The BEST Episodes of Medici

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 14, 2020

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The story of the Medici family of Florence, their ascent from simple merchants to power brokers sparking an economic and cultural revolution. Along the way, they also accrue a long list of powerful enemies.


#1 - Mass

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 13, 2018

The day of reckoning arrives as the circle of conspirators tightens around the Medicis during Mass, and rivals attempt to take control of Florence.

star 8.28
105 votes
Writers: John Fay
The Fate of the City

#2 - The Fate of the City

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 11, 2019

Lorenzo allows Bernardi to convince him that the only solution not to lose everything is to kill Savonarola, whose following gets bigger and bigger. By now, the friar openly preaches the overthrow of the established order to found a new Jerusalem. Lorenzo's plan is ready and the assassins recruited ...

star 8.14
92 votes
Writers: James Dormer

#3 - Epiphany

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 8, 2016

Pazzi has managed to convince the Pope to remove the Medici as Church bankers, but Cosimo is disinclined to surrender what he has worked so hard to attain.

star 8.07
268 votes
Writers: John Fay

#4 - Purgatory

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 8, 2016

The Signoria now has a vacant chair, and Cosimo is asked to choose who should occupy it. Piero thinks that his moment has now come, but the banker Pazzi, too, has his eyes set on that seat.

star 7.90
288 votes
Writers: Emilia di Girolamo

#5 - Betrayal

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 13, 2018

As forces threaten a fragile alliance, the Pazzis embark on a murderous plan to destroy the Medicis while Lorenzo seeks to make peace with Rome.

star 7.84
108 votes
Writers: John Fay
The Ten

#6 - The Ten

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Dec 2, 2019

The entry into the field of the Kingdom of Naples alongside the papal troops is likely to mark the end of Florence. Among the Priors there are those who doubt Lorenzo, but the Magnificent, determined not to let Florence fall into the hands of his enemies, finds a stratagem to deprive the Priors of authority. Lorenzo decides to leave for Naples to try to break the encirclement and restore peace.

star 7.83
98 votes
Writers: James Dormer
The Holy See

#7 - The Holy See

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 9, 2019

Sixtus IV is dead. Lorenzo and Clarice travel to Rome to support the election of their candidate for the papal throne, but they have to deal with the plots of Riario. The Medici find an unexpected ally in Caterina Sforza, Riario's wife. Despite the family's efforts, the new Pope Cybo proves difficult to control. In Florence, Savonarola harangues against Lorenzo for his influence in the conclave.

star 7.82
91 votes
Writers: Guy Bert

#8 - Trust

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 3, 2019

Arriving in Naples with Bernardi, Lorenzo finds it difficult to convince King Ferrante of Aragon to abandon the alliance with the Pope. While the Magnificent tries to win the king's trust, Florence remains under siege: the people and Clarice herself fear that Lorenzo has abandoned them.

star 7.82
93 votes
Writers: Chris Hurford, Guy Bert
The Dome and the Domicile

#9 - The Dome and the Domicile

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 18, 2016

The war is throwing Florence into chaos. Piero, Cosimo's only son, is eager to fight. Meanwhile, Cosimo manages to "buy" the withdrawal of Milan's troops, thus saving the city, but in the meantime Florence has again fallen into the plague.

star 7.79
369 votes
Writers: Frank Spotnitz, Nicholas Meyer

#10 - Alliance

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 6, 2018

The papal army advances as important coalitions shift. Meanwhile, Lorenzo negotiates a crucial treaty, and Jacopo attempts a major power grab.

star 7.78
102 votes
Writers: Francesco Arlanch
Lost Souls

#11 - Lost Souls

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 11, 2019

Savonarola, who had taken Tommaso's confession, denounces his killing and openly accuses Lorenzo, who however continues to deny. Clarice begins to suspect the truth. To continue his strategy of control over the Holy See, the Magnificent makes a promise that triggers a family crisis.

star 7.78
90 votes
Writers: Debbie Oates, Ian Kershaw

#12 - Ascendancy

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 1, 2016

The return of the Medici to Florence is an out-and-out triumph, with Albizzi in prison for his attempt to become the city's "tyrant".

star 7.76
297 votes
Writers: Jonny Stockwood, Mark Denton
Obstacles and Opportunities

#13 - Obstacles and Opportunities

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 30, 2018

The death of the pope brings strategic challenges as Lorenzo negotiates with the Duke of Milan and welcomes his new bride, Clarice, to Florence.

