Boardwalk Empire: Season 4 (2013)

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

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Air date: Sep 8, 2013

The fourth season begins in February 1924, as Nucky tries to make peace with Joe Masseria and helps Chalky clean up after an incident at a seedy hotel. Meanwhile, Gillian seeks custody of her grandson and tries to find a buyer for the Artemis Club; federal agent Warren Knox gets acquainted with business in Atlantic City; and in Chicago, Al Capone and his brothers make sure their last name is well-known.

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Air date: Sep 15, 2013

Dr. Valentin Narcisse arrives in Atlantic City, and clashes with Nucky and Chalkie over the disappearance of an employee. Meanwhile, Dean O'Banion enlists Van Alden to keep an eye on Al Capone, starting with a political rally outside Chicago; Agent Knox reports to J. Edgar Hoover in Washington, D.C.; and Eddie demands a promotion from Nucky after 11 years of service.

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Air date: Sep 22, 2013

Nucky heads to Florida to investigate a land deal in the Tampa area, but he's not sure he's buying what bootlegger Bill McCoy and his associates are selling. Back in Atlantic City, Valentin books a jazz singer for Chalky's club and gauges Dunn's loyalty to his boss; Gillian helps Roy impress a potential business partner; and Willie hopes Mickey will help him make a name for himself at college.

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Air date: Sep 29, 2013

Nucky becomes more acquainted with Arnold Rothstein during a high-stakes poker game, but the evening yields another potential partner in the Florida land deal. Meanwhile, Van Alden helps Al and Frank Capone on their collection rounds outside Chicago; Dunn discusses business with Valentin in Harlem; and Willie and his college roommate carry a prank too far in Philadelphia.

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Air date: Oct 6, 2013

Nucky goes to Philadelphia to deal with the aftermath of Willie's ill-fated prank; Eddie endures a marathon detention by Agent Knox; Gillian's desperation for a fix takes her to an unfamiliar part of town; Van Alden works for Al Capone on Election Day at a factory outside Chicago.

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Air date: Oct 13, 2013

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.

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Air date: Oct 20, 2013

Willie's unpopular decision pits Eli versus Nucky; Margaret has a surprise encounter at her job on Wall Street; Luciano is sent to Tampa to deal with Petrucelli; Gillian tries to kick her heroin habit with Roy's help; Valentin increases his control in Atlantic City while Chalky is distracted; Al Capone urges Johnny Torrio to go to war with Dean O'Banion.

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Air date: Oct 27, 2013

Nucky's shipment from Florida comes with some unexpected cargo; Eli feels the heat from the Feds when Knox uncovers new evidence of the Thompsons' escapades; Willie reconsiders his recent choices after a talk with his uncle; Chalky clashes with Narcisse over control of the Northside.

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Air date: Nov 3, 2013

Nucky won't back Chalky in his turf war with Valentin Narcisse; Julia mulls her next move after Gillian makes her custody case in court; Van Alden tests the patience of two gangsters in Illinois; Rothstein hatches a plan to obtain some extra cash.

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Air date: Nov 10, 2013

Nucky gets a tip from Sally about some extra cargo in Florida shipments; Margaret mulls a deal with Rothstein to help her family; Capone becomes wary of Torrio's motives; Eli tries to mend his relationship with Willie.

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Series 4 of the Prohibition-era drama opens in February 1924 as Nucky makes peace with New Yorkers Masseria and Rothstein, 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. Back in Atlantic City, Chalky runs the boardwalk's Onyx Club, though the mysterious Harlem intellectual Dr. Narcisse challenges his North Side reign, and Eddie finally gets a promotion. In Philadelphia, Eli's son Willie dives in over his head at college; while in the Midwest, Nelson pulls double duty for Chicago mobsters Capone and O'Banion, and a wandering Richard reconnects with his roots. With Shea Whigham, Brian Geraghty, Ron Livingston, Margot Bingham, Anatol Yusef and Domenick Lombardozzi.

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Critic Reviews for Boardwalk Empire Season 4

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (18)

Nine more months to wait and see how Boardwalk will stun us again.

Jun 18, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It was a slow-cook season filled with tons of great moments and performances.

