Ripper Street: Season 1 (2012 - 2013)

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Season 1
Ripper Street

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Gritty, sinister, and visually striking, Ripper Street is a gripping thriller, with well-crafted characters and compellingly lurid plotlines.

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Critic Ratings: 20

87%

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User Ratings: 144

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Air date: Jan 19, 2013

A young woman is found brutally murdered, the hallmark signs of the Ripper upon her. One time H Division boss, Chief Inspector Frederick Abberline believes it Jack's return, but Reid -- the precinct's new man in charge -- suspects a different evil at work. When Jackson learns that Long Susan's girls have been drawn into the murky world of Victorian pornography, the team must use all of their brawn, brains and brilliance to track down the fiend responsible before another girl is killed.

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Air date: Jan 26, 2013

A beloved toy maker is beaten to death for a mysterious brass box and the coins in his pocket. The Whitechapel Vigilance Committee presents a 14 year-old culprit who refuses to deny the charge, leading Reid and Drake into the savage world of merciless child gangs. Jackson's drinking and gambling have led to the loss of the pendant that ties him to his American past -- a past that he and Long Susan fear will now be exposed.

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Air date: Feb 2, 2013

H Division and the Independent City of London force are thrown together when the panic surrounding a sudden cholera outbreak leads them to scour both boroughs to find some underlying pattern amidst the rising tide of sickness and death. As Jackson's lab fills with bodies -- and with no clear correlation between the victims to be found -- the team work against the clock. Meanwhile Emily Reid seeks patronage for her charity efforts, unaware of the resistance she will meet.

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Air date: Feb 9, 2013

The brutal clearing of a local slum for the underground railway reveals an indecipherable murder scene and an unreliable slum girl witness. Lucy Eames, beautiful and disturbed, is the unlikely key to a byzantine web of conspiracy. As Reid closes in on the killer, it becomes clear that the condemned slum is home to dark secrets that someone is desperate to protect.

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A string of brilliantly masterminded robberies draw the attention of Reid and his team. While Jackson works to trace the thieves' hardware, Drake is confronted with a spectre from his past in the form of his onetime Colonel -- returned to London to seek redress for the unjust treatment of the Empire's soldiers. As Reid closes in on the brash robbers and their ultimate target, Drake finds his loyalties put to the ultimate test.

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Air date: Feb 23, 2013

As the dock strike of August 1889 takes hold of the city, the killing of a Jewish anarchist leads Reid and the team into the merciless chicanery of the British government's fight against distant empires and global terrorism.

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Air date: Mar 2, 2013

An international shipping magnate arrives in town with his Pinkerton retinue to complete the acquisition of an ailing London shipping line. Meanwhile, the murdered body of an engine inventor draws Reid's attention just as Jackson and Long Susan's past comes back to haunt them.

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Air date: Mar 9, 2013

Reid is adrift.  His team is in pieces and Leman Street is shaken to its foundations following recent events. A kidnapping offers him cause to assemble his men and tackle the white slavery ring operating in their midst. But Reid is gripped by a growing obsession that leads back to a terrible secret from his own past.

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April 1889 -- six months since the last Jack the Ripper killing, East London is emerging into a fragile peace, hopeful that this killer?s reign of terror might at last have run its course. Nowhere is this truer than in the corridors of H Division, the police precinct charged with keeping order in the chaos of Whitechapel. Its men hunted this maniac; and failed to find him. Starring Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg.

Critic Reviews for Ripper Street Season 1

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (11)

Ripper Street is pretty ripping good.

Jan 19, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

There's a dash of The Alienist, the bestselling novel by Caleb Carr, with the detectives arming themselves with brand-new forensic techniques and marveling upon the wonders the new era will bring.

Jan 19, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Set in the dirty, seedy, and anarchic streets of Victorian England, it's distinctive and unlike most of what's out there already.

Jan 19, 2013 | Full Review…

I fought through episode one of Ripper Street trying to float above the chat - always all-male scenes - about sperm deposits, ripped-out Fallopian tubes - thinking: "Who enjoys this? Who is this really for?"

Oct 22, 2018 | Full Review…

It's still bally ridiculous at times, but the visuals, stories and soap are so well defined.

Oct 17, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Despite a notable dropoff from the first-rate premiere to the so-so second episode, for those drawn to the oft-told Ripper story, this is definitely a "Street" worth visiting.

Jan 19, 2013 | Full Review…
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How did such a godforsaken, blood-spattered, flamboyantly violent, women-hating television series ever get made in the first place?

Oct 22, 2018 | Full Review…

The effect is a fictional history that even professional historians can enjoy without making too many dismissive shakes of the head.

Mar 17, 2014 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

As these and other images are not only what they seem, they help also to develop Ripper Street's more distressing themes.

Aug 20, 2013 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

The result is as excellent as it is dark.

Jan 19, 2013 | Full Review…

The chemistry between the three men is palpable, the acting superlative and the seeds of each of their backstories intriguing enough to warrant a consistent week-to-week tune in to see how they unfold.

Jan 19, 2013 | Rating: 7.8/10 | Full Review…

Ripper Street is riveting from the first cry of murder.

Jan 19, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ripper Street: Season 1

  • Jun 29, 2020
    AMAZING !!! It has to be said upfront - " Leman Street team is better than Sherlock". Plot has many twists & turns but most amazing is the depth of each character & their different shades. Victorian Dark Age is shown with some accuracy. A must watch for any suspense fan.
  • Jan 02, 2020
    The show is really good. The way the portray characters really keeps you on edge. You just don't know what plot twist is gonna happen next. The season starts off very strong and you wanna keep watching.
  • Mar 01, 2019
    Watched out of curiosity since I am fascinated with the time period. It is like a British Wild West! Iâ??m on Season 3, currently.
  • Jun 25, 2018
    I decided to check this series out as I am an enormous fan of Matthew Macfadyen. I am dismayed he does not get a wider audience as he can effortlessly switch from comedy to drama, such as "Ripper Street" and still be able to pull of the ennui of the alluring Mr. Darcy. Sigh. Alright, enough with unrequited crush on M and M. The show is a blueprint that other programs should follow: intriguing and highly thoughtful scripts; not dumbed down for the masses and set and costume design stately enough yet reaching the bitter dregs of society at that time. From Reid to Bennett and Jackson and everyone in between whether whore or hoodlum, these actors are teaching a master class on what it means to be a performer. "Ripper Street" is one of the most fascinating programs I have ever had the pleasure to watch. To sum things up, I'll take a page from Mr. Darcy's book: "Ripper Street"-you have bewitched me-mind, body and soul.
  • Jun 11, 2015
    I actually thought the first episode was rather poor and didn't continue with the series for quite a while however Im so glad I did as Ripper Street got better and better. It outwitted itself in humour, improved in quality and characters stories grew with every episode. Each hour was unique and thoroughly thrilling. I love the tale of Jack the Ripper and its era so this was a must watch for me but anyone who enjoys light hearted crime drama will love this show.
  • Apr 23, 2015
    Excellent series, with exceptional acting, well-developed characters, striking visuals and an effective mix of crime, drama and suspense. Matthew MacFadyen is perfectly cast.
  • Jun 14, 2014
    Impressive, compelling, dark.
  • Apr 12, 2014
    One of the finest shows on TV... this is television at its finest!

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