The BEST Episodes of The Crown

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 18, 2021

Network: Netflix

The inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world – Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street – and the intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th century. Two houses. Two courts. One Crown.

Aberfan

#1 - Aberfan

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 17, 2019

A horrible disaster in the Welsh town of Aberfan leaves scores of children dead, but when the Queen takes a week to decide to visit the town to offer solace to its people, she must confront her reasons for postponing the trip.

star 8.21
958 votes
Directors: Benjamin Caron
Writers: Peter Morgan
Dear Mrs. Kennedy

#2 - Dear Mrs. Kennedy

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 8, 2017

Inspired by Jackie Kennedy and against her government's wishes, Elizabeth takes an unconventional approach to resolving an issue with Ghana.

star 8.19
1,722 votes
Directors: Stephen Daldry
Writers: Peter Morgan
Tywysog Cymru

#3 - Tywysog Cymru

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 17, 2019

Prince Charles is sent to Aberystwyth to learn Welsh from an ardent nationalist in preparation for the ceremony for his investiture as Prince of Wales.

star 8.18
859 votes
Writers: James Graham, Peter Morgan
War

#4 - War

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 15, 2020

Amid a growing challenge to her power, Thatcher fights for her position. Charles grows more determined to separate from Diana as their marriage unravels.

star 8.12
574 votes
Directors: Jessica Hobbs
Writers: Peter Morgan
Terra Nullius

#5 - Terra Nullius

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 15, 2020

On a tour of Australia, Diana struggles to balance motherhood with her royal duties. Both she and Charles cope with their marriage difficulties.

star 8.09
617 votes
Directors: Julian Jarrold
Writers: Peter Morgan
Vergangenheit

#6 - Vergangenheit

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 8, 2017

A secret World War II document opens Elizabeth's eyes to grim realities about a family member. The Duke of Windsor campaigns to re-enter public life.

star 8.06
1,725 votes
Writers: Peter Morgan
Hyde Park Corner

#7 - Hyde Park Corner

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 4, 2016

With King George too ill to travel, Elizabeth and Philip embark on a four-continent Commonwealth tour. Party leaders attempt to undermine Churchill.

star 8.05
3,556 votes
Directors: Stephen Daldry
Writers: Peter Morgan
Assassins

#8 - Assassins

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 4, 2016

As tensions with Philip increase, Elizabeth spends time with her old friend Porchey. Churchill’s portrait is painted for his 80th birthday.

star 8.05
2,771 votes
Directors: Benjamin Caron
Writers: Peter Morgan
Gloriana

#9 - Gloriana

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 4, 2016

Margaret and Peter are reunited, but another obstacle stands in their way. Elizabeth is torn between her duty as Queen and her love for her sister.

star 8.02
2,698 votes
Directors: Philip Martin
Writers: Peter Morgan
Marionettes

#10 - Marionettes

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 8, 2017

After Elizabeth makes a tone-deaf speech at a Jaguar factory, she and the monarchy come under public attack from an outspoken lord.

star 7.99
1,682 votes
Writers: Peter Morgan
Fagan

#11 - Fagan

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 15, 2020

Thatcher's policies create rising unemployment. A desperate man breaks into the palace, where he finds Elizabeth's bedroom and awakens her for a talk.

star 7.98
637 votes
Writers: Jonathon D. Wilson, Peter Morgan
Cri de Coeur

#12 - Cri de Coeur

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 17, 2019

As her marriage falls apart, Princess Margaret finds solace in the arms of a much younger landscape gardener. The Queen and the nation celebrate Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee.

star 7.97
805 votes
Directors: Jessica Hobbs
Writers: Peter Morgan
Scientia Potentia Est

#13 - Scientia Potentia Est

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 4, 2016

As the Soviets test the H-bomb, both Churchill and Eden have major health crises. Angry about her inadequate education, Elizabeth hires a tutor.

star 7.93
2,903 votes
Directors: Benjamin Caron
Writers: Peter Morgan
Mystery Man

#14 - Mystery Man

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 8, 2017

A salacious government scandal hits close to home for Elizabeth and Philip. Elizabeth retreats to Scotland for rest during a difficult pregnancy.

star 7.93
1,539 votes
Directors: Benjamin Caron
Writers: Peter Morgan
Bubbikins

#15 - Bubbikins

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 17, 2019

Left without a home by a political coup in Athens, Philip's eccentric mother, Princess Alice of Greece, is invited to live in Buckingham Palace by the Queen.

star 7.90
865 votes
Directors: Benjamin Caron
Writers: Peter Morgan
The Balmoral Test

#16 - The Balmoral Test

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 15, 2020

Margaret Thatcher visits Balmoral but has trouble fitting in with the royal family. Charles finds himself torn between his heart and family duty.

star 7.90
662 votes
Writers: Peter Morgan
48:1

#17 - 48:1

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 15, 2020

As many nations condemn apartheid in South Africa, tension mounts between Thatcher and Elizabeth over their clashing opinions on applying sanctions.

star 7.90
579 votes
Directors: Julian Jarrold
Writers: Peter Morgan
Fairytale

#18 - Fairytale

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 15, 2020

After Charles proposes, Diana moves into Buckingham Palace and finds her life filled with princess training, loneliness—and Camilla Parker Bowles.

star 7.88
638 votes
Directors: Benjamin Caron
Writers: Peter Morgan
Margaretology

#19 - Margaretology

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 17, 2019

While Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon visit the USA, the queen, at the bidding of Harold Wilson, asks them to make a side trip to Washington, D.C. to ask President Johnson for financial assistance for the United Kingdom.

star 7.87
930 votes
Directors: Benjamin Caron
Writers: Peter Morgan
Smoke and Mirrors

#20 - Smoke and Mirrors

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 4, 2016

Elizabeth rejects protocol by appointing Philip to coordinate her coronation, but his ideas create conflict. The Duke of Windsor returns to London.

star 7.87
2,981 votes
Directors: Philip Martin
Writers: Peter Morgan
Gold Stick

#21 - Gold Stick

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 15, 2020

Elizabeth welcomes Britain's first woman prime minister. Charles meets a young Diana Spencer. An IRA attack brings tragedy to the royal family.

star 7.86
689 votes
Directors: Benjamin Caron
Writers: Peter Morgan
Paterfamilias

#22 - Paterfamilias

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 8, 2017

Philip insists that Prince Charles attend his alma mater in Scotland and reminisces about the life-changing difficulties he experienced there.

star 7.86
1,611 votes
Directors: Stephen Daldry
Writers: Peter Morgan, Tom Edge
Beryl

#23 - Beryl

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 8, 2017

When Elizabeth and Philip throw a grand party for their 10th anniversary, both Margaret and the new Prime Minister experience romantic tribulations.

star 7.82
1,768 votes
Directors: Benjamin Caron
Writers: Amy Jenkins, Peter Morgan
Lisbon

#24 - Lisbon

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 8, 2017

Palace insiders try to prevent a scandal that could reflect poorly on Philip. Eden faces censure from his cabinet and the press.

star 7.82
1,679 votes
Directors: Philip Martin
Writers: Peter Morgan
Avalanche

#25 - Avalanche

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 15, 2020

Charles is caught in a deadly avalanche, prompting both him and Diana to reevaluate their commitment to their troubled marriage.

star 7.82
574 votes
Directors: Jessica Hobbs
Writers: Peter Morgan