Siren (TV series)

Siren is an American television drama series that premiered on Freeform on March 29, 2018.[1] The first season included 10 episodes.[2] In May 2018, the series was renewed for a second season which premiered on January 24, 2019.[3] In May 2019, the series was renewed for a third season which premiered on April 2, 2020.[4][5] In August 2020, the series was canceled after three seasons.[6]

Siren
Siren Logo.jpg
GenreDrama
Thriller
Fantasy
Mystery
Created byEric Wald
Dean White
Starring
Composers
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes36
Production
Executive producers
  • Emily Whitesell
  • Eric Wald
  • Dean White
  • Brad Luff
  • Nate Hopper
  • RD Robb
  • Michael Gans
  • Richard Register
Producers
  • Peter Lhotka
  • Heather Thomason
Production locationsVancouver, British Columbia
Cinematography
  • Stephen Jackson
  • Mark Chow
  • Brian Pearson
  • Lindsay George
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time41–45 minutes
Production companyStockton Drive Inc.
DistributorDisney–ABC Domestic Television
Release
Original networkFreeform
Original releaseMarch 29, 2018 (2018-03-29) –
May 28, 2020 (2020-05-28)
External links
Website

PlotEdit

The coastal town of Bristol Cove, Washington, known for its legends of once being home to mermaids and mermen for centuries, is turned upside down when a mysterious young woman (Eline Powell) appears and begins wreaking havoc upon the small fishing town to look for her captured older sister (Sibongile Mlambo) who was abducted at the hands of the local military. Marine biologists Ben (Alex Roe) and Maddie (Fola Evans-Akingbola) work together to find out who and what drove this primal hunter of the deep sea to land.

By Season Two, more merpeople started appearing in Bristol Cove due to the pollution in the nearby waters and the sonic waves from the oil rig. Additionally, Elaine Pownall's paralysis is gradually being counteracted by Ryn's mermaid stem cells.

In Season Three, Ben, Maddie and Ryn contend with the mermaid Tia (Tiffany Lonsdale) who plans to coerce all merpeople tribes/colonies to join her in her fight to overthrow humanity. And Ryn's daughter, who has been carried by a surrogate, must be protected at all costs. To further escalate matters, Ted Pownall has finally acknowledged the existence of merpeople and seems to be on a dangerous path, just as his great-great-great-grandfather had.

Cast and charactersEdit

MainEdit

  • Alex Roe as Ben Pownall, a marine biologist who helps Ryn and is entranced by her melodious, irresistibly hypnotic siren song and becomes her lover. To help Ryn and her kind further, he resorts to injecting himself with the stem cells of a partially transformed mermaid corpse. As such, he has developed senses seen with mer-people – hearing and reflexes, accelerated healing, and the ability to hold his breath for extended periods of time. Following the fight against Tia, Ben went missing in the ocean.
  • Eline Powell as Ryn Fisher, a strange young adult mermaid with a dark secret. She comes ashore in search of her elder sister, who had been accidentally captured by fishermen of the North Star fishing vessel. She eventually comes to realize that not all humans are murderous, and becomes Ben and Maddie's lover. To help Ben's mother Elaine, she willingly donates her aquatic stem cells to help counteract the paralysis in Elaine's legs. Upon mating with a bearded merman of another colony when she couldn't find Levi, she has a daughter named Hope.
  • Fola Evans-Akingbola as Maddie Bishop, a marine biologist and Ben's girlfriend in season one and two. She works at Bristol Cove Marine Research Center with Ben. Her step-father is the sheriff of Bristol Cove. Her estranged mother is Susan, who returns after nine months in Season 2. Like Ben, Maddie is entranced by Ryn's melodious, irresistibly hypnotic siren song and becomes her lover.
  • Ian Verdun as Xander McClure, a deep-sea fisherman who seeks to discover the truth about the existence of mermaids and mermen. He eventually joins the Bristol Cove Sheriff Department in an attempt to save those he cares about more against the enemy merpeople. Following the death of Dale, Xander is sworn in as the new Sheriff of Bristol Cove.
  • Sibongile Mlambo as Donna (season 1; special guest star season 3), a mystical and deceptively powerful mermaid who is Ryn's older sister. She was unintentionally caught in a fishing net and taken by the military. She was killed, unintentionally, by Xander. Her spirit eventually contacts Helen from the merpeople's version of the spirit world when her body has been grave-robbed. Her ghost later instructs Cami and those on Ryn's side to help Ryn fight Tia.
  • Rena Owen as Helen Hawkins, an eccentric woman who seems to know much more about the merfolk than she claims. It is revealed that she is descended from merfolk and shares ancestry with Ben and the other Pownalls. She eventually learns that she has a long-lost relative from the Marzdan family, most of whom are known as hybrids. She discovers that her mother Daphne was one of the merpeople/human hybrids who was promised to fellow hybrid Johnathon Rooney, but had chosen Helen's human father instead. This resulted in the death of Mr. Hawkins, a few weeks before Helen was born. She is eventually contacted by the spirit of her merman love Sarge and, later, Donna's. It is later revealed that she is, in fact, the great-granddaughter of the half mermaid/human daughter of Charles Pownall and his mermaid lover, from her mother's side.
  • Tiffany Lonsdale as Tia (season 3),[7] a new mermaid from another colony/tribe of the northern seas around Bristol Cove, Washington. The human locals refer to her as a "sea monster". Her intent on arriving on land is to coerce all other merpeople tribes and colonies to join her in putting an end to humans or perish by her wrath. She choose her name from Tiamat, Water Deity of the Seas. In the past, Tia was caught by humans while she was pregnant and she lost her unborn child as a result of how she was treated. As of "Survivor" and "Life and Death," she has since gained leadership of her own colony and is now bent on unifying all fellow merpeople colonies/tribes to eradicate humanity. To symbolize her higher status as the alpha female, she has orange markings on her tail and chest. She learns of Ryn's infant daughter Hope from Hunter, who she threatens with death if she does not join her and her colony. According to Helen, she is a tyrant. During the final battle, Tia is killed by Ryn causing the rest of Tia's followers to stop fighting and acknowledge Ryn as their new leader.

