Penny Dreadful: Season 1 (2014)

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Season 1
Penny Dreadful

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Skillfully shot and superbly acted, Penny Dreadful is perplexing in a good way -- even if it's a bit silly at times.

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Critic Ratings: 61

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Episodes

Air date: May 11, 2014

A woman and an explorer investigate the murder of someone close to them, engaging a sharp-shooter and Dr. Frankenstein for help.

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Air date: May 18, 2014

Vanessa and Sir Malcom search for answers at an Egyptionist's party; Madame Kali hosts a séance; Ethan befriends a young Irish immigrant.

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Air date: May 25, 2014

Dr. Frankenstein is confronted by his past; Vanessa has a vision of Mina; Vanessa, Sir Malcolm, Ethan and Sembene encounter a strange discovery at the London Zoo.

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Air date: Jun 1, 2014

Vanessa grows more infatuated with Dorian Gray; Professor Van Helsing is hired to work with Dr. Frankenstein; Fenton's master is drawn to Sir Malcolm's mansion.

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Air date: Jun 8, 2014

Vanessa recalls growing up next door to Sir Malcolm and his family and the events leading to Mina's disappearance.

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Air date: Jun 15, 2014

Vanessa's latest vision sends Sir Malcolm, Ethan and Sembene on a search; Professor Van Helsing shares details with Dr. Frankenstein; Vanessa has a night with Dorian.

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Air date: Jun 22, 2014

Sir Malcolm, Ethan, Dr. Frankenstein and Sembene attempt to free Vanessa from the evil that is within her.

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Air date: Jun 29, 2014

Following a vision of the Grand Guignol, Vanessa, Sir Malcolm, Ethan, Dr. Frankenstein and Sembene are confronted by their worst nightmares.

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Cast & Crew

Timothy Dalton
Sir Malcolm Murray

Actor
Eva Green
Vanessa Ives

Actor
Josh Hartnett
Ethan Chandler

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Reeve Carney
Dorian Gray

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Billie Piper
Brona Croft

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Danny Sapani
Sembene

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Harry Treadaway
Dr. Victor Frankenstein

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Rory Kinnear
The Creature

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Simon Russell Beale
Ferdinand Lyle

Guest Star
Helen McCrory
Madame Kali

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John Logan
Executive Producer
Sam Mendes
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Audience Reviews for Penny Dreadful: Season 1

  • 5d ago
    The concept is interesting, and the acting is good. The loose plot line (of the first season) is finding Mena, We get to know some of the main character's back stories (this, I always enjoy). Woke level: lightly woke. writers interject gratuitous gay/bi characters/situations that are disproportionately large as compared to populous data and era.
  • Sep 03, 2021
    Good, solid start for the series but it gets much, much better in season 2. Eva Green is already fantastic.
  • Apr 12, 2021
    Amazingly dark and gripping! Fantastic cast, love Eva Green as main character Vanessa Ives.
  • Apr 01, 2021
    An entertaining bit of fluff. Think of it as a gothy and somewhat heavy-handed version of "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen." Seeing the stories of some of horror's iconic figures interwoven was interesting and the setting scratched just the right itch for what I was wanting at the time. The show suffers from an excess of predictability and gore that is so over the top that it's more laughable than horrific. Overall, however, it was the kind of enjoyable fluff that one might watch knowing that it's not very good yet *just* good enough to be a diversion.
  • Jan 31, 2021
    Nice and moody pastiche of every Victorian monster theme wrapped up in one show. I enjoyed every aspect of this luscious production except the Dorian Gray dalliances which were only added to have "homosexuality" in the show. All the other segments seemed to fit the story line except for Gray which did nothing whatever to advance the storyline and was only shoehorned in to give the leftist activists no excuse to attack the show.
  • Dec 28, 2020
    Very entertaining. Very good acting and very good scripts.
  • Apr 08, 2020
    Excellent series. Eva green is fantastic in this suspenseful fantasy drama series. Seriously worth a watch. Loved the intertwining storylines Of of historical myths and legends.
  • Oct 01, 2019
    Penny Dreadful is easily in my top 5 favorite series of all time. Intelligent, chilling, with a unique beauty in its writing that's fueled by outstanding actors (Eva Green most notably), Penny Dreadful tugs on your heartstrings while you journey through its dark, supernatural plotline. This is one of the most beautiful works in TV of the century. If there is one series I urge you to get into before you die, it's this one
  • Sep 11, 2019
    Penny dreadful season 1 is unique and sometimes a little blunt with its horror and gothic ways but is beautiful shot and decent acting with a interesting story
  • May 14, 2019
    Dramatic and disturbing. Starts off slow but as the story grows and characters are introduced it sets off a chain reaction and the story and characters grow complex, darker and stranger and you get drawn into this world of fear and wonder of the unknown. Very intense and highly recommended

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