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Penny Dreadful

Penny Dreadful

Showtime 2014

Some of literature's most terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and iconic figures from the novel Dracula are lurking in the darkest corners of Victorian London. Penny Dreadful is a frightening psychological thriller that weaves together these classic horror origin stories into a new adult drama.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Penny Dreadful

Penny Dreadful - S1E7

#1 - Possession


Season 1 - Episode 7

Sir Malcolm, Ethan and Sembene must deal with the aftermath of Vanessa's night of passion with Dorian, when she is possessed by the demon that haunts them... and who has ties to the Master who controls Mina.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Penny Dreadful from 2248 votes.

Penny Dreadful - S2E10

#2 - And They Were Enemies


Season 2 - Episode 10

Vanessa has to use all of her strength to try and defeat the demon.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Penny Dreadful from 2029 votes.

Penny Dreadful - S2E3

#3 - The Nightcomers


Season 2 - Episode 3

In a flashback, Vanessa meets The Cut-Wife, who teaches her how to harness her powers. Isolated at her lonely cottage on the moors, The Cut-Wife quickly realizes the extent of Vanessa’s powers and warns her of the danger that lies ahead and the evil that pursues her.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Penny Dreadful from 2009 votes.

Penny Dreadful - S3E9

#4 - The Blessed Dark


Season 3 - Episode 9

Series finale. Ethan learns the shocking truth about Kaetenay. Dr. Seward uses hypnosis on Renfield. Meanwhile, The Creature must make a moral decision as Sir Malcolm, Ethan, Kaetenay, Dr. Seward and Catriona battle to save Vanessa.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Penny Dreadful from 2635 votes.

Penny Dreadful - S3E4

#5 - A Blade of Grass


Season 3 - Episode 4

Vanessa convinces Dr. Seward to use hypnosis to take her back in time, and discovers what really happened to her during her time at the Banning Institute.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Penny Dreadful from 2681 votes.

Penny Dreadful - S3E8
#6 - Perpetual Night
Season 3 - Episode 8

Ethan, Sir Malcolm and Kaetenay return to London. Dr. Seward discovers Renfield's secret. Meanwhile, Ethan heads out in search of Dr. Frankenstein. And Lily reveals a heartbreaking story from Brona Croft's past.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Penny Dreadful from 2563 votes.

Penny Dreadful - S1E8
#7 - Grand Guignol
Season 1 - Episode 8

After a vision of the Grand Guignol, Vanessa, Sir Malcolm, Ethan, Dr. Frankenstein and Sembene explore an empty theater - only to be confronted by their worst nightmares.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Penny Dreadful from 2187 votes.

Penny Dreadful - S2E9
#8 - And Hell Itself My Only Foe
Season 2 - Episode 9

Back in London, Vanessa and Ethan learn that Sir Malcolm is in danger. Desperate to save him, Vanessa goes alone to battle Evelyn. Ethan heads out to Evelyn’s mansion with Frankenstein, Sembene and Lyle. Lily reveals her true self to Dorian.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Penny Dreadful from 1895 votes.

Penny Dreadful - S3E1
#9 - The Day Tennyson Died
Season 3 - Episode 1

Feeling abandoned and alienated by her faith, a shattered and despondent Vanessa seeks the help of Dr. Seward, an American therapist who has an unconventional way of treatment. Meanwhile, now a prisoner under the watchful eye of Scotland Yard Inspector Rusk, Ethan Chandler is on a train speeding through the desert of the American West. Halfway around the world, in Zanzibar, Sir Malcolm is confronted by a mysterious Native American man named Kaetenay who shares a deep connection with Ethan. Back in London, Dr. Frankenstein seeks out his old friend Dr. Jekyll. With all of her friends scattered around the world facing their own demons, Vanessa is left alone to battle a new evil that has emerged from the shadows.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Penny Dreadful from 2751 votes.

Penny Dreadful - S3E6
#10 - No Beast So Fierce
Season 3 - Episode 6

Vanessa turns to an old friend for help, who introduces her to a new ally. Jared has dinner with Ethan, Hecate, Malcolm, Rusk, and Oslow, and invites his son Ethan to do his worse. Meanwhile, Vanessa takes Seward's advice and forms a closer bond with Sweet, while Victor pays Lily and Dorian a visit.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Penny Dreadful from 2637 votes.

