The BEST Episodes of Isabel

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Aug 20, 2019

Charting the life of Isabella I of Castile, one of the most important women in Spain’s history, Isabel follows her passionate story from childhood to being crowned Queen. From her political struggles within King Henry IV's court to her wedding to Ferdinand of Aragon, the drama encapsulates the passions, emotions and sacrifices of a woman who refused to just be a figurehead and whose outlook was ahead of her time.

Episode 13

#1 - Episode 13

Season 3 - Episode 13

Queen Isabel's health shows no signs of improvement. Those in power continue to jockey for their place in a future Spain that may be forced to go on without her.

star 8.61
18 votes
Episode 13

#2 - Episode 13

Season 1 - Episode 13

A sudden death and a twist of events sees King Henry flee to Madrid. Later, Castile prepares to crown a new Queen.

star 8.41
34 votes
Directors: Jordi Frades
Writers: Anaïs Schaaff, Jordi Clafí, Joan Barbero, Salvador Perpiñá y Pablo Olivares
Episode 10

#3 - Episode 10

Season 2 - Episode 10

Fernando makes his authority in Aragon clear. Isabel receives a foreign sailor with a bold proposal. El Zagal rallies all Muslims to make common front against the Christians.

star 8.18
33 votes
Episode 6

#4 - Episode 6

Season 1 - Episode 6

Empowered by a discovery about her half-brother, Isabel tries to cut a deal with Henry. However, the king also has a plan up his sleeve

star 8.18
34 votes
Directors: Jordi Frades
Writers: Anaïs Schaaff, Jordi Clafí, Joan Barbero, Salvador Perpiñá y Pablo Olivares
Episode 13

#5 - Episode 13

Season 2 - Episode 13

The ultimatum to Boabdil expires. Isabel and Fernando decide on the future of Granada, the Jews, the dispute with France and Columbus' enterprise.

star 8.16
31 votes
Episode 12

#6 - Episode 12

Season 1 - Episode 12

As the Pope dies and a new holyman takes his place. King John of Aragon seizes his chance to lay the problems surrounding Isabel and Ferdinand's papal bull to rest.

star 8.03
34 votes
Directors: Jordi Frades
Writers: Anaïs Schaaff, Jordi Clafí, Joan Barbero, Salvador Perpiñá y Pablo Olivares
Episode 9

#7 - Episode 9

Season 1 - Episode 9

As the wedding approaches, Isabel and Ferdinand meet for the first time. Bad news throws their big day into jeopardy, leaving King Henry overjoyed.

star 8.00
35 votes
Directors: Jordi Frades
Writers: Anaïs Schaaff, Jordi Clafí, Joan Barbero, Salvador Perpiñá y Pablo Olivares
Episode 3

#8 - Episode 3

Season 3 - Episode 3

Colombus has gone missing, and word travels back that his brothers are abusing the natives. Desperate to defeat the French, Isabel and Ferdinandmust decide whether to use their children tools in their tactical negotiations.

star 8.00
24 votes
Episode 10

#9 - Episode 10

Season 3 - Episode 10

As Juana is named the official heir of Aragon and Castile, Isabel and Ferdinand grapple with how to protect their reign against the influence of her husband, Philip, especially in his allegiance to the French.

star 8.00
18 votes
Episode 8

#10 - Episode 8

Season 1 - Episode 8

Disguised as a servant, Ferdinand begins his secret journey to meet Isabel at the altar. Forced to take perilous backroads, his route is fraught with terrible dangers.

star 7.97
39 votes
Directors: Jordi Frades
Writers: Anaïs Schaaff, Jordi Clafí, Joan Barbero, Salvador Perpiñá y Pablo Olivares
Episode 12

#11 - Episode 12

Season 2 - Episode 12

Just as the Granada War nears its end, Prince Juan's sudden illness threatens to give Isabel and Fernando's kingdoms to the Portuguese. Columbus retouches his plan, and Torquemada investigates a murder.

star 7.97
34 votes
Episode 7

#12 - Episode 7

Season 2 - Episode 7

The converts of Seville look at their options in the face of the Inquisition. Juana's unruliness threatens the peace between Portugal and Castile. Beatriz learns her nephew's secret. Muley-Hacén names his heir.

