Yellowjackets (TV Series)

Yellowjackets is drama television series created by Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson. It stars an ensemble cast led by Sophie NélisseJasmin Savoy BrownSophie Thatcher, and Sammi Hanratty as four teenagers involved in a plane crash in 1996, with Melanie Lynskey, Tawny Cypress, Juliette Lewis, and Christina Ricci portraying their adult counterparts. Ella Purnell, Steven Krueger, and Warren Kole also star in lead roles.

The series premiered on Showtime on November 14, 2021. The series received critical acclaim, with praise for its story and cast performances. In December 2021, the series was renewed for a second season.



Series info

  • Genre: Drama
  • Network: Showtime
  • Cast: Melanie Lynskey, Juliette Lewis, Christina Ricci, Ava Allan, Matthew Bilodeau, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Tonya Cornelisse, Tawny Cypress, Pearl Amanda Dickson, Courtney Eaton, Sammi Hanratty, Jeff Holman, Jacob Houston, Steven Krueger, Steve Lenz, Wes Martinez, Sophie Nélisse, Amy Okuda, Ella Purnell, Bess Rous, Tracy Silver, Sophie Thatcher, Briana Venskus, Jane Widdop, Anthony Winters, Charlie Wright, Princess Davis
  • Premiere Date: Nov 14, 2021
  • Executive producers: Ashley Lyle, Bart Nickerson, Jonathan Lisco, Drew Comins

Critic reviews for Yellowjackets (TV Series)

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 100% of 70 critics’ reviews are positive, with an average rating of 8.1/10. Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 78 out of 100 based on 28 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”.

An uncanny mix of implacable horror, conspiracy-laded mystery, and barbed character comedy. It’s as adept at making you scream with fear as scream with laughter, then it lets you question what really divides the two. Full Review

Craig Mathieson – The Age (Australia)

Gruesome, gripping and blackly comic, this tightly-plotted mystery-horror is meaty in all the right (and wrong) ways. Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

James Dyer – Empire Magazine

In this stew of hormones, gore, and mordant farce, the series captures the way that growing out of girlhood is an inherently brutal and absurd process. Full Review

Shirley Li – The Atlantic

The season climaxes with a bravura sequence of desire and ultraviolence… Full Review

Doreen St. Felix – New Yorker

It’s a fast, freaky ride. Strap on those oxygen masks; it’s about to, quite literally, go down… Full Review

Alison Herman – The Ringer

“Yellowjackets” is many things, including my favorite new mystery drama of the year. Full Review

Lorraine Ali – Los Angeles Times

Creators and showrunners Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson are quick to dole out the plot twists, too, while ably balancing timelines and a parade of complicated lead characters. An hour with these women flies by. Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Adam White – Independent (UK)

A genre mash-up of survival drama, teenage high-school movie, gory horror flick, with a dab of The Blair Witch Project, it is much better than that unholy mess sounds on paper. Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Carol Midgley – Times (UK)

There’s a hell of a lot going on. But it had me gripped. Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Anita Singh – Daily Telegraph (UK)

I’m here to proselytize the cult ofYellowjackets. Full Review

Phillip Maciak – Slate

Terrific characters and performances and darkly compelling back story make for immediately engrossing viewing. Full Review

Brad Newsome – Sydney Morning Herald

I know that “Lord of the Flies but with girls” is also the concept for The Wilds, but honestly? I’m here for it. Full Review

Valerie Anne Liston – Autostraddle

In the short term Yellowjackets holds all the essential ingredients needed to brew a thriller worth investing in. Full Review

Melanie McFarland –

Yellowjackets is all kinds of fun, focused on a messy story and the messy people who rose from the ashes of it. Full Review | Original Score: A-

Kristen Lopez – indieWire

It’s the kind of show that borrows from so many others that it feels mostly original again, though its most direct influence is “Lost.” Full Review

Inkoo Kang – Washington Post

What makes this patchwork of styles, tones and time periods hang together is the thread of psychological realism that runs through every scene. Full Review

Judy Berman – TIME Magazine

It really might be the next Lost. Just don’t say that too loudly. You don’t want to jinx it. Full Review

Emily VanDerWerff – Vox

Yellowjackets remains too fun to write off just yet. Its gutsiness sets it apart from the usual survival-drama fare, and its performances suggest a deeper story even if we don’t know what it is quite yet. Full Review

Angie Han – Hollywood Reporter

It’s a blazing start to a series speculating about the dark, seething rage and violence that lurks in young women given the agency to create and control their own society. Full Review

John Doyle – Globe and Mail

Don’t be fooled by its teen show trappings: “Yellowjackets” is a pitch black parable of human desperation that will creep its way under your skin given the chance. Full Review

Caroline Framke – Variety

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