Watchmen (TV series)

Watchmen is an American superherodramalimited series based on the 1986 DC Comics series of the same title, created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. The TV series was created for HBO by Damon Lindelof, who also served as an executive producer and writer. Its ensemble cast includes Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Andrew Howard, Jacob Ming-Trent, Tom Mison, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, Louis Gossett Jr. and Jeremy Irons. Jean Smart and Hong Chau joined the cast in later episodes.

2019 American superhero drama television series

Watchmen
Genre
Created by Damon Lindelof
Based on
Starring
Music by
Country of origin United States
Original language English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 9 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
Producers
  • Karen Wacker
  • John Blair
Production locations
  • United States
  • Wales
Cinematography
Editors
  • David Eisenberg
  • Henk Van Eeghen
  • Anna Hauger
Running time 52–67 minutes
Production companies
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original network HBO
Original release October 20 (2019-10-20) 
December 15, 2019 (2019-12-15)
External links
Website

Lindelof likened the television series to a “remix” of the original comic series. While the series is technically a sequel that takes place 34 years after the events of the comics within the same alternate reality, Lindelof wanted to introduce new characters and conflicts which created a new story within the Watchmen continuity, rather than creating a reboot. The series focuses on events surrounding racist violence in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 2019. A white supremacist group called the Seventh Kavalry has taken up arms against the Tulsa Police Department because of perceived racial injustices, causing the police to conceal their identities with masks to prevent the Seventh Kavalry from targeting them in their homes following the “White Night”. Angela Abar (King), a detective known as Sister Night, investigates the murder of her friend and the chief of the police, Judd Crawford (Johnson), and discovers secrets regarding the situations around vigilantism.

The series, originally promoted by HBO as an ongoing drama series, premiered on October 20, 2019, before concluding its nine-episode run on December 15. Lindelof left his role as showrunner after the first season, stating that he had completed his intended story. HBO subsequently confirmed there are no further plans for the show to continue without Lindelof returning in some capacity, and reclassified the work as a limited series with possible future installments.

Watchmen received widespread critical acclaim for its performances, writing, visuals, score, and expansion of the source material, as well as commendation for highlighting the 1921 Tulsa race massacre, which became more poignant in the wake of the 2020 George Floyd protests. The series received several awards, including 26 Primetime Emmy Award nominations and 11 wins, including Best Limited Series, King for Best Actress for a Limited Series, and Abdul-Mateen for Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series; the most for any show in 2020.

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The series takes place 34 years after the events of the comic series. In the comic’s alternate history of the 20th century, vigilantes, once seen as heroes, were outlawed due to their violent methods. In 1985, Adrian Veidt, formerly known as the vigilante Ozymandias, created a false flag attack on New York City by creating a squid-like alien which resulted in millions within the New York area being killed, coercing nations to work together against a common threat and to avert a nuclear holocaust. Veidt’s actions disgusted his former companions, with Rorschach planning to tell the world of Veidt’s misdeeds before he was vaporized by Doctor Manhattan, who subsequently left the planet. Unbeknownst to Manhattan, Rorschach had sent his journal to be published beforehand.

The show takes place in 2019 Tulsa, Oklahoma. A white supremacist group, the Seventh Kavalry, inspired by Rorschach’s writings and masked image, wages violent war against minorities and the police that enforce special reparations for victims of racial injustice. On Christmas Eve 2016, during an event that came to be known as the “White Night”, the Kavalry attacked the homes of 40 police officers working for the Tulsa Police Department.[1] Of those who survived, only two stayed with the force: Detective Angela Abar and Police Chief Judd Crawford.[2] As the police force was rebuilt, laws were passed that required police to not disclose their profession and to protect their identities while on the job by wearing masks, which included allowing for costumed police officers. As Crawford’s police force attempts to crack down on the Seventh Kavalry, Abar finds herself at the center of two competing plots to kidnap Doctor Manhattan, who has been working with Hooded Justice, the original masked hero and survivor of the Tulsa massacre.[3]

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