Chronological List of the Best Poirot Episodes

by Kam76 | created - 23 Jun 2016 | updated - 01 Mar 2018 | Public

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1. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: The Third Floor Flat (1989)

TV-14 | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Poirot investigates a murder that hits close to home after the new occupant of a flat two floors below his is found shot.

Director: Edward Bennett | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran

Votes: 1,015

2. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Problem at Sea (1989)

TV-14 | 51 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Poirot's Mediterranean cruise is disrupted when an unlikeable passenger is found murdered in her stateroom.

Director: Renny Rye | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Melissa Greenwood, Victoria Hasted

Votes: 944

3. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Peril at End House (1990)

TV-14 | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

While Poirot is staying at an exclusive Cornish resort, he meets a beautiful heiress whose life is in danger.

Director: Renny Rye | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Polly Walker

Votes: 1,333

4. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: The Disappearance of Mr. Davenheim (1990)

TV-14 | 52 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Poirot wagers Chief Inspector Japp that he can solve the mystery of a missing banker without leaving his flat.

Director: Andrew Grieve | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran

Votes: 899

5. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1990)

TV-14 | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Hastings renews his friendship with Poirot and involves him in the mysterious poisoning of the mistress of a manor house married to a man twenty years her junior.

Director: Ross Devenish | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Beatie Edney

Votes: 1,403

6. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Wasps' Nest (1991)

TV-14 | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Poirot realizes that a murder is being plotted, and with the help of Hastings' latest hobby, he sets out to prevent it.

Director: Brian Farnham | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran

Votes: 836

7. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: The Tragedy at Marsdon Manor (1991)

TV-14 | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Poirot is drawn into a case where a man is found dead on the grounds of his estate, apparently frightened to death by the spirits that haunt it.

Director: Renny Rye | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Ian McCulloch

Votes: 804

8. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: The Mystery of the Spanish Chest (1991)

TV-14 | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Poirot is asked to protect a woman from her violent husband, but events take a turn when the husband soon becomes the victim of a gruesome murder.

Director: Andrew Grieve | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, John McEnery

Votes: 793

9. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: The Affair at the Victory Ball (1991)

TV-14 | 51 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Poirot and Hastings attend the Victory Ball, a popular costume party. During the festivities, one of the guests is found stabbed to death, and another succumbs to a drug overdose the next day.

Director: Renny Rye | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran

Votes: 774

10. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: The ABC Murders (1992)

Not Rated | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Poirot receives taunting letters from a serial killer who appears to choose his victims and crime scenes alphabetically.

Director: Andrew Grieve | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Donald Sumpter

Votes: 1,600

11. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb (1993)

TV-14 | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Shortly after opening an ancient Egyptian tomb, members of an English-American museum expedition start dropping off like flies. Can it truly be the Pharaoh's curse? Poirot travels to Egypt to unravel the mystery.

Director: Peter Barber-Fleming | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Pauline Moran, Rolf Saxon

Votes: 840

12. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: The Yellow Iris (1993)

TV-14 | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A man celebrates the two-year anniversary of his wife's sudden death by cyanide while in Argentina - a death which Poirot himself had witnessed, but could not solve at the time.

Director: Peter Barber-Fleming | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Pauline Moran, David Troughton

Votes: 823

13. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: The Chocolate Box (1993)

TV-14 | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

While in Belgium, Poirot relates to Chief Inspector Japp a case from his early days in the Belgian police force that nearly eluded the brilliance of his 'little grey cells.'

Director: Ken Grieve | Stars: David Suchet, Philip Jackson, Rosalie Crutchley, Anna Chancellor

Votes: 899

14. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Dead Man's Mirror (1993)

TV-14 | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An obnoxious man who outbid Poirot at an auction for an antique mirror is murdered after seeking Poirot's assistance to look into the dealings of his business associate.

Director: Brian Farnham | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Iain Cuthbertson

Votes: 739

15. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Hercule Poirot's Christmas (1994)

TV-14 | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The tyrannical patriarch of a dysfunctional but wealthy family summons his adult children for a Christmas reunion, but prior to the holiday his throat is slashed apparently by one of them.

Director: Edward Bennett | Stars: David Suchet, Philip Jackson, Vernon Dobtcheff, Simon Roberts

Votes: 1,534

16. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Murder on the Links (1996)

TV-14 | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

While Poirot and Hastings are holidaying in France, a businessman tells Poirot that his life is in danger. The next day he is found stabbed to death on a nearby golf course.

