Revenge was an ABC network soap opera\drama series created by Mike Kelley inspired by the Alexandre Dumas novel "The Count of Monte Cristo", starring Emily VanCamp.
The show first premiered on September 21, 2011, airing on Wednesday evenings during the first season and moving to Sunday nights by the second season where it remained for the last two seasons of the series.
"Revenge" became ABC's highest-rated series in the Wednesday night 10:00 p.m. timeslot (since Lost's 2006–2007 season), becoming the only new series in more than four years to replicate the 18–49 demo ratings success that "Lost" had in its timeslot since leaving the air.
The final episode of "Revenge" aired on May 10, 2015 (which was watched by 4.80 million viewers), ending after 4 seasons & 89 episodes.
On August 4, 2015, ABC announced the possibility of a spin-off series, but it has yet to be announced.
"Revenge" was about a young woman named Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) who comes to the Hamptons & rents a beach house (previously her childhood home) next door to the mansion of a wealthy family, the Graysons.
Emily is actually Amanda Clarke, whose father was framed by the Graysons for treason when she was a little girl. After a lengthy trial, he was imprisoned for life & was murdered in prison by associates of the people who framed him.
Meanwhile, Amanda was separated from him and spent most of her time in a juvenile correctional facility, only to find out that her father was killed six weeks before she was released on her 18th birthday. She now returns to the Hamptons as an adult to get revenge on those who wronged her and her father.
Emily's primary target is Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe), the matriarch of the Grayson family, who loved and betrayed Amanda's father.
The show focuses on "Emily"'s plot to destroy every individual who played a role in her father's imprisonment. Along the way, she discovers various facts about her father's past which change her plans many times. As the series progresses, "Emily" brings in other individuals as allies for her plan.
As Emily executes the stages of her elaborate plan, she finds it difficult to remain emotionally detached. She struggles to identify her true motivations and examines how her actions change her sense of identity.
As she enlists trusted friends into her schemes, Emily worries how their involvement will change their lives and how she will proceed after she enacts her revenge on those who wronged her and her father.
- Emily VanCamp as Emily Thorne\Amanda Clarke
- Madeleine Stowe as Victoria Grayson
- Gabriel Mann as Nolan Ross
- Henry Czerny as Conrad Grayson (seasons 1 through 3)
- Ashley Madekwe as Ashley Davenport (seasons 1 through 2)
- Nick Wechsler as Jack Porter
- Josh Bowman as Daniel Grayson
- Christa B. Allen as Charlotte Grayson
- Connor Paolo as Declan Porter (seasons 1 through 2)
The pilot episode of "Revenge" was met with generally favorable reviews, with 66/100 from 20 media reviews on Metacritic.
Dorothy Rabinowitz of The Wall Street Journal praised the series, writing that "The arrival of one pure and unadulterated drama about a passion as old as man is something to celebrate. That's particularly true when that drama is as spellbinding in its satisfyingly gaudy way, as Revenge turns out to be" while awarding particular praise to Van Camp for a "beguiling and entirely chilling study in revenge lust".
Writing for The New York Times, Alessandra Stanley compared the series favorably with Gossip Girl, concluding that it has "just enough campy suspense to be enjoyable".
Episode 5 of the series received particular acclaim, with C. Orlando of TV Fanatic writing that "Revenge took things to a whole new level this week" and noting with reference to the set-up of David Clarke that "Victoria seems the only one with a conscience."
Yahoo! TV mentioned the series among the top television programs of 2011.
The series also made the covers of Parade, Entertainment Weekly & TV Guide and was featured in Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Vogue, People, Us Weekly, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen and Teen Vogue magazines.
On May 10, 2012, ABC announced that it had renewed "Revenge" for a second season.
The Hollywood Reporter reported that it was one of the first series to get a "stamp of approval" from ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee, who called the show "sexy" and "sticky", telling critics in January, "You just want more of it."
The pilot episode of "Revenge" scored 10.02 million viewers in live plus same day, winning the 10 p.m. hour time slot against "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." It was reported that the show was the highest rated television series in the hour for ABC since "Lost."
On October 22, 2011, it was reported that "Revenge" regularly won its hour in the 18–34 and 18–49 age demographics ahead of "CSI" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."
After a nearly two-month hiatus beginning on February 29, 2012, "Revenge" returned on April 18, 2012 at No. 1 in the Nielsen ratings and won its timeslot against every other television network with a first-place finish among Total Viewers, Adults 18–49 and Adults 25–54.
The show won over an original episode of NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" in Total Viewers (+33%), Adults 18–49 (+53%) and Adults 25–54 (+45%) and generated big year-to-year time-period gains in Total Viewers (+81%), Adults 18–49 (+35%) and Adults 25–54 (+38%), rising over first-run programming on the same night last year.
The April 18, 2012 episode attracted ABC’s largest audience to the hour since the middle of February sweeps on February 15, 2012.
"Revenge" was ABC’s highest-rated series overall in Wednesday’s 10 p.m. hour in more than five years since "Lost" during the 2006–07 television season.
The show premiered strongly during its second season, with a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating. However as the season went on, due to negative feedback on the storyline as well as the scheduling of episodes against Golden Globe Awards, NFC Championship Game and the Grammy Awards, "Revenge" hit lows of 2.0, 1.7 and 1.4 in the adults 18-49 rating respectively, within 3 consecutive episodes.
The ratings never recovered back to the levels of the Fall 2012 and eventually ended the season with a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating.
"Revenge" was nominated for Favorite New TV Drama at the 2012 People's Choice Awards. Madeleine Stowe received a Golden Globe nomination for "Best Actress in a TV Drama."