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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 19, 2010
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5
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Universal acclaim- based on 60 Ratings

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  • Summary: The final season of the drama picks up in 1931 as Nucky plans life after Prohibition.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Sep 5, 2014
    100
    Sorting out the sins and sinners in the final eight episodes of Boardwalk Empire promises to be as intriguing as it will be intense.
  2. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Sep 4, 2014
    100
    The end begins--evocatively, dramatically.
  3. Reviewed by: Tim Molloy
    Sep 5, 2014
    90
    You don't need to pay attention to the authentic background characters, or the glorious music, or the exquisite clothes, or even the textured dialogue to appreciation the majesty of Boardwalk. In fact, you can strip away the majesty--which the show loves to do--and still have a killer drama.
  4. Reviewed by: Jason Clark
    Aug 29, 2014
    83
    Forgoing its recent dip into somnambulism, Empire is (literally) all guns blazing again.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Sep 4, 2014
    80
    Things are more subtly chaotic on Boardwalk Empire this season as well, marked by a season premiere that feels more menacing and violent than the HBO hit often has in the past.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Sep 3, 2014
    80
    If these first three hours are any guide, Boardwalk looks like it’s heading toward a finish worthy of what preceded it--one that might not be black and white, but will at least provide a sense of where all the bodies are buried.
  7. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Sep 5, 2014
    70
    There’s a lot of thread here, and less time than usual to knit. In the first three hours anyway, there’s too much Empire, too little Boardwalk.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Sep 8, 2014
    10
    The must under-appreciated show on television, the visuals are stunning and the acting is always on point. I remain convinced that the cinematography is the best I have ever seen on television, and I hope the show some day achieves the mainstream success it deserves. Expand
  2. Oct 6, 2014
    10
    I love Boardwalk Empire sooo much. I never knew it is that controversial life was before and full of shocking events.Having to watch this with the performance of great actors and with the great making of the series itself. Every season is great and awesome. Expand
  3. Sep 7, 2014
    10
    Just finished watching the season 5 premiere and, wow, it looks marvelous. The show has not lost any of its beauty, grand scope, and charm. Pity there are only 7 episodes of this masterpiece show remaining. Expand
  4. Oct 27, 2014
    8
    Season 5 offered a really creative and entertaining narrative for the one final ride in our favorite(and not so favorite) characters' life. The story is being told on two different timelines. One is in the late 19th century detailing Nucky's turn "to the dark side", while the other one jumps ahead 7 years from the season 4 finale and we find ourselves in 1931. In a usual BE fashion the season starts off as a slow burn and pays off in the finale episodes, although it can feel a bit rushed due having only 8 episodes this season and one can tell that this wasn't meant to be the final season, there was still some life left in the show for at least 2-3 or more seasons, but that was not the case, the story needed to be closed and even though characters like Lucky,Lansky,Siegel and Capone were safe for the season, the stakes were high, "no one went quietly" as the official slogen stated. And so no one did. Characters were killed off, some we knew would die some we didn't. OVerall the season offered a satisfying conclusion to a series dealing with politics,prohibition and so on. Dare I say that the finale was more of an artistic/moralistic( if one can say that) then a surprising/shocking one. Expand
  5. Sep 7, 2014
    8
    The first episode was epic everything I loved about boardwalk empire and looks like this season is gonna be great everything is gonna go out with a bang Expand
  6. Sep 22, 2014
    7
    The series has stayed consistently decent for its entire run, and while season 5 will cap the show, its bound to be a fan favorite for many years to come. Expand
  7. Oct 31, 2014
    1
    An average build up to a snore of a final episode. An obvious twist and an almost pointless back story. Nucky's character becomes distant and boring while others simply go through the motions. A promise of a mob war turns out to be nothing but a kiss goodbye. Great series followed by a big let down. Expand

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