Worst & Best Merlin Episodes/List

Title: Merlin
Genre: UK Fantasy Drama
Series: 5
Episodes: 65
Runtime: 50 min
First Transmission: 2008-2012
Channel: BBC

Young Merlin is a teenager, discovering and then learning to master his magical gift.


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Full Episode Guide

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Series One

#1 The Dragon’s Call (2008) –
Merlin is told by the Great Dragon that his destiny is to make sure that the young Prince Arthur is kept safe. 
#2 Valiant (2008) –
Camelot is hosting its annual sword tournament.
#3 The Mark of Nimueh (2008) –
A deadly plague spreads through Camelot – Merlin and Gaius race to find a cure.
#4 The Poisoned Chalice (2008) –
Nimueh tricks Merlin into drinking from a poisoned chalice.
#5 Lancelot (2008) –
Merlin is saved from a terrifying winged beast by a heroic stranger called Lancelot.
#6 A Remedy to Cure All Ills (2008) –
Lady Morgana is struck down with a mysterious illness. Thankfully, physician Edwin Muirden is on hand.
#7 The Gates of Avalon (2008) –
Arthur’s chivalry leads to danger when he comes to the rescue of Sophia.
#8 The Beginning of the End (2008) –
Merlin finds himself becoming friends with Morgana when he helps a boy stay hidden.
#9 Excalibur (2008) –
A mysterious black knight interrupts Arthur’s coming-of-age celebrations, challenging the Knights of Camelot to combat.
#10 The Moment of Truth (2008) –
Merlin travels home with Gwen, Morgana and Arthur when he hears that his village is being threatened by a warlord.
#11 The Labyrinth of Gedref (2008) –
Arthur brings a curse upon Camelot.
#12 To Kill the King (2008) –
Gwen’s father, Tom, helps a sorcerer named Tauren turn lead into gold using a magic stone.
#13 Le Morte d’Arthur (2008) –
Arthur is fatally wounded sending Merlin to the Isle of the Blessed to save him.

Series Two

#14 The Curse of Cornelius Sigan (2009) –
A new servant turns Arthur against Merlin to steal treasure beneath Camelot.
#15 The Once and Future Queen (2009) –
Arthur is determined to win an upcoming jousting competition at Camelot.
#16 The Nightmare Begins (2009) –
Morgana becomes terrified that she has the power of magic. 
#17 Lancelot and Guinevere (2009) –
Gwen is mistaken for Morgana and kidnapped, so Arthur heads out into dangerous enemy territory to fight for her freedom.
#18 Beauty and the Beast – Part 1 (2009) –
An ugly old troll drinks a potion transforming herself into the glamorous Lady Catrina. She turns Uther’s head and becomes the queen of Camelot.
#19 Beauty and the Beast – Part 2 (2009) –
Merlin learns that the only way to break the spell on Uther is to make him weep real tears. 
#20 The Witchfinder (2009) –
Uther hires the services of Aredian, a terrifying witch hunter, to banish magic from Camelot forever.
#21 The Sins of the Father (2009) –
A dark secret is discovered by Arthur that could change Camelot forever.
#22 The Lady of the Lake (2009) –
Merlin decides to free Freya from a cage despite warnings from Gaius.
#23 Sweet Dreams (2009) –
Peace talks are held at Camelot, but King Alined is determined that there will be no peace.
#24 The Witch’s Quickening (2009) –
Alvarr and Morgana try to get their hands on a crystal and use a druid boy to help them.
#25 The Fires of Idirsholas (2009) –
Gaius is worried that a sorcerer has revived the deadly Knights of Medhir.
#26 The Last Dragonlord (2009) –
The Great Dragon is finally free and attacks Camelot in a pitiless rage.

