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Revenge (TV series)

Genre Soap opera[1]
Psychological thriller
Created by Mike Kelley
Starring Madeleine Stowe
Emily VanCamp
Gabriel Mann
Henry Czerny
Ashley Madekwe
Nick Wechsler
Josh Bowman
Connor Paolo
Christa B. Allen
Barry Sloane
James Tupper
Karine Vanasse
Brian Hallisay
Composer(s) iZLER (music) (credited as Fil Eisler from "Dissolution")
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 76 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Mike Kelley (seasons 1-2)
Marty C. Bowen
Wyck Godfrey
Phillip Noyce (season 1)
Melissa Loy (season 2)
Mark B. Perry (season 2)
Sunil Nayar (seasons 2-3)
Gretchen J. Berg (season 3)
Aaron Harberts (season 3)
Producer(s) Randy Sutter
Samantha Thomas
Mike Kelley
Melissa Loy (season 1)
Joe Fazzio (associate)
Ted Babcock (co-producer)
Editor(s) Martin Nicholson
Sue Blainey
Conrad Smart
Lance Luckey
Location(s) Los Angeles, California & Southampton, New York
Wilmington, North Carolina
Cinematography Chris Manley
Cynthia Pusheck
John Smith
Lance Luckey
Running time 43 minutes (approx.)
Production company(s) The Page Fright Company/Mike Kelley Productions (seasons 1-2)
Temple Hill Productions
ABC Studios
Distributor Disney–ABC Domestic Television
Original channel ABC
Original run September 21, 2011 (2011-09-21) – present
External links
Production website

Revenge is an American primetime television series that airs on ABC, starring Madeleine Stowe and Emily VanCamp, which debuted on September 21, 2011. During its first season it aired on Wednesday nights at 10 pm Eastern/9 pm Central time, and its second season aired Sunday nights at 9 pm Eastern/8 pm Central time.[2][3]

The series was picked up for a full season by the ABC network television after garnering a 3.3 Nielsen rating in the 18–49 age advertising demographics for its pilot episode and regularly winning its timeslot against every other television network (CBS, Fox, The CW, and NBC) in 18–34 demos.[4][5][6] Madeleine Stowe was nominated for the 2012 Golden Globe Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a TV Drama, while the series was nominated for Favorite New TV Drama at the 2012 People's Choice Awards. Revenge has become ABC's highest-rated series in Wednesday’s 10 p.m. timeslot since Lost's 2006–2007 season and has become the only new series in more than four years to replicate the 18–49 demo ratings success that Lost had in its timeslot since leaving the air.[7][8]

On May 8, 2014, ABC renewed the show for a fourth season, which premiered on September 28, 2014.


Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) comes to the Hamptons and rents a beach house next to the Grayson family mansion for the summer. Emily is really Amanda Clarke, whose father was framed for treason when she was a little girl. After a lengthy trial, he was imprisoned for life, and was murdered in prison by agents of the people who framed him. Amanda was separated from him after his trial and never saw him afterwards. She has now returned to the Hamptons as an adult to exact revenge on those who wronged her and her father. Her primary target is Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe), matriarch of the Grayson family, who loved and betrayed Amanda's father. The show focuses on Amanda's plot to destroy every individual who played a role in her father's imprisonment. Along the way, she discovers various facts about her father's past which change her plans many times. As the series progresses, Amanda brings in other individuals as allies for her plan.

As Amanda executes the stages of her elaborate plan, she finds it difficult to remain emotionally detached. She struggles to identify her true motivations and examines how her actions change her sense of identity. As she enlists trusted friends into her schemes, she worries how their involvement will change their lives and how she will proceed after she enacts her revenge on those who wronged her and her father.

Cast and characters

Regular cast
Actor Character Season
1 2 3 4
Madeleine Stowe Victoria Grayson Main
Emily VanCamp Emily Thorne Main
Gabriel Mann Nolan Ross Main
Nick Wechsler Jack Porter Main
James Tupper David Clarke Recurring Main[9]
Karine Vanasse Margaux LeMarchal Recurring Main[10]
Brian Hallisay Ben Hunter Main
Former Regular cast
Actor Character Season
1 2 3 4
Joshua Bowman Daniel Grayson Main
Christa B. Allen Charlotte Clarke Main
Henry Czerny Conrad Grayson Main Guest
Barry Sloane Aiden Mathis Main
Ashley Madekwe Ashley Davenport Main Guest[11]
Connor Paolo Declan Porter Main

Notes: Barry Sloane was on recurring status for the first thirteen episodes of the second season, before becoming a series regular in episode fourteen. Christa B. Allen's last episode as a series regular was the sixth episode of the fourth season, afterwards she was no longer a regular. Brian Hallisay was on recurring status for the first seven episodes of the fourth season, before becoming a series regular in episode eight.

