The Best Episodes of I, Claudius

Old King Log

#1 - Old King Log 8.92

Season 1 - Episode 12

Claudius remarries and makes his new step-son Nero his heir. His attempts to restore the Republic fail, but his scandalous written history survives.

Directors: Herbert Wise
A God in Colchester

#2 - A God in Colchester 8.69

Season 1 - Episode 11

Messalina's behaviour becomes ever more outrageous and it seems that Claudius is the only one who is unaware of this.

Directors: Herbert Wise
Poison is Queen

#3 - Poison is Queen 8.62

Season 1 - Episode 4

Claudius' brother Germanicus returns to Rome a war hero. But he, tipped off by an exiled Postumus, tells an unsuspecting Augustus of the schemes against him. Augustus attempts to restore Postumus and protect himself from Livia's designs, and finds in Claudius an unexpected confidante.

Directors: Herbert Wise
Queen of Heaven

#4 - Queen of Heaven 8.42

Season 1 - Episode 6

As Tiberius's chief advisor, Sejanus rules Rome with an iron hand, moving himself toward the throne. Meanwhile, an aged Livia asks to meet with Claudius.

Directors: Herbert Wise
Some Justice

#5 - Some Justice 8.42

Season 1 - Episode 5

Tiberius, aided by Sejanus and Germanicus, becomes Emperor. However, Germanicus dies under mysterious circumstances with Tiberius ally Piso accused of the crime. Claudius' young nephew Caligula already causes concern.

Directors: Herbert Wise
Fool's Luck

#6 - Fool's Luck 8.40

Season 1 - Episode 10

Claudius has been appointed Emperor by the Praetorian Guard. He quickly proves himself capable of handling the role. But danger lurks in his own household.

Directors: Herbert Wise
Hail Who?

#7 - Hail Who? 8.25

Season 1 - Episode 9

Caligula's behavior becomes more and more erratic. Claudius works hard to control him but a conspiracy is growing among the soldiers. How can they rid themselves of their mad Emperor? And who will replace him?

Directors: Herbert Wise
Reign of Terror

#8 - Reign of Terror 8.24

Season 1 - Episode 7

Livilla's passion for Sejanus brings his Reign of Terror to a horrific climax.

Directors: Herbert Wise
Waiting in the Wings

#9 - Waiting in the Wings 8.10

Season 1 - Episode 2

Child Claudius, stammering and appearing foolish, is an embarrassment to his family, but is fated to rule. Tiberius, in exile for mistreating his well connected but unfaithful wife Julia, is recalled to Rome to be co-heir with Augustus' grandson Postumus.

Directors: Herbert Wise
What Shall We Do About Claudius?

#10 - What Shall We Do About Claudius? 8.00

Season 1 - Episode 3

Livia enlists Claudius' sister Lucilla to discredit Postumus. Now a young adult, Claudius is advised to play up his foolish appearance to protect himself.

Directors: Herbert Wise
A Touch of Murder

#11 - A Touch of Murder 7.97

Season 1 - Episode 1

Augustus Caesar is at the height of his power. He favors Marcellus but his wife Livia schemes to have her son Tiberius succeed him. Grandson Claudius, narrator and future Emperor and historian, is born.

Directors: Herbert Wise
Zeus, By Jove!

#12 - Zeus, By Jove! 7.87

Season 1 - Episode 8

Caligula takes over as Emperor. At first he is hailed as a savior. But eventually the monster is revealed.

Directors: Herbert Wise