School Spirits (2023 TV series)

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School Spirits
Created byMegan Trinrud & Nate Trinrud
  • Peyton List
  • Kristian Flores
  • Milo Manheim
  • Spencer MacPherson
  • Kiara Pichardo
  • Sarah Yarkin
  • Nick Pugliese
  • Rainbow Wedell
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Executive producers
  • Vicki Sotheran
  • Don Dunn
  • Natalia Castells-Esquivel
  • Peyton List
CinematographyCraig Dean Devine
EditorRobert Lattanzio
Running time44–52 minutes
Production companyAwesomeness
Original release
ReleaseMarch 9, 2023 (2023-03-09) –
present (present)

School Spirits is an American supernatural teen drama television series created by Megan Trinrud and Nate Trinrud that premiered on Paramount+ on March 9, 2023. The series, adapted from the forthcoming graphic novel by the Trinruds and Maria Nguyen, stars Peyton List, Kristian Flores, Milo Manheim, and Spencer Macpherson. In June 2023, the series was renewed for a second season.[1]


Set in the fictional town of Split River, Wisconsin, the show follows Maddie, a teen girl stuck in the afterlife investigating her own mysterious disappearance; she goes on a crime-solving journey as she adjusts to high school in the afterlife, but the closer she gets to the truth, the more secrets and lies she discovers.



  • Peyton List as Maddie Nears
  • Kristian Flores as Simon Elroy
  • Milo Manheim as Wally Clark
  • Spencer MacPherson as Xavier Baxter
  • Kiara Pichardo as Nicole Herrera
  • Sarah Yarkin as Rhonda
  • Nick Pugliese as Charley
  • Rainbow Wedell as Claire Zomer



No.Title [2]Directed byTeleplay byOriginal release date [3]
1"My So-Called Death"Max WinklerMegan Trinrud & Nate TrinrudMarch 9, 2023 (2023-03-09)
2"The Fault of Our Scars"Max WinklerOliver GoldstickMarch 9, 2023 (2023-03-09)
3"Dead and Confused"Oran ZegmanThomas HigginsMarch 9, 2023 (2023-03-09)
4"Ghoul Intentions"Oran ZegmanLijah BaraszMarch 16, 2023 (2023-03-16)
5"The Twilight End Zone"Brian DannellyBernadette LuckettMarch 23, 2023 (2023-03-23)
6"Grave the Last Dance"Brian DannellyNatalia Castells-EsquivelMarch 30, 2023 (2023-03-30)
7"Séance Anything"Hannah MacphersonOliver GoldstickApril 6, 2023 (2023-04-06)
8"Madison's Body"Hannah MacphersonMegan Trinrud & Nate TrinrudApril 12, 2023 (2023-04-12)[4]


The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported an 83% approval rating with an average rating of 7.3/10, based on 18 critic reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, "School Spirits leaves some of its promising potential untapped, but Peyton List's splendid starring performance makes this paranormal mystery a solid watch for anyone who remembers the phantom pain of growing up."[5]

Daniel D'Addario of Variety wrote, "Without losing sight of the sorrow of Maddie's story, School Spirits manages to be surprisingly sparky and fun—proof positive that there are new stories to tell about the institution no one would ever want to be stuck in for their entire afterlife."[6] Daniel Fienberg of The Hollywood Reporter said, "Sometimes the familiar trappings of the high-school genre can open the door for a show to do wilder and more inventive things than more allegedly mature shows. School Spirits, unfortunately, takes no such liberties."[7]


  1. ^ White, Peter (June 20, 2023). "School Spirits Renewed For Season 2". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 20, 2023.
  2. ^ "School Spirits - Episodes". Paramount Press Express. Retrieved April 10, 2023.
  3. ^ "Shows A-Z – School Spirits on Paramount+". The Futon Critic. Retrieved April 10, 2023.
  4. ^ Paramount+ [@paramountplus] (April 12, 2023). "LITERALLY SO MUCH TO DISCUSS RN 😰 🚨 The #SchoolSpirits finale is out now ONE DAY EARLY on #ParamountPlus 🚨(in the US only)" (Tweet). Archived from the original on April 16, 2023. Retrieved April 16, 2023 – via Twitter.
  5. ^ "School Spirits: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 15, 2023.
  6. ^ D'Addario, Daniel (March 9, 2023). "'School Spirits' Is a Charming Teenage Ghost Story: TV Review". Variety. Retrieved March 14, 2023.
  7. ^ Fienberg, Daniel (March 8, 2023). "'School Spirits' Review: Bland Paramount+ YA Drama May Give You Ghost Fatigue". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 14, 2023.

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