707 votes


BBC Two 2015

The story of a young Louis XIV on his journey to become the most powerful monarch in Europe, from his battles with the fronde through his development into the Sun King. Historical and fictional characters guide us in a world of betrayal and political maneuvering, revealing Versailles in all its glory and brutality.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Versailles

Versailles - S2E10

#1 - Of Blood and Stone (Season 2 - Episode 10)

Louis and Philippe each face a foe in the bedroom, but the traitors strike back. Even in chains, poisonous Madame Agathe threatens the king. Sophie is torn emotionally.

The episode was rated 8.07 from 417 votes.

Versailles - S3E10

#2 - The Legacy (Season 3 - Episode 10)

Looking to the future, King Louis XIV seeks to reconnect with his people, and reconcile his family. As some oppressed Parisians plan a violent welcome for Louis, has one of his friends become a foe?

The episode was rated 8.02 from 172 votes.

Versailles - S1E10

#3 - Bring the Garden Here (Season 1 - Episode 10)

Duchess Henriette becomes suddenly ill when she returns from a visit to her brother in England. They fear she might have been poisoned, so King Louis XIV shuts all access To Versailles.

The episode was rated 8.01 from 473 votes.

Versailles - S3E8

#4 - Of Gods and Men (Season 3 - Episode 8)

Suffering an identity crisis, Louis gets moody, unable to reveal the reason. Jeanne's protest pamphlets in Paris bring reprisals led by Marchal.

The episode was rated 7.97 from 184 votes.

Versailles - S3E5

#5 - The Afterlife (Season 3 - Episode 5)

Can Louis' longed-for loving touch help the ailing queen? An engraved blade holds a clue to who Philippe has antagonised. Jeanne challenges her brother's business-minded betrayal.

The episode was rated 7.96 from 186 votes.

Versailles - S3E7

#6 - The Book of Revelations (Season 3 - Episode 7)

Has Louis finally learnt the identity of the man in the iron mask? Cardinal Leto is still determined to use his knowledge against the king. Fabien Marchal is in pursuit of fugitive Sophie and the young woman he must kill.

The episode was rated 7.93 from 188 votes.

Versailles - S3E9

#7 - The Tinderbox (Season 3 - Episode 9)

His resolve reinforced, Louis is dismissive of the pain his plans will cause others, be they Philippe or Protestants of all classes. Cardinal Leto is confident of making the king marry Isabella of Portugal.

The episode was rated 7.92 from 180 votes.

Versailles - S2E9

#8 - Seven Shadows (Season 2 - Episode 9)

As Louis starts to doubt his divinity, devilish behaviour tempts some courtiers. Rejected Madame de Montespan hopes a dark ritual will restore her status, while Philippe toys with Thomas, prompting jealous Chevalier to respond recklessly.

The episode was rated 7.86 from 411 votes.

Versailles - S3E3

#9 - Truth Will Come Out (Season 3 - Episode 3)

A betrayal by one of the women closest to the king has unforeseen consequences, while a graphic revelation results in a fall from grace for another. Philippe gets dangerously close to the mystery prisoner. Reprisals against the protesters in Paris place Fabien Marchal in peril.

The episode was rated 7.85 from 192 votes.

Versailles - S3E4

#10 - Crime and Punishment (Season 3 - Episode 4)

Seeking retribution, Louis lashes out at the Parisian rebels though Philippe urges a more reasoned response. Word from Spain casts doubt on Marie-Thérèse's intentions. Sophie's loyalties are tested.

The episode was rated 7.82 from 200 votes.

Versailles - S1E9
#11 - Etiquette
Season 1 - Episode 9

Louis believes to triumph diplomatically when his queen Henriette negotiates an alliance with England against the Dutch for cash and a guard for her brother, English king Charles II, but when William of Orange personally comes question the Stuart 'reunion', Charles offers him a princess's hand. Rohan continues to elude Marchal's efforts to dismantle the secret society in Orange's service, even arranges the escape of a traitor locked up for torture. Marchal, who is losing Louis' confidence, proves the Pau ladies frauds, discretely executes the mother, his 'lover' and the poison monger, and chases the daughter. Chevalier convinces Philippe not to resent Louis' demand to devise elaborate court etiquette but to enjoy becoming the aristocracy at court's puppeteers, while Louis proudly radiates as a heliocentric sun.

