Showtime’s ‘Penny Dreadful’ Premiere Now Available for Free Online

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Those who have been looking forward to checking out Showtime’s new period-set supernatural drama Penny Dreadful are in luck today as the premium cable network has opted to post the entire premiere episode for online for free. Entitled ‘Night Work,’ the full episode can be viewed on both YouTube and on Showtime’s official website. The episode can also be watched using the Showtime Anytime app.

For those unaware, Penny Dreadful is set in Victorian London, and hails from the team of showrunner John Logan and executive producer Sam Mendes. The two famously teamed up previously on the James Bond blockbuster Skyfall, but Penny Dreadful truly represents uncharted dramatic territory for the duo.

Penny Dreadful stars Josh Hartnett as Ethan Chandler, a charming, brash man-of-action burdened by a complicated past filled with personal demons, and Eva Green as Vanessa Ives, an enigmatic heroine who is a lot more dangerous than she looks.

The cast – which includes names like Timothy Dalton (James Bond in The Living Daylights and Licence to Kill) and Billie Piper (Rose in Doctor Who) – also incorporates several characters that are ripped directly from the pages of classic horror literature, among them Dr. Viktor Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and Count Dracula.

Showtime has kept the show’s plot details pretty close to the vest up until now, despite the absolute avalanche of teasers, trailers, character bios, and other promotional material that has been flooding the web for months.

Penny Dreadful Cast Showtimes Penny Dreadful Premiere Now Available for Free Online

The relative mystery surrounding Penny Dreadful‘s Gothic tale has been carefully crafted into one of the series’ biggest selling points, and since this isn’t a review, we won’t ruin anything for prospective viewers.

That said, it does seem a bit strange that after so much secrecy, Showtime has decided to put Penny Dreadful online a full two weeks before its scheduled premiere date. While obviously done to spark early interest, Showtime must realize that the actual premiere broadcast could take a hit in viewership. Presumably, the network feels that any new subscribers the show might attract is worth the potential ratings drop.

Those who choose to check out the Penny Dreadful premiere early will be going in almost totally blind, as very few advance reviews are available. Showtime obviously feels that the concept has a lot of potential, though, otherwise they wouldn’t have invested so much capital into promotion.

It’s been a long time since a Showtime original series opened with this level of hype. Let’s hope the final product lives up to it.


Penny Dreadful officially premieres Sunday, May 11th, 2014 @10pm on Showtime.

Source: YouTube, Showtime

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  1. It was pretty good. Only thing I don’t like…is waiting 3 weeks for the next episode :<

  2. Was a cool show, very dark and ominous. Enjoyed the ending, will def watch this series. Really liked Josh Hartnett.

  3. Don’t like the fact that it’s not available to watch in the UK. Even though it’s set in England we can’t watch it?!?!? I hate it when American shows do that.

    • It’s called VPN dude, I can’t watch UK shows early either.

    • Yeah but honestly, I’ll wait until Sky Atlantic have it like I’ve been waiting for months, never did understand why Showtime would give away the first episode for free in advance. I know Sky didn’t and wouldn’t have chosen to do that so it has to be the US production crew’s fault.

      Then again, look at US TV being filled with 16 different “TV spots” for movies, each one showing a little more of the film while we in the UK just have the one basic and mildly vague TV spot to generate the same amount of interest. Different markets, different ways of getting people to watch (and it seems America needs to be talked into watching things by showing as much as they can without spoiling everything according to the marketing teams and their silly decisions).

      Needless to say, I’m glad those who saw it liked it, I won’t bother until it’s on TV properly as it’s meant to be viewed.

      • Just use ‘Hulu Unblocker’ for Chrome. I have been using it for ages to get US Netflix. I think you can get it for Firefox but I never use it.

  4. “not available in your country”

    What a surprise…

  5. I wish josh hartnett would play Gambit. That trench coat in the picture above helps put it in place for me

    • Absolutely.

      He would be fantastic in the role.

      • … but i also thought Taylor Kisch was good for the role, so what do i know?

  6. PD was pretty intense, some scenes filmed a little too dark to have good clarity on my screen (talking about dark as in light available), I worry there will be a little too much emphasis on sex scenes, but overall I liked it. Not for the kiddies, but I will definitely watch this series. It did make me jump a couple times. This one and WGN’s Salem are going to be the “edgy” versions of horror this season, kind of “Sleepy Hollow”‘s big brothers.

  7. It was a bit grim for me. The quest was very simplistic and yet, did not make a lot of sense.

  8. Loved it! Very intelligent show for me.

  9. I watched it last night OnDemand and I liked it.
    I won’t get into spoilers here but seeing that I didn’t know much about the show other than a trailer or 2 prior to seeing it I was in for a few surprises.

  10. Just finished watching this ondemand it I enjoyed the 1st ep. Seems promising & I liked the character reveal at the end

  11. I think the show is awesome. I can’t wait for the season to start up again.