When a grisly murder shocks Los Angeles in 1938, Detective Tiago Vega and his partner Lewis Michener become embroiled in an epic story that reflects the troubled history of the city.

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John Logan
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Natalie Dormer ...  Alex / ... 10 episodes, 2020
Daniel Zovatto ...  Tiago Vega 10 episodes, 2020
Kerry Bishé ...  Sister Molly Finnister 10 episodes, 2020
Adriana Barraza ...  Maria Vega 10 episodes, 2020
Jessica Garza ...  Josefina Vega 10 episodes, 2020
Michael Gladis ...  Councilman Charlton Townsend 10 episodes, 2020
Johnathan Nieves ...  Mateo Vega 10 episodes, 2020
Rory Kinnear ...  Peter Craft / ... 10 episodes, 2020
Nathan Lane ...  Lewis Michener 10 episodes, 2020
Dominic Sherwood ...  Kurt 10 episodes, 2020
Julian Hilliard ...  Tom Craft 9 episodes, 2020
Santino Barnard ...  Frank Branson 8 episodes, 2020
Sebastian Chacon ...  Fly Rico 8 episodes, 2020
Adam Rodriguez ...  Raul Vega 8 episodes, 2020
Hudson West ...  Trevor Craft 8 episodes, 2020
Amy Madigan ...  Miss Adelaide 8 episodes, 2020
Thomas Kretschmann ...  Richard Goss 8 episodes, 2020
Kyle McArthur ...  Brian Koenig 6 episodes, 2020
Piper Perabo ...  Linda Craft 6 episodes, 2020
Adan Rocha ...  Diego Lopez 6 episodes, 2020
Lin Shaye ...  Dottie Minter 6 episodes, 2020
Brent Spiner ...  Ned Vanderhoff 6 episodes, 2020
Stephanie Arcila ...  Bernadette Romero 6 episodes, 2020
Scott Beehner ...  Frank Murphy 6 episodes, 2020
Christine Estabrook ...  Beverly Beck 5 episodes, 2020
Lorenza Izzo ...  Santa Muerte 5 episodes, 2020
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1938 Los Angeles is a time and place deeply infused with social and political tension. When a grisly murder shocks the city, Detective Tiago Vega and his partner Lewis Michener become embroiled in an epic story that reflects the rich history of Los Angeles: from the building of the city's first freeways and its deep traditions of Mexican-American folklore, to the dangerous espionage actions of the Third Reich and the rise of radio evangelism. Before long, Tiago and his family are grappling with powerful forces that threaten to tear them apart. Written by SHOWTIME

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Both this show and "Perry Mason" are based in 1930's LA and were released in 2020. They also share the plot points of a kidnapped child being mutilated, as well as the female church leader with a controlling mother. Both were based on actual people from the 30's. See more »

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As a STAND ALONE series, it would have been good
7 July 2020 | by lucy_briggsSee all my reviews

Forget the Penny Dreadful title. This has nothing to do with Gothic Horror, London, or the bleak literary melancholia associated with the Penny Dreadful original 19th century publications.

This shows primary flaw is the naming. Consider it as "City of Angels" as a stand alone show by the same producers as Penny Dreadful, and it holds up.

An extensive list of interconnected characters makes for intricate plot lines and a palpable build of tension.

The casting is solid. Strong performances by Dormer, Bishe, Kinnear, and Lane cover the plot holes and occasionally disingenuous writing.

Take it as a an American period thriller and it holds up. As a Penny Dreadful title; it fails


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23 April 2020 (USA) See more »

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Penny Dreadful: City of Angels See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA

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