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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 (Tom Hardy) 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 (Oona Chaplin) 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 (47) | 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…
Financial Times
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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…
New York Observer
Top Critic

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…
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

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…
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

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…
The Atlantic
Top Critic

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