Penny Dreadful

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  • TV-MA
  • 2014
  • 3 Seasons
  • 8.2  (130,752)

Penny Dreadful is a gothic horror drama television show produced by Showtime that premiered on May 11, 2014, and ran for three seasons until its final episode on June 19, 2016. The series is written and created by John Logan and is set during the Victorian era in London. The show is an homage to the classic horror literature of the 19th century and features several well-known characters from that era, such as Dracula, Frankenstein, and Dorian Gray.

The story revolves around Vanessa Ives, played by Eva Green, who is a psychic who is tormented by her past and her abilities. She is approached by Sir Malcolm Murray, played by Timothy Dalton, to help him find his daughter, who has been kidnapped by a supernatural being. Along with American sharpshooter Ethan Chandler, played by Josh Hartnett, they form a team to fight against supernatural evil forces and uncover dark secrets from their past.

Vanessa Ives is the main character of the series, and Eva Green's portrayal is mesmerizing. She is haunted by her past and is trying to come to terms with her psychic abilities. As the series progresses, we learn more about her past, including her connection to the main villain, and her struggle to control her powers. Timothy Dalton plays Sir Malcolm Murray, an explorer who is searching for his daughter. He is a stern and determined man who has a dark secret from his past that is revealed in the second season.

Josh Hartnett plays Ethan Chandler, a gunslinger from America, who is recruited by Sir Malcolm to help in his search. Chandler is a troubled man, haunted by his past and trying to find redemption. Harry Treadaway plays Victor Frankenstein, who is experimenting with reanimating the dead. He is a brilliant but arrogant man whose experiments lead to disastrous consequences.

Billie Piper plays Brona Croft, an Irish prostitute who is dying of consumption. She becomes involved with Ethan Chandler, and their relationship is complicated by her illness and his own dark secrets. Rory Kinnear plays The Creature, a reanimated corpse created by Victor Frankenstein. He is an outcast, seeking acceptance and trying to find his place in the world.

Helen McCrory plays Madame Kali, a powerful witch who is a major villain in the second season. She is a seductive and cunning woman who is determined to destroy Vanessa and take over London's supernatural underworld. Hannah Tointon plays Mina Harker, the daughter of Sir Malcolm who has been kidnapped by Dracula. David Warner plays Abraham Van Helsing, a vampire hunter who is an ally to Sir Malcolm and Vanessa.

Reeve Carney plays Dorian Gray, a hedonistic and immortal man who becomes involved with Vanessa. Patti LuPone plays Dr. Seward, a psychiatrist who treats Vanessa and has her own dark past. Wes Studi plays Kaetenay, a Native American who has a connection to Ethan Chandler and helps him come to terms with his own supernatural nature.

The show is visually stunning, with incredible production design and costumes that transport the viewer to the Victorian era. The writing is superb, with well-drawn characters and intricate storylines that keep the viewer engaged. The show's horror elements are genuinely scary and suspenseful, with plenty of gore and violence.

Overall, Penny Dreadful is an excellent television series that combines classic horror literature with a modern twist. The show's talented cast, stunning visuals, and intricate storytelling make it one of the best horror series to come out in recent years.

Penny Dreadful is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (44 episodes). The series first aired on May 11, 2014.

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The Blessed Dark
9. The Blessed Dark
June 19, 2016
Season 3 finishes up with Ethan discovering an unexpected truth about Kaetenay, and Dr. Seward utilizing hypnosis on Renfield.
Perpetual Night
8. Perpetual Night
June 19, 2016
Dr. Seward uncovers a secret. Ethan goes in search of Dr. Frankenstein.
Ebb Tide
7. Ebb Tide
June 12, 2016
Kaetenay has a vision of impending doom. Vanessa learns an awful truth.
No Beast So Fierce
6. No Beast So Fierce
June 5, 2016
Vanessa turns to an old friend for help, who introduces her to a new ally.
This World Is Our Hell
5. This World Is Our Hell
May 29, 2016
Hecate and Ethan fight to live through the harsh desert wasteland.
A Blade of Grass
4. A Blade of Grass
May 22, 2016
Vanessa convinces Dr. Seward to use hypnosis to take her back in time.
Good and Evil Braided Be
3. Good and Evil Braided Be
May 15, 2016
Ethan and Hecate race across the desert with Sir Malcolm and Kaetenay hot on his trail. The Creature returns to London desperately trying to piece his former life back together. After Dr. Jekyll and Dr. Frankenstein’s plan fails, they come up with a new strategy. Lily and Dorian’s young acolyte, Justine, demonstrate useful skills. A clue about her past is revealed to Vanessa.
Predators Far and Near
2. Predators Far and Near
May 8, 2016
Lily and Dorian, rescue a young woman. Sir Malcolm continues on his journey with the enigmatic Kaetenay. Meanwhile, Ethan gets some unexpected help from Hecate. Dr. Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll hatch a plan. Vanessa’s relationship with Dr. Sweet grows but, unbeknownst to her, evil forces are tracking her every move.
The Day Tennyson Died
1. The Day Tennyson Died
May 1, 2016
Vanessa seeks the help of Dr. Seward to battle a new evil.
Where to Watch Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful is available for streaming on the Showtime website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Penny Dreadful on demand at Showtime, Paramount+, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, FuboTV, Microsoft Movies & TV, Sling, Google Play, Apple TV and Showtime Anytime.
  • Premiere Date
    May 11, 2014
  • IMDB Rating
    8.2  (130,752)