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Stories
Genre Varying anthology
Created by Trent Doss
Written by Trent Doss
Directed by Zora Pitre
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 18 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Trent Doss
Producer(s) Shirl Nielson
Mei Huntington
Eddie Blakely
Running time 42–84 minutes
Production company(s) BCN
TWO Pictures
Z4 (season 2)[1]
Distributor ETV Distribution
Broadcast
Original channel ETV
Picture format HDTV 1080i
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Original run September 24, 2019 – present

Stories is a Canadian anthology television series on ETV created by Trent Doss. The series follows a new story every episode, which differ from genres, not limited to drama, mystery, romance, horror and science fiction.[2][3][4][5][6]

The series premiered on September 24, 2019 and become an outbreak hit for the network. Following the conclusion of the first season, the series was reported to be ETV's biggest hit in streaming platforms.[7][8][9][10]

On November 21, 2019, ETV renewed the series for a second season consisting of 10 episodes.[11][12][13] In 2020, Doss stated that the second season would contain less episodes, for budget/creative reasons.[14] It was later confirmed that the second season would not debut in September 2020, but a later date, which was later confirmed to be October 20, 2020.[15][16]

On November 10, 2020, ETV renewed the series for a third season, not specifying how many episodes it would contain.[17][18][19]

Cast and characters

Main

Guest

Episodes

All episodes of the series are directed by Zora Pitre and written by Trent Doss.[20][21][22][23][24]

Summary

Season Episodes Originally aired Viewers
(millions)
Season premiere Season finale
1 10 5 September 24, 2019 October 22, 2019 4.03[25]
5 March 10, 2020 April 7, 2020 4.17[26]
2 8 4 October 20, 2020 November 10, 2020 4.08[27]
4 April 6, 2021 April 27, 2021 4.48[28]

Season 1 (2019–20)

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Genre(s)[29] Original air date U.S. viewers
(in millions)
Part 1
1 1 "Lost in the Woods" Dramahorrormystery September 24, 2019 3.93[30]
2 2 "Apocalyptic Zero" Dystopiascience fiction October 1, 2019 4.36[31]
3 3 "Love in the Afterlife" Romance • science fiction October 8, 2019 4.07[32]
4 4 "Subterranean Cult" Drama • mystery October 15, 2019 3.82[33]
5 5 "Beneath the Night Sky" Drama • mystery • romance October 22, 2019 3.97[34]
Part 2
6 6 "The Far Away Planet" Fantasy • science fiction March 10, 2020 4.52[35]
7 7 "The Sacred Quest" Actionadventure March 17, 2020 4.21[36]
8 8 "Echoing Comedy" Comedy • drama March 24, 2020 3.89[37]
9 9 "Trickery of Power" Political drama March 31, 2020 3.94[38]
10 10 "Safe and Sound" Superhero fiction April 7, 2020 4.29[39]

Season 2 (2020)

The premiere episode of the season was released on Now one day prior to the ETV release.[40]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Genre(s) Original air date U.S. viewers
(in millions)
Part 1
11 1 "The Cruel Patience" CrimePulp noir October 20, 2020 4.59[41]
12 2 "Offspring Hooligans" Teen drama • crime October 27, 2020 4.21[42]
13 3 "Glorious Opportunity" Musical drama November 3, 2020 3.42[43]
14 4 "Detonation Prospect" Science fiction November 10, 2020 4.09[44]
Part 2
15 5 "The Lies Ahead" Western • crime • drama April 6, 2021 4.39[45]
16 6 "Appreciation Zero" Black comedy April 13, 2021 4.17[46]
17 7 "A Medieval Wedding" Medieval fantasy • Romance April 20, 2021 4.26[47]
18 8 "The Last Day on Earth" Doomsday April 27, 2021 5.11[48]

Production

Development

On July 26, 2018, the series was picked up for 10 episodes in the 2019-2020 television season.[49][50][51] Due to the heavy budget of the series, the season was split into two, with the other half to be aired later in 2020.[52] The sixth and mid-season episode of the series, titled "The Far Away Planet", was confirmed to be of the "highest budget of the series", and was heavily promoted across several platforms.[53][54][55][56]

It was reported in 2020 that the second season would have some new genres, not limited to crime and history.[57][58][59] A sequel for the first season finale, "Safe and Sound", was also widely reported,[60][61][62][63] but subsequently denied by Doss.[64][65] Doss subsequently stated that "no plans had been made to follow up any episodes, and none would be made for the time being."[66]

In early 2020, Doss expressed the possibility of having a half-season mini-series on the show, to consist of 4 or 5 episodes.[67][68][69]

Casting

Spin-off film

On August 13, 2020, ETV ordered a spin-off film of the series to air on the network.[70][71][72] Creator of the series, Doss, stated that "discussions regarding potential films had took place for a few months, and it was decided that a film would be made - but should not be expected for the next few years or so."[73]

Reception

Ratings

The series was picked up by Now for international streaming release,[74][75] with the second season's premiere releasing one day prior to ETV release as a way to promote the platform and the series.[76]

The second season finale drew 5.11 million viewers, a new record for the series.[77] The series became ETV's "it series" having won many awards, high with critics and viewers.[78][79][80] No other series at ETV managed to do such.[81]

Accolades

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result
2020 ETV National Awards Best Television Series Stories Nominated
Best TV Film Subterranean Cult Won
Lost in the Woods Nominated
Best TV Film Actor Brett Dier
Best TV Couple Aislinn Paul and Alden C. Ehrenreich
Best TV Villain Travis Fimmel
People's Choice Awards Best Television Film Lost in the Woods

Critical response

The first season had a rating of 93% on RT, which was followed by the 91% of the second season. In both seasons, critics and audiences mostly agreed with their rating.

Season 1

Ep. Rotten Tomatoes ratings[82]
Critics Audience Overall
1 100% 92% 96%
2 94% 87% 91%
3 98% 83% 91%
4 100% 97% 99%
5 92% 95% 94%
6 99% 100% 100%
7 96% 85% 91%
8 81% 93% 87%
9 74% 89% 82%
10 92% 100% 96%
T 93% 92% 93%

Season 2

Ep. Rotten Tomatoes ratings[83]
Critics Audience Overall
1 87% 94% 91%
2 84% 98% 91%
3 67% 83% 75%
4 95% 89% 92%
5 97% 89% 93%
6 91% 85% 88%
7 92% 96% 94%
8 98% 100% 99%
T 89% 92% 91%

See also


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