Boardwalk Empire

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Boardwalk Empire is a period drama focusing on Enoch "Nucky" Thompson (based on the historical Enoch L. Johnson), a political figure who rose to prominence and controlled Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the Prohibition period of the 1920s and 1930s. Nucky acts with historical characters in both his personal and political life, including mobsters, politicians, government agents, and the common folk who look up to him. The federal government also takes an interest in the bootlegging and other illegal activities in the area, sending agents to investigate possible mob connections but also looking at Nucky's lifestyle—expensive and lavish for a county political figure. The final season jumps ahead seven years, to 1931, as Prohibition nears its end.


  • Genre: Crime, Drama
  • Rating: 8.9 (197 votes)
  • Runtime: 60 minutes
  • Status: Ended
  • Years: 2010 - 2014
  • Episodes per season: 12
  • Network: HBO


Boardwalk Empire - season 1

Season 1 (2010)

Rating: 7.8
Boardwalk Empire - season 2

Season 2 (2011)

Rating: 7.9
Boardwalk Empire - season 3

Season 3 (2012)

Rating: 7.8
Boardwalk Empire - season 4

Season 4 (2013)

Rating: 7.6
Boardwalk Empire - season 5

Season 5 (2014)

Rating: 7.7

Characters and Actors

Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson in Boardwalk Empire

Nucky Thompson

Actor: Steve Buscemi
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Michael Pitt as Jimmy Darmody in Boardwalk Empire

Jimmy Darmody

Actor: Michael Pitt
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Kelly Macdonald as Margaret Schroeder in Boardwalk Empire

Margaret Schroeder

Actor: Kelly Macdonald
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Vincent Piazza as Lucky Luciano in Boardwalk Empire

Lucky Luciano

Actor: Vincent Piazza
Stephen Graham as Al Capone in Boardwalk Empire

Al Capone

Actor: Stephen Graham
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Michael Shannon as Agent Nelson Van Alden in Boardwalk Empire

Agent Nelson Van Alden

Actor: Michael Shannon
Greg Antonacci as Johnny Torrio in Boardwalk Empire

Johnny Torrio

Actor: Greg Antonacci
Charlie Cox  as Owen Slater in Boardwalk Empire

Owen Slater

Actor: Charlie Cox
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Jack Huston as Richard Harrow in Boardwalk Empire

Richard Harrow

Actor: Jack Huston
Gretchen Mol as Gillian Darmody in Boardwalk Empire

Gillian Darmody

Actor: Gretchen Mol
Dabney Coleman as Commodore Louis Kaestner in Boardwalk Empire

Commodore Louis Kaestner

Actor: Dabney Coleman
Paul Sparks (II) as Mickey Doyle in Boardwalk Empire

Mickey Doyle

Actor: Paul Sparks (II)
Anthony Laciura as Eddie Kessler in Boardwalk Empire

Eddie Kessler

Actor: Anthony Laciura
Michael Kenneth Williams as Chalky White in Boardwalk Empire

Chalky White

Actor: Michael Kenneth Williams
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Paz de la Huerta  as Lucy Danziger in Boardwalk Empire

Lucy Danziger

Actor: Paz de la Huerta
Michael Stuhlbarg as Arnold Rothstein in Boardwalk Empire

Arnold Rothstein

Actor: Michael Stuhlbarg
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Aleksa Palladino as Angela Darmody in Boardwalk Empire

Angela Darmody

Actor: Aleksa Palladino
Shea Whigham as Elias 'Eli' Thompson in Boardwalk Empire

Elias 'Eli' Thompson

Actor: Shea Whigham
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