The 100 (TV series)

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The 100
Series logo for The 100.png.jpg
GenrePost-apocalyptic drama
Teen drama
Based onThe 100 by Kass Morgan
Developed byJason Rothenberg
Starring
Theme music composerEvan Frankfort
Composer(s)Evan Frankfort
Marc Dauer
Liz Phair
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes20 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Bruce Miller
  • Jae Marchant
  • T.J. Brady
  • Rasheed Newson
  • Kira Snyder
  • Tim Scanlan
  • Tracy Bellomo
  • Dean White
  • Matthew Miller
  • Dieter Ismagil
Editor(s)
  • Barbara Gerard
  • Matt Barber
  • Luyen H. Vu
  • Hunter M. Via
Location(s)Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
CinematographyNathaniel Goodman
Running time42 minutes (approx.)
Production company(s)Alloy Entertainment
CBS Television Studios
Warner Bros. Television
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channelThe CW
Picture format1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Original runMarch 19, 2014 (2014-03-19) – present
External links
Official website
 
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The 100
Series logo for The 100.png.jpg
GenrePost-apocalyptic drama
Teen drama
Based onThe 100 by Kass Morgan
Developed byJason Rothenberg
Starring
Theme music composerEvan Frankfort
Composer(s)Evan Frankfort
Marc Dauer
Liz Phair
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes20 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Bruce Miller
  • Jae Marchant
  • T.J. Brady
  • Rasheed Newson
  • Kira Snyder
  • Tim Scanlan
  • Tracy Bellomo
  • Dean White
  • Matthew Miller
  • Dieter Ismagil
Editor(s)
  • Barbara Gerard
  • Matt Barber
  • Luyen H. Vu
  • Hunter M. Via
Location(s)Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
CinematographyNathaniel Goodman
Running time42 minutes (approx.)
Production company(s)Alloy Entertainment
CBS Television Studios
Warner Bros. Television
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channelThe CW
Picture format1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Original runMarch 19, 2014 (2014-03-19) – present
External links
Official website

The 100 (pronounced "the hundred"[1]) is an American post-apocalyptic drama television series that premiered on The CW during the 2013–14 American television season.[2][3][4] The series is based on a book of the same name, the first in a series by Kass Morgan, and developed by Jason Rothenberg.[5] The show premiered on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.[6]

Premise[edit]

The series is set 97 years after a devastating nuclear war wiped out almost all life on Earth. The only known survivors are the residents of twelve space stations in Earth's orbit prior to the war. The space stations banded together to form a single massive station named "The Ark", where about 2,400 people live.[1] Resources are scarce and all crimes no matter their nature or severity are punishable by death ("floating") unless the perpetrator is under 18 years of age. After the Ark's life-support systems are found to be critically failing, 100 juvenile prisoners are declared "expendable" and sent to the surface in a last ditch attempt to determine if Earth is habitable again in a program called "The 100", for which the show is named. The teens arrive on a beautiful planet they have only seen from space. Confronting the dangers of this rugged new world, they struggle to form a tentative community. However, they discover not all humanity was wiped out; some people on Earth survived the war, called Grounders, and there are even more dangers lurking – Reapers and Mountain Men.

The Ark consists of the space stations previously representing the nations of the UK, USA, Australia, Canada, China, Japan, India, Russia, Venezuela, France, Brazil, and Uganda.

In the second season, people from Mt. Weather aid several survivors after the battle at the end of the first season. Mt. Weather is filled with residents who are technologically advanced, but unable to leave their bunker due to radiation fears. While appearing outwardly extremely friendly and welcoming, they harbor dark secrets.

