Doom Patrol (TV series)

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Doom Patrol
Doom Patrol logo.jpg
GenreSuperhero[1]
Based on
Developed byJeremy Carver
Starring
Narrated byAlan Tudyk
Composer(s)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes19 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Cinematography
  • Christopher Manley
  • Noah Greenberg
  • Magdalena Gorka
  • Scott Winig
  • Scott Peck
Editor(s)
  • Harry Jierjian
  • Brian Wessel
  • Sara Mineo
  • Brandon Hwang
  • Marc Pattavina
  • Arman Tahmizyan
  • JD Dawson
  • Charissa Sanjarernsuithikul
Running time45–60 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original network
Original releaseFebruary 15, 2019 (2019-02-15) –
present (present)
Chronology
Related showsTitans
External links
Official website

Doom Patrol is an American web television series created by Jeremy Carver for DC Universe. Based on the DC Comics superhero team of the same name, the series features Jane (Diane Guerrero), Rita Farr (April Bowlby), Vic Stone (Joivan Wade), Larry Trainor (Matt Bomer/Matthew Zuk), Cliff Steele (Brendan Fraser/Riley Shanahan), and the Chief (Timothy Dalton) as the members of the eponymous Doom Patrol. Although Bowlby, Bomer, and Fraser reprise their roles from the DC Universe series Titans, the two shows are set in separate continuities.

Filming began in Georgia in late August 2018, and the first season premiered on February 15, 2019. In July 2019, the series was renewed for a second season, which premiered on June 25, 2020 on both DC Universe and HBO Max.

Premise[edit]

Doom Patrol follows the unlikely heroes of the eponymous team who all received their powers through tragic circumstances and are generally shunned by society. Most members of the team were treated by the Chief, a medical doctor who gave them residence in his mansion to help protect them from the outside world. Their name derives from an earlier Doom Patrol team that was formed by the Chief.

The first members of the Doom Patrol to be introduced in the series are Jane, the dominant identity of a traumatized woman with dissociative identity disorder; Rita Farr, who struggles to prevent her body from turning to a gelatinous state; Larry Trainor, who has an entity of negative energy living inside of him; and Cliff Steele, whose brain was placed in a robot body following a car crash. The team is later joined by cybernetically-enhanced superhero Vic Stone.

In the first season, the Chief is captured by the malevolent Mr. Nobody, sending the Doom Patrol on a journey to rescue him. Along the way, they discover secrets about themselves and of the Chief, whom they eventually learn is responsible for the tragic events that gave them their powers.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Diane Guerrero as Jane: The dominant identity of Kay Challis, a young woman who developed 64 distinct identities from trauma she experienced as a child and received powers for each identity following an experiment she was involuntarily subjected to.[2] Inside Kay's subconsciousness, Guerrero also plays Driver 8 and Karen, while Anna Lore plays Penny Farthing, Stephanie Czajkowski plays Hammerhead, Tara Lee plays Lucy Fugue, Chelsea Alana Rivera plays Silver Tongue, Hannah Alline plays Pretty Polly, Jackie Goldston plays the Secretary, Monica Louwerens plays the Weird Sisters, and Helen Abell plays Black Annis. Skye Roberts portrays Kay as a child (also her own form in her subconsciousness) and Leela Owen portrays the teenage Kay in her former primary identity of Miranda.
  • April Bowlby as Rita Farr: A former Hollywood actress, born Gertrude Cramp, whose cellular structure was altered into a gelatinous state after being exposed to a toxic gas. Her powers allow her to change her body shape, but also cause her to struggle with maintaining a solid form.[3] Lana Jean Turner portrays Rita as a child.
  • Alan Tudyk as Eric Morden / Mr. Nobody (season 1): An omnipresent supervillain capable of traveling through dimensions and altering reality. Aware of being in a television series because of his abilities, he often breaks the fourth wall and manipulates events through his narration.[4] Ed Asner portrays Mr. Nobody in his hospital patient disguise.
  • Matt Bomer and Matthew Zuk as Larry Trainor: A former United States Air Force pilot with a negative energy entity living inside of him. Disfigured from the plane crash that ensued when he made contact with the negative spirit, he is covered in special bandages to prevent the spread of the radioactivity emitting from his body. Bomer voices the character and appears as Larry without the bandages, while Zuk physically portrays him when wrapped in bandages.[5] Braxton Alexander plays Larry as a child.
  • Brendan Fraser and Riley Shanahan as Cliff Steele: A cyborg and former NASCAR driver whose brain was transplanted into a robotic body after a car crash destroyed his own. Fraser voices the character and appears as the human version of Cliff, while Shanahan physically portrays him as a cyborg.[6] Gibson Todd plays Cliff as a child.
  • Timothy Dalton as Niles Caulder / The Chief: A medical doctor responsible for treating the members of the Doom Patrol and giving them residence in his mansion. Although he helped save their lives, the Chief also orchestrated the events that caused the members to develop their powers as part of an effort to protect his daughter Dorothy.[7] Abigail Shapiro plays the Chief as a child.
  • Joivan Wade as Victor "Vic" Stone / Cyborg: A young, ambitious superhero who received cybernetic enhancements from his father Silas following an accident that lead to his mother's death. While not a resident of Doom Manor, he joins the team because of his longtime friendship with the Chief.[8] Braelyn Rankins portrays Vic as a child.

