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Series cast summary:
Marina Aleksandrova ...  Ekaterina II 24 episodes, 2014-2017
Isabel Schosnig ...  Princess Johanna / ... 24 episodes, 2014-2017
Aleksandr Yatsenko ...  Petr III 12 episodes, 2014
Vladimir Yaglych ...  Potyomkin 12 episodes, 2017
Sergey Koltakov ...  Panin 12 episodes, 2017
Michael Gor ...  Sheshkovsky 12 episodes, 2017
Aleksandr Lazarev ...  Razumovsky 12 episodes, 2014
Rinal Mukhametov ...  Saltykov 12 episodes, 2014
Maksim Kerin Maksim Kerin ...  Brekdorf 12 episodes, 2014
Nikolay Kozak Nikolay Kozak ...  Shuvalov 12 episodes, 2014
Anna Nosatova ...  Shuvalova 12 episodes, 2014
Yuliya Aug ...  Elizaveta I 11 episodes, 2014
Pavel Tabakov Pavel Tabakov ...  Pavel 10 episodes, 2017
Vladimir Menshov ...  Bestuzhev 10 episodes, 2014
Lyubava Greshnova ...  Sofya Chertoryzhskaya 10 episodes, 2017
Igor Sklyar ...  Betskoy 10 episodes, 2017
Vitaly Kravchenko ...  General Apraksin 10 episodes, 2014
Kirill Rubtsov ...  Betskoy 10 episodes, 2014


The life of the Russian Empress Ekaterina II (Catherine the Great), a German born princess who came to Russia as bride for the young Peter III, chosen by his aunt Elisabeth, and who, once she came into power, transformed the Russian empire.

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24 November 2014 (Russia) See more »

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Ecaterina See more »

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(24 episodes)
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The most popular TV series in Russia at the time of its first broadcast on national TV (2014). See more »

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Enjoyable show, very interesting historical period
19 July 2018 | by LuisaContini14See all my reviews

I'm not sure what some reviewers are complaining about here. No this is not some historical masterpiece but it is an enjoyable historical drama nonetheless with great costumes and scenery and the show portrays the characters with shades of light and dark so that they are not all good or all bad. I disagree with a previous reviewer who says the show portrays Peter III as only incompetent. If the reviewer had bothered to watch the full first series they would see that Peter is shown as trying to be a good emperor eventhough his judgement was misguided in some fatal aspects. It also shows the ruthless streak that Catherine herself had, which she needed to have in order to survive.

Apart from the first episode where the narrator is giving a historical overview of Russia at the time and says that Russia is feared by its weak neighbours, this show much less state propaganda than say a show like Madame Secretary (which I also enjoy) where America always saves the day and seems to have only a wholly altruistic foreign policy, which we all know not to be true. But as it's a tv show, and we should be discerning enough not to believe everything a tv program tells us, one can take it with a grain of salt and an eye roll.

The period of Catherine the great and her rise is very interesting and it is incredible how she managed to survive the odds against her and rise to be an empress, so I would definitely recommend this show. Oh and I am neither Russian or American so this is review is coming from a neutral territory!

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