Penny Dreadful

TV Show • 2014 • Mystery  

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Some of literature's most terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and iconic figures from the novel Dracula are lurking in the darkest corners of Victorian London. Penny Dreadful is a frightening psychological thriller that weaves together these classic horror origin stories into a new adult drama.
This tv show contains 57 potentially triggering events.
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Your Triggers
Does the dog die?
145 supporters
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Anonymous
A dog dies in a flashback of Victor's childhood, and his corpse is shown in detail.
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Unanswered Triggers
Does a pet die?
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Is there pedophilia?
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Is a minor sexualized?
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Were animals harmed in the making?
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Is there bestiality?
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Is there excessive gore?
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Is an animal abandoned?
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Is rape mentioned?
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Abuse
Is someone stalked?
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bagofbones
creature follows dr frankenstein for weeks at a time, showing up at various places where he travels to work
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bagofbones
brona croft's ex fiance was physically abusive and it is discussed. she also hits ethan once.
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Is someone gaslighted?
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Is a child abused?
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Anonymous
Justine, who's a teenager, was sexually abused her whole life until Dorian and Lily adopt her.
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Addiction
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Is there addiction?
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Athatra
[SPOILERS] Dr. Frankenstein is addicted to morphine and shoots up several times onscreen.
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Does someone abuse alcohol?
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Animal
Does a horse die?
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Happypants
Many horses. Some are eaten by vampires, some are killed by witches amd some are being worn down by their riders.
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Does an animal die?
(besides a dog, cat or horse)
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SE01E04: Rats are killed for fun, very graphic, about 45 minutes in, it continues during the bar fight right afterwards too.

S02E03, about 17 minutes in: Rabbit is killed and in the scene afterwards you see it prepared for food, pretty graphic.

S02E03, 25 minutes in: A witch kills cows, not so graphic but cruelly. You see them again 30 minutes in.

S02E07, 18 minutes in: A sheep gets eaten by a werewolf.

S03E08: 3 minutes in, before the intro: A toad is being manhandled and then eaten.

S03E08, 9 minutes in: A dog or wolf has been killed and hangs.
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Are animals abused?
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Happypants
A horse is beaten
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Anonymous
There's a graphic scene of a dog killing several rats for sport.
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It's a reoccurring theme.
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Does a cat die?
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blindsquid
Season 1 episode 4 about halfway through the episode Sembene kills a cat to feed to a creature
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Does a dragon die?
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Are there spiders?
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So many spiders ­čśŽ

S01E07, 13:00: Spider on the card, jumpscare.
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Are there snakes?
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Are there bugs?
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Assault
Is someone restrained?
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Is someone sexually assaulted?
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Bodily Harm
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3notifications
Graphic, non-consensual cutting of long hair in an institutional setting.
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bagofbones
brona has tuberculosis and coughs up blood frequently
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skekSo
S2E5: Extended, very detailed scene of lynching
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Is someone buried alive?
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Does a head get squashed?
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Is there a hanging?
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Are any teeth damaged?
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Does someone break a bone?
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S1
 E5
Vanessa has seizures due to her condition around 25minutes
She struggles to breath among other things
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Kfish148
A character chews partially through his own wrists to escape shackles, in episode 4. Not fingers, but hand trauma.
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Is someone tortured?
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Does someone fall to their death?
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Is there eye mutilation?
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Children
Does a kid die?
24 supporters
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Anonymous
[SPOILERS FOR ALL SEASONS!!!]

- When Vanessa is possessed, she channels Sir Malcolm's son Peter, who died on a journey to Africa with his dad. While it's later revealed he was a grown man, some viewers may initially take him to have been a child who died because of Vanessa's voice when she channels him.

- When John Clare goes sailing with a group of strangers (with a child onboard), the ship crashes in a frozen wasteland where most of the sailors have frozen to death. The captain says the child has only a few days to live, so John Clare mercy kills him by snapping his neck.

- Brona/Lily had a baby named Sarah, and froze to death when Brona had to leave for s*x work one night. While Sarah is not shown on screen, we do see her grave and Lily explains the story in-depth to Victor.

- John Clare's son dies of an illness. While Marjorie suggests that John should take him to Victor to be revived, he refuses since he doesn't want to put his son through the same pain he did. He puts his son to rest at sea instead.
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Family
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Technically Mina in the first season was kidnapped by the Vampires.
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Does a parent die?
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Does someone cheat?
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Fear
Are there jumpscares?
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Major theme of the show.
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Are there ghosts?
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Are there clowns?
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Is there a shower scene?
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Gross
Does someone vomit?
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Does someone spit?
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christopher.espinosa
In Season 2, Episode 5, a transgender woman is spat on by a cisgender male for being herself.
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Is there audio gore?
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Large-scale Violence
Are there 9/11 depictions?
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Medical
Is electro-therapy used?
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Anonymous
The same character uses needles to inject serum into people he deems "mentally ill", with the intention of removing their trauma and tendencies towards violence.
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Anonymous
A large part of Vanessa's backstory takes place in an asylum, and there's episodes that go into full-depth about this. There's several other episodes that take place at Bedlam, which was a real asylum, known for abusing neurodivergent people.
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Is there a hospital scene?
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Anonymous
No one has cancer, but Brona has tuberculosis.
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Mental Health
Does someone self harm?
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Is there body dysmorphia?
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Are there anxiety attacks?
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Is there a claustrophobic scene?
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Does someone have an eating disorder?
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Is there autism specific abuse?
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Graphically shown a character is influenced by witchcraft in the second season.
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Noxious
Is there shakey cam?
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Are there flashing lights or images?
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Pregnancy
Is there childbirth?
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Are there abortions?
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1
Character in second season performs one, third episode I believe.
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Does someone miscarry?
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Does a pregnant person die?
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Prejudice
Are there fat jokes?
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Anonymous
Dorian offhandedly says Angelique isn't female (for context, Angelique calls herself a "defenseless female" while Dorian jokingly says she's neither), but he otherwise accepts Angelique for being a trans woman and never misgenders her.
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Does the black guy die first?
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Are there homophobic slurs?
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Is there hate speech?
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Anonymous
[SPOILERS FOR SEASON 2]

Angelique, a trans woman, is poisoned after she discovers Dorian is an immortal.
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CozmoGarden
there is ableism typical of the time period the show is set in. there is violence against people with mental disorders (such as Vanessa, who is locked in a padded room for months and subject to several cruel medical treatments), and John Clare is ostracized because of his deformed appearance. there is also a brief use of the r-slur, but it had a completely different context in Victorian England and back then, was used as a medical term.
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Are there n-words?
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Sex
Is there sexual content?
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Are there nude scenes?
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Are there incestuous relationships?
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CozmoGarden
Victor refers to Lily, his love interest, as his cousin, but they are not actually related. in the time period the show was set in, romantic relationships between cousins was seen as normal.
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Social
Is someone homeless?
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Spoiler
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raspberrysys
No, but someone who still believes in Santa shouldn't see this show!
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2
Depends on what you view as sad. Main character is killed in mercy.
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Vehicular
Does a car crash?
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Does a plane crash?
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Is someone hit by a car?
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8
Violence
Is there a nuclear explosion?
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Is there blood/gore?
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Does someone drown?
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bagofbones
ethan is rather gun happy.
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