star 7.97
31 votes
Episode 4

#13 - Episode 4

Season 3 - Episode 4

Queen Isabel copes with loss on multiple levels, including Princess Juana's departure for Flanders to live with her husband.

star 7.96
25 votes
Episode 1

#14 - Episode 1

Season 2 - Episode 1

Isabel's decision to take the Crown while Fernando is in Aragon angers him, a division that Carrillo is eager to use. Meanwhile, Diego Pacheco seeks support from Portugal and the nobles to dethrone Isabel in favor of Juana.

star 7.94
32 votes
Directors: Jordi Frades
Writers:
Episode 3

#15 - Episode 3

Season 2 - Episode 3

Fernando besieges Burgos while the Portuguese try to send a relief column to the rebels. Meanwhile, Isabel balances the conflicting interests of the Aristocracy, the Church and the Jews to finance the war.

star 7.93
27 votes
Episode 11

#16 - Episode 11

Season 2 - Episode 11

Fernando lays siege to Malaga, El Zagal's stronghold and richest city in Granada, while the Muslims appeal to their brethren outside Europe. Isabel receives the two queens of Granada.

star 7.92
37 votes
Episode 8

#17 - Episode 8

Season 2 - Episode 8

It's time to visit Aragon to nominate Prince Juan as heir to the kingdom, but this is the least of Isabel and Fernando's problems. Granada invades Zahara, Catalonia is divided and the royals must face their most dangerous pregnancy yet.

star 7.90
29 votes
Episode 5

#18 - Episode 5

Season 2 - Episode 5

Isabel visits Seville, Castile's richest city but also a place plagued by crime and corruption. Juan II accuses Fernando of caring more for his wife's kingdom than for his. A border incident sours relations between Castile and Granada.

star 7.89
28 votes
Episode 9

#19 - Episode 9

Season 2 - Episode 9

The war bogs down as the nobles of Spain prefer to pursue their own interests before the Crown's, but a stroke of luck might tip the balance in the fight between Christians and Muslims. In Portugal, the king seeks to reinforce his position.

star 7.85
33 votes
Episode 2

#20 - Episode 2

Season 2 - Episode 2

Reconciled, Fernando and a pregnant Isabel face their biggest test yet as the Portuguese invade Castile. King Alfonso marries Juana to reinforce her claim, but is reluctant to consummate the marriage as his supporters insist him to.

star 7.81
26 votes
Episode 2

#21 - Episode 2

Season 1 - Episode 2

The drama and intrigue continue as the nobles begin to put their plot to dethrone Isabel's half-brother Henry into action.

star 7.78
51 votes
Directors: Jordi Frades
Writers: Anaïs Schaaff, Jordi Clafí, Joan Barbero, Salvador Perpiñá y Pablo Olivares
Episode 7

#22 - Episode 7

Season 1 - Episode 7

Isabel deceives King Henry over her ambitions to marry. But while she may be able to fool her brother, nothing gets past Pacheco.

star 7.78
37 votes
Directors: Jordi Frades
Writers: Anaïs Schaaff, Jordi Clafí, Joan Barbero, Salvador Perpiñá y Pablo Olivares
Episode 6

#23 - Episode 6

Season 2 - Episode 6

The King's long absence throws Portugal in confusion, but Isabel and Fernando are no less divided over their next move. Rome pressures Castile to adopt the Inquisition. In Granada, the jealous Aixa plots against the Emir.

star 7.76
33 votes
Episode 5

#24 - Episode 5

Season 3 - Episode 5

Margarita arrives in Castile to marry Juan, a union that will bring equal parts joy and devastation.

star 7.75
24 votes
Episode 10

#25 - Episode 10

Season 1 - Episode 10

Isabel and Ferdinand welcome a child into the world. But their happiness doesn't last for long as Pacheco sends his troops to capture them.

star 7.74
39 votes
Directors: Jordi Frades
Writers: Anaïs Schaaff, Jordi Clafí, Joan Barbero, Salvador Perpiñá y Pablo Olivares