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Peaky Blinders

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Peaky Blinders is a British crime drama that takes inspiration from historical examples of organized crime in 1920s Britain. The series follows the gang, called the Peaky Blinders, led by the crime boss Thomas Shelby. Throughout its six seasons, the show has produced numerous memes, usually centering around Shelby, who himself is used in many literally me memes.


On September 5th, 2013, the official BBC YouTube[1] channel uploaded the series launch trailer for the show, giving a brief overview of the plot, which received over 2 million views in 10 years and features several comments at different points in the show's run about the various reactions fans have had to it (shown below).

Online Presence

The first thing to gain virality from Peaky Blinders was the original sound track, most notably the song "Red Right Hand" from the band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds released in 1994. On October 1st, 2013, the YouTuber Hege Abel[2] uploaded the song, which is the theme for the show, to YouTube, where it quickly gained over 55 million views in 10 years, with many comments talking about it being their favorite intro to the show compared to later seasons (shown below).

Within the context of the show, one early scene that generated a lot of buzz was the death of Billy Kimber in episode six of season one. This scene was uploaded to YouTube on January 6th, 2018, after the show had started being shown in America through Netflix, by the channel TimTacos[3], where it gained over 4.4 million views in five years (shown below).

Thomas Shelby

The main character, Thomas Shelby, has found himself as one of the many characters used in sigma male edits, with different scenes of his taken from the show being strung together to create shorts of him with sigma grindset music added for effect. This is seen in the short uploaded to YouTube[4] by Mr. Blonded on August 24th, 2023, earning over 800,000 views in two years (shown below).

@am.marksz John Shelby šŸ–¤ // #peakyblinders # #johnshelby #thomasshelby #peakyblindersedits #edit #fyp #foryou ā™¬ som original ā€“ š™ˆš™–š™§š™ š™Øš™Æ

@teamxshelby Thomas Shelby šŸ–¤ #peakyblinders #thomasshelby #johnshelby #arthurshelby #peakyblindersedits ā™¬ sonido original ā€“ Vā€¦
@fuse.aep one of the best peaky blinders scenes // #peakyblinders #thomasshelby #fyp #edit #viral #johnshelby #arthurshelby ā™¬ original sound ā€“ š–‹š–šš–˜š–Š

@ae.heist Smooth. || #peakyblinders #peakyblindersedits #peakyblindersedit #thomasshelby #thomasshelbyedit #edit #fyp ā™¬ original sound ā€“ š–š–Šš–Žš–˜š–™

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[1] YouTube ā€“ BBC

[2] YouTube ā€“ Hege Abel

[3] YouTube ā€“ TimTacos

[4] YouTube ā€“ Mr. Blonded

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