After crashing on Earth, survivors from the ark try to establish a new home, all the while searching for their lost children (the 100) and dealing with threats from grounders. Jaha, the remaining survivor on the ark, finds a way to leave, but ends up in an unexpected place – the ruins of New York.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast of The 100, from left to right: Thomas McDonell (Finn), Eliza Taylor (Clarke), Bob Morley (Bellamy), Devon Bostick (Jasper), Marie Avgeropoulos (Octavia), Lindsey Morgan (Raven), Ricky Whittle (Lincoln), Christopher Larkin (Monty), Paige Turco (Abby), Isaiah Washington (Jaha) and Henry Ian Cusick (Kane).

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

The delinquents
The Ark and Camp Jaha
The Grounders
Mount Weather

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedNielsen ratings
First airedLast airedRankViewers (millions)
113March 19, 2014 (2014-03-19)June 11, 2014 (2014-06-11)150[7]2.59[7]
216October 22, 2014 (2014-10-22)TBATBATBA

Ratings[edit]

SeasonTimeslot (ET)No. of
episodes
PremieredEndedTV seasonRankViewers
(in millions)
18–49
rating
(average)
DatePremiere viewers
(in millions)
DateFinale viewers
(in millions)
1Wednesday 9:00 PM13March 19, 2014 (2014-03-19)2.73[8]June 11, 2014 (2014-06-11)1.68[9]2013–14150[10]2.59[10]1.1/3
216October 22, 2014 (2014-10-22)TBATBATBA2014–15TBATBATBA

Reception[edit]

The series premiere was watched by an estimated 2.7 million American viewers, and received an 18–49 rating of 0.9. It is considered the most-watched show in its time-slot on The CW since 2010 with the series Life Unexpected.[11] On Rotten Tomatoes, the show was certified "fresh", with 72% of professional reviewers reviewing it positively, with a consensus of "Although flooded with stereotypes, the suspenseful atmosphere helps make The 100 a rare high-concept guilty pleasure."[12] On metacritic, it scores 63 out of 100 points.[13]

Brian Lowry of The Boston Globe said, "Our attraction to Apocalypse TV runs deep, as our culture plays out different futuristic possibilities. That's still no reason to clone material, nor is it a reason to deliver characters who are little more than stereotypes."[14] Allison Keene of The Hollywood Reporter gave a negative review to the show, and writes "The sci-fi drama presents The CW's ultimate vision for humanity: an Earth populated only by attractive teenagers, whose parents are left out in space."[15] Kelly West of Cinema Blend gave it a more positive review while noting, "CW's Thrilling New Sci-fi Drama Is A Keeper. CW's The 100 seeks to explore that concept and more with a series that's about equal parts young adult drama, sci-fi adventure and thriller. It takes a little while for the series to warm up, but when The 100 begins to hit its stride, a unique and compelling drama begins to emerge."[16] IGN also gave the show a more positive review. The article, written by Eric Goldman, gave the initial episodes lower scores, but the fifth episode four out of five stars.[17]

Accolades[edit]

YearAwardCategoryNominee(s)Result
2014Primetime Emmy Award[18]Outstanding Special and Visual EffectsAndrew Orloff

Michael Cliett
Tyler Weiss
Kornel Farkas
Chris Pounds
Andrew Bain
Mike Rhone

Nominated
2014The Joey Awards[19]Young Actor in a TV Series Drama or Comedy Guest Starring or Principal RoleSpencer DreverNominated

Broadcast[edit]

The first season of The 100 was licensed exclusively to Netflix in Canada.[20] In New Zealand, the series premiered on TVNZ's on-demand video streaming service on March 21, 2014.[21] In South Africa, it premiered on M-Net Series Showcase HD on June 4, 2014. In the UK and Republic of Ireland, The 100 premiered on E4 on July 7, 2014.[22] The first episode was viewed by an average audience of 1.39 million, making it the channel's biggest ever program launch. The show also airs in Singapore, on MediaCorp Channel 5, 19 days behind the original telecast.[23] In Australia, The 100 was originally scheduled to premiere on Go!,[24] but premiered on Fox8 on September 4, 2014.[25] In Brazil, the show was set to launch on MTV in October 2014. In Denmark, it will air on Kanal 5, but is yet to premiere.[26]

