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Fear the Walking Dead is an American horror drama television series created by Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson.[1] It is a companion series to The Walking Dead,[2] which is based on the comic book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard. It premiered on the cable network AMC on August 23, 2015.[3]

In July 2018, the series was renewed for a fifth season,[4] which premiered on June 2, 2019.[5] As of July 14, 2019 (2019 -07-14) 60 episodes of Fear the Walking Dead have aired.

Series overview

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Episodes

Season 1 (2015)

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Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 6
Broadcast
Original channel AMC
Original run August 23, 2015 (2015-08-23) – October 4, 2015 (2015-10-04)
List of Fear the Walking Dead episodes

The first season of Fear the Walking Dead, an American horror-drama television series on AMC, premiered on August 23, 2015, and concluded on October 4, 2015, consisting of six episodes. The series is a companion series and prequel to The Walking Dead,[1] which is based on the comic book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard. On March 9, 2015, AMC announced it had ordered Fear the Walking Dead to series, with a two-season commitment. The second season, comprising 15 episodes, premiered on April 10, 2016.[2][3]

The season follows a dysfunctional, blended family composed of Madison Clark (Kim Dickens), her fiancé Travis Manawa (Cliff Curtis), her daughter Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey), her drug-addicted son Nick (Frank Dillane) and Travis' son Chris (Lorenzo James Henrie) from a previous marriage to Liza Ortiz (Elizabeth Rodriguez). At the onset of the zombie apocalypse, their group is joined by Daniel Salazar (Rubén Blades), his wife Griselda (Patricia Reyes Spíndola), and their daughter Ofelia (Mercedes Mason). The families navigate through Los Angeles in search of a safe haven.

Production

Development

In September 2013, AMC announced they were developing a companion series to The Walking Dead, which follows a different set of characters created by Robert Kirkman.[4] In September 2014, AMC ordered a pilot, which was written by Kirkman and Dave Erickson, and directed by Adam Davidson,[5] and is executive produced by Kirkman, Erickson, Gale Anne Hurd, and David Alpert, with Erickson serving as showrunner.[6] The project was originally known as Cobalt.[7]

Casting

In December 2014, the first four starring roles were cast: Kim Dickens as Madison, the female lead; Cliff Curtis as Travis Manawa, the male lead; Frank Dillane as Nick; and Alycia Debnam-Carey as Alicia.[8][9][10] In April and May, 2015, Elizabeth Rodriguez and Mercedes Mason were announced as series regulars, both in unknown roles.[11][12]

Filming

Production of the pilot episode began in early 2015 and ended on February 6, 2015.[13][14] The pilot episode was filmed in Los Angeles; the remaining first-season episodes were filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[15][16] Production on the remaining five first-season episodes began on May 11, 2015.[17] Adam Davidson, who directed the pilot, also directed the series' second and third episodes.[17]

Cast

Main article: List of Fear the Walking Dead characters

Main cast

The first season features eight actors receiving main cast billing status:

Supporting cast

  • Patricia Reyes Spíndola as Griselda Salazar: Ofelia's mother, who emigrated from El Salvador with her husband Daniel to escape political unrest.
  • Scott Lawrence as Art "Artie" Costa, the principal at the high school where Madison and Travis work.
  • Lincoln A. Castellanos as Tobias: A wise-beyond-his-years high school senior.
  • Maestro Harrell as Matt Sale: Alicia's boyfriend.
  • Shawn Hatosy as Cpl. Andrew Adams: A well-intentioned military man with a soulful disposition, who is out of his element.
  • Jamie McShane as Lt. Moyers: The leader of the National Guard contingent in charge of protecting Madison's neighborhood. He does not take the complaints of the citizens too seriously and is a loose cannon.
  • Sandrine Holt as Dr. Bethany Exner: A confident and skilled doctor.
  • Colman Domingo as Victor Strand: A smart and sophisticated businessman with a mysterious past.

Guest cast

  • Keith Powers as Calvin: Nick's best friend and drug dealer.

