The Frankenstein Chronicles: Season 1 (2015)

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Season 1
The Frankenstein Chronicles

Critics Consensus

Well-cast and effectively eerie, The Frankenstein Chronicles delivers on the grim and the gore -- though it could stand to be a little less bloody.

78%

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Critic Ratings: 9

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User Ratings: 145
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Tv Season Info

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 (9) | Top Critics (4)

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…
Top Critic

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…

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

Mar 20, 2018 | Full Review…
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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…

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…

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

  • Feb 07, 2019
    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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  • Dec 18, 2019
    Taking a stab at modern crime dramas... the perfect way to create a modern Frankenstein! The original novel was one of the first of its kind in the science fiction genre, why not make it into something that's modern today? Really has such a similar take as to what Mary Shelley did in her time, it looks at oppression and the hot topics of abortion, class, and religion in the exact same way the original masterpiece looks at feminism and religion as well! For all those saying that it's 'antichrist' and 'too gory'.... they need to read the original book as they may well be shocked! The fact that the book is portrayed as the monster?.... Man this TV is a masterpiece.
  • Jun 14, 2019
    One of the best and most interesting adaptations of Mary Shelley's infamous story in years, The Frankenstein Chronicles is a brilliant horror series. Netflix presents a chillingly atmospheric and eery period crime drama supported by a cast of incredibly talented actors. It's fascinating, suspenseful, bold, and enthralling. Looking forward to watching season 2.
  • Feb 16, 2019
    Brilliantly done period horror series. The horror and suspense was elegant and understated. Fantastic cinematography and set design. The worst part was when it ended.
  • Aug 05, 2018
    Brilliant propaganda. Goebbels would be proud! I realized what I was watching just after I finished season 1. Gave it half a start, because I am not interested in manipulative content, but rather in real shows. Still genius though.
  • Jun 04, 2018
    Really enjoyed this show.
  • Mar 30, 2018
    Brilliant..fascinating..enthralling... fabulous! Thanks again for recommendations!
  • Mar 17, 2018
    It starts off a little slow but when it picks up in the middle, you are hooked.
  • Mar 16, 2018
    Have only seen season 1 and really enjoyed it.
  • Mar 13, 2018
    Awesomely dark and cerebral horror.

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