Twisted (TV series)
Title card for the first 11 episodes.
|Created by||Adam Milch|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||19 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||40 minutes|
|Distributor||Disney–ABC Domestic Television|
|Original network||ABC Family|
|Original release||March 19, 2013 – April 1, 2014|
Twisted (stylized as twiƨted) was an American teen drama mystery-thriller television series. The pilot episode aired on March 19, 2013, and the show's next 10 episodes resumed airing on June 18, 2013.
On July 30, 2013, Twisted was picked up for a full season of 19 episodes and the second half of season one started airing on February 11, 2014. The season finale aired on April 1, 2014.
The series focuses on charming sixteen-year-old Danny Desai (Avan Jogia), who was charged with killing his aunt when he was eleven. Having spent five years in juvenile detention, he is released and returns to his hometown of Green Grove, New York. While trying to rekindle old friendships and facing the challenges of dealing with his judgmental peers, Danny becomes the prime suspect in the murder of a classmate. Realizing the town does not care about the truth and only wants to see him charged with the crime, Danny becomes determined to clear his name. Meanwhile, he must maintain a secret he has never told anyone; the real person who killed his aunt.
Cast and characters
- Avan Jogia as Danny Desai, a charming 16-year-old who has recently been released from juvie for the murder of his Aunt Tara. he instantly becomes a suspect to Regina's murder. He is first in love with Lacey but realizes his true feelings for Jo.
- Maddie Hasson as Jo Masterson, a smart girl who was traumatized by her childhood and became a social outcast. She is in love with Danny but realizes he will never think of her more than a friend. She dates Tyler briefly and loses her virginity with him to forget Danny. After Tyler, she starts dating Charlie going against how Danny feels about him but Charlie turns out to be a liar and had many secrets so they break up. Danny shortly after the break up tells Jo his feelings for her. When Jo needs time to "think about it" they have plans to meet at a library but she never makes it due to Charlie kidnapping her.
- Kylie Bunbury as Lacey Porter, an independent girl who worked hard to achieve her popular status in high school after Danny went away to juvie. Conscious of her status, she would first avoid Jo and Danny for fear of losing her popularity. However, she soon befriends the two again. She is also Danny's girlfriend for a while until they break up later in the season.
- Ashton Moio as Rico Winter, Jo's hard working, intelligent and awkward guy friend who secretly has a crush on her. He finds that Jo doesn't return his feelings so he starts dating Andie.
- Denise Richards as Karen Desai, Danny's devoted mother, Vikram's wife and Jack's love interest.
- Kimberly Quinn as Tess Masterson, Jo's mother and Karen's friend.
- Sam Robards as Kyle Masterson, the town's Chief of Police and Jo's overprotective father. Kyle tries to protect Jo from Charlie and Danny when he can.
- TJ Ramini as Vikram Desai, Danny's father and Karen's husband.
- Ivan Sergei as Jack Taylor, a boat mechanic and Vikram's old business partner. He's in love with Karen.
- Karynn Moore as Regina Crane, Lacey's best friend. She was killed at her own house party after claiming to know why Danny killed Tara. She was formerly friends with Phoebe, and had an undisclosed past with Vikram.
- Grey Damon as Archie Yates, Lacey's ex-boyfriend and Danny's nemesis.
- Brittany Curran as Phoebe Daly, an overly-dramatic and eccentric student and former enemy of Regina.
- Chris Zylka as Tyler Lewis, Phoebe's half-brother and a popular student interested in film production and in dating Jo. He was the mastermind behind multiple pranks against Danny.
- Jamila Velazquez as Sarita Sanchez, Lacey's former best friend and the popular 'mean girl'.
- John DeLuca as Cole Farrell, a soccer player who becomes Danny's friend.
- Todd Julian as Scott Ogden, Archie's best friend.
- Christopher Cousins as Mayor John Rollins
- Robin Givens as Judy, Lacey's mother.
- Jack Falahee as Charlie McBride, the new kid at Green Grove. He was Danny's cellmate in juvie, he appears to be romantically interested in Lacey, but then pursues Jo. He is the adoptive son of Tara Desai and is the biological son of Tess Masterson.
