On June 5, 2011 the supernatural drama “Teen Wolf” premiered on television. The MTV series is loosely based off the 1985 film of the same name. The series stars Tyler Posey as Scott McCall, a teenager who is bitten by an alpha werewolf and must then cope with how the bite will now impact his life and that of those close to them. The series has generally received positive reviews from critics and has developed a strong following, especially on social media.
In addition to Tyler Posey starring as Scott McCall, the show is noted for introducing mythological / supernatural creatures that are not so prevalent in pop culture. For instance, Lydia Martin, played by Holland Roden, originally was depicted as an archetypal “mean girl” with genius-level intellect, only for it to be discovered she is a banshee – commonly referred to as supernatural creatures who are omens of death. The show also dives into the mythology surrounding druids, skinwalkers, Beast of Gévaudan, and werewolf hunters.
In addition, Ryan Kelley plays Jordan Parrish, a hellhound; Arden Cho played Kira Yukimura, a kitsune; and Colton Haynes played Jackson Whittemore, a kanima. Other characters include Dylan O’Brien as Stiles Stilinksi, Scott’s best friend; Shelley Hennig as Malia Tate, a werecoyote who is a part of the well-known Hale werewolf family; Dylan Sprayberry as Liam Dunbar, a beta werewolf; Tyler Hoechlin, who appeared as Derek Hale, an alpha werewolf from the Hale family; and Crystal Reed as Allison Argent, a member of the famous Argent werewolf hunter family and Scott’s first love interest.
Season 5’s intro:
As of 2016, the series has been renewed for a sixth season.
Random Pop Culture Fact: Jeff Davis, the creative force behind “Teen Wolf,” is also the creator of the hit CBS series “Criminal Minds.”