Raised by Wolves (American TV series)

Raised by Wolves
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Promotional poster for the series.
Created byAaron Guzikowski
Music by
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes3
Executive producer(s)
  • Jon Kuyper
Running time42–54 minutes
Production company(s)
Original networkHBO Max
Original releaseSeptember 3, 2020 (2020-09-03) –
present (present)
External links

Raised by Wolves is an American science fiction drama television series created by Aaron Guzikowski that premiered on HBO Max on September 3, 2020.[1] The first two episodes were directed by Ridley Scott, who also serves as an executive producer for the show.[2]


Raised by Wolves centers around "two androids — Father and Mother — tasked with raising human children on Kepler-22b after the Earth was destroyed by a great war. 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."[3]

Cast and characters

  • Amanda Collin as Mother
  • Abubakar Salim as Father
  • Winta McGrath as Campion
  • Travis Fimmel as Marcus
  • Niamh Algar as Sue
  • Jordan Loughran as Tempest
  • Felix Jamieson as Paul
  • Ethan Hazzard as Hunter
  • Aasiya Shah as Holly
  • Ivy Wong as Vita
  • Matias Varela as Lucius


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [4]
1"Raised by Wolves"Ridley ScottAaron GuzikowskiSeptember 3, 2020 (2020-09-03)
2"Pentagram"Ridley ScottAaron GuzikowskiSeptember 3, 2020 (2020-09-03)
3"Virtual Faith"Luke ScottAaron GuzikowskiSeptember 3, 2020 (2020-09-03)
4"Nature's Course"[5]TBAAaron GuzikowskiSeptember 10, 2020 (2020-09-10)
5"Infected Memory"[5]TBAHeather BellsonSeptember 10, 2020 (2020-09-10)

The remaining episodes of the series include:[a]

  • "Faces", written by Karen Campbell
  • "Lost Paradise", written by: Donald Joh
  • "Mass", written by: Sinead Daly
  • "The Beginning", written by: Aaron Guzikowski
  • "Umbilical", written by: Aaron Guzikowski



On October 8, 2018, it was announced that TNT had given the production a series order. Executive producers were expected to include Ridley Scott, Aaron Guzikowski, David W. Zucker, Jordan Sheehan, Adam Kolbrenner, and Robyn Meisinger. Scott was also set to direct the first two episodes and Guzikowski to write it.[7] Production companies involved with the series were slated to consist of Scott Free Productions, Studio T, and Madhouse Entertainment.[8][9][10] The series was filmed in South Africa, substituting for the exoplanet Kepler-22b.[11]


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.[3][12] In March 2019, Matias Varela was cast in a starring role.[13]


On August 26, 2020, an official companion podcast produced by iHeartRadio was announced via a trailer published across all podcasting platforms, with the first episode premiering on September 3, 2020, in tandem with the launch of the series itself.[14]

The podcast features conversations with show creator Aaron Guzikowski, and invites "innovators from science and technology to discuss the most fascinating questions raised by the series."[15]

Broadcast and streaming

On October 29, 2019, it was announced the series would be moving to WarnerMedia's HBO Max streaming service.[16] The series premiered on September 3, 2020.[1]

In Canada, the series premiered on September 3, 2020, on CraveTV and CTV Sci-Fi Channel.[17]


Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 69% of 32 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."[18] Metacritic gave the series a weighted average score of 65 out of 100 based on 17 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[19]

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."[20] 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."[21]


  1. ^ Episodes are currently ordered as they appear on the Writers Guild of America West website.[6]


  1. ^ a b Hersko, Tyler (August 5, 2020). "'Raised By Wolves' Trailer: Ridley Scott's HBO Max Series Sets Premiere Date". IndieWire. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  2. ^ Hale, Mike (September 2, 2020). " 'Raised by Wolves' Review: Ridley Scott Among the Androids". New York Times. Retrieved September 3, 2020.
  3. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (January 9, 2019). "Scott Free: Travis Fimmel To Star In Series 'Raised By Wolves' As Company Ramps Up". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  4. ^ "Raised by Wolves – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  5. ^ a b O'Keefe, Meghan (September 3, 2020). "When Will 'Raised By Wolves' Episode 4 Premiere on HBO Max?". Decider. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  6. ^ "Raised by Wolves". Writers Guild of America West. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  7. ^ Choe, Brandon (August 5, 2020). "'Raised By Wolves' Sees Ridley Scott "Evolving Into New Stuff We Haven't Seen Yet"; Watch The Trailer – TCA". Deadline. Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  8. ^ Petski, Denise (October 8, 2018). "Ridley Scott's 'Raised By Wolves' Lands Series Order At TNT With Scott Set To Direct". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  9. ^ Porter, Rick (October 8, 2018). "TNT Orders 'Raised by Wolves' Sci-Fi Series; Ridley Scott Producing, Directing". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  10. ^ Otterson, Joe (October 8, 2018). "TNT Orders Ridley Scott-Produced Sci-Fi Drama 'Raised by Wolves'". Variety. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  11. ^ Scott Snowden (September 3, 2020). "'Raised By Wolves' brings Ridley Scott's new sci-fi vision to HBO Max". SPACE.com.
  12. ^ Pedersen, Erik (January 17, 2019). "'Raised By Wolves': Principal Cast Set For Ridley Scott's Sci-Fi Drama For TNT". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  13. ^ Petski, Denise (March 18, 2019). "'Raised By Wolves': Matias Varela Cast In Ridley Scott's Sci-Fi Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 3, 2020.
  14. ^ "Raised by Wolves: The Podcast". iHeartRadio. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  15. ^ "‎Raised by Wolves: The Podcast on Apple Podcasts". Apple Podcasts. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  16. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 29, 2019). "Ridley Scott's 'Raised by Wolves' Sci-Fi Series Moves From TNT To HBO Max". Deadline Hollywood.
  17. ^ "The Future is Now. Ridley Scott's New HBO Max Original Series, RAISED BY WOLVES, Debuts September 3 on Crave". August 25, 2020. 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.
  18. ^ "Raised by Wolves: Season 1 (2020)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved September 7, 2020.
  19. ^ "Raised by Wolves: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved September 5, 2020.
  20. ^ Franich, Darren (August 27, 2020). "Raised by Wolves is a shaggy science-fiction saga with a bloody bite: Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
  21. ^ Anderson, John (September 2, 2020). "'Raised by Wolves' Review: A Snarling Sci-Fi Provocation". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved September 2, 2020.

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