General Information

Glossary: P
First Air Date: May 11th, 2014
Last Air Date: June 19th, 2016
Created By: John Logan
Star Casts: Eva Green, Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Harry Treadaway, Reeve Carney, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, Patti LuPone, Wes Studi
Aired On: Showtime
Episode Runtime: 60 minutes
Total Seasons: 3 Seasons
Total Episodes: 27 Episodes
Type: Scripted
Status: Ended
Homepage: Showtime - Penny Dreadful

Last Updated: Sun, 01 Oct 2023 22:32:19 +0000

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Penny Dreadful

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.

Seasons and Episodes

Season 1 (8 Episodes)

1: Night Work - Aired: 2014-05-11

London 1891. Renowned explorer Sir Malcolm Murray and the strangely beautiful Vanessa Ives recruit American sharp-shooter Ethan Chandler and Dr. Victor Frankenstein to help them search for someone who has been lost.

2: Séance - Aired: 2014-05-18

Vanessa and Sir Malcolm encounter the mysteriously beautiful Dorian Gray at a party. Things take a turn, however, when renowned medium Madame Kali hosts a seance. Meanwhile, Ethan befriends Ms. Brona Croft, a young Irish immigrant.

3: Resurrection - Aired: 2014-05-25

Dr. Frankenstein is confronted by his past. Vanessa has a vision of Mina, which leads to a strange discovery at the London Zoo.

4: Demimonde - Aired: 2014-06-01

Vanessa's infatuation with Dorian Gray grows. Professor Van Helsing is hired to work with Dr. Frankenstein. Fenton draws his master to Sir Malcolm's mansion.

5: Closer Than Sisters - Aired: 2014-06-08

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

6: What Death Can Join Together - Aired: 2014-06-15

Vanessa's latest vision leads Sir Malcolm, Ethan and Sembene on a search. Professor Van Helsing reveals more details to Dr. Frankenstein about who has taken Mina.

7: Possession - Aired: 2014-06-22

Over the course of four harrowing weeks, Sir Malcolm, Ethan, Dr. Frankenstein and Sembene do everything they can to save Vanessa from what's within her.

8: Grand Guignol - Aired: 2014-06-29

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.

Season 2 (10 Episodes)

1: Fresh Hell - Aired: 2015-05-03

As Victor struggles to resurrect Brona, Ethan prepares to leave London and Malcolm discovers that Vanessa is plagued by new visions.

2: Verbis Diablo - Aired: 2015-05-10

Vanessa meets Caliban for the first time, while Victor begins to train the resurrected Brona in the rudiments of language. Meanwhile, the group turns to Ferdinand for help translating the Verbis Diablo.

3: The Nightcomers - Aired: 2015-05-17

Vanessa tells Ethan how she came to harness her abilities thanks to the help of an older witch... and the tragedy that followed.

4: Evil Spirits in Heavenly Places - Aired: 2015-05-24

While Ferdinand helps Malcolm decipher Brother Gregory's writings, Vanessa helps Victor pick a dress for his cousin. Meanwhile, Dorian takes Angelique on a date, and Ethan rescues a young woman from a runaway horse.

5: Above the Vaulted Sky - Aired: 2015-05-31

After sealing the townhouse against further intrusion, the group goes its separate ways for the moment. Rusk starts asking questions of Ethan, Brona and Victor draw closer, Vanessa teaches Caliban how to dance, and Evelyn launches her next steps in her campaign to seduce Malcolm.

6: Glorious Horrors - Aired: 2015-06-07

Malcolm learns of his wife's death but isn't as upset as Ethan and Vanessa believe he should be. Meanwhile, Ethan asks Sembene for a favor, and Dorian sends out invitations for Angelique's coming-out ball.

7: Little Scorpion - Aired: 2015-06-14

Ethan and Vanessa make their way to the Cut-Wife's cottage to get a weapon against the Nightcomers. Meanwhile, Brona goes out with Dorian.

8: Memento Mori - Aired: 2015-06-21

Malcolm fights off Evelyn's enchantment and goes to confront her. Meanwhile, Brona reveals her true colors to the Creature, and Angelique finds Dorian's portrait.

9: And Hell Itself My Only Foe - Aired: 2015-06-28

While Evelyn torments Malcolm, Victor summons Ethan and Vanessa back to London to rescue their friend. Meanwhile, Brona learns Dorian's secret, and Caliban is betrayed.

10: And They Were Enemies - Aired: 2015-07-05

Vanessa has to use all of her strength to try and defeat the demon.

Season 3 (9 Episodes)

1: The Day Tennyson Died - Aired: 2016-05-01

Ethan, now a prisoner under the watchful eye of Scotland Yard Inspector Rusk, is on a train speeding through the desert of the American West. Meanwhile, Sir Malcolm is confronted by a mysterious Native American man in Zanzibar. Back in London, Dr. Frankenstein seeks out his old friend Dr. Jekyll and Vanessa seeks the help of Dr. Seward to battle a new evil.

2: Predators Far and Near - Aired: 2016-05-08

Lily and Dorian pay a visit to a most unusual show, and Vanessa invites Sweet to a different show. Rusk sets out to track down Ethan and make sure that he hangs, and Henry demonstrates the efficacy of his potion for Victor.

3: Good and Evil Braided Be - Aired: 2016-05-15

Vanessa asks Seward to hypnotically regress her after learning that she met the Master sometime in the past. Rusk learns that Ethan has a new ally. Caliban finds his wife and child. Lily and Dorian have Justine pledge her service to them.

4: A Blade of Grass - Aired: 2016-05-22

Through hypnosis, Vanessa relives what happened to her in the Banning Institute, including the man who befriended her... and the spirits who tormented her.

5: This World is Our Hell - Aired: 2016-05-29

Hecate and Ethan try to survive in the desert wasteland, as thirst and their unrelenting pursuers take their toll. Meanwhile, Victor and Henry continue with their work in Bedlam.

6: No Beast So Fierce - Aired: 2016-06-05

Vanessa turns to old friend Ferdinand Lyle for help, who introduces her to a new ally. Meanwhile, Lily, Dorian and Justine put their plan in motion; and Ethan, Sir Malcolm and Hecate arrive at Jarod Talbot's ranch.

7: Ebb Tide - Aired: 2016-06-12

Kaetenay has a vision of impending doom. Frankenstein and Jekyll get help from an unlikely foe. The Creature finally gains courage. Vanessa learns an awful truth.

8: Perpetual Night - Aired: 2016-06-19

Ethan, Sir Malcolm and Kaetenay return to London, where Ethan searches for Dr. Frankenstein. Dr. Seward discovers Renfield's secret. Lily reveals a heartbreaking story from Brona Croft's past.

9: The Blessed Dark - Aired: 2016-06-19

Season 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.