The Lake (TV series)

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The Lake
Created byJulian Doucet
Country of originCanada
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes16
Executive producers
Production locationNorth Bay, Ontario
Running time27–36 minutes
Production companyAmaze Film + Television
Original release
NetworkAmazon Prime Video
ReleaseJune 17, 2022 (2022-06-17) –

The Lake is a Canadian comedy television series created by Julian Doucet for Amazon Prime Video. The series is Amazon's first scripted Canadian Amazon Original series, and premiered on June 17, 2022. In advance of the official series premiere, the first two episodes received a preview screening at the 2022 Inside Out Film and Video Festival.[1] In July 2022, the series was renewed for a second season, which premiered on June 9, 2023.


After returning from abroad following a breakup with his long-term partner, Justin plans to connect with his teenage daughter he gave up for adoption. His plans to make new memories with her at the family cottage go awry when he discovers his parents left it to his picture-perfect stepsister, Maisy-May.[2]


  • Jordan Gavaris as Justin, a gay man returning from abroad to reconnect with his birth daughter, Billie. In an effort to bond with her, Justin brings her to the lake where he spent most of his childhood summers.[3]
  • Julia Stiles as Maisy-May, Justin's picture-perfect stepsister. Conniving and ambitious, she inherited the family's lake cabin from her stepfather, to Justin's surprise and dismay.[2]
  • Madison Shamoun as Billie, Justin's city-loving teenage birth daughter whom he gave up for adoption. Billie is mixed-race: her mother is a Black woman and her father white.
  • Jared Scott as Killian (season 1), Maisy's and Victor's eldest son and Billie's love interest. Like Billie, Killian is mixed-race and has some understanding of what it feels like to be an outsider.
  • Terry Chen as Victor Lin, a Chinese-Canadian ex-pro hockey player, married to Maisy-May. Like his wife, Victor is ambitious and shows no hesitation to manipulate those around him to ensure his family succeeds.
  • Travis Nelson as Riley, a local artist, handyman, and store operator who is Justin's love interest.
  • Natalie Lisinska as Jayne, friend and sometime minion of Maisy, whom Maisy has passively bullied since their teen years.
  • Jon Dore as Wayne, Jayne's often clueless husband. Wayne is immature and a man-child but has genuine affection for his wife and daughters.
  • Carolyn Scott as Ulrika, a cabin owner of Swedish descent who grows cannabis that she shares with some community members.
  • Declan Whaley as Opal Lin, Maisy's and Victor's younger child who is genderqueer and identifies with Justin.
  • Emily Roman as Jeri Moore, Jayne's and Wayne's daughter who is the middle child of triplets and most like Jayne.


SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
18June 17, 2022 (2022-06-17)
28June 9, 2023 (2023-06-09)

Season 1 (2022)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"Tilt-a-Grrl"Paul FoxJulian DoucetJune 17, 2022 (2022-06-17)
22"Game Night"Paul FoxAndrew De AngelisJune 17, 2022 (2022-06-17)
33"Picnic at Raven's Rock"Paul FoxLisa CodringtonJune 17, 2022 (2022-06-17)
44"The Simplex Solution"Paul FoxVivian LinJune 17, 2022 (2022-06-17)
55"Mommy Queerest"Jordan CanningJulian Doucet & Lori-Ann RussellJune 17, 2022 (2022-06-17)
66"Midsommar Madness"Jordan CanningAndrew De Angelis & Kaveh MohebbiJune 17, 2022 (2022-06-17)
77"Trust Issues"Jordan CanningWinter Tekenos-LevyJune 17, 2022 (2022-06-17)
88"No White After Labor Day"Jordan CanningJulian DoucetJune 17, 2022 (2022-06-17)

Season 2 (2023)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
91"Two Become Run"Paul FoxJulian DoucetJune 9, 2023 (2023-06-09)
102"A Berry Special Episode"Paul FoxAndrew De AngelisJune 9, 2023 (2023-06-09)
113"Crazy-May"Melanie OrrGorrman LeeJune 9, 2023 (2023-06-09)
124"Wet Cup American Summer"Melanie OrrKaveh MohebbiJune 9, 2023 (2023-06-09)
135"Angel Tits and Dirty Bananas"Paul FoxLisa CodringtonJune 9, 2023 (2023-06-09)
146"Dying to Know"R. T. ThorneWinter Tekenos-LevyJune 9, 2023 (2023-06-09)
157"Tour De Force"R. T. ThorneAndrew De Angelis & Billie FishleighJune 9, 2023 (2023-06-09)
168"Death on Denial"Paul FoxJulian Doucet & Lori-Ann RussellJune 9, 2023 (2023-06-09)



