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  • TV-MA
  • 2017
  • 1 Season
  • 8.3  (148,584)

Tom Hardy stars in Taboo, FX's dark and gritty period drama set in 19th century England. He plays James Delaney, a man who returns to London after being presumed dead for years. Delaney arrives back in England with a trunk full of stolen diamonds and a vendetta against the East India Company, the company responsible for many of his woes.

As the show progresses, viewers are introduced to a cast of characters with various motivations and schemes of their own. Oona Chaplin plays Zilpha Geary, James Delaney's half-sister and former lover. She's married to a wealthy merchant named Thorne Geary (Jefferson Hall), but her feelings for Delaney haven't completely dissipated.

David Hayman plays Brace, Delaney's trusted servant and confidante. Brace was also present when Delaney's mother passed away, which has left him haunted and tormented. Jonathan Pryce plays Sir Stuart Strange, a powerful and ruthless man who leads the East India Company with an iron fist. Other notable cast members include Franka Potente as Helga, the owner of a brothel, and Tom Hollander as George Cholmondeley, a chemist who is working on a new explosive that could change the face of warfare.

The show's setting is a bleak and barren London, plagued by disease and poverty. The visuals are grim and atmospheric, with an emphasis on muted colors and dimly-lit interiors. The contrast between the beauty of the natural landscape and the ugliness of the city is stark, and helps to highlight the show's themes of corruption, greed, and the struggle for power.

The show also features supernatural elements, with Delaney supposedly possessing dark powers that he inherited from his mother. This aspect of the show is subtle at first, but becomes more prominent as the season progresses. The mystery surrounding Delaney's past and his abilities keeps viewers on the edge of their seat, wondering what will happen next.

The plot of Taboo is complex and multi-layered, with various factions vying for power and influence. Delaney's motives remain a mystery for much of the show, which adds to the intrigue. The characters are all flawed and morally ambiguous, making it difficult to know who to root for.

Despite the dark subject matter, the show has moments of humor and levity. Tom Hardy's performance as Delaney is a standout, with his gruff demeanor and intense stare lending weight and gravity to every scene he's in. The other actors all give strong performances as well, bringing their characters to life with nuance and depth.

Overall, Taboo is a gripping and atmospheric drama, with a strong cast and intriguing storyline. The show's blend of historical accuracy and supernatural elements makes for a unique viewing experience that is both thrilling and thought-provoking. Highly recommended for fans of dark period dramas.

Taboo is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (8 episodes). The series first aired on January 10, 2017.

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Episode 8
8. Episode 8
February 28, 2017
It is the time of final reckoning. James Delaney confronts Sir Stuart Strange of the East India Company with the cold, hard truth. Revelations about those surrounding him are unearthed and met with deadly ramifications. Meanwhile, James conspires to escape, but as the cold enmity of the Prince Regent turns into a lethal fury, the Crown unleashes one final plan to destroy him. Time is running out, scores need to be settled, and tragic consequences must be borne.
Episode 7
7. Episode 7
February 21, 2017
James Delaney has seemingly lost everything but, when he suffers a devastating betrayal, he realises even his freedom is in jeopardy. Armed with the opportunity they have been longing for, the Crown and Company conspire to bring him down once and for all. Elsewhere, Lorna sets out to discover the truth, whilst Zilpha perhaps has already found her own.
Episode 6
6. Episode 6
February 14, 2017
The East India Company declares war on James Delaney, whilst a family revelation drives him into dark and haunted places.
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
February 7, 2017
James Delaney is blackmailed into a dangerous mission, whilst animosity between the Crown and Company escalates to a new level.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
January 31, 2017
Blacklisted, James Delaney sets out to protect his business by any means necessary.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
January 24, 2017
James Delaney decides to take radical action in order to safeguard himself from those intent on his demise.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
January 17, 2017
As James Delaney assembles his league of the damned; an unexpected arrival threatens to disrupt his plans.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
January 10, 2017
In the series opener, James Delaney returns to 1814 London after ten years in Africa to claim a mysterious legacy left to him by his father.
Where to Watch Taboo
Taboo is available for streaming on the FX website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Taboo on demand at Vudu and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    January 10, 2017
  • IMDB Rating
    8.3  (148,584)