Episodes

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Reception

Critical response

On Rotten Tomatoes, the season has a rating of 77%, based on 62 reviews, whose average rating is 6.76/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Fear the Walking Dead recycles elements of its predecessor, but it's still moody and engrossing enough to compete with the original."[1] On Metacritic, the season has a score of 66 out of 100, based on 33 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[2]

Elisabeth Vincentelli of the New York Post rated the first two episodes three out of four stars, stating that "[They] are creepily suspenseful–they're great examples of how effective a slow pace and a moody atmosphere can be."[3] Another positive review of the first episode came from Ken Tucker of Yahoo TV, who wrote, "Fear the Walking Dead is a mood piece, more artful than the original series" and that the cast is "terrific".[4] Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter gave an average review, writing, "The 90-minute first episode and the hour-long second episode are, while not actually boring, certainly less magnetic than the original."[5]

One of the harshest negative reviews came from HitFix, on Daniel Fienberg and Alan Sepinwall's podcast, where Fienberg called the premiere episode "awful, just horrible ... as bad as The Walking Dead has ever gotten at its very worst. This is that bad. I've been kind of stunned to see people being generous to it. ... I thought this was almost unwatchably bad." Sepinwall called his B- review "slightly generous".[6][7]

Fear the Walking Dead (season 1): Critical reception by episode
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  • <span style="color:#Script error">Season 1 (2015)</span>: Percentage of positive reviews tracked by the website Rotten Tomatoes[1]

Ratings

The U.S. series premiere attracted 10.1 million total viewers, with 6.3 million in the advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-old demographic, both cable television records for a series premiere.[2][3] Numerous international debuts of the pilot also set ratings records.[4] The first season averaged 11.2 million viewers in "live plus-3" ratings (includes VOD and DVR viewing within three days after initial telecast) to become the highest-rated first season of any series in cable history.[5]

No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Pilot" August 23, 2015 4.9 10.13[6] 2.1 3.83 7.0 13.96[7]
2 "So Close, Yet So Far" August 30, 2015 4.1 8.18[8] 2.2 4.06 6.3 12.24[9]
3 "The Dog" September 13, 2015 3.6 7.19[10] 2.4 3.40 6.0 10.59[11]
4 "Not Fade Away" September 20, 2015 3.3 6.62[12] 2.0 3.75 5.3 10.37[13]
5 "Cobalt" September 27, 2015 3.4 6.66[14] 1.8 3.37 5.3 10.03[15]
6 "The Good Man" October 4, 2015 3.4 6.86[16] N/A N/A N/A N/A

Home media

The first season was released on Blu-ray and DVD on December 1, 2015.[17] A special edition version of the first season was released on Blu-ray and DVD on March 22, 2016, with new bonus features, including deleted scenes, seven featurettes, and audio commentaries by cast and crew, on all six episodes.[18]

References

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  2. Hibberd, James (August 24, 2015). "Fear the Walking Dead premiere makes cable ratings history". Entertainment Weekly. http://www.ew.com/article/2015/08/24/fear-walking-dead-ratings. Retrieved August 24, 2015. 
  3. Patten, Dominic (August 24, 2015). "‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Debut Ratings Draw 10.1M Viewers, Shatters Cable Records". Deadline.com. http://deadline.com/2015/08/fear-the-walking-dead-ratings-the-walking-dead-companion-series-amc-1201504381/. Retrieved August 24, 2015. 
  4. Kissell, Rick. "‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Premiere Powers AMC Global to Record Ratings". Variety. https://variety.com/2015/tv/ratings/fear-the-walking-dead-premiere-powers-amc-global-to-record-ratings-1201580619/. Retrieved August 28, 2015. 
  5. Kissell, Rick (October 9, 2015). "Fear the Walking Dead's Ratings Break Cable Record". Variety. https://variety.com/2015/tv/news/ratings-fear-the-walking-dead-cable-record-1201610178/. Retrieved October 9, 2015. 
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  7. "‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Tops Adults 18-49 & Total Viewership Gains, ‘Masters of Sex’ & ‘Cedar Cove’ Lead Percentage Increases in Live +7 Cable Ratings for Week Ending August 23". TV by the Numbers. September 8, 2015. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/cable/fear-the-walking-dead-tops-adults-18-49-total-viewership-gains-masters-of-sex-cedar-cove-lead-percentage-increases-in-live-7-cable-ratings-for-week-ending-august-23/. Retrieved March 27, 2018. 
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  9. "‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Tops Adults 18-49 & Total Viewership Gains, ‘Masters of Sex’ & ‘Wags’ Lead Percentage Increases in Live +7 Cable Ratings for Week Ending August 30". TV by the Numbers. September 14, 2015. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/cable/fear-the-walking-dead-tops-adults-18-49-total-viewership-gains-masters-of-sex-wags-lead-percentage-increases-in-live-7-cable-ratings-for-week-ending-august-30/. Retrieved March 27, 2018. 
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  11. "‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Tops Adults 18-49 & Leads Total Viewership Gains, ‘Survivor’s Remorse’ + ‘Married’ Tops Percentage Increases in Live +7 Cable Ratings for Week Ending September 13". TV by the Numbers. September 28, 2015. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/1/fear-the-walking-dead-tops-adults-18-49-leads-total-viewership-gains-survivors-remorse-married-tops-percentage-increases-in-live-7-cable-ratings-for-week-ending-september-13/. Retrieved March 27, 2018. 
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  13. "Live + 3 Cable Ratings: ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Tops Adults 18-49 & Total Viewership Gains, ‘Dominion’ Leads Percentage Gains for the Week Ending September 25, 2015". TV by the Numbers. September 25, 2015. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/1/live-3-cable-ratings-fear-the-walking-dead-tops-adults-18-49-total-viewership-gains-dominion-leads-percentage-gains-for-the-week-ending-september-20-2015/. Retrieved March 27, 2018. 
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  15. "Live + 3 Cable Ratings: ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Tops Adults 18-49 & Total Viewership Gains, ‘WAGS’ Leads Percentage Gains for the Week Ending September 27, 2015". TV by the Numbers. October 2, 2015. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/1/live-3-cable-ratings-fear-the-walking-dead-tops-adults-18-49-total-viewership-gains-wags-leads-percentage-gains-for-the-week-ending-september-27-2015/. Retrieved March 27, 2018. 
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  17. Lambert, David (October 6, 2015). "Fear the Walking Dead - Press Release Announces 'The Complete 1st Season' on Blu-ray, DVD". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Archived from the original on October 8, 2015. https://web.archive.org/web/20151008025816/http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Fear-Walking-Dead-Season-1/21608. Retrieved October 6, 2015. 
  18. Lambert, David (January 20, 2016). "Fear the Walking Dead - 'The Complete 1st Season: Special Edition's' Press Release!". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Archived from the original on January 22, 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20160122211432/http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Fear-Walking-Dead-Season-1-Special-Edition/21922. Retrieved January 21, 2016. 