Development and production

In January 2011, ABC ordered the script to pilot. In March 2011, actress Emily VanCamp was cast as the lead character, and shortly afterwards it was released that Ashley Madekwe was cast in the series.[12] Madeleine Stowe and Henry Czerny joined the cast as well.[13] Max Martini and Robbie Amell joined the cast as Frank Stevens, a private investigator and Adam, a wealthy student who is hoping to attend Yale.[14][15] James Tupper replaced Marc Blucas in the role of Emily's father, after Blucas was forced to drop out due to his commitment on Necessary Roughness. Recurring Gossip Girl star Connor Paolo was cast as a series regular playing the character of Declan Porter.[16] Former Nikita star Ashton Holmes landed a recurring role as Tyler Barrol, a Harvard classmate of Daniel Grayson.[17] On 22 April 2013, it was announced that Mike Kelley was stepping down as the executive producer and showrunner after Season 2, current executive producer Sunil Nayar is expected to take over during the anticipated third season.[18] On May 3, 2013, it was confirmed that Sunil Nayar would take the reins after signing a two-year deal with ABC Studios to remain as Executive producer.[19] On May 21, 2013, it was announced that Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts had inked a two-year deal with ABC Studios which will see them serve as executive producers on the upcoming third season alongside Sunil Nayar.[20]

On May 13, 2011, ABC picked the project up to series.[21] On May 17, 2011, ABC announced that the series would air on Wednesday nights at 10:00 pm Eastern/9:00 pm Central, beginning in the 2011 fall season.[2] The pilot was screened early on ABC's website during a promotional tie-in with Amazon Kindle.[22]

It was announced in spring 2014 that a Revenge graphic novel was in the works, published by Marvel Comics. It will explore the origins of Emily Thorne and was released on September 3, 2014.[23]


The pilot episode has been met with generally favorable reviews, with 66/100 from 20 media reviews on Metacritic.[24] Dorothy Rabinowitz of The Wall Street Journal praised the series, writing that "The arrival of one pure and unadulterated drama about a passion as old as man is something to celebrate. That's particularly true when that drama is as spellbinding in its satisfyingly gaudy way, as Revenge turns out to be", while awarding particular praise to Van Camp for a "beguiling and entirely chilling study in revenge lust."[25] Writing for The New York Times, Alessandra Stanley compared the series favorably with Gossip Girl, concluding that it has "just enough campy suspense to be enjoyable."[26] Episode 5 of the series received particular acclaim, with C. Orlando of TV Fanatic writing that "Revenge took things to a whole new level this week", and noting with reference to the set-up of David Clarke that "Victoria seems the only one with a conscience".[27]

Yahoo! TV mentioned the series among the top television programs of 2011.[28] The series also made the covers of Parade, Entertainment Weekly and TV Guide, and was featured in Rolling Stone,[29] Vanity Fair, Vogue, People, Us Weekly, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, and Teen Vogue magazines.

On May 10, 2012, ABC announced that it had renewed Revenge for a second season. The Hollywood Reporter reported that it was one of the first series to get a "stamp of approval" from ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee, who called the show "sexy" and "sticky," telling critics in January, "You just want more of it."[30]


The pilot episode scored 10.02 million viewers in live plus same day, winning the 10 p.m. hour time slot against CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.[31] It was reported that Revenge is the highest rated television series in the hour for ABC since Lost. On October 22, 2011, it was reported that Revenge regularly won its hour in the 18–34 and 18–49 age demographics ahead of CSI and Law & Order: SVU.[32]

After a nearly two-month hiatus beginning on February 29, 2012, Revenge returned on April 18, 2012 at No. 1 in the Nielsen ratings and won its timeslot against every other television network with a first-place finish among Total Viewers, Adults 18–49 and Adults 25–54. Revenge won over an original episode of NBC's Law & Order: SVU in Total Viewers (+33%), Adults 18–49 (+53%) and Adults 25–54 (+45%) and generated big year-to-year time-period gains in Total Viewers (+81%), Adults 18–49 (+35%) and Adults 25–54 (+38%), rising over first-run programming on the same night last year. The April 18, 2012 episode attracted ABC’s largest audience to the hour since the middle of February sweeps on February 15, 2012.[33][34]

Revenge was ABC’s highest-rated series overall in Wednesday’s 10 p.m. hour in more than five years since Lost during the 2006–07 television season.[7]

Revenge premiered strongly during its second season, with a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating. However as the season went on, due to negative feedback on the storyline as well as the scheduling of episodes against The Golden Globes, NFC Championship and The Grammys, Revenge hit lows of 2.0, 1.7 and 1.4 in the adults 18-49 rating respectively, within 3 consecutive episodes. The ratings never recovered back to the levels of the Fall 2012, and eventually ended the season with a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating.

