Watch the Premiere of Showtime's Victorian Monster Mash Penny Dreadful, Early and for Free (VIDEO)

Having dealt with terrorists, serial killers, and sex masters over the last few years, Showtime is now turning its focus to literal monsters with Penny Dreadful, a period horror drama that's set in the Victorian era and brings monsters from literary fiction to life—think Dorian Gray, Frankenstein and his monster, and more. 

Penny Dreadful stars Josh Hartnett, Eva Green, Billie Piper, Rory Kinear, and Timothy Dalton, and is set to debut in just under two weeks, on Sunday, May 11 at 10pm. But because Showtime thinks it might be the kind of show that will bring in new subscribers, the network has posted the first episode online, early for free! Pull your covers up to your eyes and get ready for a monster mash-up:

What did you think of Penny Dreadful's first episode? Was it delightfully frightful or frightfully dreadful?


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May 06, 2014
Well I've always loved Eva Green she is so intense and everything she dose she gives her all I don't know about you but this show has already got me hooked can't wait to see more!
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May 05, 2014
It's watchable. The production reminds me of Dracula. Not keen on Eva Green in general. Josh Hartnett and Timothy Dalton are attractions.
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May 05, 2014
I haven't seen it mentioned in the comments, the pilot has been directed by J.A. Bayona, Spanish just like me. He's also directed The Orphanage and The Impossible.
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May 04, 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed it. I love Eva Green but I more of a love to hate her since Camelot. That being said I really liked her in this. Ives truly intrigued me. I've always been a fan of Josh Hartnett's looks and his acting in this seems pretty good so far. Timothy Dalton...amazing as usual. Not a fan of Billy Piper. I just never got what people see in her but hey...I pretty sure I can deal with her considering I really like everyone else. I'm a scaredy cat but I think I can handle this.
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May 02, 2014
saw it twice already.. want more
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Apr 30, 2014
Well, friends of the night, that was quite promising... Great premise, full of pretty scary monsters and an amazing cast...

I love Eva Green anyway - this portrait of a fair woman with eyes you have to worry to drown in - and even if I had steeled myself to expect a somewhat lower performance of Josh Hartnett, I was surprised to get such a decent act of him...! Harry Treadaway as Frankenstein was such a treat with his solemn face and these beautiful red-rimmed eyes, I am excited to see more of his haunted character...

So, I line up in the queue for the "Pennnnyyyyyy"-battle cry and hope this show will get the attention it deserves!
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May 01, 2014
That moment when the big, creepy vampire was about to attack Malcolm & Vanessa stepped 'tween 'em & made the vamp rethink it...how effin cool was that?? I simply gotta learn more about what's up with that Ives woman, y'know?
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Apr 30, 2014
EXCELLENT pilot episode. Brilliant acting, fascinating story/stories and I love the inclusion of so many cultures (early american western, 1800s england, egyptian mysteries, "vampires" & "monsters", spiritualism/mysticism and I bet there is more to come). They succeeded with the scare factor & gore as well as the mystery & action. I eagerly await the next episode (Arrgh! I hate waiting).

@Marburg66 are you going to review this show (nudge, nudge, wink, wink)?
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Apr 30, 2014
Who? Me?
I'm much more tolerable in small doses ::innocent, yet evil grin::

If the staff doesn't review it, wouldn't it be better for everyone if we just pull another Banshee style grassroots spampaign & cry out PENNYYYYYYYYYYYYY!! everywhere until they do?

Eh. Just a thought ;)

Seriously though, (not that I wasn't serious, mind you) I'd be lying if I didn't admit that I thought about it a few times & if I were to get off my ass & try my hand at doing reviews for a season, this show would definitely be the one.

What could possibly go wrong?

...wait. don't answer that : /
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Apr 30, 2014
you can stay on your ass and still do the reviews;-P
I'm don't have the time or the talent to do reviews;-(
I'm down with the PENNYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Battle cry!
Hey, @Mate always has great comments…I wonder if he would be interested (no pressure, lol)
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Apr 30, 2014
I have 6 Master's students to coddle 4 consulting gigs and 3 fun vacations planned for the summer. I am not sure I would be able to do any consistent reviews. Plus most of my comments are just off the top of my head, written on an iPad in 5 to 10 minutes during my office hours.

Whomever does it has a daunting task, this show is going to cover a lot of beloved content and has the history of that content to contend with when they consider both what the show presents and what we have come to expect from the types of characters that we are going to see like Frankenstein.
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Apr 30, 2014
"I'm down with the PENNYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Battle cry!"

heh! Cool. We could turn up in threads if we have to like a (ahem) bad penny & put out two cents in about it
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Apr 29, 2014
The sets were really beautiful but I prefer psychological creepiness to Penny Dreadful obvious - really obvious - "Boo!" scares. There might merit to this kind of gory and grim cheesiness, I don't know, but it totally bored me. I do think it should stop being promoted as a psycho-sexual horror series. It's not that complex.
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Apr 30, 2014
Fannibal?
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Apr 29, 2014
Great pilot! If it continues likewise will be following it for sure.
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Apr 29, 2014
I really like it. Creeped me out just enough to be fun (I'm a horror lightweight). I'll be watching (well, I would be if I had Showtime...or maybe I'll actually buy the episodes).
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Apr 28, 2014
this looks very scary.....good....

