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Penny Dreadful 

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Explorer Sir Malcolm Murray, American gunslinger Ethan Chandler, scientist Victor Frankenstein and medium Vanessa Ives unite to combat supernatural threats in Victorian London.

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John Logan
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 16 wins & 84 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Reeve Carney ...  Dorian Gray 27 episodes, 2014-2016
Timothy Dalton ...  Sir Malcolm Murray 27 episodes, 2014-2016
Eva Green ...  Vanessa Ives 27 episodes, 2014-2016
Rory Kinnear ...  John Clare / ... 27 episodes, 2014-2016
Billie Piper ...  Lily / ... 27 episodes, 2014-2016
Harry Treadaway ...  Dr. Victor Frankenstein 27 episodes, 2014-2016
Josh Hartnett ...  Ethan Chandler 27 episodes, 2014-2016
Danny Sapani ...  Sembene 18 episodes, 2014-2015
Simon Russell Beale ...  Ferdinand Lyle 14 episodes, 2014-2016
Douglas Hodge ...  Bartholomew Rusk 13 episodes, 2015-2016
Sarah Greene ...  Hecate Poole 13 episodes, 2015-2016
Helen McCrory ...  Madame Kali 12 episodes, 2014-2015
Jack Hickey ...  Junior Inspector 11 episodes, 2015-2016
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Explorer Sir Malcolm Murray, American gunslinger Ethan Chandler, scientist Victor Frankenstein and medium Vanessa Ives unite to combat supernatural threats in Victorian London.

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There is some thing within us all. See more »

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Drama | Fantasy | Horror

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Trivia

The manner in which Vanessa sizes up and breaks down Ethan Chandler during their first meeting is remarkably similar to the way Vesper Lynd, a previous character of Eva Green's, does to James Bond in Casino Royale (2006). See more »

Quotes

John Clare: True evil is, above all things, seductive. When the Devil knocks at your door... he doesn't have cloven hooves. He is beautiful, and offers you your heart's desire in whispered airs. Like a siren, beckoning you to ruinous shores
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Crazy Credits

Season 3 episode "The Blessed Dark" had a different opening title sequence and used a somber theme song to match the mood of the finale. See more »

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An odd duck, this one.
12 May 2014 | by reeseslightningSee all my reviews

The pilot episode was a typical getting-to-know-you episode where it introduces most of the characters and some intriguing aspects. At first, I was like, "Oh gods above not another vampire show" - boy, was I wrong. By the end of the second episode, I was totally hooked by Eva Green's performance alone. Just stunning work by her in the séance scene. Totally blew me away.

Don't judge a show by it's pilot. Otherwise there would be none at all.

This show is definitely not your average telling of famous stories (vampires, Dorian Gray) as it takes the most gruesome aspects of those tales and incorporates them in whatever manner suits the storyline; Penny Dreadful does not shy away from the taboo, something that has been plaguing certain stories such as Frankenstein and Dorian Gray. This show loves the grotesque and downright sinister nature of storytelling and can depend on its actors to do the job right.

I am highly intrigued by what's to come. It's gritty, filthy, and utterly captivating. I can't see love triangles or any soap opera clichés on the horizon and that makes me optimistic.


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28 April 2014 (USA) See more »

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