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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

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Season 2, Ep. 5 : Above the Vaulted Sky May 31, 2015

Vanessa, Ethan and Sir Malcolm protect the mansion.

  • Season 2, Ep. 4 : Evil Spirits in Heavenly Places May 24, 2015

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    Lyle reveals how the story of the Verbis Diablo affects Vanessa.

  • Season 2, Ep. 3 : The Nightcomers May 17, 2015

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    Vanessa learns how to harness her powers from The Cut-Wife in a flashback.

  • Season 2, Ep. 2 : Verbis Diablo May 10, 2015

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    Vanessa seeks solace with Sir Malcolm; Dorian Gray meets an intriguing woman; Rusk seeks a survivor; Hecate hunts down a prize for her mother; Ferdinand Lyle reveals Verbis Diablo's backstory.

  • Season 2, Ep. 1 : Fresh Hell May 3, 2015

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    Sir Malcolm returns to find a new evil hunting Vanessa.

  • 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.

critic reviews ( 3 )
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • The achievement of Penny Dreadful is that within its highly stylized, delightfully elaborate and occasionally batsh-t world, it has created complex, fascinating characters--or rather, it has begun to. show more

  • It seems hell-bent on not failing us for one single second. show more

  • Even richer and spookier in its second season, this inspired creep show plays like a Hammer horror film rendered by a poet consumed by a fatal romanticism. [4-17 May 2015, p.12] show more

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