Recurring[edit]

  • Julie McNiven as Sheryl Trainor, Larry's wife and the mother of his children
  • Kyle Clements as John Bowers (season 1), Larry's secret lover who also served in the Air Force. Tom Fitzpatrick portrays the character as an old man in the present.
  • Phil Morris as Silas Stone (season 1), Victor's father and a scientist who rebuilt him as a cyborg[9]
  • Curtis Armstrong as the voice of Ezekiel (season 1), a talking doomsday prophet cockroach[10]
  • Alec Mapa as Steve Larson / Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man (season 1), a tourist who undergoes Von Fuchs' enhancement procedure and is turned into a mismatched fusion of animal, vegetable and mineral
  • Charmin Lee as Elinor Stone (season 1), Victor's mother and Silas's wife
  • Alimi Ballard as Joshua Clay (season 1), the metahuman caretaker of the original Doom Patrol
  • Tommy Snider as Ernest Franklin / Beard Hunter (season 1), a bounty hunter with the ability to track down individuals by consuming their facial hair
  • Jon Briddell as Darren Jones (season 1), an agent of the Bureau of Normalcy, an organization which once experimented on Larry after his accident
  • Devan Chandler Long as Flex Mentallo, a superhero and cereal mascot who can alter reality through muscle flexes
  • Abigail Shapiro as Dorothy Spinner (season 2), the daughter of the Chief and a primitive woman, who can bring her imaginary friends to life[11]
  • Lex Lang as the voice of the Candlemaker (season 2), a dangerous imaginary friend of Dorothy's
  • Vanessa Carter and Kat Cressida as Darling Come Home (season 2), one of Dorothy's imaginary friends. Carter physically portrays Darling Come Home and Cressida voices the character.
  • Brian T. Stevenson as the voice of Herschel (season 2), Dorothy's imaginary friend who takes the form of a giant spider

Guest[edit]

Introduced in season 1[edit]

  • Julian Richings as Heinrich Von Fuchs, the Nazi scientist whose experiments changed Morden into Mr. Nobody
  • Katie Gunderson as Kate Steele, Cliff's wife
  • Alan Heckner as Bump Weathers, one of Cliff's pit crew who has an affair with Kate, and later raises Clara after she is orphaned
  • Chantelle Barry as the voice of Baphomet, an oracle in the form of a female horse
  • Mark Sheppard as Willoughby Kipling, an occult detective, chaos magician and member of the Knights Templar[12]
  • Lilli Birdsell as Mother Archon, Elliot's mother and the high priestess of the lost city of Nurnheim
  • Ted Sutherland as Elliot Patterson, an 18-year-old man who is the key to the Cult of the Unwritten Book's attempt to summon the Decreator, an interdimensional entity who will unmake the world
  • Will Kemp and Dave Bielawski as Steve Dayton / Mento, leader of the original Doom Patrol. Kemp plays the younger Mento and Bielawski plays the older Mento.
  • Jasmine Kaur and Madhur Jaffrey as Arani Desai / Celsius, a member of the original Doom Patrol. Kaur portrays the younger Celsius while Jaffrey portrays the older Celsius.
  • Dennis Cockrum as Sydney Bloom, a film producer of Bloom Studios who Rita tries to get cast in one of his upcoming movies
  • Lesa Wilson as Rhea Jones / Lodestone, a member of the original Doom Patrol
  • Alan Mingo Jr. as Morris Wilson / Maura Lee Karupt, a former agent of the Bureau of Normalcy-turned-crossdressing cabaret singer on Danny the Street
  • Pisay Pao as Slava, an immortal primitive woman with whom Niles falls in love and the mother of Dorothy
  • Bethany Anne Lind as Clara Steele, Cliff's daughter who survived a fatal accident in 1988, and was believed to be the only survivor of her family. Sydney Kowalske plays a younger Clara Steele in flashbacks.
  • David A. MacDonald as Daddy, Jane's sexually abusive father
  • Haley Strode and Susan Williams as Dolores Mentallo, Flex's wife. Strode plays the younger Dolores while Williams plays the older Dolores.
  • Victoria Blade as Millie, Eric Morden's ex-girlfriend

