Monsterland (TV series)

Monsterland is an American drama anthology horror streaming television series created by Mary Laws, based upon the short story collection North American Lake Monsters: Stories by Nathan Ballingrud. It consists of eight episodes and premiered on October 2, 2020, on Hulu.[1]

Created byMary Laws
Based onNorth American Lake Monsters: Stories
by Nathan Ballingrud
Music byGustavo Santaolalla
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of series1
No. of episodes8
Executive producers
ProducerKat Landsberg
  • Bill Henry
  • Arturo Sosa
  • Joshua Raymond Lee
Running time42–53 minutes
Production companies
Original networkHulu
Original releaseOctober 2, 2020 (2020-10-02)


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Port Fourchon, LA"Anne SewitskyMary LawsOctober 2, 2020 (2020-10-02)
Cast : Kaitlyn Dever, Jonathan Tucker, Keilly McQuail, Megan Byrne, Matthew James Ballinger
2"Eugene, OR"Kevin PhillipsScott KosarOctober 2, 2020 (2020-10-02)
Cast : Charlie Tahan, Ben Rappaport, Sherry Ward, Nadia Alexander, Jack DiFalco
3"New Orleans, LA"Craig William MacneillMary LawsOctober 2, 2020 (2020-10-02)
Cast : Nicole Beharie, Hamish Linklater, Kaitlyn Dever, Marquis Rodriguez, Lauren Bittner, Matty Cardarople, Cheryl Freeman, Anthony Hervey
4"New York, NY"Eagle EgilssonWesley StrickOctober 2, 2020 (2020-10-02)
Cast : Bill Camp, Michael Hsu Rosen, Tina Benko, Teresa Avia Lim, Tony Crane, Nicole LaLiberté, Julie Dretzin
5"Plainfield, IL"Logan KibensEmily KaczmarekOctober 2, 2020 (2020-10-02)
Cast : Taylor Schilling, Roberta Colindrez, Eva Jette Putrello, Angela Grovey, Laura Jordan
6"Palacios, TX"Nicolas PesceMary LawsOctober 2, 2020 (2020-10-02)
Cast : Adria Arjona, Trieu Tran, Tyson Ritter, Alfredo Narciso
7"Iron River, MI"Desiree AkhavanEmily KaczmarekOctober 2, 2020 (2020-10-02)
Cast : Kelly Marie Tran, Joy Osmanski, Sarah Catherine Hook, Susan Pourfar, Alice Kremelberg, Rachel Zeiger-Haag, Henry Ayres-Brown
8"Newark, NJ"Babak AnvariMary LawsOctober 2, 2020 (2020-10-02)
Cast : Mike Colter, Adepero Oduye, Kaitlyn Dever, Michael Chernus, Vanessa Aspillaga, Scott Nicholson



In May 2019, it was announced Hulu had given the series an eight-episode order, with Mary Laws creating the series and serving as an executive producer based upon the short story North American Lake Monsters: Stories by Nathan Ballingrud, with Babak Anvari and Lucan Toh serving as executive producers with Anvari set to direct an episode of the series, and Annapurna Television attached to produce.[2] The series was released on October 2, 2020.[1]


In November 2019, it was announced Kaitlyn Dever and Jonathan Tucker had joined the cast of the series, appearing in the first episode.[3] In February 2020, Mike Colter joined the cast of the series.[4] In July 2020, it was announced Kelly Marie Tran and Taylor Schilling had joined the cast of the series.[5] In August 2020, it was announced Nicole Beharie, Adepero Oduye, Roberta Colindrez, Charlie Tahan and Hamish Linklater had joined the cast of the series.[6]


The series was filmed in Kingston, New York in November 2019.[7][8]


For the series, review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 72% based on 18 reviews, with an average rating of 6.71/10. The website's critics' consensus reads, "Though it struggles to find a strong through line, Monsterland's cross-country scares are a perfect showcase for its talented cast and crew."[9] Metacritic gave the series a weighted average score of 63 out of 100 based on five reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[10]


  1. ^ a b Pederson, Erik (August 7, 2020). "'Animaniacs', 'Monsterland' & Other Hulu Shows Set Premiere Dates". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 13, 2020.
  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 24, 2019). "Hulu Orders Horror Anthology Series Based On 'North American Lake Monsters' Stories From Annapurna TV". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 13, 2020.
  3. ^ Elise Sandberg, Bryn (November 8, 2019). "Kaitlyn Dever and Jonathan Tucker to Star in Hulu Anthology 'Monsterland' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 13, 2020.
  4. ^ Patten, Dominic (February 3, 2020). "'Evil's Mike Colter Goes Full Horror & Joins Hulu's 'Monsterland' Anthology Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 13, 2020.
  5. ^ Ford, Rebecca (July 14, 2020). "Kelly Marie Tran Joins Hulu Anthology 'Monsterland' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 13, 2020.
  6. ^ Hedash, Kara (August 11, 2020). "Everything We Know So Far About Hulu's Monsterland". Screen Rant. Retrieved August 13, 2020.
  7. ^ Barry, John W. (November 11, 2019). "Hulu, 'Monsterland' filming in Kingston this week; series stars Kaitlyn Dever". Poughkeepsie Journal. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  8. ^ Barry, John W. (August 10, 2020). "Nicole Kidman, Charlie Kaufman projects, filmed locally, set for premieres on HBO, Netflix". Poughkeepsie Journal. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  9. ^ "Monsterland: Season 1 (2020)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved October 7, 2020.
  10. ^ "Monsterland: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved October 3, 2020.

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