'Ripper Street' Won't Return, But You Can Get Your Fix Elsewhere

by Kayla Hawkins
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For the last four years, Victorian drama Ripper Street meticulously recreated the look, feel, and operations of a British police station in the late 1800s, and its fifth season has finally reached American audiences after first premiering in 2016. Will Ripper Street return for Season 6? Deadline reported that Ripper Street was cancelled while the fifth season of the series was still being filmed in early 2016. Unfortunately, that means there won't be any more seasons of the show, because the show took a long time to make it from the Amazon U.K. to BBC America. The show's biggest fans likely had an idea that this would be coming, since after BBC cancelled the show after two seasons, it was picked up by Amazon, which now distributes the show for British TV.

There may not be more Ripper Street on the way, but all entertainment is still absolutely fascinated by Jack the Ripper. While Ripper Street moved on from the Ripper murders after the first few seasons looked at the immediate aftermath of the unsolved mystery, there's plenty of creators who are still fascinated by the case of the Whitechapel killer. From TV, to movies, to books, to video games, there's been lots of retellings of the Ripper story, from faithful recreations to complete reimaginings. Here's a few that could help ease the disappointment of losing Ripper Street.

Time After Time

Disappointingly, this series was pulled after just five episodes, even though its "Jack the Ripper travels through time and also, is hot" premise was weird and crazy enough to give it a little promise.

Gaslight And Fog

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In this pulpy 2016 novel, Gaslight and Fog, one of the Ripper's would be victims is transported back through time and has to figure out exactly how and why being so close to this terrifying murderer affected her place in space and time.

The Missing Evidence

One episode of this Sundance documentary is devoted to this long-unsolved case, and why exactly it both evaded the authorities at the time and has lived on until now.

The Jack The Ripper Museum

When this museum opened in 2015, passersby were shocked, because the executive behind the museum had claimed they were going to open a museum about women, decided to open a museum devoted to the victims of Jack the Ripper instead.

Assassin's Creed: Syndicate

This game takes place in the late 1800s, so it makes sense that there would be some Jack the Ripper allusions. But he's actually a playable bonus character, which could be a little concerning if the rest of the game wasn't so gloriously goofy about its violence.


And this Hulu series isn't really about the Ripper directly, but it is about London sex workers, the very same women targeted by and murdered by the Ripper in 1888. This series takes place about a century prior, but it helps contextualize how sex workers became so devalued by British society that they ultimately only warranted attention when a part of a splashy spree killing.