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 troubled history of the city.

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John Logan
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Natalie Dormer ...  Alex / ... 10 episodes, 2020
Daniel Zovatto ...  Tiago Vega 10 episodes, 2020
Kerry Bishé ...  Sister Molly Finnister 10 episodes, 2020
Adriana Barraza ...  Maria Vega 10 episodes, 2020
Jessica Garza ...  Josefina Vega 10 episodes, 2020
Michael Gladis ...  Councilman Charlton Townsend 10 episodes, 2020
Johnathan Nieves ...  Mateo Vega 10 episodes, 2020
Rory Kinnear ...  Peter Craft / ... 10 episodes, 2020
Nathan Lane ...  Lewis Michener 10 episodes, 2020
Dominic Sherwood ...  Kurt 10 episodes, 2020
Julian Hilliard ...  Tom Craft 9 episodes, 2020
Santino Barnard ...  Frank Branson 8 episodes, 2020
Sebastian Chacon ...  Fly Rico 8 episodes, 2020
Adam Rodriguez ...  Raul Vega 8 episodes, 2020
Hudson West ...  Trevor Craft 8 episodes, 2020
Amy Madigan ...  Miss Adelaide 8 episodes, 2020
Thomas Kretschmann ...  Richard Goss 8 episodes, 2020
Kyle McArthur ...  Brian Koenig 6 episodes, 2020
Piper Perabo ...  Linda Craft 6 episodes, 2020
Adan Rocha ...  Diego Lopez 6 episodes, 2020
Lin Shaye ...  Dottie Minter 6 episodes, 2020
Brent Spiner ...  Ned Vanderhoff 6 episodes, 2020
Stephanie Arcila ...  Bernadette Romero 6 episodes, 2020
Scott Beehner ...  Frank Murphy 6 episodes, 2020
Christine Estabrook ...  Beverly Beck 5 episodes, 2020
Lorenza Izzo ...  Santa Muerte 5 episodes, 2020
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1938 Los Angeles is a time and place deeply infused with social and political tension. When a grisly murder shocks the city, Detective Tiago Vega and his partner Lewis Michener become embroiled in an epic story that reflects the rich history of Los Angeles: from the building of the city's first freeways and its deep traditions of Mexican-American folklore, to the dangerous espionage actions of the Third Reich and the rise of radio evangelism. Before long, Tiago and his family are grappling with powerful forces that threaten to tear them apart. Written by SHOWTIME

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"Florence Moore," the young girl who was kidnapped, dismembered and murdered, is based on the real case of Marion Parker, a 12-year-old girl who was kidnapped, dismembered and murdered in Los Angeles in December 1927. See more »

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Spun-off from Penny Dreadful (2014) See more »

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Penny goes spin-off and political
26 April 2020 | by CarsonTrentSee all my reviews

If the original Penny Dreadful was a dark metaphysical exploration of the human condition featuring trail blazing characters ripped out of essential gothic philosophical novels (Frankenstein, The Picture of Dorian Grey, The strange case of Dr Jekyll Mr Hyde, Dracula), this spin-off features boring, played, down-to-earth characters involved in mundane class and race struggles coming directly from the imagination of John Logan set during the years before WW2.

It turns out that without the genius inspiration material he used for its predecessor, Penny COA offers little more than a pedestrian snore-fest peppered with some Nazi ideology and Santa Muerte of Mexican Christian mythology which could have elevated the series a bit but were unfortunately done bland, too.

Plus there's no substitute for the charisma of Eva Green.

The first episode is less than a triumph. But most annoyingly it points to a development of action in a "them against us" direction which doesn't interest me at all. I'm out.


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23 April 2020 (USA) See more »

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Penny Dreadful: City of Angels See more »

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