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Quantico is an American television thriller series created by Joshua Safran which premiered on ABC on September 27, 2015. The protagonist of the series is Alex Parrish (Priyanka Chopra), who is suspected of committing a terrorist attack. Flashbacks tell her story and the stories of her fellow recruits at the FBI Academy in Quantico. ABC picked up the show for a full season with subsequent orders in October and November to a total of 22 episodes.


The series follows a group of young FBI recruits; each has a specific reason for joining. Flashbacks detail their previous lives, while the recruits battle their way through training at the academy in Quantico. However, the series reveals in a flash forward twist that one of the recruits, upon graduating from the academy, will be suspected of masterminding the biggest terror attack on New York City since the September 11 attacks in 2001.

Cast and charactersEdit


  • Priyanka Chopra as Alex Parrish, a promising FBI agent who becomes a prime suspect in the terrorist attack. Framed, she goes into hiding to track down those responsible and clear her name.
  • Josh Hopkins as Liam O'Connor, a seasoned FBI agent who had a fling with Miranda Shaw, demoted to work at the Academy.
  • Jake McLaughlin as Ryan Booth, an undercover FBI agent who was tasked to surveil Alex, but fell in love with her instead.
  • Aunjanue Ellis as Miranda Shaw, director of the training program at Quantico and Alex's mentor. She refuses to believe that Alex is guilty.
  • Yasmine Al Massri as Nimah & Raina Amin, twins brought into the program by Miranda, who masquerade as one person under Nimah's name. Aggressive and secular Nimah desperately wants to be a special agent but is not quite up to the physical and mental challenge, while the more religious Raina is better suited to the role, but only entered training because Nimah wanted it so much.
  • Johanna Braddy as Shelby Wyatt, Alex's best friend and an excellent shot. She is rather wealthy and her family owns a couple of corporations. Shelby's parents were both killed on 9/11, leading her to join the FBI to try to stop terrorist attacks in the future.
  • Tate Ellington as Simon Asher. He is Jewish and has a fascination with Nimah, who discovers that he spent part of his life in Gaza. Simon was officially kicked out of Quantico, but is secretly a deep cover agent.
  • Graham Rogers as Caleb Haas, who originally flunked out of the Academy as an agent, but brought back to train as an analyst, and then re-instated as an agent trainee again. Prior to the Grand Central Terminal Attack, Caleb was stationed as an analyst in San Diego, but requested a transfer to New York.
  • Anabelle Acosta as Natalie Vasquez, Alex's rival in Academy standings and for Ryan's heart as well.[1] In the events after the attack, she is shown to have become an FBI agent and is one of the agents hunting Alex down.




On September 17, 2014, ABC announced the network had bought the original concept for the drama series written by Joshua Safran and produced by Mark Gordon Company, described as Grey's Anatomy meets Homeland.[3] ABC ordered the pilot on January 23, 2015 for the 2015–16 television season.[4] The pilot episode was filmed in Atlanta and directed by Marc Munden.[5] On May 7, 2015, ABC picked up the pilot to series with an order of 13 episodes.[6] ABC picked up the show for a full season on October 13, 2015, with an additional six episodes, increasing the episode count to 19 and in November to 22 episodes.[7][2]


Casting advertisements began in February 2015. Tate Ellington was the first actor, cast as an FBI trainee on February 9, 2015.[8] On February 9, Graham Rogers joined the series as another FBI trainee.[9] On February 25, it was announced that Aunjanue Ellis would play the leading role of Miranda Shaw, the assistant director of the training academy; Ellis was cast in this role following the success of ABC's How to Get Away with Murder, which also features an African American lead.[10][11] Later, it was announced that Dougray Scott, initially cast as Ellis' character's former partner, had been re-cast as her subordinate.[12] On February 25, Indian actress Priyanka Chopra landed the role of FBI trainee Alex Parrish, the series' young female lead.[13] On March 3, it was announced that Jake McLaughlin would play Alex Parrish's love interest, while Johanna Braddy and Yasmine Al Massri were cast in the final co-starring roles.[14]

