The Society (TV series)
The Society is an American mystery teen drama web television series created by Christopher Keyser, that premiered on Netflix on May 10, 2019. The series stars Kathryn Newton, Gideon Adlon, Sean Berdy, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Jacques Colimon, Olivia DeJonge, Alex Fitzalan, Kristine Froseth, Jose Julian, Alexander MacNicoll, Toby Wallace and Rachel Keller. In July 2019, the series was renewed for a second season, which is set to be released in 2020.
|Created by||Christopher Keyser|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||10 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||48–61 minutes|
|Picture format||4K (16:9 UHDTV in high dynamic range)|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital|
|Original release||May 10, 2019 –|
The Society follows the story of a group of teenagers who must learn to run their town after all the adults mysteriously disappear. It transpires in a place called West Ham, Connecticut. The mystery begins when the students of the local high school return from a canceled field trip and find that everyone is gone. A forest appears surrounding the town and communication no longer works, making any attempt to leave or contact the outside world futile. The teenagers must come up with their own rules to survive with limited resources.
Cast and characters
- 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. Grizz’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 Town Mayor.
- 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. He physically abuses Elle.
- Rachel Keller as Cassandra Pressman, Allie's older sister who is a natural leader. She has a congenital heart defect for which she is medicated.
- Jack Mulhern as Gareth "Grizz" Visser, a former football player, intellectual and Sam's love interest
- Spencer House as Clark, a former football player and Gwen's on-and-off boyfriend.
- Emilio Garcia-Sanchez as Jason, a former football player and Erika's boyfriend
- Salena Qureshi as Bean, a smart kid and Gordie's best friend.
- Olivia Nikkanen as Gwen, Clark's on-and-off girlfriend.
- Kiara Pichardo as Madison, Olivia & Gwen's friend.
- Grace Victoria Cox as Lexie, Allie's rival.
- Naomi Oliver as Olivia, Gwen & Madison's friend.
- Kelly Rose Golden as Marnie
- Matisse Rose as Jessica
- Alicia Crowder as Erika, Jason's girlfriend.
- Benjamin Breault as Blake
- Damon J. Gillespie as Mickey, Harry's housemate.
- Peter Donahue as Shoe, a later member of The Guard.
- Seth Meriwether as Greg Dewey
- Madeline Logan as Gretchen
- Dante Rodrigues as Zane
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|1||"What Happened"||Marc Webb||Christopher Keyser||May 10, 2019|
|When a mysterious and irritating smell permeates the town of West Ham, Connecticut, the Federal Government sends the high school students on a 10-day camping trip. After departing by bus, the students return to town, told that the road to the camp is blocked. However, they discover that everyone else in town has disappeared, and while local phones and texting work, they are electronically cut off from the world. The next day, they discover that all roads and exits from town are blocked by a seemingly endless and dangerous forest. Some use their newfound freedom to engage in a wild party, while others attempt to ascertain what happened. The morning after, a search party is formed and goes into the woods. Cassandra reveals she has a congenital heart defect. Campbell reveals he has a pistol, and aims it at Cassandra. The search party returns, carrying the body of Emily who has died from a snakebite.|
|2||"Our Town"||Marc Webb||Christopher Keyser||May 10, 2019|
|A solar eclipse darkens the sky. Gordie hypothesizes they are in a parallel universe, with both the smell and their parents gone. Allie and Will go to each grocery store to take inventory. Sam and Becca go through city hall records, where Becca falls ill. Gordie researches heart conditions for Cassandra and they share a moment. Sam finds a record that a company requested $1.5 million for smell removal and his father and uncle refused to pay, the day before they were taken. Becca takes a test and realizes she is pregnant. Harry has everyone play "fugitive" in order to take their minds off events. Allie is hit by a car during the game, but not injured. Kelly and Will bond. Allie and Harry have sex. Campbell and Elle do cocaine and get drunk together. The electricity flickers on and off during a storm. Bean discovers the solar eclipse wasn't scheduled and may have been a sign, or proof that they are in a parallel universe. A dispute at the hardware store over flashlights ends with a mass brawl, looting, and a car exploding.|
|3||"Childhood's End"||Tara Nicole Weyr||Rachel Sydney Alter||May 10, 2019|