DVD and Blu-ray releases[edit]

NameRelease datesNo. of
episodes
Additional information
Region 1Region 2Region 4Region ARegion BRegion C
The Complete First SeasonSeptember 23, 2014[27]September 29, 2014[28]December 3, 2014[29]TBADecember 3, 2014[30]TBA13

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ellis, Kate. "Dangerous planet Earth: The CW's new sci-fi drama 'The 100' premieres". TV Media. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  2. ^ James Hibberd (May 9, 2013). "CW orders 3 new sci-fi shows". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 10, 2013. 
  3. ^ Nellie Andreeva (May 9, 2013). "UPDATE: CW's 'The Tomorrow People', 'The 100', 'Reign' & 'Oxygen' Ordered To Series". Deadline.com. Retrieved May 10, 2013. 
  4. ^ Cynthia Littleton (May 9, 2013). "CW Orders 4 Dramas; Renews 'Carrie Diaries,' 'Nikita'". Variety. Retrieved May 10, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "100, THE (CW)". The Futon Critic. Retrieved May 10, 2013. 
  6. ^ Bibel, Sara (December 12, 2013). "The CW Sets Midseason Schedule & New Series Premiere Dates; 'The Tomorrow People' Moving to Monday". TV by the Numbers (Press release). Retrieved December 21, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Full 2013-2014 TV Season Series Rankings". Deadline. May 22, 2014. Archived from the original on May 25, 2014. Retrieved October 4, 2014. 
  8. ^ Bibel, Sara (March 20, 2014). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Survivor' Adjusted Up; No Adjustment for 'The 100'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  9. ^ Bibel, Sara (June 12, 2014). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Motive' Adjusted Up; No Adjustment to 'The 100'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Full 2013–2014 TV Season Series Rankings". Deadline. May 22, 2014. 
  11. ^ "‘The 100′ Premiere is the CW’s Most Watched Show in the Time Period Since 2010 – Ratings | TVbytheNumbers". Tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com. March 20, 2014. Retrieved April 15, 2014. 
  12. ^ "rotten tomatoes". rotten tomatoes. rotten tomatoes. Retrieved July 9, 2014. 
  13. ^ "The 100 on metacritic". metacritic. metacritic. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  14. ^ Matthew, Gilbert. "Boston globe review". Boston globe. Boston globe. Retrieved July 9, 2014. 
  15. ^ "The 100: TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  16. ^ "The 100 Review: CW's Thrilling New Sci-fi Drama Is A Keeper". Cinema Blend. 
  17. ^ "The 100: "Pilot" Review – IGN". IGN. 
  18. ^ "Emmy Nominations". Emmy Awards. July 10, 2014. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Joey Nominations 2014". The Joey Awards. December 2, 2014. Retrieved December 2, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Warner Bros. Licenses CW's 'The 100' Exclusively to Netflix Canada". The Hollywood Reporter. March 12, 2014. Retrieved April 15, 2014. 
  21. ^ "The 100 – Watch Fast, Series 1, Episode 1 | TVNZ Ondemand". Tvnz.co.nz. March 17, 2014. Retrieved April 15, 2014. 
  22. ^ "E4 to air new US shows 'Tomorrow People', 'The 100' in UK". digitalspy. August 22, 2013. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  23. ^ "The 100 on xinmsn Entertainment". xinmsn Entertainment. March 27, 2014. Retrieved April 20, 2014. 
  24. ^ Knox, David (May 6, 2014). "Multichannel Survey: GO! / GEM". TV Tonight. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  25. ^ Knox, David (August 12, 2014). "Airdate: The 100". TV Tonight. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  26. ^ "The 100 – The 100". Kanal6. April 29, 2014. Retrieved June 4, 2014. 
  27. ^ "The 100: Season 1". Amazon.com. Retrieved November 25, 2014. 
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  29. ^ "100, The - Season 1". JBHifi. Retrieved November 25, 2014. 
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