Introduced in season 2[edit]

  • John Getz as Paul Trainor, Larry's son
  • Karen Obilom as Roni Evers, a military veteran with a mysterious past who Vic meets while attending a PTSD support group[13]
  • Brandon Perea as Doctor Tyme, a former scientist who gained the ability to manipulate time through contact with an alien element.[14] Dan Martin voices Doctor Tyme.
  • Roger Floyd as Red Jack, a interdimensional being who derives his power from the pain of others[15]
  • Michael Tourek as Kiss, the second-in-command of the SeX-Men
  • Michael Shenefelt as Cuddles, a member of the SeX-Men responsible for surveillance
  • Tracey Bonner as Torture, the leader of the SeX-Men
  • Brad Brinkley as Shadowy Mr. Evans, a sex demon
  • Samantha Marie Ware as one of Jane's personalities[16]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
First releasedLast released
115February 15, 2019 (2019-02-15)May 24, 2019 (2019-05-24)
29[17]June 25, 2020 (2020-06-25)August 6, 2020 (2020-08-06)[17]

Season 1 (2019)[edit]

No.
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No. in
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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release dateProd.
code
11"Pilot"Glen WinterJeremy CarverFebruary 15, 2019 (2019-02-15)T50.10101
In Paraguay 1948, third-rate criminal Mr. Eric Morden takes part in an experiment run by former Nazi scientist Heinrich Von Fuchs that transforms him into a metahuman. In Florida 1988, NASCAR driver Clifford Steele is caught in a car crash, but is saved by Dr. Niles Caulder, who transfers Cliff's brain into a robotic body seven years later. Also living with Caulder are Rita Farr, a 1950s actress who was exposed to a toxin while filming that turned her into plastic, and Larry Trainor, a former United States Air Force test pilot who was exposed to negative energy in the early 1960s. In the present, the group have lived together for many years in "Doom Manor" with Jane, a young woman with 64 super-powered personalities. Jane convinces the others to go into the nearby town of Cloverton, Ohio while Caulder is away. Rita becomes upset and turns elastic, unintentionally wreaking havoc until Cliff stops her. Caulder urges them to flee with him, as their actions will attract the enemies he has been hiding from. He, Jane, Rita, and Larry leave, but they return to help Cliff protect Cloverton. Caulder is confronted by Morden, who opens a vortex in front of the team.
22"Donkey Patrol"Dermott DownsNeil Reynolds & Shoshana SachiFebruary 22, 2019 (2019-02-22)T50.10102
Morden takes Caulder into the vortex, and Jane follows, after which the vortex devours Cloverton. Realizing the futility of trying to live in the regular world, Rita retires to the Manor to wait for Caulder's return, and Larry tries to leave town, but the negative energy being inside him will not let him. Victor "Vic" Stone, a half-man, half-machine friend of Caulder's as well as Detroit's well known superhero Cyborg, sees news footage of Cloverton's destruction, and travels there to investigate. Morden's donkey spits out Jane. Back at Doom Manor, Cliff is unable to interrogate Jane about her experience because she is cycling through her personalities. As Cliff learns about Jane's condition, Vic triggers one of her violent personalities and she attacks him and Cliff. Rita begrudgingly agrees to go into the gateway via the donkey's mouth, and Larry and Vic are sucked in as well. On the other side, Morden tortures them with fantasies to thwart their search for Caulder, but Larry's energy being intervenes and the team, as well as the entire town of Cloverton, are spat back out. Vic's father Silas asks him to come home, but Vic refuses and decides to join the team.
33"Puppet Patrol"Rachel TalalayTamara Becher-Wilkinson & Tom FarrellMarch 1, 2019 (2019-03-01)T50.10103
Vic goads the others into a road trip to Paraguay, hoping that by learning what happened there in 1948 they can find Caulder. While trying to gain some control over the negative energy being, Larry recalls his estrangement from his wife Cheryl and lover John Bowers after his accident. The team discovers that Caulder was present when Von Fuchs changed Morden into Mr. Nobody, and that Von Fuchs is still alive, only to be killed by one of Jane's personalities. They return to Doom Manor on a jet provided by Silas. At Fuchtopia, a man named Steve undergoes Von Fuchs's enhancement procedure and is transformed into a metahuman.
