Revolution (TV series)

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Created by Eric Kripke
Theme music composer J.J. Abrams
Composer(s) Christopher Lennertz
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes42 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Production location(s)
CinematographyMichael Bonvillain
Camera setup Multiple-camera
Running time43 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original network NBC
Picture format 16:9
Audio format Dolby Digital
Original releaseSeptember 17, 2012 (2012-09-17) 
May 21, 2014 (2014-05-21)
External links
Official website

Revolution is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction television series that ran from September 17, 2012 until May 21, 2014; it was cancelled by NBC in May 2014. [1] [2] The show takes place in the post-apocalyptic near-future of the year 2027, 15 years after the start of a worldwide, permanent electrical-power blackout in 2012. Created by Eric Kripke and produced by J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions for the NBC network, it originally aired on Mondays at 10:00 pm (ET) [2] doing well enough that NBC ordered a second season shortly after the first-season finale. [3]


Film director Jon Favreau directed the pilot episode. In October 2012, NBC picked it up for a full season of 22 episodes, [4] which was later reduced to 20 episodes. Season 1 of the show was filmed in and around Wilmington, North Carolina. Many of the scenes were shot in historic downtown Wilmington and on the campus of the University of North Carolina Wilmington. [5] On April 26, 2013, the series was renewed by NBC for a second season of 22 episodes to air in a new time slot of Wednesdays at 8 pm. Season 2 of Revolution was filmed in and around Bartlett and Granger, Texas. The second-season premiere aired on September 25, 2013, and the finale aired on May 21, 2014. [6]

Fans started a petition to renew or relocate Revolution and as of January 2018, the petition gathered over 101,358 signatures with a goal of 110,000. [7] The TV series was never renewed, but a four-part comic book series appeared in May and June 2015, and wrapped up the story.


Series overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1 20September 17, 2012 (2012-09-17)June 3, 2013 (2013-06-03)
2 22September 25, 2013 (2013-09-25)May 21, 2014 (2014-05-21)

Season 1

The series is set in a post-apocalyptic near-future, in the year 2027. Fifteen years earlier, in the year 2012, a worldwide event known as "The Blackout" caused all electricity on Earth, ranging from computers and electronics to car and jet engines, to be disabled permanently. As a result, trains and cars stopped where they were, ships went dead in the water, and aircraft plummeted from the sky and crashed. In the years after the Blackout, people adapted to this new world without electricity. Because government and public order collapsed, several areas are ruled by militias and their generals.[ citation needed ]

The series begins with the surviving Matheson family: Ben and his two young adult children: daughter Charlie and son Danny, who now live in a village near Chicago. He wears a small pendant around his neck that is the key to not only finding out what happened fifteen years ago, but also a possible way to reverse its effects. Sebastian Monroe, Monroe Militia general and self-appointed President of the Monroe Republic, whose borders are the Mississippi River and the old states of Kentucky and the Carolinas, is searching for the pendants so he can use their power to take control of the entire North American continent. In the series' pilot, Ben Matheson is killed and Danny is abducted by Captain Tom Neville of the Militia. The remaining Matheson family, joined initially by Miles Matheson, Aaron Pittman, and Nora Clayton, now are on the run from the Monroe Militia. Monroe's new benefactor, Randall Flynn, a former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense who fifteen years earlier ordered deployment of the weaponized technology that caused the blackout, now works with Monroe in his efforts after Ben's wife Rachel (working under duress for Monroe) escapes from his custody. This technology is later revealed to be a form of nanotechnology whose ability to drain electricity can be countered by the pendant. [8]

Opening Introduction:

We lived in an electric world. We relied on it for everything. And then the power went out. Everything stopped working. We weren't prepared. Fear and confusion led to panic. The lucky ones made it out of the cities. The government collapsed. Militias took over, controlling the food supply and stocking up on weapons. We still don't know why the power went out. But we're hoping someone will come and light the way.

