Penny Dreadful’s Growing Fan Base

Penny Dreadful has quickly picked up as one of the most successful fantasy series on TV. Set in the dark ages, Penny Dreadful follows the acts of medium Vanessa Ives (Eva Green), American gunslinger Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett), and explorer  Sir Malcolm Murray (Timothy Dalton).

The dark and terrific show has made it through two seasons, and fans are hoping 2016 will see the third. While many have said it was simply too “horrific” for their tastes, others have noted the show did a great job portraying the evil that embodies many of the characters.

The show has so far won four awards and was nominated for another sixteen. The series’ early success is likely contributed to the surge of attention Showtime provided it with. While the fan base is reportedly rather small, the fact that it already received multiple awards and has so far aired for two highly rated seasons means there’s a good chance for a third.

Eva Green is 'The Penny Dreadful'
Eva Green is ‘The Penny Dreadful’

Penny Dreadful has slowly climbed up in ratings. While the pilot attracted a good amount of viewers, it wasn’t until the second season that the show really seemed to take off.

Reviewers have repeatedly given the show fantastic reviews, with only a few turning it away, primarily for the fact that they simply didn’t enjoy the dark plot.

The series is focused on the evil that lies in Victorian London, and many of the positive reviews focus on the realistic appearance of the effects. Many have also mentioned the great makeup, perfect acting, and well-suited directing.

Creator John Logan hasn’t said too much about the show, but with the series quickly gaining viewers with each episode, there’s little doubt that the show will be ending anytime soon.

Helen Mccrory is Madame Kali
Helen Mccrory is Madame Kali

John is a well-established writer and is known for assisting with Skyfall and multiple other hit films. The casting for the show has also been complimented with many saying how much they Eva and Josh especially, along with Timothy.

Eva is known for her parts in 300: Rise of an Empire and Dark Shadows. Her acting has continuously earned her awards and much positive publicity. Josh Hartnett is also an established actor with parts in Pearl Harbor and Black Hawk Down. Timothy Dalton is best known for his superb acting in Toy Story 3 and License to Kill.

There’s really no doubt as to why the show has become such a hit success in such a short period of time. In addition to the strong cast and experienced creator, Penny Dreadful has also been credited with perfect writing and directing in every episode.

From the 'Seance' episode
From the ‘Seance’ episode

But, if you’re not into dark or evil series, this might be a show you wish to leave out off your schedule. If you are into the struggles of gunslingers, mediums, and explorers in Victorian London, though, you should give Penny Dreadful a shot.

It seems the only viewers who didn’t like the show said it simply wasn’t for them, and even those who said they wouldn’t be returning credited the show with incredibly dark writing, compelling dialog, and most of all: realistic effects.

With the makeup, CGI, and body doubles used in the show, Penny Dreadful is undoubtedly one of the most convincing dark fantasies of its kind.

Critics and viewers have given Penny Dreadful some of the best ratings of this television season, with many giving it compliments on all of the important aspects like casting, writing, and directing.

Billie Piper is 'Brona Croft'
Billie Piper is ‘Brona Croft’

A few have disagreed with the overwhelmingly positive reviews to add some of their thoughts, though. Some have said they felt the acting was a little off-focus, and others added that they felt the dialog needed something to make it less bland. A couple even said the show was predictable, but fans said they can’t even imagine how that’s possible.

While some of the evil acts on the show have been particularly dark and have sparked some debate from viewers, the general consensus is that Penny Dreadful is a provoking, entertaining, and exceptionally dark show. The perfect casting, spot-on directing, and realistic effects add to the show’s concept.

Critics have often pointed out the connection the show has with some other series and books, but even those who can spot some of the similarities between certain plot points say they will continue watching. Millions of viewers are now hooked on the darkness of Penny Dreadful, and Showtime predicts that millions more will join them for next season. Fans and critics alike have both hoped and predicted that it will return for another season, and there’s a good chance they’re right. When you sign up for Charter Broadband Service you can watch all the past and future episodes.