The Others (TV series)

The Others is an American television series created by John Brancato and Michael Ferris, and produced by Delusional Films, NBC Studios, and DreamWorks Television. It ran for thirteen 40-minute episodes from February 5, 2000, to June 10, 2000, airing on NBC. It concerned a group of people with various psychic talents as they encountered different, and often evil, paranormal forces. It was an ensemble series. It featured in the third attempt by NBC to air a Saturday night supernatural/paranormal programming block, joining The Pretender and Profiler as the Thrillogy, but all three shows were canceled by season's end.

The Others
Created byJohn Brancato and Michael Ferris
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Production
Executive producers
ProducerSarah Caplan
Running time40 minutes
Production companies
DistributorNBC Studios
Release
Original networkNBC
Original releaseFebruary 5 (2000-02-05) –
June 10, 2000 (2000-06-10)

PremiseEdit

Marian Kitt, a university student, is forced to come to terms with her frequently unwanted paranormal abilities, attempting to do so by joining The Others, a group with similar talents. The series gradually built up an overall storyline of a strong evil power targeting the group.

CastEdit

EpisodesEdit

Note that the episodes were not always broadcast by NBC in the correct story order. For the correct story order for the episodes, refer to the order from the production codes.

List of The Others episodes
No.TitleDirected by [1]Written byOriginal air dateProd.
code [1]
01"Pilot"Mick GarrisJohn Brancato and Michael FerrisFebruary 5, 2000 (2000-02-05)26-99-100
02"Unnamed"Brian Trenchard-SmithJohn Brancato and Michael FerrisFebruary 12, 2000 (2000-02-12)26-99-104
03"Eyes"William MaloneGlen Morgan and James WongFebruary 19, 2000 (2000-02-19)26-99-102
04"Souls on Board"Tobe HooperDaniel ArkinFebruary 26, 2000 (2000-02-26)26-99-105
05"1112"Bill CondonGlen Morgan and James WongMarch 4, 2000 (2000-03-04)26-99-103
06"Luciferous"Mick GarrisGlen Morgan and James WongMarch 11, 2000 (2000-03-11)26-99-101
07"Theta"Tom McLoughlinFred GolanMarch 18, 2000 (2000-03-18)26-99-109
08"Don't Dream It's Over"Mick GarrisMick GarrisMarch 25, 2000 (2000-03-25)26-99-107
09"The Ones That Lie in Wait"Thomas J. WrightGlen Morgan and James WongApril 22, 2000 (2000-04-22)26-99-106
10"Till Then"Bryan SpicerGlen Morgan and James WongApril 29, 2000 (2000-04-29)26-99-110
11"$4.95 a Minute"Sanford BookstaverRichard WhitleyMay 6, 2000 (2000-05-06)26-99-111
12"Life Is for the Living"Thomas J. WrightDaniel ArkinMay 13, 2000 (2000-05-13)26-99-112
13"Mora"Jake PaltrowJohn Brancato and Michael FerrisJune 10, 2000 (2000-06-10)26-99-108

ProductionEdit

The series' writers included Glen Morgan and James Wong, who were also executive producers for the series along with Brancato and Ferris.[2] Morgan's wife Kristen Cloke played the significant role of Allison/The Woman in the episodes "The Ones That Lie in Wait" and "Life Is for the Living". Tobe Hooper directed one episode, "Souls on Board", and Bill Condon directed the episode "1112".

The series was filmed at Paramount Studios.[citation needed] The pilot episode was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[2]

BroadcastEdit

The series aired on Five in the UK, and on Nine in Australia.

ReceptionEdit

Michael Speier of Variety was lukewarm on the first episode of the series, noting that "the roles here are one-note: no humor and no sparks, just a lot of paranoia", but adding "Bill Condon ("Gods and Monsters) and Tobe Hooper ("Poltergeist") have already wrapped upcoming episodes, and it’s hoped their styles will generate bigger oohs and aahs than the Mick Garris-helmed pilot."[2] Howard Rosenberg of Los Angeles Times was more openly critical of the series, declaring "There’s nothing especially thoughtful or suspenseful here, for example, and Episodes 1 and 2, after raising expectations of creepiness, both end with soft thuds."[3] By contrast, Bruce Fretts of Entertainment Weekly gave the series a favorable review, commenting that The Others "has a bewitching cast that mixes appealing up-and-comers (including Melissa Crider...) with reliable old-timers (like the always-wonderful Bill Cobbs...)", adding that the series was "compellingly creepy".[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b From the United States Copyright Office catalog: "Public Catalog - Copyright Catalog (1978 to present) - Basic Search [search: "Others : no."]". United States Copyright Office. Retrieved 2017-10-02.
  2. ^ a b c Michael Speier (February 1, 2000). "The Others". Variety. Retrieved 2020-12-13.
  3. ^ Howard Rosenberg (February 5, 2000). "Lots of Mood, Little Suspense in 'Others'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2020-12-13.
  4. ^ Bruce Fretts (February 10, 2000). "Why pay for "Scream 3" when you can watch "The Others" for free?". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2020-12-13.

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