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Penny Dreadful: City of Angels

Penny Dreadful: City of Angels

Showtime 2020

Rooted in the conflict between characters connected to the deity Santa Muerte and others allied with the Devil, this saga explores an exciting mix of the supernatural and the combustible reality of 1938 Los Angeles, a time and place deeply infused with Mexican-American folklore and social tension.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Penny Dreadful: City of Angels

Penny Dreadful: City of Angels - S1E9

#1 - Sing, Sing, Sing


Season 1 - Episode 9

In danger, Tiago and Lewis must make bold decisions. With Townsend at the end of his rope, he’s forced to turn to a last resort. Spurred by Elsa, Peter decides to take Tom, Trevor and Frank to the movies. Lewis oversees the prison transfer of Diego Lopez as Tiago and Molly go dancing at the Crimson Cat, where they confront the rest of the Vega family.

The episode was rated from 387 votes.

Penny Dreadful: City of Angels - S1E4

#2 - Josefina and the Holy Spirit


Season 1 - Episode 4

Tiago scours Sister Molly's beach house for clues, leading to disquieting revelations. Councilwoman Beck proposes an alternate route for the Arroyo-Seco motorway, infuriating Townsend. Peter Craft invites Elsa to a party at his home, inflaming the suspicions of his wife Linda. Lewis asks the gangster Benny Berman to help battle the growing Nazi menace in LA. And after Josefina Vega has a harrowing encounter with the police, Mateo seeks retribution with his new Pachuco friends as Josefina pursues spiritual enlightenment with Sister Molly.

The episode was rated from 513 votes.

Penny Dreadful: City of Angels - S1E5

#3 - Children of the Royal Sun


Season 1 - Episode 5

Mateo grapples with the aftermath of his actions. Josefina confides in Sister Molly, who's shocked to discover Josefina is Tiago's sister. Tiago and Lewis's investigation takes them from the Sonoratown slums to the Vega House. Dottie befriends Brian as Alex lectures Townsend about his personal life. Peter receives an alarming phone call from Elsa and Tiago confronts Mateo.

The episode was rated from 479 votes.

Penny Dreadful: City of Angels - S1E6

#4 - How It Is With Brothers


Season 1 - Episode 6

Tiago and Lewis interrogate Diego, seeking a confession, while Lewis senses Tiago is hiding something from him. Adelaide warns Molly about her personal desires jeopardizing the Temple's future. Townsend learns of Kurt's surprising past. Peter Craft makes a dramatic decision about his marriage with Linda. Maria tracks down Mateo and pleads with him to come home.

The episode was rated from 453 votes.

Penny Dreadful: City of Angels - S1E8

#5 - Hide and Seek


Season 1 - Episode 8

Lewis confronts Townsend in his office and Tiago questions Adelaide, where he discovers Josefina is now a member of the Sister Molly’s congregation. Rio implores Mateo to forget his old family and embrace her and the Pachucos. Peter visits Linda at the asylum, only to find her ready for war. Townsend and Kurt go on a dangerous outing, while Peter Craft argues with members of the German-American Bund. In the Craft home, Frank terrorizes Tom and Trevor as Maria fights to protect them from the demonic child.

The episode was rated from 411 votes.

Penny Dreadful: City of Angels - S1E10
#6 - Day of the Dead
Season 1 - Episode 10

When sad news spreads through the Crimson Cat, Fly Rico tries to placate the volatile crowd while Rio argues for vengeance. Peter Craft, Elsa and the boys are trapped in their car amidst a riot as Tiago tries to help Mateo. Townsend celebrates the sudden rise of his political fortunes. Tiago and Molly face reality about their relationship and Molly confronts Miss Adelaide. Lewis and Tiago rush to protect Brian from the Nazis. The Vega family gathers for a moving Day of the Dead ceremony.

The episode was rated from 385 votes.
Penny Dreadful: City of Angels - S1E7
#7 - Maria and the Beast
Season 1 - Episode 7

Molly visits Tiago at his apartment as he wrestles with guilt over Diego’s confession. Dottie and Lewis confront Brian for lying about his dueling allegiances. Elsa and Frank move in with the Crafts, igniting fear in Tom and Maria. Alex and Townsend deliberate about how to defeat Councilwoman Beck. Josefina’s newfound faith puts her at odds with her family. Lewis enlists a reluctant Tiago to join his covert operations. Maria summons Santa Muerte, but an uninvited guest arrives with her.

The episode was rated from 425 votes.
Penny Dreadful: City of Angels - S1E3
#8 - Wicked Old World
Season 1 - Episode 3

Tiago and Molly visit Santa Monica Pier in an effort to escape their complicated lives. Livid at the murder of his friends, Lewis interrogates Brian Koenig, a young Cal-Tech student. Townsend and Alex's political agenda is jeopardized when Councilwoman Beverly Beck vows to fight them. Peter Craft discovers a dark truth when he visits Elsa at home. Mateo visits the Crimson Cat dance hall and is invited into a seductive, dangerous new world.

