7.9
5,426 votes
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 Worst Episodes of The Man in the High Castle

The Man in the High Castle - S1E5

#1 - The New Normal

7.45

Season 1 - Episode 5

Juliana returns home, only to discover new clues that lead her closer to unraveling the mystery behind the films. Joe faces a tough debriefing upon his return home. Kido begins his investigation into the events surrounding the Crown Prince's speech. Tagomi and Wegener make a last-ditch attempt to complete their mission.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of The Man in the High Castle from 3471 votes.

The Man in the High Castle - S4E2

#2 - Every Door Out...

7.45

Season 4 - Episode 2

John Smith receives key intelligence from his officers at the Die Nebenwelt complex, while back at home he struggles with the changing dynamics of his family. Bell Mallory and the BCR join forces with Wyatt Price's rebels. Kido tries to bond with his estranged son. Childan makes a connection with his Japanese assistant. Juliana discovers an enemy in one world can be a friend in another.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of The Man in the High Castle from 699 votes.

The Man in the High Castle - S4E1

#3 - Hexagram 64

7.46

Season 4 - Episode 1

Juliana Crain finds herself in a new world. In the wake of an attack on Trade Minister Tagomi, Chief Inspector Kido begins a crackdown against the suspected culprits: the Black Communist Rebellion. John Smith leads a military incursion into the Neutral Zone to capture Wyatt Price and his rebel army. Helen Smith’s new independence is tested as John comes to claim his daughters.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of The Man in the High Castle from 766 votes.

The Man in the High Castle - S2E6

#4 - Kintsugi

7.49

Season 2 - Episode 6

Nicole introduces Joe to an unexpected side of Berlin, that leads him down a new path. On her new mission, Juliana inserts herself into the Smith's inner circle. Tagomi is finally reunited with his family, only to be faced with the prospect of losing them again.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of The Man in the High Castle from 2449 votes.

The Man in the High Castle - S2E4

#5 - Escalation

7.50

Season 2 - Episode 4

Juliana discovers she's far from safe from the Resistance in the Reich. Smith confronts the reality of the lengths he's willing to go to in order to protect his son. And another father - Joe's - tries to persuade him to give Berlin a chance. Frank also has a decision to make: how far is he prepared to go to help the Resistance cause?

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of The Man in the High Castle from 2603 votes.

The Man in the High Castle - S1E1

#6 - The New World

7.50

Season 1 - Episode 1

Joe Blake, a resistance fighter, leaves German New York with cargo for neutral Colorado. In Japanese San Francisco, Juliana Crane receives footage of the Allies winning the war and a bus ticket to Colorado from her sister. There, she meets Joe. Joe reveals a dark secret.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of The Man in the High Castle from 5811 votes.

The Man in the High Castle - S4E10

#7 - Fire from the Gods

7.53

Season 4 - Episode 10

On the brink of an inevitable Nazi invasion, the BCR brace for impact as Kido races against the clock to find his son. Childan offers everything he has to make his way back to Yukiko. Helen is forced to choose whether or not to betray her husband, as she and Smith travel by high-speed train to the Portal—with Juliana and Wyatt lying in wait.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of The Man in the High Castle from 724 votes.

The Man in the High Castle - S1E7

#8 - Truth

7.53

Season 1 - Episode 7

Juliana makes a startling discovery about her sister's death. Frank reflects on recent events and makes an important decision about his future. Tagomi gains greater insight into Juliana's past.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of The Man in the High Castle from 3159 votes.

The Man in the High Castle - S1E3

#9 - The Illustrated Woman

7.53

Season 1 - Episode 3

Joe and Juliana must act quickly as a vicious bounty hunter known as The Marshal arrives in Canon City. Tagomi makes plans with Wegener to pass valuable secrets from the Reich. Frank plots his revenge against the Japanese.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of The Man in the High Castle from 3919 votes.

The Man in the High Castle - S3E4

#10 - Sabra

7.56

Season 3 - Episode 4

A new community fights for survival in the Neutral Zone. Juliana and Joe get reacquainted, while Joe continues his undercover work for Himmler. Wyatt drops in on Juliana in San Francisco. Smith's past rises up to haunt him. Ed and Childan face a challenge on their way home to San Francisco. As tensions between the Reich and the Empire rise, Tagomi finds his life may be in danger.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of The Man in the High Castle from 1058 votes.

