When nuclear Armageddon destroys civilization on Earth, the only survivors are those on the 12 international space stations in orbit at the time. Three generations later, the 4,000 survivors living on a space ark of linked stations see their resources dwindle and face draconian measures established to ensure humanity’s future. Desperately looking for a solution, the ark’s leaders send 100 juvenile prisoners back to the planet to test its habitability. Having always lived in space, the exiles find the planet fascinating and terrifying, but with the fate of the human race in their hands, they must forge a path into the unknown.
First episode date: March 19, 2014
Network: The CW
Creator: Jason Rothenberg
Stars: Eliza Taylor, Bob Morley, Marie Avgeropoulos
Genre:Sci-Fi, Drama, Family, Thriller
It’s been nearly 100 years since Earth was devastated by a nuclear apocalypse, with the only survivors being the 400 inhabitants of 12 international space stations that were in orbit at the time. Three generations later, the survivors number 4,000 — and resources are running out on their dying “Ark” (the 12 stations now linked together and repurposed to keep the survivors alive). Draconian measures including capital punishment and population control are the order of the day, as the leaders of the Ark take ruthless steps to ensure their future — including secretly exiling a group of 100 juvenile prisoners to the Earth’s surface to test whether it’s habitable. No one has set foot on the planet in nearly a century — until now. For the 100 on Earth, the alien planet they’ve never known is a mysterious realm that can be magical one moment and lethal the next.