The season was produced by Scott Free Productions and distributed by WarnerMedia Entertainment, with Aaron Guzikowski as showrunner alongside executive producers Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker, Jordan Sheehan, Adam Kolbrenner, and Mark Huffam. The season, which was announced on October 8, 2018, was ordered to series by TNT. On October 29, 2019, it was announced the series would be moving to WarnerMedia's HBO Max streaming service.
From executive producer Ridley Scott, Raised by Wolves centers on two androids tasked with raising human children on a mysterious virgin planet. As the burgeoning colony of humans threatens to be torn apart by religious differences, the androids learn that controlling the beliefs of humans is a treacherous and difficult task. The highly-anticipated series premiere will debut on September 3rd on HBO Max. Scott directed the first two episodes of the 10-episode series, marking his television series directorial debut for American audiences. The cast includes Amanda Collin (A Conspiracy of Faith, A Horrible Woman), Abubakar Salim (Fortitude, Jamestown), Winta McGrath (Aloft, Red Dog: True Blue), Niamh Algar (The Virtues, Calm With Horses), Jordan Loughran (The Infiltrator, Emerald City), Matias Varela (Narcos, Point Break), Felix Jamieson (Game of Thrones, The Ghost), Ethan Hazzard (The Long Song, Damned), Aasiya Shah (Call the Midwife, Unforgotten) Ivy Wong (Star Wars: Rogue One, Maleficent 2) and Travis Fimmel (Vikings). The series is produced by Scott's Scott Free Productions, with Scott, writer and creator Aaron Guzikowski, David W. Zucker (The Man in the High Castle), Jordan Sheehan (The Terror), Adam Kolbrenner (Prisoners) and Mark Huffam (The Martian) serving as executive producers.
|#||Image||Title||Writer(s)||Director||Airdate||No. in series|
|1||Raised by Wolves||Aaron Guzikowski||Ridley Scott||September 3, 2020||1|
|After Earth is rendered uninhabitable, Androids Mother (Amanda Collin) and Father (Abubakar Salim) start a new settlement and family with human embryos on the planet Kepler-22b. Twelve years later, only one child, Campion (Winta McGrath), remains, and the arrival of an Ark of surviving humans called the Mithraic presents a threat that Mother has no choice but to confront.|
|2||Pentagram||Aaron Guzikowski||Ridley Scott||September 3, 2020||2|
|After a confrontation with Marcus, Mother discovers and takes five Mithraic children (Hunter, Tempest, Paul, Holly and Vita) back to her settlement. While Mother, Father, and Campion, adjust to living with a new group of Earth-born children, Marcus struggles to survive alone on Kepler-22b.|
|3||Virtual Faith||Aaron Guzikowski||Luke Scott||September 3, 2020||3|
|After the Mithraic kids fall sick, Campion believes Mother is poisoning them and plans an escape. As Mother and Father attempt to prove otherwise, Marcus and Sue work to convince the other surviving Mithraic to mount a rescue of the children, desperate to get their son Paul back.|
|4||Nature's Course||Aaron Guzikowski||Luke Scott||September 10, 2020||4|
|Father tries to teach the children how to hunt some of Kepler-22b’s mysterious creatures for food. Meanwhile, the Mithraic make a stunning discovery that potentially fulfills a Mithraic prophecy, and a debate about how to proceed ignites a conflict between Marcus and the Mithraic leader, Ambrose.|
|5||Infected Memory||Heather Bellson||Sergio Mimica-Gezzan||September 10, 2020||5|
|Marcus moves forward with a plan to rescue the Mithraic children, but first he has to find them. Back at the settlement, Campion and Paul bond while on a hunting expedition with Father, and Mother attempts to learn more about her origins.|
|6||Lost Paradise||Don Joh||Sergio Mimica-Gezzan||September 17, 2020||6|
|After rekindling her connection to her creator, Mother finds herself distracted by intense feelings she didn’t know she was capable of having, unaware that Marcus, Sue and the Mithraic are closing in on the settlement.|
|7||Faces||Karen Campbell||Alex Gabassi||September 17, 2020||7|
|Marcus’s decisions stress his relationship to his family as he struggles to maintain his clout as leader of the Mithraic. Mother is able to see Marcus for who he truly is, which threatens his power and puts Mother in a precarious situation she might not recover from. Meanwhile, Campion is faced with a choice that could result in dire consequences.|
|8||Mass||Sinead Daly||Alex Gabassi||September 24, 2020||8|
