The 100 (TV series)
|Based on||The 100 by Kass Morgan|
|Developed by||Jason Rothenberg|
|Theme music composer||Evan Frankfort
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||45 (list of episodes)|
|Location(s)||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Running time||42 minutes|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original network||The CW|
|Picture format||HDTV 1080i|
|Original release||March 19, 2014– present|
The 100 (pronounced The Hundred ) is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction drama television series that premiered on March 19, 2014, on The CW. The series, developed by Jason Rothenberg, is loosely based on a 2013 book of the same name, the first in a trilogy by Kass Morgan.
The series follows a group of teens: Clarke Griffin (Eliza Taylor), Bellamy Blake (Bob Morley), Octavia Blake (Marie Avgeropoulos), Jasper Jordan (Devon Bostick), Monty Green (Christopher Larkin), Raven Reyes (Lindsey Morgan), Finn Collins (Thomas McDonell), John Murphy (Richard Harmon), and Wells Jaha (Eli Goree) as they become the first humans to return to Earth after a devastating nuclear apocalypse; the series also focuses on Dr. Abby Griffin (Paige Turco), Clarke's mother, Marcus Kane (Henry Ian Cusick), a council member on "The Ark", and Thelonious Jaha (Isaiah Washington), the Chancellor/Wells' father.
The series is set 97 years after a devastating nuclear apocalypse wiped out almost all life on Earth. The only known survivors lived on 12 space stations in Earth's orbit prior to the apocalyptic event. The space stations banded together to form a single massive station named "The Ark", where about 2,400 people live under the leadership of Chancellor Jaha. Resources are scarce, so all crimes – regardless of their nature or severity – are punishable by ejection into space ("floating") unless the perpetrator is under 18 years of age.
After the Ark's life-support systems are found to be critically failing, 100 juvenile prisoners are declared "expendable" and sent to the surface – near former Washington, D.C. – in a last ditch attempt to determine whether Earth is habitable again, in a program called "The 100". The teens arrive in a drop ship on a seemingly pristine planet they have only seen from space. They attempt to find refuge and supplies at an old military installation, Mount Weather Emergency Operations Center, located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. However, they land some distance from the intended target and soon face other problems. Confronting both the wonders and the dangers of this rugged new world, they struggle to form a tentative community.
The teens soon discover that not all humanity was wiped out. Some survived the war: the Grounders who live in clans locked in a permanent power struggle; another group of Grounders who have become cannibals, known as Reapers; and Mountain Men, who live in Mount Weather, who locked themselves away before the apocalypse and are killed by the residual radiation if they go outside.
In the second season, the remaining 48 of the 100 are taken to Mount Weather, where they discover a community of survivors. It is eventually revealed that the medical staff are extracting bone marrow from the 100 and the Grounders so they will finally be able to survive on the outside. Meanwhile, the inhabitants of the Ark have successfully crash-landed various stations on Earth and begun an alliance with the Grounders to save groups of people, naming the main settlement at Alpha Station "Camp Jaha".
In the third season, Camp Jaha, now renamed "Arkadia", comes under new management when Pike, a former teacher and mentor, is elected over Kane as chancellor and begins a war with the Grounders. An artificial intelligence, named A.L.I.E., was revealed to be responsible for the nuclear apocalypse that devastated Earth 97 years before the series begins, and she takes over the minds of nearly everyone in Arkadia and Polis – the capital city of the Grounders.
In the third season finale, Clarke manages to destroy A.L.I.E. after it is revealed that the world is facing another nuclear disaster. This is because nuclear reactors around the world that have gradually fallen into disrepair over the decades since the nuclear apocalypse are slowly irradiating Earth, once again threatening to make it uninhabitable.
Cast and characters
- Eliza Taylor as Clarke Griffin
- Paige Turco as Dr. Abigail "Abby" Griffin
- Thomas McDonell as Finn Collins (main, seasons 1–2)
- Eli Goree as Wells Jaha (main, season 1; guest, season 2)
- Bob Morley as Bellamy Blake
- Marie Avgeropoulos as Octavia Blake
- Kelly Hu as Callie "Cece" Cartwig (season 1)[a]
- Christopher Larkin as Monty Green
- Devon Bostick as Jasper Jordan
- Isaiah Washington as Thelonious Jaha
- Henry Ian Cusick as Marcus Kane
- Lindsey Morgan as Raven Reyes (recurring, season 1; main, season 2–)
- Ricky Whittle as Lincoln (recurring, season 1; main, seasons 2–3)
- Richard Harmon as John Murphy (recurring, seasons 1–2; main, season 3–)
- Kelly Hu was credited as main cast only in the first episode.
