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Black Sails 

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Follows Captain Flint and his pirates twenty years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel "Treasure Island."
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Won 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 5 wins & 34 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Toby Stephens ...  Captain Flint 38 episodes, 2014-2017
Luke Arnold ...  John Silver 38 episodes, 2014-2017
Toby Schmitz ...  Rackham 37 episodes, 2014-2017
Hannah New ...  Eleanor Guthrie 36 episodes, 2014-2017
Jessica Parker Kennedy ...  Max 36 episodes, 2014-2017
Clara Paget ...  Anne Bonny 35 episodes, 2014-2017
Winston Chong ...  Joji 35 episodes, 2014-2017
Tom Hopper ...  Billy Bones 34 episodes, 2014-2017
Andre Jacobs ...  De Groot 31 episodes, 2014-2017
Zach McGowan ...  Captain Charles Vane 28 episodes, 2014-2016
Lise Slabber ...  Idelle 27 episodes, 2014-2017
Laudo Liebenberg ...  Dooley 27 episodes, 2015-2017
Craig Jackson ...  Featherstone 24 episodes, 2015-2017
Hakeem Kae-Kazim ...  Mr. Scott 23 episodes, 2014-2016
Patrick Lyster ...  Captain Benjamin Hornigold 22 episodes, 2014-2016
Luke Roberts ...  Woodes Rogers 20 episodes, 2016-2017
Louise Barnes ...  Miranda Barlow 19 episodes, 2014-2016
Zethu Dlomo ...  Madi 17 episodes, 2016-2017
Lawrence Joffe ...  Randall 16 episodes, 2014-2015
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A prequel to the (fictional) events of Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island". The series centres on a group of pirates operating out of Nassau in the Bahamas. We meet characters from history - Captain Charles Vane, Governor Woodes Rogers, Jack Rackham and Anne Bonny - plus characters from fiction - Captain Flint and, of course, Long John Silver. Written by grantss

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Despite the show's title "Black Sails", the namesake does not make an appearance on the show; as none of the pirate ships actually sail with black colored sails. No pirate ships did. The salt from the sea would turn them grey very quickly. See more »

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The information about socket bayonets is completely wrong. They were invented circa 1690, they were used at Waterloo and were certainly universal by 1880. See more »

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Streets of Nassau
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Composed and Conducted by Bear McCreary
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Surprisingly, This is one of my Favorite Shows of all Time
5 June 2017 | by PStylesSee all my reviews

Friends have been telling me to watch Black Sails for years, yet I put it off because I did not have Starz (and also because it didn't look that appealing overall). I recently earned myself a few free months of Starz and decided to give this is a shot, and I am so incredibly happy I did.

Throughout the show, I found myself utterly surprised by the overall quality of...everything. The ship battles are sincerely epic, while not occurring so often as to make them seem dull. The costume design, set design, ships, location etc. are all extremely well done. The creators also got many of the historical aspects of the time correct, much to my astonishment. I found myself fact checking things said or done in the show only to find that they were indeed real or at the very least, plausible. This is not a children's story; Black Sails portrays pirate life much differently than we are used to seeing in present standards.

The acting in this show is truly captivating as well. While some of the lesser characters don't deliver their best at all times, the mainstays of the show are always at their very best. From the badass captain Flint to the nefarious Charles Vane, every character feels impactful. This is very much a show about anti-heroes; you will find yourself rooting for the bad guys more often than not. I tip my cap to all the actors involved, as the central cast does a truly fantastic job.

Luckily, Black Sails also improves as it progresses. Midway through the first season, I was left with mixed feelings. By the end of the 4th season, I was stunned and utterly upset it was over. You really become attached to these characters throughout the seasons, which to me is a sign of great character development. Black Sails does it better than almost any show out there, matched only by the very best.

I rarely give out 10s, but this show is most deserving of it's rating in my opinion. From everything I stated and more, Black Sails will go down as one of my favorite TV shows of all time (and probably the best damn pirate saga we may ever get).


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South Africa | USA

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Release Date:

25 January 2014 (USA) See more »

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