The Following is a 2013 American television drama series starring Kevin Bacon (Friday the 13th, 1980) and created by Kevin Williamson (Scream). It premiered January 21, 2013 on Fox, and airs on Sky Atlantic in the UK. The series is produced by Outerbanks Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television. It also stars James Purefoy and Natalie Zea. The first season consists of fifteen episodes.
The series follows an FBI agent who finds himself in the middle of a network of serial killers created by a diabolical serial killer using special technology. In Entertainment Weekly, features TV writer Melissa Maerz wrote in a preview article, “Purefoy plays Joe Carroll, a former college professor who taught the works of Poe and killed young women in the gothic hero’s honor—until he got caught. Since then he’s been spending hours on a computer in the prison library, building a social network of copycat killers who hang on his every command. When the series begins, he’s just escaped from death row with help from those followers, and the FBI calls in former agent Ryan Hardy (Bacon)—who brought down Joe the first time—to consult on the case”.
“One of the most violent, and certainly the most frightening, series ever made by a commercial broadcast network… Some plot twists seem implausible at best, others are overdone or gratuitous. But some implausibility comes with the horror/suspense genre, and there’s no question [Kevin] Williamson has mastered it — just as there’s no question that the match of wills between the wounded [Kevin] Bacon and malevolent [James] Purefoy is exceedingly well played.” Robert Bianco, USA Today
“It’s hard to turn off and even harder to watch. And it could be that precisely because it is so bleak and relentlessly scary, “The Following” offers a more salutary depiction of violence than do series that use humor to mitigate horror — and thereby trivialize it.” Alessandra Stanley, New York Times
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