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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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Presumed-dead James Delaney reappears in London in 1814, to find his father dead and England at war with France and the US. Due to inherit his father's shipping empire, his resurfacing threatens his half-sister Zilpha and the political ambitions of the East India Company.


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 (56) | Top Critics (22) it Peaky Blinders: The Early Years, or Boardwalk Empire 1814 if you need a quick shorthand...

September 11, 2017 | Full Review…

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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