44"Cult Patrol"Stefan PleszczynskiMarcus Dalzine & Chris DingessMarch 8, 2019 (2019-03-08)T50.10104
Occult detective Willoughby Kipling comes to Doom Manor seeking Caulder's assistance to prevent the end of the world, only to find him gone, so he convinces the team to help him instead. Guided by Kipling, they abduct a tattooed, 18-year-old man named Elliott who is the key to the Cult of the Unwritten Book's attempt to summon the Decreator, an interdimensional entity who will destroy the world. Kipling sends Cliff and Jane to a priest whose stigmata are a gateway to the lost city of Nurnheim, but before Jane can sew the wounds closed, she and Cliff are drawn through the gate and captured. The high priestess of Nurnheim sends otherworldly assassins to retrieve Elliott, and Vic, Larry, Kipling, and Rita are unable to stop them. The cult begins the ritual, and a giant glowing eye appears in the sky.
55"Paw Patrol"Larry TengShoshana SachiMarch 15, 2019 (2019-03-15)T50.10105
Mr. Nobody releases Caulder from captivity so the two can work together to stop the Decreator. Mr. Nobody travels to 1977 and uses one of Jane's personalities, Dr. Harrison (whose power is persuasion), to create a Cult of the Rewritten Book, which will create a counterpart to Elliot that can oppose the Decreator. Back in the present, Cliff and present day Jane escape Nurnheim with instructions left by Dr. Harrison. Meanwhile, Caulder, Kipling, Vic, and Larry find Elliot's counterpart, a dog, which Kipling uses to summon the Recreator, who brings back everything previously disintegrated by the Decreator. Just before Caulder leaves, Mr. Nobody freezes time and self-destructs Vic's arm cannon. In the past, Caulder rescues Jane from a mental institution in which she was being tortured, and promises to keep her safe. Unbeknownst to Caulder, Mr. Nobody tells Jane to find the Doom Patrol.
66"Doom Patrol Patrol"Christopher ManleyTamara Becher-WilkinsonMarch 22, 2019 (2019-03-22)T50.10106
Victor's father Silas arrives to repair him. Jane's investigation leads her, Larry, and Rita to an old superhero team called the Doom Patrol; consisting of Steve Dayton / Mento, a millionaire with psychic powers whom Rita dated in 1955; Arani, a woman with elemental control of fire and ice who claims to be Caulder's wife; Rhea, a woman with electromagnetic abilities; and Joshua Clay, a man who fires kinetic energy blasts. The current team learns that Caulder assembled and led the original Doom Patrol, but they disbanded after being defeated by Mr. Nobody. Steve, Arani, and Rhea are also revealed to be old and mentally ill, with Joshua as their caretaker. A medicated Steve has projected an illusion that they are young and running a school for super-powered children. He subjects Jane, Larry, and Rita to delusions of painful events from their pasts before Rita is able to calm him down. Meanwhile, back at Doom Manor, Vic hacks into Cliff's daughter's social media account for him after Cliff discovers that she survived the crash that destroyed his body and killed his wife.
77"Therapy Patrol"Rob HardyNeil ReynoldsMarch 29, 2019 (2019-03-29)T50.10107
The team struggles with their personal demons. Rita struggles to figure out her true identity. Larry's energy spirit forces him to revisit his affair with John. Vic discovers that online dating is difficult for Cyborg. Jane struggles to connect with her personalities. Cliff confronts his daughter's adoptive father Bump, only to realize the scenario is a hallucination. Cliff decides the team needs a group therapy session, and they reluctantly begin to share in turn: Rita is having an identity crisis, Larry is lonely and laments pushing John away after the accident, and Vic blames himself for his mother's death. Cliff and Jane hurt each other's feelings, and Cliff has a breakdown caused by Admiral Whiskers, a rat convinced by Mr. Nobody to seek revenge against the team, who caused his mother's death.
88"Danny Patrol"Dermott DownsTom FarrellApril 5, 2019 (2019-04-05)T50.10108
