Penny Dreadful: Season 1 (2014)



Critic Consensus: 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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Air date: May 11, 2014
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Monsters and demons haunt Victorian London in this gothic thriller that includes some of literature's most terrifying individuals, including Dr. Victor Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and characters from "Dracula." The story begins with police investigating a series of gruesome deaths, but renowned explorer Sir Malcolm Murray (Timothy Dalton) and medium Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) know there is something darker at play than mere murder, as Vanessa fights a demon that is determined to possess her. Also, Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) joins a group of vampire hunters; Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway) faces the consequences of his death-defying experiments; and devil-may-care Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney) falls for the alluring but troubled Vanessa.

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Critic Reviews for Penny Dreadful Season 1

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (28)

Some of its mumbo jumbo may hurt your head, but the last words of Episode 2 are precisely on point. They whet the appetite for more, more. We'll see how it all comes out in the bloody wash.

May 8, 2014 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Showtime subscribers have already put their money down, but many of them will probably decide that Penny Dreadful, while hardly dreadful, isn't worth it.

May 8, 2014 | Full Review…
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As creator John Logan moves away from the horror by the Thames and more toward the internal demons that haunt his protagonists, Penny veers toward the overwritten and overwrought. But by then, you may well be in for a pound.

May 8, 2014 | Full Review…

For fans of expertly hammy acting and heated-up supernatural doings, it's a lot of fun.

May 8, 2014 | Full Review…

If you enjoy the challenge of doing complex jigsaw puzzles in low light, Penny Dreadful will be your cup of tea.

May 8, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This John Logan (Skyfall, Hugo) creation promises an intriguing summer pastime, for an eight-week run anyway.

May 7, 2014 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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It's going to be a dark and messy business.

Jul 23, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Still, for its faults, Penny Dreadful delivers some performances that are worth the price of admission.

Jul 3, 2018 | Full Review…

We're interested enough to keep tuning in just to see if they can pull it off.

Jun 22, 2018 | Full Review…

The Eva Green seance scene is one of the most amazing things I've ever seen on a TV show.

Sep 20, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Penny Dreadful: Season 1



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A slog to endure. Given the source material it's adapting, it doesn't sound possible doesn't it? But it is. It's so inflated on itself, believing so hard that good dialogues and good actors make a good show. It doesn't because you're wandering forever on the same things over and over and over and over again, dedicating countless hours on flashbacks that add nothing to the story at hand, provide zero answers and test the limits of the audience's patience. Not cool John Logan. You either pick up the pace next season, or I'm sure you'll drop the audience ratings a lot. Plus, the handling of some characters from Dracula, absolute classic characters like Van Helsing and Mina is a disgrace. You're trying to be so faithful to the source material but you don't respect them? What are you trying to achieve, really?

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