The Purge
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Genre
Created byJames DeMonaco
Based onThe Purge
by James DeMonaco
Starring
ComposerTyler Bates
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes20
Production
Executive producers
Producers
  • Aaron Seliquini (season 1)
  • Alissa M. Kantrow
  • Blaine Williams (season 2)
Production locationsNew Orleans, Louisiana
Cinematography
  • Kevin McKnight
  • Yaron Levy
Running time41–50 minutes
Production companies
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Release
Original networkUSA Network
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseSeptember 4, 2018 (2018-09-04) –
December 17, 2019 (2019-12-17)

The Purge is an American anthology action horror television series, based on the franchise of the same name and created by James DeMonaco. The first season premiered on USA Network on September 4, 2018, and stars Gabriel Chavarria, Hannah Emily Anderson, Jessica Garza, Lili Simmons, Amanda Warren, Colin Woodell and Lee Tergesen, with Cindy Robinson reprising her role as the voice of the Purge Emergency Broadcast System from the films.

In November 2018, USA Network renewed the show for a second season, which premiered on October 15, 2019. The second season featured a new cast starring Derek Luke, Max Martini, Paola Núñez and Joel Allen, with Cindy Robinson again reprising her role, this time appearing as character Megan Lewis. In the fictional timeline of the franchise, the first season takes place in 2027, and the second season between 2036 and 2037, thus the series is set between the events of the films Anarchy and Election Year. In May 2020, the series was canceled after two seasons.

Premise

With ties to the films, the series revolves around an alternate dystopian United States ruled by a totalitarian government that sanctions a 12-hour period which legalizes all crimes, including vandalism, theft, arson, and murder.

The first season follows several seemingly unconnected characters as they experience the night: Miguel Guerrero, a Marine searching for his sister Penelope who has joined a death cult; Jane Barbour, an executive who uses the Purge as an opportunity for revenge; and Jenna and Rick Betancourt, married entrepreneurs who attend a Purge party to seek investment capital from a wealthy Purge supporter.

The second season begins just as an annual Purge night is drawing to a close, and follows characters dealing with the consequences of that night and investigating conspiracies in the year before the next purge. One story involves ex-police officers who have become bank robbers. Another story follows a NFFA detective following a suspicious killing of a scientist friend and discovers many of their peers have also been killed in suspicious circumstances. Other stories include college fraternity members who went out on Purge Night to collect items on a scavenger hunt, before having to defend themselves and dealing with PTSD afterwards, as well as a husband and wife who survive an assailant on Purge Night, only to discover that it was a hitman sent to kill the husband and begin to investigate why. Clear connections between these characters and their stories become apparent as the plot unfolds.

Cast and characters

Season 1

Main

Recurring

Guest

Season 2

Main

Recurring

Guest

Episodes

Overview of The Purge seasons
SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
110September 4, 2018 (2018-09-04)November 6, 2018 (2018-11-06)
210October 15, 2019 (2019-10-15)December 17, 2019 (2019-12-17)

Season 1 (2018)

The Purge, season 1 episodes
No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
11"What Is America"Anthony HemingwayJames DeMonacoSeptember 4, 2018 (2018-09-04)1.39[11]
22"Take What's Yours"Anthony HemingwayThomas KellySeptember 11, 2018 (2018-09-11)1.27[12]
33"The Urge to Purge"David Von AnckenMick BetancourtSeptember 18, 2018 (2018-09-18)1.13[13]
44"Release the Beast"Clark JohnsonKrystal Houghton ZivSeptember 25, 2018 (2018-09-25)1.13[14]
55"Rise Up"Julius RamsayJamie ChanOctober 2, 2018 (2018-10-02)0.93[15]
66"The Forgotten"Nina Lopez-CorradoJeremy RobbinsOctober 9, 2018 (2018-10-09)1.01[16]
77"Lovely Dark and Deep"Tara Nicole WeyrStory by : James DeMonaco
Teleplay by : Mick Betancourt & Krystal Houghton Ziv
October 16, 2018 (2018-10-16)1.03[17]
88"The Giving Time Is Here"Michael NankinThomas KellyOctober 23, 2018 (2018-10-23)0.93[18]
99"I Will Participate"Ernest DickersonNick SnyderOctober 30, 2018 (2018-10-30)0.92[19]
1010"A Nation Reborn"Ernest DickersonStory by : James DeMonaco
Teleplay by : Nick Snyder & Jeremy Robbins
November 6, 2018 (2018-11-06)0.99[20]

Season 2 (2019)

The Purge, season 2 episodes
No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
111"This Is Not a Test"Tim AndrewKrystal Houghton ZivOctober 15, 2019 (2019-10-15)0.61[21]
122"Everything Is Fine"Jessica LowreyJames RolandOctober 22, 2019 (2019-10-22)0.58[22]
133"Blindspots"Tara Nicole WeyrJeremy RobbinsOctober 29, 2019 (2019-10-29)0.58[23]
144"Grief Box"Jaime ReynosoDesta Tedros ReffNovember 5, 2019 (2019-11-05)0.55[24]
155"House of Mirrors"Christoph SchreweLindsey VillarrealNovember 12, 2019 (2019-11-12)0.57[25]
166"Happy Holidays"Jen McGowanNina Fiore & John HerreraNovember 19, 2019 (2019-11-19)0.55[26]
177"Should I Stay or Should I Go"Darren GrantNick ZiglerNovember 26, 2019 (2019-11-26)0.49[27]
188"Before the Sirens"Patrick LussierJames Roland & Lindsey VillarrealDecember 3, 2019 (2019-12-03)0.58[28]
199"Hail Mary"Gigi Saul GuerreroNina Fiore & John HerreraDecember 10, 2019 (2019-12-10)0.60[29]
2010"7:01am"Tim AndrewKrystal Houghton Ziv & Nick ZiglerDecember 17, 2019 (2019-12-17)0.50[30]

