Carnival Row: Season 1 (2019)


Season 1
Carnival Row

Critics Consensus

Beautiful, but bloated, Carnival Row boasts meticulously crafted mythology and luscious world building -- unfortunately its story of haves and have nots simply has too much going on.



Critic Ratings: 63


Audience Score

User Ratings: 1009
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Air date: Aug 30, 2019
Air date: Aug 30, 2019
Air date: Aug 30, 2019
Air date: Aug 30, 2019
Air date: Aug 30, 2019
Air date: Aug 30, 2019
Air date: Aug 30, 2019
Air date: Aug 30, 2019

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With a serial killer loose on Carnival Row, and a government that turns a blind eye to the deaths of its lower class citizens, Rycroft Philostrate, a war-hardened investigator, is the only person willing to stop the murders and maintain the fragile peace. But when Vignette Stonemoss, a faerie refugee, turns up in the Burgue, she forces Philo to reckon with a past he's tried to forget.


Orlando Bloom
as Rycroft Philostrate
Cara Delevingne
as Vignette Stonemoss
David Gyasi
as Agreus
Tamzin Merchant
as Imogen Spurnrose
Andrew Gower
as Ezra Spurnrose
Karla Crome
as Tourmaline
Indira Varma
as Piety Breakspear
Jared Harris
as Absalom Breakspear
Simon McBurney
as Runyan Millworthy
Arty Froushan
as Jonah Breakspear
Caroline Ford
as Sophie Longerbane
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Critic Reviews for Carnival Row Season 1

All Critics (63) | Top Critics (14)

Despite those momentary bright spots in an ongoing bleak collection of fates, Carnival Row largely meanders through the world of its own making.

Sep 3, 2019 | Rating: C | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's gripping and fun, and deserves chance to breathe.

Aug 30, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Carnival Row, whether airborne or down-to-earth gritty, keeps flexing the power of its oft-breathtaking visuals. The worlds it creates are the greater sums of its whole while the messages it sends can be a little two telegraphed.

Aug 30, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

This Ripper-esque murder mystery in a fantastical Victorian-styled metropolis with two attractive leads would be better without the heavy moralising about migrants, racism and the patriarchy.

Aug 29, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Like many a silly novel, it is a shambles, but an enjoyable one, and as long as you're up for some full-throated groans you'll be rewarded with a long, messy, and satisfying distraction.

Aug 27, 2019 | Full Review…

Carnival Row delivers on its promises, to varying degrees, and more by interweaving topical ideas about immigration and racism through every facet of the sprawling drama.

Sep 18, 2019 | Full Review…

Carnival Row has faltered under the high expectations held, falling a little flat on the promising basis of a new magical world.

Sep 17, 2019 | Full Review…

Fantasy murder mystery has big stars, lots of sex, violence.

Sep 16, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The overall look of the series is impressive, though very cold and grim - money has obviously been spent here. So for fantasy fans, that alone could be enough inducement to plough through.

Aug 30, 2019 | Full Review…

The way [Carnival Row] uses Lovecraft's legacy is innovative, not least because it's so casual.

Sep 9, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Carnival Row: Season 1

  • 16m ago
    So bloated and hard to follow. It was so easy to let anything distract you from watching this mess.
  • 9h ago
    Beklemediğim kadar iyi çıktı. Cara Delevine fırsat verilirse neler yapabileceğini kanıtlamış. Orlando'ya da yaşlanmak yakışmış, dizinin sosyal mesajları kör gözüne parmağım tadında olsa da belki de giderek cahilleşen bir dünya için böylesi daha doğrudur.
  • 10h ago
    Finally a proper fae programme. Some political references.
  • 11h ago
    Visually appealing but not captivated by plot.
  • 15h ago
    The "Woke trash" comments have some merit to it as some social justice tropes seem to be artificially inserted to make this as woke as possible but fails to deliver an organic feel of a few occasions. Characters are mostly shallow, it took over 4 episodes for me to start caring about them at all. Their stories feel rushed and superficial. This was painful to get into at first. I found that Agreus was by far the most interesting character and so far he has absolutely nothing to do with the main arch. After the chore of actually getting into was completed the ending leaves me to want to watch the next season. Feels like a lot of potential was wasted. The pros: The acting is very good, there are boobs and swear words, the actors and actresses are very attractive, the setting and visual effects are amazing.
  • 1d ago
    Great show with non-trivial plot and excellent worldbuilding.
  • 2d ago
    It's pretty good. I like.
  • 2d ago
    Fantastically fresh and fun; loving the stream-punk vibe.
  • 2d ago
    Brilliant. Comes together as the season progresses. Victorian England runs head first into Harry Potter with all the intrigue of Sherlock Holmes
  • 2d ago
    Everything it was visually beautiful except I thought the two main characters had zero chemistry together. Imogene and Puck had sexual chemistry off the charts and was my favorite story line. Even the brother and sister had more chemistry together

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