The Man in the High Castle - S2E1
#11 - The Tiger's Cave
7.58
Season 2 - Episode 1

Juliana is captured by the Resistance and faces the consequences for her betrayal. She gets long-sought answers about the past but they raise even more disturbing questions about the future - and it's not just her own under threat. Joe makes it to New York but the journey makes him question everything he's trusted. Frank tries to get Ed out of an impossible situation - but at what cost to both?

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of The Man in the High Castle from 3249 votes.

The Man in the High Castle - S3E7
#12 - Excess Animus
7.58
Season 3 - Episode 7

Juliana embarks on a mission to stop the Nazis - a mission that reunites her with old friends. Thelma and Nicole grow closer, despite the risks. Smith learns more about the Nazis' efforts into alt-world travel. Kido demands Tagomi come clean about the films and his ability to travel. Kido coaxes crucial intelligence from Childan.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of The Man in the High Castle from 976 votes.

The Man in the High Castle - S3E3
#13 - Sensō Kōi
7.58
Season 3 - Episode 3

Juliana and Tagomi pursue the mysteries of the films and Juliana reunites with an old friend. Childan is anxious to return to San Francisco now that the reprisals have stopped, but a potential new romance makes Ed reluctant to leave. Kido receives intelligence that sets him on a new path. Smith finds himself celebrated by Nazi high society at a screening of Nicole's new film about Thomas.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of The Man in the High Castle from 1069 votes.

The Man in the High Castle - S2E5
#14 - Duck and Cover
7.59
Season 2 - Episode 5

Joe learns a truth about his past that makes him question everything. The rift between Frank and Ed widens as Frank is drawn further into the Resistance. In order to assure her safety, Juliana must betray someone close to her.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of The Man in the High Castle from 2506 votes.

The Man in the High Castle - S3E2
#15 - Imagine Manchuria
7.60
Season 3 - Episode 2

Juliana recognizes that her and Tagomi's fates are intertwined. Tagomi and Admiral Inokuchi realize the Reich is imposing a covert oil embargo on the Pacific States. Reichsmarschall Rockwell and J. Edgar Hoover plot against John Smith. Helen starts therapy to cope with her grief over Thomas, and takes drastic action to protect her family. Kido and Tagomi clash over Juliana.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of The Man in the High Castle from 1111 votes.

The Man in the High Castle - S1E2
#16 - Sunrise
7.62
Season 1 - Episode 2

Frank's fate hangs in the balance as he is held captive by the Kempeitai. Juliana makes contact with a mysterious man who gives her a clue about the films. Obergruppenführer Smith is surprised by an unfortunate turn of events.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of The Man in the High Castle from 4499 votes.

The Man in the High Castle - S3E1
#17 - Now More Than Ever, We Care About You
7.63
Season 3 - Episode 1

Juliana Crain makes a new acquaintance in the Neutral Zone - an Irish fixer named Wyatt - and soon finds herself on the run and seeking Tagomi's aid. The Japanese test an atomic bomb. Joe Blake is sent on a diplomatic mission to San Francisco. Kido hires a new sergeant. Nicole Dormer arrives in New York to head a new propaganda campaign. The Smiths struggle with the aftermath of Thomas' death.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of The Man in the High Castle from 1248 votes.

The Man in the High Castle - S1E4
#18 - Revelations
7.63
Season 1 - Episode 4

Joe is increasingly torn between duty and his growing feelings for Juliana. While Ed tries to stop Frank from making an irrevocable decision, Smith's investigation is interrupted when he has trouble with his witness. Tagomi's plan goes awry as events take a dramatic turn at the Crown Prince's speech.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of The Man in the High Castle from 3641 votes.

The Man in the High Castle - S4E6
#19 - All Serious Daring
7.64
Season 4 - Episode 6

John Smith discovers that one can get lost on the path not taken. Juliana attempts to decode hidden messages from Abendsen. Amid voices of dissent, Bell devises a new strategy for the BCR. Kido must decide where his true loyalties lie, even if it costs him the Empire.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of The Man in the High Castle from 677 votes.

The Man in the High Castle - S2E2
#20 - The Road Less Traveled
7.66
Season 2 - Episode 2

After narrowly escaping death, Juliana discovers a family secret that could have global implications - and leads her to make a life-changing decision. Kido, Tagomi, and Frank all take dangerous risks, while back in New York, Joe settles into a normal routine, only to have it turned upside down when Smith gives him the opportunity he's waited for his whole life.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of The Man in the High Castle from 2868 votes.

Last updated: apr 20, 2021

Comments

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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!

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

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

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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]

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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.

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This show is a real jewel!

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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.

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

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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.

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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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