The Last Ship (TV series)

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The Last Ship
Genre Post-apocalyptic
Action drama
Created by
Based on The Last Ship
by William Brinkley
Theme music composer Steve Jablonsky
Composer(s) Nathan Whitehead
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 46 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) Todd Arnow
Eric Dane
Mark Malone
Cinematography Lukas Ettlin
Editor(s) Ken Blackwell
Running time 45 minutes
Production company(s) Channel Road Productions
Platinum Dunes
TNT Original Productions (seasons 1-3)
Studio T (from season 4)
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original network TNT
Picture format HDTV
Original release June 22, 2014 (2014-06-22) – present
External links
Official website

The Last Ship is an American action-drama television series, loosely based on the 1988 novel of the same name by William Brinkley. In May 2013, the cable network TNT placed a 10-episode order for the series.[1] The series premiered on June 22, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. EDT.[2][3]

On July 31, 2016, The Last Ship was renewed for a 10-episode fourth season, which premiered on August 20, 2017.[4][5] On September 8, 2016, TNT renewed the series for a 10-episode fifth and final season, which will be filmed immediately after season four filming, and will premiere in mid-2018.[6][7]


After a global viral pandemic wipes out over 80% of the world's population, the crew (consisting of 218 people) of a lone unaffected U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, the fictional USS Nathan James (DDG-151), must try to find a cure, stop the virus, and save humanity.[8]


The Last Ship cast
  • Eric Dane as Admiral Tom Chandler.[9] A family man, Chandler has a wife, Darien (Tracy Middendorf), who died of the virus just before he found her; he was able to vaccinate his two children, Ashley and Sam, and his father, Jed. He also has a brother and a sister, and his wife's sister was one of the first reported casualties. In the season 2 finale, the Nathan James is put into drydock and Chandler is appointed to be the Chief of Naval Operations by President Michener and promoted from the rank of commander to captain.[10] He resigned from the Navy in the season 3 finale. In season 4 episode 5, he accepted an offer to return to the Navy and has been reinstated as a captain in the United States Navy. In Season 5, he is shown to have been promoted to Admiral.[11]
  • Rhona Mitra as Dr. Rachel Scott, a paleo microbiologist who creates the cure for the virus. Her death from the shooting in the season 2 finale is confirmed in the season 3 premiere when Kara, now Captain Chandler's aide, hands him his rations book and he opens it to find Dr. Scott's portrait on one of the stamps. (season 1-2)
  • Adam Baldwin as Admiral Mike Slattery, the former executive officer of the Nathan James.[1] Originally from Chicago, he previously served as a homicide detective with the Chicago Police Department. Slattery's son was killed by the virus, and as of Season 3, his wife Christine (Ele Keats) and his daughters are still MIA. At the start of season 3, he is promoted to captain and becomes commanding officer of the Nathan James. In Season 5, he is shown to be promoted to full Admiral.[11]
  • Charles Parnell as Command Master Chief Petty Officer Russell "Russ" Jeter, the ship's senior enlisted sailor, who also acts as its unofficial chaplain.[12]
  • Travis Van Winkle as Lieutenant Daniel Joshua "Danny" Green, leader of the Naval Mountain Warfare Special Forces Unit aboard the Nathan James.[12] In the season 2 finale, Danny proposes to Kara, having gotten the ring and her mother's blessing while they were in Norfolk, and the two officially become engaged. Before the start of Season 3, both he and Kara marry and Kara gives birth to their son, Frankie.
  • Marissa Neitling as Commander Kara Green (née Foster), formerly a Lieutenant Commander and the Combat Information Center Officer of the Nathan James. She becomes a tactical action officer (TAO) following the death of LCDR Barker.[13] In the season 2 finale, Danny proposes to Kara, and the two become engaged. Before the start of Season 3, both she and Danny marry and she (now ashore) gives birth to their son, Frankie. During Season 3, she worked in St. Louis as Deputy Chief of Staff to President Michener. In Season 4, she returns to duty onboard the James as the Tactical Action Officer. In Season 5, she is promoted to Commander and given the USS Nathan James as her command.[11]
  • Christina Elmore as Lieutenant Alisha Granderson, an Officer of the Deck.
  • John Pyper-Ferguson as Ken "Tex" Nolan, a private security/military contractor and former U.S. Army Special Forces soldier who joins the crew at Guantanamo Bay. In the season 2 finale, he tracks down his daughter, but learns that his ex-wife was killed by looters. In the third-season finale Tex is killed, stopping Allison Shaw. (recurring season 1 & 3; starring season 2)
  • Jocko Sims as Lieutenant Carlton Burk, head of the Nathan James VBSS teams. He is Lt. Cameron Burk's brother (recurring season 1; starring season 2–present)
  • Kevin Michael Martin as Gunner's Mate Second Class (previously Seaman) Eric Miller,[14] a member of the ship's VBSS teams. Was captured by pirates as a P.O.W. He has now been rescued. (recurring season 1–2, starring season 3-present).
  • Bren Foster as Chief Petty Officer Wolf "Wolf-Man" Taylor, a member of the Royal Australian Navy CDT 3 (Special Forces) attached to the U.S. Navy Special Warfare Joint Operations Training Program (recurring season 2, starring season 3-present).
  • Bridget Regan as Sasha Cooper, a former Navy Intelligence Officer now operating under diplomatic cover in China for the newly reformed U.S. government. (season 3-present)
  • LaMonica Garrett as Lieutenant Cameron Burk, the brother of LT Carlton Burk and the new Tactical Actions Officer of the USS Nathan James. He is promoted to Lieutenant Commander in Season 4, but is wounded in action during an attack on Naval Station Rota, Spain.
  • Fay Masterson as Lieutenant Commander Andrea Garnett, Chief Engineer of the Nathan James. She is third in the chain of command on the ship, behind the Captain and XO. At the beginning of season 3, she is promoted to full Commander and is Captain Slattery's replacement as Executive Officer of the Nathan James. (Note: For season 4, Fay Masterson was on maternity leave[citation needed]) In season 5 Garnett is the commander of the USS Jeffrey Michener.[11]
  • Emerson Brooks as Commanding Officer Joseph Meylan, former commanding officer of the USS Hayward, who joins the Nathan James after his ship was severely damaged by the Chinese Navy. He briefly takes command of the Nathan James ordered by the St. Louis White House to place Captain Chandler under arrest. In Season 4 he replaces Andrea Garnett as the Executive Officer of the USS Nathan James under Captain Mike Slattery. In Season 5, he is shown to have been promoted to Admiral.[11] (recurring season 3-4, starring season 5).
  • Jodie Turner-Smith as Azima Kandie, she served in the Kenyan Navy for two years, she is part of the VBSS teams on the Nathan James during season 4 (recurring season 4, starring season 5)[15]
  • Tracy Middendorf as Darien Chandler, Tom's wife who is seen in flashbacks and in the present. She and the family were holed up in the family cabin in Virginia and infected with the virus. She dies from the virus before CDR Chandler can save her.(main: pilot; recurring : season 1)
  • Grace Kaufman as Ashley Chandler, Tom's daughter who is seen in flashbacks and in the present. She and the family were holed up in the family cabin and infected with the virus. She is later injected with the vaccine by her father, and now resides in the vaccinated city of Norfolk with her grandfather. (main: pilot; recurring : season 1-2; Guest : season 3-4)
  • Aidan Sussman as Sam Chandler, Tom's son who is seen in flashbacks and in the present. He and the family were holed up in the family cabin and infected with the virus. He is later injected with the vaccine by his father, and now resides in the vaccinated city of Norfolk with his grandfather. (main: pilot; recurring : season 1-2; Guest : season 3-4)


Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 10 June 22, 2014 (2014-06-22) August 24, 2014 (2014-08-24)
2 13 June 21, 2015 (2015-06-21) September 6, 2015 (2015-09-06)
3 13 May 30, 2016 (2016-05-30) September 11, 2016 (2016-09-11)
4 10 August 20, 2017 (2017-08-20) October 8, 2017 (2017-10-08)

Development and production[edit]

In July 2012, TNT ordered a pilot episode for a potential series based on William Brinkley's novel The Last Ship (1988).[16] Hank Steinberg and Steven Kane wrote the pilot script, and Jonathan Mostow directed the pilot.[17] It was filmed at a number of locations across San Diego including aboard the USS Halsey (DDG-97) and the USS Dewey (DDG-105), which stands in for the show's fictional USS Nathan James (DDG-151), and the USS Iowa museum ship located in San Pedro.[18][19]

The series is produced by Channel Road Productions and Platinum Dunes, with Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, Andrew Form, Steinberg, and Kane. Steinberg and Kane serve as executive producers and day-to-day showrunners.[20][citation needed]

On July 18, 2014, The Last Ship was renewed for a 13-episode second season.[21] The second season started airing on June 21, 2015.[22] On August 11, 2015, The Last Ship was renewed for a 13-episode third season, stated to premiere June 12, 2016.[23] The season 3 premiere was postponed following the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting because the episode also included a mass shooting in a nightclub.[24]


As of October 2015 the season has a Metacritic score of 60 out of 100 based on 22 critic reviews for a rating of "generally favorable".[25] Rotten Tomatoes gives the show 66%, with an average rating of 6/10 based on 29 reviews, as of October 2015. The website consensus states: "Movie-sized action sequences and a pretty cast provide smooth sailing for The Last Ship, though it's not anything that hasn't been seen before."[26]

In July 2015, Entertainment Weekly's Ray Rahman said of the second season, "The story is getting more interesting as we get an on-the-ground sense of how the pandemic-ravaged US has fared."[27]


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