The BEST Episodes of Ripper Street

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jul 18, 2019

A drama set in the East End of London in 1889, during the aftermath of the "Ripper" murders. The action centres around the notorious H Division – the police precinct from hell – which is charged with keeping order in the chaotic streets of Whitechapel. Ripper Street explores the lives of characters trying to recover from the Ripper's legacy, from crimes that have not only irretrievably altered their lives, but the very fabric of their city. At the drama's heart our detectives try to bring a little light into the dark world they inhabit.

Our Betrayal (2)

#1 - Our Betrayal (2)

Season 2 - Episode 8

Death and violence comes to Whitechapel once again. Some decayed and murdered bodies are discovered in a slum tenement, and the advanced stages of the police divisional boxing championship reveals the vengeful ferocity to be seen within the ranks of the police force.

star 8.43
253 votes
Directors: Andy Wilson
Writers: Richard Warlow
The Peace of Edmund Reid

#2 - The Peace of Edmund Reid

Season 3 - Episode 8

When an American journalist is killed in Whitechapel, his story threatens the peace.

star 8.29
247 votes
Directors: Saul Metzstein
Writers: Richard Warlow
What Use Our Work?

#3 - What Use Our Work?

Season 1 - Episode 8

Reid is adrift, his team in pieces and Leman Street shaken to its foundations following recent events. A kidnapping offers him cause to assemble his men and tackle the white slavery ring operating in their midst. But Reid is gripped by a growing obsession that this leads back to the terrible secret from his own past.

star 8.23
298 votes
Directors: Tom Shankland
Writers: Richard Warlow
Your Father, My Friend

#4 - Your Father, My Friend

Season 3 - Episode 4

Detective Inspector Edmund Reid and Detective Sergeant Bennet Drake investigate the latest criminal activity.

star 8.23
260 votes
The Beating of Her Wings

#5 - The Beating of Her Wings

Season 3 - Episode 2

A curiosity shop is the scene of a murder, with signs of a secret dungeon and a girl held captive.

star 8.19
268 votes
Directors: Andy Wilson
Writers: Toby Finlay
Our Betrayal (1)

#6 - Our Betrayal (1)

Season 2 - Episode 7

A valuable symbol of the British Empire’s wealth shows up in the form of an uncut diamond. It is a jewel ‘freed’ from the diamond monopoly of De Graal by one Daniel Judge, Captain Jackson’s untrustworthy older brother. Reid and Flight find themselves being drawn to the plight of a local craftsman defrauded of his work and income by a scam that is set to return H Division to the malign influence of Detective Inspector Jedediah Shine.

star 8.18
250 votes
Directors: Andy Wilson
Writers: Richard Warlow
A Last Good Act

#7 - A Last Good Act

Season 5 - Episode 5

star 8.18
297 votes
Directors: Ashley Way
A Man of My Company

#8 - A Man of My Company

Season 1 - Episode 7

An international shipping magnate arrives in town, with a retinue of Pinkerton Agency bodyguards, to complete the acquisition of an ailing London shipping line. Meanwhile, the murdered body of a brilliant engineer draws Reid's attention just as Jackson and Susan's forgotten past returns to claim them.

star 8.14
318 votes
Directors: Colm McCarthy
Writers: Toby Finlay
A Stronger Loving World

#9 - A Stronger Loving World

Season 2 - Episode 6

Churches and synagogues are being burnt and desecrated in Whitechapel and Reid suspects the same hand behind the various attacks. Meanwhile, the all-too-brief domestic happiness that Sergeant Drake has enjoyed is disrupted by the arrival of a friend from his wife Bella's past, the mysterious and charismatic scholar, Gabriel Cain.

star 8.09
255 votes
Edmund Reid Did This

#10 - Edmund Reid Did This

Season 4 - Episode 6

The walls close in on Reid as a secret from his past threatens to destroy his future in Whitechapel.

star 8.00
302 votes
Dynamite and a Woman

#11 - Dynamite and a Woman

Season 2 - Episode 4

An Irish bomber is sprung from prison and barely a day later a prominent opponent of the Home Rule movement is murdered. Chief Inspector Abberline is convinced that the Irish Republican Brotherhood is active once more and orders Reid to send the Irish DC Flight undercover into Whitechapel's Irish community.

