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Boardwalk Empire: Season 2 (2011)




Critic Consensus: Boardwalk Empire delves deeper into both its intriguing supporting players and its rich tapestry of moral ambiguity.


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Nucky Thompson deals with a federal investigation for vote tampering--and an insurrection by those he counted among his closest allies--in Season 2 of this acclaimed HBO drama series set in Prohibition-era Atlantic City.


Steve Buscemi
as Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson
Michael Pitt
as Jimmy Darmody
Kelly Macdonald
as Margaret Schroeder
Michael Shannon
as Nelson Van Alden
Shea Whigham
as Elias Thompson
Aleksa Palladino
as Angela Darmody
Michael Stuhlbarg
as Arnold Rothstein
Stephen Graham
as Al Capone
Vincent Piazza
as Lucky Luciano
Anthony Laciura
as Eddie Kessler
Jack Huston
as Richard Harrow
Gretchen Mol
as Gillian
Dabney Coleman
as Louis 'The Commodore' Kaestner
Charlie Cox
as Owen Sleater
Paul Sparks
as Mickey Doyle
Dominic Chianese
as Leander Whitlock
Anatol Yusef
as Meyer Lansky
Josie Gallina
as Emily Schroeder
William Forsythe
as Manny Horvitz
Kevin O'Rourke
as Edward Bader
Robert Clohessy
as Ward Boss Jim Neary
Lucy Gallina
as Emily Schroeder
Christopher McDonald
as Harry Daugherty
Victor Verhaeghe
as Ward Boss Fleming
Brady Noon
as Tommy Darmody
Declan McTigue
as Teddy Schroeder
Rory McTigue
as Teddy Schroeder
Connor Noon
as Tommy Darmody
Julianne Nicholson
as Esther Randolph
Erik LaRay Harvey
as Dunn Purnsley
Enid Graham
as Rose Van Alden
William Hill
as Ward Boss George O'Neill
Glenn Fleshler
as George Remus
Bill Sage
as Solomon Bishop
Devin Harjes
as Jack Dempsey
Adam Mucci
as Dep. Halloran
Edward McGinty
as Ward Boss Boyd
Pearce Bunting
as Bill McCoy
Nick Sandow
as Waxey Gordon
Natalie Wachen
as Lenore White
Joseph Aniska
as Agent Sawicki
Joel Brady
as Agent Clarkson
Justiin Davis
as Lester White
Michael Zegen
as Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel
Ted Rooney
as John McGarrible
Greg Antonacci
as Johnny Torrio
Tom Aldredge
as Ethan Thompson
Richard Easton
as Parkhurst
Solomon Shiv
as Herman Kaufman
Chris Mulkey
as Frank Hague
Geoffrey Pierson
as Sen. Walter Edge
Curt Bouril
as Clifford Lathrop
Peter McRobbie
as Supervisor Frederick Elliot
Bill Camp
as Glenmore
Ivo Nandi
as Joe Masseria
Kevin Henderson
as Dr. Carl Surran
Christina Jackson
as Maybelle White
Bobby Cannavale
as Gyp Rosetti
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Critic Reviews for Boardwalk Empire: Season 2

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (17)

Even though we had a decent body count this season, Empire really isn't a gangster show but a period drama that captures the country during a very distinct moment in its history.

June 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Where the show clearly shines is in its tremendous cast that's constantly elevating the material and making you care enough to stick around to see who betrays whom and where the drama will go.

June 14, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The final twist was absolutely brilliant-one of the best y'all come back nows I've ever seen.

July 23, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's hard to shake the idea that Boardwalk Empire should be much, much better and more consistent than it is

March 28, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Boardwalk Empire loses sight of neither the large nor the small pictures as it moves into season two.

September 25, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Now, with season two, the drama has fully come to life, with moments of savagery, hypocrisy, and bittersweet loyalty that make it a must-see show.

September 25, 2011 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Boardwalk Empire: Season 2



Super Reviewer


Season 2 continued the excellency from the previous season with more thought provoking drama and shocking twists.


Super Reviewer


Season 2 is more focused on Atlantic City than what preceded it to great results. The story turns more into a conflicted betrayl gangstery story, giving Nucky a worthy oponent. Each time the pieces move, you can feel the tension rising, culminating into an unforgetable ending. Better yet, some of the secondary characters that were introduced before, have newfound depth and are included superbly well onto the story, showcasing the brilliant acting abilities of all the actors involved.

Francisco G.

Super Reviewer

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