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About the Show

Set in 1814, Taboo follows James Keziah Delaney, a man who has been to the ends of the earth and comes back irrevocably changed. Believed to be long dead, he returns home to London from Africa to inherit what is left of his father's shipping empire and rebuild a life for himself. But his father's legacy is a poisoned chalice, and with enemies lurking in every dark corner, James must navigate increasingly complex territories to avoid his own death sentence. Encircled by conspiracy, murder and betrayal, a dark family mystery unfolds in a combustible tale of love and treachery.

Taboo is created by Steven Knight with Tom Hardy and Chips Hardy, who is also the show’s consulting producer. Executive producers are Ridley Scott and Kate Crowe for Scott Free, Tom Hardy and Dean Baker for Hardy Son & Baker, and Steven Knight, with Timothy Bricknell producing. Taboo is directed by Kristoffer Nyholm (Eps. 1-4) and Anders Engström (Eps. 5-8), and reunites Hardy and Knight for their third collaboration following Locke and Peaky Blinders.

Taboo is produced by Scott Free London and Hardy Son & Baker for FX Networks.


  • “'Taboo,' like 'Fargo' before it, is an original, highly imaginative series from FX”
    - The Lincoln Journal Star
  • “Hardy is the right guy for the role, as he keeps James’ secrets hidden behind a stiff brow and a primitive demeanor”
    - The Boston Globe
  • “seductive and atmospheric”
    - The Guardian
  • “The show’s gruff and tough and silly, and I’m hooked”
    - Entertainment Weekly