Freakish (TV series)


Freakish is an American television horror series that premiered on October 10, 2016 on Hulu . The series features Several high-profile social media stars and celebrities-Including Liza Koshy , Hayes Grier and Aislinn Paul -and was Focuses group of high-school students Who are trapped inside Their School When A nearby chemical plant explodes, resulting and residents in and Other infected students turning into mutated freaks . [1]

On May 1, 2017, Hulu and Awesomeness TV renewed the series for a second season. [2]

Series overview

Season Episodes Originally released
1 10 October 10, 2016

Development and production

Described as ” The Walking Dead meets The Breakfast Club “, [3] Freakish Was produced by AwesomenessTV and created by Beth Szymkowski. [4] Hulu acquired exclusive streaming rights during production of the program. [4]

Plot summary

The series follows a group of students who gather for school detention on Saturday at Kent High. Other students are on campus as well, but involved in various activities (basketball, debate prep, music, etc.). When a chemical plant explodes, they must work together to find a way to survive with those who have turned into freakish zombie-like creatures as a result of the fallout. [5]

Cast

Main

  • Leo Howard as Grover Jones
  • Liza Koshy as Violet Adams
  • Adam Hicks as Diesel Turner
  • Aislinn Paul as Natalie Callaway
  • Melvin Gregg as LeShawn Deveraux
  • Meghan Rienks as Zoe Parker
  • Tyler Chase as Barrett McIntyre

Recurring

  • Hayes Grier as Noodle Nelson
  • Mary Mouser as Mary Jones
  • Alex Ozerov as Lyle
  • Chad Michael Collins as John Collins
  • Olivia Gonzales as Addie
  • Chad L. Coleman as Coach

Episodes

No. title Directed by Written by Original release date
1 “Detention” Chris Grismer Beth Szymkowski October 10, 2016
Despite not having Saturday detention, Grover Jones waits anyway just to be the girl of his dreams, Violet Adams. When they are in a school, they find themselves trapped in the school along with their sister Mary, basketball players Lashaen and Noodle, Leshaen’s girlfriend Zoey, bully Diesel, computer whiz geek Barrett, and Natalie while the other students venture outside to try and find Any survivors. At the end of the episode, one of the students who ventured outside, Lyle, re-enters the school, with strange sick-like symptoms. When Grover questions him, Lyle replies: “All dead.”
2 “Winds of Change” Chris Grismer Beth Szymkowski October 10, 2016
As Grover, Violet, Barrett, and the Coach try to get more answers from Lyle, more students show up, all experiencing the same symptoms. They go to sleep momentarily, and wake up as zombies. The remaining check on food and supplies. As Grover and Mary try to bring food to a sleeping coach, only to find him being eaten by the reanimated “freaks”. Grover and Mary barely manage to escape and barricade the freaks inside. Mary goes to the bathroom to try and catch her breath, and is revealed to have been bitten.
3 “Secrets” Michael A. Allowitz Beth Szymkowski October 10, 2016
Grover learns that Mary has been bitten, and starts bringing her supplies. However, Mary slowly begins experiencing the symptoms and begins acting strangely towards other people. Barrett tries to establish contact on CB radio, but does not initially get help. However, when it comes to the radio and speaks with an unknown person. He is caught by Mary, who tries to tell the group. The freak instinct comes over her and she prepares to eat him, but Grover intervenes. The survivors become suspicious of Grover, and Violet is the one who defends him when the truth comes out. Mary goes to sleep, but a few hours later wakes up a freak.
4 “Trapped” Chris Grismer Matthew V. Lewis October 10, 2016
Grover goes in to check up on Mary, but is shocked to learn she has become a freak. Mary escapes, and the group splits up to look for her. LeShaen and Zoey manage to find her in the locker room (and also a dead Noodle). Zoey barely escapes, and Mary is knocked unconscious. She is locked up as the remaining group decides what to do. Grover manages to convince them to keep her alive. Barrett goes down and burns her with a flame in order to learn more about the freaks. Grover finds out and gets mad, but the group takes a vote to either keep alive or continue testing on her. The votes are tied, with the deciding vote being from Violet; They agree to keep testing. Grover angrily goes to confront Mary, and the episode ends with an implication that he is going to kill her.
5 “Weakness” Michael A. Allowitz Beth Szymkowski October 10, 2016
It’s revealed in the opening minutes that Grover did not go through with Mary’s, and along with Diesel helped her escape to the outside. Lashawn is acting strangely, and the kids begin to suspect he could be infected, but it turns out that he is running low on insulin. Grover and Barrett find two more vials, and Barrett puts one in his jacket while giving the other one to Zoe, but at a cost. Zoe and Barrett strike an unasy alliance. Grover is still angry with Violet, but later make amends and dedicates a wall in memory of their fallen friends and teachers. Diesel arrives with more bad news, that the plumbing stopped working and that the water is gone.
6 “Thirst” Chris Grismer Beth Szymkowski October 10, 2016
While the group is concerned, it is important to remember that the Grover discovers that the fallout shelter stores gas masks that will allow them to escape. Violet plans to make the knockout gas for use on the freaks so they can go in and retrieve the masks. She and Zoe climb through air in the chemistry lab to gather the necessary chemicals, and while at it battle a freak. After the successful mission, LaShawn and Zoe intimately make up, and she and Natalie make up their relationship, reuniting as friends. Grover and Violet grow closer and dance together while Natalie reveals to the rest of her pregnancy with the help of Zoe’s advice. Unbeknownst to them, the freak that Violet was believed to have killed survived and manages to enter the air winds.
7 “Knockout” Chris Grismer Matthew V. Lewis October 10, 2016
Grover walks in on Barrett’s secretively talking to people on the radio and rats him out. Purple, losing her temper, knocking him out with the newly made sleeping gas, unintentionally getting diesel too. This mistake prompts her to privately record herself revealing how she believes she caused the chemical plant explosion and the following disaster. LaShawn, Grover, and Violet take on the mission to go in the shelter. Barrett wakes up, and Natalie tries to warn Violet. They find out Grover got knocked out by the gas, but are too late and are forced to leave him trapped with the awakened freaks. Diesel, Barrett, and Zoe fight the freak that escaped through the air winds. The group celebrates with the others come back with all 7 gas masks and commend Grover,
8 “Outsiders” Heather Cappiello Beth Szymkowski October 10, 2016
One of the group must venture outside to look for help. Diesel reassesses his relationship with Natalie.
9 “Saved” Tony Solomons Matthew V. Lewis October 10, 2016
The arrival of someone at the school may represent new hope for the group. Grover decides if he can trust Violet with his secret.
10 “Prey” Chris Grismer Beth Szymkowski & Matthew V. Lewis October 10, 2016
In the final season, things come to a head when a traitor is revealed. One of the groups makes a sacrifice as more secrets about the explosion are brought to light.

