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Boardwalk Empire: Season 4 (2013)

Seasons:
1
Boardwalk Empire: Season 1
Boardwalk Empire: Season 1
93%
HBO
Sep 8, 2013
2
Boardwalk Empire: Season 2
Boardwalk Empire: Season 2
88%
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Sep 8, 2013
3
Boardwalk Empire: Season 3
Boardwalk Empire: Season 3
87%
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Sep 8, 2013
4
5
Boardwalk Empire: Season 5
Boardwalk Empire: Season 5
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Sep 8, 2013

tomatometer

97

Average Rating: 8.1/10
Reviews Counted: 30
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 1

Boardwalk Empire continues to benefit from its meticulously realized period trappings, but what keeps the show watchable is its supremely talented ensemble players.

91

Average Rating: 8.3/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 1

Boardwalk Empire continues to benefit from its meticulously realized period trappings, but what keeps the show watchable is its supremely talented ensemble players.

audience

95

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Average Rating: 4.4/5
User Ratings: 198

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Season Info

Series 4 of the Prohibition-era drama opens in February 1924 as Nucky (Steve Buscemi) makes peace with New Yorkers Masseria (Ivo Nandi) and Rothstein (Michael Stuhlbarg), moves into the abandoned Albatross Hotel and, coincidentally, spreads his wings with a potential real-estate bonanza in Florida, where he's smitten with a saucy barkeep (Patricia Arquette). Back in Atlantic City, Chalky (Michael K. Williams) runs the boardwalk's Onyx Club, though the mysterious Harlem intellectual Dr. Narcisse

Genre: Drama

Network: HBO

Premiere Date: Sep 8, 2013

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Episodes

1
Air date: Sep 8, 2013

New York Sour

'New York Sour.' (Season Four Premiere) Nucky brokers a peace; Atlantic City gets a new prohibition agent; Chalky opens a new club. Ends 12/09

2
Air date: Sep 15, 2013

Resignation

'Resignation.' (Season Four) Chalky gets an unwanted partner; Van Alden muscles for Al Capone; J. Edgar Hoover introduces himself. Ends 12/09

3
Air date: Sep 22, 2013

Acres of Diamonds

'Acres of Diamonds.' (Season Four) Nucky invests in Tampa; Narcisse makes his mark at the Onyx Club; Harrow buries the past. Ends 12/09

4
Air date: Sep 29, 2013

All In

'All In.' (Season Four) Nucky gets an unexpected partner for his Tampa land deal; Willie carries a practical joke too far. Ends 12/09

5
Air date: Oct 6, 2013

Erlkönig

'Erlkonig.' (Season Four) Knox looks to exploit Nucky's weakest link; Gillian is rebuffed; Van Alden helps Capone rig an election. Ends 12/09

6
Air date: Oct 13, 2013

The North Star

Nucky has a tense reunion with Margaret in New York, then heads to Tampa to iron out the details of his land deal and reconnect with Sally. Meanwhile, Richard returns to Atlantic City and makes a confession to an ailing Paul Sagorsky; Agent Knox tries to gain Eli's trust; Chalky vents his frustration; and Lansky leaves Luciano out of his Florida expansion when the latter is spooked by an investor's ties to Joe Masseria.

7
Air date: Oct 20, 2013

William Wilson

'William Wilson.' (Season Four) Eli confronts Nucky about Willie; Margaret has a surprise encounter in NYC; Gillian goes cold turkey. Ends 12/09

8
Air date: Oct 27, 2013

The Old Ship of Zion

'The Old Ship of Zion.' (Season Four) Nucky receives an unexpected delivery; Eli is backed into a corner; Chalky throws down the gauntlet. Ends 12/09

9
Air date: Nov 3, 2013

Marriage and Hunting

'Marriage and Hunting.' (Season Four) Chalky's conflict with Narcisse boils over; Julia makes her case in court; Van Alden comes clean. Ends 12/09

10
Air date: Nov 10, 2013

White Horse Pike

'White Horse Pike.' (Season Four) Nucky follows up on a tip from Sally; Margaret considers a deal; Torrio irks Capone. Ends 12/09

11
Air date: Nov 17, 2013

Havre de Grace

'Havre de Grace.' (Season Four) Nucky takes inventory; Chalky and Daughter lay low; Gillian considers a future with Phillips. Ends 12/09

12
Air date: Nov 24, 2013

Farewell Daddy Blues

'Farewell Daddy Blues.' (Season Four) Season Four Finale. Eli braces for the worst as Knox aims to take down Nucky. Ends 12/09

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All Critics (31) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (1)

All the twists and turns that we've come to expect from Boardwalk are here.

