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

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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: 31


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User Ratings: 193

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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 (31) | 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…

Fans of the original are in for a big disappointment if they expect more of the same, but those coming in fresh will be greeted by a diluted supernatural element of intrigue.

Jul 8, 2020 | Rating: 7/10 | 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

  • 4d ago
    Awesome show for anyone. Incredible mixture of historical fiction and folklore. PLEASE RENEW for another season!! No need to watch the original Penny Dreadful series - they are unrelated and COA is far superior.
  • 5d ago
    Too much of Natalie Dormer. Steered far away from typical penny dreadful monsters to a mexican forklore. Unwanted extended drama in the temple (Sister Molly) All that drag created a chaotic mess rushing everything in the season finale which was below par.
  • 5d ago
    The original Penny Dreadful was a work of art. It was poetic and thoughtful, well cast, and well written. City of Angels made me feel foolish for having wasted my time watching. The writing needed way more self-editing as much of the script did nothing to move the plot forward. I never became vested in the plot. And I certainly never got to the point where I cared about any of the characters. Was John Logan pressed for time and just decided to use the first draft? Or even worse, did he pay someone else to write it? This couldn't have been written by the same writer who wrote the original Penny Dreadful. smh
  • 6d ago
    To my mind the director is trying to grow up. Even if the show is marred by some mediocre performances, especially by US females speaking US English with a German accent, and by its slightly confused mix of the supernatural, gender, colour, and sexual preferences, and historical crime, and modern politics, and the psychology of character solidification, and more, it is HOTblooded and compassionate and right on the money, when it comes to pointing to problems. One could almost think that the series was twice as long, but that he was adviced to cut it short. But - I could see it again just for the dance and the song and the clothes and the hair and walk, all so effortlessly and sensual, and for the portrayal of "peasant faith" and what it actually means to be a firm believer. So strong, so beautiful. (And I just celebrate life, not death, not religious icon, not power). Give it a shot. (And let me know if you solve the original murder).
  • Jul 03, 2020
    Great cast, great story line. Nathan Lane shines, showing his great acting ability. Gruesome at times but a captivating show.
  • Jul 03, 2020
    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.
  • Jul 01, 2020
    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.
  • Jun 30, 2020
    I can't put my finger on it, but It just wasn't good. Nothing compared to the original series.
  • Jun 29, 2020
    Interesting storyline and great acting performance.
  • Jun 29, 2020
    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.

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