Carnival Row: Season 1 (2019)

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Carnival Row

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Beautiful, but bloated, Carnival Row boasts meticulously crafted mythology and luscious world building -- unfortunately its story of haves and have nots simply has too much going on.

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Critic Ratings: 68

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User Ratings: 1478

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Air date: Aug 30, 2019

Rycroft "Philo" Philostrate investigates "Unseelie Jack", a mysterious assailant with a grudge against the fae. Vignette Stonemoss barely escapes Tirnanoc with her life and arrives in The Burgue looking for a fresh start. Imogen Spurnrose meets her new neighbor. In Parliament, the fight over the critch heats up.

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Air date: Aug 30, 2019

Philo investigates the murder of a mysterious fae. Tourmaline introduces Vignette to a new group of faeries. Imogen tries to have Agreus removed from the neighborhood. Jonah disappears.

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Once, as a Burguish soldier, Philo was tasked with protecting a faerish mimasery. While The Pact bears down on them, Philo meets Vignette and finds love in the most unlikely of places.

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Philo investigates the murder of his childhood headmaster. Vignette ingratiates herself into the Black Raven. Imogen hatches a plan to help her brother. Breakspear goes on the offensive with Longerbane.

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Philo consults a Haruspex in an effort to find clues about the killer. Vignette grows closer with her newfound family. Upon Jonah's return home, his parents cast a more watchful eye over him as a new player makes a splash in Parliament. Imogen brings Agreus into her circle.

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The pieces of the puzzle start to come together for Philo. Vignette finds home in a place she never expected. Jonah sneaks off to see someone he shouldn't. Imogen and Agreus step out together in public.

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Because he withheld evidence from his fellow detectives, Philo is accused of being the man behind the string of murders and is thrown in jail. There, he finds some unexpected help from Vignette. Elsewhere, Ezra takes exception to Imogen's relationship with Agreus. Sophie offers Jonah a deal.

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Air date: Aug 30, 2019

As tensions rise on Carnival Row, Philo must confront both darkness incarnate and the evil that controls it. Vignette gleans the true nature of The Burgue. Imogen lets her feelings for Agreus go unbridled. Breakspear's secrets catch up to him.

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With a serial killer loose on Carnival Row, and a government that turns a blind eye to the deaths of its lower class citizens, Rycroft Philostrate, a war-hardened investigator, is the only person willing to stop the murders and maintain the fragile peace. But when Vignette Stonemoss, a faerie refugee, turns up in the Burgue, she forces Philo to reckon with a past he's tried to forget.

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Critic Reviews for Carnival Row Season 1

All Critics (68) | Top Critics (23)

Despite those momentary bright spots in an ongoing bleak collection of fates, Carnival Row largely meanders through the world of its own making.

Sep 3, 2019 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Carnival Row, whether airborne or down-to-earth gritty, keeps flexing the power of its oft-breathtaking visuals. The worlds it creates are the greater sums of its whole while the messages it sends can be a little two telegraphed.

Aug 30, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Like many a silly novel, it is a shambles, but an enjoyable one, and as long as you're up for some full-throated groans you'll be rewarded with a long, messy, and satisfying distraction.

Aug 27, 2019 | Full Review…

A lot of it is just Amazon going: 'Look we've got money. Look how much money we've spent.'

Jul 15, 2020 | Full Review…

It's recommended; a period costume drama on acid, and as strangely carnal as it is solidly and politically aware.

Sep 26, 2019 | Full Review…

The overall look of the series is impressive, though very cold and grim - money has obviously been spent here. So for fantasy fans, that alone could be enough inducement to plough through.

Aug 30, 2019 | Full Review…

There's substance in Carnival Row for those looking for it, while it can also just be a fluff genre piece for others.

Nov 18, 2020 | Full Review…

All of the elements are there: top-notch acting, amazing set pieces, beautiful costumes, a well-known cast, and sex. Lots and lots of freaky, winged sex. Yet despite all that, there is something still lacking.

Aug 3, 2020 | Full Review…

Overall, the first season of Carnival Row has a lot of promise.

Sep 30, 2019 | Full Review…

Carnival Row delivers on its promises, to varying degrees, and more by interweaving topical ideas about immigration and racism through every facet of the sprawling drama.

Sep 18, 2019 | Full Review…

Carnival Row has faltered under the high expectations held, falling a little flat on the promising basis of a new magical world.

Sep 17, 2019 | Full Review…

Fantasy murder mystery has big stars, lots of sex, violence.

Sep 16, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Carnival Row: Season 1

  • Apr 12, 2021
    Really well executed. To take the fantasy genre and mix it with gritty 7th century England could have easily gone wrong, but somehow this show delivers. There's really not much to pick at in terms of quality or storytelling. I hope to see more grim fantasy tales like this in the future.
  • Apr 03, 2021
    Woeful acting by those at the top of the payroll and admirable performances by the lesser, it would be easy to lambast Carnival Row as an attempt by Amazon to show off its enormous wealth rather than its ability to create quality viewing. Bloom's cockney accent is memorable for all the wrong reasons, Delavigne as is acceptable and the choice by the producers team to cast actors from Game of Thrones (Indira Varma, Ian Hanmore) try to replicate its' success is noticeable. A missed opportunity by a clearly invented author, even if some of the characters/species are predictable.
  • Mar 07, 2021
    Carnival Row (Prime - Season 1) is mystery series set in an alternative world where the new world was a land of fey creatures. Set in roughly 1880ish like tech period the creatures now are an underclass of in a very British like land. A series of murders occurs and our detective is must solve it. Its an interesting idea and has a nice look to it but ...the mystery is fairly easy and too often a fairly limited amount of characters have a far too many "connections" too each other. The world building is pretty thin. What does help is the cast who try to breathe life into a some pretty stale plot points and underdeveloped concepts. 3 stars out 5...but I will need to see some glowing reviews to do another season of it. This likely would have been better as a 2 hour movie as cutting the runtime down would have made its shortcomings less obvious (8 episodes each about an hour)
  • Feb 11, 2021
    Every few years a show comes along that grabs my attention and keeps it. Firefly, The Red Green Show, The Walking Dead(at least it did), Absolutely Fabulous, Justified, Battlestar, etc. Count Carnival Row among them.
  • Feb 02, 2021
    muy buena, esperando la siguiente temporada.
  • Jan 26, 2021
    thankyou for this show please give us season 2 now.
  • Jan 03, 2021
    It is not an easy view if you are upset by injustice. Despite its premise, it is a very believable program since it captures the human tendency toward prejudice against others who are not like us very accurately. I look forward to season 2.
  • Dec 31, 2020
    I wanted to comment because I saw a few people commenting along this line that I am as right wing as they come, but in relation to this series, in my view if you can get past the similarity to a liberal narrative, you can enjoy a rich, complex and intellectually satisfying world.
  • Dec 06, 2020
    Game of Thrones meets Penny Dreadful. With a Tolkienesque backstory. Kind of. Whatever it is, it works.
  • Dec 05, 2020
    Here to see Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne in action. Visually attractive, you get the vibe of ‘Pan' and ‘Fantastic Beast' with all their fairy tales, creatures, and mythical lands. The story itself is deep, flowing, and filled with politics. Plenty of characters with different story, motives, and agendas. It requires focus to see this beautiful story.

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