Director: Andrew Grieve | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Diane Fletcher, Damien Thomas

Votes: 1,229

17. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Dumb Witness (1996)

TV-14 | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An elderly woman confides to Poirot that she fears one of her relatives is trying to kill her for her money. He persuades her to disinherit her heirs, but she is murdered anyway.

Director: Edward Bennett | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Ann Morrish, Patrick Ryecart

Votes: 1,230

18. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Five Little Pigs (2003)

TV-14 | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Lucy Crale enlists Poirot to investigate the 14-year-old murder in which her mother was hanged for poisoning her artist father.

Director: Paul Unwin | Stars: David Suchet, Rachael Stirling, Aidan Gillen, Toby Stephens

Votes: 2,615

19. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Sad Cypress (2003)

TV-14 | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Elinor Carlisle seems to be the obvious murderer of her ailing aunt and the beautiful romantic rival who broke up her engagement, but Poirot uncovers darker motives.

Director: David Moore | Stars: David Suchet, Elisabeth Dermot Walsh, Rupert Penry-Jones, Kelly Reilly

Votes: 1,599

20. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Death on the Nile (2004)

TV-14 | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A wealthy British heiress honeymooning on a Nile cruise ship is stalked by a former friend, whose boyfriend she had stolen before making him her new husband.

Director: Andy Wilson | Stars: David Suchet, James Fox, Emma Griffiths Malin, JJ Feild

Votes: 2,500

21. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: After the Funeral (2005)

TV-PG | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

When a man disinherits his sole beneficiary and bequeaths his wealth to others just prior to his death, Poirot is called in to investigate.

Director: Maurice Phillips | Stars: David Suchet, Philip Anthony, Robert Bathurst, Anna Calder-Marshall

Votes: 1,591

22. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Mrs McGinty's Dead (2008)

TV-14 | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A pair of photographs are the only clues that Poirot has to solve the murder of a village charwoman, and to prove the innocence of the victim's lodger.

Director: Ashley Pearce | Stars: David Suchet, Joe Absolom, Simon Molloy, Richard Hope

Votes: 1,258

23. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Cat Among the Pigeons (2008)

TV-14 | 83 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A foreign revolution, a kidnapped princess, and a trove of priceless rubies are linked to a prestigious girls' school, where staff members are brutally murdered.

Director: James Kent | Stars: David Suchet, Harriet Walter, Raji James, Adam De Ville

Votes: 1,363

24. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: The Clocks (2009)

Not Rated | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Four clocks surround an unidentified corpse in a blind woman's house, and a young typist is summoned to the crime scene. However, Poirot is convinced that the complicated setup is merely hiding a simpler solution.

Director: Charlie Palmer | Stars: David Suchet, Olivia Grant, Anna Skellern, Tom Burke

Votes: 1,366

25. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Hallowe'en Party (2010)

Not Rated | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

During a village's Hallowe'en party, a young girl boasts of having witnessed a murder from years before. No one believes her tale until her body is found later on in the evening, drowned in the apple-bobbing bucket.

Director: Charlie Palmer | Stars: David Suchet, Amelia Bullmore, Zoë Wanamaker, Deborah Findlay

Votes: 1,373

26. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Murder on the Orient Express (2010)

Not Rated | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Poirot investigates the murder of a shady American businessman stabbed in his compartment on the Orient Express when it is blocked by a blizzard in Croatia.

Director: Philip Martin | Stars: David Suchet, Tristan Shepherd, Sam Crane, Toby Jones

Votes: 3,366

27. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Elephants Can Remember (2013)

TV-PG | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Ariadne Oliver becomes an amateur sleuth when her goddaughter tasks her to find out the truth behind her parents' mysterious deaths.

Director: John Strickland | Stars: David Suchet, Adrian Lukis, Annabel Mullion, Zoë Wanamaker

Votes: 1,382

28. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Curtain: Poirot's Last Case (2013)

TV-14 | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An ailing Poirot returns to Styles with Hastings nearly three decades after solving their first mystery there in order to prevent a serial killer from claiming more victims.

Director: Hettie Macdonald | Stars: David Suchet, Helen Baxendale, Hugh Fraser, Anne Reid

Votes: 1,611



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