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Olympos (season 1)

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Olympos (season 1)
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes10
Original networkShowtime
Original releaseDecember 1, 2021 (2021-12-01) –
February 2, 2022 (2022-02-02)
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The first season of the Showtime mythological drama television series Olympos, created by Monica and David Vinco, was produced by Warner Bros. Television Studios in association with Vinco's own production company, Monica Vinco Presents, and featured backing from Ryan Murphy Productions.The series consisted of "highly accurate" retellings of various Greek myths, featuring a star-studded cast including Darren Criss, Mena Suvari, Emma Mackey, Gregg Sulkin, Samara Weaving, Tom Stevens, Nicholas Hoult, Myko Olivier, Laura Prepon, and Bernadette Peters.

Olympos premiered on December 1, 2021, attracting a record-breaking 3.5 million viewers, surpassing the premiere of Ray Donovan and marking it as the most-watched series premiere in Showtime's history. Despite a decrease in live viewership towards the end of the season, the series saw a surge in ratings when it was made available on Paramount+, the day after the season finale.

Described as "high camp" from critics and audiences alike, the series was praised for its mythological accuracy and storytelling, set and costume designs, and the performances of its cast, particularly Criss, Peters, Weaving, and Suvari. The series was renewed for a second and third season after only four episodes and a month after the season finale, respectively. The series topped several year-end lists of the best television series of 2022 and received numerous award nominations. Notably, at the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards, the season won Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (for Peters), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (for Hoult), and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series. It also dominated the 74th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, winning all of its nominations.


“Olympos” explores various early stories in Greek mythology, namely those of creation and metamorphoses, and the rise of the Olympians. Central to the narrative is the relationship of Zeus, the king of the gods, and his wife Hera, wrought with infidelity and quarrels. Other key characters in Zeus' ever-growing family are Gaia, Zeus' grandmother, who was once his ally, but now an enemy; his children: the wise Athene and the witty Hermes; and his siblings Poseidon and Hestia. Another key figure is Aphrodite, the goddess of love, who is caught in a love triangle with Hephaistos and Ares, Zeus and Hera's sons.

The series takes note of several concepts in ancient Greece, namely the gender dynamic, with Zeus as the patriarchy, and the experiences of marginalized women, personified by Aphrodite and Athene, with Hera embodying internalized misogyny. Motifs of betrayal, love, family, and power are also explored.

Cast and characters[edit]




  • Adam Brody as Haides (Episode: "Theogony")
  • Dylan McDermott as Kronos (Episode: "Theogony")
  • Okeanos (Episode: "Theogony")
  • Tethys (Episode: "Theogony")
  • Kreios (Episode: "Theogony")
  • Koios (Episode: "Theogony")
  • Phoibe (Episode: "Theogony")
  • Mnemosyne (Episode: "Theogony")
  • Theia (Episode: "Theogony")
  • Hyperion (Episode: "Theogony")
  • Mnemosyne (Episode: "Theogony")
  • Ophion (Episode: "Theogony")
  • Atlas (Episode: "Theogony")
  • Salmoneus (Episode: "Metamorphoses")
  • Kallisto (Episode: "Metamorphoses")
  • Lykaon (Episode: "Metamorphoses")
  • Argos Panoptes (Episode: "Io")
  • Io (Episode: "Io")
  • Telegonos (Episode: "Io")
  • Inakhos (Episode: "Io")


No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
U.S. viewers
11"Theogony"Monica VincoDavid & Monica VincoDecember 1, 2021 (2021-12-01)1–013.5
22"The Children"David VincoDavid & Monica VincoDecember 8, 2021 (2021-12-08)1–023.48
33"Outcasts"Monica VincoMonica VincoDecember 15, 2021 (2021-12-15)1–033.60
44"Deception"David VincoDavid VincoDecember 22, 2021 (2021-12-22)1–043.45
55"Prometheus"Ryan MurphyDavid & Monica VincoDecember 29, 2021 (2021-12-29)1–052.275
66"Mother"Monica VincoMonica VincoJanuary 5, 2022 (2022-01-05)1–062.540
77"Wrath of the Gods"David VincoDavid VincoJanuary 12, 2022 (2022-01-12)1–073.353
88"Rebirth"Axelle CarolynDavid VincoJanuary 19, 2022 (2022-01-19)1–083.57
99"Echoes of Chaos"David VincoDavid & Monica VincoJanuary 26, 2022 (2022-01-26)1–093.60
1010"Haven"John J. GrayMonica VincoFebruary 2, 2022 (2022-02-02)1–103.14







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