Peacock Will Explore Satanic Panic In New Coming-Of-Age Series ‘Hysteria!”

August 7, 2022

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

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Peacock has just announced that they have given a straight-to-series order for the coming-of-age thriller “Hysteria,” a series that will explore America’s dark history of mass hysteria with a shocking story set during the height of the 80s “Satanic Panic.”


In the series, “When a beloved varsity quarterback disappears during the “Satanic Panic” of the late 1980s, a struggling high school heavy metal band of outcasts realize they can capitalize on the town’s sudden interest in the occult by building a reputation as a Satanic metal band, until a bizarre series of murders, kidnappings, and reported “supernatural activity” triggers a leather-studded witch hunt that leads directly back to them.”


The series will be produced by UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group. Matthew Scott Kane will write and executive produce along with John Francis Daley (“Bones”, pictured) and Jonathan Goldstein. Chris Bender and Jake Weiner will executive produce under the Good Fear banner.


“Our upcoming thriller series Hysteria! will explore the complex world of the Satanic Panic, set amidst ‘80s nostalgia, mystery, heavy metal, and an all-American setting,” said Lisa Katz, President Scripted Content, NBCUniversal Television, and Streaming. “We’re excited to partner on this fresh, coming-of-age story led by writer Matthew Scott Kane, executive producers and directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, Good Fear, and our partners at UCP, for what is sure to be a compelling original series for Peacock viewers.”


“This nail-biting thriller dives into a mass moral panic and all the fears, desires, anger, and dread that led to these dark days,” said Beatrice Springborn, President, UCP. “Matthew’s script is original, intriguing, and perfectly captures the frenetic energy of the Satanic Panic. We can’t wait for audiences to experience the show on Peacock.”


We are looking forward to seeing “Hysteria!” How about you?

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