In Season 1 Episode 5, "Soul Train", a map of the former continental United States, Canada, and Mexico is shown [9] and shows the continent of North America divided into six "republics" (including parts of present-day Canada and Mexico along with the contiguous United States): the Monroe Republic in the Northeast and Great Lakes regions and some of Eastern Canada; the Georgia Federation encompassing the Southeast; the Plains Nation in the Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains, and the Canadian plains; Texas (including large swaths of southern and western Oklahoma, southern Arkansas and western Louisiana); the California Commonwealth incorporating the West Coast states of Oregon and Washington, along with western Idaho, British Columbia and Baja California; and the Wasteland. [10] In the same episode, it indicates that the Georgia Federation and Plains Nation have allied against the Monroe Republic; border skirmishing in southwest Illinois, near St. Louis, is also mentioned. According to the wife of Captain Thomas Neville (Julia) in a letter to her husband, the Monroe Republic capital of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is relatively safe; however, life outside west of Pittsburgh is subject to rebel attacks and other dangers such as bandits. [11]

Season 2

In April 2013, the series was renewed for a second season of 22 episodes. The new season aired on Wednesdays at 8:00 pm (ET) as opposed to the previous time slot of Monday at 10:00 pm (ET). [12] The season premiered on September 25, 2013, took a mid-season break before Thanksgiving 2013, and returned with new episodes on January 8, 2014. [13]

Nicole Ari Parker was cast in a recurring role as Secretary Justine Allenford. Patrick Heusinger and Jessie Collins were also signed. [14] Supernatural alumnus Jim Beaver was cast as John Franklin Fry, "a hard-ass, whip smart Texas Ranger who allies with Miles." [15] The second season takes place six months after the events of the first season.[ citation needed ]

The themes and settings of the series change significantly in the second season. The Monroe Republic is no longer the primary enemy, being replaced by the Patriots. Sebastian Monroe becomes an ally (albeit an uneasy one) of the Matheson family, while the Nevilles are largely isolated from this group. The action of the main group of characters is centered on the town of Willoughby, in the nation of Texas. There is still considerable travel from this location (to the Plains Nation, the outpost called New Vegas, and to Mexico) but there is not a single continuing odyssey, as in the first season. The pendants and the Tower are no longer significant, with self-willed nanites becoming the major science-fictional element.[ citation needed ]

Planned season 3

According to the show's creator, Eric Kripke, the third season was going to be different from the first two seasons:

It was going to be great. It was gonna be this kind of treasure story where they were going to hear a legend of a very mythic treasure. It wasn't gonna be gold, it was gonna be supplies. It was gonna be this incredible stockpile of supplies. All the good guys and all the bad guys in the show were going to fight for this gold mine of material and supplies. It was going to be fun. It wasn't going to be a war season. It was going to be a treasure hunt season, which would have been fun and mixed up the show in a really interesting way. [7]

The third season was made into a 4-part comic book series in 2015. It gave the ending and answered questions left from season 2.


Promotional image showing the main characters of the 1st season Revolution Infobox.jpg
Promotional image showing the main characters of the 1st season




Executive producer J.J. Abrams told the Los Angeles Times ' Hero Complex blog that series creator Eric Kripke:

came to us with an idea that was undeniably good. It was such a great premise for a series that it was just that feeling of the misery that you'd feel if you had a chance to be part of that and didn't take advantage of it. I'm really looking forward to that show. He's so obviously the real deal, and we're just really lucky and honored that he wanted to collaborate with us on it. [17]

The series – described by its creators as a "romantic swashbuckling sci-fi adventure" [18] – debuted in the United States on September 17, 2012. [2] In October 2012, NBC announced it would pick up the series for an additional nine episodes after achieving an average of 9.8 million viewers for the first three episodes. [19] After November 26, 2012, Revolution went on hiatus for a holiday break and to catch up on post-production. Following this, the show resumed broadcast on March 25, 2013 for the remaining episodes of season 1. [20]

The role of Rachel Matheson was originally played by Andrea Roth until she was replaced by Elizabeth Mitchell. [21]

A portion of episode 4 of season 1 was filmed at Freestyle Music Park in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. [22] [23]

Eric Kripke says: "I definitely like to know where it's going. I know what Season 1 is. I have a really solid idea about what Season 2 is, and I'm starting to think about notions for Season 3, knock on wood."