star 8.00
270 votes
Writers: Jamie Crichton
The Dreaming Dead

#12 - The Dreaming Dead

Season 5 - Episode 4

star 8.00
305 votes
Directors: Nick Rowland
Live Free, Live True

#13 - Live Free, Live True

Season 3 - Episode 7

The murder of a chemist lifts the lid on a backstreet abortion racket.

star 7.95
232 votes
The Incontrovertible Truth

#14 - The Incontrovertible Truth

Season 3 - Episode 6

The recovering Reid finds the unconscious Lady Vera Montacute in Whitechapel next to the corpse of a flower seller.

star 7.92
230 votes
Whitechapel Terminus

#15 - Whitechapel Terminus

Season 3 - Episode 1

Reid and Long Susan are set on a collision course after a locomotive disaster.

star 7.92
312 votes
Directors: Andy Wilson
Writers: Richard Warlow
Pure as the Driven

#16 - Pure as the Driven

Season 2 - Episode 1

Jack the Ripper may be fading into memory, but east London has found no peace. An investigation into the assault of a policeman leads DI Reid and the men of H-Division to the newly-emergent Chinatown, where Jackson discovers evidence of a new and devastatingly powerful opiate. Reid fears a new kind of hell is to be released onto his streets.

star 7.90
317 votes
The Good of This City

#17 - The Good of This City

Season 1 - Episode 4

The brutal clearing of a local slum for the underground railway reveals an almost indecipherable murder scene and an unreliable slum girl witness. Lucy Eames, beautiful and disturbed, is the unlikely key to a Byzantine web of conspiracy.

star 7.90
363 votes
Directors: Andy Wilson
Writers: Julie Rutterford
Some Conscience Lost

#18 - Some Conscience Lost

Season 4 - Episode 2

Reid struggles to adapt on his first day back at H Division under Drake’s command.

star 7.88
312 votes
Directors: Luke Watson
Writers: Rachel Bennette
Am I Not Monstrous?

#19 - Am I Not Monstrous?

Season 2 - Episode 2

A young woman is found murdered at the London Hospital and the only clue to her identity is an unusual deformity. The hunt for her killer takes Reid and the team into the shadowy netherworld of the freakshows, where they must seek the help of Joseph Merrick, aka the Elephant Man. Reinforcements for H-Division arrive in the form of DC Albert Flight.

star 7.88
298 votes
Become Man

#20 - Become Man

Season 2 - Episode 3

The abduction of a prominent member of the London County Council introduces Reid to Councilor Jane Cobden, the first woman appointed to the LCC - because it appears the kidnappers are radical supporters of Cobden's aims. Long Susan is taken by force to the gang's hideout, and she soon finds herself growing sympathetic to her captors' lives and aims.

star 7.86
284 votes
Ashes and Diamonds

#21 - Ashes and Diamonds

Season 3 - Episode 3

Alex le Shayne, a mysterious clairvoyant is found dead at the local performance place. Jackson presumes poison has a part to play. As Reid is missing Drake steps in to investigate. Elsewhere Susan continues to care for Mathilda and plans to send her to Switzerland.

star 7.86
275 votes
Directors: Anthony Byrne
Writers: Toby Finlay
The Stranger's Home

#22 - The Stranger's Home

Season 4 - Episode 1

Reid must return to Whitechapel to covertly re-investigate a case made by Drake and Jackson.

star 7.86
338 votes
Directors: Kieron Hawkes
Writers: Richard Warlow
Threads of Silk and Gold

#23 - Threads of Silk and Gold

Season 2 - Episode 5

Investigations into the brutal slaying of a telegraph boy lift the lid on a vice racket run from the offices of the GPO. The case leads Reid to the heart of the one of the city's most august financial institutions. Captain Jackson seeks ever more perilous means of ridding he and Long Susan of the suffocating debt they owe Silas Duggan.

star 7.85
261 votes
Closed Casket

#24 - Closed Casket

Season 5 - Episode 1

star 7.83
319 votes
Directors: Daniel Nettheim
Writers: Richard Warlow
All the Glittering Blades

#25 - All the Glittering Blades

Season 5 - Episode 3

star 7.83
285 votes
Directors: Nick Rowland