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Programming note: Our coverage of Merlin is substantial but incomplete.

Merlin (2008-2012) is a BBC fantasy adventure series that re-imagines Arthurian mythology. The series follows the early adventures of Merlin, a young wizard in a kingdom where magic is outlawed, and his relationship with the arrogant but noble Prince Arthur, the once and future king destined to unite the realm. After getting off to a shaky start, Merlin steadily improved with each season to become one of the best fantasy shows around.

Season One

1.1 The Dragon's Call
1.2 Valiant
1.3 The Mark of Nimueh
1.4 The Poisoned Chalice
1.5 Lancelot
1.6 A Remedy to Cure All Ills
1.7 The Gates of Avalon
1.8 The Beginning of the End
1.9 Excalibur
1.10 The Moment of Truth
1.11 The Labyrinth of Gedref
1.12 To Kill the King
1.13 Le Morte d'Arthur

Season Two

2.1 The Curse of Cornelius Sigan
2.2 The Once and Future Queen
2.3 The Nightmare Begins
2.4 Lancelot and Guinevere
2.5/2.6 Beauty and the Beast, Parts 1 & 2
2.7 The Witchfinder
2.8 The Sins of the Father
2.9 The Lady of the Lake
2.10 Sweet Dreams
2.11 The Witch's Quickening
2.12 The Fires of Idirsholas
2.13 The Last Dragonlord

Season Three

3.1 The Tears of Uther Pendragon, Part 1
3.2 The Tears of Uther Pendragon, Part 2
3.3 Goblin's Gold
3.4 Gwaine
3.5 The Crystal Cave
3.6 The Changeling
3.7 The Castle of Fyrien
3.8 The Eye of the Phoenix
3.9 Love in the Time of Dragons
3.10 Queen of Hearts
3.11 The Sorcerer's Shadow
3.12 The Coming of Arthur, Part 1
3.13 The Coming of Arthur, Part 2

Season Four

4.1 The Darkest Hour, Part 1
4.2 The Darkest Hour, Part 2
4.3 The Wicked Day
4.4 Aithusa
4.5 His Father's Son
4.6 A Servant of Two Masters
4.7 The Secret Sharer
4.8 Lamia
4.9 Lancelot Du Lac
4.10 A Herald of the New Age
4.11 The Hunter's Heart
4.12 The Sword in the Stone, Part 1
4.13 The Sword in the Stone, Part 2

Season Five

5.1 Arthur's Bane, Part 1
5.2 Arthur's Bane, Part 2
5.3 The Death Song of Uther Pendragon
5.4 Another's Sorrow
5.5 The Disir
5.6 The Dark Tower
5.7 A Lesson in Vengeance
5.8 The Hollow Queen
5.9 With All My Heart
5.10 The Kindness of Strangers
5.11 The Drawing of the Dark
5.12 The Diamond of the Day, Part 1
5.13 The Diamond of the Day, Part 2


Colin Morgan (Merlin)
Bradley James (Arthur)
Angel Coulby (Gwen)
Katie McGrath (Morgana)
Anthony Head (Uther Pendragon)
Nathaniel Parker (Agravaine)
Richard Wilson (Gaius)
Santiago Cabrera (Sir Lancelot)
Eoin Macken (Sir Gwaine)
Tom Hopper (Sir Percival)
Rupert Young (Sir Leon)
Adetomiwa Edun (Sir Elyan)
Asa Butterfield/Alexander Vlahos (Mordred)
John Hurt (The Great Dragon)