RecurringEdit

  • Chad Rook as Chris Mueller,[8] a fisherman who was taken to the military base after being injured by Donna. He was held at the facility where he escaped with Donna, only to later fall under their power-mad influence in harvesting the merpeople and their superhuman abilities for their own purposes.
  • Curtis Lum as Calvin Lee, an Asian fisherman who is also a friend and roommate of Xander. His girlfriend is Janine, who works at the Anchor cafe. In Season Three, he proposes to her and she accepts. They get married in "Til Death Do Us Part".
  • Ron Yuan as Aldon Decker, an expert on merpeople who worked for the military for many years. He experimented on and became obsessed with Donna and her siren song which prompted him to drown himself once Donna herself had died.
  • Gil Birmingham as Dale Bishop, the sheriff of the Bristol Cove Sheriff Department and Maddie's stepfather. He is descended from the ancient Haida people. He is the third human to discover the existence of merpeople and becomes another ally. Since the Season 3 premiere "Borders," he has been looking for Nicole at the behest of Xander. During the sound-based terror attack on Bristol Cove and its neighboring towns, Dale is among those affected. Before succumbing to it, Dale helped a crashed car where a mother driving it was affected. This left Maddie devastated and he is succeeded by Xander.
  • David A. Kaye as Jerry, a man who works at Bristol Cove Marine Research Center along with Ben and Maddie. He is the one who makes fake IDs for the merpeople (thereby officially naming them) in "Oil and Water"; completely unaware of their true selves and nature.
  • Garcelle Beauvais as Susan Bishop (voiced season 1, season 2),[9] Maddie's estranged mother and Dale's ex-wife who tries to make amends with her estranged family.
  • David Cubitt as Ted Pownall, Ben's father, head of the town's fishery industry and whose great-great-great-grandfather Charles first discovered merpeople in the mid-1800s. He eventually comes to realization that his family was anything but crazy since "Revelations" when he saw Tia attempting to kill him but was saved by Ryn. Now distrustful of mermaids and the probable threat they represent, he seems to have set on a dangerous path as his great-great-great-grandfather Charles had.
  • Sarah-Jane Redmond as Elaine Pownall, Ben's mother who became paralyzed after a boating accident a decade earlier. She is eventually given renewed treatment from none other than aquatic stem cells from Ryn's mermaid DNA. As a byproduct, she is capable of holding her breathe underwater for about four minutes, though her legs remain somewhat paralyzed.
  • Tammy Gillis as Marissa Staub, the deputy of the Bristol Cove Sheriff's Department.
  • Hannah Levien as Janine, Calvin's girlfriend who is a bartender at the Anchor. She eventually accepts his proposal, and the two get married in "Til Death Do Us Part."

SupportingEdit

  • Andrew Jenkins as Doug Pownall, Ben's older brother, who is aware of the existence of merpeople.
  • Anthony Harrison as Admiral Harrison, the head of the military base in Season 1. He was most likely fired and replaced by David Kyle.
  • Jill Teed as Patti McClure, the wife of the late Captain Sean McClure and the mother of Xander. Debuting in "Being Human" she expressed her sorrow at her husband's sudden demise by "getting tangled in a fishing net" and blamed Ted Pownall for letting his greed for money lead, if unintentionally, to such a tragedy. Many months later, "Entrapment", she received news that her late husband's corpse had been found and now has found peace. In "Mommy and Me" she expresses her doubts to Ted Pownall.
  • Natalee Linez as Nicole Martinez, a military replacement for Decker who becomes the girlfriend of Xander. She continues Decker's research on mermaids. As of "Serenity" she has then disappeared.
  • Luc Roderique as Ian Sutton, an environmentalist and news reporter who supports Ben and Maddie on bringing down the Klesco Oil Company for destroying marine life and their aquatic ecosystems in search of natural oil from the depths of the seas. He soon starts to get suspicious of Ryn and tries to take her, only to drown in the water after driving off a cliff. In order to save the merpeople and the hybrids, Ben had left him to drown.

