The BEST episodes of The Great

Every episode of The Great ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of The Great!

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

Last Updated: 11/30/2023Network: HuluStatus: Ended
The Beaver's Nose
659 votes

#1 - The Beaver's Nose

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 5/15/2020

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.

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403 votes

#2 - Wedding

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/19/2021

Catherine makes a devastating discovery about Peter before traveling to the war front for a meeting with the Sultan. Peter considers his options now Catherine knows his secret and all parties come together for a final showdown at Marial’s wedding.

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Meatballs at the Dacha
638 votes

#3 - Meatballs at the Dacha

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 5/15/2020

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.

Directors: Colin Bucksey
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Love Hurts
653 votes

#4 - Love Hurts

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 5/15/2020

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.

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Seven Days
402 votes

#5 - Seven Days

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/19/2021

Elizabeth pronounces that Catherine’s baby will be born in 7 days and the court begins preparations involving rituals for Peter and Catherine. Conflict with the Ottomans heightens, and Catherine tries to run the country while on forced bed rest.

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Once Upon a Time
218 votes

#6 - Once Upon a Time

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired 5/12/2023

Catherine meets court scientist Nikolai, who announces a comet is about to pass through Russia. She uses this phenomenon to her advantage and in the face of some huge challenges, unearths a new side of her leadership.

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A Simple Jape
423 votes

#7 - A Simple Jape

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/19/2021

Catherine is frustrated by the lack of meaningful change in her rule of Russia so far. Seeking to shake the court out of its complacency, she plays a joke on them involving a serf to prove a point, but it gets wildly out of hand with tragic consequences.

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234 votes

#8 - Ice

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 5/12/2023

Catherine tries to persuade Peter to come home whilst Hugo re-doubles his attempts to regain his kingdom. Georgina continues to play her complicated court games.

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A Pox on Hope
662 votes

#9 - A Pox on Hope

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 5/15/2020

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.

Directors: Colin Bucksey
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384 votes

#10 - Stapler

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/19/2021

Catherine’s team is falling apart and she begins doubting her reign when her mother comes to visit. She works hard to hide the realities of the court from her mother and puts on a science fair for which Russia must come up with the best invention.

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Walnut Season
388 votes

#11 - Walnut Season

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/19/2021

Catherine and Peter are co-parenting their newborn son, Paul, with the help of Elizabeth and trying to avoid their feelings for each other. When Paul goes missing, Peter and Catherine are driven together in their quest to find him.

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And You Sir, Are No Peter the Great
758 votes

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

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 5/15/2020

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.

Directors: Bert, Bertie
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647 votes

#13 - Parachute

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 5/15/2020

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.

Directors: Ben Chessell
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War and Vomit
677 votes

#14 - War and Vomit

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 5/15/2020

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.

Directors: Ben Chessell
Writer: James Wood
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The Great
955 votes

#15 - The Great

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 5/15/2020

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.

Directors: Matt Shakman
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Heads It's Me
498 votes

#16 - Heads It's Me

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 11/19/2021

Four months after she launched a coup against her husband, a pregnant Catherine is gaining the upper hand in her war against Peter. The fact that he is deeply in love with Catherine and their unborn child does little to dissuade her from taking his throne.

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440 votes

#17 - Dickhead

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 11/19/2021

Catherine, Orlo and Velementov begin their rule of Russia and unexpected obstacles appear. Peter is on a journey of self-improvement under house arrest but convinces Catherine to let him attend her coronation and hand over his crown.

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The Beard
817 votes

#18 - The Beard

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 5/15/2020

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.

Directors: Colin Bucksey
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Choose Your Weapon
252 votes

#19 - Choose Your Weapon

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 5/12/2023

Catherine is visited by the UK and US Ambassadors both wanting her to intervene in the War of Independence. Maxim takes issue with the public displays of affection between Grigor and Marial.

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Alone at Last
433 votes

#20 - Alone at Last

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/19/2021

Catherine’s grief over the loss of Leo during the coup finally catches up with her. Peter’s part in Leo’s death, and the discovery that he just murdered a noble, causes Catherine to lock Peter in his apartments with only his mummified mother for company.

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The Devil's Lunch
427 votes

#21 - The Devil's Lunch

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 11/19/2021

The Ottoman Ambassador pays Catherine a visit as tensions between the regions run high. But Peter fights to win his allegiance and prove to the court he is more fun than Catherine, in an attempt to destabilize her by throwing a baby shower.

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Animal Instincts
410 votes

#22 - Animal Instincts

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/19/2021

A crocodile roams the court, and Archie sends everyone into uproar by suggesting it might be an omen against Catherine’s leadership.

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Moscow Mule
716 votes

#23 - Moscow Mule

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 5/15/2020

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.

Directors: Bert, Bertie
Writer: Tess Morris
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231 votes

#24 - Sweden

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 5/12/2023

Peter is once again tormented by his father, Peter the Great’s expectations and his failure to continue the legacy of his empire. Catherine must decide what to do about the unrest being stirred up in the regions, but Velementov is in no state to help her.

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231 votes

#25 - Stag

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 5/12/2023

Arkady and Tatyana help Peter and Catherine through a rough patch as they clash over their son Paul. Catherine fears Paul will grow up to be a ruthless and careless leader and Archie and Elizabeth are alarmed when Catherine refuses to ordain him.

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