691 votes


Apple TV+ 2019

Emily Dickinson. Poet. Daughter. Total rebel. In this coming-of-age story, Emily’s determined to become the world’s greatest poet.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Dickinson

Dickinson - S2E10

#1 - You cannot put a Fire out


Season 2 - Episode 10

While the whole town attends the christening of Jane’s baby, Emily fights to get her poems back from Sam.

The episode was rated from 130 votes.

Dickinson - S1E9

#2 - ‘Faith’ is a fine invention


Season 1 - Episode 9

During a solar eclipse, Emily confronts the Shadow of Death in her home.

The episode was rated from 178 votes.

Dickinson - S1E10

#3 - I felt a Funeral, in my Brain


Season 1 - Episode 10

Emily seeks help from an author (John Mulaney) when her favorite tree is threatened.

The episode was rated from 186 votes.

Dickinson - S1E8

#4 - There’s a certain Slant of light


Season 1 - Episode 8

On Christmas, Emily tries to be the “good little woman.” Zosia Mamet guest stars.

The episode was rated from 173 votes.

Dickinson - S2E1

#5 - Before I got my eye put out


Season 2 - Episode 1

Emily’s insular poetic world is rocked when Sue introduces her to Sam Bowles, a newspaper editor with a strong interest in publishing women.

The episode was rated from 153 votes.

Dickinson - S1E6
#6 - A brief, but patient illness
Season 1 - Episode 6

Emily takes a “sick day” to write and finds a connection with her father’s law clerk.

The episode was rated from 190 votes.
Dickinson - S2E6
#7 - Split the lark
Season 2 - Episode 6

Things don't go as planned when Emily tries to express her gratitude to Sam during a night at the opera.

The episode was rated from 126 votes.
Dickinson - S2E9
#8 - I Like a Look of Agony
Season 2 - Episode 9

To distract himself from the pain of life, Austin throws a tea party for his old college friends—but the day is disrupted by a major political event.

The episode was rated from 128 votes.
Dickinson - S1E7
#9 - We lose - because we win
Season 1 - Episode 7

On her father’s election day, Emily defiantly attempts to publish another poem.

The episode was rated from 183 votes.
Dickinson - S2E8
#10 - I'm Nobody! Who are you?
Season 2 - Episode 8

When her poem is finally published in Sam's newspaper, Emily is shocked to discover that she has become invisible to the world.

The episode was rated from 124 votes.

Last updated: jan 28, 2022



Good show. The soundtracks are great.


the idea of taking something out of the pedestal in which it was put and bring it to the plan of the ordinary is amazing. this show does it with emily dickinson's biography and character perfectly. it is the teen drama/comedy it intends to be, and it has a very good balance between deeper emotions, militancy, poetry and jokes. whiz khalifa as death? john mulaney as a dick thoreau? halee steinfeld as a petulant teen emily dickinson? we have it all! i like the "anacronysms" in it as well: the vernacular, how they express their feelings, how women are daring and are open about having political opinions etc. in a period drama i'm not sure we would have that, and i think we'd lost the goal of bringing this 1800's set drama for today's spirit, which is the greatest in this show


The target audience for this show is definitely in the female teenager realm. That alone probably turned off a whole lot of people, more profuse watchers of television. There were a decent amount of "funny" moments, and certainly a lot of goofy moments. I didn't care too much about them. But you can tell that they're written for a teenage audience. And then there are the moments that attempt to put a focus on the issues of that time period, and failing miserably. Goofy and serious do not go together, and never should. This is supposed to be within the comedy genre. Either stay true to that or don't put so much emphasize on it and then try to slip serious moments in. But, hey. At least the cinematography is nice. And Emily and Sue will appeal to many and is probably even the reason most people watched it. I'm just not within that particular group. I enjoyed it but not extremely. But I didn't hate it, by any means. I'm just not apart of what is clearly the target audience, so I hope those who are and absolutely adore it can understand that.


[Initial Impression]. I wanted to like this initial offering of Apple TV+ (Hailee Steinfeld, the backstory of a great of 19th century literature) but it was a huge disappointment. It is written for teens and pre-teens, right down to it's vernacular. It is crude and foul mouthed. There was nothing winsome about it. Emily Dickinson is depicted as petulant, crass and spoiled and there is no semblance to Americana 1840s. I have no idea what value this production was meant to have. This initial impression will go no further for I will not continue watching this series. What a waste! I give this series a 4 (bad) out of 10. [Biographical? Drama]


This is a ripoff of Another Period, but with a better budget, better actors, and worse writing. This show is aimed at middle school girls, but far too much of it would go over a tween's head. I wanted to like it for several reasons, but the show falls short.


A good show brought down by [spoiler] the dissapointing storyline of them attempting to make Ben Newton a love interest for unnecessary drama sake, despite the fact that historically he was a purely platonic friend to Dickinson [/spoiler] They should have focused more on the interesting parts of the storyline like Dickinsons relationship with her father and her relationship with Sue


I enjoyed this show quite a bit though I would find myself looking away when some of the less interesting plotlines came into play. What I think it does well is using the setting to show us just how much progress we've made and at the same time also how little progress we've made since Dickinson's day. We're still struggling against racism and sexism today. I find it more than believable that even great poets could have been temperamental brats. I really like Hailee Steinfeld's portrayal of a spoilt young woman who is too brilliant and different for her own good. Even when I'm mad at Emily for some of her choices, I can't hate her.

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