Taboo: Season 1 (2017)


Season 1
Taboo

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After a sluggish start, Taboo takes hold as a mysterious, dark, and often brutal period drama with plenty of promise as a series -- most notably evident in Tom Hardy's exceptionally watchable performance.

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Critic Ratings: 68

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Episodes

Air date: Jan 7, 2017

After 10 years in Africa, James Delaney returns to 1814 London to claim a mysterious legacy left to him by his father.

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Air date: Jan 14, 2017

While James Delaney assembles his league of the damned, an unexpected arrival threatens to disrupt his plans.

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Air date: Jan 21, 2017

In order to safeguard himself, James takes radical action.

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Air date: Jan 28, 2017

James Delaney sets out to protect his business by any means necessary.

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Air date: Feb 4, 2017

James Delaney is blackmailed into a dangerous mission; animosity between the Crown and Company escalates to a new level.

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Air date: Feb 11, 2017

The East India Company declares war on James Delaney; a family revelation drives James into dark and haunted places.

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Air date: Feb 18, 2017

A devastating betrayal puts James Delaney's freedom in jeopardy, handing his enemies the opportunity for which they have been longing.

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Air date: Feb 22, 2017

An enraged Prince Regent unleashes one final plan to destroy James Delaney, who conspires to escape.

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Cast & Crew

Tom Hardy
James Keziah Delaney

Actor
Leo Bill
Wilton

Actor
Oona Chaplin
Zilpha Geary

Actor
Richard Dixon
Pettifer

Actor
David Hayman
Brace

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Michael Kelly
Dumbarton

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Jessie Buckley
Lorna Bow

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Jonathan Pryce
Sir Stuart Strange

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Jefferson Hall
Thorne Geary

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Ed Hogg
Godfrey

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Jason Watkins
Solomon Coop

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Ridley Scott
Executive Producer
Kate Crowe
Executive Producer
Dean Baker
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Critic Reviews for Taboo: Season 1

Audience Reviews for Taboo: Season 1

  • Aug 09, 2021
    The dark and rugged theme of the show keeps you enticed. This show is a constant thriller that is building towards one particular event which blossoms at the end of the season. The character development of the protagonist must also be applauded, even though the protagonist is seemingly barbaric and does things which are inhuman, the storyline still gets you cheering for him. The show takes place in early 19th London when USA had recently gained independence from the British empire. The protagonist of the show James Delaney returns from Africa, events leading to his return have toughened our protagonist. His above average strategy makes him difficult of his opponents, the East India Company plans to exploit him but with the help of the Americans and some other townies James Delaney hopes to achieve an agenda of his own. History folks may object to the portrayal of King George (The Third) since cinema has traditionally depicted him as a 'mad king' but credible and unbiased analysis of the history would change ones opinion.
  • Aug 08, 2021
    Good lord, this show goes places. While this was exactly my kind of show, its also not an easy show to recommend.
  • Jul 10, 2021
    6.3/10 — "Okay"/"Watchable" -(Seen in JUN '21)
  • Apr 14, 2021
    Incredible. If there is a better show on TV I haven't seen it. Along with the Hardy boys Written by TV wonder boy Steven Knight. Photography by Mark Patten. A cast money cannot by.
  • Jan 26, 2021
    This show is fantastic. The real question is will they ever make a season 2?
  • Dec 27, 2020
    This show has a high production value, good acting and writing, I was enjoying the first two episodes until it started to be boring, then the last episode comes and pops with everything if you understand me. In general it was a good season but I expected more!!!
  • Dec 24, 2020
    What I like about this series is because it is dark and mysterious. It has a powerful script but what caught my attention was the role of Tom Hardy who played very well in the series and is spectacular
  • Sep 30, 2020
    This show has a high production value, good acting and writing, etc, but...the themes are exceptionally problematic. It tries way too hard to normalize incest, which is disgusting. The main character is irredeemable, yet we're expected to root for him the whole time. Also, having characters lob the N-word at Tim Hardy over and over is just so bonkers, I can't believe this aired on TV.
  • Jul 31, 2020
    I really liked this series, it had memorable characters and a plot which was interesting. If you like historical dramas this is a must watch.
  • Jul 20, 2020
    What a waste of such beautiful aesthetic visuals. This is a mish mash of tired tropes.. white stoic tough guy who always gets what he wants.. indigenous peoples of North America and Africa are shown as savages but hey, at least they can add some exoticism to the white guy and give him special powers so he can wreak havoc while getting what he wants. Oh wait, he's actually half indigenous despite being played by Tom Hardy, lol. Unnecessary incest side story with an undeveloped weak female character who exists to have access to her body fought over by men.. a weak effeminate gay man/trans woman exploited by our tough guy too. I am willing to put up with all the usual unnecessary gore and weird sex scenes that seem to be the trend in historical-ish shows lately if the story and characters are actually interesting and engaging and there is at least a little bit of effort put towards setting a reasonably historically accurate scene.. but this fails in all those areas.. they didn't even develop the main character much, he was rather dull.

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