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  • Premiered: 
    October 2, 2016
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  • Network: HBO
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Inspired by the 1973 movie (Westworld) by Michael Crichton 
  • Subject Matter: Science Fiction
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Plot Synopsis

Inspired by the 1973 theatrical film WESTWORLD, this 10-episode drama series is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. Set at the intersection of the near future and the re-imagined past, it explores a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged at Westworld -- a vast, remote park where guests pay top dollar to share wild-west adventures with android hosts. Dr. Robert Ford is the brilliant, taciturn and complicated creative director, chief programmer and founder of Westworld, who has an uncompromising creative vision for the park. His brilliant and quixotic head of the Programming Division is Bernard Lowe, whose keen observation of human nature provides him with boundless inspiration for his life's work: creating artificial people. Theresa Cullen is Westworld's head of Quality Assurance, who is responsible for keeping the park from sliding into unscripted chaos, and Elsie Hughes is a sardonic rising star in the Behavior Department, who is charged with diagnosing the odd quirks of behavior in the park's hosts. They're joined by Lee Sizemore, the head of Narrative, whose storylines tantalize the guests, while his temperament grates on his colleagues, including Stubbs, the no-nonsense head of Security, who is charged with monitoring host and human interactions and ensuring the safety of the guests. The series opens as another day of fantasy plays out in Westworld, but Lowe alerts Ford about incidents of aberrant behavior cropping up in some recently re-coded hosts. Meanwhile, in the Westworld town of Sweetwater, a rancher's daughter named Dolores Abernathy encounters a gunslinger named Teddy Flood in the street -- but their predictable narrative is upended by the appearance of a ruthless Man in Black, and, later, by a supporting host's unscripted encounter with an artifact of the outside world, where Dolores begins to discover that her entire idyllic existence is an elaborately constructed lie. Meanwhile, Maeve Millay, a razor-sharp madam in Sweetwater's brothel, is a genius for reading people and has a knack for survival, but her seen-it-all-before worldview is about to be challenged when her emotions are tweaked by Hughes in order to avoid a recall.
On Sunday, December 4, 2016 from 9-10:30pm ET/PT, HBO premiered the Season 1 finale of WESTWORLD. In the 90-minute season ender, "The Bicameral Mind," Ford unveils his bold new narrative; Dolores embraces her identity; and Maeve sets her plan in motion. Three weeks earlier -- on November 14 -- HBO renewed WESTWORLD for a second season.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Bad Robot Productions
  • Produced by Weintraub Productions
  • Produced by Kilter Films
  • In association with Warner Bros. Television

Births, Deaths & Weddings

  • November 13, 2016: Theresa Cullen dies