Penny Dreadful: Season 2 (2015)


Season 2
Penny Dreadful

Critics Consensus

Penny Dreadful's second season maintains the show's intense, bloody drama, utilizing a vast array of fascinating characters and locales to tell a unique story.



Critic Ratings: 20


Audience Score

User Ratings: 1112
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Air date: May 3, 2015
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Series 2 of Penny Dreadful finds Vanessa Ives locked in a battle against a fearsome devil intent on possessing her; Ethan becomes entwined in the affairs of a group of London vampire hunters and falls in love with a prostitute whose terrible fate may have already been sealed; Dr. Frankenstein is forced to confront the consequences of his grizzly deed; and Brona Croft confronts the reality of her horrifying predicament.

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Critic Reviews for Penny Dreadful Season 2

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (7)

This dark, complex drama about good, evil and the supernatural in late 19th-century London won't easily welcome newcomers at this point, but it should nicely satisfy those who hopped onto the ride last year.

May 4, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's a gorgeous backdrop that's often a little short on canvas for the story it means to tell. But on the strength of its cast, the beauty of its design, and the sheer joy it gets from its homages, it's the sort of dreadful that's mostly a delight.

May 1, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

There was no skimping on horror, or on glittering performances.

May 5, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Penny Dreadful is back to the business of raising goosebumps. And business is good.

May 4, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The second season's first two episodes have laid aside any doubt in my mind of a sophomore slump for this show. If anything, the return from hiatus has shifted "Penny Dreadful" into even higher gear.

May 4, 2015 | Full Review…

Poole is an intriguing evil, at the very least because she makes Logan's series into the rare female-led series not reliant on romance.

May 1, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

"Fresh Hell" was a strong return to one of the most inventive and cleverly written shows on television or the internet.

May 4, 2015 | Full Review…

Such is the allure of Penny Dreadful, taking these familiar characters from legend-and in my case, a misspent youth obsessed with vintage horror movies-and investing them with unnerving yet ennobling humanity and dramatically compelling desires.

May 1, 2015 | Full Review…

With a newly coronated arch-villain and compelling storylines for all the major characters, Penny Dreadful's second season promises to be just as viciously, vividly entertaining as its first.

May 1, 2015 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

These witches were definitely scarier than other versions we've seen lately. I'm not a fan of witches in general, but I think Penny Dreadful's take is really going to work for me.

May 4, 2015 | Rating: 4.3/5 | Full Review…

When connected with it, the viewer finds a divertimento that catches and in which it is very complicated to get bored. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 15, 2018 | Full Review…

It preys on your mind, giving you much to think about as it twists and turns its way down dark Victorian paths. It captures your heart. And, yes, it occasionally turns your stomach.

May 1, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Penny Dreadful: Season 2

  • Oct 15, 2019
    Complicated, intense and insanely scary. Incredibly good acting and a compelling story line. So glad I chose this for my Halloween watch this year!
  • Apr 25, 2019
    Wow, this show deserves all the nominations it never got and then some. Eva Green is just exquisite.
  • Oct 31, 2018
    Eva Green stands out is this seasons presentation, in a show that sets the standard for Gothic Horror powerful and compelling viewing.
  • May 23, 2018
    First two episodes were meh, the third was just abhorent.
  • Oct 07, 2017
    An improvement on the first season with great acting,superb visuals and scary vampires.
  • Aug 01, 2017
    High water mark of the big bad and only slightly disjointed
  • May 08, 2017
    This is the show American Horror Story was trying to be, but failed horribly. Top notch acting by ALL the actors, top notch writing, top notch direction, scenery and costumes; the only bad thing about this series is that it's over after season 3!
  • Jan 29, 2017
    Season 2 ep depicts a woman placing a "demonic" or "anticross" on her forehead, so far this is my only problem as it isn't a proper satanic cross as I feel it is meant to be.
  • Jan 05, 2017
    Thee second season of 'Penny Dreadful' feels more fulfilled purpose-wise and in execution. The story threads and more linear and clear, and this season's character arcs take the viewer to visit a wider variety of places and meet interesting new characters that leave a lasting impression. It's hard to fault the series for its flaws given how much it gets right and how deeply it makes us root for its characters/
  • Nov 25, 2016
    More of the same... the season was moderately enjoyable early on but by the end was getting pretty repetitive and predictable... which equals boring. First episode of season 3 was the end of the road for Penny Dreadful for me. It started off fresh but ended up a rotted corpse I just don't care about.

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