Ekaterina: The Rise of Catherine the Great

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Season 2 of the popular historical drama series about the great Russian Empress, Ekaterina II. Following the death of her husband Peter, she became the most powerful woman in both Russia and all of Europe. She would later become known as "Catherine the Great". Follow her rise to power through victories, battles, and her passionate romances over time. Russia language series with English subtitles.
Starring
Marina AlexandrovaIsabel SchosnigMichael Gor
Genres
DramaHistorical
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
Русский
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  1. 1. Episode 1
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    February 26, 2017
    47min
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    English [CC]
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    Русский
    It is the sixth year since Ekaterina ascended the throne. Conditions are harsh, with all of Russia in danger of famine. The Orlov brothers make a reconnaissance to the border, where Turkish forces have raided and pillaged. Ekaterina gathers her counsel, looking for ways to respond against the Turks. The Empress prepares to marry her beloved Grigory upon his return, but some do not approve.
  2. 2. Episode 2
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    February 26, 2017
    46min
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    Русский
    Stanislaw the Second, King of Poland, meets with Ekaterina to discuss relations between the two nations. Grigory returns, but brings along an illness within him. He, along with his brother, seek a treatment. Pavel Petrovich continues his lessons with Semyon Andreevich and inquires about the fate of his father. A Turkish ambassador makes his way to St. Petersburg.
  3. 3. Episode 3
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    November 23, 2014
    51min
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    Русский
    Ivan Ivanovich arrives, taking up a position in Ekaterina's court. The Empress assigns a difficult task: to paint a portrait of her younger son, Alexey. Pavel Petrovich and Semyon Andreevich visit the summer palace, where Pavel learns more about his father. Lieutenant Potemkin continues his new post, as Ekaterina continues to keep her eyes on him.
  4. 4. Episode 4
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    November 24, 2014
    53min
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    Русский
    Grigory denies the significance of his illness. The Turkish ambassador arrives, bearing many gifts for the Empress. She denies them, sending a message to Sultan Mustafa. Alexey Orlov pleads with the Empress to accept a rare breed of horse from the Turks but later attains it by his own means. Count Panin deals with the Turkish ambassador in the shadows.
  5. 5. Episode 5
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    February 28, 2017
    49min
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    A brilliant party ensues the palace and the nobles dance merrily amongst themselves. Anna Petrovna storms in, bringing along with her a deadly black small pox disease. Luckily, no one else is infected, but the fate of Anna is uncertain. Count Panin falls deeper into his gambling vice. Ekaterina's younger son arrives at the palace, but disappoints her. Pavel and Alexey become friends.
  6. 6. Episode 6
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    February 28, 2017
    49min
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    Alexey becomes more acquainted with Pavel and his friends. The Holy Synod attempts to put pressure on Ekaterina's decision to marry Grigory Orlov. Count Panin continues to reason for Pavel's sole right as the heir of the throne. The Russian ambassador arrives in Constantinople, but is clearly unwelcome. Ekaterina gives a difficult task to Sofya.
  7. 7. Episode 7
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    March 1, 2017
    51min
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    Ekaterina visits Anton Ulrich, who she has imprisoned for many years with his children. Pavel is furious with the Empress, but Sofya turns his focus. On the way back to St. Petersburg, the company stops by Saltykov's farming lands to check in on the production of vegetables. Little do they know, the serfs there are mistreated. A grand decision is made on the behalf of Nikita Ivanovich.
  8. 8. Episode 8
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    March 1, 2017
    50min
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    Information about Count Orlov's sickness is revealed. Ekaterina becomes uneasy with the news and begins to second guess a marriage to Grigory. Although Sofya attempts to curb the passion of Pavel, she successfully became pregnant. Ekaterina is pleased and prepares to find a bride for Pavel, as well as begins plans to build a monument in honor of Peter the Great.
  9. 9. Episode 9
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    March 5, 2017
    49min
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    Alexey Orlov is appointed the commander of Russian forces in the growing war against the Ottoman Empire. The Orlov brothers ambush Lieutenant Potemkin. Ekaterina's love for Girgory withers along with his health. Sofya is dismissed, Pavel becomes furious. Ekaterina is recognized as "Ekaterina the Great" for the first time.
  10. 10. Episode 10
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    March 5, 2017
    49min
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    Rumors of false heirs to the throne stir chaos. A reburial of Pavel's father is planned, but later cancelled. Pavel is once again furious with the Empress, but takes it farther. The Russian Navy faces impossible odds in a large battle at sea. Who will be victorious?
  11. 11. Episode 11
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    March 6, 2017
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    Ekaterina makes arrangements for Grigory's leaving of the palace. She confesses her love for Lieutenant Potemkin, urging him to come back form the battlefront. Three princesses from Denmark make their way to St. Petersburg. Pavel makes acquaintance with them, but Ekaterina has the final say.
  12. 12. Episode 12
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    March 6, 2017
    49min
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    Русский
    A few years have passed. Pavel's new wife turns out to be unfaithful. Girgory Orlov goes mad. Ekaterina finds a German bride for Pavel. Discouraged by his late lover, Pavel does not expect to fall for the new princess. However, they fall for one another, get married, and have a child. Ekaterina takes the child, but later realizes her wrongdoing. Peter the Great's monument is finally complete.

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Directors
Dmitry Iosifov
Supporting actors
Vladimir YaglychLyubava GreshnovaStass KlassenAleksandr OleshkoAlina Tomnikov
Producers
Alexander AkopovAnton ZlatopolskiyEkaterina EfanovaNatalia Shnayderova
Season year
2017
Network
Janson Media
Content advisory
Nudityviolencefoul languagesexual content
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4.6 out of 5 stars

230 global ratings

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GoldilocksReviewed in the United States on January 30, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Subtitled but definitely deserves 5-stars!
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Loved every thing about the series except the subtitles. I realize that it’s most appropriate to film this story in Russian, with Russian actors (who were excellent), but it’s tedious to watch hours and hours of a movie series with subtitles. Still, if you can get past that, it’s a great story that’s been well-told and beautifully shot. Costumes, makeup, etc of the period were well-depicted. In spite of the subtitles, it definitely deserves 5 stars.
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IatrosReviewed in the United States on September 3, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Watch this excellent series! Highly recommended.
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A lush series about the life and times of Ekaterina II of Russia as she steered the empire through a turbulent transition from Peter the Great into a more modern day and time. The scenery is awesome, the music fits the era, the costumes are even better, and the story just flows with ease. The language is Russian and certainly the culture was imperial Russian. The English subtitles are so well done so that very soon one is not even realizing it is not English that one hears!
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Heather A.Reviewed in the United States on June 3, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Must watch!
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Fabulously interesting and makes you want to live in their time!
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A CReviewed in the United States on October 27, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good show, great acting
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First 2 seasons are better than the 3rd. ECaterina is an excellent actress. Most acting is outstanding. 3rd season has a little too much sex stuff in it, almost like they were running out of material and we're trying to fill in spots and it was cheesy and a little gross.
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allenReviewed in the United States on April 10, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A must watch
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This was one of the best series I've ever seen. So well done with top notch actors.
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MirandaReviewed in the United States on May 22, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
It's in Russian
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I thought this was going to be in English...so disappointed! I don't want to have to read subtitles 😫
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Granny JannyReviewed in the United States on April 8, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent production and highly entertaining
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Get a little bit of history with the story. Bingeworthy!
Amazon0421Reviewed in the United States on March 21, 2021
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Very good show
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Very good show for those with an interest in Russian History and Women Leaders
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