Cliff and Rita seek out Jane, who is under the control of Karen, a perky but unstable personality with the power to make people love her. In their search for Caulder, Larry and Vic come across a sentient, genderqueer, teleporting street named Danny, which is being hunted by the Bureau of Normalcy. Larry remembers his own experience with the Bureau, which experimented on him in the 1960s after his accident and gave him the first glimpse of his negative energy spirit. Former Bureau agent Morris Wilson has become a drag queen named Maura Lee Karupt who helps keep Danny going by sustaining a party atmosphere. She faces off with her former partner, Agent Darren Johnson, to stop the Bureau's persecution of Danny. Jane and Karen fight for control of her mind, but soon Jane snaps, leaving her catatonic while her consciousness is dragged into the Underground.
99"Jane Patrol"Harry JierjianMarcus DalzineApril 12, 2019 (2019-04-12)T50.10109
A catatonic Jane is confronted by her many other personalities in the Underground, who want her to restore order and resume being the dominant personality. With the help of Driver 8, Jane chooses to remain catatonic and try to figure out what is wrong with her. Back in Doom Manor, the team argues about how to help Jane until Larry's negative spirit sends Cliff's consciousness into the Underground. He is soon subdued by two of Jane's aggressive personalities, Hammerhead and Driller Bill, and locked in a cell next to Karen. She is let go, and Penny Farthing leads Cliff through Jane's memories. Cliff and Jane face her biggest fear, revealed to be Jane's abusive father, who appears as a giant monster made of puzzle pieces. Jane's cathartic rage destroys him, and she and Cliff leave the Underground. Jane awakens in Doom Manor.
1010"Hair Patrol"Salli Richardson-WhitfieldEric DietelApril 19, 2019 (2019-04-19)T50.10110
The Bureau of Normalcy tasks The Beard Hunter to locate Caulder. In 1913, Caulder and his partner Alistair are investigating a strange creature for The Bureau of Oddities. Alistair is seemingly killed by wolves. Caulder breaks his leg while fleeing, and is rescued by a primitive woman named Slava. Caulder falls in love with her, and discovers that she is immortal and controls the creature. Caulder stays with Slava for years, but Alistair reappears and says that the Bureau of Oddities is now the Bureau of Normalcy, with the new mission of killing any oddities they find, including Slava. Caulder kills Alistair to save Slava, and returns to the Bureau claiming she does not exist. In the present, Mr. Nobody offers Caulder the chance to save the team and be released if he reveals Slava's location, but Caulder adamantly refuses. The Beard Hunter infiltrates Doom Manor and consumes some of Caulder's facial hair from the sink drain as means to track him. Vic and Rita find and interrogate him, but he is able to get free and overpower Vic. Later, The Beard Hunter tracks down an effigy of Caulder, and Slava's creature appears and attacks him.
1111"Frances Patrol"Wayne YipApril FitzsimmonsApril 26, 2019 (2019-04-26)T50.10111
The team faces their shortcomings. Jane laments that they are unable to save Caulder. Cliff, accompanied by Rita, arrives at Bump's memorial service to reconnect with his daughter Clara. There, Cliff realizes how important Clara's adoptive father had been to her while he was gone and decides to affirm his love by retrieving a watch, treasured by Clara, from Frances, the massive alligator that killed Bump. Larry and John revisit their love affair through a shared dreamscape, as the negative spirit pushes Larry to reconcile with an aged John in the real world. Vic worries about his cybernetics' operating system Grid, over which he seems to be losing control as the cybernetics are slowly expanding throughout his body. Following the clue previously left behind by Danny the Street, Vic and Jane pursue a man called the "Hero of the Beach" who goes by the name of Flex Mentallo. Vic is captured by the Bureau of Normalcy during the search.
1212"Cyborg Patrol"Carol BankerRobert Berens & Shoshana SachiMay 3, 2019 (2019-05-03)T50.10112
Silas arrives looking for a missing Vic, who the team soon realizes has been taken by the Bureau of Normalcy. Determining that Vic is being held at the Ant Farm, Silas devises a plan to rescue him, and enlists the others to help. At the facility, Vic is tortured and Grid reboots twice, further disorienting him. Silas and the team infiltrate the Ant Farm with Jane and Larry posing as agents of the Bureau bringing in Cliff as a prisoner. Darren and his team surround and subdue the team with specialized weapons, Silas having tipped them off in exchange for access to his son. Vic is furious at what Silas has done, but Silas's "betrayal" is part of the rescue plan. Rita, who has been hiding in her elastic form inside Cliff, sets him and then Larry free. Karen emerges in Jane, and uses her power to escape before Jane reemerges. They free all of the Bureau's other prisoners, creating enough chaos for them to flee. Silas and a confused Vic argue, and Vic beats his father senseless. Mr. Nobody appears, having orchestrated Grid's reboots, and taunts Vic that he has just killed his own father.