August 22, 2014 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Given the detailed production design and the 1920s setting...it'll never cease to surprise me that Boardwalk Empire is not considered appointment television.

August 8, 2014 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

Momentum concerns aside, Boardwalk Empire remains a beautifully crafted period drama whose multi-layered plotlines give each member of its large cast lots of opportunities to shine.

July 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Winnipeg Free Press
Winnipeg Free Press

All in all it was a good season. Good, not great, but I'll definitely be back for Season 5.

July 23, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Fanatic
TV Fanatic

Season 4 was even more sprawling, and arguably more disjointed, and yet it was richer overall.

July 23, 2014 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine

Boardwalk Empire has developed so many characters and separate plot threads (some worthwhile and some not so much) that it has effectively segued into an accomplished ensemble piece.

July 21, 2014 Full Review Source: ScreenRant
ScreenRant

Series four has been a faultless season of an already exceptional show.

July 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

All interesting stuff, and I haven't even mentioned the mysterious new FBI agent who's stirring up his own batch of trouble.

July 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly

Steve Buscemi is back and better than ever as Nucky Thompson.

July 16, 2014 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

The season four finale is gripping and absorbing as is par for the course in the final episodes of this mob drama series, but also tragic and heartbreaking in ways you might not have imagined.

June 16, 2014 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

This might be Boardwalk Empire at its peak, but its peak remains much lower than other shows of its ilk. It's an 'A' season from a 'B+' show.

March 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

Boardwalk Empire's fourth season may not be the show's most exciting, but it is in many ways its best.

October 28, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture

For the most part, I've enjoyed this season of Boardwalk Empire.

October 14, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Equals
TV Equals

Boardwalk Empire can be frustrating in just how long it takes to get anywhere, and while this episode was not exactly fast-paced, it did provide some memorable moments.

October 14, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

This season, Boardwalk spreads its wealth to its excellent supporting players and serves richer stories.

September 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

I can safely say the season of Boardwalk Empire that ended last night was, by far, its best.

September 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Grantland
Grantland

This is a show that believes in framework; it wants to set up what it tears down.

September 16, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club

When these two actors [Michael Kenneth Williams and Jeffrey Wright] are sizing up each other with quiet but potent animosity, you'll forget about Nucky, Van Alden, Harrow and all of the other characters who have mostly outlived their dramatic usefulness.

September 13, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

The slow burn begins.

September 9, 2013 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Buscemi remains the thinking man's mobster, and Nucky's alliance with Chalky (Michael Kenneth Williams) deepens, the themes of race relations if only in the criminal world.

September 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

Empire is richer, deeper, and -- if possible -- even more beautiful.

September 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday

A Nucky scene will always be a good scene. The same could be said for a new season of Boardwalk Empire.

September 9, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

If I'm not as instantly entranced by the storytelling of this season as I was last year, I am more than ever simply stunned by the talent of the ensemble.

September 9, 2013 Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com
HollywoodChicago.com

It was a perfectly serviceable start, but nothing to get too excited about.

September 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

What it gives me is a level of quality assurance. It's like a secret arrangement; we keep it under the table.

September 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

The moral dimension is missing from nearly all of Boardwalk Empire's characters, who murder and maim, if somewhat discriminately.

September 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Slate
Slate

Though I can't say my interest in Empire is still on the rise, it hasn't collapsed just yet.

September 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

The most promising addition this season is Jeffrey Wright.

September 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe

The onrush of activity is merciless, and yet the show's pacing never suffers for it.

September 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Inevitably, it reveals itself as a show with a firm grasp on all these disparate people and places, and a clear sense of how to fit them all together.

September 5, 2013 Full Review Source: HitFix

The jury remains out on whether this latest arc will reach the same heights. (That said, the show continues to top itself in terms of scenes that are positively gruesome.)

September 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

Audience Reviews for Boardwalk Empire: Season 4

An improvement over the last season, this new storyline gets intricate at first, seemingly without having a very focused goal in sight, but everything wraps up perfectly on the last episodes. Still, this is a very aimless season that doesn't take our characters anywhere they weren't before, asides from a couple of them. There was a lot of potential to push this season forward to some of the highlights of the Prohibition era, but not much happened in the end. It's a shame and that's probably what got this show one last (warning) season, shortened to 8 episodes. It's now or never Terrence Winter, you have the golden keys to end this in glory or to monumentally screw it up.
July 19, 2014
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