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Taboo: Season 1 (2017)




Critic Consensus: 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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Academy Award-nominated actor Tom Hardy stars in this British Historical Drama series that he also co-created with his father, Edward "Chips" Hardy, and Steven Knight. Set in early 19th century Great Britain, "Taboo" features Hardy as James Keziah Delaney, an adventurer who returns to London after a decade abroad and seeks to reclaim his legacy by rebuilding his deceased father's shipping and trading empire. Delaney must stave off the advances of business competitors, and even the British government, who seek to infringe upon his inheritance and thwart him as he tries to reclaim his family's glory. Also starring: Leo Bill, Jessie Buckley, and Oona Chaplin.


Tom Hardy
as James Keziah Delaney
Michael Kelly
as Dumbarton
Jonathan Pryce
as Stuart Strange
Oona Chaplin
as Zilpha Geary
Jessie Buckley
as Lorna Bow
Jefferson Hall
as Thorne Geary
Ed Hogg
as Godfrey
Leo Bill
as Wilton
Jason Watkins
as Solomon Coop
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All Critics (48) | Top Critics (22)

The glimpses of London low life in the opening episode are tougher and more squalid than Dickens -- and not a wholesome family watch: Poldark it ain't.

April 25, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The first episode's muted colors, dialogue-scarce scenes and preliminary plot set-up are worth plodding through for its penultimate showdown.

January 11, 2017 | Full Review…

The metaphorical gloom and doom of Taboo is likewise dense and relentless but so enveloping you can't help but be sucked in.

January 11, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Hardy may want to mix in a romantic comedy sometime soon, if only for his own sanity. But for now, he's got demons to work out and it's an exorcism worth watching.

January 10, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Hardy's great - as always - but the story at times can be as turgid as the Thames in winter.

January 10, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Hardy, always an admirably committed actor, has the magnetism to elevate even the silliest moments, making this an intriguing, if sometimes oppressively moody trip into a sinister underworld.

January 10, 2017 | Full Review…

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