The BEST episodes of Quacks

Every episode of Quacks ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Quacks!

A raucous comedy set in Victorian London about four medical pioneers fighting to make a mark on the world.

Last Updated: 3/1/2023Network:BBC Two
The Physician's Hernia
91 votes

#1 - The Physician's Hernia

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 9/19/2017

When William’s childhood friend Mina puts pressure on William to marry her, he has a difficult moral decision to make.

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The Indian Mesmerist
98 votes

#2 - The Indian Mesmerist

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 9/5/2017

Caroline arranges for herself and William to meet a charismatic hypnotist at a local curry house for a demonstration of his powers.

The Madman's Trial
112 votes

#3 - The Madman's Trial

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 8/29/2017

William stages a mock trial to cure a deluded patient, while Robert looks to advance his reputation by securing the backing of a wealthy female patron.

The Duke's Tracheotomy
181 votes

#4 - The Duke's Tracheotomy

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 8/15/2017

Robert is a domineering, showman surgeon - a rock star of his age - who is almost as brilliant as he thinks he is. He can pack out an operating theatre and take off a leg in 92 seconds. But after a botched amputation, Robert is put under pressure by the royal physician, Dr Hendrick. So John, a drug-addled dentist who is trying to create the world's first anaesthetic, convinces Robert to use potentially lethal ether in a prestigious and pioneering operation.

Directors: Andy De Emmony
Writer: James Wood
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The Lady's Abscess
130 votes

#5 - The Lady's Abscess

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 8/22/2017

Caroline bags an invitation to meet her hero, Charles Dickens. William finds himself in an awkward position when he exaggerates how much of a fan he is - he hasn't read a single page. An excruciating evening ensues when William escorts Caroline to a dinner party at Dickens's house.

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The Bishop's Appendix
95 votes

#6 - The Bishop's Appendix

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 9/12/2017

Robert has a problematic patient – the Bishop of Lambeth needs his appendix removed or he will die. But he won’t agree to pain relief or surgery.

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