MerpeopleEdit

Besides sisters Ryn and Donna, the following mermaid and mermen characters are:

  • Sedale Threatt Jr. as Levi, a merman warrior. He is mentored by Ben and considers him and Maddie his friends. Levi killed Xander's father Captain Sean McClure per Katrina's command in retribution for humans detaining and torturing Donna. He eventually learns to trust certain humans and considers Ben Pownall a friend of his kind.
  • Aylya Marzolf as Katrina, a mermaid alpha leader who was twice defeated by Ryn in combat. She is the most fierce and independent of the colony, displaying brute force against both humans and mermaids if need be. It is later revealed that she was separated from Tia's own colony/tribe as an infant, and raised by Ryn and Donna's colony. She refuses Ryn's offer to return and takes her own life by slitting her throat with Ryn's spear during the fight on an island.
  • Hugo Ateo as Frank, better known as Sarge, a merman protector who becomes infatuated with Helen Hawkins and she with him. He dies during the attack on Klesco Oil Company' oil platform. Many months later, Helen finds a way to contact his essence with the help of Eliza.
  • Millan Tesfazgi as Cami, a mermaid who is the daughter of the late Donna and niece of Ryn. She seeks revenge for her mother's death. Cami eventually meets her infant cousin Hope.
  • Alvina August as Viv, a curly-haired mermaid from Ryn and Donna's colony who is a close friend of Eliza and Cami.
  • Georgia Scarlet Waters as Eliza, a blonde mermaid from Ryn and Donna's colony. She develops a kind of romantic attraction towards Rick Marzdan. She is one of few mermaids who are healers capable of entering the echo chamber that mostly neutralizes the effects of the siren song. She eventually utilizes her knowledge of the spirit world to help Helen contact Sarge's spirit again.
  • Katie Keough as Hunter, an olive-skinned mermaid from Ryn and Donna's colony. She first appeared on land in "The Last Mermaid" along with Eliza and confronted Xander McClure. She is known as a natural born hunter and fierce warrior as seen in Season 3 where she trains Ryn for battle against Tia. To save herself from death, she divulges the existence of Ryn's daughter Hope to her, whom she later kidnapped. Tia later left her chained up for Ryn to find so that she can deliver a message.
  • Aryeh-Or as Ryn's Mate, an unnamed olive-skinned bearded merman whom Ryn had found in place of Levi who she couldn't find. Wanting to conceive a full-blooded merperson to ensure the survival of their colony/tribe and others, Ryn had taught him how to copulate as humans do. With aid from Helen, his sperm was taken and secretly implanted in Meredith's womb, from which his and Ryn's mermaid daughter is delivered albeit with difficulty. He eventually returns to land with Levi to take his infant daughter back, so he can teach her how to hunt.
  • Deniz Akdeniz as Robb Wellens (season 3), a new acquaintance of Madelyn "Maddie" Bishop who is ultimately revealed to be a merman from a colony/tribe from Nome, Alaska. Like Tia, he is more human as Maddie had not the slightest inkling of him being otherwise and had lost his ability to change form.
  • Sisse Marie and Ben Sullivan as Yura, the leader of the merpeople colony in Nome, Alaska that uses a special pool that enables a female mermaid of this tribe to become a merman for reproductive purposes. Marie portrays Yura's female form and Sullivan portrays Yura's male form.
  • Alix West Lefler as Hope, the daughter of Ryn and her mate, who was secretly implanted into Meredith's uterus by her parents Bryan and Leena in order for her parents to have a full-blooded merperson grandchild of their own. A few days after her birth, her father and Levi took her into the ocean, so they could teach her how to hunt. After, she was reunited with her mother, she was taught the siren song by Ryn and she was later kidnapped by Hunter in order to bring her to Tia. Hope is rescued by Ben and is reunited with Ryn.

Human/Merpeople HybridsEdit

When humans and merpeople secretly mated over the centuries, they produce children with a varied blend of bloodlines, from one-eighth, to one-quarter, to half of both species. In addition to Helen, the following characters are:

  • Caroline Cave as Beth Marzdan, a long-lost blood relative of Helen and the estranged sister of Rick who leads a community of human/merpeople hybrids.
  • Daniel Cudmore as Bryan, a human/merman hybrid, husband of Leena, and father of Meredith, who is associated with Beth and can act hostile towards the Pownalls for their connection to Charles Pownall. When Ryn comes to ask help to have a baby, Bryan arranges for her unborn child to be secretly implanted into his daughter's uterus. After some weeks Meredith suffers from great pain but Bryan refuses to move her to a hospital so, his wife Leena, asks for Ryn's help. When Ryn, along with Cami, arrives at Bryan's house, she stays with Meredith while Cami kills Bryan, when he enters in the house.
  • Kaaren de Zilva as Dr. Leena, personal physician and secretly the wife of Bryan and mother of Meredith. She secretly injected the embryo of Ryn's unborn child into her daughter in an attempt to have a full-blooded merperson grandchild of her own.
  • Kiomi Pyke as Meredith, the secret daughter of Bryan and Dr. Leena who had the embryo of Ryn's unborn child implanted into her uterus in order for her parents to have a full-blooded merperson grandchild of they own. She expressed doubts at what would happen to her carrying a child that is not hers. She eventually manages to deliver Ryn's daughter, but dies as her heart could not take the strain. Ryn then told her niece, Camryn "Cami", to bury her as one of them.

GuestEdit

  • Brian Anthony Wilson as Sean McClure, Xander's father and captain of the fishing motorboat The North Star. He was killed by Levi in "Dead in the Water" per orders of the alpha mermaid Katrina. Months later, his corpse accidentally resurfaces.

