Pennyworth: Season 1 (2019)

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Pennyworth

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While intriguing characters and impressive set-pieces make for an engaging spy-thriller, Pennyworth doesn't add much to the greater Batman mythos.

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Critic Ratings: 30

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User Ratings: 213

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Episodes

Air date: Jul 28, 2019

The introduction of Alfred Pennyworth, a young man just out of the English air service and at loose ends, endeavoring to start a security company.

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Air date: Aug 4, 2019

Alfred turns down an offer from billionaire businessman Bruce Wayne, and instead accepts an assignment that positions him in the crosshairs of one of the East End's most dastardly figures.

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Air date: Aug 11, 2019

Alfred accepts an assignment from photojournalist Martha Kane that turns increasingly dangerous.

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Air date: Aug 11, 2019

Alfred and Martha Kane take a train ride into the countryside on an assignment, while tragedy strikes in London.

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Air date: Aug 18, 2019

John Ripper presents Alfred with an offer; meanwhile, Lord Harwood's fate takes a curious turn.

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Air date: Aug 25, 2019

Martha and Patricia Wayne attend a debauched party with famed magician Aleister Crowley.

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Martha and Thomas confront Crowley over his strange party and the return of Patricia; Alfred and the lads track down the identity of a wanted killer.

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Air date: Sep 15, 2019

Alfred, Dave Boy and Bazza form an unlikely alliance with the Sykes Sisters while Lord Harwood returns to take control of the Raven Society.

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Air date: Sep 22, 2019

Alfred, Thomas and Martha become entangled in an assassination plot against Lord Harwood.

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Air date: Sep 29, 2019

After a member of the British royalty is abducted, Alfred must take a side in the struggle. Meanwhile, Lord Harwood uses those closest to Alfred to remove him from the game.

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Former British SAS soldier Alfred Pennyworth (Jack Bannon) works as a bouncer in London, where he's also setting up his new security firm. When the Raven Society, an evil secret group that plans on taking over the government, makes him their target, he starts working against them with the help of American agents Thomas Wayne (Ben Aldridge) and Martha Kane (Emma Paetz), who will one day be Bruce Wayne's parents. In Season 1, Alfred and the Waynes go on several adventures together, trying to take down the Raven Society and its leader John Ripper (Danny Webb).

Cast

Jack Bannon
as Alfred Pennyworth
Ben Aldridge
as Thomas Wayne
Paloma Faith
as Bet Sykes
Ryan Fletcher
as Dave Boy
Jason Flemyng
as Lord Harwood
Polly Walker
as Peggy Skyes
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Critic Reviews for Pennyworth Season 1

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (7)

A total surprise arising out of yet another reimagining of aspects of the widely loved Batman mythology.

Dec 17, 2019 | Full Review…

Pennyworth establishes an admirable long-game and introduces a number of characters you'll grow attached to quite quickly.

Jul 24, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Pennyworth is definitely not one to sit the kids in front of, but for a mature audience, it is entertaining in its own right.

Jul 23, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Pennyworth offers a nod to the farce, a strange combination between the savages of a ruthless world and a certain funny tone, at times close to the absurd. [Full Review in Spanish]

Nov 1, 2019 | Full Review…

The show is entertaining for many reasons. [Full review in Spanish]

Oct 28, 2019 | Full Review…

The cast, largely made up of unknowns, is sparkling.

Oct 7, 2019 | Full Review…

There's plenty of good on the show. It simply needs to focus a little more on what's working.

Jul 30, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

The world of Pennyworth is a bloody, horny mess, and that's wonderful.

Sep 20, 2019 | Full Review…

Pennyworth looks and feels like an amalgam of every great '60s spy series but with modern-day cinematic television sensibilities and, as a result, is incredibly watchable and likeable... much like Alfred himself.

Sep 20, 2019 | Rating: 10/10 | Full Review…

For the most part, it's a stylish new addition to the DC universe, hitting the right notes with its story arc and action set pieces, helped along by what should be a star-making turn by Bannon in the lead role.

Aug 29, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Plays out for fun and intensity pretty nice all its own.

Aug 23, 2019 | Full Review…

As long as you aren't squeamish when it comes to disembowelments shown on screen, Pennyworth is one of the better DC Comics small screen offerings.

Aug 19, 2019 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Pennyworth: Season 1

  • 2d ago
    A thriller of a show! Some constructive criticisms though: I felt a few character developments happened a bit fast, the story definitely moves at a quick pace. Would've loved it if Alfred maintained his old fashioned "I'm a one-woman man" to contrast the other characters' sexual liberty, as the season initially looked to portray him as an old school cockney gentleman. It arguably would have made Alfred an even more likeable and impressive character, matching old school chivalry with the bad-ass SAS "animal" who's unafraid to put his license to kill to use. Still, he is a very likeable character as it is. The supporting characters are also really likeable and have enough depth in their development to keep you intrigued about their place in the rest of the series. The shooting violence in this series is epic! You are definitely not at a loss for great action scenes. The show had me hooked with its tight episodes and I binged the entire season over two nights! I cannot wait for the next season!
  • Aug 05, 2020
    Out of its mind and a lot of fun. Pennyworth has a great cast and shows what a great character Afraid can be.
  • Jul 23, 2020
    This is quite simply the best series I have watched this year. It's dark, but with bags of subtle humour. It captures many echoes of fifties / sixties Britain, while subverting it.. It has plus and sub-plots overlaid on the distopian premise. I delight in all the things hinted at but left unsaid, the different course of history is integral to the story, but it's not the story itself. It answers, in part, the question of how, if Gotham is a dark and different part of the US, the rest of the world might also be changed. Absolutely outstanding
  • Jul 10, 2020
    really like it.... great show.... hope there is a second season!!
  • May 23, 2020
    Surprisingly good especially the villains. I love Bet the villain. Acting is superb
  • May 12, 2020
    Exciting, fresh and binge worthy
  • Apr 28, 2020
    I really love the actor that plays pennyworth in this show. He fits great with Gotham's older version. It's a great show that keeps you wanting the next episode and the next!
  • Mar 05, 2020
    Well-cast period piece in post-World War II England with a great modern soundtrack. It is fun knowing Alfred will one day be Bruce Wayne's butler but that is not a reason to watch (or not watch). Alfred has put together an entertaining band of do-gooders similar to the Howling Commandos or A-Team free of the restraints of network TV.
  • Mar 02, 2020
    I truly don't understand what makes people like this show. This was the most gory, graphic, fornicating show I have ever known of. And frankly, in my opinion, it was just dumb. Hardly any of the characters did anything intelligent other than Alfred, who was really the only thing I liked about this show, and Esme. Everyone else is just annoying to listen to. And did they really have to kill her off after 4 episodes? And Bet was the one I hated the most. Just so annoying and so, well, hate-able. I never understood her motivations other her weird obsession with Esme, and never leaves Alfred alone. And I never bought the motive of Esme's killer. That was perhaps the dumbest thing I've seen. Really, everyone is either an idiot or a psychopath, and that's pretty much the reason why the villains do what they do. And the relationship between Thomas and Martha was annoying as well. For the first nine episodes, there was never a love connection between them, then out of no where, they're making out in the finale. And that's pretty much the thing: there's no character build-up. Almost everyone stays the same.
  • Jan 26, 2020
    Absolutely awesome show the template for Flemings 007. Now I understand why Alfred became the inspiration for Bruce Wayne, Gotham's future Dark Knight!

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