The BEST Episodes of The Tudors

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 1, 2021

Network: Showtime

The young, vibrant King Henry VIII, is a competitive and lustful monarch who navigates the intrigues of the English court and the human heart with equal vigor and justifiable suspicion.

Destiny and Fortune

#1 - Destiny and Fortune

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 1, 2008

Anne awaits execution in the Tower of London as Henry's marriage to her is annulled, baby Elizabeth is removed from the line of succession, and Henry proposes to Jane Seymour, who accepts.

star 8.01
1,036 votes
Directors: Jon Amiel
Writers: Michael Hirst
Death of a Monarchy

#2 - Death of a Monarchy

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 20, 2010

Finale - Henry’s thoughts turn to his own mortality with the news that his long-time friend and sometimes foe King Francis, and his unshakable soldier Charles Brandon, are each dying. As he faces death, Henry encounters the ghosts of his former wives who each get a chance to confront him. Hans Holbein paints a last, iconic portrait of the Tudor King.

star 7.89
1,419 votes
Writers: Michael Hirst
The Death of Wolsey

#3 - The Death of Wolsey

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 3, 2007

A disgraced Cardinal Wolsey tries one last, desperate gambit to resurrect his career by allying himself with the similarly fallen Queen Katherine, but the king's new advisors learn of their plot.

star 7.88
1,226 votes
Writers: Michael Hirst
The Death of a Queen

#4 - The Death of a Queen

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 26, 2009

The leaders of the Pilgrimage of Grace uprising are put to death, but Brandon is disturbed by the cruelty and mercilessness of the suppression; Henry celebrates the birth of a son but his joy is short-lived as Queen Jane dies within days.

star 7.65
1,177 votes
Writers: Michael Hirst
Look to God First

#5 - Look to God First

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired May 27, 2007

The fall from grace and power of Cardinal Wolsey is fast and merciless, with the one-time Lord Chancellor stripped of authority and influence. His replacement is an unusual choice: the morally righteous Sir Thomas More.

star 7.63
1,391 votes
Writers: Michael Hirst
True Love

#6 - True Love

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired May 6, 2007

An increasingly confident Henry VIII grows dissatisfied with the Catholic Church's progress with his petition for an annulment of his marriage, making Cardinal Wolsey further vulnerable to conspirators.

star 7.62
1,268 votes
Directors: Brian Kirk
Writers: Michael Hirst
The Undoing of Cromwell

#7 - The Undoing of Cromwell

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired May 24, 2009

Henry moves swiftly to annul his loveless marriage to Anne of Cleves, and beds a new mistress, 17-year-old Katherine Howard; Princess Mary falls in love with Duke Philip of Bavaria; Cromwell's fall from favor is sudden and dramatic.

star 7.61
1,092 votes
Directors: Jeremy Podeswa
Writers: Michael Hirst
His Majesty's Pleasure

#8 - His Majesty's Pleasure

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 27, 2008

A miscarriage and her sister's impetuous marriage jeopardize the Boleyns' influence at court; after many failed attempts to coerce his endorsement of the king's powers, Sir Thomas More is ordered to be executed as a traitor by a reluctant Henry.

star 7.58
1,111 votes
Writers: Michael Hirst
The Act of Treason

#9 - The Act of Treason

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired May 25, 2008

The fall from grace of Anne Boleyn is swift and complete, as the king grants greater powers to the family of his new love Jane Seymour, and accepts Thomas Cromwell's obviously trumped-up charges of adultery against the queen.

star 7.57
1,114 votes
Writers: Michael Hirst
His Majesty, The King

#10 - His Majesty, The King

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 22, 2007

Despite being named "Defender of the Faith" by the Pope, Henry begins to scheme to replace his queen with the more desirable Anne Boleyn, as court intrigues involving Princess Margaret and plots against Cardinal Wolsey intensify.

star 7.56
1,437 votes
Directors: Steve Shill
Writers: Michael Hirst
Lady in Waiting

#11 - Lady in Waiting

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired May 18, 2008

The brief resurgence of Anne at court is short-lived, as Jane Seymour rapidly replaces her in the king's affections, a process speeded up by Henry's near-fatal jousting accident and Anne's hysteria-induced miscarriage.

star 7.54
1,010 votes
Directors: Dearbhla Walsh
Writers: Michael Hirst
Message to the Emperor

#12 - Message to the Emperor

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired May 13, 2007

The country is struck down with food shortages and an outbreak of plague, forcing the normally buoyant Henry to doubt his future and abilities - but a sudden change in fortunes is on the horizon.

