Tuesday, 10 p.m., FX


Set in 1800s, James Delaney (Tom Hardy) returns to London to build a shipping empire and avenge his father’s death after spending 10 years in Africa in the miniseries created by Steven Knight with Hardy and his father, Chris Hardy.

What The Critics Say (Metacritic 67)

  • At heart, Taboo is a melodrama, but a melodrama with superior attention to character detail and finely nuanced performances. It is filled with darkness, danger and mystery, and has a level of quality and import not often seen in television miniseries. — David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle
  • Despite coming out of the gates slower than is ideal in a crowded landscape, the series shows signs in the early going of blossoming into something much bigger and better. Before committing, however, you should be all in on Hardy. If not, look elsewhere, because this is absolutely his show. — Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter
  • Taboo is slow, dark (visually as well as tonally) and unrelentingly humorless. Any of those three qualities on its own would be fine, but put together in service of what’s ultimately a trashy, if pretentious, revenge story, it’s an utter slog, and the biggest creative misstep FX has made in a while. — Alan Sepinwall, UPROXX