The Lottery: Season 1 (2014)


Season 1
The Lottery

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Sporadically effective but mostly mundane, The Lottery ultimately holds a losing ticket.

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Critic Ratings: 17

57%

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User Ratings: 35

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Air date: Jul 20, 2014

A dystopian future is driven by a global fertility crisis. In the opener, Dr. Alison Lennon fertilizes 100 eggs and convinces the president to hold a national lottery to see who will carry the prized embryos to term. Unfortunately, a battle over the control of the embryos begins.

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Air date: Jul 27, 2014

Alison faces the aftermath of her actions; Vanessa, Darius and the president's advisors debate the next steps of the lottery. Meanwhile, Kyle and Elvis seek refuge with an old friend, until Elvis suffers a diabetic attack that puts his life in danger and threatens to expose them.

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Air date: Aug 3, 2014

Vanessa, Darius and President Westwood deal with a hostage crisis; Alison and James make a strange discovery after testing Kyle; the world reacts to the news about the lottery; the government prepares to open testing centers.

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Air date: Aug 10, 2014

Vanessa has second thoughts about the lottery, and consults Darius and the president about shifting control of it back to the government. Later, Vanessa and Darius discover the culprit behind the diplomat's kidnapping and death; and Kyle is quarantined.

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Air date: Aug 17, 2014

The President and First Lady announce the two hundred lottery finalists and prepare for the opening night reception. Meanwhile, Vanessa uncovers disturbing information connected to the kidnapping in China; Alison and James get closer to learning the truth about the fertility crisis; and Kyle and Tracy fight for custody of Elvis.

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Air date: Aug 24, 2014

Vanessa works against Darius to control the Lottery; the Lottery contestants acclimate to the pressures of their new lives; Kyle meets an unlikely new ally; Alison's investigation intensifies.

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Air date: Sep 7, 2014

Alison and James share with Vanessa their theory about the source of the fertility crisis. Meanwhile, Vanessa discovers Darius is working with some co-conspirators to take over the Lottery; Kyle is asked to compromise his relationship with Allison; and Gabrielle takes the press behind the scenes of the Lottery as contestants face psychological evaluations.

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Air date: Sep 14, 2014

Alison follows up on the evidence James uncovered, but her investigation hits a dead end; and Vanessa uncovers Darius' plan to take control of the Lottery. Meanwhile, Kyle discovers the MayTwos' real agenda; and Perry tries to help Angela as she struggles in the final round of the Lottery competition.

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Air date: Sep 21, 2014

Vanessa confronts Darius about his plans and surprises him by trying to subvert them. Meanwhile, Allison and Kyle meet the MayTwos and learn they are funded by a powerful sponsor who can help rescue Elvis; and the president learns about Gabrielle's deal with Perry and confronts her about her motives.

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Air date: Sep 28, 2014

The president announces the winners of the Lottery, as the mystery behind the infertility crisis comes to a head.

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Critic Reviews for The Lottery Season 1

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (11)

Very different in storyline and style from Shirley Jackson's classic short story with the same title, this one raises questions just as disturbing.

Jul 21, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

There are some provocative ideas that can be explored.

Jul 21, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The thriller side of The Lottery? That's a losing ticket.

Jul 21, 2014 | Full Review…

The Lottery fails to distinguish itself, so the odds that viewers will pick it from the ample selection of similar shows are slim.

Jul 18, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The Lottery, with otherwise sage setup and promising performances, merits its own shot at something great.

Jul 17, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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The Lottery wants to entertain, sort of, but also to make a hazy point about the meaning of hope and of motherhood. Maybe this is one brand that was fine the way it was.

Aug 4, 2014 | Full Review…

Dystopian drama explores the business of baby-making.

Jul 29, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

If The Lottery can keep up the promise of its premiere, it will punch a winning ticket.

Jul 21, 2014 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The Lottery is not the show I was hoping it would be, but the last few moments captured my imagination.

Jul 21, 2014 | Full Review…

While quite different for Lifetime with its dark, futuristic setting, the conspiracy elements feel overly familiar and formulaic.

Jul 21, 2014 | Full Review…

Even with its faults, I'm still very interested, and sort of excited, about the show's potential.

Jul 18, 2014 | Full Review…

It should be avoided at all costs.

Jul 17, 2014 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Lottery: Season 1

  • Nov 15, 2014
    I am deeply saddened by the cancellation of this show. I love vampires, witches and zombies as much as the next person, but what we really need is for more shows--more stories--that hold a mirror up humanity and ask the serious questions we avoid talking about. The world is very much entering a population crisis. We will have reached carrying capacity for the Earth's resources within the next century. Take a look a the work of Dr. Albert A. Bartlett, Professor of Physics, University of Colorado, search for the term "exponential growth." Although this show was labeled in science fiction, even the most futuristic items depicted (glass cell phones and EMP guns) are within our current technological capabilities. The truth is this future contains more science than fiction: Infertility can be caused by a virus, some viruses spread rapidly. We can't always trust the people who are monitoring what is created in labs. Perhaps this show wasn't cancelled for the sake of incredulity, but instead because it hit too close home for viewers and the powers that be.
  • Jul 26, 2014
    The pilot is so far beyond what the word "terrible" is capable of describing that the only network in the world that lacked enough shame and self-respect to air it was Lifetime. Watching infomercials is a better use of one's time.
  • Jul 23, 2014
    Ill admit the premise is high concept that could have held promise on another network, but not on life time.

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