Created by John Logan and with Sam Mendes as Executive Producer, Showtime’s Penny Dreadful is a dark, gothic thriller. Overlooked by many, below are six reasons why this show deserves your time…
1. It doesn’t need a huge commitment
Only 27 episodes at an hour each, makes it a very digestible feast. The first two seasons are available on Netflix, and by the time you work through that, I’m sure the third will be out.
2. It’s got a fantastic cast
Without giving too much away, it has a great cast playing some very famous characters from the Victorian era. Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Grey, Van Helsing, Dracula, and a whole host of others. Eva Green and Billie Piper are two of the standouts, but the acting is strong all round. Oh and did I mention James Bond is in it?
3. It’s an ensemble piece
I’ve seen all the episodes and would struggle to say who the main character is. The show constantly flicks between several different storylines, many overlapping, but some not. I found myself always wanting more of each one, which is more than I can say for some other shows (here’s looking at you GoT in Qarth or Dorne!)
4. It treads a fine line between taking itself seriously, and remembering it’s a show about monsters and evil spirits
Not an easy thing to do. The show is grounded in reality, gritty and dark, yet still full of weird and wonderful goings on.
5. Plenty of action to balance out the dialogue
Yes, there is quite a bit of dialogue, and while much of it is great, it’s important for a show to have a healthy balance. Thankfully, Penny Dreadful delivers on this front, and the pilot “Night Work” sets the tone for the rest of the show.
6. It’s batshit insane
Without going into spoilery detail, the show is quite frankly, nuts. Very cleverly constructed and without an obvious direction to the plot, it benefits from having John Logan consistently write for each episode. You can tell, despite the insanity going on, that there’s an underlying plot and themes that are moving things forward.
No excuses, get watching it!