Ned Vanderhoff is a recurring character on Showtime's Penny Dreadful: City of Angels. He is portrayed by Brent Spiner.[1]

Ned is the Precinct Captain at the Hollenbeck police station in Boyle Heights. He is Tiago Vega and Lewis Michener's boss. A veteran officer under a lot pressure, Vanderhoff struggles to keep a lid on the volatile and changing city.[1]


Throughout the SeriesEdit

Season 1Edit

Santa MuerteEdit

Captain Vanderhoff calls detectives Tiago Vega and Lewis Michener into his office. A maid called in a missing persons this morning: two adults and two juveniles. They brought her by the morgue, and she identified the bodies. James Haslet and his family from Beverly Hills. They're dealing with four rich white victims in the L.A. River. This gets out, and they're looking at a race war. Vanderhoff wishes those bodies were Mexican, to spare them of any outrage. While Tiago isn't so sure the suspects were Mexican, Vanderhoff would beg to differ. Lewis suggests that it's the work of the pachucos.

Monday morning, the Los Angeles Police Department stand off against the Belvedere Heights community. Captain Vanderhoff orders them to disperse. Should they refuse, they’ll be arrested. Magda arrives soon thereafter, staring down each officer as she walks past. Tiago hands his weapon over to Lewis and walks into the street. He pleads with them to go home as there’s nothing they can do to stop the construction. Magda notices one young officer that’s exceptionally nervous. She whispers in his ear, sowing seeds of fear and uneasiness until he fires, killing one of the protesters. With that, a full blown riot breaks out as the community of Belvedere Heights attacks law enforcement. Tiago takes cover behind a car, as does Lewis. Shots fire and men fall on both sides.

Dead People Lie DownEdit

Captain Vanderhoff approaches Tiago and Lewis at Los Angeles County Hospital and questions if Lewis knows who shot him. Despite knowing his attacker, Lewis tells Vanderhoff that he never saw who fired the shot. Despite numerous Mexican fatalities, Vanderhoff is only concerned with the four dead officers. He tells Lewis to come see him after he is patched up.

Tiago, Lewis, and Vanderhoff meet in the cafeteria, where they discuss the pending Mexican uprising. On top of the riot, they still have the Hazlett case, in which a white family from Beverly Hills was seemingly murdered in some kind of Mexican voodoo ritual. City Hall needs this resolved, so Vanderhoff orders them to conclude the Hazlett case, rather than solve it. He wants a Mexican's head on a plate.

Wicked Old WorldEdit

Tiago sits at his desk, studying the Hazlett case. Captain Vanderhoff asks about Tiago's brother and then tells Tiago to go home, given that it’s his day off. He tells Tiago that they’ll still be just as dead when he comes back on Monday, something he had to learn himself. Many years ago, he worked the Florence Moore case. A 12-year-old girl was murdered. Her arms and legs had been cut off and her eyes were held open with wires. Tiago asks how he sleeps with that on his mind. Captain Vanderhoff replies "Seconal." He then tells Tiago to go home.

Josefina and the Holy SpiritEdit

Captain Vanderhoff calls Tiago into his office after breaking up an dispute between him and Riley. Vanderhoff places the medical examiner’s photos of the Hazlett family on his desk and tells Tiago to look at them, specifically the kids, Steve and Marion. Steve was about the same age as the boy that Riley has handcuffed to a chair. Vanderhoff explains that Riley was conducting an interrogation and he'll go on doing that until they get a confession. Vanderhoff recalls Lewis mentioning that Hazlett was cooking the books and shacked up in a love nest. He tells Tiago to work on that and bring him a suspect or else the interrogations will continue.

How It Is With BrothersEdit

Tiago and Lewis enter into the precinct with Diego Lopez, where they meet the stares of the other officers. They are confronted by Officer Murphy, who questions if Diego had help. He then gets into Diego’s face, and Tiago tells him to back off. A fight erupts and Captain Vanderhoff intervenes. He places Diego into the interrogation room and tells Tiago and Lewis to brief him. They explain that there were four suspects total. They only managed to apprehend Diego. Murphy wishes to interrogate him, but Vanderhoff gives Tiago and Lewis first crack at Diego.

Tiago and Lewis tell Captain Vanderhoff that they haven’t gotten far with Diego. He’s given the two of them the first shot at Diego because that’s the kind of world he wished they lived in, and then like countless well-meaning precinct captains before him, he gives into reality and allows someone like Murphy to get a crack at Diego. He gives Tiago and Lewis another 45 minutes to get Diego to confess or else Murphy will get his chance.

Within that time, Tiago and Lewis manage to get Diego to not only confess to Reilly's murder, but also the murder of the Hazlett family. Afterward, the precinct celebrates.

Sing, Sing, SingEdit

Captain Vanderhoff tells Lewis it’s time for Diego’s transfer. The San Quentin boys will meet him at union station, and Diego will be put on a train. Lewis escorts Diego out in handcuffs.

Appearance and PersonalityEdit


Powers and AbilitiesEdit

Vanderhoff has police academy training.


Season 1Edit

Memorable QuotesEdit





References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 ‘Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels’: Amy Madigan, Brent Spiner & Lin Shaye To Recur In Showtime Sequel Series - Deadline
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