- Twisted Metal has become Peacock’s most-binged original series, with viewers getting through three episodes in one sitting and some devouring all ten episodes at once.
- Twisted Metal stands apart as an extraordinary franchise, with Anthony Mackie’s portrayal of John Doe leading viewers through a dangerous post-apocalyptic world filled with odd and menacing characters.
- The show’s faithful preservation of the game’s essence, violent and cartoonish chaos, has won acclaim from both fans and critics, making it a significant win for Peacock and a beacon for the potential of video game series in television.
Amid a fiercely competitive landscape of streaming services, Peacock’s standing has been elevated by the unforeseen triumph of Twisted Metal. The show, an adaptation of the wildly popular PlayStation game, has now set an incredible record for Peacock, becoming its most-binged original series.
Per Deadline, the numbers are impressive, with NBCUniversal confirming that most viewers are getting through three episodes in a single sitting. An even more dedicated segment of fans has managed to devour all ten episodes at once. Though the detailed viewing statistics remain under wraps, it’s clear that Twisted Metal is rapidly ascending the ranks of Peacock’s top shows, jostling for position with series like Poker Face and Bel Air.
While converting a favorite game into a series is a monumental task, Twisted Metal stands apart as an extraordinary franchise. Anthony Mackie‘s portrayal of John Doe leads viewers through a dangerous post-apocalyptic world, teeming with odd and menacing characters in Twisted Metal. At the forefront of these is the menacing Sweet Tooth, a psychotic clown who’s quickly become a fan favorite.
The casting of WWE wrestler Samoa Joe as the physical embodiment of Sweet Tooth, coupled with Will Arnett’s voice acting, lends a terrifying realism to the character. Samoa Joe shared some insights into the role, stating, “Once the costume went on, If I couldn’t slip into character, the world would slip into character around me because I was pretty terrifying to gaze upon just walking around.”
The essence of Twisted Metal lies in its violent and cartoonish chaos, something that the series has wholeheartedly embraced. The show has won acclaim from both fans and critics for its faithful preservation of the game’s original essence. Julian Roman of Movieweb commended the series, stating:
“Each 30-minute episode is a glorious blast of unrepentant carnage. The big surprise is a smarter than expected plot with several clever reveals. Old school fans and neophytes alike are going to love this crazy summer joyride. It’s the perfect binge-watch for those looking to decompress with raucous humor, awesome action, and brisk pacing.”
With its exceptional success, Twisted Metal marks a significant win for Peacock. As new audiences discover the show and existing fans rewatch it, its popularity seems only set to grow. Nonetheless, attaining such success is accompanied by considerable challenges. The show’s creators will likely face pressure to maintain the momentum in potential future installments.
Amid an increasingly cutthroat streaming environment, Twisted Metal has distinguished itself, enchanting audiences and breaking records in its wake. Through a harmonious fusion of adrenaline-pumping action, captivating roles, and a true-to-source adaptation, the show exemplifies the real potential for video game series to cross over to the television medium.
Now available on Peacock, Twisted Metal has not only become a symbol of the streaming service’s burgeoning success but also a beacon for the exciting prospects of cross-media storytelling in the modern entertainment landscape. It’s a wild ride that’s well worth taking.