After picking up the pilot, ABC began making casting changes. On May 19, 2015, it was announced that Dougray Scott, who played FBI Special Agent Liam O'Connor, had left the show and the role would be recast;[15] Josh Hopkins replaced him in that role on July 17, 2015.[16] On July 15, 2015, it was announced that Anabelle Acosta was cast for a multi-episode arc as a Quantico recruit and former cop.[17][18] On July 20, 2015, Rick Cosnett signed on to play a recurring role as a gay former defense attorney and analyst recruit.[19] On September 4, 2015, it was announced that Acosta had been promoted to series regular.[20] On September 11, 2015, Jacob Artist was cast in the recurring role of a friendly and confident FBI Agent in Training, who is a former quarterback from a wealthy, prominent family.[21] It was announced on November 6, 2015, that Marcia Cross was cast as Claire Haas, Caleb's mother and wife of FBI Deputy Director Clayton Haas, who is a high-ranking senator and now Vice Presidential candidate.[2] It was also announced in November 2015 that three people were cast for recurring characters, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Lenny Platt, and Li Jun Li, to be added after the first seasons midseason break. [22]


While the pilot episode was filmed in Atlanta, the series began filming the first season in Montreal, Quebec and Sherbrooke, Quebec in late summer 2015.[23] Production of the first 13 episodes began on July 20, 2015 and ended on December 17, 2015.[23]


Critical responseEdit

Quantico has received positive reviews from television critics. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports a 83% approval rating with an average rating of 6.6/10 based on 54 reviews. The website's consensus reads, "Obvious copycatting aside, Quantico provides ludicrously entertaining thrills from a well-balanced cast."[24] On Metacritic, the series holds a score of 70 out of 100 based on 25 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[25]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Recipients and nominees Outcome
2016 People's Choice Awards[26] Favorite Actress in A New TV Series Priyanka Chopra Won[27]
Favorite New TV Drama Quantico Nominated[27]


No. Title Air date Time slot (EST) Rating/share
DVR viewers
Total viewers
1 "Run" September 27, 2015 (2015-09-27) Sundays
10:00 p.m.
1.9/6 7.14 1.5 5.01 3.4 12.15[28]
2 "America" October 4, 2015 (2015-10-04) 1.9/6 6.98 1.7 4.93 3.6 11.91[29]
3 "Cover" October 11, 2015 (2015-10-11) 1.6/5 5.75 1.8 4.90 3.4 10.65[30]
4 "Kill" October 18, 2015 (2015-10-18) 1.6/5 5.30 1.6 4.59 3.2 9.89[31]
5 "Found" October 25, 2015 (2015-10-25) 1.5/4 5.10 1.6 4.38 3.1 9.48[32]
6 "God" November 1, 2015 (2015-11-01) 1.2/3 4.05 1.6 4.65 2.8 8.70[33]
7 "Go" November 8, 2015 (2015-11-08) 1.3/4 4.38 1.7 4.43 3.0 8.81[34]
8 "Over" November 15, 2015 (2015-11-15) 1.3/4 4.20 1.8 4.45 3.1 8.65[35]
9 "Guilty" November 29, 2015 (2015-11-29) 1.2/4 4.07 1.5 4.23 2.7 8.30[36]
10 "Quantico" December 6, 2015 (2015-12-06) 1.2/4 4.39 1.1 3.12 2.3 7.51[37]
11 "Inside" December 13, 2015 (2015-12-13) 1.3/4 4.56 1.3 3.68 2.6 8.24[38]


Quantico was initially scheduled to air Tuesdays at 10:00 pm, but was moved to Sundays at 10:00 pm, due to Of Kings and Prophets being retooled.[39][40] The show premiered on ABC on Sunday September 27, 2015.[41] In Australia, the series premiered on the Seven Network on October 11, 2015. The series was acquired by Alibi in the UK.[42] Quantico started airing in India on the Star Network from September 27th, 2015


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