Penny Dreadful

2014 • Showtime
2.03K reviews
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Season 1 episodes (19)

1 Night Work
London 1891. As the police investigate a series of gruesome murders, renowned explorer Sir Malcolm Murray and the strangely beautiful Vanessa Ives know there's something darker at play. In search of someone close to them who has been lost, they recruit American sharp-shooter Ethan Chandler and Dr. Victor Frankenstein to help them on their journey.
2 Seance
In pursuit of answers, Vanessa and Sir Malcolm attend a party at the home of Egyptologist Sir Ferdinand Lyle, where they encounter the mysteriously beautiful Dorian Gray. The party takes a turn, however, when renowned medium Madame Kali hosts a seance. Meanwhile, Ethan befriends Brona Croft, a young Irish immigrant.
3 Resurrection
Dr. Frankenstein is confronted by the consequences of his past. Vanessa has a vision of Mina which leads her, Sir Malcolm, Ethan and Sembene to the London Zoo where they discover and capture Fenton - servant to a vampire master.
4 Demimonde
Vanessa's infatuation with Dorian Gray continues to grow. Professor Abraham Van Helsing is hired by Sir Malcolm to work with Dr. Frankenstein to uncover a cure to the disease that might be affecting his daughter. Fenton draws his master to Sir Malcolm's mansion.
5 Closer than Sisters
Vanessa recalls her past and the events which ultimately lead to Mina's disappearance.
6 What Death Can Join Together
Vanessa's latest vision leads Sir Malcolm, Ethan and Sembene to explore a plague ship in search of Mina. Professor Abraham Van Helsing reveals to Dr. Frankenstein more details about the creature that has taken Mina. Vanessa's night with Dorian unlocks something dark within her.
7 Possession
Over the course of four harrowing weeks, Sir Malcolm, Ethan, Dr. Frankenstein and Sembene do everything they can to save Vanessa from the demons within her.
8 Grand Guignol
After having a vision of the Grand Guignol theater, Vanessa, Sir Malcolm, Ethan, Dr. Frankenstein and Sembene explore the empty theater and are confronted by their worst nightmares.
101 About
Get a behind the scenes look at the new Showtime Original Series Penny Dreadful.
102 Trailer
Check out the trailer for Showtime's highly-anticipated original series Penny Dreadful.
103 What is a Penny Dreadful?
In Penny Dreadful Production Blog #1, we meet the producers of the series, get a glimpse into the set, and find out "what is a penny dreadful."
104 Literary Roots
Creator/Executive Producer John Logan discusses the new Showtime Original Series Penny Dreadful's ties to literature.
105 Coming Together
Get a sneak peek into the pre-production process with members of the Penny Dreadful team including Juan Antonio Bayona, director of episodes 1 and 2.
106 The Artisans Pt. 1
In this installment we meet members of the Penny Dreadful production team who are responsible for set decoration and props. Learn about their craft and see the level of detail that goes into each element of Penny Dreadful.
107 The Artisans Pt. 2
The production team takes us deeper into the process of creating the world of Penny Dreadful. See how scripts are transformed into magnificent sets, and the details involved in creating Victorian era London for the series.
108 The Grand Guignol
Theater was an important part of Victorian society and plays a key roll in the Showtime series Penny Dreadful. Watch as Creator/Executive Producer John Logan gives an in-depth look at The Grand Guignol and discusses how he recreated a Victorian theater in modern day Dublin.
109 Prostitution and Sex in the Victorian Age
See Author/Historian Matthew Sweet take Reeve Carney (Dorian Gray) on a tour of London to learn about the role of sex and prostitution in the Victorian age.
110 British Exploration And the Search for the Nile
See Author/Historian Matthew Sweet discuss the impact of British Exploration on Victorian life and how it relates to Penny Dreadful.
111 The Science of Medicine
Author/Historian Matthew Sweet meets with Technical Curator Carla Valentine at the Barts Pathology Museum in London to explore the science and medicine behind Penny Dreadful.

About this show

Full episodes of Penny Dreadful, Season 3 will be available for playback on October 3, 2016.

An erotically charged, profoundly unsettling new saga, PENNY DREADFUL completely reinvents literature’s most iconic and terrifying characters. Dorian Gray, Victor Frankenstein and timeless figures from Dracula join a core of original characters in a dark and brutal quest to save a soul – even as they grapple with their own monstrous temptations. Starring Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton and Eva Green.
2.03K reviews
A Google user
April 13, 2019
I'm a huge fan of the show! A group of great actors and written so well! Our lead Vanessa has a special way of seeing right through people for what they really are. Vanessa herself is hiding her own demons..."The Mother Of all Evil"! Adventures with the lead Vanessa Ives, and her partner in crime Sir Malcolm Murray. Together they fight off vampires, demons, witches, and Dracula in the flesh. Of course they have some help from close friends Mr. Lyle, Dr. Frankenstein, Sembene, and Mr. Chandler.
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Frank Mondana
May 13, 2015
The film "Van Helsing" was stuck in my head after seeing the trailer for "Penny Dreadful". I wasn't exactly waiting for the show. The first episode had a great aesthetic but didn't strike me as a fresh take on Gothic Victorian literary tradition. Then the last minutes of episode 2 convinced me that the show could be the best thing ever for Gothic and the entire horror genre. It's refreshingly mature without the soft porn other shows think makes them mature and adult.
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Chase Cotton
January 7, 2016
Penny Dreadful is as gorgeous in its cinematography, as it is brutal in its originality of story telling. The characters portrayed are lively and abundant in personality. Each scene leaves one wanting more and questioning answers one thought one knew. Though this series is 'Chalk-full' of sex and nudity, i stand by my score of, "Must-See".
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