Jun 15, 2018 | Full Review…

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

Sep 9, 2013 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

Sep 9, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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

Sep 6, 2013 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The most promising addition this season is Jeffrey Wright.

Sep 6, 2013 | Full Review…

The finale efficiently tied many of the loose ends from this season together while closing the book on some hated and loved characters, shaking the status quo up for next season.

Jun 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Tragic and heartbreaking in ways you might not have imagined. Moreover, unlike previous seasons, nothing is wrapped up nicely in a bow.

Jun 16, 2014 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

I was wholly satisfied, even if I do already want the next course.

Jun 15, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Now that a depressing mood has been set with the authentic period piece, it's time to discuss the sensational season of Boardwalk Empire and its firmly stuck landing...

Jun 15, 2018 | Full Review…

It may be hard to tell where Boardwalk Empire's fourth season is headed... but it takes only a few moments to be reminded that it remains one of TV's most ambitious, high-minded period dramas.

Jun 15, 2018 | Full Review…

I'd be glad to have Buscemi in every scene, but watching Nucky's frenemies thrive like poison toadstools ringing a tree - that's a grim, gripping spectacle in its own right.

Jun 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Boardwalk Empire: Season 4

  • Sep 18, 2015
    Season 4 started the go down a bit with Nucky being located in Florida while Dr. Narcisse had a feud with Chalky. The plot seemed a bit uneven but still watchable with plenty of fun.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jul 19, 2014
    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.
    Francisco G Super Reviewer
  • Jun 17, 2018
    This season is a slow build, it definitely drags on, however with patience comes rewards. And Boardwalk has plenty of them.
  • Oct 14, 2014
    Season Four is just as well made as the previous ones thanks to it's great cast, developed characters and well written scripts.
  • Jul 23, 2014
    Slight dip in quality but still excellent. The Narcisse character isn't as intimidating as the other "villains" but his strategy makes him just as dangerous. Dunn Purnsley (one of the more underrated characters in the show) gets a lot more screen time and the show benefits every time he's there. Gillian's storyline has unfortunately become a little monotonous but Gretchen Mol is still the best actress on TV by a mile so it's bearable. The FBI plotline is building up to the next season which should be amazing and it is done fantastically at the moment. I couldn't really care less about Florida and Willie at College isn't that great but neither is bad and both are wonderfully directed so they get a pass. Erlkonig, The Old Ship of Zion, Havre De Grace, and Farewell Daddy Blues are simply amazing however the other episodes don't honestly hold up to the past seasons' episodes. Still none are necessarily bad, most are pretty good.
  • Mar 06, 2014
    Twelve episodes filmed largely in the dark with characters such as Chalkie White unlike his high-brow-speaking nemisis Narcisse talking in slang out of the sides of their mouth. Added to struggling to understand sad Richard Harrow''s soft croak, this season definitely needed subtitles to be appreciated. It's definitely slow burn with nowhere near the pace of the first three. Yes there are killings, but this season seems to be mostly about comeuppance falling short of true denouement. for which we no doubt have to watch season five for. I felt that this season was like Harry Potter's Deathly Hallows Part 1 - not really resolving anything much but a necessary installment to wrap up the, hopefully, blockbuster ending. Hopefully sales of this season's DVDs will allow the producers to purchase some lighting, provide more outdoor locations and invest in some enunciation lessons for the lead characters who, to date, seem to be wanting to outdo each other to sound like Don Corleone..
  • Mar 02, 2014
    Probably the show's weakest season yet. After two emotionally tense seasons, this fourth year feels a bit pedestrian and tedious by comparison, and I also feel some of the more intriguing subplots this season (particularly the one involving Harlem night life) weren't properly explored. Definitely picked up near the ending though, and it's getting me excited for the final season next year.
  • Mar 01, 2014
    This season you really can feel that this is all coming to a end because season five will be the last season and season four really does set it up for a finale.
  • Feb 16, 2014
    Season 4 of Boardwalk Empire takes the series to new heights with its thrilling plot filled with betrayal, corruption, and questions of loyalty. Fans of the show will not be disappointed.
  • Feb 02, 2014
    For me, the show never recovered its momentum after the loss of Michael Pitt's Jimmy. Pitt's acting outshone everything else around him.

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