- Jessica Tuck as Gloria Crane, the mother of murdered student Regina.
- Daya Vaidya as Sandy Palmer, Kyle's very attractive deputy assistant.
- Aaron Hill as Eddie Garrett, a cop who works with Kyle.
- Rob Chen as Principal Mark Tang, the principal of the school. His readmission of Danny was a condition of a short affair he had with Karen.
- Ely Henry as Doug Mars, one of Rico's fellow "mathletes".
- Cynthy Wu as Andie Dang, a smart but shy girl in Green Grove High.
- Stacy Haiduk as Marilyn Rossi, a private investigator hired by Mayor Rollins to solve the Regina Crane murder case.
- Brianne Howey as Whitney Taylor, Jack's daughter who is very wild and free spirited.
- Keiko Agena as April Tanaka, a grief therapist brought in to help students deal with Regina's death.
- Kathy Najimy as Mrs. Fisk, a teacher at Green Grove High.
Development and production
The show is partially filmed in the Hudson Valley Area. Some of the scenes are shot in the small village of Nyack, NY (35 miles North of Manhattan). Johnny Cakes, where many of the scenes take place, is a real diner located on Main Street in Nyack.
Madelaine Hasson and Kylie Bunbury were cast as Jo and Lacey in September 2012. A month later, Avan Jogia, Denise Richards, Kimberly Quinn, Kathy Najimy and Grey Damon were announced to play Danny, Karen, Tess, Mrs. Fisk and Archie. The pilot was greenlighted in August 2012, and was filmed three months later in New York City in October. In February 2013, ABC Family ordered the show as a series. On April 3, 2013, production commenced in Studio City.
The 19-episode first season began with a sneak peek on March 19, 2013, before its official premiere on June 11, 2013, receiving 1.19 million viewers and 1.61 million viewers, respectively. The mid-season finale aired on August 27, 2013. The second half of the season aired from February 11, 2014 through April 1, 2014. A recap episode narrated by Ashton Moio titled "Socio Studies 101" aired on August 20, 2013, and gathered 0.99 million viewers.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers|
|1||"Pilot"||Jon Amiel||Adam Milch||March 19, 2013||1.19|
Danny Desai, Jo Masterson, and Lacey Porter were all three best friends in childhood. At age 11, Danny murdered his Aunt Tara and was placed in a juvenile detention center. Five years later, Lacey is part of the popular crowd, while Jo is a social outcast; the two no longer friends. Newly released, Danny tries to reconnect with the girls. Jo warms up to him and they go to a party thrown by Regina, Lacey's best friend. Lacey also begins to warm up to Danny when they share a bag of chips in Danny's bedroom later in the evening. That night, Regina texts Danny that she knows why he killed his aunt. The next day, she is found murdered, the necklace from her neck the only thing missing. Danny becomes the prime suspect, and it is revealed that he has the necklace.
Note: This episode aired again on June 11, 2013, and received 1.61m viewers.
