes.
The Man in the High Castle - S4E8
#15 - Hitler Has Only Got One Ball
Season 4 - Episode 8

Juliana’s instincts about Helen are put to the ultimate test. As San Francisco evacuates, Kido goes in search of his son, only to find himself a captive. A letter arrives, forever changing Childan and Yukiko’s lives. The BCR receives an unexpected offer of help from the Yakuza. Abendsen condemns Smith with his final prediction.

The episode was rated from 663 votes.
The Man in the High Castle - S2E3
#16 - Travelers
Season 2 - Episode 3

Fighting to acclimatize to the strange new world of Nazi New York, Juliana seeks out the one person she thinks she can trust: Joe Blake. Angry and defiant after Juliana's departure, Frank is drawn to the Resistance movement and its charismatic leader. Joe confronts his own identity when he finally meets his father.

The episode was rated from 2679 votes.
The Man in the High Castle - S3E8
#17 - Kasumi (Through the Mists)
Season 3 - Episode 8

Juliana realizes time might be running out, but recruiting supporters continues to prove challenging. Tagomi finds himself in a dangerous life-or-death struggle. In therapy, Helen Smith crosses a line. Kido pursues his target in the Neutral Zone.

The episode was rated from 970 votes.
The Man in the High Castle - S2E7
#18 - Land O' Smiles
Season 2 - Episode 7

As Juliana worms closer to the Smiths, she discovers a dangerous secret. Childan and Ed get themselves in a sticky situation as they try to settle the Yakuza debt. On a Resistance mission, Frank uncovers a Japanese plan that could realize his worst nightmare.

The episode was rated from 2411 votes.
The Man in the High Castle - S1E8
#19 - End of the World
Season 1 - Episode 8

Juliana and Frank make plans to escape the Pacific States, only to be dragged back into danger by Joe as he tries to retrieve a new film. Smith's loyalty is put to the ultimate test when confronted with a startling family discovery.

The episode was rated from 3075 votes.
The Man in the High Castle - S4E4
#20 - Happy Trails
Season 4 - Episode 4

John and Helen host Himmler and his wife for dinner, along with a new and dangerous threat from Berlin. Juliana returns to the High Castle world, arriving in the ruins of what is now known as 'The District of Contamination'. Kido is forced to turn against the Crown Princess by his general. A captive Hawthorne Abendsen shares some new tales from the High Castle.

The episode was rated from 675 votes.

Last updated: jul 04, 2022



I'm writing this based only on the pilot, but OMG! There are Nazis and the Imperial Japanese, and they occupy America. This actually gives us a perspective on ourselves. In the show, the Nazis torture people, and the Japs invade someone's home, calling it a matter of "national security". In our reality, the CIA tortures people, and the NSA invades our homes, calling it a matter of "national security". It's not simply a matter of an alternate reality. There is an object from our reality in theirs. That moves the show from pure fiction to science fiction. Our reality affects theirs. Does theirs affect ours? Set in past, but not our past, the show requires a lot of careful details in the shots. The San Francisco skyline is an old one, and yet there are modifications for the increased Japanese influence. The show is dense, and I found myself rewinding multiple times. One example is the origami unicorn. This was very significant in the movie Blade Runner (director's cut), and I'm guessing it is here too. Blade Runner is a movie that is like great literature, and I've always wanted a TV show that is like great literature, so maybe the Man in the High Castle is it! Thank you Philip K. Dick!


I got only one word for the 1st 2 episodes: Masterpiece.


Nazis. Nuff said. Didn't know the book but expecting the adaptation to be good because the idea is fantastic.


