The Lizzie Borden Chronicles: Season 1 (2015)


Season 1
The Lizzie Borden Chronicles

Critics Consensus

The Lizzie Borden Chronicles is too guilty of sensationalism to be a true pleasure, wasting a game Christina Ricci on a serial killer soap that never achieves the mordant irony it angles for.

50%

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Critic Ratings: 12

65%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 97
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Episodes

1
Air date: Apr 5, 2015
2
Air date: Apr 12, 2015
3
Air date: Apr 19, 2015
4
Air date: Apr 26, 2015
5
Air date: May 3, 2015
6
Air date: May 10, 2015
7
Air date: May 17, 2015
8
Air date: May 24, 2015

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Cast

Christina Ricci
as Lizzie Borden
Cole Hauser
as Charlie Siringo
John Heard
as William Almy
Andrew Howard
as William
Matthew Le Nevez
as Bat Masterson
Chris Bauer
as Tom Horn
Jessy Schram
as Nance O'Keefe
Jeff Wincott
as Marshal
Michelle Fairley
as Adele Trotwood
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Critic Reviews for The Lizzie Borden Chronicles Season 1

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (6)

If we're misreading the show's intentions and we should be treating it as a drama, we should point out that it isn't mysterious and spooky either.

Apr 2, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A quiet aftermath for Lizzie Borden wouldn't make for much of a TV series, though. An actively violent one doesn't really cut it either -- but Lifetime will take its chances.

Mar 25, 2015 | Rating: C | Full Review…
Top Critic

The series is no less absurd, but it's far more fun than the movie: We all know about the ax murders. It's more fascinating to watch Lizzie continue to weave her web of evil after her trial.

Apr 6, 2015 | Full Review…

Lizzie is the perfect female anti-hero, reminiscent of Breaking Bad's Walter White with much better hair.

Jan 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Lizzie's Chronicles is guilty of straining for the cheapest of shock value, with luridly stylized camera and editing tricks, including slo-mo and frequent shock cuts of flashing gore that aren't as much chilling as flagrantly vulgar.

Apr 3, 2015 | Full Review…

Lizzie Borden Chronicles is basically a cheesey soap with tinges of dark comedy. It's junk but kind of fun junk, if pulpy, bloody melodrama set to anachronistic rock soundtrack is your idea of fun.

Apr 2, 2015 | Full Review…

Violent, camp and periodically entertaining, the dramatised version, (directed by New Zealand-born Stephen Kay), flashes back to the infamous killings, and throws another few into the mix for fun.

May 19, 2016 | Full Review…

Granted, this might not be the most elevated fare in Lifetime's lineup. But based on reaction to the movie and the prospect of reuniting a star with such a promotable concept, it's hard to fault the network for taking another whack at it.

Apr 3, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Grisly gore and violence in reimagining of murderess' life.

Apr 8, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Don't look for the facts in Lifetime's blood-spattered The Lizzie Borden Chronicles, which... assumes that Lizzie (Christina Ricci) did it - and suggests she didn't stop there. If only Ricci had. Because she's better than this.

Apr 6, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Lizzie Borden Chronicles: Season 1

  • Dec 06, 2017
    Lifetime retools their Lizzie Borden film into a Dexter-like television series in The Lizzie Borden Chronicles. Season 1 follows the Borden sisters in the wake of Lizzie's acquittal for the murder of their parents as they move to a new house and deal with a private investigator who's intent on bringing Lizzie to justice. Featuring Christina Ricci, Clea DuVall, Cole Hauser, and Jessy Schram, the series has a strong cast that delivers some good performances. However, the writing goes downhill extremely fast. At first it's kind of clever and exciting with Lizzie tying up loose ends and taking out her enemies, but then it starts to get ridiculous with her killing off 2-3 people an episode without anyone catching or suspecting her. And this makes it difficult to develop recurring characters and continuing storylines. Still, the costumes and sets are especially well-done, giving an authentic feel for the time-period. Also the soundtrack brings a lot of energy to the series and heightens the action and suspense. Yet while the show has a lot of things going for it, the bad writing doomed The Lizzie Borden Chronicles to a short lived 8-episode season.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 01, 2019
    Loved Christina Ricci in this series! She was as fierce & definitely had viewers conflicted as ro how to feel about Lizzie after watching her performance. So upsetting they didnt come back with a second season as season 1 leaves fans expecting to be filled in on all the open ended plots simultaneously happening. Unfortunately we are left only with her great performance, a sudden need to research historical events concerning Lizzie Borden's family & life events & perhaps a great imagination we can use to fill in the blanks. Everyone was great in this series from the writing, acting, directing, costumes design too the settings & atmosphere... everything worked together creating an eerie sense of looking into someone's darkest moments & explaining them in ways in which the viewers can come up with their own theories for why she is the way she is..... again, the only disappointment is that there won't be more to come. Very disappointed in lifetime. They finally had some good tv that satisfied a larger audience....SMH. whos making these decisions? Clearly they need to hire me lol... bc someone doesnt know what they are doin. Signed, Althea-Mar?iá P. M.
  • Apr 01, 2018
    everything about this series reads as cheap. a period dance scene set to blu cantrell? absolutely lazy.
  • Jul 04, 2017
    I stumbled up on this just this past week. The Critics seem to dislike this show. I found it more to be a dark comedy and entertaining. The cast, costumes, and setting also makes it better than normal. As a true fan of the Walking Dead and Dexter, this had great potential.
  • May 29, 2017
    I am not sure why it is scoring so low. Yeah, sure, she murders all the time and it is pretty silly, but it is really fun and I always wanted to see the next episode! Lizzie is inventive and the period drama is a plus. Ricci is one cool customer. Do not get attached to any characters!
  • May 18, 2017
    Really enjoyed it. Shame they wont make a season 2
  • May 05, 2017
    It's a fun, silly watch. Overly gratuitous in it's violence, with very little attempt at making Lizzie seem anything more than a pantomime villain, but for a brainless binge watch it's worth a look.
  • May 05, 2017
    First episode was a little convoluted but it is beautifully shot, and well acted. It is worth sticking out the first episode, as a whole I loved the series.
  • Apr 29, 2017
    Terrible. Ricci does well with what she's got, but plays a completely unsympathetic character. Have watched 7 episodes, have been sincerely hoping that someone kills her for at least three.
  • Apr 24, 2017
    This is awful. It turns a real historical human into a cartoon character. Whether she was an innocent woman whom suffered from public opinion or a murderer who got away with it. This took a true tragedy and turned it into a bloody cartoonish fun for all, that wasn't very fun at all. It's in poor taste and poorly written. I'm trying to imagine this being done in 100 years about OJ Simpson.

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