The BEST episodes of Pride and Prejudice (1980)

Every episode of Pride and Prejudice (1980) ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Pride and Prejudice (1980)!

The arrival of a young, well-off, eligible man named Mr. Bingley sends the Bennet household--with five girls of a marrying age--into a tizzy. But it's the introduction of Mr. Bingley's friend, Mr. Darcy, that sets in motion the fate of Elizabeth Bennet, resolved only after a labyrinth of social and personal complexities. This superb BBC adaptation from 1980 zips along, thanks to lively performances, fluid direction, and a keen grasp of the wit of Austen's dialogue and her satirical characters, who range from clever and kind to utterly odious. Due to its faithfulness and deep appreciation of the material, this five-episode miniseries stands up against any other film or television adaptation, though Rintoul may not sets hearts aflutter the way Colin Firth did in the also excellent 1995 miniseries.

Last Updated: 4/28/2024Network: BBC TwoStatus: Ended
Episode 4
35 votes

#1 - Episode 4

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 2/3/1980

Elizabeth found the manner of Mr. Darcy's proposal insulting and unworthy of a gentleman, but now that she has learned the truth about Wickham, she grows ashamed of her former prejudice.

Directors: Cyril Coke
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Episode 2
37 votes

#2 - Episode 2

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/20/1980

Mr Bennet's estranged cousin, Mr Collins, writes to announce his imminent visit to Longbourn, the house he will inherit on Mr Bennet's death. Mrs Bennet has high hopes that he will propose to one of her daughters and expects also that Jane will soon be engaged to Mr Bingley.

Directors: Cyril Coke
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Episode 5
36 votes

#3 - Episode 5

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 2/10/1980

Darcy is pleased to introduce Elizabeth to his sister, Georgiana, and to welcome her and her aunt and uncle to Pemberley. In spite of Miss Bingley's best efforts, their relationship is growing warmer, until Elizabeth receives a piece of distressing news from Longbourn.

Directors: Cyril Coke
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Episode 3
38 votes

#4 - Episode 3

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 1/27/1980

Elizabeth receives an astounding piece of news and Jane's sweet nature is put to the test when she hears that Bingley and his sisters have left Netherfield Park. All Mrs Bennet's hopes seem dashed. Elizabeth is forced to visit her cousin, Mr Collins, and his new wife in Kent, where she is finally introduced to the formidable Lady Catherine de Bourgh.

Directors: Cyril Coke
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Episode 1
45 votes

#5 - Episode 1

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/13/1980

The arrival of the wealthy Mr Bingley causes great excitement within the Bennet family. One of her five daughters, Mrs Bennet feels, is sure to capture the heart of the wealthy young aristocrat. Meanwhile the wilful and opinionated Elizabeth Bennet matches wits with haughty Mr. Darcy.

Directors: Cyril Coke
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