List of Medici: Masters of Florence episodes

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Medici: Masters of Florence is an Italian-British television drama series about the Medici dynasty set in 15th-century Florence, starring Dustin Hoffman as Giovanni di Bicci de' Medici, Richard Madden as Cosimo de' Medici, and Stuart Martin as Lorenzo de' Medici (The Elder). The series was co-created by Frank Spotnitz and Nicholas Meyer, and directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan.[1]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonTitleEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1Medici: Masters of Florence8October 18, 2016 (2016-10-18)November 8, 2016 (2016-11-08)
2Medici: The Magnificent8October 23, 2018 (2018-10-23)[2]November 13, 2018 (2018-11-13)[2]

Season 1 (2016)[edit]

No. in
TitleItalian TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateItaly viewers
11"Original Sin"Il Peccato OriginaleSergio Mimica-GezzanFrank Spotnitz, Nicholas Meyer18 October 2016 (2016-10-18)8.04[3]
In 1429 when Giovanni di Bicci de' Medici is poisoned his son Cosimo takes over the family bank and asks Marco Bello to investigate the murder. Cosimo is elected to his father's seat on the Signoria where Rinaldo degli Albizzi, the family's rival, is pushing for war with Milan because they attacked Lucca. Twenty years earlier, Giovanni sent Cosimo and his elder brother Lorenzo to Rome with bribes to install a friendly cardinal as Pope and gain control of the Vatican's banking. Cosimo, who wants to be an artist, meets Donatello and falls in love with his beautiful model Bianca, but Giovanni finds out and has the studio shut down driving Bianca away.
22"The Dome and the Domicile"La Cupola e la DimoraSergio Mimica-GezzanFrank Spotnitz18 October 2016 (2016-10-18)7.14[4]
The war with Milan is going badly and Florence's economy is in ruins. Cosimo funds Filippo Brunelleschi to build a dome for the cathedral creating work and brokers a deal between Lucca and the Duke of Milan for peace. Twenty years earlier, Giovanni forces Cosimo to marry Contessina, the strong-willed daughter of a noble banker with financial problems, forcing Cosimo to give up his dreams of being an artist.
33"Pestilence"La PesteSergio Mimica-GezzanSophie Petzal25 October 2016 (2016-10-25)6.73[5]
Florence is hit by the Black Plague and Cosimo moves the family to the safety of their estate outside the city. Albizzi turns the people against Cosimo and his dome blaming the plague on God's wrath at the Medici's usury. Cosimo returns to Florence and turns the cathedral into a hospice for plague victims to save the dome. Lorenzo overrules Contessina and sells the family's wool business making their financial problems public. Albizzi has Cosimo arrested after Marco breaks into a house to gather evidence on Giovanni's murder. Twenty years earlier, Cosimo and Contessina struggle to trust each other and make their marriage work.
44"Judgment Day"Il Giorno del GiudizioSergio Mimica-GezzanAlex von Tunzelmann25 October 2016 (2016-10-25)6.32[5]
Albizzi accuses Cosimo of usury and trying to overthrow the republic. Piero and Contessina try to mount a defense but Cosimo is sentenced to death. Lorenzo buys the Sforza army and threatens to invade Florence. Contessina storms the Signoria on horseback and persuades them to exile Cosimo to prevent war. Twenty years earlier, Cosimo's friend Albizzi tells him that his family lost a valuable ship at sea and Giovanni uses the information to have Albizzi's father declared bankrupt and thrown off the Signoria.
55"Temptation"La TentazioneSergio Mimica-GezzanFrancesca Gardiner1 November 2016 (2016-11-01)6.50
Albizzi hires mercenaries and exiles the Medici's allies to gain control of Florence. Contessina turns down an offer to flee Florence with her old lover, whom she was forced to abandon when she was betrothed to Cosimo. In Venice, Cosimo lobbies the Doge to back his return to Florence, and with information supplied by Contessina, thwarts Albizzi's attempt to make an alliance through marriage. The Doge gives Cosimo a beautiful slave named Maddelena, whom he teaches to draw and then falls for. Albizzi tries to seize the Signoria but he is betrayed by Pazzi and arrested.
66"Ascendancy"PredominioSergio Mimica-GezzanMark Denton, Jonny Stockwood1 November 2016 (2016-11-01)6.02
Cosimo is welcomed back to Florence and pays off the mercenaries who are terrorising the town because they haven't been paid. Cosimo finally makes up with Contessina and ends his relationship with Maddelena. The Pope seeks sanctuary with the Medici when Rome is attacked. At the Pope's urging, Cosimo persuades the Signoria to show mercy and exile Albizzi instead of executing him. While the Pope blesses Cosimo's cathedral, Albizzi and his son are murdered in the woods by the mercenaries.
77"Purgatory"PurgatorioSergio Mimica-GezzanEmilia di Girolamo8 November 2016 (2016-11-08)6.42
Cosimo has a local olive merchant elected to the Signoria to fill Albizzi's vacant seat, but the merchant is murdered and Pazzi is elected while Cosimo is absent. After Marco reveals that the apothecary was killed with Lorenzo's dagger, Cosimo has Lorenzo locked in his room. Marco sleeps with Maddelena causing tension with Cosimo. Lorenzo claims Marco framed him to cover up his own involvement in Giovanni's murder, which Marco denies and Cosimo allows him to leave. Ugo reveals that Rosa was carrying Lorenzo's child and Giovanni had her shipped off to a home for unmarried mothers, but they were both killed.
88"Epiphany"EpifaniaSergio Mimica-GezzanJohn Fay8 November 2016 (2016-11-08)6.26
Rumours of Cosimo's hand in Albizzi's murder result in the Pope transferring the church's banking to Pazzi. Cosimo heads to Rome with money to pay for an army to retake Rome for the Pope. Marco helps Lorenzo to capture Pazzi's assassin and obtain a letter that proves Pazzi's complicity. Pazzi's men kill Lorenzo and free the assassin but Cosimo gives the letter to the Pope and the Medici retain the church's banking. Maddelena is pregnant with Cosimo's child and Contessina decides that Cosimo will acknowledge and raise the bastard. Ugo murdered Giovanni because he ordered him to take Rosa to her death.