Watching a great series finale is akin to saying good-bye to an old friend. So, as I write my final review of this stellar series, I'm feeling a little blue. But, let me walk you through my experience watching this series, which is now setting records as one of the longest continuing series by Amazon Prime. Season One - (1 August 2017) This is my present binge watch, and I'm enjoying it. This series is based on a book by Philip K. Dick (author of BLADE RUNNER, TOTAL RECALL, THE MINORITY REPORT, THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU). This series is a blend of genres, so there is a little of something for everyone. It is a period piece (with an anomalous mystery), a SciFi other-world creation, a thriller and a drama. So, just relax, suspend belief and follow the writer's breadcrumbs. It's a great ride. The cast is great. The story arch is compelling. There are some stand-out performances, but basically, it is a great ensemble piece. My ratings for the episodes went from a 7 (good) to an 8 (great) to a 9 (superb), and the season finale was a solid, "WHAT!" The series was now a 10 (WOW) out of 10. Season 2 (4 August 2017) This season's story backtracked allowing the audience to recalibrate, but then, quickly, drew us back in to its thrilling pace. It continued to give us superb storytelling, engaging performances, dynamic character building, depth of production and the season finale was breathtaking, and I have nothing but high praise for this series - a solid 10 (brilliant) out of 10. Season 3 (7 December 2018) Already on my TOP TV SERIES list, my only concern is that, for the whole series, we are waiting for the big reveal of how this universe works, and each season this reveal is delayed - how long can we defer resolve? An additional challenge of this season was to maintain the mystery without violating the original premise. There were interesting new characters, great storytelling and interesting challenges left for season 4. My rating for this series is still a 10 (well done) out of 10. Season 4 (11 December 2019) I knew this was to be its last season, so, I began it with a bitter-sweet anticipation. Of course, it was following up on a cliff-hanger from the season before. There were some major character losses, none quite so jarring as the first one. (I felt like we had been robbed.) Although the finale left more questions unanswered, I knew that any finale would have left me longing for more. This was a wonderfully conceived premise, superb storytelling, a fantastic cast giving us enduring characters, timely existential questions and moral repercussions. This is TV at its best, 10 out of 10, all the way and I will miss it (and probably rewatch it, every 4 years, or so). [SciFi, Period, Mystery, Drama]


I'm afraid the masterpiece that is this show will get swallowed up in the "NAZIS NAZIS NAZIS!!!" nonsense. I feel like one should describe this show as delicately as they may place a brush with paint against a bullet ridden wall. Gazing beyond it's stunningly beautiful luster one finds fragile yet not delicate intimacy between every character. You feel yourself deep inside every single person. You feel the sex appeal and the stability of a sleek Nazi. You're scared shitless of the world exploding right before your very eyes. You'll go down with your compatriots waving whatever you want to call this flag of togetherness and unity. This is no mere thought experiment. This is daring you to *fuck* with the Nazis. This is daring you to touch yourself like they touched the Germans. It's no mere conflict or simple rage or lust. It's the darkest secret you can hold, and if you can bare to watch it unfold in its myriad ways. This series will churn you out, if you let it.


This show is a real jewel!


I'm really impatient of watching this show when it finally gets released. The pilot was very promising and i thought it did captured quite well he spirit of the Philip K. Dick's book.


In season 2 you get angry, but then you understand Julie's actions and start liking the serie.


Season 1 had me absolutely captivated and obsessed with this world. Season 2 was also pretty good, but everything started going downhill when they started introducing unneeded side plots and characters. Season 3 was just a mess, and season 4 was just empty and *boring*. I sincerely believe the downfall of this show began when they veered away from the character's internal struggles (and the introduction of the sci-fi elements didn't help either). That's why season 1 was the best, because everyone was being torn up inside trying to survive and make decisions they could live with in an unforgiving, ruthless world. [spoiler]Then the Smiths allowed their son to be murdered and Julianna killed Joe even though she *knew* he'd been brainwashed by the Nazi's. She'd risked her life for him S01, because she knew deep down he was a good guy in an impossible position, and then did a 180 an decided he was unredeemable (it made no sense and I'm still very pissed about it).[/spoiler] And, suddenly, there was no more internal struggles. Everyone was either good or evil and there were no more grey zones. A show like this one, where the human spirit is at the center of it all, thrives in the grey zone. That muddled area where bad things are done for good reasons, and viceversa. Where you empathize with the antihero. Where survival and morality are at constantly at odds. Where you struggle with deciding what *you* would do if you found yourself in that situation. We had a good thing going, and it got thoroughly ruined. Another series to chuck in the ==disappointing== pile.


this show is absolutely brilliant, filled with intrigue and smart plot twists. actors render stellar performances. why I was not aware of this series from the start is baffling! watch this show, you won't regret any second of it! it's original, troubling, stunning, keeps you on the edge with it's multiple layers and story lines. I recommend to everyone I know to watch this piece of tv art!

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