The episode was rated from 589 votes.
Penny Dreadful: City of Angels - S1E1
#9 - Santa Muerte
Season 1 - Episode 1

Los Angeles, 1938. LAPD detective Tiago Vega and his partner, Lewis Michener, investigate a murder. While at City Hall, Tiago’s activist brother Raul Vega battles with the fiery Councilman Charlton Townsend over the construction of California’s first freeway. Meanwhile, Peter Craft, the head of the German-American Bun, meets Elsa, the mysterious mother of one of his patients. Sensing danger, Tiago’s mother Maria pleads with Santa Muerte to protect her family as the rising tensions in the city threaten to explode. Series premiere

The episode was rated from 846 votes.
Penny Dreadful: City of Angels - S1E2
#10 - Dead People Lie Down
Season 1 - Episode 2

Raul Vega lies on the brink of death. Tiago and Lewis meet radio evangelist Sister Molly Finnister. Councilman Townsend furthers his political goals. Peter Craft runs into Elsa at the beach.

The episode was rated from 677 votes.

Last updated: nov 04, 2021



Without Eva Green's deliciously tortured Vanessa, this new evolution can't possibly be as good. But I'll give it a fair go just in case. UPDATE 2nd July 2020 Okay, so I've finished watching the whole series now and I'm hoping they don't make a second. This wasn't a patch on the original and I found Dormer's characters rather hammy and annoying. The themes 'explored' in this series seem all too familiar right now, repeated over and over in many other shows. I suppose it ticks all the boxes for millennials, but they aren't watching anyway. What's wrong with just telling a story? On a positive note, I did enjoy the concept of Elsa and her son, Frank. Spoiler alert: [spoiler] I think it would have been more faithful to the original series if they had instead chosen to use multiple actors to play the roles inhabited by Natalie Dormer's demon, perhaps using subtle vehicles to gradually tip viewers off over the story arc until we discover the coordinated plot to expose the inherent discord, conflict and misery in humanity (do we really ever need any help with that?). We could have seen a proxy battle between good and evil played out between characters possessed by the two angels/demons. I suppose they must have decided it would be too confusing to continue with the possession theme from the original series if they spread it across multiple characters, but would we really need to know that until the lame ending anyway?[/spoiler]


After watching the first episode the show does not convince me yet. It certainly isn't going after the same charm that made the original great. It may yet become something good in it's own right but as of now I am not convinced.


Admittedly, as a fan of the original who was gutted when it end, I hoped this would be some kind of continuation. However, it’s not, but it’s still in the Penny Dreadful Universe so to speak. Despite the change in era and location, it still has the supernatural element, which surrounds those depreciated in this show. Although fantasy, I was intrigued and read deeper about the show and the amount of historical research behind this show. A passionate subject for John Logan and I love how he’s taken reality and given all sides a voice, even although it’s cleverly interwoven with the supernatural, to make it more appealing to a broader audience. So, I’m not at all disappointed anymore after 3 episodes; a slow start, but it’s looking to be a complex story and feel it’s going to be a big hit. Still sad the original left our screens, it was one of my favourites. I’m looking forward to seeing much more from John Logan. PS. I’ve yet to rate the show, after all there’s only 3 episodes which have been screened. I will await full judgement until the season’s end.


What the floating flying fuck have they done to Penny Dreadful? This keeps getting worse - and more cliche, and boring - with each episode. I'll try to keep watching and just hope it gets at least a little bit better by the end of the season, but holy crap... what a disappointment, Mr. Logan, sir. What a huge disappointment. EDIT: Finished the 10th episode today. Great photography; Superb choreographies (the dance scenes really were amazing); So much - and I'll repeat: SO MUCH - potential; All the right themes/ideas were there, and they could have been dealt with in such a unique manner... but they weren't. This was just a huge disappointment. The ending felt rushed - if that was an ending, I'm not even sure right now -, and didn't give us anything it built up to. Well, to keep this short... I don't want to give any spoilers, so for whoever's reading this: watch it, and have your own opinion. Me? I'm honestly not looking forward to any new episodes. (But I still trust Mr. Logan. I know he'll continue to give us amazing shows/films/stories. Let's just wait.)


If you're thinking about watching this because you loved or liked the original Penny Dreadful series, you might want to skip this one. The best way to look at the 2 different Penny Dreadful seasons is to think American Horror Story except none of the actors from the first season are present in the second season. In other words, this has pretty much absolutely nothing to do with and is completely dissimilar to the original Penny Dreadful. They would have been better off dropping Penny Dreadful from the title of this particular series and just named it City of Angels or something completely different. As far as the show goes, it was moderately entertaining at best. Although I did not particularly like this show, you might.


The intention of this serie is clearly to provide ideas of liberty, justice, equalitary and antiracism in accord with current US events. I appreciate that side but the story itself is disappointing, borying and inconclusive.


As current as they hit the current protests going on I cannot help but to feel bored. Very little supernatural is going on and the plot lines are hardly new. My core issue however is that I still don't get why this is unfolding. Why would the "bad" lady spend her years trying to incite a race war when she is already powerful enough to destroy the world as it is and for that to focus on this particular community (in the year 1938..)?


The original series was fantastic. At least an 8, maybe 9 out of 10. This new series is not nearly worthy of the name. It is maybe a 5.5. That being said, we will watch until the end of the season, but I predict that will be the end of it for us. Disappointing.


okay judging by first episode only im gonna say this was a thrill ride it might change but if so i hope its for the best there is alot of potental here for an incredible program if it keeps going like this no doubt not perfect but magnificent in its own special way


The new announcement of the shows cancellation is not terribly surprising. I'm a fan of Dormers so I'm hoping to see her in something as challenging yet not as convoluted as PDCoA. I think it was trying to do too much. Like spreading butter on bread way too thin. Maybe a sequel of the original Penny Dreadful now be looked at a little more positively.

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