Black Sails (2014–2017)
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1715: The Golden Age of Piracy. New Providence is a lawless island, controlled by history's most notorious pirate captains. The most feared: Captain Flint.


Neil Marshall


Jonathan E. Steinberg (creator), Robert Levine (creator) | 2 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Toby Stephens ... Captain Flint
Hannah New ... Eleanor Guthrie
Luke Arnold ... John Silver
Jessica Parker Kennedy ... Max
Tom Hopper ... Billy Bones
Zach McGowan ... Captain Charles Vane
Toby Schmitz ... Rackham
Clara Paget ... Anne Bonny
Mark Ryan ... Gates
Hakeem Kae-Kazim ... Mr. Scott
Sean Cameron Michael ... Richard Guthrie
Anthony Bishop Anthony Bishop ... Singleton
Lawrence Joffe Lawrence Joffe ... Randall
Jannes Eiselen Jannes Eiselen ... Dufresne
Dylan Skews Dylan Skews ... Logan


After a run of short hauls, the once powerful Captain Flint faces mutiny by his own crew. John Silver joins Flint's pirate ship, hiding something of great value from his captain. On the island of New Providence, Eleanor Guthrie keeps order in the face of a resurgent Royal Navy. Written by Anonymous

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25 January 2014 (USA) See more »

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After the first sea battle, Gates and Defresne are discussing the net profits that could be expected. Defresne said after injury payments it would be $8 per man. Pirates did actually have a generous disability insurance package. A pirate would get 100 pcs of eight for the loss of an eye or finger, 400 for a left leg, 500 for a left arm or right leg, 600 for a right arm. 1 pcs of eight is worth approximately 0.96 usd in today's money. See more »


In Mosiah's last scene, when Captain Charles Vane reveals himself he lights a cigar with (what sounds like) a Zippo windproof lighter. According to Wikipedia "The first lighters were converted flintlock pistols that used gunpowder. One of the first lighters was invented by the German chemist named Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner in 1823 and was often called Döbereiner's lamp. This lighter worked by passing flammable hydrogen gas, produced within the lighter by a chemical reaction, over a platinum metal catalyst which in turn caused it to ignite and give off a great amount of heat and light." Vane clearly closed a metal lid with a spring and put whatever it was to his side. IF it was a Zippo lighter, the first Zippo was not produced until 1933. See more »


On Screen Text: [first lines, the text that appears on screen] 1715 West Indies
On Screen Text: The Pirates of New Providence Island threaten maritime trade in the region. The laws of every civilized nation declare them hostis humani generis. Enemies of all mankind. In response, the pirates adhere to a doctrine of their own...
On Screen Text: War against the world.
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Black Sails Theme and Variations
Written by Bear McCreary
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Pirate's Life for me
30 November 2017 | by shweta-51657See all my reviews

I have no idea what I've just seen. The story opens immediately to scenes of battle and slowly introduces the viewers to a whole myriad of characters. I can not make up my mind who is bad, who should I back and who should I despise. What a packed first episode. I am really excited to see what Starz has created here.. I can already tell I am in for some really exciting television. The back story, a messy plot, secret agendas, and this was just the first episode!! Cant wait to see whats in store for us as this progresses!

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