Wayward Pines is a ten-episode American television series based on the Wayward Pines novels by Blake Crouch. Developed for television by Chad Hodge, the pilot was directed by M. Night Shyamalan, with both as executive producers. The series premiered on Fox on May 14, 2015, and concluded on July 23, 2015.
The series stars Matt Dillon as Ethan Burke, a U.S. Secret Service agent investigating the disappearance of two fellow agents in the mysterious small town of Wayward Pines, Idaho. Ethan awakens from a car accident unable to contact the outside world, and unable to leave. He finds one of the agents dead and the other, his former lover Kate Hewson (Carla Gugino), settled down in the seemingly idyllic town. But the inhabitants of Wayward Pines are trapped there by a set of rules enforced by the strict Sheriff Arnold Pope (Terrence Howard), and any attempt to escape is punished by a public execution known as a “reckoning.” Ethan works to discover the truth, and once he does, he will have to make hard choices.
Wayward Pines has received mostly favorable reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds a rating of 86%, based on 49 reviews. The site’s critical consensus reads, “Creepy and strange in the best way possible, Wayward Pines is a welcome return to form for M. Night Shamalyan [sic].” The fifth episode, “The Truth”, received an individual rating of 83%, the only episode of the series to do so. On Metacritic, the series has a score of 66 out of 100, based on 34 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”.