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The Best Episodes of The Crown

Every episode of The Crown ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of The Crown!

The gripping, decades-spanning inside story of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Prime Ministers who shaped Britain's post-war destiny. The Crown tells 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.

Genre:Drama
Network:Netflix

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The best episode of "The Crown" is "Aberfan", rated 9.3/10 from 7323 user votes. It was directed by Benjamin Caron and written by Peter Morgan. "Aberfan" aired on 11/17/2019 and is rated 0.2 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Vergangenheit".

  • Aberfan
    9.3/10 7,323 votes

    #1 - Aberfan

    Season 3 Episode 3 - Aired 2019-11-17

    A horrible disaster in the Welsh town of Aberfan leaves scores of children dead, but when the Queen takes a week to decide to visit the town to offer solace to its people, she must confront her reasons for postponing the trip.

    Director: Benjamin Caron

    Writer: Peter Morgan

  • Vergangenheit
    9.1/10 5,436 votes

    #2 - Vergangenheit

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 2017-12-08

    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.

    Director: Philippa Lowthorpe

    Writer: Peter Morgan

  • Dear Mrs. Kennedy
    9.1/10 5,773 votes

    #3 - Dear Mrs. Kennedy

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 2017-12-08

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

    Director: Stephen Daldry

    Writer: Peter Morgan

  • Tywysog Cymru
    9.1/10 6,068 votes

    #4 - Tywysog Cymru

    Season 3 Episode 6 - Aired 2019-11-17

    Prince Charles is sent to Aberystwyth to learn Welsh from an ardent nationalist in preparation for the ceremony for his investiture as Prince of Wales.

    Director: Christian Schwochow

    Writer: James Graham, Peter Morgan

  • Assassins
    9.0/10 6,158 votes

    #5 - Assassins

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2016-11-04

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

    Director: Benjamin Caron

    Writer: Peter Morgan

  • Sleep, Dearie Sleep
    9.0/10 3,286 votes

    #6 - Sleep, Dearie Sleep

    Season 6 Episode 10 - Aired 2023-12-14

    The Queen gives Charles the green light to wed Camilla. Tasked with planning her own funeral ahead of her 80th birthday, she faces an existential crisis.

    Director: Stephen Daldry

    Writer: Peter Morgan

  • Hyde Park Corner
    8.9/10 7,256 votes

    #7 - Hyde Park Corner

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2016-11-04

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

    Director: Stephen Daldry

    Writer: Peter Morgan

  • Marionettes
    8.9/10 5,022 votes

    #8 - Marionettes

    Season 2 Episode 5 - Aired 2017-12-08

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

    Director: Philippa Lowthorpe

    Writer: Amy Jenkins, Peter Morgan

  • Terra Nullius
    8.8/10 4,379 votes

    #9 - Terra Nullius

    Season 4 Episode 6 - Aired 2020-11-15

    On a tour of Australia, Diana struggles to balance motherhood with her royal duties while both she and Charles cope with their marriage difficulties.

    Director: Julian Jarrold

    Writer: Peter Morgan

  • Scientia Potentia Est
    8.7/10 5,410 votes

    #10 - Scientia Potentia Est

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2016-11-04

    As the Soviets test the H-bomb, both Churchill and Eden have major health crises. Angry about her inadequate education, Elizabeth hires a tutor.

    Director: Benjamin Caron

    Writer: Peter Morgan

  • Paterfamilias
    8.7/10 5,153 votes

    #11 - Paterfamilias

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 2017-12-08

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

    Director: Stephen Daldry

    Writer: Tom Edge, Peter Morgan

  • Fairytale
    8.7/10 4,412 votes

    #12 - Fairytale

    Season 4 Episode 3 - Aired 2020-11-15

    After Charles proposes, Diana moves into Buckingham Palace and finds her life filled with princess training, loneliness — and Camilla Parker Bowles.

