The BEST Episodes of Robin of Sherwood

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 28, 2021

Network: ITV

Fantasy-drama series by Richard Carpenter based on the Robin Hood legend. Robin of Loxley, also called 'The Hooded Man' lives with his friends in the forests of Sherwood. They fight against the Norman rulers who oppress the population of the region, especially Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham. Robin of Loxley was succeeded by Robert of Huntingdon, a renegade nobleman, at the beginning of season three. By gaining the trust of the other members of the group and living his life as Robin would have, he soon proves himself as a worthy successor. This adaptation of the Robin Hood legend leans heavily on mystic and magic. This is also reinforced by the soundtrack of the Irish band Clannad.

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The Time of the Wolf (2)

#1 - The Time of the Wolf (2)

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Jun 28, 1986

Gisburne has joined the Sons of Fenris and manages to capture Robin and his men as well as the Sheriff of Notingham. With Robin in his power, Gulnar completes his creature using dark magic and sends it on his way. Safe in Halstead Abbey, Marion foresees a tragedy at the Ring of the Nine Maidens and for Robin even victory may come with great loss.

star 9.06
31 votes
Directors: Sid Roberson
Writers: Richard Carpenter
The Cross of St. Ciricus

#2 - The Cross of St. Ciricus

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired May 10, 1986

Robin and his band rescue from bandits a desperately ill woman en route to the shrine of St. Ciricus at Croxden Abbey. She confesses a startling secret to Tuck and later to Robin. Gisburne, on orders from the Sheriff, is also on his way to the Abbey to steal the sacred cross. Robin must stop him, but finds the nature of their enmity has changed.

star 9.03
30 votes
Herne's Son (1)

#3 - Herne's Son (1)

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 5, 1986

After the death of Loxley, the outlaw band have gone their separate ways. Robert of Huntingdon, the man called by Herne, has rejected his calling, saying no one else could be The Hooded Man. He cannot escape his destiny. Robert's father, the Earl of Huntingdon, hosts a party to gain favor with vile, border lord Owen of Clun. Marion of Leaford attends with her father, who has bought her a pardon from the king. Clun makes unseemly advances toward Marion. When no one else will help her, Robert, to his father's horror, defends her in a swordfight against Clun. When Clun kidnaps Marion, Robert must reassemble the outlaw band to rescue her.

star 8.69
36 votes
Alan A Dale

#4 - Alan A Dale

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired May 19, 1984

While visiting his new love, Meg, in Wycombe, Little John is seen by Guy and the Sheriif's men. The Sheriff punishes the villagers by fining them six months wages. Meanwhile a Minstrel, Alan A Dale, is found wandering through the forest on his way to kill the Sheriff! His love, Mildred, has been betrothed to the Sheriff and is being delivered to Nottingham, along with a 10,000 Mark dowery. Robin and Marian realise that they can help Alan by rescuing Mildred and get the money to help the villagers of Wycombe at the same time. All they need do is find Guy and his men and ambush them.

star 8.55
44 votes
Directors: Ian Sharp
Writers: Richard Carpenter
The Inheritance

#5 - The Inheritance

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 26, 1986

An old man and his beautiful daughter live alone in the ancient castle of Caerleon. They are about to be attacked by a horde of brigands led to the castle by a former employee of the old man's. This traitor knows there is a priceless treasure in the castle, but never found out exactly what it was. The daughter seeks out Robin Hood to defend her, her father and the treasure that is beyond price (although it's not something the robbers would find useful!). Robin must ultimately make a staggering choice of loyalty.

star 8.06
31 votes
Lord of the Trees

#6 - Lord of the Trees

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 23, 1985

Gisburne, left in charge of Nottingham by the Sheriff, hires a group of vicious mercenaries to hunt down the outlaws. Unfortunate timing for Robin and company. It is the time of the Blessing when no blood can be shed or the villagers will not have a good harvest that year. The outlaws must use cunning and trickery to defeat Gisburne and the mercenaries.

star 8.05
40 votes
Directors: James Allen
Writers: Richard Carpenter
The Children of Israel

#7 - The Children of Israel

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 16, 1985

The sheriff returns to Nottingham, passing through Sherwood. Will decides that Robin's plans to ambush him is not good enough and attempts to attack the sheriff and his men with only Little john, Nazir and Friar Tuck at his side. It all goes badly wrong, Tuck is badly injured and Robin is furious, a fury that grows when he discovers tha attitude of the local villagers they take Tuck to. Back in Nottingham the sheriff is approached by Joshua De Talmont, a jewish moneylender, demanding the money that the sheriff owes him. The sheriff is not best pleased about being challenged for money he owes and 'suggests' to Guy that a tide of anti jewish sentiments may strike Nottingham, as it has in London and other towns, and lead to the death of De Talmont in the riots.