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired||Nielsen ratings|
|First aired||Last aired||Rank||Viewers
|1||13||March 19, 2014||June 11, 2014||150||2.59|
|2||16||October 22, 2014||March 11, 2015||157||2.46|
|3||16||January 21, 2016||May 19, 2016||165||1.94|
In Canada, the first season of The 100 was licensed exclusively to Netflix. In the UK and Ireland, The 100 premiered on E4 on July 7, 2014. The first episode was viewed by an average audience of 1.39 million, making it the channel's biggest ever program launch. The second season premiered on January 6, 2015 and averaged 1,118,000 viewers. Season 3 premiered on February 17, 2016. In New Zealand, the series premiered on TVNZ's on-demand video streaming service on March 21, 2014. In Australia, The 100 was originally scheduled to premiere on Go! but instead premiered on Fox8 on September 4, 2014. The second season premiered on January 8, 2015.
An estimated 2.7 million American viewers watched the series premiere, which received an 18–49 rating of 0.9. It is considered the most-watched show in its time slot on The CW since 2010, with the series Life Unexpected. On Rotten Tomatoes, the show's first season was certified "fresh", with 72% of professional reviewers reviewing it positively and the consensus: "Although flooded with stereotypes, the suspenseful atmosphere helps make The 100 a rare high-concept guilty pleasure." On Metacritic, the first season scores 63 out of 100 points, indicating "generally favorable reviews."
The second season was met with more favorable reviews, holding a rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. In a review of the season 2 finale, Kyle Fowle of the A.V. Club said, "Very few shows manage to really push the boundaries of moral compromise in a way that feels legitimately difficult. Breaking Bad did it. The Sopranos did it. Game of Thrones has done it. Those shows never back down from the philosophical murkiness of their worlds, refusing to provide a tidy, happy ending if it doesn't feel right. With 'Blood Must Have Blood, Part Two,' The 100 has done the same, presenting a finale that doesn't shy away from the morally complex stakes it's spent a whole season building up". Maureen Ryan of The Huffington Post wrote, in another positive review wrote: "I can say with some assurance that I've rarely seen a program demonstrate the kind of consistency and thematic dedication that The 100 has shown in its first two seasons. This is a show about moral choices and the consequences of those choices, and it's been laudably committed to those ideas from Day 1."
On Rotten Tomatoes, the third season received an overall rating of 100%. Maureen Ryan of Variety wrote in an early review of the third season: "When looking at the epic feel and varied array of stories on display in season three, which overtly and covertly recalls "The Lord of the Rings" saga in a number of ways, it's almost hard to recall how limited the scope and the ambitions of "The 100" were two years ago, when a rag-tag band of survivors first crash-landed on Earth. In season three (which the cast and showrunner previewed here), the show is more politically complicated than ever, and the world-building that accompanies the depiction of various factions, alliances and conflicts is generally admirable." In a review of the season 3 finale "Perverse Instantiation: Part Two", Mariya Karimjee of Vulture.com wrote: "Every moment of this finale is pitch-perfect: the choreography of the fight scenes, the plotting and pacing, and the stunning way in which the episode finally reaches it apex. "Perverse Instantiation: Part Two" elevates the season's themes and pulls together its disparate story lines, setting us up nicely for season four." In another review of the season 3 finale and the season overall, Kyle Fowle of A.V. Club wrote: "Before we even get to tonight's action-packed finale of The 100, it needs to be said that this has been a rocky season. The first half of it was defined by shoddy character motivations and oversized villains. The second half of this season has done some work to bring the show back from the brink, focusing on the City Of Light and issues of freewill and difficult moral choices, bringing some much needed depth to the third season. That work pays of with "Perverse Instantiation: Part Two," a thrilling, forward-thinking finale that provides some necessary closure to this season." He gave the finale itself an "A-" rating.
Brian Lowry of The Boston Globe said: "Our attraction to Apocalypse TV runs deep, as our culture plays out different futuristic possibilities. That's still no reason to clone material, nor is it a reason to deliver characters who are little more than stereotypes." Allison Keene of The Hollywood Reporter wrote a negative review, stating: "The sci-fi drama presents The CW's ultimate vision for humanity: an Earth populated only by attractive teenagers, whose parents are left out in space." Kelly West of Cinema Blend gave it a more positive review while noting: "CW's Thrilling New Sci-fi Drama Is A Keeper. CW's The 100 seeks to explore that concept and more with a series that's about equal parts young adult drama, sci-fi adventure and thriller. It takes a little while for the series to warm up, but when The 100 begins to hit its stride, a unique and compelling drama begins to emerge." IGN's editor Eric Goldman also gave the show a more positive review, writing: "Overcoming most of its early growing pains pretty quickly, The 100 was a very strong show by the end of its first season. But Season 2 elevated the series into the upper echelon, as the show become one of the coolest and most daring series on TV these days." Maureen Ryan of Variety named the show one of the best of 2015.