EpisodesEdit

Series overviewEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
110March 29, 2018 (2018-03-29)May 24, 2018 (2018-05-24)
216January 24, 2019 (2019-01-24)August 1, 2019 (2019-08-01)
310April 2, 2020 (2020-04-02)May 28, 2020 (2020-05-28)

Season 1 (2018)Edit

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11"Pilot"Scott StewartTeleplay by : Eric Wald
Story by : Eric Wald & Dean White
March 29, 2018 (2018-03-29)0.87[10]

Bristol Cove has been known for having been home to mermaids for many centuries. Stories about such marine creatures have been passed down to children in many generations. Marine biologist Ben Powell is forced to confront and believe the stories with the arrival of a strange young woman named Ryn who Ben finds crossing the road naked as he gets her into some clothes.

She is secretly a mermaid in search of her sister who has been captured, but struggles with lack of communication with humans. Ryn's older sister and Chris, a crew member and fisherman on board Bristol Cove's well-known fishing boat the North Star, were captured by the military. When Ryn unexpectedly requires marine biologist Ben Powell and his girlfriend Madeline "Maddie" Bishop's aid to help her find her sister. Things start to go downhill in the peaceful town of Bristol Cove, and the two are forced to work together to locate both Ryn's sister and Chris.
22"The Lure"Nick CopusEric WaldMarch 29, 2018 (2018-03-29)0.87[10]
Ben, Xander, and Xander's father search the ocean in hopes of catching a mermaid to help locate Chris and solidify their belief that the government is hiding secrets within their walls. Aboard the North Star, Ben discovers a strange device in the water which emits the sounds of a mermaid that could lead to Chris. They decide to study it in case it is being tracked. After returning to shore and obtaining a long shirt to cover herself, Ryn discovers Helen and manages to communicate that she is looking for her sister. At the Military lab, tests are being conducted using Ryn's sister's stem cells and they come upon a frightening conclusion that the mermaids are not all what they appear to be. Ben shows Maddie the video footage recorded in the seal den where he dived in the water to save Ryn but was met with her violence instead. Ben and Maddie take the strange device to Helen, which causes Ryn to become upset hearing her sister's painful screams. On the hunt for her sister, Ryn and Maddie are brought closer as she learns the ways of the humans and their stories.
33"Interview With a Mermaid"Jay KarasEmily WhitesellApril 5, 2018 (2018-04-05)0.62[11]
Dale and the local police's investigation starts pointing directly to Ryn. Ben and Maddie convince Ryn to let them do some basic medical tests on her while also getting to know more about her people. Meanwhile, Xander and Calvin's search for Chris heats up when they locate the nurse who works at the military bunker. Ryn then goes to a party where she learns more about trust.
44"On the Road"Steven A. AdelsonElle TriedmanApril 12, 2018 (2018-04-12)0.68[12]
Thanks to the mermaid Donna, Chris escapes from the military base as he makes his way back to Bristol Cove. Meanwhile, Ryn starts to show signs of dehydration from being away from the ocean too long, and Ben and Maddie race against time to try to get her back into the ocean.
55"Curse of the Starving Class"John BadhamMichael Gans & Richard RegisterApril 19, 2018 (2018-04-19)0.69[13]
Ryn and Donna return to Bristol Cove to seek out Ben when there is over-fishing in their waters due to "recently" relaxed government regulations. However, Donna is not trusting towards humans thanks to the torture she endured before she escaped. Ben and Maddie deduce that the government and military causing the overfishing, in order to catch more mermaids. Helen reveals to Donna a huge secret about herself.
66"Showdown"Martha CoolidgeHolly BrixApril 26, 2018 (2018-04-26)0.59[14]
As Donna befriends Helen during the constant overfishing, Ben has an encounter with Aldon Decker at his mother's charity event. During their conversation, Ben deduces that Decker has heard a siren's song before and that it's stuck in his head; hence why he's involved with the military to find them. Meanwhile, tensions between Donna and Ryn begin to flare as they are split over their opinions of humans: thanks to her time at the military base, Donna wants to kill them all but Ryn refuses to resort to needless bloodshed. As the two part ways, Donna returns to her colony, but Ryn gets caught by Marissa.
77"Dead in the Water"Nick CopusIan Sobel & Matt MorganMay 3, 2018 (2018-05-03)0.51[15]
Maddie rushes to the police station when she hears that Ryn was taken there by Marissa to be interrogated. As Ben and Xander return to the ocean with Sean to get some answers, they are attacked by some merpeople, and a tragedy occurs.
88"Being Human"Amanda TappingLiz MaccieMay 10, 2018 (2018-05-10)0.50[16]
Ryn learns a new emotion as all of Bristol Cove mourns the death of Sean following the incident on the ocean. Each of its citizens copes with Sean's death in various ways. Ryn also shares some information about her culture with Ben and Maddie. Xander stumbles across a big secret.
99"Street Fight"Joe MenendezZach AyersMay 17, 2018 (2018-05-17)0.62[17]
Donna comes ashore with the alpha female Katrina and a merman warrior named Levi in order to bring Ryn back to their home, but Katrina and Levi have other plans. Ryn explains to Ben the reason she is to be killed....it is due to the fear of another imminent genocide that happened before and the story of the child of a man and a mermaid. In light of the merpeople attacking Bristol Cove, Sheriff Bishop works to put an end to it, Meanwhile, Xander prepares himself to avenge the loss of his father. The town soon becomes a battleground as merpeople and humans clash for the first time.
1010"Aftermath"Nick CopusEric Wald & Emily WhitesellMay 24, 2018 (2018-05-24)0.66[18]
Following Donna succumbing to the gunshot wound caused by Xander, the siren song that Ben and Decker hear starts to take its toll on them. Aldon is found dead as a result and Ryn rescues Ben before he drowns. Meanwhile, Sheriff Bishop deals with the recent crime rise and has to explain the cause of it to the town council. Helen Hawkins also reveals the history of her family and her true heritage to Ben, Maddie, and Ryn. She, like Ben, is descended from Charles Pownall and is one-eighth mermaid as her ancestor was Charles's mermaid. Maddie also gets a surprise after she finally hears from her estranged mother Susan. Ryn expresses regret as she realizes that her song has badly affected Ben and, indirectly, Maddie's relationship with him. She decides to leave Bristol Cove in order to let him recover.

