Peaky Blinders: Season 1 (2013)

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Peaky Blinders

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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.

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Critic Ratings: 15

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User Ratings: 1608

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Episodes

Air date: Sep 30, 2014

Thomas Shelby, leader of the Birmingham gang, the Peaky Blinders, comes into possession of a shipment of guns from the local BSA factory.

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Air date: Sep 30, 2014

Thomas Shelby sets out to get work with Billy Kimber -- the man who can help Thomas achieve his dream of running a legal bookmaking business.

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Air date: Sep 30, 2014

Ada and Freddie secretly wed, but start their married life together in hiding.

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Air date: Sep 30, 2014

Thomas is angry when Ada and Freddie return from their honeymoon to Small Heath.

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Air date: Sep 30, 2014

Thomas tells Grace he's planning to overthrow Billy Kimber, but swears her to secrecy.

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Air date: Sep 30, 2014

It's the day of Worchester races -- the day Thomas is planning to overthrow Kimber.

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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…

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…
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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…
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For a sprawling soap opera that packs in Roma curses, shell shock, hash pipes, Chinatown prostitutes and gang members sporting the 1919 version of a half-shaved boy-band haircut, it doesn't have quite enough juice

Sep 30, 2014 | Full Review…

There's ample drama to be found in this particularly tumultuous moment in British history, and some will no doubt appreciate the unhurried pacing.

Sep 29, 2014 | Full Review…
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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…

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

  • Sep 21, 2020
    Amazing, one of the best series I have ever seen. It has a bit of everything and everything is very exciting.
  • Sep 20, 2020
    Was entertaining to watch in isolation, but was filled with poor editing, writing and cliche's
  • Sep 11, 2020
    "Peaky Blinders" sports one of the best casts in current television. It's hard to imagine anyone but Cillian Murphy as the lead. The cast, writing, music, and directing technique work in concert to make a beautifully constructed plot into an untouchable work of art. The story is played out in such a way that allows the audience to float on the edge of the earth, tipping for a moment into the abyss of fiction, before being dragged back to the battlefield of reality.
  • Aug 25, 2020
    Beginning of the season very well produced. Great actors!
  • Aug 09, 2020
    This show is brilliant with incredible acting along with the settings, costumes and story. Myst see!
  • Jul 17, 2020
    Love this show. It's historically accurate & actors are amazing. Watched all seasons & loved them all!!
  • Jul 17, 2020
    Combining a strong atmosphere and interesting characters, Peaky Blinders is an engaging period drama series, but is far from a masterwork, due in part to the relatively slow pace and small scale. Some call it the next great production in the line of top-notch television series initiated by The Wire, but based on this season alone, I don't really see it.
  • Jul 15, 2020
    I would have given 10 out of 5 if could
  • Jul 14, 2020
    Peaky Blinders Season 1 | Detailed note: 8.8
  • Jul 09, 2020
    Amazing and sublime!

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