The Changeling (TV series)

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The Changeling
Created byKelly Marcel
Based onThe Changeling
by Victor LaValle
Written byKelly Marcel
Narrated byVictor LaValle
Theme music composerDan Deacon
ComposerDan Deacon
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Executive producers
Running time29–57 minutes
Production companies
Original release
NetworkApple TV+
ReleaseSeptember 8, 2023 (2023-09-08) –
present (present)

The Changeling is an American horror fantasy television series created by Kelly Marcel and directed by Melina Matsoukas based on the novel of the same name by Victor LaValle for Apple TV+.[1] It premiered on September 8, 2023, with the first three episodes.[2]


A man goes in search of his wife after she does something horrific in the aftermath of the birth of their first child.




  • Amirah Vann as Kim Valentine, Emma's sister and sole family member
  • Malcolm Barrett as Patrice Green, Apollo’s best friend, ex-veteran and fellow book enthusiast
  • Elena Hurst as Yurina
  • Emy Coligado as Carlotta



No.TitleDirected byWritten by [1]Original release date [2]
1"First Comes Love"Melina MatsoukasKelly MarcelSeptember 8, 2023 (2023-09-08)
2"Then Comes a Baby in a Baby Carriage"Jonathan van TullekenKelly MarcelSeptember 8, 2023 (2023-09-08)
3"*"Jonathan van TullekenKelly MarcelSeptember 8, 2023 (2023-09-08)
4"The Wise Ones"Dana GonzalesKelly MarcelSeptember 15, 2023 (2023-09-15)
5"This Woman's Work"Jonathan van TullekenKelly MarcelSeptember 22, 2023 (2023-09-22)
6"Aftermath"Jonathan van TullekenKelly MarcelSeptember 29, 2023 (2023-09-29)
7"Stormy Weather"Michael Francis WilliamsKelly MarcelOctober 6, 2023 (2023-10-06)
8"Battle of the Island"Solvan "Slick" NaimKelly MarcelOctober 13, 2023 (2023-10-13)

Melina Matsoukas, Jonathan van Tulleken, Dana Gonzales and Slick Naim directed the episodes.[3]


Annapurna Pictures acquired the rights to the novel in August 2017, with the intention to turn it into a television series.[4] In August 2021, Apple TV+ greenlit the series, with Kelly Marcel writing the series and serving as showrunner, Melina Matsoukas directing and Lakeith Stanfield cast to star.[5] Adina Porter and Clark Backo were added to the cast in March 2022.[6] In June, musician Samuel T. Herring joined the cast.[7] Malcolm Barrett, Alexis Louder, Amirah Vann and Jared Abrahamson would be cast in recurring roles in July.[8]

Filming on the series began by May 2022 in New Jersey under the working title Improbable Valentine. Filming locations included Hoboken, Jersey City, and New York City, as well as Toronto and London, Ontario.[9][10]


The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 74% approval score with an average rating of 6.95/10 based on 73 reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, "Grounded by a superb LaKeith Stanfield, The Changeling is an ambitious fairy tale that may be too scattershot in its tonality but never lacks for imagination or spirit."[11] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 64 out of 100 based on 33 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[12]


At the 39th Independent Spirit Awards Adina Porter was nominated for Best Supporting Performance in a New Scripted Series while Clark Backo for Best Breakthrough Performance in a New Scripted Series.[13]


  1. ^ a b "Improbable Valentine". Writers Guild of America West. Retrieved June 30, 2023.
  2. ^ a b Cordero, Rosy (July 11, 2023). "'The Changeling': LaKeith Stanfield Drama Series Reveals Apple TV+ Premiere Date & First-Look Images". Deadline. Retrieved July 11, 2023.
  3. ^ "The Changeling - Cast and Crew". Apple TV+ Press. Archived from the original on July 30, 2023. Retrieved July 30, 2023.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 14, 2017). "Annapurna Television Acquires The Changeling Novel To Develop As TV Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 12 June 2022.
  5. ^ Del Rosario, Alexandra; Andreeva, Nellie (August 25, 2021). "LaKeith Stanfield To Star In The Changeling Apple TV+ Drama Series From Kelly Marcel & Annapurna; Melina Matsoukas To Direct". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 12 June 2022.
  6. ^ Petski, Denise (March 22, 2022). "The Changeling: Adina Porter & Clark Backo To Star Opposite LaKeith Stanfield In Apple TV+ Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 12 June 2022.
  7. ^ Petski, Denise (June 30, 2022). "The Changeling: Future Islands Frontman Samuel T. Herring Joins Apple Series Cast In Acting Debut". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 30 June 2022.
  8. ^ Petski, Denise (July 8, 2022). "'The Changeling': Malcolm Barrett, Alexis Louder, Amirah Vann, Jared Abrahamson Join Apple TV+ Drama Series". Deadline. Retrieved June 30, 2023.
  9. ^ Lissner, Caren (May 4, 2022). "Improbable Valentine Apple TV+ Series Films In Hoboken Wednesday". Patch. Retrieved 12 June 2022.
  10. ^ Lale, Brent (2022-08-13). "'It's going to look like New York City': Apple TV series to film in downtown London, Ont. this month". CTV News London. Retrieved 2022-08-26.
  11. ^ "The Changeling: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved October 8, 2023.
  12. ^ "The Changeling: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved September 22, 2023.
  13. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (December 5, 2023). "Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations: Best Feature 'American Fiction', 'May December', 'All of Us Strangers', 'Passages', 'Past Lives' & 'We Grown Now'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 5, 2023.

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