Boardwalk Empire

The BEST seasons of Boardwalk Empire

Every season of Boardwalk Empire ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best seasons of Boardwalk Empire!

An Atlantic City politician plays both sides of the law by conspiring with gangsters during the Prohibition era.

Last Updated: 8/2/2022Network: HBO
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Season 3
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8.53
200 votes

#1 - Season 3

First Aired 9/17/2012

The third season of the HBO television series Boardwalk Empire premiered on September 16, 2012 and concluded on December 2, 2012. The series was created by Terence Winter and based on the book Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times and Corruption of Atlantic City by Nelson Johnson. Set in Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the Prohibition era, the series stars Steve Buscemi as Enoch "Nucky" Thompson, a political figure who rose to prominence and controlled Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the Prohibition period of the 1920s and early 1930s.

Season 2
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8.44
230 votes

#2 - Season 2

First Aired 9/26/2011

The second season of the HBO television series Boardwalk Empire premiered on September 25, 2011 and concluded on December 11, 2011. The series was created by Terence Winter and based on the book Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times and Corruption of Atlantic City by Nelson Johnson. Set in Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the Prohibition era, the series stars Steve Buscemi as Enoch "Nucky" Thompson, a political figure who rose to prominence and controlled Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the Prohibition period of the 1920s and 1930s. The second season takes place between February and August 1921.

Season 1
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8.22
289 votes

#3 - Season 1

First Aired 9/20/2010

The first season of the HBO television series Boardwalk Empire premiered on September 19, 2010 and concluded on December 5, 2010. The series was created by Terence Winter and based on the book Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times and Corruption of Atlantic City by Nelson Johnson. Set in Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the Prohibition era, the series stars Steve Buscemi as Enoch "Nucky" Thompson, a political figure who rose to prominence and controlled Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the Prohibition period of the 1920s and 1930s. The first season takes place between January and November 1920, beginning with the start of national prohibition and ending with the 1920 presidential election. The first episode, with a final cost of $18 million, was directed by Martin Scorsese and was the most expensive pilot episode produced in television history. The first season was met with widespread praise, particularly for its visual style and historical accuracy. On the review aggregator website Metacritic, the first season scored 88/100 based on 30 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim". The American Film Institute named Boardwalk Empire one of the ten "best television programs of the year".

Season 4
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8.07
176 votes

#4 - Season 4

First Aired 9/9/2013

On October 2, 2012 HBO announced it had renewed the television series Boardwalk Empire for a fourth season; the season premiered on September 8, 2013 and concluded on November 24, 2013.

Season 5
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7.89
170 votes

#5 - Season 5

First Aired 9/8/2014

The final season of Boardwalk Empire is set in 1931. Needless to say, a few things have changed in Atlantic City.