1 episode in and as a fan of the original comic book series I am somewhat pleasantly surprised. With the superb casting decision of Matt Ryan playing the protagonist Constantine and seemingly well handled storyline/s I predict this show to be a huge success, especially among fans of the horror genre that aren't able to put up with the cheese of other supernatural shows.... Like Supernatural. I will possibly change my rating at least halfway through the 1st season but for now it gets the 5 stars for having the guts to do this show if nothing else. I am hooked after 1 episode
Further update. This show nails it for me. A great success and I hope it lasts for a good few seasons
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.
This is actually one of the best shows I have seen from Netflix. It's a little cheesy and somewhat far fetched but HUGELY entertaining and brilliantly written. Some of the acting is OTT (although a special mention should be made of the supporting actors who play multiple parts as multiple "sleeves") but on the whole it all works together beautifully. Well worth a binge and well worth keeping track of.