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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 19, 2010
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4
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Universal acclaim- based on 268 Ratings

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  • Summary: After a successful election of his pick for Mayor, Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) comes under investigation for voter fraud and soon finds his position tenuous as his family and friends turn against him.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Oct 4, 2011
    100
    It's essential viewing. All of the promise of last season looks to be realized with impressively deft storytelling, beautiful cinematography and impeccable acting.
  2. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Sep 21, 2011
    100
    "Men," of course, remains the King of the Emmys, while Empire nailed the equally prestigious Golden Globe for best drama last winter. But Sunday begins to build the case for Empire, and build it convincingly.
  3. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Sep 21, 2011
    91
    While there are many extraordinary moments in the new season, there's still enough inconsistency that I'm still waiting for it to become the classic drama it so clearly has the tools to be.
  4. Reviewed by: Dalton Ross
    Sep 19, 2011
    83
    It's time to pick a side, and I'm on whichever one the dude with half a face chooses.
  5. Reviewed by: Marisa Carroll
    Oct 4, 2011
    80
    The Oedipal quagmire only enhances the political treachery.
  6. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Sep 26, 2011
    80
    Boardwalk Empire loses sight of neither the large nor the small pictures as it moves into season two.
  7. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Sep 22, 2011
    50
    Despite all the attention to detail, or maybe because of it, Boardwalk Empire is a slog. For long periods of time, it's boring, glum, bloodless slog.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. Jul 20, 2014
    10
    Season two of "Boardwalk Empire" is as fantastic as the first one (If not even better; episodes 5-8 are the most amazing stretch of episodes I've seen in any show), it is just criminally underrated by upset fans. Expand
  2. Nov 30, 2011
    10
    Season two of Boardwalk is rich in characters, story telling and setting. It's effortless unlike the first season which at times felt like it was dying to live up to hype season two absolutely deserves. Exquisite tv on every level period. I find each episode is worth watching twice. Expand
  3. Dec 7, 2011
    10
    While 1st season was just good and current ~85% score reflects well my opinion, but thanks to 2nd season this series jumps to my my TOP 2 favourite tv series (along with Breaking Bad)

    fantastic plot, great GREAT acting, colorful characters. It has simply everything and i cant understand why it is rated so low - even awful TWD season 2 has a better score.

    10+/10.
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  4. Oct 13, 2011
    9
    A start to a season which eclipses the finale to the previous one. If the ending to the last season left you feeling a bit cold then the beginning of this one will leave you begging for more, really fast paced start to this and can only bode well! Expand
  5. Jan 31, 2013
    8
    Lost its initial charm for me. But still watched it for Jimmy Darmody, who was the only worthwhile character on this show for a long time. Harrow is a close second. Nucky is just plain annoying this time around, as is Margaret. The last two episodes were good, though. But I would watch only the first episode of season 3. If its garbage, I will attribute the events of season 2's finale to a desperate move by the writers to come across as confident; that they in fact knew where the story was going, because the rest of this season didn't know where it was going for the most part. Expand
  6. Nov 30, 2011
    8
    Big LOL at the first season getting better reviews than the second one. The first season was utterly uninteresting, slow, boring, clicheed, had nothing to offer but one-dimensional characters, dull dialogues, and mediocre acting. The only reason people watched it where the superb authentic scenery and costumes.
    The second season is FINALLY becoming interesting, the story gets some impetus, the characters become deeper and more ambiguous, they have more difficult choices to make, and interact in more interesting ways.
    This show could actually be going somewhere now!!
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  7. Oct 21, 2011
    3
    I can't believe this got a second series. I gave up on the first series after about 6 or 7 episodes. It was so boring, the story just wasn't going anyway, I didn't care about any of the characters. It was well acted, and shot, just the storey line wasn't gripping enough. Expand

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