Crisis (TV series)

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2014 Crisis NBC.jpg
Created by Rand Ravich
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 5 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 43 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor 20th Television
Original channel NBC
Original run March 16, 2014 (2014-03-16) – present
External links
Official website

Crisis is an American drama series that is broadcast as part of the 2013–14 United States network television schedule on NBC as a mid-season entry.[1] The series was created by Rand Ravich for 20th Century Fox Television. The series stars Dermot Mulroney, Rachael Taylor, Lance Gross, James Lafferty, Max Martini, Michael Beach, Stevie Lynn Jones, Halston Sage, Max Schneider, Joshua Erenberg, and Gillian Anderson. Crisis premiered on March 16, 2014.[2]


During a school trip, students of the Ballard High School, attended by the children of Washington, D.C.'s elite, including the President's son, are the victims of an ambush. A national crisis begins and Secret Service agent Marcus Finley finds himself at the center of it on his first day on the job. FBI agent Susie Dunn also discovers her niece, the daughter of CEO Meg Fitch, is among the kidnapped children.




  • David Andrews as Secret Service Agent Hurst, head of the White House protective detail. He is working for Gibson under duress
  • David Chisum as Noah Fitch, husband of Meg Fitch
  • Adam Scott Miller as Kyle Devore, the president's teenage son
  • Brandon Ruiter as Luke Putnam, one of the teenagers abducted and Kyle's friend
  • Shavon Kirksey as Sloan Yarrow, another of the abducted teenagers
  • Rammel Chan as Jin Liao, one of the teenagers who believes Kyle is reason as to why everyone was kidnapped
  • Dan Waller as Secret Service Agent Valens, who disappeared prior to the kidnapping
  • Mark Valley as Widener, Director of the CIA
  • John Henry Canavan as Morgan Roth, a scientist and father to Anton Roth
  • Martha Byrne[3] as Marie Wirth, wife of Congressman Langston Wirth

Development and production[edit]

NBC bought Rand Ravich's script with a put pilot commitment in August 2012.[4] In January 2013, NBC green-lit the production of a pilot episode.[5] Scenes of Ballard High School were filmed at Northside College Prep in Chicago. On May 12, 2013, the series was placed on the network's 2013–14 schedule. It premiered on March 16, 2014.[2]

On November 1, 2013, after filming was completed for the sixth episode, production of the series was put on an unscheduled, week-long hiatus. The pause in production was attributed to fears that subsequent episodes were veering too far away from the tone of the pilot, which received very positive early reviews. The break was supposed to be used to give writers time to re-work scripts and to re-shoot certain scenes for previously finished episodes. Filming has resumed[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Crisis scored 63 out of 100 on Metacritic based on 28 "generally favorable" reviews.[7] On another review aggregator site, Rotten Tomatoes, it holds a 61% rating with an average rating of 6.8 out of 10, based on 31 reviews.[8]

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release dates
Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 13[9] March 16, 2014 (2014-03-16) TBA TBA TBA TBA


