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The Best Episodes of 'Poldark'

July 24, 2020 719 votes 40 voters43 items

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There are so many immersive episodes of Poldark that manage to suck you in with the drama, but which ones really stand out? Do you like the third episode of season five the best, or has episode six of season one your favorite episode of Poldark? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of Poldark are, let's rank every Poldark episode from best to worst.

Poldark is a British historical drama series based on the novels of the same title by Winston Graham. Poldark premiered on BBC One on March 8, 2015. It is the second screen adaptation of Graham's novels, following a television series broadcast by BBC One between 1975 and 1977

Vote up your favorite episodes of Poldark, and vote down any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be tough to put one Poldark episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.

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  • 1
    Season 4, Episode 8 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Poldark'
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    Season 4, Episode 8

    November 18, 2018

    Now suspicious about Valentine's paternity after Geoffrey Charles' observation, Warleggan is cold towards Elizabeth and, to force an early delivery of her unborn child to allay further suspicions about Ross being Valentine's father, she takes drastic measures - which do not end well.

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    Season 2, Episode 10 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Poldark'
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    Season 2, Episode 10

    November 6, 2016

    The mine is at last bringing Ross wealth but Demelza, still slow to forgive, goes to stay with new mother Verity.

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  • 3
    Season 1, Episode 8 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Poldark'
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    Season 1, Episode 8

    August 2, 2015

    Ross faces ruin as, along with the rest of his collective, he must sell to the Warleggans' company at a nominal price. At the same time the disease known as putrid throat sweeps through the county, claiming many lives and Dwight, still contrite over Keren, throws himself into trying to treat it.

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  • 4
    Season 1, Episode 4 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Poldark'
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    Season 1, Episode 4

    July 12, 2015

    The news of Demelza and Poldark's marriage spreads through the community, threatening Wheal Leisure's prospects.

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  • 5
    Season 2, Episode 5 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Poldark'
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    Season 2, Episode 5

    October 23, 2016

    When a smuggler is caught magistrate Francis cleverly ensures a lenient sentence but Ross suspects one of his miners, Nick Vigus, as an informer. Francis discovers copper in the mine but his jubilation is cruelly curtailed whilst Ross once more finds himself at the mercy of Warleggan, who has obtained his promissory note and has a financial hold over him.

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  • 6
    Season 2, Episode 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Poldark'
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    Season 2, Episode 2

    September 25, 2016

    On the eve of her husband's trial Demelza ignores Ray Penvenen's advice and approaches Judge Lister for mercy but her plan is scuppered by George Warleggan. 

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  • 7
    Season 3, Episode 5 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Poldark'
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    Season 3, Episode 5

    October 22, 2017

    Ross and friends embark on another expedition in attempt to free Dr. Enys from French prison. George tries to elevate himself by disparaging Ross. Morwenna finally decides her feelings for Drake aren't worth the potential repercussions.

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  • 8
    Season 1, Episode 3 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Poldark'
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    Season 1, Episode 3

    July 5, 2015

    Ross reopens Wheal Leisure, drawing his work force from Charles' mine and winning the respect of his tenants.

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  • 9
    Season 2, Episode 4 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Poldark'
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    Season 2, Episode 4

    October 16, 2016

    An epidemic sweeps through the county and Dwight is grateful to Caroline for providing him with a cart-load of fresh oranges to combat it. Ross meanwhile is thwarted in his efforts to expand the mine, thanks to Warleggan and his proxy, Tankard.

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  • 10
    Season 3, Episode 1 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Poldark'
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    Season 3, Episode 1

    June 11, 2017

    Ross and Demelza look to forget the past and rebuild their marriage, but new arrivals threaten their fragile reconciliation.

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  • 11
    Season 2, Episode 9 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Poldark'
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    Season 2, Episode 9

    October 30, 2016

    Aware of her husband's infidelity with Elizabeth Demelza does not hold back from expressing her disgust and defiantly attends a house party alone. Here she flirts with the amorous captain McNeil though loyalty to Ross causes her to draw the line at sex with him.

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  • 12
    Season 3, Episode 9 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Poldark'
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    Season 3, Episode 9

    August 6, 2017

    When French ships are seen off the coast, Sir Francis appoints Ross to lead the volunteers ready to repel any invasion, to the annoyance of Warleggan. George is further angered when Sir Francis criticizes his use of his parliamentary privilege for his own benefit.

