The Best Episodes of The Crown

Last Updated: Nov 17, 2018

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.

Dear Mrs. Kennedy

#1 - Dear Mrs. Kennedy

Season 2 - Episode 8

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

star 8.23
1,127 votes
Directors: Stephen Daldry
Writers: Peter Morgan
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Assassins

#2 - Assassins

Season 1 - Episode 9

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

star 8.09
2,206 votes
Directors: Benjamin Caron
Writers: Peter Morgan
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Gloriana

#3 - Gloriana

Season 1 - Episode 10

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 8.08
2,120 votes
Directors: Philip Martin
Writers: Peter Morgan
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Hyde Park Corner

#4 - Hyde Park Corner

Season 1 - Episode 2

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

star 8.07
2,807 votes
Directors: Stephen Daldry
Writers: Peter Morgan
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Vergangenheit

#5 - Vergangenheit

Season 2 - Episode 6

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
1,130 votes
Writers: Peter Morgan
Marionettes

#6 - Marionettes

Season 2 - Episode 5

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

star 8.01
1,108 votes
Writers: Peter Morgan
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Mystery Man

#7 - Mystery Man

Season 2 - Episode 10

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

star 7.99
1,021 votes
Directors: Benjamin Caron
Writers: Peter Morgan
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Scientia Potentia Est

#8 - Scientia Potentia Est

Season 1 - Episode 7

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 7.96
2,286 votes
Directors: Benjamin Caron
Writers: Peter Morgan
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Smoke and Mirrors

#9 - Smoke and Mirrors

Season 1 - Episode 5

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

star 7.90
2,367 votes
Directors: Philip Martin
Writers: Peter Morgan
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Paterfamilias

#10 - Paterfamilias

Season 2 - Episode 9

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

star 7.87
1,091 votes
Directors: Stephen Daldry
Writers: Tom Edge; Peter Morgan
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Lisbon

#11 - Lisbon

Season 2 - Episode 3

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

star 7.85
1,137 votes
Directors: Philip Martin
Writers: Peter Morgan
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Act of God

#12 - Act of God

Season 1 - Episode 4

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

star 7.82
2,498 votes
Directors: Julian Jarrold
Writers: Peter Morgan
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Beryl

#13 - Beryl

Season 2 - Episode 4

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
1,195 votes
Directors: Benjamin Caron
Writers: Amy Jenkins; Peter Morgan
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Pride & Joy

#14 - Pride & Joy

Season 1 - Episode 8

Elizabeth and Philip go on an exhausting world journey. Margaret takes over some of her sister’s official duties and tries to liven things up.

star 7.81
2,225 votes
Directors: Philip Martin
Writers: Peter Morgan
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Windsor

#15 - Windsor

Season 1 - Episode 3

With Elizabeth in new role, Philip tries to assert some power. Churchill wants to delay the coronation. King George’s disgraced brother arrives.

star 7.81
2,633 votes
Directors: Philip Martin
Writers: Peter Morgan
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Misadventure

#16 - Misadventure

Season 2 - Episode 1

As Philip leaves for a long tour, Elizabeth makes an upsetting discovery. Prime Minister Eden wants to strike back after Egypt seizes the Suez Canal.

star 7.77
1,337 votes
Directors: Philip Martin
Writers: Peter Morgan
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Matrimonium

#17 - Matrimonium

Season 2 - Episode 7

A letter from Peter Townsend spurs Margaret to make a bold proposal. Elizabeth has good news that causes complications for Margaret.

star 7.76
1,077 votes
Directors: Benjamin Caron
Writers: Peter Morgan
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Gelignite

#18 - Gelignite

Season 1 - Episode 6

Margaret and Peter come to Elizabeth with a request. With a royal scandal about to break in the newspapers, the Queen Mother intervenes.

star 7.76
2,316 votes
Directors: Julian Jarrold
Writers: Peter Morgan
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A Company of Men

#19 - A Company of Men

Season 2 - Episode 2

Elizabeth feels disconnected from Philip. Eden copes with international pressure and ill health. An interview stirs up harrowing memories for Philip.

star 7.74
1,166 votes
Directors: Philip Martin
Writers: Peter Morgan
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Wolferton Splash

#20 - Wolferton Splash

Season 1 - Episode 1

A young Princess Elizabeth marries Prince Philip. As King George VI’s health worsens, Winston Churchill is elected prime minister for the second time.

star 7.63
3,495 votes
Directors: Stephen Daldry
Writers: Peter Morgan
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