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
U.S. viewers
1 "Pilot" Phillip Noyce Rand Ravich March 16, 2014 (2014-03-16) 1AWN79 6.53[10]
The President's son and other children of Washington's elite, along with chaperone-father Francis Gibson, get taken from a bus on a rural road. The elaborate plan is effective until student Anton Roth is rescued by injured Secret Service Agent Marcus Finley, who has been shot by a fellow agent, and they escape into the woods. The remaining hostages are taken to a house, where Gibson plots to take a gun from a kidnapper. This is also part of the plan, as he is injured and taken to a room where he is revealed to be the mastermind with a detailed notebook. Even though they had last parted on bad terms, FBI Agent Dunn and her CEO sister Meg Fitch work together. Fitch's daughter is among the kidnapped and it is revealed the girl was actually Dunn's child. Gibson is shown as a CIA analyst bent on revenge for being betrayed by the government. His plan is to test the parents' loyalties to either their children or their country. 
2 "If You Are Watching This, I Am Dead" Peter Markle Rand Ravich March 23, 2014 (2014-03-23) 1AWN02 5.14[11]
Meg is given a task to collect a large amount of money in order to get Amber released, which is part of a bigger plot to bait the FBI. Dunn and Finley are teamed up to track down the location of the missing Secret Service agent. They ultimately arrive at the Pakistani embassy and another parent whose child is among the kidnapped. At the mansion, the captors test the students by giving them a chance to be discovered. Gibson returns to his traumatized daughter. 
3 "What Was Done To You" Mark Piznarski Rand Ravich March 30, 2014 (2014-03-30) 1AWN03 4.34[12]
The President's Chief of Staff and a local car dealer become the next targeted parents. They must torture General Osborne to learn the location of classified documents about "Operation Lenox", which ended in a massacre. The general eventually says a video is in a CIA vault, and then Gibson, via earpiece, convinces him to kill himself. It is also revealed that Gibson got the idea for the kidnapping after seeing parents pay tens of thousands of dollars at a school charity auction for their kids' "artwork" and a mission arose. He spent the last 20 years planning coups for the CIA, and he decided to make the parents his weapons in breaking the CIA the way they broke him. 
4 "We Were Supposed to Help Each Other" Fred Keller Rand Ravich April 6, 2014 (2014-04-06) 1AWN04 4.47[13]
A Congressman and his wife Marie must infiltrate the CIA building with a bomb vest strapped to one of them. Dunn and Finley realize that most of the recent attacks were geared toward the CIA. Marie volunteers to wear the vest as a distraction, while her husband runs a video out of the CIA. The video had been stolen from a CIA vault by another parent who is a Senator and had CIA access. The video showed footage from the Lenox operation. The bomb turns out to be fake, but the Congressman is killed by the CIA. At the mansion, the children are tasked with packing bundles of money, the 20 million dollars that was paid for ransom by Mrs. Fitch. 
5 "Designated Allies" Christine Moore Far Shariat April 13, 2014 (2014-04-13) 4.07[14]
6 "Here He Comes"[15] April 20, 2014 (2014-04-20)
7 "Homecoming"[15] April 27, 2014 (2014-04-27)


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  2. ^ a b Porter, Rick (January 19, 2014). "'Crisis': NBC's hostage thriller makes parents into sleeper agents". Zap2It. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  3. ^ Newcomb, Roger (18 September 2013). "NEWS: Deidre Hall Stresses Vision Care; Martha Byrne Joins CRISIS; Howard Overby to B&B; Joyce Jacobs & Jon Mercedes Have Passed Away". We Love Soaps. Retrieved 2013-09-18. 
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 6, 2012). "NBC Buys Rand Ravich Thriller As Put Pilot". Deadline. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (January 22, 2013). "2ND UPDATE: NBC Orders Four Drama & Three Comedy Pilots". Deadline. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 3, 2013). "NBC Midseason Drama Series 'Crisis' Stops Production For "Course Correction"". Deadline. Retrieved November 5, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Crisis : Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved April 7, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Crisis: Season 1 (2014)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 17, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Shows A-Z - crisis on nbc". The Futon Critic. Retrieved March, 16, 2014. 
  10. ^ Bibel, Sara (March 18, 2014). "Sunday Final Ratings: 'Once Upon A Time', 'Resurrection', 'America's Funniest Home Videos', 'Cosmos', 'American Dad' & 'Believe' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  11. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (March 25, 2014). "Sunday Final Ratings: 'America's Funniest Home Videos', 'Once Upon a Time' & 'The Mentalist' Adjusted Up; '60 Minutes', 'American Dad', 'Revenge' & 'The Good Wife' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  12. ^ Bibel, Sara (April 1, 2014). "Sunday Final Ratings: 'The Good Wife', 'Resurrection', 'Crisis', '60 Minutes' & 'America's Funniest Home Videos' Adjusted Up; 'The Mentalist' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  13. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (April 8, 2014). "Sunday Final Ratings: 'Once Upon a Time', 'American Dream Builders', 'America's Funniest Home Videos' & 'Resurrection' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 8, 2014. 
  14. ^ Bibel, Sara (April 15, 2014). "Sunday Final Ratings: 'Resurrection', 'Once Upon a Time', 'The Simpsons', 'The Amazing Race', 'Cosmos', 'The Mentalist' & 'America's Funniest Home". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 15, 2014. 
  15. ^ a b "Crisis - Episode Guide". Zap2It. Retrieved April 9, 2014. 

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