Taboo: Season 1 (2017)

Season 1

Critics 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.



Critic Ratings: 67

Audience Score

User Ratings: 0
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Air date: Jan 10, 2017
Air date: Jan 17, 2017
Air date: Jan 24, 2017
Air date: Jan 31, 2017
Air date: Feb 7, 2017
Air date: Feb 14, 2017
Air date: Feb 21, 2017
Air date: Feb 28, 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 (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…
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.

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…
Top Critic

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…

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…

Audience Reviews for Taboo: Season 1

  • Sep 02, 2019
    Excellent story, acting and cinematography. Love this series.

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