Taboo (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

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James Keziah Delaney

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Leo Bill
Wilton

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Oona Chaplin
Zilpha Geary

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Richard Dixon
Pettifer

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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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Edward Hogg
Godfrey

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Jason Watkins
Solomon Coop

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Ridley Scott
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Kate Crowe
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Tom Hardy
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Dean Baker
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Critic Reviews for Taboo: Season 1

Audience Reviews for Taboo: Season 1

  • 3d ago
    the show started great with a promising and exciting story. Still, as episodes progressed its getting more boring, most of the show is Delanny going from place to place meeting people with odd characters, not to mention his damn sister which made me yawn every time she was on the screen, also East Indian Company keeps underestimating Delany in order to show how genius Delany is! some of the writing is unrealistic and you will be annoyed by it if you could watch till the end. overall its not the worst show but it definitely could have been better if they expand more on the characters and the story. i do feel this show i overrated probably because people like Tom Hardy but i will give it 5/10 its a very average show that could have been better if they shortened it to 5 episodes perhaps.
  • Nov 10, 2022
    Awesome series fans waiting new seasons we want this till 6 season
  • Oct 23, 2022
    Acting and story spot on. Great show
  • Oct 22, 2022
    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!!!
  • Aug 03, 2022
    This one is more of a slow burner, but so good. I hope there is a season 2 although if it finished here, it would be a full story. Tom Hardy does it again and again. He plays these hard brooding tortured characters so well.
  • Jul 31, 2022
    Incredible series! A captivating and brilliant masterpiece We want a sequel!!
  • Jul 06, 2022
    !! some spoilers ---- do not read if you haven't watched ----- I enjoyed this serie, something different and fast evolving. I haven't quiet get some characters or development like the sister brother relationship at first it seems intriguing with the magic and spirits twist, I thought that was something interesting to play on, then all of a sudden after 6 episodes chasing each other the sister character disappear like nothing happened? She was into a terrible marriage, raped (so it seems) by her husband, beaten, forced to an exorcism and once she finally gets free (although in a violent way...) she is rejected by her lover and committed suicide? I hope there is another side of this and it does not end there. Anyway what was really interesting about the series was the main character story, the battle with himself the spiritual shamanic universe he is into, his fighting demons. looking forward to a better written season 2!
  • May 26, 2022
    A lot of action, mood and twists. But I don't understand what James gained by his machinations. He could have left London on his ship in episode one and saved a lot of lives. Why stay? Why scheme? What was the point of it all?
  • May 04, 2022
    This review is based on Season 1 (in case other seasons are released later). Engaging viewing overall, but the performance is almost entirely carried by Tom Hardy. The writing is uninspired and with very little character or plot consistency. Plot elements are introduced and just evaporate; other plot elements are introduced but seem contrived because they are there to create the basis for something that happens later, but don't make any sense in the context of what has happened up to that point. And don't watch this show if you're into historical accuracy, because it is short on that. Despite these problems, I still recommend the show because Hardy's performance is quite engaging and stimulating.
  • Apr 30, 2022
    Absolute gold, best I've seen of Hardy yet

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