Season 2 (2019)Edit

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111"The Arrival"Matt HastingsEmily WhitesellJanuary 24, 2019 (2019-01-24)0.71[19]
Madelyn's estranged mother, Susan, arrives in town, after a five-month absence, to a cold reception by her daughter. Xander feels remorse for the death of Donna. Sea lions at the marine conservation are acting weird. Whales are discovered on the beach. The council removes Sheriff Bishop from office. Ryn senses something is wrong and goes back into the ocean to investigate, finds a dead mermaid and is hit by a strong sonic wave. Back on shore, Ben, Maddie and Ryn discover a dead mermaid in the midst of transformation and an injured Levi. A pack of merpeople, along with the dark-haired female from before, arrive in Helen's house. Lt. Nicole Martinez arrives in town and seduces Xander.
122"The Wolf at the Door"Amanda RowEric WaldJanuary 31, 2019 (2019-01-31)0.53[20]
Ben attends an addiction support group meeting in an attempt to cope with Ryn's siren song's hypnotically soothing affects. The merpeople pack learns about human interactions. Kelvin contacts a news organization to attempt to sell them the story about the existence of merpeople. The pack is starting to weaken from being away from water. While in the woods with the pack trying to hunt, Cami is attacked by a male wolf. Ryn learns to drive. Xander is denied a loan from the bank. The pack rejuvenates at a remote shallow bay, but is interrupted by drunk patrons from the bar.
133"Natural Order"Joe MenendezHeather ThomasonFebruary 7, 2019 (2019-02-07)0.42[21]
The pack is trying to adapt to life on land. Ryn is weakened from the prolonged absence from water. Ben and Maddie devised a plan to bring the ocean to the pack since they cannot return to water. Katrina finds Ryn in her weakened state and challenges her to become the alpha. Ben & Maddie records the siren's song to hopefully study and block it. Helen discovers a long-lost relative of hers through a DNA test, due to a suspicious Elaine Pownall's interference.
144"Oil and Water"John BadhamIan Sobel & Matt MorganFebruary 14, 2019 (2019-02-14)0.52[22]
The pack is unruly and as a result, they are split up among the trusted humans to learn about human ways and how to blend in. Ben is paired with Levi, while trying to keep him away from Xander. Helen reconnects with her relative Rick and reveals to him that merfolk have existed all along upon seeing Eliza. Xander traps an injured Katrina in the hold of his boat and interrogates her about Levi's whereabouts.
155"Primal Instincts"Ellen S. PressmanLiz MaccieFebruary 21, 2019 (2019-02-21)0.50[23]
166"Distress Call"David GrossmanMichael Gans & Richard RegisterFebruary 28, 2019 (2019-02-28)0.41[24]
177"Entrapment"Amanda RowZoë GreenMarch 7, 2019 (2019-03-07)0.44[25]
188"Leverage"Joe MenendezEric WaldMarch 14, 2019 (2019-03-14)0.51[26]
199"No North Star"Geoff ShotzSarah WiseJune 13, 2019 (2019-06-13)0.56[27]
2010"All In"David SolomonHeather ThomasonJune 20, 2019 (2019-06-20)0.43[28]
2111"Mixed Signals"Ben BrayIan Sobel & Matt MorganJune 27, 2019 (2019-06-27)0.39[29]
2212"Serenity"Steven A. AdelsonElias BenavidezJune 27, 2019 (2019-06-27)0.37[29]
2313"The Outpost"Amanda TappingCole FowlerJuly 11, 2019 (2019-07-11)0.42[30]
2414"The Last Mermaid"Barbara BrownMichael Gans & Richard RegisterJuly 18, 2019 (2019-07-18)0.41[31]
In the ocean, Ryn started mating with another merman because she couldn't find Levi. Due to the pollution, no mermaids can get pregnant so Ben and Maddie teach Ryn another way to reproduce. Meanwhile, Maddie gets suspicious on what the military has been doing while Helen finds out that the graveyard where Donna was buried in has been grave-robbed; including the decomposed remains of her late mother Daphne and Charles Pownall's half-human, half-mermaid daughter.
2515"Sacrifice"Rachel LeitermanLiz MaccieJuly 25, 2019 (2019-07-25)0.53[32]
Ben learns of Chris' connection with the government as the embryos in Ryn are fertilized. In order to help Ryn get them active, Ben and Maddie turn to the hybrids for help. Meanwhile, Ian gets suspicious of Ryn and secretly follows Ben, Maddie, and Ryn to where the hybrids are in order to get a breakthrough story.
2616"New World Order"Nick CopusTeleplay by : Emily Whitesell
Story by : Eric Wald
August 1, 2019 (2019-08-01)0.44[33]
During a car chase, Ian's car crashes into the ocean. Ben dives in after Ian and Ryn. Ryn escapes, but Ian is trapped. Ben is seen to free him. Later, Ian publicizes his footage of Ryn, forcing Ben and Maddie to escape. They hide Ryn months later, but the military apprehend Helen and the other hybrids. Xander and Calvin capture Cami. Maddie and Ryn hide in a cabin, but the military arrives with Ted and Sheriff Bishop. Ted tries to persuade Ben to give Ryn up; Ben takes him hostage. A sniper inadvertently hits Maddie. Bishop tries to save Maddie, but she dies. But this was all a flashforward, a probable outcome of Ben rescuing Ian. Ben instead leaves Ian, later claiming to Maddie that he couldn't save him. The newspaper lists Ian's death as an accident. Helen is not sorry since due to his interference, Ryn's embryo could not be implanted. Ted’s confusing memories from the old boat accident continue. Bishop tries to obtain the coast guard's incident report. Ryn’s embryo is implanted into Meredith to give Bryan and Leela a merperson child. Ben is haunted by what he had to do to keep the secrets of the mermaids and the hybrids safe.

