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Ranking the Best Seasons of 'The Crown'

All the seasons of The Crown have been royally entertaining, but which seasons really stand out? As the longest-serving female head of state in the history of the world, Queen Elizabeth II has been involved with countless events shaping the global landscape. Some of the most memorable episodes of The Crown come from different seasons, so picking the top season isn't easy. Some The Crown seasons focus on Queen Elizabeth's reign, while other good seasons reveal (and revel in) royal family secrets. To determine once and for all what the best seasons of The Crown are, let's rank every The Crown season from best to worst.

The Crown is a historical drama based on the life of Queen Elizabeth II. The Crown premiered on Netflix on November 4, 2016. Claire Foy, Olivia Colman, and Imelda Stauton have all been cast to play Queen Elizabeth throughout her reign. With six planned seasons, each actress will spend two seasons portraying a chapter of the monarch's life.

Vote up your favorite seasons of The Crown, and vote down any seasons that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you loved any individual episodes. Is your favorite season of The Crown not as high as it should be? Be sure to vote it up so it rises to the top. It can be painful to put one The Crown season over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many seasons you like.

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    The Crown - Season 1

    The first season of The Crown premiered on November 4, 2016, and contains 10 episodes. This season follows Queen Elizabeth from her marriage to Price Philip in 1947 through events up to 1955.

    This season contains several unforgettable episodes including: "Wolferton Splash," "Assassins," and "Gloriana."

    Memorable moments from Season 1 include:

    • Elizabeth learns that her father has died.
    • Winston Churchill resigns.
    • Princess Margaret rethinks her commitment to Peter Townsend.
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    The Crown - Season 2

    The second season of The Crown premiered on December 8, 2017, and contains 10 episodes. This season follows Queen Elizabeth from 1956 and 1964 as Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan retires and John F. Kennedy rises in the political landscape of the United States.

    This season contains several unforgettable episodes including: "Misadventure," "Dear Mrs. Kennedy," and "Mystery Man."

    Memorable moments from Season 2 include:

    • Prime Minister Anthony Eden resigns following the Suez Crisis fallout.
    • John F. and Jackie Kennedy come to dinner at Buckingham Palace.
    • Elizabeth gives birth to Prince Edward.
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    The Crown - Season 4

    The fourth season of The Crown premiered on November 14, 2020, and contains 10 episodes. As the 1970s are drawing to a close, Queen Elizabeth and her family find themselves preoccupied with safeguarding the line of succession by securing an appropriate bride for Prince Charles, who is still unmarried at 30.

    This season contains several unforgettable episodes including: "The Gold Stick," "48:1," and "Terra Nullius." 

    Memorable moments from Season 4 include:     

    • Margaret Thatcher and Lady Diana Spencer must manage the annual trip to Balmoral.
    • Princess Margaret continues her party life.
    • Diana and Charles go on a tour of Australia.
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    The Crown - Season 3

    The third season of The Crown premiered on November 17, 2019, and contains 10 episodes. This season follows Queen Elizabeth from 1964 and 1977 as she deals with a spy within her ranks and the country copes with the death of Winston Churchill.

    This season contains several unforgettable episodes including: "Olding," "Imbroglio," and "Cri de Coeur."

    Memorable moments from Season 3 include:

    • Sir Anthony Blunt is revealed to be a KGB mole.
    • Apollo 11 astronauts visit Buckingham Palace.
    • Margaret attempts suicide.
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