The first season of PENNYWORTH was just short of fantastic. The story line/lines were well-written; the action both believable and imaginative. The acting was above par. The emotion was heartfelt.
There was connection to 1990s+ comic book and GOTHAM Alfred as a highly-trained and combat specialist espionage agent in the manner of quickly revealing this early part of the eventual butler's life.
The introductions of the still-single Thomas Wayne and Martha Kane were terrific. The not-too-subtle allusion to the belief (by some) that Bruce Wayne could actually be Alfred's son makes an appearance.
The villains are appropriately villainous within the somewhat heavy allegory of the struggle between left and right wing forces for the minds and souls of not-just-the-British but the world.
Jack Bannon plays Alfred as a combination of James Bond and Harry Palmer with just a dash of Derek Flint (his accent is pure Michael Caine a la Palmer & Alfie).
I have few complaints, but they are there.....
1) A bit too much background nudity. We got the message that such clubs exist in "Swinging London"; we don't need stripper's boobs in every episode.
2) The story is set in "1960s Britain" and Alfred is 26 years old. Depending on when-in-the-1960s it takes place, that would make the 2010s Alfred in his mid-to-late 70s. Early-to-mid-60s I would believe. Late 70s.....no.
3) Following #2, the music in PENNYWORTH is fantastic.....however, amid the regular appearance of popular songs from about 1962 to 1968, we also hear songs from the 1970s and 1980s. Weird. Nothing in the show to this point indicates the existence of musical time-travel.
4) While this IS fiction, with a touch of fantasy, the show goes way too far, over-the-top and into the unbelievable/undesirable. I can take the sadistic torture inflicted by both sides on their enemies, but to eviscerate the publicly executed by 1960s British law enforcement is too, too much, unnecessary and frankly offensive. What nutjob in production thought this was a good idea?
Overall, the program is so good that even a few complaints cannot drop it from 5 stars (maybe it should be 4.75 stars).