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Torchwood

Torchwood

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

7.25

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

7.58

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

7.62

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

7.63

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

7.65

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

7.66

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 #6 Worst episode of Torchwood from 534 votes.

Torchwood - S1E1

#7 - Everything Changes

7.67

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 #7 Worst episode of Torchwood from 696 votes.

Torchwood - S2E2

#8 - Sleeper

7.69

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 #8 Worst episode of Torchwood from 283 votes.

Torchwood - S1E6

#9 - Countrycide

7.74

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 #9 Worst episode of Torchwood from 379 votes.

Torchwood - S2E5

#10 - Adam

7.81

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 #10 Worst episode of Torchwood from 268 votes.

Torchwood - S2E10
#11 - From Out of the Rain
7.81
Season 2 - Episode 10

An old cinema reopens and mysterious horrors of the past return to Cardiff. Why are people trapped between life and death, questions are asked about the Night Travellers, and what Torchwood can do to stop them.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Torchwood from 228 votes.

Torchwood - S2E4
#12 - Meat
7.81
Season 2 - Episode 4

When Rhys discovers the truth about Torchwood, he helps the gang to find the source of an unusual alien meat supply.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Torchwood from 267 votes.

Torchwood - S1E10
#13 - Out of Time
7.82
Season 1 - Episode 10

Three passengers from 1953 arrive in modern day Cardiff, when their plane flies through the Rift. With no means of travelling back, each person must adapt to their new life, starting personal relationships with the separate members of Torchwood.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Torchwood from 320 votes.

Torchwood - S1E8
#14 - They Keep Killing Suzie
7.82
Season 1 - Episode 8

A Suzie themed episode Using the Resurrection Gauntlet that former Torchwood member Suzie Costello originally had, the team are able to bring a number of murder victims back to life. However, these all have a link with the now-deceased Suzie, and the group have no choice but to bring her back. After the process goes wrong, and permanently keeps her alive, Suzie manipulates the naïve Gwen into taking her to see her father.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Torchwood from 330 votes.

Torchwood - S1E9
#15 - Random Shoes
7.88
Season 1 - Episode 9

Eugene Jones wakes up, finding himself lying on the middle of a road. He then discovers that he has been the victim of a hit-and-run incident, and is, now, not only dead, but invisible. Eugene recalls events leading up to his death, involving a mysterious alien eye. Simultaneously, Gwen investigates the suspicious circumstances around his fatality.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Torchwood from 331 votes.

Torchwood - S4E6
#16 - The Middle Men
7.93
Season 4 - Episode 6

With Gwen, Rex and Esther trapped on both sides of the Atlantic, it's a race against time as Jack goes straight to the heart of the conspiracy.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Torchwood from 274 votes.

Torchwood - S2E3
#17 - To the Last Man
7.96
Season 2 - Episode 3

Toshiko falls for a handsome soldier, trapped out of his time, who unwittingly holds the key to saving the world. With an old hospital haunted by ghosts from 1918, a crisis foreseen by Torchwood 90 years ago is about to reach its climax. Time zones are colliding and with life and death decisions to be made, will Torchwood be able to stop an explosive end for Cardiff?

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Torchwood from 268 votes.

Torchwood - S4E3
#18 - Dead of Night
7.97
Season 4 - Episode 3

Torchwood goes on the run and finds a new enemy, but as they launch a raid on PhiCorp headquarters, Jack must confront the mysterious Oswald Danes.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Torchwood from 279 votes.

Torchwood - S2E9
#19 - Something Borrowed
7.97
Season 2 - Episode 9

Gwen awakes on her wedding day to find she has been impregnated by a shape-shifting alien male. With it's life-partner eager to retrieve it's mate at the cost of Gwen's life, the team race to intercept her as Gwen decides to go through with her marriage at a secluded location with all of her family present

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Torchwood from 226 votes.

Torchwood - S2E8
#20 - A Day in the Death
7.98
Season 2 - Episode 8

A victim of his newfound circumstances, Owen Harper believes he needs absolution. Will the lonely girl on the rooftop help him, or will it be a mission to the retrieve an alien device that is proving more lethal by the second? And how far will Toshiko go to help him?

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Torchwood from 257 votes.

Last updated: feb 26, 2021

Comments

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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"?

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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.

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

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

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

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