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Gotham takes viewers back to the beginning before there was a Batman. It explores the origins of the Caped Crusader when Bruce Wayne's parents were brutally robbed and murdered before his eyes while he was just a boy in the streets of Gotham City. The show also follows a young James Gordon and his early days on the Gotham City police department as a detective. Gordon encounters a corrupt police department where officers and detectives do more work for the criminal element of Gotham City instead of the people. He attempts to fit in with the police force as best as he can so he can bring about some much needed change and return law and order to Gotham City.

As Gordon strives to find the murderer of Bruce Wayne's parents, he uncovers some of the lowest of Gotham's criminal element that will one day become enemies of Batman including The Riddler, Penguin and Catwoman. He also forms a bond with the young Bruce Wayne that will one day bring them back together to fight crime in Gotham City as Batman and Commissioner Gordon.

Monday 8:00 PM et/pt on FOX
4 Seasons, 75 Episodes
September 22, 2014
Action & Adventure, Crime, Superhero
7.9/10
Cast: Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz, Sean Pertwee
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  • Professor Pyg continues to torment Gotham city, involving Jim Gordon whenever possible. Sofia and Penguin get ready for a fundraiser for the orphanage, and things don't go as planned when Professor Pyg shows up as the chef. Meanwhile, Bruce's partying gets in the way of his relationship with Alfred.

  • Grundy and Nygma become main attractions at Cherry's Place in The Narrows. Penguin wants revenge when he hears Nygma is mocking him on stage and enlists The Sirens for help. Meanwhile, Gordon is offered the position of GCPD Captain, putting him at odds with Bullock.

  • With Professor Pyg striking fear throughout Gotham, Gordon and Bullock head into the Narrows to look for clues. Bruce Wayne meets a former friend, Grace, who convinces him to come along for a night out with some old classmates. Meanwhile, Sofia's relationships with Penguin and Gordon continue to evolve.

  • Gordon and Bullock are hot on a serial killer who has been assassinating cops and dressing his victims in the severed heads of pigs as his signature mark. Meanwhile, Sofia tries to win over Penguin, and Thompkins, Nygma and Grundy find themselves an unlikely home at Cherry's place.

  • Bruce Wayne puts the lives of Gotham Natural History Museum historian Niles Winthrop and his grandson, Alex, in danger in an attempt to uncover the meaning behind his prized knife from the auction. Meanwhile, Ra's Al Ghul proves he'll take deadly measures to achieve what he wants. Also, with Sofia Falcone in town, she is on a mission to win back Gotham from Penguin.

  • Gordon takes matters into his own hands when he travels to Miami in attempts to persuade Carmine Falcone for his help in the fight against Penguin. There, he meets Carmine's daughter, Sofia, who unexpectedly follows Gordon back to Gotham. The battle for Penguin's prized weaponry continues during auction night at the Iceberg Lounge and Bruce's presence puts him on Penguin's radar.

  • Bruce's efforts crime prove less than successful until Lucius steps in. Meanwhile, Jonathan Crane goes on a rampage through Arkham as the Scarecrow, and Jim goes in alone to stop him. Elsewhere, Tabitha and Selina receive an invitation to join a new criminal enterprise.

  • Oswald controls Gotham by handing out licenses to criminals and lowering the crime rate. Meanwhile, Bruce continues his field training by preying on criminals, and Harvey tells Jim in no uncertain terms to let the licensed criminals go free. And a new gang tries to undermine Oswald by breaking Jonathan Crane out of Arkham and using his father's fear gas formula.

  • With the deadly virus spreading throughout the city, the search for the antidote continues, as Fish Mooney, The Riddler and Penguin reveal plans of their own. Bruce meets Ra's Al Ghul and completes his last task in order to fulfill his destiny, but realizes he can't let go of his past. Meanwhile, Gordon tries to win back Lee, and past alliances within Gotham City are broken, while new alliances are formed.

