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Teen Wolf is an American supernatural-fantasy horror-drama television series that was developed by Jeff Davis (known for his role as showrunner of the CBS television series Criminal Minds) for MTV Network. It is very loosely based on the 1985 film starring Michael J. Fox as well as the 1986 television series of the same name.

The series follows the teenage Scott McCall (Tyler Posey), who, when accompanying his best friend Stiles Stilinski (Dylan O'Brien) into the woods of their hometown one night, was bitten by a mysterious and ferocious beast. He soon learned that the beast was an Alpha Werewolf and that he himself has now been turned into a Beta Werewolf, forcing him to learn how to control his new powers and urges with the help of Stiles and Derek Hale (Tyler Hoechlin), a mysterious and brooding Beta Werewolf who just returned to Beacon Hills upon hearing of the death of his sister, Laura. All the while, Scott struggles to keep his supernatural identity a secret from his mother, Melissa McCall (Melissa Ponzio), and his new girlfriend, Allison Argent (Crystal Reed), who is unknowingly a member of an ancient family of Werewolf Hunters. Scott's transformation into a Werewolf then becomes the catalyst for an onslaught of supernatural disaster to occur in the town, caused by fellow Werewolves, Kanimas, Druids, assassins, Werejaguars, Berserkers, Dread Doctors, and Chimeras, to name a few.

The first season aired on June 5, 2011 after that year's MTV Movie Awards, and it has since spanned six seasons and one hundred episodes. It was renewed for its sixth season of twenty episodes on July 9, 2015, and several weeks later at San Diego Comic Con, the cast announced that Season 6 would be its final season. The second half of the final season is slated to air in June 2017.

Main Cast and Characters

Production

MTV Network first announced their plans to adapt the 1985 film Teen Wolf into a television series in June 2009, stating that they wanted to create a new series that focused more on romance, horror, and the mythology of werewolves. After Jeff Davis, creator of the CBS crime thriller Criminal Minds, was brought on board, he made it his intention to create a television show that was "sexier and edgier" than the film, with a theme more akin to the 1987 vampire horror film Lost Boys (i.e. dark themes with biting comedic undertones) and inspired by Guillermo Del Toro's recently released film Pan's Labyrinth.

Once the series was given the green-light, Davis hired Russell Mulcahy, an Australian director with an expertise for the horror genre, to be their in-house director and executive producer. The casting announcements were soon made in December 2010, revealing that Tyler Posey (best known for Maid in Manhattan) would be playing the lead character Scott McCall, while brand-new actor Dylan O'Brien would be playing the role of his best friend Stiles Stilinski. Seasoned character actors Crystal Reed, Tyler Hoechlin, Holland Roden, and Colton Haynes were then cast as Allison Argent, Derek Hale, Lydia Martin, and Jackson Whittemore, respectively.

Season 1's production began in October 2010, when they began filming the season's twelve episodes in Atlanta, Georgia. The second season had the same filming location and number of episodes, but was joined by composer Dino Meneghin, who wrote the theme music for the opening credits as well as the majority of the series' score. In Season 3, it was revealed that not only had the series been given permission for a super-sized season of twenty-four episodes, broken down into two twelve-episodes story-arcs, but the series had also moved their filming locations to Los Angeles, California, after getting approval to take advantage of the local tax credit. As a result, the series saw a stronger and more visually-stunning style of filming, allowing the series' theme to become darker and psychologically-thrilling.

Critical Reception

The first season's reviews were seen as generally positive by professional critics, who were surprised by the cinematic quality not typically found on MTV, and it was given a 61 out of 100 by Metacritic, making it the second-highest rated MTV scripted series after Awkward. The second and third seasons each saw ratings and reviews even higher than the seasons that preceded them, with the former getting positive feedback from 80% of critics on Rotten Tomatoes and the latter receiving 100% positive feedback.

