Ripper Street: Season 1 (2012 - 2013)


Season 1
Ripper Street

Critics Consensus

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



Critic Ratings: 20


Audience Score

User Ratings: 137
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Air date: Jan 19, 2013
Air date: Jan 26, 2013
Air date: Feb 2, 2013
Air date: Feb 9, 2013
Air date: Feb 23, 2013
Air date: Mar 2, 2013
Air date: Mar 9, 2013

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Tv Season Info

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 (10)

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…

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…

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…
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Ripper Street: Season 1

  • 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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