|After the conflicts, the women of the town rally, with Cassandra as their leader. They organize a prom as a distraction. The men discuss socialism, instead of just taking things. The town unanimously decides to create a work rotation list, ration food, share housing, and eat communally. Sam and Becca decide to go to prom together, as do Kelly and Will. Harry grows agitated with work assignments and communal living. Harry and Kelly discover that Harry's mom and Kelly's dad were having an affair. Harry suggests killing Cassandra. Allie has a urinary tract infection. Kelly and Will dance, making Harry and Allie jealous. Becca reveals to Sam that she is pregnant, but refuses to say who the father is. Campbell supplies Harry with drugs. Grizz and Sam share a moment after Grizz asks to be taught some sign language. Gordie and Cassandra share a kiss. Will and Allie share a dance. Gordie masturbates in Cassandra's room. Campbell and Elle consummate their relationship. Cassandra finds a dog while cleaning up after the prom, and gets shot twice in the stomach by an unseen assailant. She dies.|
|4||"Drop by Drop"||Stacie Passon||Emily Bensinger||May 10, 2019|
|Gordie extracts the bullets from Cassandra's corpse. The town holds a funeral for Cassandra. Lexie becomes paranoid and refuses to leave her house, and other women feel unsafe. The men decide they need to enforce the work lists to keep the town running. "The Guard," mostly made up of football players, is formed to patrol the streets. Grizz comforts Allie. Helena reveals to Luke that she has multiple guns and gives him one. Becca worries about her pregnancy and people finding out. Sam promises to love her baby and be there for them both. Two people pull guns on each other in the cafeteria. Allie is given the title of leader, persuaded by Gordie. Campbell supplies Harry with more drugs. Allie leads her first town hall meeting and announces all guns will be confiscated. Elle approaches Kelly with the idea for a movie night. The Guard searches everyone's house and confiscates guns, but Helena refuses to comply. Allie decides to keep the guns instead of destroy them. Sam reveals that Campbell is a diagnosed psychopath. Campbell nearly drowns Elle in her bathtub.|
|5||"Putting on the Clothes"||Haifaa Al-Mansour||Anna Fishko & Christopher Keyser||May 10, 2019|
|Greg Dewey confesses to Harry that he killed Cassandra because he thought he was doing Harry a favor. Harry tells Kelly then Gordie. Grizz suggests they arrest Greg in a pre-dawn raid. Elle sees the same dog Cassandra saw before her murder, and Campbell tells Elle she can keep the dog. Grizz, Luke, Clark, and Jason find the murder weapon and arrest Greg. Will suggests they have a trial. Harry further spirals into drug addiction. Clark interrogate Gregs and beats him up, but Luke and Allie stop him. Helena reluctantly agrees to defend Greg at the trial, while Gordie serves as prosecutor and the honor board as jury. Harry testifies against Dewey, but Helena forces him to admit his role. Elle realizes the dog is missing and confronts Campbell, but he says he doesn't know where it is. Allie tries and fails to get Greg to confess his motive and reveal any accomplices, and implies that execution is an option. The jury finds Greg guilty of Cassandra's murder. Greg defames Cassandra, Allie, Will, and women in general, and accuses Campbell of helping him plan the murder. Allie orders the Guard to arrest Campbell.|
|6||"Like a F-ing God or Something"||Megan Griffiths||Christopher Keyser & Anna Fishko||May 10, 2019|
|Allie is plagued with indecision regarding Dewey and Campbell, and the town begins to turn on her. Allie tells Luke that she will not order Harry's arrest. Allie questions Campbell, who denies helping Greg kill Cassandra. Allie questions Elle, who advises Allie to either let him go or kill him. Harry tells Kelly he is receiving threatening text messages and fears "women" will kill him. Sam lies again about finding nothing in the town hall, but Becca says she found documents involving the EPA and a man named Pfeiffer about the smell. Greg goes on a hunger strike. Allie releases Campbell due to lack of evidence. Will convinces a reluctant Allie to sentence Greg to death. Greg freaks out at the execution site, and Grizz vomits at the reality of the situation. Allie takes Grizz's place and participates in the execution with Luke and Jason. Harry apologizes to Allie, but she tells him to leave. Sam offers to be Becca's baby's father. Luke asks Helena to marry him, and she says yes; they have sex for the first time. Allie accuses Will of using Cassandra to manipulate her into being the leader and executing Greg.|
|7||"Allie's Rules"||Patricia Cardoso||Qui Nguyen||May 10, 2019|
