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Carnival Row: Season 1 (2019)




Critic 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.


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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
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 (65) | Top Critics (18)

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

September 3, 2019 | Rating: C | 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.

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

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.

August 27, 2019 | Full Review…

Overall, the first season of Carnival Row has a lot of promise.

September 30, 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.

September 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.

September 17, 2019 | Full Review…

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