  • Gotham descends into chaos after the spread of the virus. Jim fights for control as he and Harvey try to locate Lee. Meanwhile, Barbara convinces Edward to help her take control of Gotham by obtaining the antidote, only to find Fish and Oswald opposing her.

  • Edward puts pressure on Selina to find out where Oswald is hiding. Meanwhile, Jim confronts the infected Lee, who sets him up so that he must make a terrible choice if he wants to save the citizens of Gotham from the Tetch virus.

  • The Temple Shaman reveals his hand to Bruce Wayne and sets up the next phase of training. Meanwhile, Gordon and Bullock are put into danger as they come across a crystal owl that reveals the most coveted secrets of Gotham's underworld; and Nygma and Penguin are forced to work together to get out of a tricky situation.

  • The Court puts Hugo to work weaponizing the Tetch virus. Meanwhile, Jim tries to learn what the Court plans for Gotham, and the Shaman offers Bruce a release from his emotional pain.

  • Oswald gathers the first two members of his army of freaks. meanwhile, Edward sets out to solve the riddle of the Court, and Bruce-2 warns Selina about the city's coming demise.

  • The Court of Owls devises a new plan regarding the future of Gotham, as Gordon uncovers information about his father and uncle's past, connecting him back to the organization. Meanwhile, Bruce wakes up in the temple and learns of the Shaman's wish for him.

  • Nygma persuades himself that he doesn't need Penguin to prevail and starts to introduce himself to Gotham as "The Riddler."

  • With Jerome unconfined with one target in mind, Bruce and Alfred's safety is jeopardized. Meanwhile, Gordon's uncle Frank comes for a visit, and Nygma and Penguin must confront their problems face-to-face, with possible deadly results.

  • Fleeing from Gordon and Bullock, Dwight attempts to revive Jerome and, in turn, triggers his acolytes around Gotham City. Meanwhile, Selina's mother's intentions in Gotham are made known, and the power play between Penguin and Nygma rises as Barbara's plot is set in place.

  • Falcone puts a hit on Gordon after finding out that he shot Mario. Gordon and Bullock learn about a follower of Jerome, who plots to resuscitate him. Meanwhile, Penguin spins out of control before the biggest t.v. interview of his Mayoral occupation, and Bruce and Selina cope with Selina's mother's return to Gotham.

  • As the virus starts to spread in Gotham, the lab that is working on a cure is compromised. Mario and Gordon battle prior to the wedding, Selina runs into an unexpected face and Barbara goes to Nygma with news about Isabella.

  • On the eve of their rehearsal meal, a threat to Mario and Lee is revealed, and Falcone looks to Jim for assistance. Meanwhile, Nygma looks for revenge and Bruce finds out more about The Court of Owls.

  • Gordon and Bullock grow suspicious of Barnes, and comb because of evidence of the killing at Lee and Mario's engagement bash. Nygma turns to Penguin when he hasn't heard from Isabella. Meanwhile, Ivy reveals her identity to Selina and Bruce, but soon leads them to trouble.

  • Barnes starts to feel the results of a recent occurrence and begins to go crazy. Meanwhile, Nygma is out of his depth in his relationship with Isabella and Carmine Falcone hosts an engagement celebration for Lee and Mario.

  • After coming in contact with a drug by the hand of Mad Hatter, Jim Gordon gets escorted on a psychedelic trip and must face his past, present and future. Meanwhile, Penguin wrestles with Nygma's new relationship.

  • Mad Hatter sets his sight on his next victims, forcing Jim Gordon to make some hard choices. Meanwhile, Penguin and Nygma's relationship develops, and a familiar face returns to Nygma's life.

  • Crime in Gotham is at an all-time record, as Penguin fights to uphold his promises to the city. Meanwhile, Butch travels down a dark path with the infamous Red Hood Gang and Bruce starts to investigate Ivy's whereabouts.