The third season of Revenge premiered down sharply from its second season premiere, with a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating. Some critiques have expressed that the storyline of Revenge will not allow for the series to go on for long, although the ratings continue to prove otherwise.[35]

Season Timeslot (ET) # Ep. Premiered Ended TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Date Premiere
(in millions)
Date Finale
(in millions)
Wednesday 10:00 PM
September 21, 2011
May 23, 2012
7.85[36] 2011–12 #56 8.72[37]
Sunday 9:00 PM
September 30, 2012
May 12, 2013
6.12[39] 2012–13 #43 8.87[40]
Sunday 9:00 PM
(Episodes 1 - 13)
Sunday 10:00 PM
(Episodes 14 - 22)
September 29, 2013
May 11, 2014
4.87[42] 2013–14 #39 8.44[43]
Sunday 10:00 PM
September 28, 2014
May 2015
TBA 2014–15 TBA TBA

Awards and nominations

Revenge was nominated for Favorite New TV Drama at the 2012 People's Choice Awards.[46] Madeleine Stowe received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a TV drama.[47]
Year Award Category Recipients and nominees Outcome
2012 Awards[48] Favorite Guilty Pleasure Revenge Won
People's Choice Awards Favorite New TV Drama Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Madeleine Stowe Nominated
Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association Television Performance of the Year Nominated
Campy TV Show of the Year Revenge Won
Golden Reel Awards Best Sound Editing — Television Episodic — Music Nominated
Gracie Allen Awards Outstanding Drama Won
NewNowNext Awards Best New Indulgence Won
Next Mega Star Emily VanCamp Nominated
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series — Recurring Young Actress Ten and Under Emily Alyn Lind Won
ALMA Awards Favorite TV Actress — Drama Madeleine Stowe Nominated
Casting Society of America Announces Artios Awards[49] Television Pilot — Drama Revenge Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Show: Drama Nominated
Choice TV Actress: Drama Emily VanCamp Nominated
Choice TV Breakout Show Revenge Nominated
Choice TV Breakout Star: Male Josh Bowman Nominated
Choice TV Male Scene Stealer Gabriel Mann Nominated
Television Critics Association Awards Outstanding New Program Revenge Nominated
2013 People's Choice Awards Favorite Network TV Drama Nominated
Costume Designers Guild Awards Outstanding Contemporary Television Series Nominated
Teen Choice Awards[50] Choice TV Show: Drama Revenge Nominated
Choice TV Actress: Drama Emily VanCamp Nominated
Choice TV Actor: Drama Joshua Bowman Nominated
Nick Wechsler Nominated


No. Title Length
1. "Mortal Vindication (Revenge Main Theme)"   2:30
2. "Lose Your Compassion"   1:38
3. "Previous Investments"   2:03
4. "Destiny"   3:23
5. "The Wrong Amanda (Emily And Aiden Theme)"   1:43
6. "Who Is the Falcon?"   2:07
7. "Meet the Graysons"   2:25
8. "The Christening"   1:51
9. "Tyler Goes Nuts"   2:03
10. "Return to the Fire and Ice Ball"   1:46
11. "Don't Say a Word"   1:52
12. "The Marriage of Jack and Fauxmanda"   3:12
13. "Honor Thy Father"   2:00
14. "High Tension Boating (SOS Theme Pt.1)"   3:48
15. "The Sinking (SOS Theme Pt.2)"   4:44
16. "Requiem for Amanda"   4:56
17. "Sins of the Mother"   3:23
18. "Farewell Fauxmanda"   3:25
19. "Darkness"   2:39
20. "Stabbed in the Back"   2:28
21. "A Farewell to Porters"   2:03
22. "I Am Amanda Clarke"   7:23
23. "Adagio for Emily/Let It Play"   1:32
  • The music for Revenge is composed by iZLER. In 2013 Intrada released an album featuring selections from his work for the first two seasons.[51]
  • From season three's "Dissolution" onwards, iZLER is credited as Fil Eisler.


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