|2||"Grief is a Five Letter Word"||Gavin Polone||Adam Milch||June 18, 2013||1.80|
|Danny is determined to clear his name after the entire town turns against him. Danny and Jo decide to invite Tess to a dinner at the Desai's to show that Danny can be trusted. Jo, Rico and both Jo's parents arrive at the dinner. Kyle, convinced Danny is the killer, searches Danny's room but is caught by Danny. Jo's parents argue with Karen about Danny, ruining the dinner. Later, Danny burns all the photos of him and his aunt in a bonfire. He then picks up Regina's necklace--which used to belong to Aunt Tara--but is unable to destroy it.|
|3||"PSA de Resistance"||Joe Lazarov||Andy Reaser||June 25, 2013||1.36|
|Danny and Jo volunteer to take part in a skit play for Sobriety Awareness Day. Danny tries to get closer to Lacey and leading up to the skit, they share a number of intense glances. After their skit, Sarita humiliates Jo by showing an auto-tuned video about her in front of the whole school. Danny and Lacey talk and almost kiss. It is revealed that Archie had borrowed his friend's car the entire night of Regina's party, which nullified his original alibi that he was home.|
|4||"Sleeping with the Frenemy"||Joshua Butler||Kay Reindl & Erin Maher||July 2, 2013||1.06|
|Jo attends a sleepover at Lacey's in the hopes of finding out something about Regina and why she was murdered. Meanwhile, Danny joins the soccer team at his school, and is generally accepted by his teammates due to his skills, although Archie, the team captain, is cold toward him. Kyle obtains a search warrant for the Desai house and barges in, angering Karen. However, he doesn't find anything and leaves. Karen is shocked when she finds Regina's necklace, cleverly hidden by Danny in Vikram's favorite chair.|
|5||"The Fest and the Furi"||Daisy Mayer||Debra J. Fisher||July 9, 2013||1.61|
|Tension arises among the town residents over whether Danny should attend the annual Fall Festival. Jo convinces Danny to go together, and later realizes she likes Danny, which creates tension between her and Rico, who likes Jo. Meanwhile, Lacey finds a letter sent to Regina, which contains money and says that the money should keep Regina's mouth shut. Lacey gets Danny alone and shows him the letter, then gives in to her conflicted emotions and kisses him, which he reciprocates. Danny and Lacey then meet Jo and show her the letter. Trying to protect Danny, Karen tosses Regina's necklace into the lake.|
|6||"Three for the Road"||Joe Lazarov||David Babcock||July 16, 2013||1.58|
|Danny, Jo and Lacey drive to the return address on the letter to find out who lives there. After a huge argument between Jo and Lacey, the two apologize to each other for breaking their friendship. Tess inadvertently reveals to Karen that Vikram cheated on Karen with her several times when he and Karen were dating. The girls discover that the man who lived in the apartment was Danny's father, and can't figure out what Regina had to do with him. They leave with Danny, unable to tell him what they found out. Rico reveals to Kyle that he saw Karen throw something into the lake.|
|7||"We Need to Talk About Danny"||Chris Grismer||Brian Studler||July 23, 2013||1.48|
|When Karen fails a job interview, Kyle attempts to win her trust. Lacey and Jo want answers from Danny about his secrets, but end up revealing that they found out the apartment belonged to Danny's father. Jo realizes that she may be in love with Danny. After Danny reveals his vulnerable side, Lacey and Danny share another heated kiss, which Lacey promptly stops when she realizes they are making out in front of Tara's grave; she leaves to break up with Archie. Meanwhile, Kyle's partner reveals that they found the necklace.|
|8||"Doc-Trauma"||Roger Kumble||Andy Reaser & Phinneas Kiyomura||July 30, 2013||1.32|
|Danny throws a party and Tyler agrees to help if he can film it for a documentary, while Kyle confronts Karen about the recovered necklace that she threw into the river.|
|9||"The Truth Will Out"||Joe Lazarov||Erin Maher & Kay Reindl||August 6, 2013||1.50|
