The Frankenstein Chronicles: Season 1 (2015)



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What started as an undercover operation to bust drug trafficking across the River Thames turns into something more gruesome when Inspector John Marlott (Sean Bean) finds a patched-up body on the riverbank. His discovery attracts the attention of renowned surgeon Sir William Chester (Samuel West) and Her Majesty's Home Secretary Sir Robert Peel (Tom Ward), who task him to solve the case as quickly and quietly as possible so it won't derail their political agenda. As Inspector Marlott delves more deeply into the mystery of the patchwork corpse, he finds that he may have uncovered a secret best left alone. The first season of "The Frankenstein Chronicles" also stars Ed Stoppard and Vanessa Kirby as the siblings Lord Daniel and Lady Jemima Harvey, Elliot Cowan as Sir Bentley Warburton, Robbie Gee as Billy Oates, Richie Campbell as Joseph Nightingale, Steven Berkoff as William Blake, and Anna Maxwell Martin as Mary Shelley.

Critic Reviews for The Frankenstein Chronicles Season 1

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

It was bold, eerily effective and chillingly atmospheric. Bean's always a gruffly engaging screen presence and the all-star supporting cast was strong.

Mar 20, 2018 | Full Review…

While it's unlikely to be remembered for as long as it took to make, Frankenstein certainly earned its shot at a long life on Netflix.

Feb 22, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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On balance, the season ended just as brilliantly grim as it started.

Apr 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Gloomy 19th-century detective tale is clever but gory.

Apr 20, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It has a solid period feel and a grubby menace, and a terrific cast led by Sean Bean.

Mar 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Floating pig aside, not enough shows can claim a hero with the key characteristics: 'former soldier - dead wife and kids - nice hat - has syphilis'.

Mar 20, 2018 | Full Review…

The shocks were mostly achieved by loud clangs of incidental music. An hour, and still no sign of the creature.

Mar 20, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

On balance, the season ended just as brilliantly grim as it started.

Mar 20, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

It's genuinely rather good, and a beast of wholly different hide to Jekyll.

Mar 20, 2018 | Full Review…
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This show is full of layered allusions and references that all circle around the uneasy chicken-and-egg relationship that real life has with our nightmares.

Feb 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Frankenstein Chronicles: Season 1

Netflix presents the limited series The Frankenstein Chronicles, a period crime drama. When a body of mix matched body parts sown together washes ashore in London a special investigator is assigned to find the culprit. Sean Bean leads the cast and delivers a fairly strong performance. And the writers do a good job at creating intrigue and suspense. Also, the sets and costumes look and feel remarkably authentic. Yet with only six episodes the series doesn't really have time to develop many of the characters or plotlines. Also, given the dark subject material, the show can get a little gritty and gruesome. The Frankenstein Chronicles shows promise, but Season 1 is rather weak (due mainly to its limited run).


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