Peaky Blinders: Season 1 (2013)


Season 1
Peaky Blinders

Critics Consensus

Peaky Blinders moves at its own speed, taking its time to create a portrait of post-war Britain that's as bloody and brutal as it is impressively immersive.



Critic Ratings: 15


Audience Score

User Ratings: 1243
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Air date: Sep 30, 2014
Air date: Sep 30, 2014
Air date: Sep 30, 2014
Air date: Sep 30, 2014
Air date: Sep 30, 2014
Air date: Sep 30, 2014

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Peaky Blinders is an epic gangster drama set in the lawless streets of post-war Birmingham on the cusp of the 1920s.

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Critic Reviews for Peaky Blinders Season 1

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (7)

Peaky Blinders might just be worth the investment of a few stray hours. It's hardly revolutionary, but, like the industrial laborers in its 1919 Birmingham, England, setting, it gets the job done.

Dec 9, 2014 | Full Review…

Peaky Blinders might find itself overwhelmed by a tide of historical baggage washing away any fine detail in the characterisations.

Jul 22, 2018 | Full Review…

I chided David Harewood for not sounding fully Yank in the Homeland premiere, but then didn't notice his accent one way or the other in any subsequent episode because I was involved in the story.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Any lulls in the course of Peaky Blinders are more than accounted for by just getting to look at how wonderfully the series has resurrected Birmingham in the 1920s.

Jan 23, 2018 | Full Review…

It is well acted and well directed and employs that meticulous attention to detail, but has yet to prove itself especially distinctive narratively.

Jan 23, 2018 | Full Review…

Undeniably entertaining, though more as a soap romp than a drama; I didn't feel quite as involved with the gun heist from the Birmingham Small Arms factory and the warring gangs as I think I was meant to be.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Stick with it - the cast is superb and the plot, as it shakes off a few early clichés, becomes truly absorbing.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Everything from the colours, sets, costumes, editing and cinematography is swoon-worthy right. Peaky Blinders takes the liberty to be mystical, lyrical and a visual treat.

May 25, 2017 | Full Review…

Overall this was pacy, looked good and was fun to watch.

Apr 19, 2017 | Full Review…

Brutal violence, sex, and drugs in vintage gang drama.

Oct 28, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Peaky Blinders: Season 1

  • Jul 08, 2019
    this masterpiece of a show gives us a feel of 1920s Birmingham and offers realistic characters motives and development it doesnt waste a second of screen time and every scene feels important
  • Jun 22, 2019
    Top 10 show of all time (available on BBC and Netflix), along with Game of Thrones (HBO), Mildred Pierce with Kate Winslet and Evan Rachel Wood (HBO), Stranger Things (Netflix), Twin Peaks (Showtime/Netflix), American Horror Story Franchise (FX/ Netflix), Deadwood (HBO), Sharp Objects (HBO), Empire (STARS, Amazon Prime), Bad Blood (Season 1 only) with Kim Coates (Netflix) (Season 2 is garbage thanks to writing & new actors), and Ozark (Netflix) I might contend will be an everlasting favorite. If you haven't seen Peaky Blinders, you're missing out on so much I can't even explain what a rush it is to enjoy Cilian Murphy and brothers badass empire taking on the world. Damn it feels good to watch this gangsta. (Pun intended, yes, like the song).
  • Feb 12, 2019
    One of my absolute favorite series of all time. Found the first episode and part of the second tp be rather slow but after that its amazing and does nothing but get better. Definitely worth watching. On par with The Soprano's and Boardwalk empire. The acting is great and Tom Hardy was incredible in the limited number of episodes he was in. Here in the states seems like hardly anyone has even heard about The Peaky Blinders series let alone watched it. Don't know what thats all about but it's definitely a shame so many people are missing out on such a wonderful show based in post ww1 UK. I highly recommend watching it.
  • Feb 10, 2019
    Stylish, superbly acted, and gritty as can be if you are into period crime dramas don't miss out on Peaky Blinders.
  • Jan 23, 2019
    It has its flaws, particularly with its plot line. Yet, it knows its strengths and its weaknesses. So, it builds carefully on its primary strength, Cillian Murphy. He's the center of a web of engrossing relationships that make for good story telling and prime binge watching..
  • Jan 18, 2019
    first two episodes took me a while to go through but then i got hooked. amazing cinematography, story and cast.
  • Jan 09, 2019
    A great show about the seedy underground world set in the 1920's in London (Birmingham). The cinemaatography/set pieces/etc are very beautiful and give the show its authenticity.
  • Dec 28, 2018
    Slow burning but enough to keep you occupied. The later seasons are far better
  • Dec 10, 2018
    If I could have given this piece of art more than five, I would have done that. This is more than a series, it is for me the best visual work I have seen in years, and as a gang movie, yes, it did beat the Godfather, although it's hard to compare series to movies. The great great great attention to the details, from clothes to accent to decor to every single movement the actors do, all are just mesmerizing. Cillian Murphy, man! How this handsome guy with his somewhat babyface turned into a real ruthless charismatic gangster, this does show you the effort being put into this series. The music is also just great! every single scene is full. No jumps in the narrative and the dialogues are all deep and poetic and respects your intelligence as an audience. The greatest of all for me, was the depth the characters were treated with. You know where every character comes from without getting lost in the details, all comes just naturally. The fact that criminals are human beings, cops are too, was nicely highlighted, where both would sometimes change roles and positions, mobs turn into good guys and cops into the opposite. It is a story well written, well directed and well-acted. Very human and deep. It is the kind of picture that is so engaging and immersing that you feel really lost when your done watching it!
  • Nov 30, 2018
    super duper boring. crappier version of boardwalk empire. seemed to be generally well made until some ridiculously stupid stuff started happening... (1 viewing) SPOILERS when the gangs are about to shoot each other, the sister comes in between with her baby and tells them they shouldn't kill each other. doesn't work but still so stupid, and when the shooting starts it's ridiculous and absurd. how are a group of 30 men going to allow an opponent to walk out in front and shoot their boss in the head smh. dumbest thing ever. also some super basic subplots like the estranged father who shows up out of nowhere wanting something and convincing a son to trust him before inevitably betraying him. i feel like some of the subplots could have been from old sitcoms like boy meets world or fresh prince.

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