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Penny Dreadful: Season 1 (2014)




Critic Consensus: Skillfully shot and superbly acted, Penny Dreadful is perplexing in a good way -- even if it's a bit silly at times.


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Monsters and demons haunt Victorian London in this gothic thriller that includes some of literature's most terrifying individuals, including Dr. Victor Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and characters from "Dracula." The story begins with police investigating a series of gruesome deaths, but renowned explorer Sir Malcolm Murray (Timothy Dalton) and medium Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) know there is something darker at play than mere murder, as Vanessa fights a demon that is determined to possess her. Also, Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) joins a group of vampire hunters; Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway) faces the consequences of his death-defying experiments; and devil-may-care Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney) falls for the alluring but troubled Vanessa.


Josh Hartnett
as Ethan Chandler
Eva Green
as Vanessa Ives
Billie Piper
as Brona Croft
Danny Sapani
as Sembene
Harry Treadaway
as Victor Frankenstein
Helen McCrory
as Madame Kali
Reeve Carney
as Dorian Gray
Rory Kinnear
as The Creature
Timothy Dalton
as Sir Malcolm, Sir Malcolm Murray
Simon Russell Beale
as Sir Ferdinand Lyle
Alex Price
as Proteus
David Warner
as Abraham Van Helsing
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All Critics (61) | Top Critics (29)

Some of its mumbo jumbo may hurt your head, but the last words of Episode 2 are precisely on point. They whet the appetite for more, more. We'll see how it all comes out in the bloody wash.

May 8, 2014 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Showtime subscribers have already put their money down, but many of them will probably decide that Penny Dreadful, while hardly dreadful, isn't worth it.

May 8, 2014 | Full Review…

As creator John Logan moves away from the horror by the Thames and more toward the internal demons that haunt his protagonists, Penny veers toward the overwritten and overwrought. But by then, you may well be in for a pound.

May 8, 2014 | Full Review…

For fans of expertly hammy acting and heated-up supernatural doings, it's a lot of fun.

May 8, 2014 | Full Review…

If you enjoy the challenge of doing complex jigsaw puzzles in low light, Penny Dreadful will be your cup of tea.

May 8, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This John Logan (Skyfall, Hugo) creation promises an intriguing summer pastime, for an eight-week run anyway.

May 7, 2014 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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