The BEST Episodes of The Crown

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 15, 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.

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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 8.17
1,158 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 8.17
1,903 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 8.14
1,067 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 8.07
848 votes
Directors: Jessica Hobbs
Writers: Peter Morgan
Vergangenheit

#5 - 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 8.05
1,901 votes
Writers: Peter Morgan
Assassins

#6 - 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 8.04
2,945 votes
Directors: Benjamin Caron
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 8.04
3,756 votes
Directors: Stephen Daldry
Writers: Peter Morgan
Terra Nullius

#8 - 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 8.03
878 votes
Directors: Julian Jarrold
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 8.00
2,878 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 7.97
1,863 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 7.95
886 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 7.93
1,000 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 7.92
3,078 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 7.90
1,709 votes
Directors: Benjamin Caron
Writers: Peter Morgan
The Balmoral Test

#15 - 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 7.88
901 votes
Writers: Peter Morgan
48:1

#16 - 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 7.87
831 votes
Directors: Julian Jarrold
Writers: Peter Morgan
Gold Stick

#17 - 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 7.87
925 votes
Directors: Benjamin Caron
Writers: Peter Morgan
Smoke and Mirrors

#18 - 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 7.86
3,144 votes
Directors: Philip Martin
Writers: Peter Morgan
Bubbikins

#19 - 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 7.85
1,067 votes
Directors: Benjamin Caron
Writers: Peter Morgan
Paterfamilias

#20 - 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 7.85
1,783 votes
Directors: Stephen Daldry
Writers: Peter Morgan, Tom Edge
Fairytale

#21 - 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 7.85
881 votes
Directors: Benjamin Caron
Writers: Peter Morgan
Margaretology

#22 - 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 7.82
1,110 votes
Directors: Benjamin Caron
Writers: Peter Morgan
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 7.81
1,956 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 7.81
1,856 votes
Directors: Philip Martin
Writers: Peter Morgan
Act of God

#25 - Act of God

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 4, 2016

When dense smog cripples London for days and creates a serious health hazard, Churchill’s inaction leaves him vulnerable to his political enemies.

star 7.79
3,334 votes
Directors: Julian Jarrold
Writers: Peter Morgan