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BBC One 2006

The exploits a team of people whose job is to investigate the unusual, the strange and the extraterrestrial.

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The 10 Worst Episodes of Torchwood

Torchwood - S1E4

#1 - Cyberwoman


Season 1 - Episode 4

A Ianto themed episode Ianto Jones hides a very big secret at Torchwood - his half-converted girlfriend from the Canary Wharf Battle - down in the basement. He is quick to hire a Japanese doctor who believes he can "cure" her. But things soon go wrong, and the Cyberwoman's destructive powers are released to the whole of Torchwood. Upgrading is compulsary.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Torchwood from 413 votes.

Torchwood - S1E7

#2 - Greeks Bearing Gifts


Season 1 - Episode 7

A Toshiko themed episode Tosh meets an unusual woman, Mary, at a bar, who gives her a strange pendant. She is upset, yet amazed by what she now has - the ability to read people's minds. However, Tosh finds this terrible curse, that contains her friends darkest secrets, must be broken. So she asks for help from Mary, the only person who knows, but first, Tosh has to get her into Torchwood.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Torchwood from 342 votes.

Torchwood - S1E11

#3 - Combat


Season 1 - Episode 11

An Owen themed episode Weevils are appearing all over the streets of Cardiff, and then disappearing again - but not by alien forces. People are abducting them, and using the Weevils for their own purposes, so Owen investigates.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Torchwood from 281 votes.

Torchwood - S1E3

#4 - Ghost Machine


Season 1 - Episode 3

Whilst chasing a man, Gwen retrieves an unusual machine that allows the user to see back into the past. It is considered dangerous, and no members of Torchwood are permitted to use it. But Owen has other plans, and witnesses a violent murder that took place over forty years ago. Using the information he gathered, Owen starts to track down the still-living murderer.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Torchwood from 457 votes.

Torchwood - S1E5

#5 - Small Worlds


Season 1 - Episode 5

Jack catches up with a very old friend of his, who is investigating fairy sightings in the local wood. After having visited her, Torchwood are informed of a man's mysterious death in a prison cell. Then, Tosh uncovers a series of localised, extreme weather patterns. Nobody at the organisation is sure of these events, or how they may be connected. Except Jack, who has witnessed the creatures causing this, almost a century ago.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Torchwood from 406 votes.

Torchwood - S1E2
#6 - Day One
Season 1 - Episode 2

It's Gwen's first day on the job, and it's not going very well. After accidentally releasing a mysterious gas from a comet that landed, a new type of alien is let loose on the streets - an alien that's addicted to sex. Torchwood must find the inhabited body, and prevent anymore deaths from the violent form of sex.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Torchwood from 534 votes.

Torchwood - S1E1
#7 - Everything Changes
Season 1 - Episode 1

WPC Gwen Cooper is at the scene of a brutal murder, when the "special ops," known only as Torchwood, arrive. After witnessing the group bring the dead man back to life, Gwen goes in pursuit of this mysterious organisation, only to see weirder things than she could ever imagine existed. Soon after, she begins to regret giving in to her curiosity, when she meets Captain Jack Harkness.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Torchwood from 696 votes.

Torchwood - S2E2
#8 - Sleeper
Season 2 - Episode 2

When a burglary turns into a slaughter, Torchwood suspect alien involvement. Who is Beth, and can she be as innocent as she seems? But when the investigation escalates into a city-wide assault, Jack realises that the whole planet is in danger.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Torchwood from 283 votes.

Torchwood - S1E6
#9 - Countrycide
Season 1 - Episode 6

Whilst investigating a group of unexplainable deaths in a village, the Torchwood team are separated. Discovering further, Jack, Gwen and Owen find a scared man, hiding from the thing responsible for the murders. But Tosh and Ianto go that one step extra, and locate the killer, who wants them as their next victims.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Torchwood from 379 votes.

Torchwood - S2E5
#10 - Adam
Season 2 - Episode 5

A memory thief gets in to the minds of the Torchwood team, and uncovers long forgotten secrets.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Torchwood from 268 votes.

Last updated: apr 09, 2021



This show is very unbalanced. Some episodes are utter shit, while other are very polished and well filmed. This is true both for the UK version and the new Starz + BBC version. Only exception is season 3 which was pretty intense from the beginning to the finale.


They are taking 2012 off of production but with the promise that Jack will be Back.


First Season is hit or miss. Second Season is a bit more consistent and overall pretty enjoyable. Third Season is some of the best stuff produced in the Doctor Who Universe. Fourth Season is way too long and has a very shitty ending.


the only series worth watching is s03 imho. series 1 and 2 are ok. they are a less than average "monster-of-the-week" type show. most of them are mediocre at best. the stories are rather uninteresting and the acting isnt that great. i dont even know what to say about s04. it was a train wreck. torchwood visits america during health reform directed by michael bay is perhaps the best way to describe it. s03 was pretty solid. good story, good writing, and the acting was a lot more put together. i really didnt know what to expect going into this show but the jack harkness character so intrigued me on doctor who that i wanted to see it. total let down. lemme see: a pansexual, immortal man from the future who investigates aliens. SO many places they could have gone with him. they shied away from just about every single one. after the first few episodes i was willing to watch just for the jack eyecandy and to live vicariously through his sexcapades, but those werent even interesting. capt kirk had a more varied sexual portfolio than this character who frequently mentions his openness to unique sexual experiences. barrowmans performance at most points was just absurd. he was relying on his 51st century pheromones most of the time, but they totally needed to sell that more to make it work. so idk if he as an actor only has the one trick and the writing didnt back him up. or perhaps that ws the direction they gave him and it just failed. i thought that eventually they would sink into their roles and things would flow a little better. while s03 wasnt perfect by any means, it did prove that they could do something good. if the acting/writting had started off at that level they would have had a fine damn show. the way jack was written was not strong enough to carry the show. i think i was most impressed with tosh, the actor and the character. she was the least bad. and series 04. *sigh* i think that there could be whole theses written on it and yet there are no words. it failed on so many levels. if i wanted to see crime drama taking place in america ill watch american tv. seriously. one of the draws of foreign television is the foreignness of it. oh look the crazy brits come to america and drive on the wrong side of the road. ha ha. oh look the brits have different words for things than we do. ha ha. next, the overwhelming political themes. seriously? i realize this is a show that can tackle some political issues. i thought s03 handled them ok. you knew the message was there but i didnt feel battered over the head with them. too many more things to list. was really irritating. only really watched it cos i had "come this far" might as well power through it. background noise, absolutely nothing else to watch or out of some feeling of needing to have it on your resume (kinda where i was) are the only reasons you should watch this.


Good show that made up from 3 season. WE DO NOT TALK ABOUT THIS. THERE WAS NO SEASON 4 OF THE TORCHWOOD. But seriously yanks, stay away from brit shows.


How can anyone like season 3? It's content for max. two episodes blown up to 5. Season 4 was ok, but I don't need another one like that. And why is the show marked as "This show has ended"?


IMHO this is an awesome tv show, even through beginning seems weird and a bit stupid. It's like doctor who, becomes better each season, but less interesting at the beginning.


Fantastic show that dipped with Miracle Day due to the major American involvement. Hopefully Series Five (whenever it finally arrives) fixes this problem!


It really IS just a spin off. Got a bit too many 'meh' moments. Good enough if you're in for brainless entertainment.


Episodes range from dumb to superb, but they're always interesting. Peaks in Season 3.

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