The episode was rated from 456 votes.
Versailles - S3E6
#12 - The Wheel of Fortune
Season 3 - Episode 6

Louis hopes diplomacy will hide his duplicity as he works to undermine Leopold while winning over severe cardinal Leto. Marchal helps Philippe learn a family secret, and is troubled by a command from the king.

The episode was rated from 186 votes.
Versailles - S1E5
#13 - Bow to Your King
Season 1 - Episode 5

Hero of the battlefield, Philippe returns from the front transformed. The French soldiers admire the Duke of Orleans, all wreathed in glory. This recognition begins to overshadow Louis. The roads are still not safe just outside Versailles and convoys of attacks are increasing. To celebrate the peace treaty he just signed with the Spanish, the King decides to invite the biggest noble families in Versailles for great entertainment. He invites the Duke of Cassel.

The episode was rated from 505 votes.
Versailles - S3E2
#14 - Trust Issues
Season 3 - Episode 2

Little can be taken at face value as Louis negotiates with Leopold over Spain, the Bastille governor has a sorry tale for Philippe and Sophie surprises Marchal.

The episode was rated from 210 votes.
Versailles - S3E1
#15 - Smoke and Mirrors
Season 3 - Episode 1

Louis welcomes a defeated royal relative to the palace, but with unforeseen personal consequences. Philippe stumbles upon a mystery man. Madame de Montespan finds how to hurt a former friend, the King's prim companion Francois de Maintenon.

The episode was rated from 220 votes.
Versailles - S1E8
#16 - Diplomacy
Season 1 - Episode 8

With his lover in prison and his wife Henriette surviving a miscarriage Philippe is not a happy man but Louis, buoyant at overcoming his enemies, is keen for an alliance with England for an invasion of the Netherlands and sends Henriette to London to see her brother Charles II and negotiate terms. Cassel and others plot to kill her but the conspiracy is denounced to the king by Montcalm, anxious to be reinstated at court. Fabien survives an attempt to kill him whilst Louis has a job offer for Philippe.

The episode was rated from 464 votes.
Versailles - S2E6
#17 - The Sands Of Time
Season 2 - Episode 6

Debauchery is banned when Marie-Therese takes charge while Louis is away at war. However, signing an urgent treaty requires a man's touch, if Philippe can be persuaded to play his part. On the battlefield, the king meets his match. The court's shameless decadence cannot be suppressed as the lively period drama continues.

The episode was rated from 401 votes.
Versailles - S1E7
#18 - Revelations
Season 1 - Episode 7

Louis is struck down with fever and, whilst the official version is that he has had a hunting accident, the courtiers are suspicious and Philippe lets slip to Rohan that, if his brother dies, he will be regent. When the delirious Louis runs round the palace in his night shirt the facts become visible and the queen, Cassel and others meet secretly to plan ahead should he not survive but Louis recovers, thanks to Claudine Masson, daughter of the late court doctor whom Louis now appoints as his physician. Due to Fabien's spy network he also exposes the conspirators, in particular the CHevalier, and orders arrests to be made whilst finally releasing Mademoiselle de Clermont to become a nun on her request.

The episode was rated from 469 votes.
Versailles - S2E8
#19 - The New Regime
Season 2 - Episode 8

Louis resolves to reassess his relationships, while Madame de Montespan is determined to make a memorable impression on him. Philippe fears losing another wife to the poisoning plot, and its unwitting victim Cassel has a revelation to make.

The episode was rated from 402 votes.
Versailles - S2E3
#20 - Who Will Guard the Guards Themselves
Season 2 - Episode 3

A cool welcome awaits Princess Palatine both in the palace salons and her new husband's bed, but Sophie's destiny is worse. Marchal finds a prime suspect for the poisonings.

The episode was rated from 432 votes.

Last updated: sep 18, 2022



just finished season one and WOW, just wow. sometimes slow pace, specially at the beginning, but it gets better every episode. the main cast is amazing and the acting is on point. also ended with a great cliffhanger. 10/10 UPDATE: season 2 is even better than season 1. much more fascinating and way way gayer. i loved it! another 10/10 UPDATE 2.0: season 3 is also amazing ?? makes me so sad that its over, but im so glad to have known it


This series is fantastic! Did anyone notice king Louie XIV is "Athelstan" from Vikings?


just simply un-fucking-believable :-) even better than The Borgias


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