Revenge: Season 1 (2011 - 2012)


Season 1

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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


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User Ratings: 195

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Air date: Sep 21, 2011

The hit US drama comes to Channel 4. Emily Thorne (Emily Van Camp) is the newest arrival in the Hamptons. She appears to be a friendly and sophisticated 'girl next door', but has a dark family history and is not what she seems. Seventeen years ago, her father was framed for a crime he didn't commit by neighbours he trusted, and sentenced to life in prison. Emily never saw him again and spent her childhood consumed by rage, loss and betrayal. Now she's returning under an assumed identity with just one goal: revenge. Every social overture she makes is a carefully planned chip at the foundation of her sworn enemies. Emily rents the seaside home she once shared with her father and, with the help of her only friend, events planner Ashley, sets her sites on her first target and puts her carefully organised plan in motion. Her focus unexpectedly wavers when she comes across Jack, a friendly face from the past, makes a new romantic connection with the son of her sworn enemy, and is pushed into an uneasy alliance with the only person who knows her secret. Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny and Josh Bowman also star.

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Air date: Sep 28, 2011

Emily sets her sights on her next target, Bill Harmon, a wealthy hedge fund manager and trusted family friend who testified in the trial that wrongfully convicted her father. She uses her connection with Nolan to her benefit, although Nolan is unaware of it, and manages to go on her first date with Daniel. VIctoria's suspicions about Emily are growing by the day and she starts digging to find out a little more about this new arrival in the Hamptons. Meanwhile, the situation over at the Stowaway Tavern is becoming more serious for the Porters.

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Air date: Oct 5, 2011

Getting some unexpected assistance from her new ally Nolan, Emily makes it her mission to destroy the political and professional life of Senator Tom Kingsly, the ambitious district attorney who convicted her father despite knowing there was evidence proving his innocence. VIctoria privately grieves the loss of her one true love while plotting to confirm her suspicions about Emily's past. Meanwhile, Daniel exposes an honest side to his personality that Emily can't resist.

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Air date: Oct 12, 2011

When Victoria takes part in a charity fundraiser in aid of mental health, the event provides the perfect opportunity for Emily to get revenge on Dr Michelle Banks. Banks was the psychiatrist responsible for keeping Emily permanently separated from her father after his arrest. However, Emily's plan adversely affects VIctoria's relationship with Charlotte. Meanwhile, Conrad pays a secret visit to Lydia, Jack and Declan must make a tough decision about the future of the bar, and Daniel's old college buddy Tyler proves to be a bad influence over him.

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Air date: Oct 19, 2011

Lydia returns to the Hamptons determined to carry out her vendetta against Emily and the Graysons. VIctoria suffers lingering guilt over her involvement in David Clarke's imprisonment and death, and also feels vulnerable about the rift with her daughter. Having become aware of his father's affair with Lydia and his friend Tyler's duplicity, Daniel decides to take control of his life and make some important changes. Meanwhile, Charlotte and Declan's rebellious behaviour gets them into a predicament.

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Air date: Oct 26, 2011

Emily goes on the offensive against Frank, the Graysons' head of security, but he won't be defeated easily. When the emergence of some incriminating video footage leads to the termination of Frank's employment with the Graysons, he doesn't go quietly, which spells trouble for Nolan and Emily. Tyler's plotting to break up Emily and Daniel grows ever more devious. Declan tries to get some money together so that he can romance Charlotte in style, but his plan backfires. At the Graysons' lavish Independence Day party, Jack declares his true feelings for Emily.

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Air date: Nov 2, 2011

The Graysons' plans for a low-key 25th wedding anniversary are scuppered when a high-profile story appears in the paper, and there are unexpected guests at an eventful family dinner. Lydia's fate hangs heavy over everyone, and Frank - desperate to prove his loyalty to Victoria - digs deep into Emily's past and uncovers too much...

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Air date: Nov 16, 2011

When an unwelcome visitor with questionable intentions arrives in the Hamptons, Emily struggles to keep her plans on track. As VIctoria's already tense relationship with her family deteriorates, Emily's plot unravels further. The potential return of Lydia's memory as she recovers provides the Graysons with cause for concern. When Daniel leaves his job at the Stowaway to take up a position in the family business, Tyler is resentful and steps up his efforts to become indispensable to Conrad.

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Air date: Nov 23, 2011

When she finds out that Amanda has turned against her and refuses to leave, a desperate Emily reaches out to her mentor, Satoshi Takeda, for advice. Now that Conrad has left Grayson Manor and Daniel is staying with Emily, VIctoria finds herself almost alone in life: her worst nightmare come true. Will her devious plans to split up Charlotte and Declan drive her daughter away from her too? Meanwhile, a scheming Tyler's negative influence continues to grow, and Lydia begs Conrad to help her.

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Air date: Dec 7, 2011

Emily questions Nolan's loyalty when she discovers the video of him with Tyler, but eventually she decides to use the information to her advantage. However, Tyler's hold over the Graysons is growing stronger by the day and he proves impossible to intimidate. As Amanda settles down in the Hamptons, Emily gives her more information about her childhood and history with the Graysons. Things turn ugly between VIctoria and Conrad as VIctoria hires ruthless, high-powered lawyer Ryan Huntley (guest star James McCaffrey) to handle her divorce.

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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.

Critic Reviews for Revenge Season 1

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (22)

The shocking twists don't stop!

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

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

Sep 21, 2011 | Rating: C+ | 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…

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…

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…

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…

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

Jul 2, 2018 | 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…

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…

Audience Reviews for Revenge: Season 1

  • Aug 18, 2020
    From ABC comes the exciting and thrilling series Revenge. Season 1 follows a New York socialite named Emily Thorne who moves to the Hamptons and begins courting the son of the prestigious Grayson family; but Emily is really Amanda Clark, who has come to get revenge against the Graysons and their friends who orchestrated a conspiracy that framed her father for a terrorist attack, leading to his imprisonment and murder. Madeleine Stowe and Emily VanCamp lead the cast and give incredibly strong performances. And the writers do an excellent job at creating mystery and suspense as Emily's revenge plot unfolds and the Grayson conspiracy is revealed. Still, it has some clichéd and cheesy romantic subplots and gets a bit soap opera-ish at times; which is also what makes to the show so engrossing. Revenge delivers an intense and riveting first season that's full of intrigue and promises even darker and more tantalizing conspiracies to come.
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  • 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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