Boardwalk Empire: Season 4 (2013)


Season 4
Boardwalk Empire

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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

Nucky makes a peace offering to Joe Masseria; Federal Agent Warren Knox arrives in Atlantic City; Gillian seeks custody of her grandson; Eli's son turns to Nucky for advice; Al Capone plans to expand his Chicago business.

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Air date: Sep 15, 2013

Van Alden is ordered to keep tabs on Al Capone; Dr. Valentin Narcisse clashes with Chalky and Nucky; Agent Knox aligns himself with J. Edgar Hoover; Harrow fails to finish a job; Eddie demands a promotion; Nucky leaves for Florida.

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Air date: Sep 22, 2013

Nucky has reservations about an investment; Valentin Narcisse books a jazz singer to perform at the Onyx; Willie attempts to elevate his social standing at college; Gillian agrees to pose as Roy Phillips' wife; Harrow tries to bury his past.

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Air date: Sep 29, 2013

Nucky gets to know Arnold Rothstein over a card game; Eddie is detoured after making a delivery; Al and Frank Capone finish a collector's route; Agent Knox vows to exploit Nucky's weakest link; Willie and his roommate take a practical joke too far.

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Air date: Oct 6, 2013

Nucky heads to Philadelphia; Agent Knox detains Eddie Kessler to obtain information about Nucky's organization; Gillian tries to score a fix; Van Alden is recruited by the Capones.

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Air date: Oct 13, 2013

Nucky heads to Tampa to work out details of his land deal with Bill McCoy; Richard Harrow returns to Atlantic City; Agent Knox tries to gain Eli's trust; Chalky takes out his frustrations on Daughter Maitland.

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Air date: Oct 20, 2013

Eli confronts Nucky after Willie makes an unpopular decision; Margaret has a surprise encounter; Joe Masseria orders Lucky Luciano to return to Tampa; Roy Phillips helps Gillian; Al Capone tries to get Johnny Torrio to turn on a rival gangster.

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Air date: Oct 27, 2013

Nucky's shipment from Florida contains unexpected cargo; Agent Knox uncovers new information on the Thompsons; Willie reconsiders his recent life choices; Chalky challenges Valentin Narcisse.

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Air date: Nov 3, 2013

Nucky refuses to back Chalky in a conflict; Gillian makes her custody case in court; Van Alden stands up to Capone and comes clean to O'Banion; Rothstein tries to make a trade.

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Air date: Nov 10, 2013

Nucky enlists Eli and Agent Knox to check the cargo in the Florida shipments; Margaret considers making a deal with Rothstein; Capone grows suspicious of Torrio; Nucky faces a dilemma.

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Cast & Crew

Steve Buscemi
Enoch "Nucky" Thompson

Actor
Kelly Macdonald
Margaret Schroeder

Actor
Michael Shannon
Nelson Van Alden

Actor
Shea Whigham
Elias Thompson

Actor
Anthony Laciura
Eddie Kessler

Actor
Stephen Graham
Al Capone

Actor
Michael Stuhlbarg
Arnold Rothstein

Actor
Vincent Piazza
Lucky Luciano

Actor
Paul Sparks
Mickey Doyle

Actor
Michael K. Williams
Chalky White

Actor
Gretchen Mol
Gillian

Actor
Jack Huston
Richard Harrow

Actor
Jeffrey Wright
Dr. Valentin Narcisse

Actor
Ron Livingston
Roy Phillips

Actor
Patricia Arquette
Sally Wheet

Guest Star
Dominic Chianese
Leander Whitlock

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Brian Geraghty
Agent Warren Knox

Guest Star
Domenick Lombardozzi
Ralph Capone

Guest Star
Arron Shiver
Dean O'Banion

Guest Star
Morgan Spector
Frank Capone

Guest Star
Terence Winter
Executive Producer
Martin Scorsese
Executive Producer
Tim Van Patten
Executive Producer
Stephen Levinson
Executive Producer
Mark Wahlberg
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Boardwalk Empire: Season 4

Audience Reviews for Boardwalk Empire: Season 4

  • Jun 30, 2021
    As close to perfect as it gets - great acting by EVERYONE, every episode instantly mesmerizes you. True art.
  • Nov 27, 2020
    One of the most structured, layered, and complex series ever. Each tiny event shapes up another, all occurring simultaneously. Plenty of main characters, each beautifully written for their arc and purposes. Highly political mafia stuffs with quality dialogues, flawless acting, artistic details, and Grammy winning music. Too good, too elegant | follow us at @uncle.review
  • Jun 17, 2018
    This season is a slow build, it definitely drags on, however with patience comes rewards. And Boardwalk has plenty of them.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.

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