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Penny Dreadful - City of Angels

Season 1
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Two detectives become embroiled in an epic battle in 1938 Los Angeles.
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  1. 1. Penny Dreadful - City of Angels: Santa Muerte
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    April 26, 2020
    1 h 7 min
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    LAPD detectives Vega and Michener investigate a murder. Series premiere
  2. 2. Penny Dreadful - City of Angels: Dead People Lie Down
    May 3, 2020
    56min
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    Tiago and Lewis meet Sister Molly Finnister. Peter Craft runs into Elsa.
  3. 3. Penny Dreadful - City of Angels: Wicked Old World
    May 10, 2020
    56min
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    Tiago and Molly have an outing. Mateo visits a dance hall.
  4. 4. Penny Dreadful - City of Angels: Josefina and the Holy Spirit
    May 17, 2020
    57min
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    Lewis seeks help from a gangster. Josefina Vega has a harrowing encounter.
  5. 5. Penny Dreadful - City of Angels: Children of the Royal Sun
    May 24, 2020
    53min
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    Josefina confides in Sister Molly. Tiago confronts Mateo.
  6. 6. Penny Dreadful - City of Angels: How it is with Brothers
    May 31, 2020
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    Tiago and Lewis interrogate Diego. Maria tracks down Mateo.
  7. 7. Penny Dreadful - City of Angels: Maria and the Beast
    June 7, 2020
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    Lewis enlists Tiago to join his covert operations.
  8. 8. Penny Dreadful - City of Angels: Hide and Seek
    June 14, 2020
    55min
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    Lewis confronts Townsend in his office and Tiago questions Adelaide.
  9. 9. Penny Dreadful - City of Angels: Sing, Sing, Sing
    June 21, 2020
    52min
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    Tiago and Lewis must make bold decisions, Molly and Tiago go dancing.
  10. 10. Day of the Dead
    June 28, 2020
    1 h 2 min
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    Tiago assists Mateo, the Vegas celebrate Day of the Dead. Season finale

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  1. Bonus: Trailer: Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels Season 1
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    April 5, 2020
    2min
    TV-14
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    In darkness, everything comes to light. When a grisly murder shocks Los Angeles in 1938, Detective Tiago Vega and his partner Lewis Michener become embroiled in an epic story that reflects the rich history of the city. Starring Natalie Dormer, Daniel Zovatto, and Nathan Lane.

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2020
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Showtime Networks Inc.
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Alcohol usefoul languagesexual contentnuditysmokingviolence
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4.4 out of 5 stars

948 global ratings

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Ken MelloReviewed in the United States on May 3, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Historical fiction, taking account of Mexican spiritualism. Ignore the denyers and give it a shot!
For those of you calling this racist or anti-white, or even going so far as to think it's somehow taking a swipe at Trump, you really should learn some history. The LA represented thus far is pretty accurate as to what LA was in 1938. Racial tensions were high, communities were segregated, and anti-Semites were promoting that America should stay out of WWII.

And Trump didn't invent the concept or term "America First." It came from this very time and place:

"The America First Committee (AFC), which was founded in 1940, opposed any U.S. involvement in World War II, and was harshly critical of the Roosevelt administration, which it accused of pressing the U.S. toward war. At its peak, it had 800,000 members across the country, included socialists, conservatives, and some of the most prominent Americans from some of the most prominent families. There was future President Ford; Sargent Shriver, who’d go on to lead the Peace Corps; and Potter Stewart, the future U.S. Supreme Court justice. It was funded by the families who owned Sears-Roebuck and the Chicago Tribune, but also counted among its ranks prominent anti-Semites of the day."
322 people found this helpful
Seran GeeReviewed in the United States on May 8, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Portraying historical white supremacy isn't anti-white propaganda
I read some of the reviews after watching the first episode, which I liked (although not as much as the original series), and I found myself laughing so hard that... well let's just say I was drinking a beverage at the time.

People are complaining that the show, set in 1938 Los Angeles, is misrepresenting white people of the time as propaganda. In one review, it critiques the representation of segregated neighborhoods (as if the Civil Rights Movement had already happened? Or maybe they think it was never needed to address segregation issues? I'm not sure.). Also, keep in mind that only a few years later Japanese Americans were interned unconstitutionally (Korematsu was later reversed with the Court admitting it was one of the most biased and offensive decisions in history). It really shouldn't be hard to imagine that race relations were as they are being depicted.

