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: 1051
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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

  • 3h ago
    TV needs more fantastical journeys like this one. Great attention to detail, set design and writing. Some dialogue is wooden or the acting skips out a bit with support cast.
  • 3h ago
    If you love soap operas with faerie wings you'll love this show. I really love this genre, and this has some great actors but three episodes in and I'm bored to tears. I don't like any of the characters, I can barely hear what's being said with the background music, I could care less if they live or die. The dialogue drones on and on and on endlessly with lots of over the top fae drama about what I don't know. Did I mention there is endless dialogue about stuff I could care less about. Then there is the obligatory forced sex scenes and the random modern swear word every five seconds. I love the escape in fantasy and scifi, I don't need some Hollywood activist shoving their political views down my throat constantly, we hear and see enough of that crap in our daily life. Too many characters although sometimes it works like in GOT. I'm already so bored wiring about it, I guess I'll just end here. The sets were beautiful, the costumes, the makeup, the 3d. The constant dark is depressing.
  • 7h ago
    its a very different show then what you normally see on TV
  • 13h ago
    Comparing this to Game of Thrones is just lazy writing. Fantasy worlds have existed long before GOT writing and I'm happy to see this genre getting a budget for amazing worlds to be created for its viewers. My husband and I loved this show and can't wait until Season 2!
  • 14h ago
    enjoyed the story the mystery and the ending
  • 21h ago
    It starts off slow which turns some people off when it comes to TV shows in terms of first impressions but I promise you as you get it deeper you will feel emotions and disappointment that there is only 8 episode in season 1 and now you have to wait for season 2. 9.5/10 4.5/5
  • 1d ago
    I really enjoyed it. The only thing that bothered me was how hard it was to watch in the daytime, due to the dark cinematography
  • 1d ago
    Original world, diverse in the stories, incredible scenes/makeup, thorough character development. Looking forward to season 2!
  • 1d ago
    Carnival Row's freshman season is a solid performance from the entire cast. There is plenty of plot twists, back stabbing and fantasy effects to keep the viewer glued to the screen. At a current critical score of %56 and an audience score of %87, CARNIVAL ROW highlights why its what the audience thinks that truly matters and not what the professional "Critics" think. If you like dark fantasy then definitely give CARNIVAL ROW a try. With the strong audience rating Amazon has green lit season 2.
  • 2d ago
    Carnival Row: "what if Mexicans were mythical creatures!" Amazon: "SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!!" 🤣🤣🤣 No but seriously, it's very well done and worth a watch if you like adult-geared fantasy stories.

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