1313"Flex Patrol"T.J. ScottTom Farrell & Tamara Becher-WilkinsonMay 10, 2019 (2019-05-10)T50.10113
The team returns home with Flex Mentallo, who is suffering from memory loss. Silas is alive but in critical condition. In 1964, Flex is captured by the Bureau of Normalcy. Larry has a chance to help him escape, but is too afraid of the consequences. Flex is continually tortured but resists cooperating, until the Bureau threatens to harm his wife. In the present, Cliff, Jane, and Larry try to restore Flex' memories and abilities, eventually deciding to reunite Flex and his wife. When Dolores disintegrates in front of him during their reunion, Flex unleashes his powers in his agony, causing an electrical outage over a large region. Rita deals with her guilt over the suicide of a young actress who conceived a baby with a film producer after Rita arranged their meeting, and was left alone to care for it. With Rita's support, Cyborg decides to reinstall Grid, stay with his injured father, and leave the team. Larry decides to give a new chance at life to the negative spirit and releases it, but he is left slowly dying in the process. The negative spirit returns to Larry. Mr. Nobody acknowledges that the team is ready to face him.
1414"Penultimate Patrol"Rebecca RodriguezChris DingessMay 17, 2019 (2019-05-17)T50.10114
In 1946, Morden's girlfriend Millie leaves him after he is fired from the Brotherhood of Evil, calling him a nobody. In the present, the team's search for the Beard Hunter brings them to Danny the Street. Though afraid of Mr. Nobody, Danny reveals that Caulder is being held in a dimension called "the White Space". Vic apologizes to a recovering Silas for his attack, but Silas confesses that he altered Vic's memories of his accident. Vic's mother also survived the explosion, but Silas could only save one of them, and chose Vic. Flex transports the team to the White Space, where they each find themselves reliving the day their respective tragedies occur. Mr. Nobody offers to let them live out their lives differently if they give up their search for Caulder. They refuse, and Vic shows up and atomizes the villain. A year later, the team has become the next Doom Patrol, but they are caught in a time loop in which they keep dying. Mr. Nobody reveals this to be an illusion, and that they are all still in the White Space. He coerces Caulder to reveal the secret that Caulder is responsible for the events which gave each of them their powers.
1515"Ezekiel Patrol"Dermott DownsTamara Becher-Wilkinson & Jeremy Carver & Shoshana SachiMay 24, 2019 (2019-05-24)T50.10115
Caulder recalls the events that led to the creation of each of the Doom Patrol members and the personal toll it took on him. The team goes their separate ways and attempt to integrate into society, but are summoned to Doom Manor by Danny, who has been kidnapped by Mr. Nobody. Caulder reveals why he did what he did: he was desperately searching for the means to extend his own life so that he might protect his troubled, superpowered daughter as long as possible. The team steps through a painting to rescue Danny and Caulder's daughter, who has enlarged Ezekiel and Admiral Whiskers. The two creatures have forced Mr. Nobody out and are on a rampage. The team executes Vic's plan: Rita convinces Mr. Nobody to continue his narration, which exerts control over Ezekiel and Whiskers, and the team allow themselves to be devoured by Ezekiel. Larry unleashes a nuclear blast, killing Whiskers, trapping Mr. Nobody and the Beard Hunter in the painting and reducing Danny from a street to a brick, but the others are protected by being inside Ezekiel. Back at Doom Manor, Vic slices open Ezekiel's abdomen and they step out, including Caulder's daughter, Dorothy Spinner. The team face a new problem, everyone except Larry, has been shrunk to a tiny size.

