The Purge (TV series)

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The Purge
The Purge TV title card.png
GenreHorror
Created byJames DeMonaco
Based onThe Purge
by James DeMonaco
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Production location(s)New Orleans, Louisiana
Production company(s)
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Release
Original networkUSA Network
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseSeptember 4, 2018 (2018-09-04) – present (present)

The Purge is an American horror television series, based on the franchise of the same name and created by James DeMonaco. The Purge was first announced in April 2017, and stars Gabriel Chavarria, Hannah Anderson, Jessica Garza, Lili Simmons, Amanda Warren, Colin Woodell and Lee Tergesen. The series premiered on September 4, 2018, and the first season consisted of ten episodes. In November 2018, USA Network renewed the show for a second season.

Premise[edit]

Revolving around a 12-hour period when all crime, including vandalism, murder, arson and theft, is legal, set in an alternate United States ruled by a different totalitarian government, the series follows several seemingly unrelated characters living in a small city. As the clock winds down, each character is forced to reckon with their past as they discover how far they will go to survive the night.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Gabriel Chavarria as Miguel Guerrero, a US Marine who returns home on Purge Night after receiving a cryptic message from his sister, Penelope.[1]
  • Hannah Anderson as Jenna Betancourt, an anti-Purge proponent and devoted to charitable causes who is accustomed to locking down on Purge Night. Her choice to venture out for the first time leads to an encounter with violence that forces her to deal with deep truths about herself and her marriage.[2]
  • Jessica Garza as Penelope Guerrero, a member of a cult who pledges to be sacrificed but finds her faith tested when exposed to the realities. She is Miguel's sister.[1]
  • Lili Simmons as Lila Stanton, a young, rich, and rebellious woman who refuses to fit in with the pro-Purge socialite crowd. Her confidence and charm mask a vulnerability that will be exposed as she attempts to deal with unfinished business before the sun rises.[2]
  • Amanda Warren as Jane Barbour, a dedicated and hardworking finance professional who is convinced that she has hit an insurmountable glass ceiling at her firm, so she hires a Purge-assassin.[3]
  • Colin Woodell as Rick Betancourt. After a lifetime of bootstrapping, he is finally climbing the social ladder, but currying favor with the pro-Purge elite presents unexpected challenges to his marriage, as he and his wife must agree on what moral price they'll pay to achieve the American dream.[3]
  • Lee Tergesen as Joe, an armored, masked, and seemingly ordinary man who drives through town, intervening in acts of Purge violence while listening to the taped lectures of a motivational life coach.[2]

Recurring[edit]

  • William Baldwin as David Ryker, the Managing Partner at Jane's investment firm, and her boss. Confident and powerful, David leads his team with alacrity and intelligence. He appears to be a big Jane supporter but in fact may be standing in the way of her career advancement. David also harbors a Purge Night secret.[4]
  • Reed Diamond as Albert Stanton, one of the New Founding Fathers of America.[5]
  • Fiona Dourif as Good Leader Tavis, a cultist who leads her followers into danger on Purge Night.[6]
  • Jessica Miesel as Alison, one of Jane's co-workers.
  • Paulina Gálvez as Catalina, Stanton family's maid. She becomes an ally for Jenna.
  • Dominic Fumusa as Pete the Cop, a keen eyed, ex-military man and ex-cop with a mysterious past and a dry sense of humor. He is extremely connected and respected by the community, and has his finger on the pulse of the city.[7]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
1"What Is America?"Anthony HemingwayJames DeMonacoSeptember 4, 2018 (2018-09-04)1.39[8]
2"Take What's Yours"Anthony HemingwayThomas KellySeptember 11, 2018 (2018-09-11)1.27[9]
3"The Urge to Purge"David Von AnckenMick BetancourtSeptember 18, 2018 (2018-09-18)1.13[10]
4"Release the Beast"Clark JohnsonKrystal Houghton ZivSeptember 25, 2018 (2018-09-25)1.13[11]
5"Rise Up"Julius RamsayJamie ChanOctober 2, 2018 (2018-10-02)0.93[12]
6"The Forgotten"Nina Lopez-CorradoJeremy RobbinsOctober 9, 2018 (2018-10-09)1.01[13]
7"Lovely Dark and Deep"Tara Nicole WeyrStory by : James DeMonaco
Teleplay by : Mick Betancourt & Krystal Houghton Ziv
October 16, 2018 (2018-10-16)1.03[14]
8"The Giving Time Is Here"Michael NankinThomas KellyOctober 23, 2018 (2018-10-23)0.93[15]
9"I Will Participate"Ernest DickersonNick SnyderOctober 30, 2018 (2018-10-30)0.92[16]
10"A Nation Reborn"Ernest DickersonStory by : James DeMonaco
Teleplay by : Nick Snyder & Jeremy Robbins
November 6, 2018 (2018-11-06)0.99[17]

Production[edit]

A television series about the formation of the Purge was hinted at by DeMonaco. The series would possibly deal with how the New Founding Fathers were voted to office after overthrowing the U.S. Government during an economic collapse and social unrest and how they ratified the 28th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution as well as devising the Purge. In May 2017, it was reported that USA Network will premiere the series in 2018.[18][19]

On February 26, 2018, it was announced that Gabriel Chavarria and Jessica Garza were cast as the leads in the upcoming series. Chavarria will portray Miguel, a US Marine who returns home on Purge Night after receiving a cryptic message from his sister, Penelope portrayed by Garza belonging to a Purge worshipping cult and has pledged to become a sacrifice at the will of their charismatic leader forcing Miguel to face the senseless violence on the streets alone in order to protect those he loves most, his family.[1]

Filming for the first season began May 2018.[20] The series premiered on September 4, 2018.[21] On November 6, 2018, USA Network renewed the show for a second season.[22]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 45% based on 31 reviews, with an average rating of 5.56/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Bloated and boring, The Purge kills its own fleetingly fun premise and proves that not all stories work better on the small screen."[23] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 44 out of 100 based on 13 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[24]

Ratings[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "What Is America?" September 4, 2018 0.6 1.39[8] 0.4 1.13 1.0 2.52[25]
2 "Take What's Yours" September 11, 2018 0.5 1.27[9] 0.6 1.44 1.1 2.71[26]
3 "The Urge to Purge" September 18, 2018 0.4 1.13[10] N/A N/A N/A N/A
4 "Release the Beast" September 25, 2018 0.4 1.13[11] N/A N/A N/A N/A
5 "Rise Up" October 2, 2018 0.4 0.93[12] 0.5 1.19 0.9 2.12[27]
6 "The Forgotten" October 9, 2018 0.4 1.01[13] 0.4 1.01 0.8 2.02[28]
7 "Lovely Dark and Deep" October 16, 2018 0.4 1.03[14] TBD TBD TBD TBD
8 "The Giving Time Is Here" October 23, 2018 0.3 0.93[15] TBD TBD TBD TBD
9 "I Will Participate" October 30, 2018 0.4 0.92[16] TBD TBD TBD TBD
10 "A Nation Reborn" November 6, 2018 0.4 0.99[17] TBD TBD TBD TBD

References[edit]

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