Haven (TV series)

Based on The Colorado Kid
by Stephen King
Developed by
Theme music composer
Composer Shawn Pierce
Country of origin
  • United States
  • Canada
Original language English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 78 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
Production locations
Cinematography Eric Cayla
Barry Donlevy
Camera setup single
Running time 41–43 minutes
Production companies
Distributor Entertainment One
Original network Syfy, Showcase
Original release July 9, 2010 (2010-07-09) –
December 17, 2015 (2015-12-17)
External links

Haven is an American-Canadian supernatural drama television series loosely based on the Stephen King novel The Colorado Kid (2005). The show, which deals with strange events in a fictional town in Maine named Haven, was filmed on the South Shore of Nova Scotia, and was an American/Canadian co-production. It starred Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant, Nicholas Campbell and Eric Balfour, whose characters struggle to help townspeople with supernatural afflictions and protect the town from the effects of those afflictions. The show was the creation of writers Jim Dunn and Sam Ernst.

The one-hour drama premiered on July 9, 2010, on Syfy, and concluded on December 17, 2015.[1][2] In August 2015, Syfy cancelled the series after five seasons.[3]


When FBI Special Agent Audrey Parker (Emily Rose) is dispatched to the small town of Haven, Maine, on a routine case, she finds herself becoming increasingly involved in the return of "The Troubles", a plague of supernatural afflictions that have occurred in the town at least twice before. With an openness to the possibility of the paranormal, she also finds a more personal link in Haven that may lead her to the mother she has never known.

Over time, Parker, who eventually quits the FBI to join the Haven Police Department, begins to realize that her arrival in Haven may have been pre-arranged and that her name and even her memories may not be her own. As the series progresses, she learns more about the mysteries of both Haven and her true identity.

She and her partner, police detective Nathan Wuornos (Lucas Bryant), find themselves frequently facing problems caused by both the effects of the Troubles, as well as the activities of town folk who take more drastic measures against those who are Troubled.

Cast and characters



Development and production

Haven was originally developed for ABC Television in 2007 by writers Sam Ernst and Jim Dunn, with production company Piller Segan.

View of Lunenburg. The shoreline can be seen in various Haven episodes.

In September 2009, E1 Entertainment announced it was working with Stephen King to develop a television series based on his novel The Colorado Kid (2005). The entertainment company ordered the concept straight to series, with thirteen episodes planned.[5] In November, Syfy announced it had acquired the series.[6]

Sam Ernst and Jim Dunn wrote the pilot episode. According to Ernst, the original idea had no supernatural involvement, which prompted Stephen King to ask "Where's the supernatural element"? after he read their notes.[7] In February 2010, Emily Rose was cast in the lead role of Audrey Parker.[8] Eric Balfour and Lucas Bryant came on board in late March.[9] Canadian broadcaster Canwest Global Communications acquired rights to the series in March as well.[10]

In April 2010, Adam Kane signed on to direct the pilot.[11] Production began April 20 in Halifax, Nova Scotia and surrounding areas.[12] Filming occurred primarily in Chester, Nova Scotia (including using the local arena as a studio[13]) and throughout the South Shore of the province, including Lunenburg,[14] Halifax, and Mahone Bay.[citation needed]

The promo of series premiere features the song Short Change Hero by The Heavy.

The series premiere, "Welcome to Haven", aired on Syfy in the U.S. on July 9, 2010,[15] and on Showcase in Canada on July 12.[16] The show became available to other international markets in October 2010.[17]


Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 13 July 9, 2010 (2010-07-09) October 8, 2010 (2010-10-08)
2 13 July 15, 2011 (2011-07-15) December 6, 2011 (2011-12-06)
3 13 September 21, 2012 (2012-09-21) January 17, 2013 (2013-01-17)
4 13 September 13, 2013 (2013-09-13) December 13, 2013 (2013-12-13)
5 26 13 September 11, 2014 (2014-09-11) December 5, 2014 (2014-12-05)
13 October 8, 2015 (2015-10-08) December 17, 2015 (2015-12-17)

The one-hour drama premiered on July 9, 2010, on Syfy.[1] The series was the first property to be produced for Syfy Pay channels around the globe, excluding Canada and Scandinavia.[17] On October 12, 2011, it was renewed for a third 13-episode season, which began airing on September 21, 2012.[18][19] On November 9, 2012, it was renewed for a fourth 13-episode season.[20] On January 28, 2014, the show was renewed for a split 26-episode fifth season. The first half aired in 2014 with the second half airing in 2015.[21]


Haven premiered to mixed reviews. On Metacritic season 1 has a score of 53 out of 100, based on reviews from 22 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[22] On Rotten Tomatoes season 1 has an approval rating of 35% based on reviews from 26 critics. The site's critical consensus stating: "It benefits from an intriguing setting and a strong lead in Emily Rose, but otherwise, Haven is a derivative supernatural crime procedural."[23]

The Miami Herald's Glenn Garvin found it "barely competent" as a cop drama but "quite successful" as a "narrative of eccentric, slightly damaged yet ultimately warm characters".[24][22] USA Today's Robert Bianco called it a "ludicrously see-through supernatural crime drama that wastes a perfectly fine performance from Emily Rose".[25]

