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Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

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  • Summary: A Jack the Ripper copycat murderer may be on the loose in this British detective drama. Veteran DS Ray Miles (Phil Davis) is less than thrilled when formerly deskbound DI Chandler (Rupert Penry-Jones) joins the Whitechapel station as his new boss.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Melissa Maerz
    Oct 24, 2011
    91
    Prepare for gullet slicing, blood spurting, cop-versus-cop conflict, and more blood spurting. We can't get enough.
  2. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Oct 26, 2011
    88
    Whitechapel defies the odds, however, rising above its cliches with solid writing, taut direction, evocative cinematography and great performances by Penry-Jones, Davis and Pemberton.
  3. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Oct 24, 2011
    80
    Whitechapel may not reinvent the police procedural, but it's great fun, and the third episode is a heart-stopping race against time.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Oct 26, 2011
    80
    [An] evocative six-part crime thriller.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Oct 25, 2011
    70
    Whitechapel can be enjoyed for what it is--an excuse to take another bloody stroll down memory lane, while tacking on yet another cinematic addition to the house that Jack built.
  6. Reviewed by: Ross Langager
    Oct 26, 2011
    70
    Even if it slips into generic tropes here and there, Whitechapel's own veneer of nicely crafted entertainment remains intact.
  7. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Oct 25, 2011
    60
    The revisiting of Ripper lore, though, is relatively painless, especially since the most interesting character in this series is Edward Buchan (Steve Pemberton), the Ripperologist who tips Chandler to the similarities between the then and the now.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Nov 24, 2011
    9
    A bit of quality drama on ITV for a change, excellent acting, great script and story regarding Jack the Ripper :) second series was also good, hope for a third soon! Expand
  2. Oct 2, 2013
    8
    Engrossing story and excellent mix of characters and actors. This cast, if given ample opportunity, will grow into a solid well rounded show with scope to move in to the shadows of the mind. Expand
  3. Dec 3, 2011
    5
    Another British police caper along the lines of Luther with the same inane dialog and plotting. We've got a new inspector who's obsessive compulsive, just to tweak the character line, an ongoing story line of copy cat murderers following historical cases, and as usual with Brit shows a corrupt bosses track. If you can ignore ludicrous plot holes and faux characters it's just entertaining enough to while away an hour. The guys who wrote MI-5 seem to be writing all this UK crap. Expand

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