Season 2 (2020)[edit]

No.
overall
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TitleDirected byWritten by [18]Original release dateProd.
code
161"Fun Size Patrol"Christopher ManleyJeremy Carver & Shoshana SachiJune 25, 2020 (2020-06-25)T50.10301
In 1927, a caged Dorothy is kept locked up in a circus as the "ape faced girl", who has to entertain the crowd with her summoned creature. When the ringleader attempts to punish her creature, the voice of the Candlemaker calls out to her, telling her to make a wish. As she blows out a candle, everyone in the circus is killed, with the exception of Niles Caulder. In the present, Larry tries in vain to restore Dorothy, Caulder, Rita, Cliff, Jane, Vic and Danny to their normal size. While the rest of the team deals with personal problems, Rita learns to use her powers. Rita suggests Caulder to call Willoughby Kipling for help; though initially against the idea, Caulder eventually gives in. Kipling agrees to help in exchange for Caulder's most valuable possession: a talisman that grants immortality. The group is returned to their normal size, minus Danny who remains the form of a brick. Afterwards, Vic leaves Doom Manor. Dorothy overhears Caulder talking to Kipling about his condition. Later, the Candlemaker calls out to her once more, telling her to make a wish to save her father, but she refuses to comply.
172"Tyme Patrol"Harry JierjianApril Fitzsimmons & Neil ReynoldsJune 25, 2020 (2020-06-25)T50.10302
Caulder reveals to the group of his deal with Kipling, and works on finding new ways to prolong his life in order to protect Dorothy. Rita learns that Caulder wants to use Continuinium, an alien element that controls time, currently in possession of Doctor Jonathan Tyme, a scientist imbued with the power to manipulate time. Rita, Cliff and Jane travel to Tyme's dimension with Caulder's help, but fails to recover the element. In Detroit, Vic attends a PTSD therapy group meeting and meets Roni Evers, a military veteran who he bonds with over the loss of their mothers. Larry goes to attend his son Gary's funeral, and reveals himself to his other son, Paul. Larry later visits Gary's home, where he finds several mementos of him kept by Gary in a shed. As he takes a walk back home, he is captured by a flock of butterflies.
183"Pain Patrol"Samira RadsiTom Farrell & Tamara Becher-WilkinsonJune 25, 2020 (2020-06-25)T50.10303
In 1888, a young Caulder encounters Red Jack, an interdimensional being who feeds on pain under the guise of Jack the Ripper. In the present day, Red Jack delivers a letter to Caulder, along with a piece of Larry's bandage, demanding his appearance. Caulder and Rita agree to go together to save Larry. Red Jack attempts to convince Caulder to be his apprentice in exchange for immortality, but upon refusal, decides to unleash pain on him, as well as Rita and Larry. Caulder manages to kill Red Jack and escape with the others. While home alone, Dorothy accidentally breaks Danny in half while playing with her imaginary friends. Later, while attempting to fix Danny, Caulder begins drawing up a blueprint for "Robotman 2.0". Cliff and Jane go to Clara's house, where Cliff attempts to tell her the truth, but ends up causing her to call the police. While sleeping on the bus, Jane's other personalities confront her, eventually demanding that she either leave the Manor, or lose her status as the primary personality. On the way back, she ends up being locked up as the other personalities prepare to take over. After having a sexual encounter, Vic asks Roni out on a date, but the latter does not show up. She sends him an email, detailing her previous criminal records.
194"Sex Patrol"Omar MadhaEric Dietel & Tanya SteeleJuly 2, 2020 (2020-07-02)T50.10304
The Dannyzens, among them Flex Mentallo and Maura Lee Karupt, pay a visit to Doom Manor, where they attempt to set up a party to revive Danny. During the party, Danny is successfully revived after Dorothy sings them a song. Vic returns to the Manor, and receives advice from Karupt about his relationship with Roni. Rita consults Flex on how to control her power; she resorts to having Flex give her an orgasm, which is noticed by a sex demon, The Shadowy Mr. Evans. The SeX-Men, a paranormal unity of the Pentagon, crashes the party looking for Mr. Evans. Hammerhead, after taking over Jane, learns from one of the SeX-Men that Mr. Evans intends to give birth to a baby, whose cries would result in the death of all children. In trying to save the Kay personality, Hammerhead successfully prevents the birth of the baby, and sends Evans back to his dimension. The Candlemaker convinces Dorothy to stay up after bedtime and join the party. Upon learning that Caulder wanted Danny to keep her locked up, Dorothy intends to break Danny's brick form, but stops when she realizes Danny shares her sentiment. Danny is eventually given a new form, a tire, and teleports away with the rest of the Dannyzens.
205"Finger Patrol"[19]TBAChris Dingess & Shoshana SachiJuly 9, 2020 (2020-07-09)TBA
216"Space Patrol"[19]TBANeil ReynoldsJuly 16, 2020 (2020-07-16)TBA
227"Dumb Patrol"[19]TBATamara Becher-Wilkinson & Eric DietelJuly 23, 2020 (2020-07-23)TBA
238"Dad Patrol"[19]TBATBAJuly 30, 2020 (2020-07-30)TBA
249"Wax Patrol"[18]TBAChris Dingess & Tanya SteeleAugust 6, 2020 (2020-08-06)[17]TBA

