The Exorcist

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  • TV-14
  • 2016
  • 2 Seasons
  • 7.9  (31,459)

The Exorcist is a supernatural horror drama television series that began airing in September 2016 on FOX. It was inspired by the 1971 novel of the same name by William Peter Blatty, which gave rise to the iconic 1973 film. The show follows a small team of priests who perform exorcisms for the Catholic Church, and the family they are trying to help in the process.

The main characters of the show are Father Tomas Ortega (played by Alfonso Herrera), a progressive and worldly priest who finds himself in over his head when he is tasked with investigating the possession of a young woman; and Father Marcus Keane (played by Ben Daniels), a battle-hardened exorcist who returns to the Church after a long absence to help Tomas in his mission. The two priests form an unlikely partnership as they work together to combat an ancient evil that threatens to destroy everything they hold dear.

One of the standout elements of The Exorcist is its attention to character and world-building. The show takes the time to establish its setting - a gritty, grounded version of Chicago that feels both realistic and haunting - and to flesh out its main characters. Tomas is portrayed as a charismatic and compassionate leader who is deeply committed to his faith, but who is also struggling with doubts and fears. Marcus, on the other hand, is a brooding and cynical loner who has seen the worst humanity has to offer and believes that the Church is ill-equipped to face the supernatural threats that are lurking in the shadows.

As the show progresses, the two priests are joined by another member of their team, Father Bennett (played by Kurt Egyiawan), who is a Vatican investigator sent to Chicago to look into a series of mysterious deaths. Bennett is initially skeptical of the claims of possession that surround the young woman at the center of the show's story, but as he delves deeper into the dark forces that are at work, he begins to realize that there may be more to the situation than meets the eye.

One of the strengths of The Exorcist is the way it blends elements of horror, drama, and suspense to create a tense and engaging viewing experience. The show is not just interested in jump scares and gore (although it certainly has its fair share of both), but also in exploring the complex relationships between its characters and the ways in which their faith and beliefs are tested in the face of unspeakable evil. There are moments of genuine terror, but also moments of introspection and reflection that allow the audience to connect with the characters on a deeper level.

Another notable aspect of The Exorcist is its attention to detail when it comes to the mythology and lore of demonic possession. The show does an excellent job of establishing a believable and consistent world in which exorcisms are a rare but necessary part of the Church's arsenal against the forces of darkness. The exorcism scenes themselves are intense and visceral, but also grounded in a realistic and thoughtful approach to the subject matter. It's clear that the creators of the show did their homework when it comes to the history and cultural significance of exorcism, and this adds a sense of verisimilitude to the proceedings that makes the show all the more chilling.

All in all, The Exorcist is a well-crafted and satisfying horror series that offers a fresh take on a classic story. With strong performances from its leads and a consistently creepy atmosphere, the show manages to keep viewers on the edge of their seats while also delivering a thoughtful exploration of faith, doubt, and the human condition. Whether you're a fan of the original book and movie or just looking for a thrilling and atmospheric supernatural drama, The Exorcist is definitely worth checking out.

The Exorcist is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (20 episodes). The series first aired on September 23, 2016.

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10. Unworthy
December 15, 2017
Everything has led to this moment. As one priest fights for his life in the hospital, another is forced to confront the ghosts of his past. With time running out to save Andy's life, one of the exorcists must make the ultimate sacrifice.
Ritual & Repetition
9. Ritual & Repetition
December 8, 2017
As the exorcism reaches a critical juncture, Tomas engages the demon in a desperate battle to save Andy's soul. Meanwhile, Marcus and Rose attempt to get the foster children off the island, but the demon has other plans. As the storm of the century descends upon the island, salvation may come from an unlikely source.
A Heaven of Hell
8. A Heaven of Hell
December 1, 2017
As Father Bennett and Mouse head west to rendezvous with Marcus and Tomas, new details about Mouse's tragic past comes to light. With time running out to finish the exorcism, one of the foster children is faced with a difficult choice. But the demon has other plans.
Help Me
7. Help Me
November 17, 2017
As the exorcism begins, the fate of the foster home hangs in the balance. This is an adversary unlike anything Marcus and Tomas have ever faced, and in order to save this family, the two of them must journey into the mouth of madness itself.
Darling Nikki
6. Darling Nikki
November 10, 2017
A visit to the foster home carries deadly consequences, as Marcus and Father Tomas attempt to draw the demon out of hiding. Rose finds herself the target of the demon's wrath. And no one suspects that a new danger may be lurking in the woods, waiting for its moment to strike. Meanwhile, Father Bennett and Mouse take the fight directly to the conspiracy as they attempt to hunt down an old adversary.
There but for the Grace of God, Go I
5. There but for the Grace of God, Go I
November 3, 2017
As Tomas and Marcus continue to investigate the strange incidents at the foster home, the demon finally makes its presence known. The two priests must race against the clock to find evidence of possession before it is too late. Meanwhile, Andy and Rose take the children on an overnight camping trip, setting them on a collision course with the supernatural presence on the island. Back in Rome, Father Bennett's uneasy partnership with Mouse takes a turn as disturbing new information about the conspiracy comes to light.
One for Sorrow
4. One for Sorrow
October 20, 2017
As Andy confronts the strange incidents taking place on the island, his foster home receives a surprising new addition. Marcus investigates a series of natural disturbances with the help of a local wildlife biologist, while Tomas continues to question the strange visions that led him to Seattle. Meanwhile, Bennett's uneasy partnership with the enigmatic Mouse takes a dark turn.
3. Unclean
October 13, 2017
The situation at the foster home continues to deteriorate, as Andy tries to help his foster daughter, Grace overcome her agoraphobia. Meanwhile, Marcus and Tomas travel to Seattle where they encounter a new possession case, discovering a young girl who has been targeted by a force of pure evil. Father Bennett tracks down a rogue church operative named Mouse who is waging a one-woman crusade against the demonic conspiracy.
Safe as Houses
2. Safe as Houses
October 6, 2017
Tomas and Marcus attempt to escape the custody of Cindy's enraged family, while simultaneously trying to finish her exorcism. Rose conducts her inspection of Andy Kim's household and is concerned about Caleb's mental state. Meanwhile, Andy's neighbors offer to teach the children farming skills, but there's something sinister behind their intentions. Additionally, Verity may be hiding something from the rest of her foster family. Then, Father Bennett tries to warn the Office of Exorcism of a new threat, but finds his attempts railroaded by menacing forces.
1. Janus
September 29, 2017
Six months after leaving Chicago, Father Tomas continues his training to become an exorcist under the watchful eye of his partner Marcus Keane. Their travels lead them to a troubled young woman in rural Montana, where their investigation puts them in the crosshairs of her extended family. But as Tomas' skills continue to grow, Marcus begins to worry that his apprentice is taking unnecessary risks. The action then switches to a secluded private island off the coast of Seattle, where Andy Kim runs a group home for at-risk foster children, whose lives are disrupted when the state sends a social worker to determine whether the foster home should be closed. Little do they know the true danger is yet to come: a malevolent presence that has set its sights upon one of the children in Andy's care.
Where to Watch The Exorcist
The Exorcist is available for streaming on the FOX website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Exorcist on demand at Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play, Apple TV and Tubi TV.
  • Premiere Date
    September 23, 2016
  • IMDB Rating
    7.9  (31,459)