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Everything you need to know to survive MTV's new 'Scream' series

Season 1 | Episode 1 | “Pilot” | Aired June 30, 2015

When Wes Craven’s Scream debuted in 1996, it forever changed the face of horror. Smart and satirical, the teen slasher flick poked fun at the genre, twisted its tropes, and made audiences both laugh and scream with its ingenuity. If you had a prayer of surviving Ghostface, you needed to know the rules—and even then, your luck could run out. (RIP, Randy Meeks.) The ongoing story of Sidney Prescott continued through four films before concluding in 2011, finally leaving the terrorized town of Woodboro at peace.

Now MTV is rebooting the franchise as a TV series. Title aside, the only similarities involve a smidge of self-referential humor, a communicative killer, and a tweaked Ghostface, which now resembles a full-faced opera mask with a runny nose rather than Edvard Munch’s famed painting.

New Scream Mask

Here’s what you need to know to jump into the deep end … but beware floating heads.


Brandon James, a disfigured teen who suffered from Proteus syndrome, killed several teens in a fit of rage after his love for a girl named Daisy was rebuffed. She agreed to help the police capture him, but they instead shot him in cold blood at Wren Lake.


Emma Duvall and her George Washington High School classmates are being stalked by a killer. Has Brandon somehow returned to Lakewood 20 years later?

The creeper killer says the teens obviously want to be seen. Why else would they post their perfect smiles and their perfect lives on Facebook and Instagram? He plans to be the one to lift their mask.

Cast of Characters


Nina Patterson: Queen bee who takes pleasure in others humiliation. She talked Tyler into helping her post a video of Audrey making out with Rachel and pushing it to go viral. Thankfully, karma’s a bitch, and this cyberbully got hers in the opening sequence of the show.

Tyler O’Neill: He did Nina’s bidding and lost his head in the process.

Sage: Nina’s trained attack Pomeranian, who’ll gut you on command (yet failed to save her owner).

WillWill Belmont: Emma’s sketchy boyfriend. Not only did he pull a Ross and sleep with Nina while he and Emma were on a break, but he’s definitely hiding something.

Scream - Emma DuvallEmma Duvall: The show’s heroine was once best friends with Audrey, but now she’s hanging with the popular crowd. Problem is, she sees how shallow and self-serving they are, and doesn’t really like them or fit in.


Maggie Duvall: Emma’s mom is the town coroner and has a flirtation going on with Sheriff Hudson. She also happens to be Daisy, the girl Brandon James killed for. Emma is now the same age Daisy was when Brandon was shot. When Maggie receives a gift-wrapped animal heart addressed to Daisy, she’s rightfully afraid: Her past has come back to haunt her and target her daughter.

AudreyAudrey Jensen: Emma’s former best friend is a socially awkward, Catholic film geek who carries her video camera with her everywhere and bravely faces her harassers head-on. She doesn’t label herself as gay, but there’s no doubt she’s fallen hard for Rachel.

KieranKieran Wilcox: Hot, mysterious new guy from Atlanta with a dark mind. His mom and stepdad died six weeks ago, and he’s now living with his sheriff father. He sees that Emma doesn’t fit in with her crowd and calls her on it. They share a kiss after she learns about Will’s breakup sex.

BrookeBrooke Maddox: Snotty rich girl who won’t keep other people’s secrets, but is sure keeping one of her own: She’s sleeping with Mr. Branson, her language arts teacher.

NoahNoah Foster: Audrey’s new best friend and fellow film lover. He’s the comedic relief, with a vast knowledge about slasher films and serial killers. He’s this series’ Randy Meeks—the one to know all the rules—and he’s using them to get his flirt on with Riley. He’s also hiding a particularly nasty gash on his forehead.

Riley Marra: She’s happy to have Noah drawn into her crowd, as they share a lot of common interests. Too bad for her, she’s one of the least drawn characters. This girl is totes dead.

Jake Fitzgerald: Your stereotypical horndog dumb jock who shares a secret about Nina with Will. If his lifeline is as long as he is deep, the dude won’t be around long.

Rule of Thumb

Noah’s monologue lays out the rules pretty clearly:

“You can’t do a slasher movie as a TV series. Well, think about it. You know, girl and her friends arrive at the dance, camp, the deserted town, whatever; killer takes them out one by one. Ninety minutes later, the sun comes up as survivor girl is sitting in the back of the ambulance watching her friends’ bodies being wheeled past. Slasher movies burn bright and fast. TV needs to stretch things out. You know, by the time the first body is found, it’s only a matter of time before the blood bath commences.”


Mass love for the super-creepy rendition of Bicycle Built for Two.

Not only has the killer’s M.O. been updated from harassing phone calls to texts and Snapchat vids, but he’s utilizing the teens’ obsession with social media as both motive and weapon. Goosebumps!

Body Count

  1. Tyler: Decapitated, head is up in the hot tub.
  2. Nina: Slit throat, dumped into the swimming pool.

Check back each week for new reviews and an updated body count. Plus, watch for a Scream movie primer! ‘Til next Tuesday, watch your back, and avoid large bodies of water.

Scream airs Tuesdays at 10/9C on MTV.

    TV Families | EW.com
    Mark Harris
    February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

    The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

    Kind Of Family
    TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
    The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
    Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
    Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
    The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

    Family Pet
    The Brady Bunch: Tiger
    The Bradys: Alice
    Married…With Children: Buck
    Thirtysomething: Grendel
    The Flintstones: Dino

    Typical Guest Star
    The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
    The Bradys: There’s no room
    Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
    Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
    The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

    Expression Of Joy
    The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
    The Bradys: Ritual hugging
    Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
    Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
    The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

    Expression Of Rage

    The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
    The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
    Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
    Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
    The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

    Typical Problem
    The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
    The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
    Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
    Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
    The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

    Typical Solution
    The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
    The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
    Married…With Children: They hate him.
    Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
    The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

    House Style
    The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
    The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
    Married…With Children: Roach motel
    Thirtysomething: Enviable
    The Flintstones: Suburban cave

    Clothing Style
    The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
    The Bradys: Made in the USA
    Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
    Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
    The Flintstones: One-piece

    Most Annoying Character
    The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
    The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
    Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
    Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
    The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

    Attitude Toward Sex
    The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
    The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
    Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
    Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
    The Flintstones: Prehistoric

    How Spouses Fight
    The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
    The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
    Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
    Thirtysomething: They stop talking
    The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

    How Kids Get Into Trouble
    The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
    The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
    Married…With Children: By committing felonies
    Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
    The Flintstones: They don’t.

    How They’re Punished

    The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
    The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
    Married…With Children: By the authorities
    Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
    The Flintstones: They’re not.

    What Family Does For Fun
    The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
    The Bradys: Has flashbacks
    Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
    Thirtysomething: Talks
    The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

    Unsolved Mysteries
    The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
    The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
    Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
    Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
    The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

    Worst Behavior
    The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

    The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
    Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
    Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
    The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

    Best Reason To Watch
    The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
    The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
    Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
    Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
    The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

    Best Reason Not To Watch
    The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
    The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
    Married…With Children: She has a point.
    Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
    The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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