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Ekaterina: The Rise of Catherine the Great is a Russia-1 TV series about the life of Catherine the Great, former Prussian princess who married a naturalized Russian prince Pyotr Fedorovitch. Story follows Catherine as she arrives in Russia, gets to know reigning Empress Elizaveta Petrovna, tries to fall in love with her future husband, and learns Russian.

First season tells a story of Catherine's rise to power, her struggle in sexless marriage, conflict with Empress, affairs with Count Orlov and Prince Saltykov, death of the reigning monarch and subsequent coronation of Catherine as the new Empress.


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  • Abhorrent Admirer: King Stanisław August Poniatowski to Catherine in second season.
  • Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder: Averted. Catherine misses Count Orlov so much she passionately kisses him and makes out with in front of King of Poland whom she had an audience with at the time.
  • Absolute Cleavage: Majority of Catherine's and Empresses dresses are low cut and boobage is readily visible.
  • Actually, That's My Assistant: When Catherine's carriage is knocked over and Prince Saltykov opens the door to check if she is okay, Princess is sure that he is her bethroted, Pyotr Fedorovitch, and tries her best eyelash batting.
  • Afraid of Blood: Pyotr Fedorovitch mentions his fear of blood numerous times, including when his wife is in labour and he wants to be dismissed from the birthing chamber.
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  • Alas, Poor Villain: Pyotr Fedorovitch dies alone, alienated from his beloved Liza, strangled hile playing his favorite vintage violin.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Catherine has a thing for dark and brooding cavalrymen and Leib guards.
  • All Girls Like Ponies: Catherine is a skilled jockey.
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: Empress tells Catherine she will be gifted dresses because whe behaved well in the court.
  • Appeal to Tradition: Empress chastises Pyotr Fedorovitch for bringing his dogs inside, as 'Russians keep their dogs outside'. He scoffs and says Carl Friedrich, King of his native Prussia, would take his dogs wherever he wants.
  • Arranged Marriage: Catherine's with Pyotr. Unhappy one.
  • Auto Erotica: Carriage Erotica more like.
  • Awesome Momentof Crowning: Catherine gets an opulent, slow scene of being crowned and ascending to the throne of Russia. And then she is seen Breaking the Fourth Wall with a triumphant smile.
  • Betty and Veronica:
    • Catherine and Liza to Pyotr Fedorovitch, Catherine with her strong, seductive persona being Veronica to ditzy, clumsy Betty of Liza.
    • Altough Catherine is a stereotypical lady, while Liza likes to cross-dress and play war with Pyotr Fedorovitch, so it may also be subverted.
  • Bilingual Bonus:
    • Catherine speaks mainly German in the first episode, so does her mother, Princess Johanna Elisabeth of Holstein-Gottorp, as they ae both Prussian.
    • Pyotr Fedorovitch, being a naturalized Russian, also likes to shout out commands in German.
  • Brainy Brunette: Catherine herself.
  • Circumcision Angst: Pyotr Fedorovitch has not consummated his marriage with Catherine for seven years and has never had a physician examine him because he has phimosis. He is seen chased by guards and friends when he refuses to get the issue operated on; almost immediately after the procedure he tries to jump one of Catherine's maids.
  • Catchphrase: Empress ends almost all sentences addressed to Catherine with 'my dear'.
  • Carpet of Virility: Grigoryi Orlov.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Empress has a lot of people flayed and branded with hot irons to extract confessions of treason.
  • Consummation Counterfeit: Catherine cuts her hand with a fruit knive and smears blood on the sheets when Pyotr Fedorovitch refuses to deflower her.
  • Cool Crown
  • Costume Porn:
    • All female characters of noble background wear elaborate, ornate dresses with loads of embroidered and jeweled details.
    • Men follow suit, altough they are much less varied in appearance.
  • Dances and Balls
  • Deadpan Snarker: Empress is sarcastic to no end.
  • The Ditz:
    • Pyotr Fedorovitch often says thing that make the listener's eyebrows reach their scalp; he threatens to invade Denmark and wipe out the population, because one of his tutors was Danish and Pyotr didn't like him much.
    • He also likes to play with toy soldiers.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Both Empress and Catherine devour young Stanisław August Poniatowski with their eyes during unpleasant diplomacy meeting with ambassador of Prussia. Empress decides then to make him Catherine's lover.
  • Ermine Cape Effect
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Averted. Majority of the first season is a Trauma Conga Line for Catherine beacue of her royal status.
  • Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry:
    • Catherine is seen wearing big, dangly chandelier earrings in majority of her scenes.
    • Empress Elizaveta Petrovna often wears glittery war medal on her sash.
  • Gem-Encrusted: Russian crown is completely covered with little diamonds and topped with a big-ass ruby.
  • Hair Decorations: Catherine likes her hairbows, blinged-out barretes and such.
  • Honor Before Reason: Catherine declines to take part in coup and overthrowing of the Empress, even though there is a good chance Elizaveta Petrovna will get her killed or imprisoned for all eternity, because she doesn't want to have blood on her hands.
  • I Want Grand Kids: Empress is so determined to get Catherine pregnant and give birth to an heir, that in light of seven years of sexless marriage to Pyotr Fedorovitch and his lack of interest in consummation of the marringe she advises Catherine to get a lover. That she does and births Pavel Petrovich, fathered by Prince Saltykov.
  • Ice Queen: Empress Elizaveta Petrovna.
