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The Best Episodes of Penny Dreadful

Every episode of Penny Dreadful ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Penny Dreadful!

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.

Genres:Sci-Fi & FantasyDramaMysteryAction & Adventure
Network:Showtime

Top Episode Highlight

The best episode of "Penny Dreadful" is "A Blade of Grass", rated 9.1/10 from 3330 user votes. It was directed by Toa Fraser and written by Andrew Hinderaker, Krysty Wilson-Cairns. "A Blade of Grass" aired on 5/22/2016 and is rated 0.1 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "The Nightcomers".

  • A Blade of Grass
    9.1/10 3,330 votes

    #1 - A Blade of Grass

    Season 3 Episode 4 - Aired 2016-05-22

    Through hypnosis, Vanessa relives what happened to her in the Banning Institute, including the man who befriended her... and the spirits who tormented her.

    Director: Toa Fraser

    Writer: Andrew Hinderaker, Krysty Wilson-Cairns

  • The Nightcomers
    9.0/10 3,475 votes

    #2 - The Nightcomers

    Season 2 Episode 3 - Aired 2015-05-17

    Vanessa tells Ethan how she came to harness her abilities thanks to the help of an older witch... and the tragedy that followed.

    Director: Brian Kirk

    Writer: John Logan

  • And They Were Enemies
    8.9/10 2,571 votes

    #3 - And They Were Enemies

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 2015-07-05

    Vanessa has to use all of her strength to try and defeat the demon.

    Director: Brian Kirk

    Writer: John Logan

  • Possession
    8.8/10 3,309 votes

    #4 - Possession

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2014-06-22

    Over the course of four harrowing weeks, Sir Malcolm, Ethan, Dr. Frankenstein and Sembene do everything they can to save Vanessa from what's within her.

    Director: James Hawes

    Writer: John Logan

  • And Hell Itself My Only Foe
    8.8/10 2,207 votes

    #5 - And Hell Itself My Only Foe

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 2015-06-28

    While Evelyn torments Malcolm, Victor summons Ethan and Vanessa back to London to rescue their friend. Meanwhile, Brona learns Dorian's secret, and Caliban is betrayed.

    Director: Brian Kirk

    Writer: John Logan

  • Closer Than Sisters
    8.6/10 3,608 votes

    #6 - Closer Than Sisters

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2014-06-08

    Vanessa recalls her past and the events that ultimately lead to Mina's disappearance.

    Director: Coky Giedroyc

    Writer: John Logan

  • The Day Tennyson Died
    8.6/10 2,325 votes

    #7 - The Day Tennyson Died

    Season 3 Episode 1 - Aired 2016-05-01

    Ethan, now a prisoner under the watchful eye of Scotland Yard Inspector Rusk, is on a train speeding through the desert of the American West. Meanwhile, Sir Malcolm is confronted by a mysterious Native American man in Zanzibar. Back in London, Dr. Frankenstein seeks out his old friend Dr. Jekyll and Vanessa seeks the help of Dr. Seward to battle a new evil.

    Director: Damon Thomas

    Writer: John Logan, Andrew Hinderaker, Krysty Wilson-Cairns

  • Memento Mori
    8.5/10 2,177 votes

    #8 - Memento Mori

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 2015-06-21

    Malcolm fights off Evelyn's enchantment and goes to confront her. Meanwhile, Brona reveals her true colors to the Creature, and Angelique finds Dorian's portrait.

    Director: Kari Skogland

    Writer: John Logan

  • Perpetual Night
    8.5/10 1,826 votes

    #9 - Perpetual Night

    Season 3 Episode 8 - Aired 2016-06-19

    Ethan, Sir Malcolm and Kaetenay return to London, where Ethan searches for Dr. Frankenstein. Dr. Seward discovers Renfield's secret. Lily reveals a heartbreaking story from Brona Croft's past.

    Director: Damon Thomas

    Writer: Andrew Hinderaker, Krysty Wilson-Cairns

  • Grand Guignol
    8.4/10 2,783 votes

    #10 - Grand Guignol

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2014-06-29

    After a vision of the Grand Guignol, Vanessa, Sir Malcolm, Ethan, Dr. Frankenstein and Sembene explore an empty theater only to be confronted by their worst nightmares.

    Director: James Hawes

    Writer: John Logan

  • Ebb Tide
    8.4/10 1,799 votes

    #11 - Ebb Tide

    Season 3 Episode 7 - Aired 2016-06-12

    Kaetenay has a vision of impending doom. Frankenstein and Jekyll get help from an unlikely foe. The Creature finally gains courage. Vanessa learns an awful truth.

    Director: Paco Cabezas

    Writer: Andrew Hinderaker, Krysty Wilson-Cairns

  • Séance
    8.3/10 3,783 votes

    #12 - Séance

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2014-05-18

    Vanessa and Sir Malcolm encounter the mysteriously beautiful Dorian Gray at a party. Things take a turn, however, when renowned medium Madame Kali hosts a seance. Meanwhile, Ethan befriends Ms. Brona Croft, a young Irish immigrant.

    Director: J. A. Bayona

    Writer: John Logan

  • Glorious Horrors
    8.3/10 2,121 votes

    #13 - Glorious Horrors

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 2015-06-07

    Malcolm learns of his wife's death but isn't as upset as Ethan and Vanessa believe he should be. Meanwhile, Ethan asks Sembene for a favor, and Dorian sends out invitations for Angelique's coming-out ball.

