The Others (TV series)
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|Created by||John Brancato and Michael Ferris|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Running time||40 minutes|
|Original release||February 5 –|
June 10, 2000
The Others is an American television series created by John Brancato and Michael Ferris, and produced by Delusional Films, NBC Studios, and DreamWorks Television. It ran for thirteen 40-minute episodes from February 5, 2000, to June 10, 2000, airing on NBC. It concerned a group of people with various psychic talents as they encountered different, and often evil, paranormal forces. It was an ensemble series. It featured in the third attempt by NBC to air a Saturday night supernatural/paranormal programming block, joining The Pretender and Profiler as the Thrillogy, but all three shows were canceled by season's end.
Marian Kitt, a university student, is forced to come to terms with her frequently unwanted paranormal abilities, attempting to do so by joining The Others, a group with similar talents. The series gradually built up an overall storyline of a strong evil power targeting the group.
- Julianne Nicholson as Marian Kitt
- Gabriel Macht as Mark Gabriel
- Missy Crider (credited as 'Melissa Crider') as Ellen "Satori" Pawlowski
- Bill Cobbs as Elmer Greentree
- John Billingsley as Professor Miles Ballard
- Kevin J. O'Connor as Warren Day
- John Aylward as Albert McGonagle
Note that the episodes were not always broadcast by NBC in the correct story order. For the correct story order for the episodes, refer to the order from the production codes.
|No.||Title||Directed by ||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|01||"Pilot"||Mick Garris||John Brancato and Michael Ferris||February 5, 2000||26-99-100|
|02||"Unnamed"||Brian Trenchard-Smith||John Brancato and Michael Ferris||February 12, 2000||26-99-104|
|03||"Eyes"||William Malone||Glen Morgan and James Wong||February 19, 2000||26-99-102|
|04||"Souls on Board"||Tobe Hooper||Daniel Arkin||February 26, 2000||26-99-105|
|05||"1112"||Bill Condon||Glen Morgan and James Wong||March 4, 2000||26-99-103|
|06||"Luciferous"||Mick Garris||Glen Morgan and James Wong||March 11, 2000||26-99-101|
|07||"Theta"||Tom McLoughlin||Fred Golan||March 18, 2000||26-99-109|
|08||"Don't Dream It's Over"||Mick Garris||Mick Garris||March 25, 2000||26-99-107|
|09||"The Ones That Lie in Wait"||Thomas J. Wright||Glen Morgan and James Wong||April 22, 2000||26-99-106|
|10||"Till Then"||Bryan Spicer||Glen Morgan and James Wong||April 29, 2000||26-99-110|
|11||"$4.95 a Minute"||Sanford Bookstaver||Richard Whitley||May 6, 2000||26-99-111|
|12||"Life Is for the Living"||Thomas J. Wright||Daniel Arkin||May 13, 2000||26-99-112|
|13||"Mora"||Jake Paltrow||John Brancato and Michael Ferris||June 10, 2000||26-99-108|
The series' writers included Glen Morgan and James Wong, who were also executive producers for the series along with Brancato and Ferris. Morgan's wife Kristen Cloke played the significant role of Allison/The Woman in the episodes "The Ones That Lie in Wait" and "Life Is for the Living". Tobe Hooper directed one episode, "Souls on Board", and Bill Condon directed the episode "1112".
Michael Speier of Variety was lukewarm on the first episode of the series, noting that "the roles here are one-note: no humor and no sparks, just a lot of paranoia", but adding "Bill Condon ("Gods and Monsters) and Tobe Hooper ("Poltergeist") have already wrapped upcoming episodes, and it’s hoped their styles will generate bigger oohs and aahs than the Mick Garris-helmed pilot." Howard Rosenberg of Los Angeles Times was more openly critical of the series, declaring "There’s nothing especially thoughtful or suspenseful here, for example, and Episodes 1 and 2, after raising expectations of creepiness, both end with soft thuds." By contrast, Bruce Fretts of Entertainment Weekly gave the series a favorable review, commenting that The Others "has a bewitching cast that mixes appealing up-and-comers (including Melissa Crider...) with reliable old-timers (like the always-wonderful Bill Cobbs...)", adding that the series was "was compellingly creepy".
- From the United States Copyright Office catalog: "Public Catalog - Copyright Catalog (1978 to present) - Basic Search [search: "Others : no."]". United States Copyright Office. Retrieved 2017-10-02.
- Michael Speier (February 1, 2000). "The Others". Variety. Retrieved 2020-12-13.
- Howard Rosenberg (February 5, 2000). "Lots of Mood, Little Suspense in 'Others'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2020-12-13.
- Bruce Fretts (February 10, 2000). "Why pay for "Scream 3" when you can watch "The Others" for free?". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2020-12-13.