Those who enjoy horror will get a lot out of watching The Exorcist. This series falls into both the supernatural and horror genres, giving those who tend to watch both double the thrill. For example, if you like American Horror Story or watch Fear the Walking Dead, you are guaranteed to enjoy this show.

The original movie from 1973 has been drawn on for this title, and fans of subsequent films will find that the series does not take note of these.

This series initially came out in September 2016, and Fox was the network which aired it. However, Fox cancelled the series after its second season.


The Exorcist focuses on the Rance family in its first season. There’s Henry, Angela and their daughters – Katherine and Casey. Angela is of the opinion that their house is home to a demonic presence, while Casey has a similar opinion that there is a being inhabiting the walls. Meanwhile, Henry is in recovery from a serious injury and Katherine refuses to come out of her room.

Father Tomas Ortega steps in to help the Rance family with their issues, and he is a Catholic priest at the helm of a parish located in the outskirts of Chicago. Meanwhile, Father Marcus Keane is a priest from Mexico City who also gets involved as he has been brought up with instruction on how to take on evil spirits.

Cast and characters

  • Alfonso Herrera – Father Tomas Ortega
  • Ben Daniels – Father Marcus Keane
  • Hannah Kasulka – Casey Rance
  • Brianne Howey – Katherine ‘Kat’ Rance
  • Kurt Egyiawan – Father Devon Bennett
  • Alan Ruck – Henry Rance
  • Geena Davis – Angela Rance/Regan MacNeil
  • Li Jun Li – Rose Cooper
  • Brianna Hildebrand – Verity
  • John Cho – Andrew ‘Andy’ Kim
  • Zuleikha Robinson – Mouse
  • Robert Emmet Lunney – The Salesman/Captain Howdy/Pazuzu
  • Mouzam Makkar – Jessica
  • Kirsten Fitzgerald – Maria Walters
  • David Hewlett – The voice of the demon/Pazuzu
  • Sharon Gless – Chris MacNeil
  • Camille Guaty – Olivia
  • Deanna Dunagan – Mother Bernadette
  • Torrey Hanson – Cardinal Guillot
  • Francis Guinan – Simon the Priest
  • Cyrus Arnold – David ‘Truck’ Johnson III
  • Hunter Dillon – Caleb
  • Alex Barima – Shelby
  • Amelie Eve – Grace
  • Christopher Cousins – Peter Osborne
  • Alicia Witt – Nicole Kim
  • Zibby Allen – Cindy
  • Beatrice Kitsos – Harper Graham

Filming locations

A number of filming locations have been used for The Exorcist. Primarily, season one was filmed in Chicago, while the second one took place in Vancouver.

There are a number of individual filming locations which can be looked up online. For example, reports indicate that the MacNeil home is in Washington DC, and filming took place in Northern Iraq and Ninawa.


The pilot for The Exorcist was written by Jeremy Slater, and Fox created an order for this episode to be filmed in January 2016.

The casting began taking place from February 2016. Half of the Rance family – Casey and Katherine – plus Fathers Tomas, Marcus and Bennet were cast by the beginning of March.

The second season was filmed the following year, in July 2017, and the crew moved to Canada for this instalment of episodes.

There are DVDs of this series available for viewers to purchase online, and they were released from July 2018.

Episodes and reception

The episode titles for The Exorcist are as follows:

Season One

  • Chapter One: And Let My Cry Come Unto Thee
  • Chapter Two: Lupus in Fabula
  • Chapter Three: Let ‘Em In
  • Chapter Four: The Moveable Feast
  • Chapter Five: Through My Most Grievous Fault
  • Chapter Six: Star of the Morning
  • Chapter Seven: Father of Lies
  • Chapter Eight: The Griefbearers
  • Chapter Nine: 162
  • Chapter Ten: Three Rooms

Season Two

  • Janus
  • Safe as Houses
  • Unclean
  • One for Sorrow
  • There But for the Grace of God, Go I
  • Darling Nikki
  • Help Me
  • A Heaven of Hell
  • Ritual & Repetition
  • Unworthy

The Exorcist has been nominated for a number of awards. These are –

  • BloodGuts UK Horror Awards – Best TV Show – 2016
  • American Society of Cinematographers Awards – Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Television Movie/Miniseries/Pilot – 2017
  • Cine Awards – Best Breakthrough Actor – 2017
  • Cine Awards – Best Drama TV Series – 2017
  • Fangoria Chainsaw Awards – Best TV Actress – 2017
  • Fangoria Chainsaw Awards – Best TV Series – 2017
  • Fangoria Chainsaw Awards – Best TV Supporting Actor – 2017
  • Imagen Foundation Awards – Best Actor – Television – 2017
  • People’s Choice Awards – Favorite New TV Drama – 2017
  • Saturn Awards – Best Horror Television Series – 2017
  • Imagen Foundation Awards – Best Actor – Television – 2018

The series has won three awards. These are:

  • Cine Awards . Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Drama Series – 2017
  • Bloody Disgusting Reader’s Choice Awards – Best Actor – Television – 2018
  • iHorror Awards – Best Horror Series – 2018

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