Peaky Blinders: Season 1 (2013)


Season 1
Peaky Blinders

Critics Consensus

Peaky Blinders moves at its own speed, taking its time to create a portrait of post-war Britain that's as bloody and brutal as it is impressively immersive.



Critic Ratings: 15


Audience Score

User Ratings: 1330
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Air date: Sep 30, 2014
Air date: Sep 30, 2014
Air date: Sep 30, 2014
Air date: Sep 30, 2014
Air date: Sep 30, 2014
Air date: Sep 30, 2014

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Peaky Blinders is an epic gangster drama set in the lawless streets of post-war Birmingham on the cusp of the 1920s.

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Critic Reviews for Peaky Blinders Season 1

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (7)

Peaky Blinders might just be worth the investment of a few stray hours. It's hardly revolutionary, but, like the industrial laborers in its 1919 Birmingham, England, setting, it gets the job done.

Dec 9, 2014 | Full Review…

Peaky Blinders might find itself overwhelmed by a tide of historical baggage washing away any fine detail in the characterisations.

Jul 22, 2018 | Full Review…

I chided David Harewood for not sounding fully Yank in the Homeland premiere, but then didn't notice his accent one way or the other in any subsequent episode because I was involved in the story.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Any lulls in the course of Peaky Blinders are more than accounted for by just getting to look at how wonderfully the series has resurrected Birmingham in the 1920s.

Jan 23, 2018 | Full Review…

It is well acted and well directed and employs that meticulous attention to detail, but has yet to prove itself especially distinctive narratively.

Jan 23, 2018 | Full Review…

Everything from the colours, sets, costumes, editing and cinematography is swoon-worthy right. Peaky Blinders takes the liberty to be mystical, lyrical and a visual treat.

May 25, 2017 | Full Review…

Overall this was pacy, looked good and was fun to watch.

Apr 19, 2017 | Full Review…

Undeniably entertaining, though more as a soap romp than a drama; I didn't feel quite as involved with the gun heist from the Birmingham Small Arms factory and the warring gangs as I think I was meant to be.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Stick with it - the cast is superb and the plot, as it shakes off a few early clichés, becomes truly absorbing.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Brutal violence, sex, and drugs in vintage gang drama.

Oct 28, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

For a sprawling soap opera that packs in Roma curses, shell shock, hash pipes, Chinatown prostitutes and gang members sporting the 1919 version of a half-shaved boy-band haircut, it doesn't have quite enough juice

Sep 30, 2014 | Full Review…

There's ample drama to be found in this particularly tumultuous moment in British history, and some will no doubt appreciate the unhurried pacing.

Sep 29, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Peaky Blinders: Season 1

  • 5h ago
    This show is absolutely amazing.
  • 4d ago
    This is an atmospheric and gritty crime drama with a unique vision, thanks to its particular setting. Cillian Murphy delivers a moody and charismatic performance as a gangster in 1920s Birmingham.
  • 6d ago
    What is there to say except 10/10 all round. The characterisation of Tommy Shelby in season 1 is masterfully done.
  • Oct 05, 2019
    To begin with, I did not like criminal films and shows because it can trigger violence. In this TV show, there are many scenes of violence and murderings, but when people see that after that scene, the characters of this film survive and even get rich, they inspire and could follow their idols. Therefore this kind of movie should be lesser and lesser with the time.
  • Sep 28, 2019
    Though the show can be a bit slow at times, this first season of peaky blinders is packed with brilliant characters, interesting stories and excellent writing.
  • Sep 24, 2019
    Fantastic all across the board.
  • Sep 06, 2019
    Amazing amazing amazing. Cillian Murphy is a national treasure and is what makes me proud to be Irish.
  • Sep 02, 2019
    Ridiculous casting of a Jew as the Irish "Freddy"
  • Aug 30, 2019
    Brilliant, tommy Shelby is one of the best characters on tv
  • Jul 08, 2019
    this masterpiece of a show gives us a feel of 1920s Birmingham and offers realistic characters motives and development it doesnt waste a second of screen time and every scene feels important

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