Season 3 (2020)Edit

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271"Borders"Joe MenendezEric WaldApril 2, 2020 (2020-04-02)0.51[34]
Maddie learns about what Ben did then night when Ian passed away which she is pleased about. Meanwhile, Ryn learns that the tyrannical mermaid Tia has come from the northern seas to Bristol Cove. She has plans to unite all the merpeople tribes under her rule in her plans to eradicate humanity for reliving her from her song all those years ago. Helen is disturbed and glad when her merman love Sarge appears to visit her.
282"Revelations"Nick CopusEmily WhitesellApril 2, 2020 (2020-04-02)0.40[34]
Ben finds Kyle's blood and parts of his uniform on the docks and is certain that Tia is responsible. on his training day, Xander glimpses Katrina nearby and warns Ben. Helen is intrigued by a dream she has had about her deceased merman love Sarge and just what he is trying to tell her. Tia reveals to Ryn that her song was taken from her when Russian scientists cut her brain. Katrina joins them in the warehouse, revealing that she is from Tia's colony but was separated as an infant and was found by Ryn's colony. Still disturbed by what had really happened with Elaine's accident a decade ago, Ted rashly goes to Carson Sound in a storm in hope to relive just what he had seen that night. Ben and Xander go after him in time to see Ted go into the sea of his free will with a flashlight. It is there that sees Tia who is about to kill him but he is saved by Ben as Ryn attacks Tia. A fight ensures, leaving Ryn badly hurt and for her niece Cami, Hunter, Katrina and healer Eliza to save her. Ted awakens and is very uneasy about the fact that he had indeed saw a mermaid before. At Helen's home, Helen asks Eliza what Sarge is trying to tell her, to which Eliza replies: "War is coming."
293"Survivor"Aprill WinneySarah WiseApril 9, 2020 (2020-04-09)0.42[35]
304"Life and Death"Joe MenendezMichael Gans & Richard RegisterApril 16, 2020 (2020-04-16)0.37[36]
315"Mommy and Me"John BadhamLiz MaccieApril 23, 2020 (2020-04-23)0.42[37]
326"The Island"Amanda RowCole FowlerApril 30, 2020 (2020-04-30)0.34[38]
After being informed of Tia's attack by Cami, Ryn accompanies her niece into the ocean where they find Hunter and the other mermaid refuges on an island recuperating from their wounds. Ryn plans to get Ben to help rescue them before Tia and her followers show up. Due to the stem cells of the partially transformed dead mermaid inside his system, Ben is capable of holding his own against them, having gained powerful superhuman abilities; namely enhanced strength, agility, reflexes, hearing and regenerative healing. Ryn tries to get Katrina to return but she refuses and slits her own throat. Hunter survives but is found by Tia and her troops. Desperate to save herself, Hunter informs Tia of Ryn's infant daughter being trained by her father and Levi elsewhere. Tia plans to use this to her advantage. Maddie introduces Robb to Ryn who attacks him,sensing that he is a merman.
337"Northern Exposure"Marita GrabiakGavin JohannsenMay 7, 2020 (2020-05-07)0.41[39]
With Maddie now knowing that Robb is a merman, he does state that they can get some allies to help fight Tia in Nome, Alaska, where his colony lives. When Robb is unable to win their leader Yura over, he, Ben, Ryn, and Maddie work by removing the pollutants from the special pool that enables a mermaid to become a merman for reproductive purposes. Meanwhile, Tia begins the next plot of her attack by making use of some explosives.
348"Til Death Do Us Part"Bola OgunHeather ThomasonMay 14, 2020 (2020-05-14)0.42[40]
359"A Voice in the Dark"Steven A. AdelsonZoë GreenMay 21, 2020 (2020-05-21)0.43[41]
Xander is in the hospital after hearing a copy of the siren song. As the doctors work to heal Xander, Ryn is reunited with Hope who is now a little girl due to how merpeople children develop as she gets her acquainted with the land life and the hybrids. Continuing her phone-based broadcast of the siren song on Bristol Cove and the neighboring counties, Tia sends Hunter to claim Hope for her group.
3610"The Toll of the Sea"Joe MenendezEric Wald & Emily WhitesellMay 28, 2020 (2020-05-28)0.50
With more and people being inflected by Tia's song, it is up Helen and her fellow hybrids to restore order by turning to Ted Pownall, who is having difficulty accepting his youngest son's transformation. As Tia attempts to convince young Hope to join her in wiping out humanity, Ryn and Ben head off to find her with aid from the military. Maddie asks Robb that he reclaim the same sound waves from the echo chamber of his colony to neutralize the song's agonizing affects. The cure is successful as Xander is the first to recover. He goes to help Maddie in finding her stepfather, but are too late as the song has killed him.