Revolution was renewed for a full 22 episode second season in April 2013. [24]

Production for season two moved to Austin, Texas. [25] [26]

Revolution was canceled on May 9, 2014. [27]



In Canada, the series aired simultaneously with the American broadcast on City. [28] It premiered in Australia on Fox8 in September 2012 [29] and re-screened on free-to-air on Nine and Go! from November 2013. [30] It premiered in New Zealand on TV2 on October 16, 2012. [31] The series was broadcast by DSTV in South Africa and to the rest of Africa via satellite; it was delayed by a week from the USA broadcast. In the United Kingdom, the series started airing on Sky1 from March 29, 2013. [32]

Advance screenings

In the summer of 2012, NBC had a voting campaign on Revolution's Facebook page where visitors could vote for which American city should have an advance screening of the series' pilot in early September. [33] The top-10 markets selected were: Atlanta; Boston; Chicago; Denver; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; New York City; Philadelphia; Salt Lake City; and Seattle. [33]

On September 4, 2012, New York City's advance screening was held for 1,000 guests, with 80 of them seated on stationary bicycles to generate electricity for lighting. The remaining cities' screenings were held two days later, on September 6, 2012. [33]



Viewership and ratings per season of Revolution
SeasonTimeslot (ET)EpisodesFirst airedLast airedTV seasonViewership
Avg. viewers
1 Monday 10:00 pm20September 17, 2012 (2012-09-17)11.65 [34] June 3, 2013 (2013-06-03)6.17 [35] 2012–13 3310.53 [36]
2 Wednesday 8:00 pm22September 25, 2013 (2013-09-25)6.81 [37] May 21, 2014 (2014-05-21)4.13 [38] 2013–14 636.96 [39]

Critical response

The first season had Metacritic score of 64 out of 100 based on 32 reviews, indicating generally positive reviews. [40] Glen Garvin of The Miami Herald described the show as "big, bold and brassy adventure, a cowboys-and-Indians story for end times". [41] Dorothy Rabinowitz of The Wall Street Journal praised the production quality of the pilot: "If the quality of this one, so irresistible in its vitality and suspense, does fail to hold up, its creators will have delivered, at the least, one remarkably fine hour." [42] Ed Bark observed that the show "has the overall look and feel of a big budget feature, delivers some consistently terrific action scenes". [43] Some have compared the show to Dies the Fire , The Hunger Games , and Lost . [44]

Verne Gay of Newsday , however, gave the premiere a negative review: "There's an almost overwhelming been-there-seen-that feel to the pilot, which doesn't really offer any suggestion of 'well, you haven't seen this.'" [45]

The second season received more positive reviews. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 78% approval rating with an average rating of 7.8/10, based on 9 reviews. [46]

Awards and nominations

Awards and nominations for Revolution
2012 People's Choice Awards Favorite New TV DramaCrewNominated
Satellite Awards Best Television Series, GenreRevolutionNominated
2013 Saturn Awards Best Network Television Series RevolutionWon [lower-alpha 1]
Best Actor on Television Billy BurkeNominated
Best Actress on Television Tracy SpiridakosNominated
Best Supporting Actor on Television Giancarlo EspositoNominated
Emmy Awards Outstanding Visual Effects in a Supporting Role Episode: PilotNominated
Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a drama series, miniseries or movie Episode: Nobody's Fault But MineWon
BMI TV Music Awards ComposerChristopher LennertzWon
TV Guide Awards Favorite New SeriesRevolutionNominated
2014 Emmy Awards Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a drama series, miniseries or movie Jeff WolfeNominated

Digital comic

In May 2015, DC Comics started releasing a new digital comic book which picks up where the television series left off. [47] Eric Kripke announced the digital comics revival, on April 15, 2015. Between May 4 and June 15, 2015, four separate digital chapters were released fortnightly. Each of the four chapters have a specifically designed cover, all illustrated by DC Comics artist Angel Hernandez. [47]

The four chapters were available on as well as on the TV series' Facebook page. [48] [49] [50] [51]

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