    Director: Benjamin Caron

    Writer: Peter Morgan

  • War
    8.7/10 3,955 votes

    #13 - War

    Season 4 Episode 10 - Aired 2020-11-15

    Amid a growing challenge to her power, Thatcher fights for her position. Charles grows more determined to separate from Diana as their marriage unravels.

    Director: Jessica Hobbs

    Writer: Peter Morgan

  • Ritz
    8.7/10 2,779 votes

    #14 - Ritz

    Season 6 Episode 8 - Aired 2023-12-14

    After a series of strokes, a declining Margaret recalls a wild night with her sister at the Ritz in 1945, and later celebrates her 70th birthday there.

    Director: Alex Gabassi

    Writer: Peter Morgan, Meriel Sheibani-Clare

  • Act of God
    8.6/10 5,877 votes

    #15 - Act of God

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 2016-11-04

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

    Director: Julian Jarrold

    Writer: Peter Morgan

  • Bubbikins
    8.6/10 5,090 votes

    #16 - Bubbikins

    Season 3 Episode 4 - Aired 2019-11-17

    Left without a home by a political coup in Athens, Philip's eccentric mother, Princess Alice of Greece, is invited to live in Buckingham Palace by the Queen.

    Director: Benjamin Caron

    Writer: Peter Morgan

  • The Balmoral Test
    8.6/10 4,488 votes

    #17 - The Balmoral Test

    Season 4 Episode 2 - Aired 2020-11-15

    Margaret Thatcher visits Balmoral but has trouble fitting in with the royal family, while Charles finds himself torn between his heart and family duty.

    Director: Paul Whittington

    Writer: Peter Morgan

  • Smoke and Mirrors
    8.5/10 5,497 votes

    #18 - Smoke and Mirrors

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2016-11-04

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

    Director: Philip Martin

    Writer: Peter Morgan

  • Gloriana
    8.5/10 4,946 votes

    #19 - Gloriana

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2016-11-04

    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.

    Director: Philip Martin

    Writer: Peter Morgan

  • Beryl
    8.5/10 5,016 votes

    #20 - Beryl

    Season 2 Episode 4 - Aired 2017-12-08

    When Elizabeth and Philip throw a grand party for their 10th anniversary, both Margaret and the new Prime Minister experience romantic tribulations.

    Director: Benjamin Caron

    Writer: Peter Morgan

  • Fagan
    8.5/10 4,353 votes

    #21 - Fagan

    Season 4 Episode 5 - Aired 2020-11-15

    As Thatcher's policies create rising unemployment, a desperate man breaks into the palace, where he finds Elizabeth's bedroom and awakens her for a talk.

    Director: Paul Whittington

    Writer: Jonathan Wilson, Peter Morgan

  • 48:1
    8.5/10 3,841 votes

    #22 - 48:1

    Season 4 Episode 8 - Aired 2020-11-15

    As many nations condemn apartheid in South Africa, tension mounts between Thatcher and Elizabeth over their clashing opinions on applying sanctions.

    Director: Julian Jarrold

    Writer: Peter Morgan

  • Margaretology
    8.4/10 4,864 votes

    #23 - Margaretology

    Season 3 Episode 2 - Aired 2019-11-17

    While Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon visit the USA, the queen, at the bidding of Harold Wilson, asks them to make a side trip to Washington, D.C. to ask President Johnson for financial assistance for the United Kingdom.

    Director: Benjamin Caron

    Writer: Peter Morgan

  • Gold Stick
    8.4/10 4,557 votes

    #24 - Gold Stick

    Season 4 Episode 1 - Aired 2020-11-15

    As Elizabeth welcomes Britain's first woman prime minister and Charles meets a young Diana Spencer, an IRA attack brings tragedy to the royal family.

    Director: Benjamin Caron

    Writer: Peter Morgan

  • Mou Mou
    8.4/10 4,092 votes

    #25 - Mou Mou

    Season 5 Episode 3 - Aired 2022-11-09

    In 1946, an Egyptian street vendor finds inspiration in the abdicated King Edward. Years later, he eagerly tries to integrate into British High Society.

    Director: Alex Gabassi

    Writer: Peter Morgan