Meanwhile, in the depths of the sea, Hope is imprisoned in the crashed airplane as bait to lure Ryn to Tia. On land, the spirit of Donna appears before her daughter Cami and warns her and the others of Ryn's predicament. Cami, Vivian, Levi, Eliza and Ryn's mate ask to use Calvin's motorboat for a sneak attack on the enemy. Ryn is ready to face the rogue mermaid while Ben goes to save Hope with his newfound water-breathing abilities from the stems cells he has been injecting himself with. He succeeds and tells Hope to go to the surface where it is safe. Tia's army has greatly outnumbered Ryn and her remaining colony, but the tide is quickly turned in their favor when Robb's colony arrive with the male Yura in the lead. Ryn ferociously battles Tia and kills her with her spear, thus ending her scourge. All of Ryn's colony, including Robb and Yura's,bow down to her in reverence as she is now alpha of all merpeople colonies of the ocean.

One week later, the attack is considered to have been from the Russians by the locals. Ted is worried about Ben's sudden absence, Xander becomes the new sheriff of Bristol Cove in place of Dale's tragic death, and Maddie decides to travel with Robb to work on the ocean-cleaning project he has started on in order to try and move on from losing her stepfather. She tries to get Ryn to let go of Ben, as all have presumed him dead but Ryn is certain he will return someday. Atop a rock in the sea, Ryn waits for Ben who is revealed to be underwater still to parts unknown. However, the shared dream of living together with Hope as a loving family refuses to die.

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

On July 25, 2016, Freeform orders a pilot titled The Deep, based on a story by Eric Wald and Dean White, who will serve as executive producers on the pilot, Wald wrote the script. Scott Stewart will direct the pilot, and Emily Whitesell will serve as the showrunner.[42] On April 19, 2017, the series was officially picked up with the current title for broadcast in the summer of 2018.[43] On October 7, 2017, it was announced that the series would be released on March 29, 2018 in a two-hour event.[1] On May 15, 2018, the series was renewed for a 16-episode second season which premiered on January 24, 2019.[44][3] On May 14, 2019, the series was renewed for a third season which premiered on April 2, 2020.[4][5] On August 5, 2020, Freeform canceled the series after three seasons.[6]

CastingEdit

On August 24, 2016, Eline Powell joined the cast in the role of Po (renamed Ryn) and Rena Owen as Helen.[45] On September 26, 2016, Ian Verdun joined the cast in the role of Xander, followed by a few days of Alex Roe and Fola Evans-Akingbola in the roles of Ben and Maddie, respectively.[46][47] Chad Rook announced on May 16, 2017 via Twitter that he will be in the series playing Chris Mueller. On July 26, 2017, it was announced that Sibongile Mlambo joined the cast as regular as Donna.[48] On August 14, 2019, Tiffany Lonsdale was cast as a new series regular for the third season.[7]

MusicEdit

Michael A. Levine is the former composer of Siren's score.[49][50] The haunting and seductive Siren Call was written and composed by Levine and performed by singer/songwriter Mariana Barreto. Throughout the composition cycle, Levine incorporated the sounds of the tenor violin, octave viola (ciola), and the gusli.[50] A soundtrack release date has yet to be announced by Freeform.[51]

FilmingEdit

The pilot was filmed in October 2016, in Vancouver British Columbia, Canada.[52] Pre-production started on July 26, 2017.[53] The official shooting of the remaining episodes began on August 4, 2017,[54] and continued until November 22, 2017.[52] Filming for season 3 began on August 1, 2019 and ended on December 16, 2019.[55]

MarketingEdit

The trailer was released on April 19, 2017, the same day it was picked up.[56] The first episode was shown at the New York Comic Con in October 2017.[57]

ReceptionEdit

Critical responseEdit

Siren has been well received by critics. On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 94% based on 18 reviews, with an average rating of 8.0/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Siren turns traditional lore on its tail with a unique, well-paced show that presents dangerous, violent mythical creatures in a surprisingly empathetic and exciting light."[58]