Season 2 (2018)[edit]

No. in
Title [2]Italian TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date [2]Italy viewers
91"Old Scores"Vecchi rancoriJon CassarFrank Spotnitz23 October 2018 (2018-10-23)4.53
102"Standing Alone"Un uomo soloJon CassarAlex von Tunzelman23 October 2018 (2018-10-23)3.82
113"Obstacles and Opportunities"Ostacoli e opportunitàJon CassarMark Denton, Johnny Stockwood, James Dormer30 October 2018 (2018-10-30)4.50
124"Blood with Blood"Il prezzo del sangueJon CassarFrancesco Arlanch30 October 2018 (2018-10-30)4.05
135"Ties That Bind"LegàmiJan MicheliniLulu Raczka, James Dormer6 November 2018 (2018-11-06)4.03
146"Alliance"AlleanzaJan MicheliniFrancesco Arlanch6 November 2018 (2018-11-06)3.79
157"Betrayal"TradimentoJan MicheliniJohn Fay13 November 2018 (2018-11-13)4.29
168"Mass"ConsacrazioneJan MicheliniJohn Fay13 November 2018 (2018-11-13)4.21


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  5. ^ a b Buonocore, Mattia (26 October 2016). "MARTEDI 25 OTTOBRE 2016. I MEDICI SI ASSESTANO SUL 25.7% (6,5 MLN), CANALE 5 AL 9.9%. LA7 (4.2%) BATTE RETE 4 (4%), MEDIASET EXTRA OTTAVO CANALE (1.8%) FA QUASI IL DOPPIO DI TV8 (0.9%) E DI NOVE (1%)". Ascolti TV (in Italian). NanoPress. Retrieved 2 November 2018.