star 7.76
107 votes
Directors: Jon Cassar
Writers: James Dormer, Jonny Stockwood, Mark Denton
Judgement Day

#14 - Judgement Day

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 25, 2016

From prison, Cosimo asks Contessina to try bribing a member of the Signoria, to buy votes in his favor. Albizzi starts poisoning Cosimo's food through his prison guard. Contessina negotiates exile rather than the death penalty.

star 7.75
293 votes
Writers: Alex von Tunzelmann
Blood with Blood

#15 - Blood with Blood

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 30, 2018

Lorenzo aims to strengthen ties with the Pazzis and proposes a treaty with Venice. Clarice appeals to Lucrezia and learns the way to Lorenzo's heart.

star 7.71
107 votes
Directors: Jon Cassar
Writers: Francesco Arlanch

#16 - Temptation

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 1, 2016

While the Medici are in exile in Venice, the situation deteriorates day by day in Florence, with Albizzi imposing his rule over a city gravely depleted by the absence of the Medici.

star 7.71
303 votes
Writers: Francesca Gardiner
A Man of No Importance

#17 - A Man of No Importance

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 9, 2019

Lorenzo begins to show the first symptoms of a serious illness while his political enemies decide to attack him, questioning the solidity and provenance of Medici Bank's capital. Among these, Tommaso Peruzzi, once a supporter of the family, is now eager to bring to light a scandal that would condemn the Medici to exile. To cover up the crime and avoid losses, the Magnificent risks a new war and plans to kill Peruzzi.

star 7.70
90 votes
Writers: Charlotte Rolfes

#18 - Pestilence

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 25, 2016

Albizzi has managed to foment the citizenry against Cosimo, accusing him of the crime of usury. When Cosimo learns of the situation, he decides to return to Florence. Albizzi then invents a ploy to get Cosimo arrested and held for trial.

star 7.65
319 votes
Writers: Sophie Petzal
Ties That Bind

#19 - Ties That Bind

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 6, 2018

In opposition to the pope, Lorenzo moves quickly to acquire the strategic city of Imola. A forbidden love flowers between Giuliano and Simonetta.

star 7.61
102 votes
Writers: James Dormer, Lulu Raczka

#20 - Innocent

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 3, 2019

Seven years have passed and Lorenzo hopes to close the accounts with the Pope by obtaining the signing of a peace treaty between the various Italian rulers. Riario hopes to induce Lorenzo to return to open war. While the Magnificent faces this new diplomatic crisis, his mother Lucrezia involves Clarice in the management of the bank. Worn out by the constant clash with Sixtus IV, Lorenzo decides to start his son Giovanni on an ecclesiastical career hoping to increase the influence of the Medici in the Roman Curia. The Treaty of Bagnolo, signed by all the Italian rulers, marks the triumph of the Medici family and Lorenzo, who has become the deciding vote of Italian politics.

star 7.59
94 votes
Writers: Francesco Arlanch

#21 - Survival

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Dec 2, 2019

A few months after the Pazzi Conspiracy, Lorenzo is still animated by the spirit of revenge. There is a distant clash between Lorenzo and Pope Sixtus IV; the cruel count Riario - the last of the conspirators left alive - tries to take advantage of this conflict. A Dominican friar arrives in Florence who seems capable of reading Lorenzo's heart: Girolamo Savonarola.

star 7.57
107 votes
Writers: James Dormer
Original Sin

#22 - Original Sin

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 18, 2016

The Medici family suffers a great loss with the death of its patriarch Giovanni. When the designated heir Cosimo discovers that his father was poisoned, he decides to put Marco Bello on the assassin's trail.

star 7.53
468 votes
Writers: Frank Spotnitz, Nicholas Meyer
Standing Alone

#23 - Standing Alone

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 23, 2018

Lorenzo's power play comes at a cost and stirs up outrage. With leadership comes sacrifice as he travels to Rome and weighs an advantageous match.

star 7.48
118 votes
Directors: Jon Cassar
Writers: Alex von Tunzelmann
Old Scores

#24 - Old Scores

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 23, 2018

After a surprise attack, Lorenzo and Giuliano search for the culprits. The trail leads the brothers to the Pazzis, but treachery lies closer at hand.

star 7.40
124 votes
Directors: Jon Cassar
Writers: Frank Spotnitz