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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Air date: Jan 10, 2017
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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.

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Critic Reviews for Taboo Season 1

All Critics (65) | Top Critics (27)

If you like your historical fiction grim and your cobblestones dirt-caked, if you don't mind looking into some of humanity's bleaker facets, this one's for you.

Jan 5, 2017 | 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.

Jan 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.

Jan 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.

Jan 10, 2017 | Full Review…

Three episodes deep, there's an appetite for more, but not a ravenous one.

Jan 10, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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Taboo's strength is that, despite borrowing from westerns, gangster flicks and even Dickens, it still manages to feel utterly original.

Jan 9, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The Hardys have created a period piece with a grim, noir feel, and ballsy execution. There are plenty of betrayals, murders, conspiracies and a clash of primitive and modern western values.

Aug 24, 2018 | Full Review…

The actor, also the creator of the series, has a hypnotic presence halfway between a rhinoceros and a peacock. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 10, 2018 | Full Review…

... an amazing Tom Hardy in one of his usual genius performances... [Full review in Spanish]

Jan 16, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

For not giving up on historical dramas, even if not perfecting the genre, Tom Hardy's Taboo deserves your attention. Give it some.

Dec 26, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Taboo: Season 1

Tom Hardy is in full swing showing the extent of his acting with Taboo. One of the best tv series ever, but with a storyline not for the faint hearted or simple minds. Taboo is a series like no other has been well thought and clearly displays a lot of skill behind its complexity.

Too long, unoriginal, simplistic dialogues. Watchable.

Love this show. Awesome performance by Tim hardy. Sexy grunts sexy walk and awesome plots. The actors are great and makes you feel like you�����������re in the time period. Love love love. I totally recommend wayching

OMG! How this only has a 77% rating is beyond me! I LOVE this show! Aside from how much I personally feel that Tom Hardy is an incredible actor, with an unbelievable range - he is phenomenal in this show (that I believe he produced with his father).... I also happen to love period pieces, and this puts such a wicked spin on the usual in this genre, that I have been & am still waiting for it to come back for a 2nd season (which I believe has been announced - at almost 2 yrs later!). Initially I believe the substandard critic reviews, at the time it came out, had Tom thinking it wasn't worth the time or money to continue, after the 1st season on the FX Network, BUT THEN the audience caught on after the fact - and became hooked just as I did, from the start... It is an intelligent, emotional whirlwind, and absolutely not for the faint of heart! It is quite dark, but quite a smart and twisted storyline - that you really have to follow from the beginning... then sucks you right into the plot - with its bent (& honestly, pretty sick - in a good AND bad way) undertones... The whole sister thing makes me want to gag, but all the same, piques your interest into wondering where else it could possibly go from here! The back story of how he came to be who he is, is unlike ANYTHING you have ever seen before & I am just dying to see where else it leads us from here! I am soooooo thrilled that he (& the network) decided to bring it back again for another season - and hopefully MANY MORE to come! KUDOS to you Tom Hardy! I am certainly waiting with bated breath for it to pick up where it left off - with us all hanging and wanting MORE....

Every episode I watched I wanted more... This was a very original work that deserves credit for its grittiness, attention to details, and hard-hitting characters and story. I very much enjoyed TABOO and wish there was a continuation... I actually joined ROTTEN TOMATOES to rate this show.

Taboo gets under your skin slowly, painfully, preparing you for a rewarding climax. Hardy delivers and the director keeps you frosty with excellent visuals. Its been months and i'm still thinking of it!

very well made. tom hardy is a beast. not the most exciting show and a little weird at times but an enjoyable experience (1 viewing)

despite Oona Chaplin's awful performance this is so worth it! Tom Hardy is incredible and the story is fantastic

Extremely slow start, but gets better with each episode

A satisfying and dark series in which Tom Hardy can be his simple bad ass self. The end of the season can be a little confusing to how everything is unfolding sadly.. but the plot is very straight forward up until that point. There is much anticipation for what will come in season 2! Great cast alongside Hardy. That voice is top notch!

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