|As Marcus continues to embrace his Mithraic devotion, Sue worries he may no longer have her and Paul’s (Felix Jamieson) best interests at heart. Meanwhile, Mother experiences what she believes to be malfunctions, and Hunter works on a secret project with Father.|
|9||Umbilical||Aaron Guzikowski||James Hawes||September 24, 2020||9|
|Sue is determined to keep the children safe, and in doing so, struggles with whether or not she can trust Mother. Meanwhile, a new threat arises and an increasingly erratic Marcus causes the Mithraic to question their leader.|
|10||The Beginning||Aaron Guzikowski||Luke Scott||October 1, 2020||10|
|Paul begins displaying troubling behavior not unlike that of Marcus, leading to a shocking discovery. Father struggles with human-like emotions. Mother and Father discover a startling secret about the planet they’re on, just as a new threat arrives on Kepler-22b.|
In January 2019, it was announced that Travis Fimmel, Amanda Collin, Abubakar Salim, Winta McGrath, Niamh Algar, Felix Jamieson, Ethan Hazzard, Jordan Loughran, Aasiya Shah, and Ivy Wong had been cast in starring roles. In March 2019, Matias Varela was cast in a starring role.
In the United States, the series can be viewed exclusively on HBO Max. In Canada, new episodes are available weekly on Crave and CTV Sci-Fi Channel.
TORONTO (August 25, 2020) – Ridley Scott’s highly anticipated new HBO Max Original Series, RAISED BY WOLVES, begins streaming Thursday, Sept. 3 on Crave, day-and-date with HBO Max in the U.S., it was confirmed today. Subsequent episodes drop Thursdays on Crave. Scott serves as an executive producer on the series and directed the first two episodes, marking his television series directorial debut for North American audiences. RAISED BY WOLVES was created by Aaron Guzikowski, acclaimed writer and visionary behind the highly lauded film, Prisoners. Guzikowski also serves as showrunner for the project.
RAISED BY WOLVES will also reach television audiences exclusively on CTV Sci-Fi with a sneak-peak season premiere, Thursday Sept. 3 at 9:3 0p.m. ET. The season will continue to unfold Fridays at 9 p.m. ET beginning September 4.
“Ridley Scott is a master storyteller and we’re thrilled to deliver his latest sci-fi project to Canadian audiences,” said Tracey Pearce, President, Distribution and Pay, Bell Media. “With elements of drama, intrigue, humanity, and conflict, RAISED BY WOLVES is the perfect show for Crave subscribers to dig into this fall.”
RAISED BY WOLVES centres on two androids tasked with raising human children on a mysterious virgin planet. As the burgeoning colony of humans threatens to be torn apart by religious differences, the androids learn that controlling the beliefs of humans is a treacherous and difficult task.
Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 68% of 31 critic reviews were positive, with an average rating of 6.82/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "Bristling with imagination and otherworldly imagery, Raised by Wolves is a bloody exploration of artificial intelligence and religious belief that will stimulate the eye and mind -- if not the heart." It has an audience score of 90%, based on 115 user reviews.
Darren Franich of Entertainment Weekly gave the series a B- and wrote a review saying, "I've seen six episodes, and worry that the momentum drags. This is the kind of show where two sides fight, and then spend half a season preparing to fight again. The eccentric performances are intriguing, though." John Anderson of the Wall Street Journal said, "The storyline is involved, but keeps a viewer off-balance in a good way. It looks great. And Mother...is the most memorable female/female-like space entity since Sigourney Weaver's Ripley in Alien."
Broadcast and streaming
On October 29, 2019, it was announced the series would be moving to WarnerMedia's HBO Max streaming service. The series premiered on September 3, 2020. In Canada, the series premiered on September 3, 2020, on CraveTV and CTV Sci-Fi Channel, and in French on January 14, 2021, on Super Écran. In Australia, the series premiered on September 3, 2020, on Fox Showcase. In the UK, the first three episodes were shown on Sky Atlantic on December 5, 2020. In France, the series premiered on December 7, 2020, on Warner TV. In Italy, it started on February 8, 2021, on Sky Atlantic.
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