star 7.54
1,310 votes
Directors: Alison Maclean
Writers: Michael Hirst
As it Should Be

#13 - As it Should Be

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Jun 6, 2010

The war with France is nearly lost when one of Henry's officers cleverly engineers a sudden victory, but the triumphant king's health has been weakened by the costly adventure; Brandon returns from France with a mistress.

star 7.54
1,450 votes
Directors: Jeremy Podeswa
Writers: Michael Hirst
The Northern Uprising

#14 - The Northern Uprising

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 12, 2009

The rebellion now known as the "Pilgrimage of Grace" begins in earnest, with Henry dispatching Brandon to deal with the uprising; bedridden due to the recurrence of his jousting injury, Henry takes a new mistress: Lady Ursula Misseldon.

star 7.54
1,181 votes
Writers: Michael Hirst
Secrets of the Heart

#15 - Secrets of the Heart

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Jun 13, 2010

In the Series Finale, Henry defeats one final political foe but faces his mortality after the deaths of both his best friend Charles Brandon and King Francis of France, and the ghosts of his former queens appear for a final confrontation.

star 7.53
1,489 votes
Writers: Michael Hirst
Natural Ally

#16 - Natural Ally

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired May 2, 2010

The king's warm welcome in the North reinvigorates him but his queen's past catches up to her when a former lover appears with threats of blackmail, and an anonymous letter exposes her infidelities to Henry.

star 7.53
1,502 votes
Writers: Michael Hirst
Something for You

#17 - Something for You

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 25, 2010

A noticeably more benevolent and tolerant Henry VIII forgives the citizens of the North for their rebellion against him, but the youthful wife he dotes upon launches a passionate affair with Culpepper.

star 7.53
1,436 votes
Directors: Dearbhla Walsh
Writers: Michael Hirst
Sixth and the Final Wife

#18 - Sixth and the Final Wife

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired May 23, 2010

War looms with France as Henry marries Catherine Parr, who proves to be an able and respected queen and stepmother, finally giving England's king the stable, happy household he has long desired.

star 7.53
1,401 votes
Directors: Jeremy Podeswa
Writers: Michael Hirst
Truth and Justice

#19 - Truth and Justice

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired May 20, 2007

A special envoy from the Pope arrives to hear Henry's petition regarding the legitimacy of his marriage, with the fate of Cardinal Wolsey's career, the king's romance with Anne Boleyn, and the nation's relationship with Rome in the balance.

star 7.51
1,212 votes
Directors: Alison Maclean
Writers: Michael Hirst
Dissention and Punishment

#20 - Dissention and Punishment

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 19, 2009

Henry reconciles with his estranged daughters Mary and Elizabeth in time for the Christmas holidays, but betrays and brutally suppresses the rebellion against him after making conciliatory promises to the uprising's leaders.

star 7.51
1,143 votes
Writers: Michael Hirst
Sister

#21 - Sister

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 18, 2010

Henry's age catches up to him during Christmas celebrations, but his youthful and randy court continues the party without him; the arrogant Lord Surrey takes aim at the powerful Seymour clan.

star 7.50
1,549 votes
Directors: Dearbhla Walsh
Writers: Michael Hirst
Moment of Nostalgia

#22 - Moment of Nostalgia

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 11, 2010

King Henry VIII marries his fifth queen, a lusty teenager whose beauty and checkered past inflame the passions of a trusted courtier, Thomas Culpepper.

star 7.50
1,695 votes
Directors: Dearbhla Walsh
Writers: Michael Hirst
Arise, My Lord

#23 - Arise, My Lord

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 29, 2007

Henry is stunned by a reversal in his alliance with Charles V and forced to look elsewhere for European support, while an insulted Anne Boleyn refuses his offer of permanent mistress status, inflaming his desire to marry her.

star 7.49
1,394 votes
Directors: Brian Kirk
Writers: Michael Hirst
Bottom of the Pot

#24 - Bottom of the Pot

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired May 9, 2010

The king is devastated to learn of his beloved queen's ribald past and present affairs, and banishes her from court, even as the investigation rounds up and tortures suspects.

star 7.48
1,624 votes
Writers: Michael Hirst
Matters of State

#25 - Matters of State

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired May 11, 2008

The persecution of the Catholic Church reaches its pinnacle as Thomas Cromwell confiscates its wealth for the crown, making Henry the richest English king in history, while Katherine dies in pious poverty.

star 7.46
1,154 votes
Directors: Dearbhla Walsh
Writers: Michael Hirst