The BEST Episodes of Medici

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 3, 2019

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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.

Original Sin

#1 - Original Sin

Season 1 - Episode 1

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.

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Writers: Frank Spotnitz, Nicholas Meyer
The Dome and the Domicile

#2 - The Dome and the Domicile

Season 1 - Episode 2

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.

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Writers: Frank Spotnitz, Nicholas Meyer
Pestilence

#3 - Pestilence

Season 1 - Episode 3

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.

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Writers: Frank Spotnitz, Nicholas Meyer
Judgement Day

#4 - Judgement Day

Season 1 - Episode 4

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.

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Writers: Frank Spotnitz, Nicholas Meyer
Temptation

#5 - Temptation

Season 1 - Episode 5

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.

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Writers: Frank Spotnitz, Nicholas Meyer
Ascendancy

#6 - Ascendancy

Season 1 - Episode 6

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".

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Writers: Frank Spotnitz, Nicholas Meyer
Purgatory

#7 - Purgatory

Season 1 - Episode 7

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.

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Writers: Frank Spotnitz, Nicholas Meyer
Epiphany

#8 - Epiphany

Season 1 - Episode 8

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.

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Writers: Frank Spotnitz, Nicholas Meyer
Old Scores

#9 - Old Scores

Season 2 - Episode 1

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.

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Standing Alone

#10 - Standing Alone

Season 2 - Episode 2

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.

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Obstacles and Opportunities

#11 - Obstacles and Opportunities

Season 2 - Episode 3

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

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Blood with Blood

#12 - Blood with Blood

Season 2 - Episode 4

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.

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Ties That Bind

#13 - Ties That Bind

Season 2 - Episode 5

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

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Alliance

#14 - Alliance

Season 2 - Episode 6

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

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Betrayal

#15 - Betrayal

Season 2 - Episode 7

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.

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Mass

#16 - Mass

Season 2 - Episode 8

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

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Episode 1

#17 - Episode 1

Season 3 - Episode 1

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Season 3 - Episode 2

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Season 3 - Episode 3

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Season 3 - Episode 4

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