Penny Dreadful: City of Angels: Season 1 (2020)

Season 1
Penny Dreadful: City of Angels

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Though City of Angels' host of interesting characters would be better served if there were fewer of them, twisty plotting and superb performances are bound to satisfy Penny Dreadful devotees.



Critic Ratings: 30


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User Ratings: 186

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Nathan Lane
as Lewis Michener
Daniel Zovatto
as Tiago Vega
Jessica Garza
as Josefina Vega
Johnathan Nieves
as Mateo Vega
Adriana Barraza
as Maria Vega
Rory Kinnear
as Dr. Peter Craft
Michael Gladis
as Charlton Townsend
Lorenza Izzo
as Santa Muerte
Ethan Peck
as Hermann Ackermann
Kerry Bishé
as Sister Molly
Amy Madigan
as Adelaide Finnister
Brent Spiner
as Ned Vanderhoff
Lin Shaye
as Dottie Minter
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Critic Reviews for Penny Dreadful: City of Angels Season 1

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (10)

Surprisingly tame for a show about racial strife, Nazis, and supernatural beings.

Apr 22, 2020 | Full Review…

Had the series pared down its plotlines the characters could shine more, their motivations crystallize, instead of feeling like they're 20 characters in search of an exit.

Apr 20, 2020 | Rating: C | Full Review…

There's the same gloating over revolting cadavers. But with its undertow of racial tension, Penny Dreadful feels edgily topical, especially when the cops steamroll into action.

Jun 29, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It was an ambitious endeavor, but ultimately ill-conceived, as the season-one finale proves that City Of Angels has taken us for a ride; a lurching journey full of dead-ends and unsatisfying detours.

Jun 29, 2020 | Rating: D | Full Review…
Top Critic

Natalie Dormer has already proved a wicked delight, playing several different manifestations of a bloodthirsty evil entity and laying on a German accent with a strudel.

Apr 29, 2020 | Full Review…

Set in the late 1930s, the grisly series tackles such perennial issues as racism and the influence of hypocritical evangelicals.

Apr 28, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The name Penny Dreadful comes from the cheap, lurid 19th-century publications, a tradition the original honoured. This is more like American Horror Story without the camp - or the chills.

Jul 2, 2020 | Full Review…

It's classic, and perhaps over-familiar, noir-esque territory, but Logan has given it a left-field spin with the introduction of a supernatural and spiritual dimension.

Jul 2, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

PENNY DREADFUL: CITY OF ANGELS taps into Los Angeles's strange, complicated history while its cast delivers dynamic performances.

Jun 22, 2020 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…

Grisly supernatural crime drama explores Latinx folklore.

May 15, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Penny Dreadful: City of Angels is well acted and highly entertaining but let's not forget at whose expense we are being entertained.

May 12, 2020 | Full Review…

A solid episode in its way of telling its story. [Full Review in Spanish]

Apr 30, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Penny Dreadful: City of Angels: Season 1

  • 16h ago
    Great cast, great story line. Nathan Lane shines, showing his great acting ability. Gruesome at times but a captivating show.
  • 1d ago
    Don't be fooled by the low audience score on this series because it's truly a top notch show with each episode better than the last. A terrific ensemble piece where all the actors are working together and thanks to excellent writing and direction create a vivid dream of pre-war LA and the fight of good against evil in American society. I loved seeing Nathan Lane get a dramatic role for a change that took him out of the comedy genre. Natalie Dormer is mesmerizing in multiple roles and Daniel Zovatto is great as a sadly conflicted hispanic detective in an all white police department. Everyone is cast perfect. The real standout to me was Adriana Barraza as a sort of mother courage figure whose presence is deserving of an Emmy for best actress. A real standout. The production values are also amazing with terrific sets and CGI extensions that take you back in time. I feel this show is really underrated and deserves more attention. So superior to HBO's dark boring Perry Mason while in the same genre. Give it a chance as it's not the same old, same old that some series have devolved into.
  • 4d ago
    After loving the first Penny Dreadful, I was excited for this. it had its moments but overall it fell flat. It definitely showed unsettling parallels to America today but besides that the story overall left me wanting. I was hoping for some more supernatural influence, some actual investigative work on the Hazlett case since it seems like it was a big catalyst for the shows story arch but it never really influenced anything after the first episode. Dormer was good but under utilized. Her evil persona had sparks that got me excited like "oh whats she gonna do???" but then nothing. Her script was so dull and anticlimactic. Almost every scene felt like it was building to a to some grand evil twist but it never happened. Even the last episode - reminded me of the last season of GOT. An intricate story, but the writers lost all passion when it came to tieing it all up in the end.
  • 4d ago
    I can't put my finger on it, but It just wasn't good. Nothing compared to the original series.
  • 5d ago
    Interesting storyline and great acting performance.
  • 5d ago
    A dreadfully long slog where the writer seemed content with bashing my head with "bad angel manipulates men" and "good angel occasionally collects their corpses". My god this has so much potential that they frittered away in obvious setups and repetitions that ultimately, through 10 episodes, led nowhere. I was underwhelmed and unfulfilled. That said, Natalie Dormer's performance(s) were outstanding if not completely over done by the producers.
  • 6d ago
    Soporific, leaden, mired, under-water… After 10 episodes, much of it in slow motion, or loaded whispers, or intense lingering eye contact; there was no jackpot of any kind. The result: I don't feel invested in any character or subplot and am not awaiting a second season. This lacks the inspired storytelling and narrative architecture that has drawn me to rewatch the original PENNY DREADFUL series several times. This series had too many episodes that lasted too long, and was heavily padded. It also felt as if writers and the revolving door of directors lost track of all the moving parts.
  • 6d ago
    This was a very disappointing show in so many ways, as it was nothing like the Penny Dreadful the first series. While this version is still created by John Logan, he seems to have been able to make far better story using creations from someone else with characters like Dorian Gray, vampires, werewolves, Dr. Frankenstein and his monster. In City of Angles his characters are dull and luster and seems to be set with just religion, race and politics. The season started off poorly and it only got more lame with each episode. The first version of Penny Dreadful was set in Victorian England and dealt with Gothic horrors characters as mentioned. This version City of Angles is nothing more then a commentary on religion. political and race themes running in the disguise of Santa Muerte, and set in 1938 LA! The special effects were nothing like the first Penny Dreadful series, which were awesome top of the line. This City of Angles the special effects have been cheap and and times cheesy. As for the actors many seem to have been miscast. Nathan Lane is the lead police detective in this series and he is still playing his character from The Birdcage just minus the female attire. As for Natalie Dormer, one is glad when the credit run as least you know she will not be out again as one of the many characters she plays. Was there not enough funding to hire more actors or at least one with more skill then Dormer to play several characters? No matter which character she plays one can easily see and know it is still her! Her switching from one character to another is less convincing then Clark Kent becoming Superman. While it is nice to see Brent Spiner playing something other then Data. His portrayal of the LA police chief was rather poor on many fronts. While the first version of Penny Dreadful ran for 3 seasons, one can only hope that City of Angles will be the one season and not renewed.
  • 6d ago
    There is something about it that's just a bit off. It's watchable enough but I'm not recommending it to friends who loved the 1st Penny Dreadful. It's unfortunate that the Eva Greene version and Orphan Black were done so well. Even though I never expected this to relate to 1st Penny Dreadful by giving it that name I had higher expectations
  • Jun 24, 2020
    So disappointed in this series. Nine episodes in and it's still not clear where the show is headed. It's a mish-mash of too many disjointed plots that don't intersect well. John Logan has produced and written fabulous tv and film. This is one of his rare failures. Please. No season 2!

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