References to other works

Allusions to the written works of author Stephen King are made in the series regularly;[26] the setting for the series is derived from King's novella The Colorado Kid (2005), although the name of the town is changed. On Syfy.com's Haven website, many of these references are explained for each episode. For example, Derry and Haven are both fictional towns in Maine previously used in the author's stories.[27][28] One of the main characters receives a copy of a novel written by a character from King's novel, Misery (1987),[29] while another character has just been released from Shawshank Prison.[29] In some cases the plot of an episode revolves around an idea from King's works: a character who has precognitive, psychometric visions after touching people or things;[30] or plants that start killing people.[31]

It is noted on the Syfy site that "It is a particular favorite Stephen King book for the Haven writers and producers".[27] For example, in "A Tale of Two Audreys", a little boy in a yellow rain slicker is seen outside the church chasing a newspaper boat that he has set in the stream in the gutter. He chases until it falls down into a storm drain on Witcham Street. He then sticks his right arm down into the drain and screams. The scene can be found in the opening chapter of the 1986 book.[32] Also derived from It, the episode "Fear and Loathing" revolves around a troubled person who (unwillingly) takes the form of a person's worst fear, and in one instance appears as a clown, a visual allusion to Pennywise of the film version of It (1990).[33] The "Troubles" also seem to coincide with the arrival of the stranger, in this case Audrey, every 27 years. This is the same amount of time between appearances of the creature in It.

Home media


Name Set details DVD release dates Special Features
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
The Complete 1st Season
  • Discs: 4
  • Episodes: 13
June 14, 2011[34] January 30, 2012[35] June 1, 2011[36]
  • Twelve audio commentaries with cast and crew
  • "Welcome to Haven" featurette
  • "Visual FX of Haven" featurette
  • "Mythology of Haven" featurette
  • Behind-the-scenes video blogs
  • Additional cast interviews
  • Season two sneak peek: "Inside the Writers' Room"
The Complete 2nd Season
  • Discs: 4
  • Episodes: 13
September 4, 2012[37] October 1, 2012[38]
May 16, 2012[39]
  • Ten audio commentaries with cast and crew
  • "Silent Night" Christmas episode
  • Six making-of featurettes
  • Five behind-the-scenes featurettes
  • Interview with Adam Copeland
  • Haven panel at New York Comic Con
The Complete 3rd Season
  • Discs: 4
  • Episodes: 13
September 3, 2013[40] September 30, 2013[41] May 15, 2013[42]
  • "The Haunting Truth about Haven: A Documentary"
  • Six audio commentaries with the writers
  • "Escape to Haven" webisode series
  • Haven panel at New York Comic Con
  • Deleted/alternative scenes
  • Interviews with the cast and guest stars
  • Behind-the-scenes footage
  • Blooper reel
  • Haven: After the Storm comic (Region 1 only)
The Complete 4th Season
  • Discs: 4
  • Episodes: 13
August 26, 2014[43] September 8, 2014[44] November 12, 2014[45]
  • Thirteen "Inside Haven" featurettes
  • "Darkside Seekers" webisode series
  • Six audio commentaries with the writers
  • Panel highlights from San Diego Comic Con, Nerd HQ and New York Comic Con
  • Three interviews with the cast
  • Pancakes: The Morning After deleted scene
  • Behind-the-scenes footage
  • Blooper reel
  • Haven: In the Beginning comic (Region 1 only)
Season 5, Volume 1
  • Discs: 4
  • Episodes: 13
September 8, 2015[46] October 12, 2015[47] November 18, 2015[48]
  • Thirteen "Inside Haven" featurettes
  • Haven Origins: Witches Are Born
  • Haven Origins: Native Breaks Free
  • Audio commentaries
The Final Season
  • Discs: 4
  • Episodes: 13
April 19, 2016[49] April 4, 2016[50] May 18, 2016[51]
  • Thirteen "Inside Haven" Featurettes
  • Thirteen Audio Commentary Tracks
  • Interviews with Eric Balfour, Lucas Bryant, William Shatner, Adam Copeland & Producer Shawn Piller
  • Mythology Refresher
  • Haven Revisited: Livestream Segments with the Cast & Crew
  • Haven Archives: Entries from the Crocker Diaries
  • Haven Origins: Lovers Conquered All
  • Haven Origins: Trust Kills Fear
The Complete Series
  • Discs: 24
  • Episodes: 78
April 19, 2016[52] TBA TBA TBA


In Region A, Entertainment One released the first season on Blu-ray on June 14, 2011, and the second season on September 4, 2012, and in Region B, the first season was released on September 14, 2011.[53]


Haven has been sold for broadcast in several countries worldwide, including Australia,[54][55] Canada,[56] New Zealand,[57] the United Kingdom,[58] and the United States.[citation needed]


Chiller acquired the rights to air Haven in June 2013.[59] It first premiered on Sunday, July 14, 2013, at 8pm ET, and aired four episodes every Sunday thereafter until the series was discontinued prior to the network's closure.[citation needed]. Genesis International distributes the syndication version to several local markets in the US.


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