|It is six months since Greg's execution, Thanksgiving is around the corner, and there is uneasy peace. Allie tells Will that she is afraid she set a dangerous precedent when she killed Greg. At the town meeting, Lexie asks for updates from the Committee on Going Home. Will announces they will be out of food rations by next summer, and Grizz plans to lead a search party after Thanksgiving to see if they can find suitable farmland. Will suggests Allie call elections, but she refuses, saying it will sow divisions. Harry is severely depressed and won't get out of bed. Luke goes ring shopping for Helena and proposes to her again. Grizz tries to learn sign language for Sam, but learns British Sign Language instead of ASL. Sam appreciates the effort and they spend the day together. Kelly successfully performs an ultrasound on Becca. Gordie announces that he thinks they are in a parallel universe, and Allie names the town "New Ham." Elle, bearing signs of physical abuse, puts poison in a pumpkin pie for Campbell. Her plan goes awry when Campbell decides they should go to the town celebration, bringing the poisoned pie.|
|8||"Poison"||Rich Lee||Maile Meloy||May 10, 2019|
|Attempting to save others, Elle eats as much of the poisoned pumpkin pie as she can. Sam and Grizz kiss. Lexie and others perform a skit that mocks Cassandra's death and is critical of Allie's leadership. Will and Kelly have sex. Allie and others get sick from the poisoned pie. Kelly cares for them at the hospital, and successfully puts an IV in Elle. Allie thinks she was deliberately poisoned. The Guard searches the houses of everyone who cooked pumpkin pie, including Lexie and Elle. Lexie is arrested, and Clark and Jason force her to change in front of them after she has her period. Campbell covers for Elle. Grizz is upset Sam is having a baby with Becca, and Sam doesn't tell him that he's not the father. Kelly breaks up with Will because he has feelings for Allie. Kelly tries to help Harry deal with his depression. Lexie tells Allie what Jason and Clark did, but Allie refuses to act. Campbell tells Elle he knows she tried to poison him, and he expresses relief that they are the same. Allie announces elections, and that she will run for mayor, with four additional spots on a "council" available.|
|9||"New Names"||Brett Simon||Anna Fishko||May 10, 2019|
|The town erects a "Citizens of New Ham" plaque, listing the teenagers' names. Clark and Jason want to consolidate the Guard's power in the elections, but Luke feels uneasy. Will tells Allie he has feelings for her, but Allie decides she isn't ready for a relationship. Campbell convinces a reluctant Harry to run against Allie; Kelly suspects Campbell has ulterior motives. Elle tells Helena about Campbell's abuse, and Helena lets her stay at her house. Someone sneaks into Helena's house, takes video of her sleeping, and sends it to Elle. Elle leaves to protect Helena. Allie tells the Guards they can't run for elected positions. Kelly and Gordie decide to train one another as doctors. Elle tells Allie she poisoned the pumpkin pie and that Campbell is abusing her, asking Allie to arrest her so she can get away. Allie does not reveal the reason for Elle's arrest to protect her. Luke has cold feet about marrying Helena. Grizz leads an expedition to look for resources, and he and Sam make up before he leaves. Lexie runs for mayor at the last minute, painting Harry as selfish and Allie as a dictator. Kelly realizes she recognizes the man who drove the bus to New Ham.|
|10||"How it Happens"||Marc Webb||Christopher Keyser||May 10, 2019|
|Lexie has success with those tired of Allie's rules. Becca, Will, and Helena fear Lexie has no plan for running the town. Grizz and his team find a field suitable for farming. Kelly shows Allie the photo of the bus driver, Pfeiffer, who argued with Harry's mother and Sam's father the day before the buses came. Sam reveals the truth about documents he found in the town hall, and Grizz tells Gwen he's gay. Becca give birth to a girl named Eden. Campbell and Harry get Clark and Jason onside to stage a coup against Allie; they coerce Luke into joining them, straining his relationship with Helena. Lexie joins, seeking to be co-mayor with Harry. Elle pretends to be on Campbell's side for her own safety. Allie and Will are imprisoned under the pretense of trying to steal the election. As the search party returns, The Guard presents Allie and Will to the town where they are stoned by angry onlookers. The episode ends with Allie's mom, petting the same dog Elle saw in New Ham. As she reads to schoolchildren, a plaque behind her is shown, saying "We Remember Them" and listing the missing teenagers' names.|
In 2013, Christopher Keyser and Marc Webb pitched the show to Showtime, but the network later decided to pass on the series. 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. On July 9, 2019, the series was renewed for a second season, which is set to be released in 2020.
Alongside the initial series announcement, it was confirmed that Kathryn Newton had been cast as a series regular. 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.
The review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes provides a 83% approval from 29 reviews, and an average rating of 7.37/10. 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." On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 68 out of 100, based on 7 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
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