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      Season 1 – Taboo

      2017 Crime Drama List
      76% 68 Reviews Tomatometer 91% 1,000+ Ratings Audience Score Adventurer James Keziah Delaney, long believed to be dead, returns home to London from Africa in 1814 in order to inherit his late father's shipping empire. All is not what it seems, however, as Delaney encounters numerous enemies intent on making his life back in the United Kingdom very difficult. Focused on building a shipping empire to rival the imperious East India Company, Delaney's other wish to seek vengeance for his father's death means conspiracy, betrayal and bloodshed are also in the cards. As he works to accomplish that, Delaney must also navigate increasingly complex territories in order to avoid his own death sentence. Read More Read Less Watch on Peacock Stream Now

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      Taboo — Season 1

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      After a sluggish start, Taboo takes hold as a mysterious, dark, and often brutal period drama with plenty of promise as a series -- most notably evident in Tom Hardy's exceptionally watchable performance.

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      Previous Episode 1 Aired Jan 7, 2017 Episode 1 After 10 years in Africa, James Delaney returns to 1814 London to claim a mysterious legacy left to him by his father. Details Episode 2 Aired Jan 14, 2017 Episode 2 While James Delaney assembles his league of the damned, an unexpected arrival threatens to disrupt his plans. Details Episode 3 Aired Jan 21, 2017 Episode 3 In order to safeguard himself, James takes radical action. Details Episode 4 Aired Jan 28, 2017 Episode 4 James Delaney sets out to protect his business by any means necessary. Details Episode 5 Aired Feb 4, 2017 Episode 5 James Delaney is blackmailed into a dangerous mission; animosity between the Crown and Company escalates to a new level. Details Episode 6 Aired Feb 11, 2017 Episode 6 The East India Company declares war on James Delaney; a family revelation drives James into dark and haunted places. Details Episode 7 Aired Feb 18, 2017 Episode 7 A devastating betrayal puts James Delaney's freedom in jeopardy, handing his enemies the opportunity for which they have been longing. Details Episode 8 Aired Feb 22, 2017 Episode 8 An enraged Prince Regent unleashes one final plan to destroy James Delaney, who conspires to escape. Details Next
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      Previous James Jackson Times (UK) If you could fathom what Hardy was growling, Delaney's closing run-in with Jonathan Pryce's East India Company boss suddenly put things on a knife-edge, promising just the sort of conflict you'd return for. 3/5 Dec 28, 2017 Full Review Andrew Billen Times (UK) I want to be kind about the series because it looked fantastic. It had, as I say, great lines. There has not been such a blissful collective display of character acting for a while: the best supporting actor gong goes to the lot of them. 4/5 Dec 27, 2017 Full Review Deborah Ross Daily Mail (UK) ... if you have ever wished to know what you get when too many alpha males gather in a room, perhaps this is it. 2/5 Sep 1, 2017 Full Review Chris Sawin GeeksHaveGame Freshly unique, gloriously offensive, and delightfully vicious with superb costume design, an unbelievably talented cast, and a riveting story that thrives on reeling its audience in. 4.5/5 Aug 30, 2019 Full Review Matt Miller Esquire Magazine Not even often-stunning performances... can dig Taboo out of its messy, overwrought darkness. Oct 19, 2018 Full Review Anne Brodie What She Said The Hardys have created a period piece with a grim, noir feel, and ballsy execution. There are plenty of betrayals, murders, conspiracies and a clash of primitive and modern western values. Aug 24, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews Next
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      Previous Bob S intriguing exciting captivating adventurous mystical dramatic smart what else you want???? Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/04/24 Full Review Nancy M Our second time viewing this excellent series. Looking forward to Season 2. Tom Hardy always delivers. The casting and performance are solid. Intriguing plot. Beautifully filmed - the framing, composition, palette, etc. Dark and mysterious. This series is filled with talent - Tom Hardy, David Hayman, Jonathan Pryce to name only a few of the top tier actors; Ridley Scott was one of the producers. The plot has some interesting twists. The protagonist had spent several years in Africa and has returned with some mystical abilities, like visions and communicating with the dead. The story is leading us to believe the character is going to get retribution for himself and for victims of the East India Shipping Co. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/25/24 Full Review Tijs v Great first season but where is the second season? Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/18/24 Full Review Tim T I am the type to avoid any and all tv series like the plague… I hate almost all of them… This is one of the rare exceptions… I loved all the characters, the period, the plot… I don't know where a second season might have gone, but I would love to see more. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/12/24 Full Review Chrissybear L Love the show. Best show I've watched since peaky blinders really good developed characters but so far five stars in my book. Love it! Can't wait to see and hope season 2 comes out Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/08/23 Full Review Kal-El M Best Gothic mystery horror I've seen in a long time. Visceral. Dark. Makes you feel uncomfortable and immerses you in the story, like a morbid sight one cannot look away. 5 emphatic stars for any horror genre buff or person who enjoys mystery, magic, might and political intrigue. Stephen Knight has really outdone himself and I mourn the fact there are not more seasons to this macabre masterpiece. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 08/16/23 Full Review Read all reviews Next Post a review

      Season Info

      Kristoffer Nyholm, Anders Engström
      Executive Producer
      Ridley Scott, Kate Crowe, Tom Hardy, Dean Baker
      Steven Knight
      TV-MA (L|V)
      Crime, Drama
      Original Language
      English (United Kingdom)
      Release Date
      Jan 7, 2017
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