Boardwalk Empire: Season 1, Episode 1

Boardwalk Empire (19 Sep. 2010)

TV Episode  -   -  Crime | Drama | History
8.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.6/10 from 1,833 users  
Reviews: 4 user | 8 critic

January 1920. On the eve of Prohibition, Atlantic City's Treasurer, Nucky Thompson, condemns alcohol at a Women's Temperance League meeting, where he is noticed by Margaret Schroeder, a ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(created by), , 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 28 titles
created 14 Dec 2010
 
a list of 45 titles
created 13 Mar 2011
 
a list of 27 titles
created 06 Nov 2011
 
a list of 25 titles
created 06 Nov 2011
 
a list of 1636 titles
created 16 Apr 2013
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Boardwalk Empire (19 Sep 2010)

Boardwalk Empire (19 Sep 2010) on IMDb 8.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Boardwalk Empire.
1 of 50 Episodes | Next Episode »

Videos

1 video »
Edit

Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Chalky White (as Michael Kenneth Williams)
...
...
...
...
Edit

Storyline

January 1920. On the eve of Prohibition, Atlantic City's Treasurer, Nucky Thompson, condemns alcohol at a Women's Temperance League meeting, where he is noticed by Margaret Schroeder, a pretty, pregnant housewife who comes to him for help in getting her abusive husband Hans a job. Later that evening, the duplicitous Nucky privately tells his ward bosses about the opportunity to make huge profits selling bootleg liquor. At a countdown-to-midnight blast at Babette's Supper Club, he assures Jimmy Darmody, a recently returned WWI vet, that his appointment as "Man Friday" to the new Chief Clerk of the Fourth Ward, Paddy Ryan, will lead to bigger things. Jimmy, meanwhile, has higher aspirations and ends up making an alliance that could have dire consequences for both him and Nucky. Written by HBO Publicity

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Drama | History

Certificate:

TV-MA

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

19 September 2010 (USA)  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The Sophie Tucker recording of "Some of These Days," which plays over the scene where Nucky looks in on the baby incubator store front, would have been nine years old at the time the events in this episode take place (it was recorded in 1911). See more »

Goofs

Music featured the tune "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby" which was not produced until 1938. See more »

Quotes

Margaret Schroeder: I would be honored to name my child after you.
Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson: Enoch? You couldn't possibly be so cruel.
See more »

Connections

References The Godfather (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

An Old Fashioned Garden
(uncredited)
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by Olive Kline
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Pretty good start, but far from perfect
19 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Broadwalk Empire has been the most awaited new show of the season, simply because it has an impressive cast of movie stars and has Martin Scorsese under it's wing. What did I think?

The Pilot was certainly stylized as one would expect. The sets, costumes, and the cinematography are all very impressive, and one can see this show is one that cost a lot of money. Saying that, it is expected from Scorsese as a director, but the Pilot was pretty much what one would expect as well. The episode was fast-paced, introducing a lot of characters, and it did entertain for most of the episode. However, it also remained distant and cold in it's approach, maybe because it was a little too fast-paced and had way too many plots going on. It remained interesting always, but not always as engaging as I would have thought from seeing the critical acclaim it has garnered. Steve Buscemi is pretty good, but I actually think he was the weakest of the cast. To be honest, none of the cast impressed me much, it all seemed like it was clearly an exercise in 'acting'. Actually, the real stand-out to me was the most unknown from the main cast, which was Michael Pitt. He is fantastic and held up most of the Pilot for me.

All in all, I will continue watching, but it already seems like the series is overdoing it, and it was surprisingly not as impressive as I would have thought. Let's just see where it goes from here.


6 of 30 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Season 5 only 8 episodes.. teedotofficial
Should i continue watching after season 2? mrwonnn
Season 4 of Boardwalk Empire vs Season 4 of the Wire. marlon1-589-258455
Season 5 Casting/Guest Stars Ideas djtwist2590
Season 5 will be the final season Cblaze12
Dr.Narcisse is the worst antagonist on boardwalk, who agrees? k-karki001
Discuss Boardwalk Empire (2010) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page