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Boardwalk Empire: Season 1 (2010)




Critic Consensus: Thought-provoking, violent, and filled with lush period detail, Boardwalk Empire is a gangster drama of uncommon depth and scope.


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Atlantic City, 1920. When alcohol was outlawed, outlaws became kings. HBO presents Season One of this epic new drama series that follows the birth and rise of organized crime in 'the world's playground' at the dawn of Prohibition. Steve Buscemi stars.


Steve Buscemi
as Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson
Shea Whigham
as Elias Thompson
Michael Pitt
as Jimmy Darmody
Dabney Coleman
as Louis 'The Commodore' Kaestner
Michael Stuhlbarg
as Arnold Rothstein
Vincent Piazza
as Lucky Luciano
Stephen Graham
as Al Capone
Michael Shannon
as Agent Nelson Van Alden
Kelly Macdonald
as Margaret Schroeder
Gretchen Mol
as Gillian
Anthony Laciura
as Eddie Kessler
Paul Sparks
as Mickey Doyle
Aleksa Palladino
as Angela Darmody
Greg Antonacci
as Johnny Torrio
William Hill
as Ward Boss George O'Neil
Frank Crudele
as Big Jim Colosimo
Max Casella
as Leo D'Alessio
Edoardo Ballerini
as Ignacious D'Alessio
Robert Clohessy
as Ward Boss Jim Neary
Erik Weiner
as Agent Sebso
Adam Mucci
as Dep. Halloran
Jack Huston
as Richard Harrow
Victor Verhaeghe
as Ward Boss Fleming
Peter McRobbie
as Supervisor Frederick Elliot
Anna Katarina
as Isabelle Jeunet
Lisa Joyce
as Mary Dittrich
Josiah Early
as Robert Dittrich
Megan Reinking
as Annabelle
Tom Aldredge
as Ethan Thompson
Chris Mulkey
as Frank Hague
Anatol Yusef
as Meyer Lansky
Johnnie Mae
as Louanne Pratt
John Rue
as Mayor Edward Bachrach
Dana Ivey
as Mrs. McGarry
Kevin Henderson
as Dr. Carl Surran
Stephen DeRosa
as Eddie Cantor
Enid Graham
as Rose Van Alden
Virginia Kull
as Nan Britton
Kevin O'Rourke
as Edward Bader
Danny Burstein
as Lolly Steinman
Michael Badalucco
as Harry Price
Joseph Riccobene
as Frankie Yale
Susan Varon
as Madame Regina
Geoffrey Pierson
as Sen. Walter Edge
Al Linea
as Teo D'Alessio
Frank Shattuck
as Charlie Sheridan
Charlie Cox
as Owen Sleater
Bobby Cannavale
as Gyp Rosetti
Pearce Bunting
as Bill McCoy
David Aaron Baker
as Bill Fallon
Chase Coleman
as Billy Winslow
Samuel Taylor
as Paddy Ryan
Edward McGinty
as Ward Boss Boyd
Christopher McDonald
as Harry Daugherty
Joseph Sikora
as Hans Schroeder
Fiana Toibin
as Mrs. Neary
Nic Novicki
as Carl Heeley
Scott Sowers
as Joseph Earl Dinler
Edelen McWilliams
as Bettyanne Mulhaney
Remy Auberjonois
as Theodore Hardeen
Mark Lotito
as Dr. Cuomo
Kenneth Tigar
as Dr. Karl Lissenger
Mikey Post
as Mike Green
Mark Povinelli
as Kevin Kiley
Johann Carlo
as Teresina Capone
Tuck Milligan
as Dr. Brubaker
Frank Ridley
as Train Conductor
Joe Caniano
as Jake Guzik
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Critic Reviews for Boardwalk Empire: Season 1

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (31)

This is gritty Warner Bros. gangland done up in ritzy Paramount style... Give Boardwalk time, and it'll take you away to another time.

June 14, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

As the cameras swoop across the vast pier, with its shimmering lights and colorful storefronts, you can practically taste the salt water taffy.

June 14, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Boardwalk Empire is not only head and shoulders above its broadcast competition; it may deserve a place in the honor roll of HBO's best series ever.

July 18, 2014 | Full Review…

The tension between the need to tighten the moral grip and the desire to act out in ever more grandiose, licentious ways gives the drama its pulse and its relevance.

July 15, 2014 | Full Review…

Boardwalk Empire is the best new drama series of the fall season -- and probably a cinch Emmy pacesetter as well.

July 23, 2014 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

Here, assessing the vaudeville moxie of 1920s Atlantic City and the criminals who organized it, Scorsese achieves a virtuoso riff on entertainment culture.

July 23, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Boardwalk Empire: Season 1



Super Reviewer


After friend's recommendation, I began watching Boardwalk Empire. I immediately got hooked on the brilliant writing, dark tone, period costumes and violent plot. Boardwalk Empire is a must watch for fans of gangster films.


Super Reviewer


If you can get over the fact that Boardwalk Empire is more of a period set drama, rather than a gangster story, you'll be able to enjoy this much more. Each characters is grey and very hard to like but the way the world is presented, showcasing various perspectives of this society through very different eyes, backed by fantastic dialogues and attention to detail, makes Boardwalk Empire one of the best things to appear on TV for quite some time. It's large sprawling story is always fascinanting and engaging, where we slowly grow to understand these characters and what motivates them, through the eyes of a very closed and degrading society.

Francisco G.

Super Reviewer

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