The Last Ship (TV series)

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The Last Ship
Genre Post-apocalyptic action drama
Created by
Based on The Last Ship
by William Brinkley
Theme music composer Steve Jablonsky
Composer(s) Nathan Whitehead
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 36 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) Todd Arnow
Eric Dane
Mark Malone
Cinematography Lukas Ettlin
Editor(s) Ken Blackwell
Running time 45 minutes
Production company(s) Channel Road Productions
Platinum Dunes
TNT Original Productions
Distributor Warner Bros. Television
Original network TNT
Original release June 22, 2014 (2014-06-22) – present
External links
Official website

The Last Ship is an American action-drama television series, based on the 1988 novel of the same name by William Brinkley. In May 2013, the cable network TNT placed a 10-episode order for the series.[1] The series premiered on June 22, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. EDT.[2][3]

On July 18, 2014, The Last Ship was renewed for a 13-episode second season.[4] The second season started airing on June 21, 2015.[5] On August 11, 2015, The Last Ship was renewed for a 13-episode third season, stated to premiere June 12, 2016.[6] The season 3 premiere was postponed following the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting because the episode also included a mass shooting in a nightclub.[7] On July 31, 2016, The Last Ship was renewed for a 10-episode fourth season, slated to premiere during mid-2017.[8] On September 8, 2016, TNT renewed the series for a 10-episode fifth season, which will be filmed immediately after season four filming, and will premiere in mid-2018.[9]


After global viral pandemic wipes out over 80% of the world's population, the crew (consisting of 218 people) of a lone unaffected U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, the fictional USS Nathan James (DDG-151), must try to find a cure, stop the virus, and save humanity.[10]




Nathan James personnel



SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
110June 22, 2014 (2014-06-22)August 24, 2014 (2014-08-24)
213June 21, 2015 (2015-06-21)September 6, 2015 (2015-09-06)
313May 30, 2016 (2016-05-30)September 11, 2016 (2016-09-11)

Development and production

In July 2012, TNT ordered a pilot episode for a potential series based on William Brinkley' novel The Last Ship (1988).[24] Hank Steinberg and Steven Kane wrote the pilot script, and Jonathan Mostow directed the pilot.[25] It was filmed at a number of locations across San Diego including aboard the USS Halsey (DDG-97) and the USS Dewey (DDG-105), which stands in for the show's fictional USS Nathan James (DDG-151), and the USS Iowa museum ship.[26][27]

The series is produced by Channel Road Productions and Platinum Dunes, with Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, Andrew Form, Steinberg, and Kane. Steinberg and Kane serve as executive producers and day-to-day showrunners.[28]


As of October 2015 the season has a Metacritic score of 60 out of 100 based on 22 critic reviews for a rating of "generally favorable".[29] The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a rating of 64%, with an average rating of 6/10 based on 28 reviews, as of October 2015. The website consensus states: "Movie-sized action sequences and a pretty cast provide smooth sailing for The Last Ship, though it's not anything that hasn't been seen before."[30]

In July 2015, Entertainment Weekly's Ray Rahman said of the second season, "The story is getting more interesting as we get an on-the-ground sense of how the pandemic-ravaged US has fared."[31]


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  2. "The Last Ship: Official website". Turner Broadcasting System. Retrieved February 23, 2014.
  3. Kondolojy, Amanda (March 10, 2014). "TNT Announces Premiere Dates for 'Falling Skies' Season 4 and New Series 'The Last Ship' & 'Legends'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 10, 2014.
  4. Kondolojy, Amanda (July 18, 2014). "'The Last Ship', 'Major Crimes' & 'Falling Skies' Renewed by TNT". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
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  7. Stelter, Brian (June 12, 2016). "'The Last Ship' delays season premiere; plot involved a nightclub shooting". CNN Money. Retrieved June 13, 2016.
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  12. Berkshire, Geoff (October 10, 2012). "Eric Dane's 'Grey's Anatomy' rebound: Starring in Michael Bay's TNT pilot 'The Last Ship'". Zap2it. Retrieved October 12, 2012.
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  14. 1 2 3 4 Season 3 Episode 1
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  22. Andreeva, Nellie (October 9, 2012). "Quintet Cast In Michael Bay's TNT Pilot 'The Last Ship'". Retrieved July 28, 2016.
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  24. "TNT Orders Pilot of "The Last Ship," Executive-Produced by Michael Bay". The Futon Critic. July 16, 2013. Retrieved February 23, 2014.
  25. Andreeva, Nellie (September 12, 2012). "Jonathan Mostow To Direct Michael Bay's TNT Pilot 'The Last Ship'". Retrieved September 30, 2012.
  26. Webb, Justin L. (November 9, 2012). "Naval Base San Diego; USS Halsey featured in "The Last Ship"". United States Navy. Retrieved April 15, 2013.
  27. Littlejohn, Donna; Kuznia, Rob; Mazza, Sandy (January 6, 2014). "South Bay, Harbor Area communities work to attract more filming". Daily Breeze. Archived from the original on January 9, 2014. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  28. "Hank Steinberg and Steven Kane". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
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