Gentleman Jack: Season 1 (2019)


Season 1
Gentleman Jack

Critics Consensus

Suranne Jones' boundless charisma brings the indomitable Anne Lister to vivid life in Gentleman Jack, a gently revelatory series that mines terrific humor from the icon's unapologetic forward-thinkingness - although the series isn't as willing to ruffle feathers as she was.



Critic Ratings: 44


Audience Score

User Ratings: 157
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Air date: Apr 22, 2019
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Air date: May 27, 2019
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Series 1 follows Anne Listers efforts to restore Shibden Hall to its former glory.


Suranne Jones
as Anne Lister
Sophie Rundle
as Ann Walker
Gemma Whelan
as Marian Lister
Derek Riddell
as Captain Sutherland
Timothy West
as Jeremy Lister
Albane Courtois
as Eugénie Pierre
Vincent Franklin
as Christopher Rawson
Sophie Gråbøl
as Queen Marie
Jodhi May
as Vere Hobart
Lydia Leonard
as Mariana Lawton
Joe Armstrong
as Mr. Washington
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Critic Reviews for Gentleman Jack Season 1

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (17)

Gentleman Jack is a sparkling delight.

May 31, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Reveals everything that is wrong with colour-by-numbers costume dramas -- because it isn't one... It's not so much that it's a different story (though it is) as that it's a different way of doing that story.

May 29, 2019 | Full Review…

Can you tell that I think Gentleman Jack is huge fun?... This, of course, is largely thanks to its prodigiously talented and singular writer, Sally Wainwright, who has given herself license not to worry too much about Victorian mores.

May 20, 2019 | Full Review…

It's hard to craft a drama around a person who seems to be invulnerable... The pity is that Anne Lister, a truly audacious, difficult, and groundbreaking woman, ends up with a biographical portrait that's anything but.

Apr 24, 2019 | Full Review…

Precise, attentive, and beguiling, Jones is such a gust of fresh air, it's tough for the series around her to keep up.

Apr 22, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

Between Wainwright's crisp, fair-minded scripts and star Suranne Jones' flawless performance, it's tempting to believe that Anne Lister was the most fascinating person of the 19th century...

Apr 19, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Gentleman Jack proudly celebrates queer history.

Jun 12, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Gentleman Jack has shifted the dial.

Jul 8, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Suranne Jones plays Lister as calculating yet winning, winking at us through the fourth wall.

Jun 26, 2019 | Full Review…

The first season of Gentleman Jack is a largely amiable watch, putting a character we've not seen before in a series that feels quaintly familiar.

Jun 21, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Gentleman Jack: Season 1

  • Aug 09, 2019
    The serie is very witty and pleasurable to watch. The strong character of Anne Lister is not the only good thing in the serie, though. I really appreciated the looks staight into the camera, which made it even more interesting to watch. It is a well written story with good acting and amazing costumes.
  • Aug 05, 2019
    Fantastic. Suranne Jones is amazing. Well written, and performed.
  • Jul 20, 2019
    Yes, it's that good!
  • Jul 18, 2019
    A great adaptation of a real-life romance. Though there were some liberties taken I'm sure. Anne Lister is so attractive and alluring that most women will be drawn to her. Ms. Lister's signature music is fitting and iconic. The series shows a world where women must fight for respect and challenge societies ideas of sexuality.
  • Jul 16, 2019
    Fantastic acting and directing a fabulous story of a woman that was nearly lost in history a must watch
  • Jul 15, 2019
    Best show on TV hands down! Suranne Jones and Sophie Rundle have better chemistry then anyone else on TV today. I sincerely hope they both are nominated for awards.
  • Jul 07, 2019
    Great series overall; Suranne and Sophie were perfect cast choices.
  • Jun 14, 2019
    After Game of Thrones ended, I was in TV limbo. Then I acted the first episode of GJ (Gentleman Jack) and was instantly hooked. I na very heard of Anne Lister before the series. A fascinating and dynamic woman. Great cast, fun to watch and entertaining. Highly recommend.
  • Jun 14, 2019
    This show is so well written, and the acting is impeccable. This story is historically significant, and breathes life back into the life of Anne Lister. She was landed gentry, possessed a superior intellect, and managed to, for all intents and purposes marry another woman in mid 19th century. This series is absolutely perfect, and shines a necessary light on being LGBTQ at any point in history. Kudos to Sally Wainwright, Suranne Jones, Sophie Rundle, and all involved in creating this masterpiece!
  • Jun 14, 2019
    Actor Suranne Jones simply crushes all competition in her role as Anne Lister in Gentleman Jack. This simply outstanding biography taken directly from Anne Listers decoded journals from 1816-1839. Suranne Jones gives arguably the richest, most complex female performance of the year. These journals are now UNESCO World Treasures from Great Britain. Telling the thrilling, beautiful in simplicity inspiring tale of this brilliant PolyMath's journey as she seeks the love of a woman to marry and share her life with. At a time in which in which women's souls were crushed in "petticoats and vapor's" she accomplished the unknown as the 1st Lesbian to marry in England. Melting women's hearts, captivating them with her wit & genius all while running her massive landholding, steely eyed arbiter of justice when faced with male sexual predators, or those men that rob her estate. Yes MARRY she did in 1834. If the white male dominated film & television Industry genuinely wanted to reward excellence in women's performance and screen writing both Suranne Jones and BBC superstar scriptwriter Sally Wainwright would sweep the US awards season. Particularly overdue is to finally acknowledge the life of positive role model of lesbians as movers & shakers of cultural achievements. Suranne Jones is now surely taking her place amongst the elite group women actors of Great Britain. She is her generations Helen Mirren.

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