Last updated: may 14, 2021



Non-spoilerish; After having finished Penny Dreadful S1 I must say I'm satisfied with how the first season ended. It seems the makers of PD knew there would eventually be a S2 and took their time and didn't rush through the story- that's awesome! The show is/was enjoyable, delivered some really impressive performances and a well written story( apart from the misdefined egyptain creator diety Amon-Ra- that part is bullSHIT. Amon-Ra was a more or less good buddy.)! The cast- Great! Eva has, once again, shown us what she's capable of as an actress. Impressive acting here! Frankenstein, oh Frankenstein. I hate the Frankenstein stories and I already expressed my opinion on Frankenstein and his Creationin in my previous post, but someting has changed and I learned to actually like Frankenstein in Penny Dreadful! What I absolutely don't like is Reeve's role, he plays sexy Dorian Grey, who basically didn't draw my attention at all. I simply didn't care if/when something awful happaned to him... I was dry like an empty barrel, no tears, no pity and no sympathy! His on-screen time was a joke! Reeve's a great actor and I think he deserved much better! Scare/Anxiety Factor- mild/medium. Each ep. adds more mystery than anxiety. Worth Watching? In my opinion, YUP! You should be watching! ^ ^


No Spoilers at all. So, i just finished first season of the series, and having watched this far, i dont really know how this series got an 8 here... its a "kinda good" series, it makes use of a lot of good characters from british literature and has a good cast of actors, really good actually, and they kinda put together a good "ambience" for these characters on a good plot, the problem here is, the plot moves too slow, so slow you actually lose interest in the middle of the episode, i start watching it, and around 20-30 minutes i am already picking my phone and doing something else and not even paying atention, which is a shame, cause the series has everything to be good, another problem i find with it is the way the characters are "connected" everything sees so random that it doesnt seem random at all, its like, every character find each other from time to time with no reason whatsoever besides advancing the plot, its too much of a coincidence. Its not a bad series by any means, but if you are like me, and like a little bit more action packed and not so "wait for the plot to happen" series, this is not for you, my personal score for this would be 6, cause of this point in question, but since this is a review for other people and not myself, i am confortable with giving it a 7, but i dont find it deserving any more than a 7.


I am quite dissapointed that the show ended this way, but I guess there was no other ending to a show like this. I enjoyed every episode. Great actors, interesting plot. I would definitely recommend.


Plenty Dreadful: it's like they tried to lay X-Men or Heroes over a combo Frankenstein, Dracula and whatever else.


One of my favourites shows. I've not seen any show recently that has such interesting story, dialogues and a great cast. I will surely miss it.


Eva Green is definitely my favorite after watching Penny Dreadful. She has proved to be a great actress and I love the fact that her character in Penny Dreadful is so comprehensive, meaning that Vanessa Ives can be tough and fearless or at the same time scared, vulnerable and lonely, cold-hearted and yet loving :) I really enjoy watching Eva act it all out :)


Now that S2 has officially ended we are left wondering- What about Vanessa's secret- and Lucifer? What has become of Frankenstein and his creations? Why feeding us with Mr. Chandler, make us love him....just to throw him away at the end? What is his story anyways? It did not even take 2 episodes to kill his story. I expected so much more development here! So, so, so~ many questions left unanswered, but I am just going to stop before someone screams: Spoiler! Honestly, I find that the ending this season was rushed...brutally! Overall, compared to what I have seen in previous episodes the final episodes did not do it for me. I was NOT able to sink into the story's setting and truly enjoy the final. In my personal opinion, none of the episodes directed by Mr. Kirk — S2: 11/15/17/18— are right for the show. He doesn't seem to get the whole Penny-Dreadfull-ness, his episodes lack magical realism, horror— sometimes, I found myself laughing instead of crying for a hug— and the love for depth and detail. Brian Kirk has worked hard for a place on my hate-list. I will not go into detail, but let me just say that the other directors have done a better job and deserve some credit! The cast has been great and the performances this season have blown my mind. Green was badass..again! I really enjoy Eva Green portraying Vanessa Ives. Season 1 was pretty bad for Reeve and his portrait of Dorian Grey, but in Season 2 he has gotten his short moment of glory. I enjoyed him so much! Giving him more air-time was a good decision! Treadaway's character(Dr. Frankenstein)- I know he is the daddy of his monsters and all, but if not for them, he would have been a nobody in my eyes. I like Treadaway's acting though! McCrory(Kali, the witch)- McCrory has had better moments in her career. I am not a big fan of the horror genre, oftentimes it's just mindless murder with no story behind the story, but I like what I saw in Penny Dreadful so far and S2 has been great despite the flaws. It's an intense show with great characters. Anyways, totally worth your time! The final of S2 is just not what I expected, but it's still OK!. Give it a go! !!!Season 3 has been confirmed and I can't wait to see more!!!


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This was a great show that just didn't reach its potential. Green's acting is amazing and she really should have almost won some awards for it. Unfortunately the first season lost a lot of viewers because of slow pace and I don't think it ever got them back. However, this show is dark, has great characters, and felt unique compared to other shows. I really hate it didn't get more seasons but it's still worth a watch.


though it took more time for me to watch the second season, i must say that it was flawless. the character development was amazing and vanessa ives is probably the most intriguing character on television

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