GenreScience fiction
Based onKindred
by Octavia Butler
Developed byBranden Jacobs-Jenkins
ComposerTwin Shadow
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Executive producers
Production companies4th Film Works
The Js
Protozoa Pictures
DistributorDisney Platform Distribution
Original networkFX on Hulu
Original releaseDecember 13, 2022 (2022-12-13)

Kindred is an American science fiction television miniseries developed by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and based on the novel of the same name written by Octavia E. Butler.

The eight-episode series was released on December 13, 2022 on FX on Hulu.


Dana has just moved to Los Angeles to establish a life close to her only remaining family, her Aunt Denise, when she gets pulled back in time to the 19th century in the Antebellum South.



No.TitleDirected byTeleplay byOriginal release date
1"Dana"Janicza BravoBranden Jacobs-JenkinsDecember 13, 2022 (2022-12-13)
2"Sabina"Amanda MarsalisBranden Jacobs-JenkinsDecember 13, 2022 (2022-12-13)
3"Furniture"Amanda MarsalisJoy KeckenDecember 13, 2022 (2022-12-13)
4"The Waiter from Two Nights Ago"Ayoka ChenziraBobak EsfarjaniDecember 13, 2022 (2022-12-13)
5"Winnie"Ayoka ChenziraZenzele PriceDecember 13, 2022 (2022-12-13)
6"Celeste"Destiny EkaraghaJoy Kecken & Noah J. RubensteinDecember 13, 2022 (2022-12-13)
7"Jane"Destiny EkaraghaMatthew ShireDecember 13, 2022 (2022-12-13)
8"Alice"Alonso Alvarez-BarredaBranden Jacobs-Jenkins and Noah J. RubensteinDecember 13, 2022 (2022-12-13)

Production and release

In March 2021, FX Productions announced that it had obtained the rights to adapt Octavia Butler's 1979 novel Kindred into a television series developed by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins.[1] Janicza Bravo directed the pilot episode, and Mallori Johnson was cast in the lead role to make her acting debut.[2] The rest of the main cast was revealed in September 2021, adding Micah Stock, Ryan Kwanten, Gayle Rankin, Austin Smith, Antoinette Crowe-Legacy, and David Alexander Kaplan.[3]

After producing the television pilot, FX ordered the show to a full series in January 2022.[4] Filming took place in June 2022 in Rome, Georgia,[5][6] and Twin Shadow provided the score for the series, making his television scoring debut.[7]

Kindred was released on December 13, 2022 on Hulu.[8]


On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 63% of 27 critic reviews are positive, with an average rating of 6.7/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "Mallori Johnson acquits herself impressively in a difficult role, but the rest of this ambitious adaptation of Octavia E. Butler's seminal novel is less successful in pulling off its tricky tonal balance."[9] On Metacritic, the limited series received a score of 62 based on reviews from 18 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[10]


  1. ^ Maas, Jennifer (January 10, 2022). "Kindred TV Adaptation Ordered to Series at FX". Variety. Penske Media Corporation.
  2. ^ Petski, Denise (July 15, 2021). "Kindred: Janicza Bravo To Direct, Newcomer Mallori Johnson To Star In FX Pilot Based On Octavia E. Butler Novel". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation.
  3. ^ Petski, Denise (September 29, 2021). "Kindred: Micah Stock, Ryan Kwanten & Austin Smith Among Six Cast In FX Pilot Based On Octavia E. Butler Novel". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation – via Yahoo! Entertainment.
  4. ^ Porter, Rick (January 10, 2022). "Kindred Adaptation Lands Series Order at FX". The Hollywood Reporter. PMRC.
  5. ^ Morley, Olivia (June 9, 2022). "FX to film 'Kindred' TV series in the Cotton Block of Broad Street". Rome News-Tribune. Times-Journal Inc.
  6. ^ "Filming begins for Kindred series, cast members seen on Broad Street". Rome News-Tribune. Times-Journal Inc. June 22, 2022.
  7. ^ "Twin Shadow Scoring FX's Kindred". Film Music Reporter. December 6, 2022.
  8. ^ Templeton, Molly (October 11, 2022). "FX's Adaptation of Octavia Butler's Kindred Premieres in December".
  9. ^ "Kindred: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved December 20, 2022.
  10. ^ "Kindred: Season 1". Metacritic. Fandom, Inc. Retrieved December 13, 2022.