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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 8.20 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 8.19 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 8.19 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 8.14 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 8.13 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 8.13 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 8.12 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 8.11 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 8.07 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 8.05 from 2637 votes.

Penny Dreadful - S3E7
#11 - Ebb Tide
Season 3 - Episode 7

Kaetenay returns to London with Ethan and Malcolm to prevent the darkness that he has foreseen. Meanwhile, Vanessa realizes who Sweet really is, while Caliban is reunited with his family. Elsewhere, Dorian grows bored with Lily's revolution and makes his own plans.

The episode was rated from 2606 votes.
Penny Dreadful - S3E2
#12 - Predators Far and Near
Season 3 - Episode 2

Lily and Dorian rescue a young woman. Sir Malcolm continues on his journey with the enigmatic Kaetenay. Meanwhile, Ethan gets some unexpected help from Hecate. Dr. Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll hatch a plan. Vanessa’s relationship with Dr. Sweet grows but, unbeknownst to her, evil forces are tracking her every move.

The episode was rated from 2694 votes.
Penny Dreadful - S1E5
#13 - Closer Than Sisters
Season 1 - Episode 5

Vanessa recalls her past and the events that ultimately lead to Mina's disappearance.

The episode was rated from 2460 votes.
Penny Dreadful - S1E6
#14 - What Death Can Join Together
Season 1 - Episode 6

Vanessa's latest vision leads Sir Malcolm, Ethan and Sembene to explore a plague ship in search of Mina. Meanwhile, Van Helsing reveals to Dr. Frankenstein more details about the creature that has taken Mina. Later, Vanessa's night with Dorian unlocks something dark within her.

The episode was rated from 2294 votes.
Penny Dreadful - S2E6
#15 - Glorious Horrors
Season 2 - Episode 6

Vanessa and Ethan give Sir Malcolm tragic news; Lavinia Putney is disturbed by an encounter with the Creature; Roper hunts down Ethan; Dorian hosts a lavish ball in Angelique's honor; a glorious night turns to horror for Vanessa.

The episode was rated from 1942 votes.
Penny Dreadful - S3E3
#16 - Good and Evil Braided Be
Season 3 - Episode 3

Ethan and Hecate race across the desert with Sir Malcolm and Kaetenay hot on his trail. The Creature returns to London desperately trying to piece his former life back together. After Dr. Jekyll and Dr. Frankenstein’s plan fails, they come up with a new strategy. Lily and Dorian’s young acolyte, Justine, demonstrate useful skills. A clue about her past is revealed to Vanessa.

The episode was rated from 2628 votes.
Penny Dreadful - S1E2
#17 - Séance
Season 1 - Episode 2

In pursuit of answers, Vanessa and Sir Malcolm attend a party at Egyptologist Sir Ferdinand Lyle's home where they encounter the mysteriously beautiful Dorian Gray. The party takes a turn, however, when renowned medium Madame Kali hosts a séance. Meanwhile, Ethan befriends Ms. Brona Croft, a young Irish immigrant

The episode was rated from 3273 votes.
Penny Dreadful - S2E8
#18 - Memento Mori
Season 2 - Episode 8

The Creature unleashes his rage on Frankenstein over Lily. Inspector Rusk discovers Sir Malcolm’s connection to Ethan Chandler. Malcolm goes to confront Evelyn but quickly finds himself assaulted by another one of her deadly enchantments.

The episode was rated from 1914 votes.
Penny Dreadful - S2E4
#19 - Evil Spirits in Heavenly Places
Season 2 - Episode 4

Lyle reveals that the Verbis Diablo relics tell a very dark and disturbing story that affects Vanessa; Rusk interviews the survivor of the attack at the Mariner's Inn; Hecate tries to get closer to Ethan; Angelique and Dorian's romance grows. Back at Sir Malcolm's mansion, Vanessa, Ethan, Sir Malcolm, Sembene and Lyle carry on their evening as something evil lurks within, ready to strike.

The episode was rated from 1909 votes.
Penny Dreadful - S3E5
#20 - This World Is Our Hell
Season 3 - Episode 5

Hecate and Ethan travel across the desert, struggling to survive, while the marshals follow them and Malcolm and Kaetenay follow the marshals. In London, Victor and Henry continue their experiments to perfect Henry's serum.

The episode was rated from 2676 votes.

Last updated: sep 20, 2022



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.


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