The BEST Episodes of The Prisoner

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 4, 2019

Network: ITV1

The series follows a British former secret agent who is held prisoner in a mysterious coastal village resort where his captors try to find out why he abruptly resigned from his job. Although sold as a thriller in the mould of the previous series starring McGoohan, Danger Man (1960–68), the show's combination of 1960s countercultural themes and surreal setting had a far-reaching effect on science fiction/fantasy programming, and on popular culture in general.

Many Happy Returns

#1 - Many Happy Returns

Season 1 - Episode 7

Number 6 wakes up to find the Village totally deserted.

star 8.30
50 votes
Directors: Joseph Serf
Writers: Anthony Skene
Hammer into Anvil

#2 - Hammer into Anvil

Season 1 - Episode 10

Number 6 vows revenge and goes after a sadistic Number 2 after he drives a fellow village resident to her death.

star 8.13
40 votes
Directors: Pat Jackson
Writers: Roger Woddis
The Chimes of Big Ben

#3 - The Chimes of Big Ben

Season 1 - Episode 2

A new Number 8 named Nadia arrives in The Village, and together Number 6 and she plot their escape.

star 8.07
99 votes
Directors: Don Chaffey
Writers: Vincent Tilsley
The Schizoid Man

#4 - The Schizoid Man

Season 1 - Episode 5

Number Six wakes up with a new identity. Now he's Number Twelve. Worse, Number Two asks him to impersonate someone--Number Six. But the new Number Six is more like him than he is.

star 7.89
66 votes
Directors: Pat Jackson
Writers: Terence Feely

#5 - Checkmate

Season 1 - Episode 9

Inspired by a large chess game with people taking the place of the game pieces, Number 6 formulates a new escape plan with some compatriots.

star 7.87
47 votes
Directors: Don Chaffey
Writers: Gerald Kelsey
Once Upon a Time

#6 - Once Upon a Time

Season 1 - Episode 16

Because all other attempts to break Number 6 have failed, Number 2 decides to engage him in a game where one of them will end up dead.

star 7.85
34 votes
Writers: Patrick McGoohan

#7 - Arrival

Season 1 - Episode 1

After resigning, a secret agent finds himself trapped in a bizarre prison known only as The Village.

star 7.79
149 votes
Directors: Don Chaffey
Writers: David Tomblin, George Markstein
A. B. and C.

#8 - A. B. and C.

Season 1 - Episode 3

Number 2 believes that Number 6 resigned because he was going to sell out. Using dream manipulation, Number 2 tries to determine which one of three possible candidates Number 6 was dealing with.

star 7.66
79 votes
Directors: Pat Jackson
Writers: Anthony Skene
Fall Out

#9 - Fall Out

Season 1 - Episode 17

After witnessing the trials of Number 2 and Number 48 and meeting the President of the Assembly, Number 6 escapes during the chaos that follows.

star 7.62
39 votes
Writers: Patrick McGoohan
A Change of Mind

#10 - A Change of Mind

Season 1 - Episode 12

After a brawl Number 6 is declared "unmutual" and is made to think that he has undergone "instant social treatment."

star 7.59
39 votes
Directors: Joseph Serf
Writers: Roger Parkes
Dance of the Dead

#11 - Dance of the Dead

Season 1 - Episode 8

Number 6 comes across a body that has washed ashore with a radio. After sending the body back out to sea, he tries to use the radio to get rescued.

star 7.55
51 votes
Directors: Don Chaffey
Writers: Anthony Skene
It's Your Funeral

#12 - It's Your Funeral

Season 1 - Episode 11

Number Six hears of an assassination plot against Number Two, but it's the new Number Two doing all the plotting against the retiring Number Two.

star 7.54
39 votes
Directors: Robert Asher
Writers: Michael Cramoy
The Girl Who Was Death

#13 - The Girl Who Was Death

Season 1 - Episode 15

Back in London, Number 6 is trying to track down a crazed scientist who is protected by his homicidal daughter.

star 7.53
34 votes
Directors: David Tomblin
Writers: Terence Feely
The General

#14 - The General

Season 1 - Episode 6

An instant learning process becomes the Village's latest fad, but Number 6 is sure that Number 2 is using it as a brain washing tool.

star 7.49
53 votes
Writers: Joshua Adam
Free for All

#15 - Free for All

Season 1 - Episode 4

Number 6 runs for the office of Number 2.

star 7.48
79 votes
Writers: Paddy Fitz
Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling

#16 - Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling

Season 1 - Episode 13

With his mind transferred to another body, Number 6 wakes up in his London flat and can't convince his colleagues who he is. He takes off to Austria to find the one man who can help him, the person Number 2 wants him to find.

star 7.33
36 votes
Directors: Pat Jackson
Writers: Vincent Tilsley
Living in Harmony

#17 - Living in Harmony

Season 1 - Episode 14

Number 6 finds himself in the middle of a wild west version of his imprisonment.

star 6.94
33 votes
Directors: David Tomblin
Writers: David Tomblin