RatingsEdit

Season 1Edit

Viewership and ratings per episode of Siren
No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Pilot" March 29, 2018 0.3 0.87[10] 0.3 0.83 0.6 1.70[59]
2 "The Lure" March 29, 2018 0.3 0.87[10] 0.3 0.77 0.6 1.64[59]
3 "Interview With a Mermaid" April 5, 2018 0.2 0.62[11] 0.3 0.64 0.5 1.26[60]
4 "On the Road" April 12, 2018 0.3 0.68[12] 0.3 0.78 0.6 1.46[61]
5 "Curse of the Starving Class" April 19, 2018 0.3 0.69[13] N/A N/A N/A N/A
6 "Showdown" April 26, 2018 0.2 0.59[14] 0.3 0.85 0.5 1.44[62]
7 "Dead in the Water" May 3, 2018 0.2 0.51[15] N/A N/A N/A N/A
8 "Being Human" May 10, 2018 0.2 0.50[16] 0.2 0.68 0.4 1.17[63]
9 "Street Fight" May 17, 2018 0.2 0.62[17] N/A N/A N/A N/A
10 "Aftermath" May 24, 2018 0.2 0.66[18] 0.3 0.69 0.5 1.34[64]

Season 2Edit

Viewership and ratings per episode of Siren
No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "The Arrival" January 24, 2019 0.2 0.71[19] 0.3 N/A 0.5[65] N/A
2 "The Wolf at the Door" January 31, 2019 0.2 0.53[20] N/A 0.59 N/A 1.12[66]
3 "Natural Order" February 7, 2019 0.1 0.42[21] N/A N/A N/A N/A
4 "Oil and Water" February 14, 2019 0.2 0.52[22] N/A 0.48 N/A 1.00[67]
5 "Primal Instincts" February 21, 2019 0.2 0.50[23] N/A 0.66 N/A 1.16[68]
6 "Distress Call" February 28, 2019 0.1 0.41[24] 0.2 0.45 0.3 0.86[69]
7 "Entrapment" March 7, 2019 0.2 0.44[25] N/A 0.44 N/A 0.88[70]
8 "Leverage" March 14, 2019 0.2 0.51[26] N/A N/A N/A N/A
9 "No North Star" June 13, 2019 0.2 0.56[27] N/A N/A N/A N/A
10 "All In" June 20, 2019 0.1 0.43[28] 0.2 0.40 0.3 0.83[71]
11 "Mixed Signals" June 27, 2019 0.1 0.39[29] N/A 0.35 N/A 0.74[72]
12 "Serenity" June 27, 2019 0.1 0.37[29] N/A 0.39 N/A 0.76[72]
13 "The Outpost" July 11, 2019 0.1 0.42[30] N/A 0.43 N/A 0.84[73]
14 "The Last Mermaid" July 18, 2019 0.1 0.41[31] N/A 0.36 N/A 0.77[74]
15 "Sacrifice" July 25, 2019 0.2 0.53[32] N/A N/A N/A N/A
16 "New World Order" August 1, 2019 0.1 0.44[33] N/A N/A N/A N/A

Season 3Edit

Viewership and ratings per episode of Siren
No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Borders" April 2, 2020 0.2 0.51[34] N/A 0.31 N/A 0.82[75]
2 "Revelations" April 2, 2020 0.1 0.40[34] 0.1 0.29 0.2 0.69[75]
3 "Survivor" April 9, 2020 0.1 0.42[35] 0.1 0.34 0.2 0.76[76]
4 "Life and Death" April 16, 2020 0.1 0.37[36] 0.1 0.36 0.2 0.73[77]
5 "Mommy and Me" April 23, 2020 0.1 0.42[37] 0.1 0.36 0.2 0.79[78]
6 "The Island" April 30, 2020 0.1 0.34[38] 0.1 0.37 0.2 0.71[79]
7 "Northern Exposure" May 7, 2020 0.1 0.41[39] 0.1 0.31 0.2 0.71[80]
8 "Til Death Do Us Part" May 14, 2020 0.1 0.42[40] 0.1 0.27 0.2 0.68[81]
9 "A Voice in the Dark" May 21, 2020 0.1 0.43[41] 0.1 0.28 0.2 0.71[82]
10 "The Toll of the Sea" May 28, 2020 0.1 0.37[83] 0.1 0.30 0.2 0.66[84]

AccoladesEdit

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
2018 Teen Choice Awards Choice Breakout TV Show Siren Nominated [85]
2019 The CAFTCAD Awards Best Costume Design in TV Contemporary Lorraine Carson
Mary Kimmel
Tammy Joe
Rachel Guegen
Kathy Linder
Aja Robb
Nominated
The Joey Awards Best Featured Actor in a Television Series Nikolas Dukic Won
Leo Awards Best Overall Sound in a Dramatic Series Kelly Cole
Gregorio Gomez
Adam Sharpe
Miguel Araujo
Jay Cheetham
May Guimaraes
Kevin Belen
Kevin Morales
Nominated
Best Direction in a Dramatic Series Steven A. Adelson Nominated

BroadcastEdit

In the United Kingdom, the first season premiered on SyFy on May 3, 2018.[86] The following year, the second season premiered on February 14, 2019.[87]

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