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: 65

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User Ratings: 1325
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Episodes

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Air date: Aug 30, 2019
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Air date: Aug 30, 2019
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Air date: Aug 30, 2019
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Air date: Aug 30, 2019
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Air date: Aug 30, 2019
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Air date: Aug 30, 2019
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Tv Season Info

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.

Cast

Orlando Bloom
as Rycroft Philostrate
Cara Delevingne
as Vignette Stonemoss
David Gyasi
as Agreus
Tamzin Merchant
as Imogen Spurnrose
Andrew Gower
as Ezra Spurnrose
Karla Crome
as Tourmaline
Indira Varma
as Piety Breakspear
Jared Harris
as Absalom Breakspear
Simon McBurney
as Runyan Millworthy
Arty Froushan
as Jonah Breakspear
Caroline Ford
as Sophie Longerbane
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Critic Reviews for Carnival Row Season 1

All Critics (65) | Top Critics (18)

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…
Top Critic

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…

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…
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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…

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…

Far from being an indigestible pastiche, the series ends up being an entertaining and intriguing experience. [Full Review in Spanish]

Sep 6, 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…

The way [Carnival Row] uses Lovecraft's legacy is innovative, not least because it's so casual.

Sep 9, 2019 | Full Review…

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

Sep 30, 2019 | Full Review…

But the main problem with Carnival Row is that none of this grandly designed mythology is any fun; instead, the show is a bafflingly glum-faced trudge through pretty basic all-creatures-are-created-equal moralizing.

Sep 6, 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

  • 4d ago
    No fey here, only humans. Not at all the fantasy drama it pretends to be, just a racial political drama that looks unusual and kind of nice only sometimes. Most imagery is gritty and dark
  • Jan 10, 2020
    It's not what i was expecting, but is good
  • Jan 10, 2020
    Rating: 8/10. 80/100.
  • Jan 08, 2020
    I think that mostly of the first season of a lot of show's have troubles at the begging and it's not different with Carnival Row, the world that they create is one of the more interstting stuff in this, the human's and mythical creatures live in the same place, i hope that this world construction will help to get a second season, it's very enjoyable and fun to watch, for me the main problem it's that they want put this message about the racism that exist now at day's in the world and it doesn't feel organic in the series.
  • Jan 04, 2020
    Poor writing. Too bad, could have been great.
  • Dec 31, 2019
    I loved Season 1. I really enjoyed the acting, the sets, the special effects work, and the costumes. The story line was intriguing. I like that the show gave history and story slowly. I prefer stories that develop over time.
  • Dec 27, 2019
    Man critics are just about butchering the new fantasy shows coming out . . . Seriously what is there not to like about this show (season). Great acting, fresh new world, nice character building . . . It's a great show and my wife and I seriously hope Amazon ignores the critics and makes many more seasons!
  • Dec 26, 2019
    One of the freshest takes on fantasy in a long time. I loved every second of it.
  • Dec 21, 2019
    MINUS One star because there's "dark and stygian gloom " and then there is this - which all too frequently had me wishing I could see what was going on. Orlando is pretty ( even with the scars and ugly bowler hat ) and I enjoyed the steampunkish setting which reminded me of a mix of olde London, mixed with Paris and a dash on early New York. I immediately checked there was going to be a season 2 so they've done something right
  • Dec 17, 2019
    its starts slow but then it picks up. a very good show that will lift you thinking when its ends. season2 cant come soon enough

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