Revenge: Season 1 (2011 - 2012)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

A campy, trashy nighttime soap, Revenge is pretty contrived stuff, but it's thoroughly entertaining, thanks to twisty plotting, strong visuals, and a host of interesting characters.



Critic Ratings: 36


Audience Score

User Ratings: 187
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Air date: Sep 21, 2011
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In the first series of this mystery, Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) returns to the Hamptons, where she holidayed as a child, with a new name and a plan to make people pay for the damage they inflicted on her family. She begins by setting her sights on the wealthy and powerful Grayson family, led by Victoria (Madeleine Stowe) and Conrad (Henry Czerny), and gets into their inner circle by becoming romantically involved with their son, Daniel (Josh Bowman). But she also develops feelings for her beloved childhood pal, bar owner Jack Porter (Nick Wechsler), who doesn't know she's the little girl after whom he named his boat.


Emily VanCamp
as Emily Thorne
Madeleine Stowe
as Victoria Grayson
Gabriel Mann
as Nolan Ross
Henry Czerny
as Conrad Grayson
Ashley Madekwe
as Ashley Davenport
Nick Wechsler
as Jack Porter
Josh Bowman
as Daniel Grayson
Christa B. Allen
as Charlotte Grayson
Connor Paolo
as Declan Porter
James Tupper
as David Clarke
Amber Valletta
as Lydia Davis
Emily Alyn Lind
as Young Amanda
Ashton Holmes
as Tyler Barrol
Margarita Levieva
as Amanda Clarke
Max Martini
as Frank Stevens
James McCaffrey
as Ryan Huntley
Nicholas Stargel
as Young Jack
Brian Goodman
as Carl Porter
Roger Bart
as Mason Treadwell
Hiroyuki Sanada
as Satoshi Takeda
James Purefoy
as Dominik Wright
Cassius Willis
as Det. Gunther
William Devane
as "Grandpa" Grayson
CCH Pounder
as Warden Stiles
Veronica Cartwright
as Judge Elizabeth Hawthorne
Merrin Dungey
as Barbara Snow
Matthew Glave
as Bill Harmon
Amy Landecker
as Dr. Michelle Banks
Morgan Hewitt
as Sofie Arnault
James Morrison
as White Haired Man
Bodie Newcomb
as Fisherman
Ciara Hanna
as Cute Blonde
Greg Perrow
as Malcolm
Marcus Giamatti
as Dr. Ray Clemons
Candace Kita
as Rosemary
Amy Parrish
as Realtor
Alicia Coppola
as Melissa Andetson
Judy Echavez
as Reporter
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Critic Reviews for Revenge Season 1

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (20)

The shocking twists don't stop!

Sep 14, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Revenge gambles that we'll want to watch a good vengeance drama even when it turns out to be a grim process where in the end it doesn't seem like anybody is going to feel very good.

Sep 21, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This is a classic guilty pleasure, with campy twists.

Sep 21, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Revenge is a dish that might leave you kind of cold.

Sep 21, 2011 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

This isn't high art but it is a classy package with an awful lot to recommend it; a great example of intelligent pop drama.

Jun 14, 2017 | Full Review…

But leaving aside its bombast, it has already proved itself to be neatly plotted and has delivered a few clever twists and turns...

Jul 20, 2018 | Full Review…

The series has potential for fun, especially if you've ever experienced the tiniest bit of schadenfreude.

Sep 21, 2011 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

Seeing Emily on the ropes could add a little more texture to this campy melodrama, so I say bring it on.

Sep 21, 2011 | Full Review…

The opulence, the layered relationships, and not knowing the extent of how much vengeance will be enough for Emily make Revenge a captivating watch.

Sep 21, 2011 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Revenge may give me something I didn't realize I'd been missing: A glamorous drama with rich, beautiful people in a gorgeous setting looking to do one another harm.

Sep 21, 2011 | Rating: 4.2/5 | Full Review…

Revenge is soapy yet highly intriguing. Whether it can sustain the intrigue for a full season and beyond is a question almost as interesting as the show itself.

Feb 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Revenge fails to be little more than pretty people being mean to each other in dull ways.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Revenge: Season 1

  • Jun 30, 2019
    A fantastic first season.
  • Jan 30, 2019
    Emmy worthy performances coming from almost every actor in the cast.
  • Feb 08, 2017
    Bad, bad, bad. The story is very cheap and not appropriate for a prime time series. Barely appropriate for daytime soap. The acting was subpar, the characters were not likable at all. Thankful that it ended after season 4.
  • Dec 01, 2014
  • Nov 01, 2014
    Why one star: Because I know the big twist: It will be revealed that Nolan modified the journals to push Emily into seeking revenge, and all because Nolan sought revenge. I know this because I know where the source material came from. I revealed this big "twist" during the first season when I realized what (un-credited) material was being used for this series.
  • Oct 07, 2014
    Great soapy fun. Madeline Stowe is a delight.
  • Sep 27, 2014
    Pretty damn fun series.
  • Dec 09, 2013
    Great season. The story was interesting and kept me wanting more.
  • Nov 27, 2013
    yea it's camp and somewhat poorly acted but the story lines are excellent and the backstabbing is too good for this not be awesome.

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