External links

Season 2 (2016)

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Season 3 (2017)

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Season 4 (2018)

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Season 5 (2019)

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Webisodes

Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462

Main article: Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462

A 16-part web series, Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462, premiered on October 4, 2015, on AMC.com; it also aired as promos during The Walking Dead season 6. The web series depicts the outbreak's effect on a commercial airplane flight. Two of its characters, Alex (originally called Charlie in the web series), and Jake are introduced in Fear the Walking Dead season 2, episode 3 "Ouroboros".[1]

Fear the Walking Dead: Passage

A second 16-part web series, debuted on October 17, 2016, and episodes were made available online weekly and aired as promos during the seventh season of The Walking Dead. The web series follows Sierra, a capable survivor, who helps an injured woman named Gabi, as they try to find sanctuary. The series was written by Lauren Signorino and Mike Zunic and directed by Andrew Bernstein.[2]

Ratings

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Home media

Season Episodes DV]/Blu-ray release dates
Region 1/A
1 6 December 1, 2015 (2015-12-01)[1]
March 22, 2016 (2016-03-22) (special edition)[2]
2 15 December 13, 2016[3]
3 16 March 13, 2018[4]
4 16 March 5, 2019[5]

References

  1. Lambert, David (October 6, 2015). "Fear the Walking Dead – Press Release Announces 'The Complete 1st Season' on Blu-ray, DVD". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Archived from the original on October 8, 2015. https://web.archive.org/web/20151008025816/http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Fear-Walking-Dead-Season-1/21608. Retrieved October 6, 2015. 
  2. Lambert, David (January 20, 2016). "Fear the Walking Dead – 'The Complete 1st Season: Special Edition's' Press Release!". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Archived from the original on January 22, 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20160122211432/http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Fear-Walking-Dead-Season-1-Special-Edition/21922. Retrieved January 21, 2016. 
  3. Lambert, David (October 11, 2016). "Fear the Walking Dead DVD news: Press Release for The Complete 2nd Season". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Archived from the original on October 16, 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20161016180239/http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Fear-Walking-Dead-Season-2-Press-Release/22725. Retrieved October 14, 2016. 
  4. Lambert, David (January 17, 2018). "Fear the Walking Dead - Blu-rays and DVDs Announced for 'The Complete 3rd Season'". TVShowsOnDVD.com. http://tvshowsondvd.com/news/Fear-Walking-Dead-Season-3/23932. Retrieved February 16, 2018. 
  5. Bonomolo, Cameron (January 17, 2019). "‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Season 4 Blu-ray Announced". Comicbook.com. https://comicbook.com/thewalkingdead/2019/01/18/fear-the-walking-dead-season-4-blu-ray-dvd-announced/. Retrieved January 23, 2019. 

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