Awards and nominations

year Award Category Nominee (s) result
2017 Shorty Awards [6] Web Series Freakish Pending

Reception

Sonia Saraiya writing for Variety called the show “a silly, lightweight half-hour, somewhere between horror thriller and teen soap” and ultimately said “The show is never quite interesting enough to transcend either the predictable beasts of zombie horror or the plodding angst Of young adulthood. ” [7]

Neil Genzlinger for ” The New York Times “, a series about ‘Freakish’ seems familiar, but with the episodes shorter than a half-hour each, the series goes down easily. [8]

References

  1. Jump up^ Dugan, Christina (October 5, 2016). “WATCH: Exclusive Sneak Peek at Hulu’s Newest Original Horror Series Freakish” . People . Retrieved January 8, 2017 .
  2. Jump up^ Petski, Denise (May 1, 2017). “Hulu’s ‘Freakish’ Among Renewals Announced By Awesomeness At Newfronts” . Deadline] . Retrieved May 3, 2017 .
  3. Jump up^ Longeretta, Emily (October 10, 2016). ” ‘ Freakish’: Everything You Need To Know About The Must-Watch Teen Horror Show” . Hollywoodlife.com . Retrieved January 8, 2017 .
  4. ^ Jump up to:b Spangler, Todd (April 14, 2016). “Hulu Acquires AwesomenessTV’s ‘Freakish’ Horror Series” . Variety . Retrieved January 8, 2017 .
  5. Jump up^ Hulu Episode 1
  6. Jump up^ “9th Annual Shorty Nominees Awards” . Shortyawards.com . Sawhorse Media . Retrieved March 12, 2017 .
  7. Jump up^ Saraiya, Sonia (October 7, 2016). “TV Review: ‘Freakish ‘ ” . Variety . Retrieved January 8, 2017 .
  8. Jump up^ Genzlinger, Neil. “Hold Onto Your Teeth: 2 New Shows Herald the Creepy Season” . The New York Times . Retrieved January 8, 2017 .

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