Penny Dreadful: Season 1 (2014)


Season 1
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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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Air date: May 11, 2014

London 1891. Sir Malcolm and Vanessa begin their search. Series premiere.

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Air date: May 18, 2014

Vanessa and Sir Malcolm attend a party at the home of Egyptologist Sir Ferdinand Lyle and meet Dorian Gray. The party takes an ominous turn when medium Madame Kali hosts a séance. Meanwhile, Ethan befriends Brona Croft, a young Irish immigrant.

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Air date: May 25, 2014

Dr. Frankenstein is confronted by his past. Meanwhile, Vanessa has a vision of Mina.

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Air date: Jun 1, 2014

Vanessa's infatuation with Dorian Gray continues to grow. Meanwhile, Malcolm hires Van Helsing to work with Dr. Frankenstein to find a cure to the disease that may be affecting his daughter; and Fenton draws his master to Malcolm's mansion.

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Air date: Jun 8, 2014

Vanessa recalls her past and the events that led to Mina's disappearance.

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Air date: Jun 15, 2014

Vanessa's latest vision leads Sir Malcolm, Ethan and Sembene to explore a plague ship in search of Mina. Meanwhile, Van Helsing reveals to Dr. Frankenstein more details about the creature that has taken Mina. Later, Vanessa's night with Dorian unlocks something dark within her.

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Air date: Jun 22, 2014

Sir Malcolm, Ethan and Sembene do everything possible in an effort to save Vanessa.

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Air date: Jun 29, 2014

Season 1 ends with Vanessa and Sir Malcolm facing their worst nightmares.

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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.

Cast & Crew

Rory Kinnear
The Creature
Josh Hartnett
Ethan Chandler
Danny Sapani
Timothy Dalton
Sir Malcolm Murray
Billie Piper
Brona Croft
Eva Green
Vanessa Ives
Reeve Carney
Dorian Gray
Harry Treadaway
Dr. Victor Frankenstein
Helen McCrory
Madame Kali
Sam Mendes
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Penny Dreadful Season 1

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (34)

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…

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…

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.

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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…

Terrifying in its storytelling, beautiful in its portrayal, and intriguing in its premise, this show is a strong addition to Showtime's line up.

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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…

Penny Dreadful stirs the characters of the iconic British horror novels of the 19th century into a shadowy world of vampires, witches, demons, and dark magic in Victorian London, a world both real and unreal.

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Audience Reviews for Penny Dreadful: Season 1

  • 5d ago
    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
  • Apr 25, 2019
    Eva Green is absolutely perfect!!
  • Jan 08, 2019
    episode 2, the seance, is absolutely stunning ! No rest for the wicked :\

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