Awards


ALMA Award

Year Category Nominated Result
2012 Favorite TV Actor - Leading Role Tyler Posey Winner


BMI Film & TV Awards

Year Category Nominated Result
2014 BMI TV Music Award Dino Meneghin Winner
2015 BMI TV Music Award
2016 BMI TV Music Award


GMS Award

Year Category Nominated Result
2011 Best Music Supervision for Television Drama Laura Webb Nominee
2013
2015 Laura Webb (Seasons 3B & 4)
2016 Laura Webb - Season 5A


Imagen Award

Year Category Nominated Result
2012 Best Actor/Television Tyler Posey Nominee


Leggio d'oro

Year Category Nominated Result
2012 Best TV Voice Chiara Gioncardi (For the dubbing of Crystal Reed.) Winner


OFTA Television Award

Year Category Nominated Result
2013 Best New Theme Song in a Series Teen Wolf Nominee


People's Choice Award

Year Category Nominated Result
2016 Favorite Cable Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show Teen Wolf Nominee
2017


Year Category Nominated Result
2012 Best Youth-Oriented Series on Television Teen Wolf Winner
2013
2014
2015 Nominee
Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Television Series Tyler Posey
2016 Best Horror Television Series Teen Wolf
Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Television Series Dylan Sprayberry
Best Guest Performance in a Television Series Steven Brand
2017 Best Horror Television Series Teen Wolf
Best Guest Performance in a Television Series Ian Bohen
Best Supporting Actor on Television Linden Ashby
2018 Best Horror Television Series Teen Wolf


Teen Choice Awards

Year Category Nominated Result
2011 Choice TV Show: Fantasy/Sci-Fi Teen Wolf Nominee
Choice Summer TV Show
Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi Crystal Reed
Choice Summer TV Star: Female
Choice TV: Breakout Star Tyler Posey
Choice Summer TV Star: Male
2012 Choice Summer TV Star: Female Crystal Reed
Choice Summer TV Star: Male Tyler Posey Winner
Choice Summer TV Show Teen Wolf
2013 Nominee
Choice Summer TV Star: Male Tyler Posey
2014 Choice TV Show: Fantasy/Sci-Fi Teen Wolf
Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi Tyler Posey
Choice Summer TV Star: Male
Choice TV: Villain Dylan O'Brien Winner
2015 Caitlin Dechelle Nominee
Douglas Tait
Marti Matulis
Choice TV: Scene Stealer Dylan O'Brien
Choice Summer TV Star: Male Tyler Posey Nominee
Choice Summer TV Show Teen Wolf Winner
2016 Choice Summer TV Star: Male Tyler Posey Nominee
Dylan O'Brien Winner
Choice Summer TV Show Teen Wolf
Choice Summer TV Star: Female Shelley Hennig
2017 Choice TV Ship Dylan O'Brien and Holland Roden Nominee
Choice Summer TV Star: Male Cody Christian
Choice Summer TV Star: Female Shelley Hennig
Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi Dylan O'Brien Winner
Choice Summer TV Show Teen Wolf
Choice Summer TV Star: Male Tyler Posey
Choice Summer TV Star: Female Holland Roden


TV Guide Award

Year Category Nominated Result
2014 Favorite Horror Series Teen Wolf Nominee


Young Artist Award

Year Category Nominated Result
2012 Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Leading Young Actor Stephen Ford Nominee
2017 Best Performance in a TV Series - Guest Starring Teen Actor Rio Mangini Winner


Young Entertainer Award

Year Category Nominated Result
2017 Best Guest Starring Young Actor - Television Series Rio Mangini Nominee


Young Hollywood Award

Year Category Nominated Result
2013 Best Ensemble Cast Tyler Posey, Crystal Reed, Dylan O'Brien, Tyler Hoechlin, Holland Roden Winner
Best Cast Ensemble Teen Wolf
2014 Bingeworthy TV Show Nominee

References

Trivia

  • Scott McCall is the only character in the series to appear in every single episode of Teen Wolf thus far.
  • Allison Argent is the first and only main character to permanently die on the series.
  • Scott McCall, Stiles Stilinski, and Lydia Martin are the only original main characters to appear in all six seasons of Teen Wolf.
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