Westworld (TV series)
by Michael Crichton
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||36 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||48–91 minutes|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Picture format||HDTV 1080p|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Original release||October 2, 2016 –|
Produced and aired by HBO, it is based on the 1973 film of the same name (written and directed by Michael Crichton) and, to a lesser extent, the film's 1976 sequel, Futureworld. The story begins in Westworld, a fictional, technologically advanced Wild-West-themed amusement park populated by android "hosts". The park caters to high-paying guests who may indulge their wildest fantasies within the park without fear of retaliation from the hosts, who are prevented by their programming from harming humans. Later on, in the third season, the series' setting expands to the real world, in the mid-21st century, where people's lives are driven and controlled by a powerful artificial intelligence named Rehoboam.
Nolan and Joy serve as executive producers, along with J. J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub, and Bryan Burk. The second, third and fourth season followed in April 2018, March 2020, and June 2022, respectively.
Westworld's debut on HBO had the network's highest viewership ratings for a premiere since the first episode of True Detective, in 2014. Westworld's first season is the most-watched first season of any HBO original series. The series was critically acclaimed during its first season, highly praised for its performances, visuals, narrative, themes and Ramin Djawadi's musical score. The series continues to receive mostly positive reviews, although certain elements of its story and characterizations have since come under criticism. It has received numerous accolades, winning nine Primetime Emmy Awards out of 54 nominations. Thandiwe Newton won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2018.