Carnival Row

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  • TV-MA
  • 2019
  • 1 Season
  • 7.7  (81,994)

Carnival Row is a fantasy thriller television series created by Travis Beacham and René Echevarria, which premiered on Amazon Prime Video in August 2019. The show is set in a Victorian-inspired world where mythical creatures and humans coexist, but not always peacefully. It stars Orlando Bloom as Rycroft Philostrate, a human detective, and Cara Delevingne as Vignette Stonemoss, a faerie, who both become embroiled in a string of murders that threatens to expose the fragile balance between the species.

The show takes place in the city of Burgue, a bustling metropolis that serves as a melting pot for humans and creatures alike. However, tensions flare up when a series of gruesome murders take place that echo a shared history of war and trauma between the two groups. Philostrate, who has a secret past with Vignette, is tasked with solving the murders, which lead him down a dangerous path of deceit, corruption, and betrayal.

Vignette, a former soldier in the faerie army, finds herself in Burgue after fleeing her homeland during the war. She works as a waitress in a faerie brothel, trying to make a life for herself despite the discrimination and violence that faeries face in Burgue. She soon becomes involved with a group of faerie rebels who are plotting a revolution against the oppressive human government.

Meanwhile, Philostrate must navigate his complicated relationship with Vignette while also dealing with the growing tension between humans and faeries in the city. He is aided by his colleague, Lieutenant Berwick (played by David Gyasi), who shares his determination to solve the murder case at all costs. However, their investigation leads them to some dark places, including the seedy underbelly of Burgue's criminal underworld and a powerful political dynasty with their own agenda.

The show also features an ensemble cast of talented actors, including Tamzin Merchant as Imogen Spurnrose, a wealthy human socialite who becomes entangled in the murder case; Andrew Gower as Ezra Spurnrose, Imogen's conniving brother who has his own secrets; Karla Crome as Tourmaline Larou, a faerie poet who forms a close bond with Vignette; Jared Harris as Absalom Breakspear, the powerful Chancellor of Burgue who is determined to preserve the status quo; and Indira Varma as Piety Breakspear, Absalom's manipulative and ambitious wife.

In addition to the sprawling world-building and intricate storyline, Carnival Row also stands out for its stunning production design, which brings the gritty, otherworldly atmosphere of Burgue to life. From the intricate faerie costumes to the bustling streets of the city, the show immerses viewers in a richly detailed and fully realized world that feels both fantastical and grounded in reality.

Overall, Carnival Row is a gripping, complex, and visually stunning show that explores timely themes of discrimination, inequality, and political corruption through the lens of a dark and fantastical world. It's a must-watch for fans of both fantasy and thriller genres, and offers plenty of suspense, intrigue, and heart to keep viewers invested throughout its run.

Carnival Row is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (8 episodes). The series first aired on August 30, 2019.

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The Gloaming
8. The Gloaming
August 30, 2019
As tensions rise on Carnival Row, Philo must confront both darkness incarnate and the evil that controls it. Vignette gleans the true nature of The Burgue. Imogen lets her feelings for Agreus go unbridled. Breakspear's secrets catch up to him.
The World to Come
7. The World to Come
August 30, 2019
Because he withheld evidence from his fellow detectives, Philo is accused of being the man behind the string of murders and is thrown in jail. There, he finds some unexpected help from Vignette. Elsewhere, Ezra takes exception to Imogen's relationship with Agreus. Sophie offers Jonah a deal.
Unaccompanied Fae
6. Unaccompanied Fae
August 30, 2019
The pieces of the puzzle start to come together for Philo. Vignette finds home in a place she never expected. Jonah sneaks off to see someone he shouldn't. Imogen and Agreus step out together in public.
Grieve No More
5. Grieve No More
August 30, 2019
Philo consults a Haruspex in an effort to find clues about the killer. Vignette grows closer with her newfound family. Upon Jonah's return home, his parents cast a more watchful eye over him as a new player makes a splash in Parliament. Imogen brings Agreus into her circle.
The Joining of Unlike Things
4. The Joining of Unlike Things
August 30, 2019
Philo investigates the murder of his childhood headmaster. Vignette ingratiates herself into the Black Raven. Imogen hatches a plan to help her brother. Breakspear goes on the offensive with Longerbane.
Kingdoms of the Moon
3. Kingdoms of the Moon
August 30, 2019
Once, as a Burguish soldier, Philo was tasked with protecting a faerish mimasery. While The Pact bears down on them, Philo meets Vignette and finds love in the most unlikely of places.
2. Aisling
August 30, 2019
Philo investigates the murder of a mysterious fae. Tourmaline introduces Vignette to a new group of faeries. Imogen tries to have Agreus removed from the neighborhood. Jonah disappears.
Some Dark God Wakes
1. Some Dark God Wakes
August 30, 2019
Rycroft "Philo" Philostrate investigates "Unseelie Jack", a mysterious assailant with a grudge against the fae. Vignette Stonemoss barely escapes Tirnanoc with her life and arrives in The Burgue looking for a fresh start. Imogen Spurnrose meets her new neighbor. In Parliament, the fight over the critch heats up.
Where to Watch Carnival Row
Carnival Row is available for streaming on the Amazon website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Carnival Row on demand at Amazon Prime.
  • Premiere Date
    August 30, 2019
  • IMDB Rating
    7.7  (81,994)