Series Three

#27 The Tears of Uther Pendragon – Part One (2010) –
Morgana returns to Camelot.
#28 The Tears of Uther Pendragon – Part Two (2010) –
Merlin manages to return to Camelot only to find out that is it on the verge of invasion.
#29 Goblin’s Gold (2010) –
Merlin accidentally releases a Goblin which quickly possesses Gaius.
#30 Gwaine (2010) –
A heroic stranger causes trouble for Merlin.
#31 The Crystal Cave (2010) –
Merlin and Arthur take refuge in The Valley of the Fallen Kings where he is shown the Crystal Cave.
#32 The Changeling (2010) –
Arthur is pressured into an arranged marriage with a visiting princess.
#33 The Castle of Fyrien (2010) –
Gwen faces an impossible dilemma – her brother’s life or Arthur’s.
#34 The Eye of the Phoenix (2010) –
Arthur embarks alone on a quest to retrieve the Golden Trident from the Fisher King.
#35 Love in the Time of Dragons (2010) –
An old flame of Gaius’ arrives in Camelot under the influence of a Manticore.
#36 Queen of Hearts (2010) –
Uther banishes Gwen from the kingdom.
#37 The Sorcerer’s Shadow (2010) –
Gilli enters Camelot’s legendary tournament with the power of magic.
#38 The Coming of Arthur – Part One (2010) –
Arthur and Merlin embark on a dangerous mission to capture the Cup of Life.
#39 The Coming of Arthur – Part Two (2010) –
Will Camelot be saved from the evil Morgana?

Series Four

#40 The Darkest Hour – Part 1 (2011) –
Evil sorceress Morgana summons hellish creatures from another world.
#41 The Darkest Hour – Part 2 (2011) –
The kingdom is on the brink of collapse.
#42 The Wicked Day (2011) –
Among the Prince’s birthday guests, a deadly assassin is set to strike.
#43 Aithusa (2011) –
A mysterious visitor arrives in Camelot seeking a dragon’s egg.
#44 His Father’s Son (2011) –
King Arthur incurs the wrath of the formidable Queen Annis
#45 A Servant of Two Masters (2011) –
Merlin falls into Morgana’s hands.
#46 The Secret Sharer (2011) –
Morgana joins forces with the wizard Alator.
#47 Lamia (2011) –
A mysterious illness draws Merlin to a distant village.
#48 Lancelot Du Lac (2011) –
When Sir Lancelot returns from the dead, old feelings reignite.
#49 A Herald of the New Age (2011) –
The watery ghost of a slain Druid boy haunts Elyan and captures the conscience of the king.
#50 The Hunter’s Heart (2011) –
Morgana comes up with a plot to bring Camelot to its knees.
#51 The Sword in the Stone: Part One (2011) –
Morgana is now the head of a vast Southron army and a deadly net is closing around Camelot.
#52 The Sword in the Stone: Part Two (2011) –
Merlin summons the dragon./ Arthur extracts the legendary sword from its stone.

Series Five

#53 Arthur’s Bane: Part One (2012) –
Camelot enters a new golden age, but in the frozen wastelands of the north, men are disappearing without a trace.
#54 Arthur’s Bane: Part Two (2012) –
What game is Mordred playing? 
#55 The Death Song of Uther Pendragon (2012) –
A stranger gives Arthur the power to summon the dead.
#56 Another’s Sorrow (2012) –
Morgana conjures a powerful deception taking in the whole of Camelot.
#57 The Disir (2012) –
The druid Osgar delivers the judgment of the disir to Arthur.
#58 The Dark Tower (2012) –
Gwen is snatched from Camelot and locked in the Dark Tower.
#59 A Lesson in Vengeance (2012) –
Morgana and her puppet Queen hatch a sinister plan to murder the King.
#60 The Hollow Queen (2012) –
Merlin is led into a trap by a young druid boy.
#61 With All My Heart (2012) –
Friendship, love, and loyalty abound between Arthur, Gwen, and Merlin.
#62 The Kindness of Strangers (2012) –
Merlin’s life is in severe danger.
#63 The Drawing of the Dark (2012) –
Merlin feels trapped by fate – but can he stop his dreams of Albion from crumbling to dust?
#64 The Diamond of the Day: Part One (2012) –
Merlin finds himself facing the future he’s fought so long to avoid.
#65 The Diamond of the Day: Part Two (2012) –
Merlin comes to his moment of destiny.