In 2016, the year in which Rolling Stone ranked the show #36 on its list of the "40 Best Science Fiction TV Shows of All Time", the episode "Thirteen" led to debate among critics and fans, who considered the death of Lexa, one of the series' LGBT characters, an example of a persistent trend in television in which LGBT characters are killed off far more often than others – implicitly portraying them as disposable, as existing only to serve the stories of straight characters, or to attract viewers. Showrunner Jason Rothenberg eventually wrote in response that "I (...) write and produce television for the real world where negative and hurtful tropes exist. And I am very sorry for not recognizing this as fully as I should have". In response, fifteen other TV writers and producers signed the "Lexa Pledge", promising not to perpetuate this trope.
|Season||Timeslot (ET)||Episodes||First aired||Last aired||TV season||Rank||Avg. viewers
|1||Wednesday 9:00 pm||13||March 19, 2014||2.73||June 11, 2014||1.68||2013–14||150||2.59||1.1/3|
|2||16||October 22, 2014||1.54||March 11, 2015||1.34||2014–15||157||2.46||0.9/3|
|3||Thursday 9:00 pm||16||January 21, 2016||1.88||May 19, 2016||1.31||2015–16||165||1.94||0.7/3|
|Ep. 1||Ep. 2||Ep. 3||Ep. 4||Ep. 5||Ep. 6||Ep. 7||Ep. 8||Ep. 9||Ep. 10||Ep. 11||Ep. 12||Ep. 13||Ep. 14||Ep. 15||Ep. 16|
|2014||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Special and Visual Effects||
|Joey Award||Young Actor in a TV Series Drama or Comedy, Guest Starring or Principal Role||Spencer Drever||Nominated|||
|2015||Golden Reel Award||Best Sound Editing – Sound Effects and Foley in Short Form Television||
|Saturn Award||Best Youth-Oriented Series||The 100||Won|||
|Joey Award||Best Actor in a TV Comedy or Action Featured Role||Liam O'Neill||Nominated|||
|MTV Fandom Award||Ship of the Year||Alycia Debnam-Carey
|E! Online Best. Ever. TV. Awards|
|Best Guest Star||Alycia Debnam-Carey||Won|||
|Best Kiss||Eliza Taylor
|Best Fight||Eliza Taylor
|Most Underrated Show||The 100||Runner-up|
|Best Binge-Watch||The 100||Runner-up|
|Best Cast on Social Media||The 100||Runner-up|
|Best Fandom||The 100||Nominated|||
|Teen Choice Award||Choice TV Show: Sci-Fi/Fantasy||The 100||Nominated|||
|Choice TV Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy||Bob Morley||Nominated|
|Choice TV Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy||Eliza Taylor||Nominated|
|2016||Saturn Award||Best Science Fiction Television Series||The 100||Nominated|||
|Teen Choice Award||Choice TV Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy||Eliza Taylor||Nominated|||
|Choice TV: Chemistry||Eliza Taylor
|E! TV Scoop Awards||Best Drama||The 100||Nominated|||
|Best Drama Actor||Bob Morley||Nominated|
|Best Drama Actress||Eliza Taylor||Won|
|Best Drama Actress||Lindsey Morgan||Nominated|
|Best Couple||Alycia Debnam-Carey
|Steamiest/Sexiest Moment||Alycia Debnam Carey
|Female Breakout Star||Alycia Debnam-Carey||Won|
|Most Heartbreaking Goodbye||Won|
|Best Fight||Alycia Debnam Carey
|Best Kiss||Alycia Debnam Carey
|Moment That Made You Want To Throw Out Your TV||Thirteen||Won|
|Best Villain||Erica Cerra||Runner-up|
|Best Guest Star||Alycia Debnam-Carey||Won|
|Best Cast On Social Media||The 100||Runner-up|
|MTV Fandom Awards||Ship of the Year||Eliza Taylor
|Fan Freakout of the Year||Alycia Debnam-Carey||Won|||
|Region 1||Region 2||Region 4||Region A||Region B|
|The Complete First Season||September 23, 2014||September 29, 2014||December 3, 2014||September 23, 2014||December 3, 2014||13||
|The Complete Second Season||October 13, 2015||October 12, 2015||October 14, 2015||October 13, 2015||October 14, 2015||16||
|The Complete Third Season||July 19, 2016||September 26, 2016||September 28, 2016||July 19, 2016||September 28, 2016||16||
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