Loosely based on the 1985 film of the same name, this live-action series is darker, more ‘realistic’ and edgier.
GENERAL PROGRAM INFORMATION
GENRE: Supernatural Drama
SETTING: Beacon Hills
STATION: Music Television (MTV)
AIR DATES: June 5, 2011 – Present
NUMBER OF EPISODES: Still in Production
CREW AND OTHER TECHNICAL INFORMATION
DEVELOPED BY: Jeff Davis
MAIN CAST :: CHARACTER NAME…PERFORMER NAME
Scott McCall…Tyler Posey
Allison Argent…Crystal Reed
Stiles Stilinski…Dylan O’Brien
Derek Hale…Tyler Hoechlin
Lydia Martin…Holland Roden
Jackson Whittemore…Colton Haynes
Editorial on the New Show
September 19, 2013: I have just started watching this show and I have to (reluctantly) admit that it’s much better than I thought possible. It’s aimed at teens but the characters are likeable enough that it can be enjoyed by adults. In other words, these teens aren’t (all) obnoxious.
Fans of the original will enjoy the little nods made to the film that I still see well into season twho. My favorite, from the pilot episode, is Coach Finstock’s horrid little speech that ends with “Everything else is cream cheese.” It’s not set in Beacon Town, but is in Beacon Hills and although the school mascot is not a Beaver, it IS the mascot of an opposing LaCrosse team in season two.
But the most important question I’m sure any true Teen Wolf (the film) fan has is – What about Stiles? Is he funny like Jerry Levine or is he just annoying like Stuart Fratkin?
Dylan O’Brien’s Stiles may not be as obnoxious as Jerry Levine’s or as opportunistic, but he is very enjoyable. His situation is much more dire (his life is threatened on a semi-regular basis) and therefore he doesn’t have time to scheme on how to profit from his friend’s affliction. Instead, he’s the loyal friend who helps when he can and lightens the mood with his sarcastic wit. This Stiles is a more likable person, although Jerry Levine’s is still the definitive and my personal favorite.
For more details about the show I highly recommend the Wikipedia entry.