star 8.05
41 votes
Directors: Alex Kirby
Writers: Richard Carpenter
The King's Fool

#8 - The King's Fool

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired May 26, 1984

Robin and his men save a wandering knight from a band of cut throats who ambush him in Sherwood. After a meal and drink together the knight surprises Robin with an offer that could change the lives of all the Merry Men! Could they soon be free men or is Robin being tricked by someone he trusts with his life?

star 8.05
43 votes
Directors: Ian Sharp
Writers: Richard Carpenter
The Prophecy

#9 - The Prophecy

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 9, 1985

Little John is captured by Guy, who has a plan to finally get his hands on all the Merry Men. After a prophecy from Herne Robin thinks that Little john is the prisoner he is told he must rescue. While they are planning to rescue John from Nottingham another John turns up, Prince John! He has his own agenda and his own, hooded, prisoner. someone whose identity will be a big surprise to one of Robins band. Robin now realises that this hooded prisoner is the person who is in the prophecy and that freeing them from Prince John's grasp will be a daunting prospect.

star 8.05
43 votes
Directors: Robert Young
Writers: Richard Carpenter
The Power of Albion

#10 - The Power of Albion

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 19, 1986

Before his death, Loxley gave Albion to Marion. She has kept it safe for the past year at the home of her father, who has begged her to have no more to do with the outlaws. She attempts to give it to Robert, but he still says no one could take Loxley's place. When the band tries to stop a torturer en route to Nottingham, Robert is wounded by a poisoned arrow and falls gravely ill. After returning home from going to aid Robert, Marion and Albion are taken by the Sheriff. Although Gisburne is sure Robert of Huntingdon is the new Robin Hood, no one will believe him. Robert is able to masquerade as a shallow, young nobleman and make friends with the Sheriff as part of a scheme to free Marion. After the true powers of Albion are revealed, Robert, whom everyone now calls Robin, knows he is truly Herne's son.

star 8.03
33 votes
The Time of the Wolf (1)

#11 - The Time of the Wolf (1)

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 21, 1986

The Sheriff is ordered by The King to collect grain from the villages of Nottingham, as more provisions are needed for the troops in France. Knowing that the villagers will not survive the winter without their hard-earned grain, the outlaws secretly steal the grain back during the night, causing The Sheriff a lot of embarrassment when the King's men come to collect it in the morning. In desperation, The Sheriff blames the whole fiasco on Gisburne, resulting in Gisburne running away and a price being put on his head. Seeking sanctuary, Gisburne flees to Grimstone Abbey, but is not greeted by monks at the door...

star 7.94
31 votes
Directors: Sid Roberson
Writers: Richard Carpenter

#12 - Rutterkin

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 14, 1986

'Mad Mab' is an old hermit who lives happily with her family of pigs, including her 'baby', Rutterkin. Edgar of Huntingdon, Robert's uncle, captures Rutterkin and later Mab, accusing the old woman of being a witch (and the pig her familiar), paid by the Earl, Robert's father, to cause the death of King John, who has been beset by a mysterious illness. The Earl is arrested for treason and sentenced to death. In trying to rescue him, most of the outlaw band is taken as well.

star 7.87
31 votes
The Pretender

#13 - The Pretender

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 7, 1986

Taking up with a 12 year old French princess, King John has anulled his marriage to Queen Hadwisa, who vows revenge against her former husband and the new queen, Isabella. Her plan is to have Isabella murdered while on a pilgrimage and make it appear to have been done by Robin Hood. Hadwisa's family believe they have enough support among the barons to depose King John and replace him with a new young man who claims to be Arthur of Brittany, John's nephew. While Arthur infiltrates the outlaw band, Gisburne becomes involved in the plot. Gisburne is only too eager to advance his position and finish off Robin Hood all at the same time. The Sheriff, however knows that ""if Queen Isabella dies, we shall ALL hang,"" but gravely ill from a dog bite, he is unable to stop Gisburne.

star 7.84
32 votes
The Sheriff of Nottingham

#14 - The Sheriff of Nottingham

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired May 3, 1986

Robert de Rainault, high Sheriff of Nottingham, failing one time too many to end the activities of Robin Hood, is dismissed by the king and replaced by Philip Mark, ""The Butcher of Lincoln"". Mark captures 6 villagers from Wickham and sends out word that Robin Hood must turn himself in or the captives will die the next noon, and six more the day after that until Robin is captured. Nasir must face the new Sheriff's servant, Sarak, a masked assassin out of the Saracen's past

star 7.81
31 votes
Adam Bell

#15 - Adam Bell

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired May 31, 1986

The Sheriff's young nephew, Martin, is kidnapped by Adam Bell, an aging outlaw who was the Robin Hood of his day, but now robs only for himself. The Sheriff, using his hostage, Much, as a bargaining chip, persuades Robin to rescue the boy from Bell.