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

Doom Patrol was announced on May 14, 2018, as an intended spin-off of Titans for video on demand service DC Universe after co-creator and executive producer Geoff Johns revealed that Titans' fourth episode would feature and be titled after the Doom Patrol on February 10, 2018.[1] Despite the initial order and sharing characters and actors, however, Doom Patrol occupies a separate continuity from Titans.[20][21][22]

Fifteen episodes were developed for the first season, which premiered on February 15, 2019, and concluded on May 24, 2019. Jeremy Carver wrote the pilot, and served as an executive producer alongside Johns, Greg Berlanti, and Sarah Schechter. Production companies involved with the series include Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television.[23][24][25] The series is influenced by writer Grant Morrison's run of the comic.[26]

On July 20, 2019, it was announced at San Diego Comic-Con that Doom Patrol had been renewed for a second season, which premiered on both DC Universe and WarnerMedia's video on demand service HBO Max on June 25, 2020.[27][28][29] Production on the second season was temporarily halted in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[30]

Casting[edit]

In July 2018, it was announced that April Bowlby, Brendan Fraser, and Matt Bomer would star in Doom Patrol as Rita Farr, the voice of Cliff Steele, and the voice of Larry Trainor, respectively, after being cast as the characters for guest appearances in Titans.[3][31] Diane Guerrero was also announced to be joining Bowlby, Fraser, and Bomer as Jane.[2][3] In August 2018, Joivan Wade was cast as Victor "Vic" Stone / Cyborg,[8] Alan Tudyk was cast as Eric Morden / Mr. Nobody,[4] and Riley Shanahan was cast to physically portray the cyborg version of Cliff.[6] The next month, Timothy Dalton was cast as Niles Caulder / Chief[7] and Matthew Zuk was cast in October 2018 to physically portray the bandage-covered Larry.[5] In March 2019, Mark Sheppard was announced as Willoughby Kipling.[12][32]

In January 2020, Roger Floyd was cast as Red Jack, a bizarre being who claims to be God, in the series' second season.[15] Other second-season castings that February included Abigail Shapiro as the Chief's superpowered daughter, Dorothy Spinner,[11] and Karen Obilom as Roni Evers, a military veteran with a mysterious past who Vic meets while attending a PTSD support group.[33] Samantha Marie Ware was cast as one of Jane's personalities in March 2020.[16]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography for season one began on August 30, 2018, in Olde Town Conyers, Georgia.[34] Filming continued in Georgia throughout September 2018, in Lawrenceville and at Briarcliff Mansion.[35] Principal photography for season one officially wrapped on April 10, 2019.[citation needed]

Filming for the second season began November 2019 in Georgia.[36]

Release[edit]

The first season of Doom Patrol premiered on DC Universe on February 15, 2019,[37] with episodes releasing until May 24, 2019.[38][39] The first season consists of 15 episodes.[39] A second season premiered on both DC Universe and HBO Max on June 25, 2020.[29]

In the United Kingdom, the first season was released exclusively on StarzPlay on January 2, 2020.[40]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the first season holds a 96% approval rating based on 51 reviews, with an average rating of 8.22/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "DC Universe finds breakout material in this iteration of Doom Patrol thanks to a fully committed cast and the writing's faith in weirdness."[41] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the series a score of 70 out of 100 based on reviews from 15 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[42]

Jesse Schedeen of IGN rated the series premiere 9.0 out of 10, stating that "Doom Patrol is the best reason yet to sign up for DC's streaming service. [Doom Patrol] offers a wicked sense of humor with heart, wit and tragedy to spare. The cast works incredibly well to form an entertaining dysfunctional family."[43]

The second season holds a 95% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 22 reviews with an average rating of 8.23/10. Its critical consensus reads, "As entertaining as the first, but with more emotional depth, Doom Patrol's second season explores darker corners without sacrificing any of its wonderful weirdness."[44]

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2019 American Society of Cinematographers Awards Motion Picture, Miniseries, or Pilot Made for Television Chris Manley Nominated [45]
Golden Trailer Awards Best WildPosts for a TV/Streaming Series Doom Patrol “Character Posters”, Warner Bros., WB Worldwide Television Marketing In House Nominated [46]
Imagen Awards Best Actress – Television Diane Guerrero Nominated [47]
Saturn Awards Best Streaming Superhero Television Series Doom Patrol Nominated [48]

Further media[edit]

Titans[edit]

Members of the Doom Patrol were intended to appear in the original season 1 finale of Titans where, as opposed to being the team who previously appeared on Titans, would have been established as the Doom Patrol from their eponymous series. The appearances were removed after the original season finale was pulled.[49][50]

Arrowverse[edit]

The Doom Patrol incarnations of Jane, Rita Farr, Vic Stone, Larry Trainor, and Cliff Steele make cameo appearances in the Arrowverse crossover event "Crisis on Infinite Earths", which depicts the series as taking place on the world of Earth-21. Diane Guerrero, April Bowlby, Joivan Wade, Matthew Zuk, and Riley Shanahan appear in their respective roles from Doom Patrol.[51]

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