    Director: James Hawes

    Writer: John Logan

  • Predators Far and Near
    8.3/10 1,952 votes

    #14 - Predators Far and Near

    Season 3 Episode 2 - Aired 2016-05-08

    Lily and Dorian pay a visit to a most unusual show, and Vanessa invites Sweet to a different show. Rusk sets out to track down Ethan and make sure that he hangs, and Henry demonstrates the efficacy of his potion for Victor.

    Director: Damon Thomas

    Writer: John Logan, Andrew Hinderaker, Krysty Wilson-Cairns

  • No Beast So Fierce
    8.3/10 1,798 votes

    #15 - No Beast So Fierce

    Season 3 Episode 6 - Aired 2016-06-05

    Vanessa turns to old friend Ferdinand Lyle for help, who introduces her to a new ally. Meanwhile, Lily, Dorian and Justine put their plan in motion; and Ethan, Sir Malcolm and Hecate arrive at Jarod Talbot's ranch.

    Director: Paco Cabezas

    Writer: Andrew Hinderaker, Krysty Wilson-Cairns

  • Fresh Hell
    8.2/10 2,587 votes

    #16 - Fresh Hell

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 2015-05-03

    As Victor struggles to resurrect Brona, Ethan prepares to leave London and Malcolm discovers that Vanessa is plagued by new visions.

    Director: James Hawes

    Writer: John Logan

  • Little Scorpion
    8.2/10 2,135 votes

    #17 - Little Scorpion

    Season 2 Episode 7 - Aired 2015-06-14

    Ethan and Vanessa make their way to the Cut-Wife's cottage to get a weapon against the Nightcomers. Meanwhile, Brona goes out with Dorian.

    Director: Brian Kirk

    Writer: John Logan

  • The Blessed Dark
    8.2/10 2,559 votes

    #18 - The Blessed Dark

    Season 3 Episode 9 - Aired 2016-06-19

    Season finale. Ethan learns the shocking truth about Kaetenay. Dr. Seward uses hypnosis on Renfield. Meanwhile, The Creature must make a moral decision as Sir Malcolm, Ethan, Kaetenay, Dr. Seward and Catriona battle to save Vanessa.

    Director: Paco Cabezas

    Writer: Andrew Hinderaker, Krysty Wilson-Cairns

  • Verbis Diablo
    8.1/10 2,391 votes

    #19 - Verbis Diablo

    Season 2 Episode 2 - Aired 2015-05-10

    Vanessa meets Caliban for the first time, while Victor begins to train the resurrected Brona in the rudiments of language. Meanwhile, the group turns to Ferdinand for help translating the Verbis Diablo.

    Director: James Hawes

    Writer: John Logan

  • Evil Spirits in Heavenly Places
    8.1/10 2,141 votes

    #20 - Evil Spirits in Heavenly Places

    Season 2 Episode 4 - Aired 2015-05-24

    While Ferdinand helps Malcolm decipher Brother Gregory's writings, Vanessa helps Victor pick a dress for his cousin. Meanwhile, Dorian takes Angelique on a date, and Ethan rescues a young woman from a runaway horse.

    Director: Damon Thomas

    Writer: John Logan

  • Good and Evil Braided Be
    8.1/10 1,856 votes

    #21 - Good and Evil Braided Be

    Season 3 Episode 3 - Aired 2016-05-15

    Vanessa asks Seward to hypnotically regress her after learning that she met the Master sometime in the past. Rusk learns that Ethan has a new ally. Caliban finds his wife and child. Lily and Dorian have Justine pledge her service to them.

    Director: Damon Thomas

    Writer: John Logan, Andrew Hinderaker, Krysty Wilson-Cairns

  • Night Work
    8.0/10 4,345 votes

    #22 - Night Work

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2014-05-11

    London 1891. Renowned explorer Sir Malcolm Murray and the strangely beautiful Vanessa Ives recruit American sharp-shooter Ethan Chandler and Dr. Victor Frankenstein to help them search for someone who has been lost.

    Director: J. A. Bayona

    Writer: John Logan

  • What Death Can Join Together
    8.0/10 2,702 votes

    #23 - What Death Can Join Together

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2014-06-15

    Vanessa's latest vision leads Sir Malcolm, Ethan and Sembene on a search. Professor Van Helsing reveals more details to Dr. Frankenstein about who has taken Mina.

    Director: Coky Giedroyc

    Writer: John Logan

  • Above the Vaulted Sky
    7.9/10 2,207 votes

    #24 - Above the Vaulted Sky

    Season 2 Episode 5 - Aired 2015-05-31

    After sealing the townhouse against further intrusion, the group goes its separate ways for the moment. Rusk starts asking questions of Ethan, Brona and Victor draw closer, Vanessa teaches Caliban how to dance, and Evelyn launches her next steps in her campaign to seduce Malcolm.

    Director: Damon Thomas

    Writer: John Logan

  • This World is Our Hell
    7.9/10 1,805 votes

    #25 - This World is Our Hell

    Season 3 Episode 5 - Aired 2016-05-29

    Hecate and Ethan try to survive in the desert wasteland, as thirst and their unrelenting pursuers take their toll. Meanwhile, Victor and Henry continue with their work in Bedlam.

    Director: Paco Cabezas

    Writer: Andrew Hinderaker, Krysty Wilson-Cairns