The BEST Episodes of Isabel

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 27, 2020

Network: TVE

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 - Aired Dec 1, 2014

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 8.63
19 votes
Election

#2 - Election

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Nov 26, 2012

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 8.51
65 votes
Directors: Jordi Frades
Writers:
Birth

#3 - Birth

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 12, 2012

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 8.31
71 votes
Directors: Jordi Frades
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The figure of the king

#4 - The figure of the king

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 15, 2012

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 8.28
39 votes
Directors: Jordi Frades
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Royal wedding

#5 - Royal wedding

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 5, 2012

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 8.10
39 votes
Directors: Jordi Frades
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New war?

#6 - New war?

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 29, 2012

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 8.07
44 votes
Directors: Jordi Frades
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Episode 10

#7 - Episode 10

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Oct 27, 2014

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 8.05
19 votes
Episode 3

#8 - Episode 3

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 8, 2014

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 8.04
25 votes
Episode 12

#9 - Episode 12

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Nov 25, 2013

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 8.03
63 votes
Episode 4

#10 - Episode 4

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 15, 2014

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

star 7.92
25 votes
The new queen

#11 - The new queen

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 3, 2012

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

star 7.88
66 votes
Directors: Jordi Frades
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The queen dies

#12 - The queen dies

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 22, 2012

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

star 7.88
41 votes
Directors: Jordi Frades
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Wedding bells

#13 - Wedding bells

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 17, 2012

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

star 7.83
59 votes
Directors: Jordi Frades
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The negotiation

#14 - The negotiation

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 24, 2012

As the Civil War brings chaos and anarchy to Castille, Isabel learns that her half-brother Henry has promised her to a man she doesn't love

star 7.77
48 votes
Directors: Jordi Frades
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Episode 6

#15 - Episode 6

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 14, 2013

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
34 votes
Episode 5

#16 - Episode 5

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 22, 2014

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

star 7.76
25 votes
Episode 1

#17 - Episode 1

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Aug 25, 2014

Philip goes to France to negotiate, while Aragon recuperates its army under this guise of diplomacy. Juana grows madder with the absence of her husband.

star 7.74
27 votes
Tragedy at court

#18 - Tragedy at court

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 1, 2012

Tragedy strikes Isabel's family, forcing her to finally make her choice. Should she obey Henry or rise against him?

star 7.73
48 votes
Directors: Jordi Frades
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Episode 7

#19 - Episode 7

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 6, 2014

When Juana's situation with Philip becomes desperate, her advisers urge her to return to Castile. Plus, relations with the Muslims in Granada reach a breaking point.

star 7.73
22 votes
Isabel, the queen

#20 - Isabel, the queen

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 10, 2012

As the series begins, Isabel and her brothers' lives are turned upside down when they are forced into the hostile environment of the court.

star 7.72
74 votes
Directors: Jordi Frades
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The pact of Guisando

#21 - The pact of Guisando

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 8, 2012

Isabel seeks comfort for the death of her brother in his friend Gonzalo. Meanwhile, the Queen receives news that forces her to flee the court.

star 7.71
45 votes
Directors: Jordi Frades
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Episode 10

#22 - Episode 10

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 11, 2013

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 7.71
62 votes
Episode 13

#23 - Episode 13

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 2, 2013

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

star 7.68
60 votes
Episode 2

#24 - Episode 2

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 1, 2014

Columbus hides his doubts as he is pressed to make a second voyage. Portugal disputes the new lands to Castile, and France invades Italy. In Rome, the Pope juggles the rival countries interests for his own benefit.

star 7.67
33 votes
The beginning of the end

#25 - The beginning of the end

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 19, 2012

Pacheco persecutes all those who chose to support Isabel and Ferdinand. Plus, with her marriage already under strain, Isabel overhears a secret about her husband.

star 7.65
40 votes
Directors: Jordi Frades
Writers: