The BEST Episodes of The Great

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 20, 2021

Network: Hulu

The Great is a genre bending, anti-historical ride through 18th Century Russia following the wildly comic rise of Catherine the Nothing to Catherine the Great.

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The Beaver's Nose

#1 - The Beaver's Nose

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired May 15, 2020

Catherine moves forward with the coup. Marial betrays her by revealing a secret. Catherine realizes that the only chance for a greater Russia is to fight, no matter the sacrifices.

star 8.13
438 votes
Directors: Geeta Patel
Writers: Tony McNamara
Meatballs at the Dacha

#2 - Meatballs at the Dacha

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired May 15, 2020

Catherine’s political abilities are tested when she’s given an opportunity to travel abroad. Leo wants to leave court. Marial tries to keep him there by telling him about the coup.

star 7.86
438 votes
Directors: Colin Bucksey
Writers: Tony McNamara
Love Hurts

#3 - Love Hurts

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired May 15, 2020

A body is discovered. Peter decides to torture everyone at the palace to find the murderous traitors. Marial confides in Archie about Catherine’s plans. Catherine has a life changing revelation.

star 7.82
431 votes
Directors: Geeta Patel
Writers: Tony McNamara

#4 - Parachute

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired May 15, 2020

After his near-death experience, Peter is now open to Catherine’s progressive ideas and wants to focus on an heir. Orlo tries to figure out who poisoned Peter and faces demons of his own.

star 7.65
446 votes
Directors: Ben Chessell
Writers: Tony McNamara
A Pox On Hope

#5 - A Pox On Hope

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired May 15, 2020

Catherine is feeling optimistic, until a smallpox breakout causes Peter to revert back to his old ways. Meanwhile, Leo and Catherine’s relationship suffers and Georgina misses Peter.

star 7.64
457 votes
Directors: Colin Bucksey
Writers: Gretel Vella, Tony McNamara
War and Vomit

#6 - War and Vomit

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired May 15, 2020

As the war with Sweden continues to rage, Catherine and Aunt Elizabeth visit the military at the Russian front. Seeing the soldiers reminds Catherine of her goal to rule Russia differently. Grigor struggles with Peter and Georgina's relationship and poisons Peter to end it. When Peter falls ill, Velementov, Orlo, and Marial all try to influence Catherine's steps toward takeover as Peter's life hangs in the balance.

star 7.63
457 votes
Directors: Ben Chessell
Writers: James Wood
And You Sir, Are No Peter the Great

#7 - And You Sir, Are No Peter the Great

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired May 15, 2020

Catherine, Orlo and Marial continue their coup planning. They try to recruit an unhappy military general, Velementov, for their cause during palace celebrations honoring Peter’s late father, Peter the Great. Peter, noting Catherine’s unhappiness at court, gifts Catherine a sterile lover, Leo. She’s hesitant at first, but Leo manages to charm her.

star 7.60
522 votes
Directors: Bert & Bertie
Writers: Tony McNamara
The Beard

#8 - The Beard

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired May 15, 2020

Catherine takes her first steps toward a coup. Taking advice from Marial, she attempts to seduce and recruit palace intellectual Count Orlo. It’s a disaster. However, after seeing Peter’s brutal treatment of local nobles and unwillingness to listen, he decides to join Catherine’s coup.

star 7.58
552 votes
Directors: Colin Bucksey
Writers: Tony McNamara
The Great

#9 - The Great

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired May 15, 2020

In 1761, Catherine travels to Russia and becomes the Empress by marrying the Emperor of Russia, Peter. With hopes of marrying a great love, Catherine soon realizes Peter is a selfish brat who stands against everything she values. Catherine is feeling hopeless and verging on suicide when her servant, Marial, presents her with an alternative path – to overthrow Peter.

star 7.55
638 votes
Directors: Matt Shakman
Writers: Tony McNamara
Moscow Mule

#10 - Moscow Mule

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired May 15, 2020

Catherine tries to manage her reputation at court and her relationship with Leo, both of which distract her from the coup. Meanwhile, the influential Patriarch of the church dies, and a new one must be chosen. Orlo sees an opportunity to try and influence Peter in the decision, and Archie makes moves.

star 7.55
493 votes
Directors: Bert & Bertie
Writers: Tess Morris