In early August 2021, Amazon ordered its first scripted Canadian Amazon Original series, The Lake. Julian Doucet serves as writer and executive producer, with Michael Souther and Teza Lawrence also executive producing under their production company Amaze Film + Television.[2] In May 2022, Jordan Canning and Paul Fox were revealed as directors.[1][4] On July 13, 2022, Amazon renewed the series for a second season.[5]

The plot is based in part on the real-life experiences of series creator Julian Doucet.[6]


With the series announcement, Jordan Gavaris, Julia Stiles, and Madison Shamoun were cast as the leads. Jon Dore, Carolyn Scott, Natalie Lisinska, Travis Nelson, Declan Whaley, and Terry Chen were also cast.[2] Lauren Holly as Mimsy, Max Amani, and Jhaleil Swaby have joined the second season.[7]


Filming began on August 5, 2021 in North Bay, Ontario, Canada.[8][9] Filming wrapped on September 1, 2021.[2][10] The second season began production on August 15, 2022 and wrapped on September 29, 2022 in North Bay, Ontario.[7]


For the first season, the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 63% approval score with an average rating of 5.3/10 based on 8 reviews.[11]


The first season of The Lake premiered on Amazon Prime Video on June 17, 2022.[12] The second season premiered on June 9, 2023.[13]


  1. ^ a b Complex, Valerie (May 6, 2022). "Inside Out 2S LGBTQ+ Film Festival To Return In-Person And Announces Full Line Up For 32nd Year; 'Mars One' To Open Festival". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 30, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d e Andreeva, Nellie (August 5, 2021). "Amazon Orders 'The Lake' Starring Jordan Gavaris, Julia Stiles & Madison Shamoun As First Scripted Canadian Series". Deadline. Retrieved September 19, 2021.
  3. ^ "Brampton talent on display in new June streaming picks". Canadian Press, June 2, 2022.
  4. ^ Sternberg, Sabrina (June 2, 2022). "'The Lake': Julia Stiles Stars as Wicked Stepsister in First Trailer of Prime Video Series". Collider. Retrieved June 8, 2022.
  5. ^ Tapp, Tom (2022-07-13). "Prime Video Jumps Back Into 'The Lake' With Season 2 Order As Production Begins In Canada". Deadline. Retrieved 2022-08-02.
  6. ^ Ahsan, Sadaf (June 16, 2022). "In Prime Video's "The Lake," Ontario actor Jordan Gavaris takes centre stage". Toronto Star. Retrieved June 17, 2022.
  7. ^ a b 'The Lake' Season 2 Officially Wraps Up Filming at Prime Video
  8. ^ Atad, Corey (August 5, 2021). "New Canadian Comedy Series 'The Lake' Starring Jordan Gavaris, Julia Stiles & Madison Shamoun Begins Production In Northern Ontario". Entertainment Tonight Canada. Archived from the original on August 5, 2021. Retrieved September 19, 2021.
  9. ^ Canada, Amazon (August 5, 2021). "Amazon Prime Video Begins Production on The Lake, the First Scripted Canadian Amazon Original Comedy Series". CNW Group. Retrieved September 19, 2021.
  10. ^ "The Lake - Production List". Production List. July 19, 2021. Archived from the original on December 18, 2021. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
  11. ^ "The Lake: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved June 10, 2023.
  12. ^ Cordero, Rosy (April 13, 2022). "Prime Video Sets 'The Kids In The Hall' Premiere & Reveals New Canadian Originals Programming Slate". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 14, 2022.
  13. ^ "Sparks Fly This Summer, as Prime Video's "The Lake" Returns with a Whirlwind of Heart and Humor Starting June 9" (Press release). Amazon. May 16, 2023. Retrieved June 2, 2023 – via The Futon Critic.

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