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Penny Dreadful

Series Summary
Many people are familiar with classic literary characters like Dr. Frankenstein and Dorian Gray. "Penny Dreadful" brings those and other characters into a new light by exploring their origin stories in this psychological thriller that takes place in the dark corners of Victorian London. Sir Malcolm is an explorer who has lost his daughter to the city's creatures, and he will do whatever is needed to get her back and to right past wrongs. His accomplice, seductive clairvoyant Vanessa Ives, recruits charming American Ethan Chandler to help locate Sir Malcolm's daughter and slay some monsters. Oscar-winner Sam Mendes ("American Beauty") is one of the series' executive producers.

Air Dates: 2014 - Present

Genres: Horror, Suspense

Network: SHOW

  • Season 1, Ep. 8 : Grand Guignol Jun 29, 2014

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    Following a vision of the Grand Guignol, Vanessa, Sir Malcolm, Ethan, Dr. Frankenstein and Sembene are confronted by their worst nightmares.

  • Season 1, Ep. 7 : Possession Jun 22, 2014

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    Sir Malcolm, Ethan, Dr. Frankenstein and Sembene attempt to free Vanessa from the evil that is within her.

  • Season 1, Ep. 6 : What Death Can Join Together Jun 15, 2014

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    Vanessa's latest vision sends Sir Malcolm, Ethan and Sembene on a search; Professor Van Helsing shares details with Dr. Frankenstein; Vanessa has a night with Dorian.

  • Season 1, Ep. 5 : Closer Than Sisters Jun 8, 2014

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    Vanessa recalls growing up next door to Sir Malcolm and his family and the events leading to Mina's disappearance.

  • Season 1, Ep. 4 : Demimonde Jun 1, 2014

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    Vanessa grows more infatuated with Dorian Gray; Professor Van Helsing is hired to work with Dr. Frankenstein; Fenton's master is drawn to Sir Malcolm's mansion.

critic reviews ( 3 )
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • Atmospheric and overheated, it's often as lurid and messy as American Horror Story and almost as indulgent and incoherent, with characters from Dracula, Frankenstein, The Picture of Dorian Gray and assorted other legends of yore intersecting in an occultist brew. show more

  • Penny Dreadful's gory moments are deployed strategically, and the adjective that best describes this show is not "bloody" but "soulful." show more

  • This is, like Alan Moore's “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,” a clever exploitation of characters in the public domain. But creator John Logan's story also thrives on its own. Penny Dreadful is a beguiling examination of that space between life and death. show more

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