star 7.74
31 votes
Robin Hood and the Sorcerer (2)

#16 - Robin Hood and the Sorcerer (2)

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 28, 1984

The Sheriff and his brother , the Abbot, upset over the activities of Robin and his men arrange a fayre, including an archery contest, in the Castle. He offers the Silver Arrow of Herne to whomever wins the contest, something he is sure will tempt Robin out of the forest and into his grasp. After this fails to end up with Robin's capture their last resort is the Sorcerer, Simon De Belleme, a worshipper of the dark arts, who wants Maid Marian as his bride. He agrees to use his sorceropus powers to capture, or kill, the men of Sherwood Forest as long as the Sheriif and the Abbot promise Marian to him.

star 7.72
146 votes
Directors: Ian Sharp
Writers: Richard Carpenter
Robin Hood and the Sorcerer (1)

#17 - Robin Hood and the Sorcerer (1)

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 28, 1984

Robin of Loxley and his friend Much are arrested in Sherwoood Forest for killing one of the King's deer. They are imprisoned by Guy of Gisbourne of the Sheriff of Nottingham in the Sheriff's dungeon where they meet up with a motley bunch of criminals who are destined to become the first of the Merry Men. After they escape into Sherwood Forest Robin is approached by Herne The Hunter and told that it is his destiny to fight the Norman invaders. The Sheriff knows all about Herne, he holds a silver arrow that is reputed to have once belonged to Herne himself.

star 7.55
249 votes
Directors: Ian Sharp
Writers: Richard Carpenter
The Witch of Elsdon

#18 - The Witch of Elsdon

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired May 5, 1984

The Sheriff, Abbot Hugo and Guy are in the hamlet of Elsdon presiding over the trial of Jennet and Thomas, a husband and wife acused of witchcraft. Robin has a dream that leads him to make decisions that the rest of the Merry Men question the logic of, but his dreams lead them to a disguised tax collector and some hidden taxes. The Sheriif is furious about the loss of his taxes and wants Robins head on a plate. Loathe to send Guy and his men into Sherwood to die he comes up with a cunning plan to get to the outlaws.

star 7.53
51 votes
Directors: Ian Sharp
Writers: Richard Carpenter
Herne's Son (2)

#19 - Herne's Son (2)

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 12, 1986

Robert of Huntingdon and the reformed Merry Men set out to rescue Marion from Clun, and Huntingdon claims the mantle of Robin of Sherwood.

star 7.52
64 votes
Seven Poor Knights from Acre

#20 - Seven Poor Knights from Acre

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired May 12, 1984

The arrival in Sherwood of seven Templars, heading back to their church in Lincoln, and their gold crested banner is too much for a cutpurse to ignore. He steals the banner and runs into Robin and his men as he escapes. The Templars think that they are all together and after a brief altercation the Templars leave, with Much as a hostage. Now Robin and his men have to deal with seven of the most feared fighting men known to man, to rescue much from their grasp.

star 7.50
46 votes
Directors: Ian Sharp
Writers: Richard Carpenter
The Betrayal

#21 - The Betrayal

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired May 24, 1986

King John, furious over the disappearance of the past several tax collections from Nottingham, schemes to put an end to the outlaws by ending their popular support. A band of his soldiers, led by the merciless Roger de Carnac, masquerades as Robin's band, committing atrocities against villagers throughout the shire.

star 7.22
32 votes
The Greatest Enemy

#22 - The Greatest Enemy

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 13, 1985

Threatened with the loss of his position, the Sheriff pulls out all stops to find Robin. He captures most of the band in Wickham and hunts down the rest with hounds. Finally, only Robin, Marion and Much are alone on a hill, facing an army.

star 7.21
68 votes
Cromm Cruac

#23 - Cromm Cruac

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired May 17, 1986

After Much is injured in a pit trap, the outlaws seek help for him at the nearest village, Cromm Cruac, a place no one has heard of until now. All is not right, as becomes evident by the things the men see and the way some of them begin to act. Robin must confront Gulnar, a sorceror who once served Owen of Clun.

star 7.19
31 votes
The Swords of Wayland (2)

#24 - The Swords of Wayland (2)

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 6, 1985

Robin and his band battle to prevent Morgwyn of Ravenscar from harnessing the power of the sword of Albion.

star 7.11
38 votes
The Swords of Wayland (1)

#25 - The Swords of Wayland (1)

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 6, 1985

A group of pious and well-respected nuns are in reality a coven of witches. They need all of the Seven Swords of Wayland for some very heavy-duty conjuring. The only sword they don't have is Robin's Albion.

star 7.03
39 votes