  • The Ingenue: Catherine for the majority of the first season, until Empress advises her to take a lover.
  • King Bob the Nth: Lampshaded. When Pyotr Fedorovitch wants a more heroic, bold title, is it pointed out that is it better to be Pyotr III than Louis XIV.
  • Kingon His Deathbed: It takes two episodes for Empress to die of unknown illness.
  • Lady in Red: Catherine often wears red dresses after she is crowned Empress.
  • Ladyof War:
    • Empress wages a war on Prussia, big-style.
    • In second season Catherine is a skilled leader, not afraid of any potential conflict, in contrast with her sweet, soft persona of the majority of the first season.
  • Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: Catherine's children:
    • Pavel Petrovich, officially Pyotr Fedorovitch's son, but fathered by Prince Saltykov
    • Anna Petrovna, officially Pyotr Fedorovitch's daughter, but fathered by King Stanisław August Poniatowski
    • Averted with Aleksey Grigorievich Bobrinsky, who has been named patronymically after his actual father, Grigoryi Orlov, because it didn't matter at the time if the child was legitimate or not.
  • Masquerade Ball: Empress organizes a ball during which men dress in robes, while women wear Leib guard uniforms. High Priest is not pleased.
  • Meaningful Titles: By the Grace of God, We, Ekaterina Alekseyvna, Empress and Autocratix of All the Russias, Moscow, Kiev, Vladimir, Novgorod; Tsarina of Kazan, Tsarina of Astrakhan, Tsarina of Poland, Tsarina of Siberia, Tsarina of Chersonese Taurian, Tsarina of Georgia; Lady of Pskov and Grand Princess of Smolensk, Lithuania, Volhynia, Podolia, Finland; Princess of Estland, Livland, Courland, Semigalia, Samogitia, Belostok, Karelia, Tver, Yugorsky land, Perm, Vyatka, Bolgar and others; Lady and Grand Princess of Nizhny Nogorod, Chernigov, Ryazan, Polotsk, Rostov, Yaroslavl, Belozersk, Udorsky land, Obdorsk, Kondia, Vitebsk, Mstislav, and all of the northern countries Master; and Lady of Iberia, Kartli, and Kabardia lands and Armenian provinces; hereditary Sovereign and ruler of the Circassian and Mountainous Princes and of others; Lady of Turkestan; and others, and others, and others.
  • Meaningful Rename:
    • Catherine was born Princess Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg; before her marriage to Peter Fedorovitch she is renamed Ekaterina Alekseyevna (Catherine, daughter of Aleksey) by Empress. Catherine points out that her father's name is Christian August, which would make her Sofiya Christianovna (Sophie, daughter of Christian), but Empress tells her she is to bear her mother's name and that is that. See patronymics info.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Catherine gets naked or partially naked multiple times while disrobing, having sex, bathing, and praying.
  • My Biological Clock Is Ticking:
    • Empress has been trying to get pregnant for years with no success; medicus Karamaldi declares her suitable for bearing children, yet she dies childless.
    • Catherine hints at that while talking to her advisor, and later summons count Orlov to bed her, because she wants to get pregnant again while there is still time.
  • Nice Hat: Pyotr Fedorovitch is seen earing his three-horned hat almost all of the time, except when he is sleeping.
  • Of Corsets Sexy: Catherine is seen being laced into one in the show intro and numerious times during the series, always seductively misheveled.
  • Of Corset Hurts: Catherine orders her maid to lace her tight to conceal her pregnant belly from her legitimate husband she cheated on with Count Orlov, resulting in the aforementioned pregnancy.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted; there are multiple Grigoriys, Pyotrs, Elizavetas and Alekseys.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Catherine's daughter Anna dies in infancy.
  • Pimped-Out Cape
  • Rated M for Manly: Averted with Pyotr Fedorovitch, who tries his best to be super manly, but in the end of the day is a parody of traditional manliness.
  • Renaissance Man: Catherine. She wants to study mathematics and physics, is seen reading Voltaire, endorses Academy of Sciences.
  • Requisite Royal Regalia
  • Royal Harem: Turkish padishah has one of those.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something:
    • Empress and Catherine give orders to work the fields and make sure there is enough food for their subjects.
    • Catherine endorses Academy of Sciences and is a well-read patron.
  • Screaming Birth: Thrice.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Afters Empress' and Pyotr Fedorovitch's deaths Catherine blooms into her full potential, getting more confident and strong. Also she wears a Pimped-Out Dress on the reg now.
  • Sleeping Single: Catherine and Pyotr Fedorovitch never sleep in the same room.
  • Stocking Filler: Catherine is shown putting on baby blue stockings and a bit darker ribbon garter, also an example of True Blue Femininity.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome:
    • Prince Saltykov
    • Grigoryi Orlov and his brothers
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: Empress asks Catherine if she can guess how many dresses she has. Catherine says one thousand, and Elizaveta corrects her; it's actually 32 thousand.
  • Unwanted Spouse: Catherine.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment
  • War Is Glorious: Pyotr Fedorovitch thinks that based on his tiresome wars won with tin soldiers.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Catherine is banned from coming back to her native Prussia with her firstborn, but allowed to leave on her own. She tearfully decides to stay and is effectively forced to stay in Russia.
  • 0% Approval Rating: Pyotr Fedorovitch when he awaits coronation and order the Russin troops to give back what was won in Prussia under Empresses orders. He is openly called a traitor.
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