At the time, white people were largely the bad guys by today's standards. This isn't to say, however, that being white meant a person was bad. Really, white people at the time just had more resources and power, so it was easier to be the bad guys. Indeed, this show includes a scene where a Latino character, upon gaining some power, immediately uses it to kill white people without any feeling of humanity or remorse. The takeaway isn't that only white people were prejudiced: it's that racial prejudice was commonplace across races, but white people had most of the power (e.g., police force, political clout, judges, money).

What this should really make us think about is whether we will be seen as the bad guys one day, and for what reasons. Will we be remembered well for protesting to end quarantine so people can have entertainment and haircuts? Will we be remembered well for not following the wisdom of the Bible and turning away the refugee among us? Will we be remembered well for mass incarceration of largely black men for non-violent crimes?

It's really hard to say, but studying constitutional law cases recently, I can say that the setting this show describes is, if anything, too kind in how it represents the ubiquitous racism of the time.
183 people found this helpful
Joe HarringtonReviewed in the United States on May 2, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Trash and not worth even watching 1 episode
I watched this because Amazon must be running some special to get people to watch Showtime shows for free. I thought, "hey the original Penny Dreadful was interesting, thought provoking, and all around good horror/suspense/drama, this should be pretty good!". About 5 minutes in it was as transparent as glass. Ok, the merciful angel of death is Hispanic, and the devil is a white devil (of course). Hit the nail a little on the head did we? Next up, Germans. Oh boy, I bet the Germans are all Nazis right? But of course! Moving on, oh supposed Hispanic ritual murders? Well, we know what actually happened. It definitely wasn't a Hispanic cult and of course they're being set up (hinted at heavily during the show). The evil German Nazis must have staged the murders to start a race war, steal the highway project, and further the evil of the whites against the benevolent minorities. The first penny dreadful series incorporated poignant criticism of the human condition, and discrimination against anything different (witches, monsters, etc.), but now we've reverted to the latest tropes that dull the wits of modern day society.
178 people found this helpful
William FulkersonReviewed in the United States on April 27, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
A piece of trash.
I watched half of episode 1. It became obvious early on that this is an utterly racist piece of anti-white trash. Pure propaganda.
136 people found this helpful
AJReviewed in the United States on April 30, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Umm, No. Huge disappointment for fans of the original Penny Dreadful.
The first episode had a very theatrical feeling, like we were watching a play or a musical. Everything had the feeling of a movie set, nothing felt real, and we never forgot we were watching a tv episode (we kept expecting the cast members to burst into song at any moment). As fans of the first Penny Dreadful we were really looking forward to this one, so maybe our reaction was colored by high expectations. If you like your period dramas to be gritty and real give this one a pass.
84 people found this helpful
Stephen AdamsReviewed in the United States on April 26, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
No Red or Blue America, Just a Brown(shirt) America!
Terrible! Waste of a great cast! No sex, no character development, no sound motivation for anyone but the mustache they killed off in the first episode! They got Natalie Dormer playing the Devil, which is not a character so much as a plot device. Nathan Lane and Data are both playing old cops. The Tio Tomas character shot his own brother dead to save a guy he's known for a week, and he's supposed to be the hero! Awful! How you gonna both-sides this nonsense when the police are working for a literal Nazi collaborator? Good job, America! Way to ruin great TV!
81 people found this helpful
Mike SanchezReviewed in the United States on April 24, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Promises to be the best show of 2020!
Wow. What a great start. Everything I love about the genre is at work here. The cast is top shelf, the cinematography second to none, I cannot wait for the next episode!
77 people found this helpful
MackeyReviewed in the United States on April 25, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very Impressive first episode
Very impressive first episode. Everything is top notch. Looking forward to the rest of the season. However, there was a subtle dig at Trump. One of the Nazis said "America First" while making a speech. I will be cancelling my Showtime subscription if there is any blatant political messaging reflecting today's events in this show.
69 people found this helpful
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