Taboo: Season 1 (2017)

Season 1

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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.



Critic Ratings: 67


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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 (67) | Top Critics (29)

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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It's definitely a Tom Hardy vehicle, but it's got a hell of an ensemble supporting him.

Jan 9, 2017 | Full Review…

Freshly unique, gloriously offensive, and delightfully vicious with superb costume design, an unbelievably talented cast, and a riveting story that thrives on reeling its audience in.

Aug 30, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Not even often-stunning performances... can dig Taboo out of its messy, overwrought darkness.

Oct 19, 2018 | 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

  • May 10, 2020
    Tom Hardy is best reason to see this. It's not bad, but there is something missing in all of it...
  • May 08, 2020
    Great performance, dense and brilliant Thomas Hardy
  • May 07, 2020
    Excellent. S1 of 'Taboo' is a treat. A few of the episodes can drag out a tad, but by and large it all makes for a very fine viewing. Tom Hardy is excellent as the superbly named James Keziah Delaney. He is by far the best thing about this show, but that's not to say he's the only pulling the strings. Jessie Buckley (Lorna), Oona Chaplin (Zilpha), Stephen Graham (Atticus), Tom Hollander (George) and Jonathan Pryce (Stuart) all give their own terrific performances. Steven Knight does a grand job with the writing, as do the whole team behind this in truth. Three years+ on, still waiting for the second series; which has been commissioned, with Tom Hardy stating within the last twelve months that it will return. Here's hoping!
  • Apr 24, 2020
    10/10 for acting, 10/10 for cinematography, 10/10 for writing.
  • Apr 21, 2020
    Absolutely brillant. Dark and haunting. Love it
  • Apr 07, 2020
    Very good story with an excellent Tom Hardy.
  • Mar 31, 2020
    Unique show, unique twists, phenomenally acted, superb casting, seriously, only 8 episodes, it's a must see. Production value of this period piece is also of great quality. I happen to stumble onto the show on Hulu/fx without knowing and I finished the whole season in a single sitting. Hoping for another season.
  • Aug 18, 2019
    Absolutely brilliant show! Fascinating history, action, romance, revenge, intrigue. Unpredictable and mysterious, but Hardy's character always has a great plan and is way ahead of the audience.
  • Apr 19, 2019
    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.
  • Feb 26, 2019
    Too long, unoriginal, simplistic dialogues. Watchable.

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