Penny Dreadful Reviews & Ratings

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Some of literature's most terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein and his monster, Dorian Gray, and iconic figures from the novel Dracula are lurking in the darkest corners of Victorian London. They are joined by a core of original characters in a complex, frightening new narrative. Penny Dreadful is a psychological thriller filled with dark mystery and suspense, where personal demons from the past can be stronger than vampires, evil spirits and immortal beasts.
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by daviswaldenContributor
Mar 3, 2015 10:41AM EST
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One of the most fascinating shows of the year. This period drama expertly blends classic monsters without seeming too corny, but keeps enough of it for all the fun. The characters are frighteningly detailed with eerie backgrounds. Eva Green is definitely the one to watch as her seance scene was Emmy-worthy.

One of the most fascinating shows of the year. This period drama expertly blends classic monsters without seeming too corny, but keeps enough of it for all the fun. The characters are frighteningly detailed with eerie backgrounds. Eva Green is definitely the one to watch as her seance scene was Emmy-worthy.

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by Infowun
Nov 13, 2014 5:11PM EST
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Well now a new supernatural/horror show that doesn't pander to teenage girls and the terminally brain dead? I'm all for it. Love Penny Dreadful. The casting is great (A real surprise seeing Josh Hartnett playing such a memorable character), the writing is genius and the sets are amazing even the name of the show is fantastic (Penny Dreadful's of course being a magazine that came with a newspaper in the 1830's - 1850's and unless I am mistaken gave Charles Dickens his first published works. I figuratively cannot wait for the next season.

Well now a new supernatural/horror show that doesn't pander to teenage girls and the terminally brain dead? I'm all for it. Love Penny Dreadful. The casting is great (A real surprise seeing Josh Hartnett playing such a memorable character), the writing is genius and the sets are amazing even the name of the show is fantastic (Penny Dreadful's of course being a magazine that came with a newspaper in the 1830's - 1850's and unless I am mistaken gave Charles Dickens his first published works. I figuratively cannot wait for the next season.

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Oct 24, 2014 2:55AM EDT
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The set pieces are so good. If thats your thing you are going to love this. The story runs fast and loose and for so many great actors i feel like they are just reading lines and going through the motions. Frankenstein's monster is the best in the show, soulful acting where for the first time i truly felt sorry for the monster and thats why i kept coming back. I love Eva Green but this show took a good actress and an attractive young lady and made her look like Skeltor with an awful story line and removed any amount of sexuality from her awkward and off putting " romantic " scenes.

The set pieces are so good. If thats your thing you are going to love this. The story runs fast and loose and for so many great actors i feel like they are just reading lines and going through the motions. Frankenstein's monster is the best in the show, soulful acting where for the first time i truly felt sorry for the monster and thats why i kept coming back. I love Eva Green but this show took a good actress and an attractive young lady and made her look like Skeltor with an awful story line and removed any amount of sexuality from her awkward and off putting " romantic " scenes.

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by Moniie
Jun 21, 2016 6:18PM EDT
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I like the horror/supernatural theme !it is different and dark. the classics like dorian gray and others also play a part in this. the costumes are pretty :) there is some naked stuff in it too ( there be warned:P) i like how the relationships grow between the characters. Season one was a bit slow for me.. but season 2 makes it all so interesting! acting was so good :) Season 3 felt a bit off to be honest but sad to see it go :)

I like the horror/supernatural theme !it is different and dark. the classics like dorian gray and others also play a part in this. the costumes are pretty :) there is some naked stuff in it too ( there be warned:P) i like how the relationships grow between the characters. Season one was a bit slow for me.. but season 2 makes it all so interesting! acting was so good :) Season 3 felt a bit off to be honest but sad to see it go :)

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Nov 27, 2014 2:45PM EST
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This is a really creepy show. But in a good way. It is awesome how they betray the old characters such as Dracula, Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Grey. And Eva Green is genius but also terrifying. I am curious how Eva Green is in real life. So do you like horror and dark tv shows. Then this is your show!

This is a really creepy show. But in a good way. It is awesome how they betray the old characters such as Dracula, Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Grey. And Eva Green is genius but also terrifying. I am curious how Eva Green is in real life. So do you like horror and dark tv shows. Then this is your show!

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Oct 20, 2014 6:53AM EDT
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Not an average tv series. If you are going to watch it take the time for it. Get to know the intriguing characters. Submerge yourself in the plot. It's totally worth it.

Not an average tv series. If you are going to watch it take the time for it. Get to know the intriguing characters. Submerge yourself in the plot. It's totally worth it.

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Sep 12, 2015 3:24AM EDT
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This show has me hooked because of EVA GREEN! her performance in the show is spellbinding and leaves me wanting more. she plays the villain at times, and is a total smarty pants and all out brave. that is the one word that i would use for vanessa. in ancient london, they do have the props nailed and looks beautiful. bring on dorian grey, smoldering hottie that he is. also there is dr. frankenstein that is amazing. when season 2 started i was confused a little bit, since a lot of things had gone down in season 1. however, it continued with the high and was even more scarier and at the same time developing the characters. yes season 2 has ended on a cliifhanger, so i am looking forward to the new season and what is in store.. oh and did i mention eva green?
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This show has me hooked because of EVA GREEN! her performance in the show is spellbinding and leaves me wanting more. she plays the villain at times, and is a total smarty pants and all out brave. that is the one word that i would use for vanessa. in ancient london, they do have the props nailed and looks beautiful. bring on dorian grey, smoldering hottie that he is. also there is dr. frankenstein that is amazing. when season 2 started i was confused a little bit, since a lot of things had gone down in season 1. however, it continued with the high and was even more scarier and at the same time developing the characters. yes season 2 has ended on a cliifhanger, so i am looking forward to the new season and what is in store.. oh and did i mention eva green?
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by me2011
May 9, 2015 7:59PM EDT
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I watched season 1. I was just about to start season 2 and I thought to myself, I just don't like it enough to give up an hour of my already busy life to watch it... it's well acted, but I find that I don't care about the characters due to the weak character development and the plot is lacking. I've untracked this.

I watched season 1. I was just about to start season 2 and I thought to myself, I just don't like it enough to give up an hour of my already busy life to watch it... it's well acted, but I find that I don't care about the characters due to the weak character development and the plot is lacking. I've untracked this.

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by comic
Apr 3, 2015 4:11PM EDT
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A most wonderful show indeed! Takes you back to a time you never knew about and you LIVE it! The Characters are dynamic and the dialogue is simply amazing!

A most wonderful show indeed! Takes you back to a time you never knew about and you LIVE it! The Characters are dynamic and the dialogue is simply amazing!

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Feb 28, 2015 10:07PM EST
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Penny Dreadful is a period fantasy horror drama which incorporates London's finest lore from every time period. This show started up well with many introductions and detailed character backgrounds. It includes; "Frankenstein", "Van Helsing", "Dorian Grey" and more... I feel like this show will evolve nicely and the storyline can only get better. I recommend this show for fantasy horror drama fanatics.

Penny Dreadful is a period fantasy horror drama which incorporates London's finest lore from every time period. This show started up well with many introductions and detailed character backgrounds. It includes; "Frankenstein", "Van Helsing", "Dorian Grey" and more... I feel like this show will evolve nicely and the storyline can only get better. I recommend this show for fantasy horror drama fanatics.