Westworld (TV series)

Westworld is an American dystopian science fiction, neo-Western television series created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy that premiered on October 2, 2016.

Title card for the first season
Created by
Based onWestworld
by Michael Crichton
ComposerRamin Djawadi
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes36 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Cherylanne Martin
  • Michael Polaire
  • Carly Wray
  • Stephen Semel
  • Noreen O'Toole
  • David Witz
  • Jordan Goldberg
  • Jay Worth
  • Don Bensko
Production locations
  • Stephen Semel
  • Marc Jozefowicz
  • Mark Yoshikawa
  • Andrew Seklir
  • Tanya Swerling
  • David Eisenberg
  • Anna Hauger
  • Ron Rosen
  • Mako Kamitsuna
  • Sarah C. Reeves
  • Thomas Sabinsky
  • Amelia Allwarden
  • Ali Comperchio
  • Yoni Reiss
Running time48–91 minutes[1][2]
Production companies
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Original networkHBO
Picture formatHDTV 1080p
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original releaseOctober 2, 2016 (2016-10-02) 
present (present)

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.

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