  • Penguin gains power as he narrows in on the nomination for Mayor of Gotham. Meanwhile, Gordon turns Alice into the GCPD for the bounty. Also, Bruce and Alfred race to find Bruce's doppleganger after learning he's assumed Bruce's identity.

  • Fish Mooney takes matters into her own hands to locate Hugo Strange, forcing Gordon to reluctantly team up with journalist Valerie Vale to find her. Penguin rises in popularity after criticizing the work of the GCPD and Bruce's investigation of the Court of Owls is compromised. Meanwhile, Ivy Pepper is reintroduced into Gotham city.

  • Gordon works in a monster-ridden Gotham as a bounty hunter and seeks to find answers about the Indian Hill escapees, and why their powers appear to be killing them. Meanwhile, Bruce's doppelganger roams the streets, and Barbara and Tabitha open a new nightclub called The Sirens.

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'Gotham' EP Claims The Joker's Story Will Start This Season

We have already established that The Penguin as he appears in "Gotham" (played by Robin Lord Taylor) is indeed The Penguin, and not The Joker. Even Taylor himself doesn't think it's possible that he'll turn out to be anyone other than Penguin.

If you're one of the disappointed fans who were hoping for an appearance by the Clown Prince of Crime, we have some good news for you.

Bruno Heller, the Executive Producer on "Gotham," has promised us that The Joker will indeed factor into the first and current season of the show, even if only a little.

"We've said you're going to be waiting a bit longer for it, but this is America — nobody wants to wait," Heller said in an interview. "So, we will scratch the surface of that story, yes. But just scratch it — a little tap on the door."

That's not exactly a ringing "you will see Joker this season" statement, but it's something. There are also questions of how the show will handle the character: Joker is often depicted as being roughly the same age as Batman, which would make him a child in "Gotham." Will the show stick with that age range? If so, will Joker already be insane, or will he be a relatively normal kid with the potential to become a psychopath?

Heller also promised that Edward Nygma, who eventually becomes The Riddler, will also begin his path to villainhood in the second half of this season.

So stay tuned, folks: "Gotham" is about to get crowded with evildoers.

'Gotham' Star Robin Lord Taylor Addresses Joker/Cobblepot Rumors

If you've been watching "Gotham" this TV season, you've probably been enjoying the rise of Oswald Cobblepot, aka The Penguin, through the ranks of Gotham City's criminal underground.

Fans have been wondering of late, though, whether Cobblepot really is who the show says he is.

A fan theory has picked up momentum among fans of the pre-Batman prequel that Oswald Cobblepot isn't actually The Penguin, but will actually turn out to be The Joker. But what does Robin Lord Taylor, who plays Cobblepot on the show, think about the theory?

"I find it incredibly unlikely, but at the same time, I have no idea what could happen," Taylor said. "I read it, and I was like, ‘Huh.’ I was like, ‘Nah.’ But then I was so impressed at the detail that this person went into… the guy who formulated this theory. I was just amazed at the amount of attention that people are paying to the show. I mean, he was looking at the colors of my vest and my suit, and extrapolating off of that."

We tend to agree with Robin. First off, there's the fact that this character is named Oswald Cobblepot, which is the name of The Penguin in every Batman story ever told. If he suddenly turned out to be The Joker, that would imply that the two are the same person, which would be a major change to the Batman universe.

There's also the fact that, in almost every Batman story, Joker becomes Joker because of Batman. Joker's origin story is muddy and has never been confirmed as canon, but more often than not Batman is either a direct or indirect cause of his madness and his decision to be a sort of antithesis to the Dark Knight.

So, with Bruce Wayne still a kid in prep school, it doesn't make much sense that Joker would come to exist in the current "Gotham" timeline.

Then again, the show has taken a few liberties with some of the show's characters: for example, Edward Nygma (aka The Riddler) works for the Gotham City Police Department, an origin story that has never been told in Batman fiction before. So who knows? Anyone could be The Joker.

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