The Society (TV series)

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The Society
The Society (TV series) Title Card.jpg
Genre
Created byChristopher Keyser
Starring
Composer(s)Daniel Hart
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
CinematographyAttila Szalay
Editor(s)
  • Philip Neel
  • David Dworetzky
  • Farrel Jane Levy
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time48–61 minutes
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture format4K (16:9 UHDTV in high dynamic range)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseMay 10, 2019 (2019-05-10) –
present (present)
External links
Official website

The Society is an American mystery teen drama web television series created by Christopher Keyser, that premiered on Netflix on May 10, 2019.

Premise[edit]

The Society follows the story of a "group of teenagers who struggle to survive after they're mysteriously transported to a facsimile of their hometown with no trace of their parents."[1]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Kathryn Newton as Allie Pressman, Cassandra’s younger sister who grew up in her shadow.
  • Gideon Adlon as Becca Gelb, Sam's best friend who is pregnant.
  • Sean Berdy as Sam Eliot, Allie and Cassandra's cousin aswell as Grizz's love interest. He is deaf.
  • Jack Mulhern as Gareth 'Grizz' Visser, Sam's love interest.
  • Natasha Liu Bordizzo as Helena, Luke's religious girlfriend.
  • Jacques Colimon as Will LeClair, Allie’s best friend who grew up in foster care.
  • Olivia DeJonge as Elle Tomkins, an outcast who becomes Campbell's girlfriend.
  • Alex Fitzalan as Harry Bingham, the popular and wealthy son of the school principal.
  • Kristine Froseth as Kelly Aldrich, Harry's ex-girlfriend.
  • Jose Julian as Gordie, a smart kid who has a crush on Cassandra.
  • Alexander MacNicoll as Luke, Helena's boyfriend and former quarterback.
  • Toby Wallace as Campbell Eliot, Sam's older brother and Allie and Cassandra's cousin who exhibits psychopathic personality traits.
  • Rachel Keller as Cassandra Pressman, Allie's older sister who is a natural leader.

Recurring[edit]

  • Spencer House as Clark
  • Emilio Garcia-Sanchez as Jason
  • Salena Qureshi as Bean
  • Olivia Nikkanen as Gwen
  • Kiara Pichardo as Madison
  • Grace Victoria Cox as Lexie
  • Naomi Oliver as Olivia
  • Kelly Rose Golden as Marnie
  • Matisse Rose as Jessica
  • Alicia Crowder as Erika
  • Benjamin Breault as Blake
  • Damon J. Gillespie as Mickey
  • Peter Donahue as Shoe
  • Seth Meriwether as Greg Dewey
  • Madeline Logan as Gretchen
  • Dante Rodrigues as Zane

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"What Happened"Marc WebbChristopher KeyserMay 10, 2019 (2019-05-10)
When a mysterious and irritating smell permeates the town of West Ham, CT, the Federal Government sends the High School students off on a 10-day camping trip while the problem is dealt with. After departing by bus, the students end up returning to town, being told that the road to the camp is blocked. However, they discover initially that everyone else in town has disappeared, and that while local phones and texting work, they are electronically cut off from the rest of the world. The next day, they further discover that all roads and exits from town are now blocked by a seemingly endless and dangerous forest. Some students use their newfound freedom to engage in a wild party, while others attempt to ascertain what has happened.
2"Our Town"Marc WebbChristopher KeyserMay 10, 2019 (2019-05-10)
3"Childhood's End"Tara Nicole WeyrRachel Sydney AlterMay 10, 2019 (2019-05-10)
4"Drop by Drop"Stacie PassonEmily BensingerMay 10, 2019 (2019-05-10)
5"Putting on the Clothes"Haifaa Al-MansourAnna Fishko & Christopher KeyserMay 10, 2019 (2019-05-10)
6"Like a F-ing God or Something"Megan GriffithsChristopher Keyser & Anna FishkoMay 10, 2019 (2019-05-10)
7"Allie's Rules"Patricia CardosoQui NguyenMay 10, 2019 (2019-05-10)
8"Poison"Rich LeeMaile MeloyMay 10, 2019 (2019-05-10)
9"New Names"Brett SimonAnna FishkoMay 10, 2019 (2019-05-10)
10"How it Happens"Marc WebbChristopher KeyserMay 10, 2019 (2019-05-10)

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

In 2013, Christopher Keyser and Marc Webb pitched the show to Showtime, but the network later decided to pass on the series.[2] On July 24, 2018, Netflix announced that it had given the production a series order. The series was created by Keyser, who will also act as writer, and executive producer, with Webb set to direct.[3]

Casting[edit]

Alongside the initial series announcement, it was confirmed that Kathryn Newton had been cast as a series regular.[3] In November 2018, Rachel Keller, Gideon Adlon, Jacques Colimon, Olivia DeJonge, Alex Fitzalan, Kristine Froseth, Jose Julian, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Alex MacNicoll, Jack Mulhern, Salena Qureshi, Grace Victoria Cox, Sean Berdy, and Toby Wallace joined the cast.[4]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography for the first season took place in Lancaster, Massachusetts from September to November 2018.[5]

Release[edit]

Marketing[edit]

On April 30, 2019, the official trailer was released.[1] The first season was released on Netflix on May 10, 2019.[6]

Reception[edit]

The review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes provides a 72% approval from 18 reviews, and an average rating of 7.19/10. The website's critical consensus states, "An intriguing tangle of mystery and melodrama, what The Society lacks in levity—and at times clarity—it makes up for with its surprisingly thoughtful exploration of community, culture, and what it means to grow up."[7] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 68 out of 100, based on 6 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Keaney, Quinn (April 30, 2019). "Things Get Bad Very Quickly in the Chilling New Trailer For Netflix's The Society". Pop Sugar. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
  2. ^ Yeates, Cydney (May 12, 2019). "The Society was originally axed by Showtime: Inside the history of Netflix's latest mystery series". Metro. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Kathryn Newton To Star In Netflix Drama Series From Chris Keyser & Marc Webb". Deadline Hollywood. July 24, 2018.
  4. ^ "Rachel Keller & Gideon Adlon Among 14 Cast In Chris Keyser & Marc Webb's Netflix YA Drama Series 'The Society'". Deadline Hollywood. November 28, 2018.
  5. ^ Davies, Alex (May 10, 2019). "The Society on Netflix location: Where is The Society filmed? Where's it set?". Express. Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  6. ^ "'The Society' Trailer: First Look At Chris Keyser & Marc Webb's Netflix YA Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. April 4, 2019.
  7. ^ "The Society: Season 1 (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 15, 2019.
  8. ^ "The Society: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved May 11, 2019.

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