Production

Development

A television series about the formation of the Purge was hinted at by DeMonaco. The series would possibly deal with how the New Founding Fathers were voted to office after overthrowing the U.S. Government during an economic collapse and social unrest and how they ratified the 28th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution as well as devising the Purge. In May 2017, it was reported that USA Network would premiere the series in 2018.[31][32] The series premiered on September 4, 2018.[33] On November 6, 2018, USA Network renewed the show for a second season which premiered on October 15, 2019.[34][35][36] On May 13, 2020, the USA Network canceled the series only after two seasons.[37]

Casting

On February 26, 2018, it was announced that Gabriel Chavarria and Jessica Garza were cast as Miguel and Penelope Guerrero.[38] In March 2018, Amanda Warren and Colin Woodell were cast as Jane Barbour and Rick Betancourt.[39] In April 2018, Lili Simmons, Hannah Emily Anderson, Lee Tergesen and William Baldwin were cast as Lila Stanton, Jenna Betancourt, Joe and David Ryker.[40][41] In May 2018, Fiona Dourif was cast as Good Leader Tavis.[42] In June 2019, Derek Luke, Max Martini, Paola Núñez, and Joel Allen had been cast as series regulars for the second season.[8]

During a New York Comic Con 2019 interview,[43] Joel Allen commented on the use of The Purge films' God mask in the TV series as "like a gift from the writers" as an actor.

Actress Hannah Emily Anderson reflected on her role as Jenna Betancourt in a July 2020 interview,[44] commenting on The Purge's Season 1 Finale. "It was so satisfying and exhilarating. Colin Woodell and Lee Tergesen were right there with me. We made it as real as we could for ourselves, and everything else faded away. We were in our precious little acting bubble. Those are the best moments."

Filming

Filming for the first season began May 2018.[45]

Reception

Critical response

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 42% based on 38 reviews, with an average rating of 5.51/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Bloated and boring, The Purge kills its own fleetingly fun premise and proves that not all stories work better on the small screen."[46] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 44 out of 100 based on 13 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[47]

Ratings

Viewership and ratings per episode of The Purge
No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "What Is America?" September 4, 2018 0.6 1.39[11] 0.4 1.13 1.0 2.52[48]
2 "Take What's Yours" September 11, 2018 0.5 1.27[12] 0.6 1.44 1.1 2.71[49]
3 "The Urge to Purge" September 18, 2018 0.4 1.13[13]
4 "Release the Beast" September 25, 2018 0.4 1.13[14]
5 "Rise Up" October 2, 2018 0.4 0.93[15] 0.5 1.19 0.9 2.12[50]
6 "The Forgotten" October 9, 2018 0.4 1.01[16] 0.4 1.01 0.8 2.02[51]
7 "Lovely Dark and Deep" October 16, 2018 0.4 1.03[17]
8 "The Giving Time Is Here" October 23, 2018 0.3 0.93[18]
9 "I Will Participate" October 30, 2018 0.4 0.92[19]
10 "A Nation Reborn" November 6, 2018 0.4 0.99[20]
Viewership and ratings per episode of The Purge
No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "This Is Not a Test" October 15, 2019 0.3 0.61[21] 0.58 1.20[52]
2 "Everything Is Fine" October 22, 2019 0.2 0.58[22] 0.3 0.58 0.5 1.16[53]
3 "Blindspots" October 29, 2019 0.2 0.58[23] 0.3 0.57 0.5 1.15[54]
4 "Grief Box" November 5, 2019 0.2 0.55[24] 0.3 0.55 0.5 1.10[55]
5 "House of Mirrors" November 12, 2019 0.2 0.57[25]
6 "Happy Holidays" November 19, 2019 0.2 0.55[26]
7 "Should I Stay or Should I Go" November 26, 2019 0.2 0.49[27] 0.2 0.4[56]
8 "Before the Sirens" December 3, 2019 0.2 0.58[28]
9 "Hail Mary" December 10, 2019 0.2 0.60[29]
10 "7:01am" December 17, 2019 0.2 0.50[30] 0.2 0.4[57]

Accolades

The series was nominated for Best Action-Thriller Television Series at the Saturn Awards in 2019.[58]

Home media

The first season was released on DVD and Blu-ray in Region 1 on January 8, 2019.[59]

The second season was released on DVD and Blu-Ray in Region 1 on March 31, 2020.

Notes

  1. ^ Known as Universal Cable Productions for season 1
  2. ^ Despite providing the voice of Megan Lewis in season 1, Robinson is only credited in "This Is Not a Test", in which she makes an on-screen appearance.
  3. ^ Despite providing the voice of Bobby Sheridan in season 1, Mulroney is only credited in "Happy Holidays", in which he makes an on-screen appearance.

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