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Apr 28, 2014
Rose Tyler is in, 'nuf said. &3
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Apr 28, 2014
They had me at Eva Green, but that was a pretty fun episode of TV. I always like shows that do monsters right. No eternal teenagers, their drama and their extreme paedophilia. Just monsters, plain and simple, well acted by competent actors and the utterly delicious Eva Green. They have me as a viewer.
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Apr 29, 2014
I hear ya & I'm right there with ya. I've noticed lately the pendulum swinging back in favor of good 'ol fashioned monstrous monsters. From Dusk Till Dawn, The Strain & now Penny Dreadful all have Vampires that aren't pre disposed to teenage girl romantic fantasies, & even Salem from what I've seen so far has an element of creepy black magic-y sort of stuff in lieu of that overly cheesy 'Charmed/TVD/Secret Circle fluff.

Don't get me wrong, I loved when Anne Rice & Interview With A Vampire made it popular to sympathize with Devils. It rocked & inspired some great changes in the way general Horror was done over the years...but when you get to a point where little girls scream for Vampires not out of terror but scream like they do for boy bands, you know it's well past time for a return to roots for a while
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Apr 29, 2014
Couldn't have said it better. Also, you are correct, Salem is looking to be pretty decent.
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Apr 28, 2014
wow can't say I have seen so much carnage in a single episode of TV before. Probably need to watch it again to pick up all the references.
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Apr 28, 2014
don't know why, but i was watching some scenes through my fingers and I like it :))
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Apr 28, 2014
I think I'll just wait. I personally never understood the appeal of having episodes online or on demand so far in advance, to me it just means you'll have to wait even longer for the 2nd episode, nearly 3 weeks in this case.
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Apr 28, 2014
A pretty rare cable episode in the sense that there was no female nudity, but full-frontal male nudity!

The whole episode was one big set-up, as you would expect from a first episode. So there wasn't much content yet, but I look forward to the upcoming episodes. How could I not watch it? My number one favourite actress Eva Green is in it! Hopefully the show will do better than Camelot.
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Apr 28, 2014
I've been waiting on this for a long time too.
I always try not to expect too much from a new show & set myself up for disappointment that way, but I'm so into the concept I couldn't help but have some high expectations.

Expectations officially met & exceeded ::happy dance::

This will be my new favorite show now =D
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Apr 28, 2014
I have been waiting a long time for this. The cast is extraordinary and I hope the show does not disappoint. Usually Showtime censors this early releases so I will wait for when it actually airs.

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Apr 28, 2014
Was this episode suppose to have subtitles for the foreign language part? They did not show any. Would of been to help with the storyline.
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May 01, 2014
It is Arabic, it sounds like the Egyptian (though it isn't spoken very well) dialect something about his daughter and the vampire's master. So basically just the plot of the episode him seeking out the vampire that has his daughter. You don't miss much without the translation.

The other stuff or well just the Eva Green scene with the cross is her saying the angelic salutation in latin over and over again.
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Apr 28, 2014
nah. if they had subtitles it would have ruined the mysterious creepiness of the scene.

Since Ethan is our audience surrogate & didn't understand a word of any of it either, I consider it a subtle way for the writers to help us bond with the main character
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May 01, 2014
I have to disagree. Any dialog over two sentences should be translated either thru subtitles or with a "What did he say". I always found not understanding the dialog more frustrating than creepy. Hopefully it will not happen any more or people will not respond well.
Unless the foreign language is Latin. Even non-church goers get the gist of that.
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May 01, 2014
We'll have to simply agree to disagree then...When I saw District 9 for the first time, I watched it without any subtitles whatsoever. I was able to deduce the gist of the conversations with the Prawns based on the english responses, & at the time, saw it as an absolutely brilliant choice on the part of the filmmaker...what I didn't realize at the time was that those conversations really did have subtitles & when I rewatched the dvd version with those subtitles, it absolutely ruined & dumbed down what I originally thought was a great directors decision at the time.

In that light, I wondered (at the time) what Star Wars could have been like if Lucas chose to subtitle Han's conversations with Chewbacca.

Think about what that could have been like
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May 01, 2014
@Shechi: unfortunately you missed the overall point I was trying to make...oh well. Agreeing to disagree works well enough in a pinch
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May 01, 2014
The Star Wars reference isn't relevant because Hans always answered Chewy in English :D
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Apr 28, 2014
^nice
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Apr 28, 2014
Forgot....... the show was very entertaining, well acted and seems prety well written so far.
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Apr 28, 2014
Is this one of these censored advance premieres that Show time likes to release? If so, I will wait for the full version to come out. If they bleep one swear word or blur one boob, I am out!
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Apr 28, 2014
Nope. It's not censored or pixilated or any of that
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Apr 28, 2014
Saw the episode, pretty darn intriguing!
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Apr 28, 2014
cannot be viewed from my current country or location :))) how I hate it!!
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Apr 28, 2014
Try install Media Hint. It's an Addon for Chrome or Firefox.
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Apr 28, 2014
thank you :))) it helped :)) :*
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