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  • 13
    Season 2, Episode 7 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Poldark'
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    Season 2, Episode 7

    October 16, 2016

    Ross joins a smuggling trip in the Isles of Scilly in order to meet Mark Daniel but, in his absence, George moves in on Elizabeth. Caroline convinces Dwight they must elope for a new life in Bath, and Captain McNeil plans to ambush the smugglers on their return.

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  • 14
    Season 2, Episode 8 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Poldark'
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    Season 2, Episode 8

    October 23, 2016

    Ross and Dwight stand trial for their part in the smuggling. A new tin lode gives Ross renewed hope in Wheal Grace, but it is George who is there for Elizabeth when her mother falls ill and deals Ross a bitter blow.

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  • 15
    Season 4, Episode 7 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Poldark'
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    Season 4, Episode 7

    November 11, 2018

    Joining the Enyses and Ross in London Demelza enjoys the city life and accompanies Ross to a charity ball thrown by Warleggan to celebrate his wife's pregnancy.

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  • 16
    Season 3, Episode 7 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Poldark'
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    Season 3, Episode 7

    November 5, 2017

    Whitworth's sexual demands on Morwenna are making her life a misery. When she falls pregnant he brings in her sister Rowella to help her, a girl who immediately spots his weakness.

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  • 17
    Season 3, Episode 8 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Poldark'
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    Season 3, Episode 8

    November 12, 2017

    Agatha's dying words have the desired effect on Warleggan, who vents his anger by freezing out his wife and son, and dismissing more mine workers, whom the kindly Ross then employs.

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  • 18
    Season 3, Episode 6 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Poldark'
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    Season 3, Episode 6

    October 29, 2017

    Whilst Ross returns home a hero and Morwenna and Drake continue to meet in secret Dwight, severely traumatized by his experiences, frightens Caroline by his seeming indifference to her.

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  • 19
    Season 2, Episode 1 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Poldark'
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    Season 2, Episode 1

    September 25, 2016

    Ross prepares for his trial as Demelza and Elizabeth try to help his cause. George does everything in his power to harm Ross, Francis wrestles with his conscience, and Dwight clashes with an entitled heiress, Caroline Penvenen.

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  • 20
    Season 2, Episode 6 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Poldark'
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    Season 2, Episode 6

    October 9, 2016

    A cheerless Christmas looms for the Poldarks with Francis drowned in the mine having only found fool's copper and Ross facing debtor's prison if he cannot pay Warleggan.

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  • 21
    Season 1, Episode 7 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Poldark'
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    Season 1, Episode 7

    August 2, 2015

    Francis wrongly blames Ross for helping Verity elope with Andrew Blamey. Meanwhile, Mark suspects Dwight and Keren of having an affair, starting chain of events which will have tragic consequences and threaten the safety of eveyone in Nampara.

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  • 22
    Season 2, Episode 3 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Poldark'
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    Season 2, Episode 3

    October 2, 2016

    Ross chairs the meeting for his mine's share-holders, where expansion of Wheal Leisure is approved but Warleggan's spy Tankard is also present and Warleggan's heavies attack Jud for failing to discredit Ross at his trial after their payment to commit perjury.

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  • 23
    Season 4, Episode 5 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Poldark'
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    Season 4, Episode 5

    October 28, 2018

    In parliament Ross achieves some success on behalf of his constituents. He also meets Caroline, who has fled her recent tragedy and who introduces him to Monk Adderley. Back in Cornwall there is famine and sickness.

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  • 24
    Season 4, Episode 2 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Poldark'
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    Season 4, Episode 2

    October 3, 2018

    With Hugh's rapidly failing health eliminating him from standing in the election, his uncle, Lord Falmouth, thanks to Caroline and Demelza, joins with Sir Francis in agreeing that Ross should oppose Warleggan as the prospective member of parliament for the district.

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  • 25
    Season 4, Episode 3 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Poldark'
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    Season 4, Episode 3

    October 14, 2018

    Ross is now member of parliament for Truro and making compassionate speeches opposing slavery and the use of child workers. Returning to Cornwall, where Caroline has given birth to a daughter Sarah, Ross is called upon to save an ailing mine and also pays a visit to Elizabeth.

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