|Picking up where the previous episode left off, Kyle Masterson is seen questioning Danny's mother after her confession to murdering Regina. With this major development in the murder investigation, Danny is likely to move away from Green Grove for good. Danny then decides to provide Kyle with all the information they have concerning the murder in order to clear both him and his mother's names. Lacey's aloof and disapproving father, Samuel, arrives in town for Lacey's sister Clara's birthday party. With Rico's advice to try harder with Lacey, Jo offers to attend the birthday party for moral support. She then discovers Lacey's father and Mitch (Clara's gymnastic coach) kissing in the pantry. Meanwhile, Danny is keeping his own secret from his best friends and decides it may be time to come clean about how Karen got the necklace. The episode ends with Rico receiving a shocking video of Danny and Lacey that has the potential to destroy friendships and reputations.|
|10||"Poison of Interest"||Gavin Polone||David Babcock||August 13, 2013||1.44|
|Accusations against Danny could get him kicked out of school, and Jo is upset when a video is released.|
|11||"Out with the In-Crowd"||Joe Lazarov||Debra J. Fisher||August 27, 2013||1.62|
|Jo is still hurt over the video, and Lacey has become an outcast at school.|
|12||"Dead Men Tell Big Tales"||Gavin Polone||Charles Pratt, Jr.||February 11, 2014||1.29|
|Danny overhears his mom and Chief Masterson talking about Danny's father being alive. Danny remains on the run from the police. Rico attempts to be comforting towards Lacey. Danny tries to tell Jo about the news of his father but she rats him out and he runs again. Karen is pissed and takes her anger out on the Mastersons. Rico lets Danny stay with him for a while. Jo confesses to Tess that she regrets sleeping with Tyler. Danny comes clean to Jo and Lacey about his aunt's murder: his father killed her and coerced Danny into taking the blame. Vikram returns, leading to a confrontation with Danny. As the confrontation gets physical, Vikram assaults both Danny and Jo but falls off the edge of a cliff when Danny tries to defend himself and Jo.|
|13||"Sins of the Father"||Gavin Polone||Adam Milch||February 18, 2014||1.37|
|Finally in the clear over Regina's murder, Danny wonders if he deserves a second chance, while Karen has doubts about reconnecting with Jack. Elsewhere, Lacey thinks there's a link between Gloria and Vikram; Charlie takes an interest in Lacey; and the mayor is connected to something surprising|
|14||"Home Is Where the Hurt Is"||David Jackson||Stacy Rukeyser||February 25, 2014||1.12|
|Things get tense for Danny and Lacey as the homecoming dance looms. Meanwhile, Jo tries to help Andie and Rico get together. Danny recognizes someone who's linked to his past in juvenile hall. Also, Tess struggles to keep secrets from Kyle|
|15||"Danny Indemnity"||Chad Lowe||Andy Reaser||March 4, 2014||1.10|
|Danny and Jo are puzzled by a huge cover-up. Meanwhile, Danny acquires a large sum of money, putting a strain on his relationship with his mom. Jo asks her mother about the distance between her parents. Also, Tess reveals something new to Kyle.|
|16||"The Son Also Falls"||Teri Hatcher||Ariana Jackson||March 11, 2014||1.02|
|Kyle begins to dig into Karen's motives. Jo and Andie compete for student body president. Lacey strikes up a friendship with Whitney, Jack's daughter.|
|17||"You're a Good Man, Charlie McBride"||Daisy Mayer||Adam Milch||March 18, 2014||1.13|
|Charlie's growing relationship with Jo concerns Danny. Meanwhile, Lacey takes a liking to Whitney's wild side. Karen gives Danny positive advice and helps Tess with a personal problem. Also, Kyle has suspicions about Jack.|
|18||"Danny, Interrupted"||Gavin Polone||Stacy Rukeyser||March 25, 2014||0.73|
|Danny visits an old confidant; Jo questions a friend's motives; Tess receives bad news.|
|19||"A Tale of Two Confessions"||Gavin Polone||Charles Pratt, Jr.||April 1, 2014||0.77|
|Kyle's investigation culminates with a series of shocking and contradictory confessions and potentially deadly consequences. The complicated triangle between Jo, Danny and Charlie comes to a shocking head. Karen and Tess uncover more of Vikram's secrets, including a piece of evidence that has major implications for Tess and the Masterson family. Meanwhile, Whitney's mother Gretchen (Elaine Hendrix) shows up to bring her daughter back to the city, and her candor about Whitney's past causes Lacey to question her friend. And Rico makes a major faux pas in his first meeting with Andie's parents. It's revealed that Charlie is Tara's adoptive son and Tess's biological son. Gunshots are then fired.|
Countries of broadcasts
Awards and nominations
|Choice Summer TV Star: Male||Avan Jogia||Nominated|
|Choice Summer TV Star: Female||Maddie Hasson||Nominated|
|Choice TV Show: Drama||Twisted||Nominated|
|Choice TV Actor: Drama||Avan Jogia||Nominated|
|Choice TV Actress: Drama||Maddie Hasson||Nominated|
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