Released: May 2014

Country: United States

Creator: Eric Kripke

Lead Actors: Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos, Giancarlo Esposito


The NBC television series Revolution, produced by Bad Robot, takes place in the dystopian future of the year 2027, 15 years after a massive global electrical-power blackout plunged the world into darkness. Because government and public order have collapsed, territories are ruled by militias and their generals. The series centres on Miles Matheson, a former U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant-turned-tavern owner, members of his family and a rogue band of survivors that they team up with.

CCOI’s Role:

In meetings with the show’s creators and producers, CCOI highlighted the fact that the show’s fictional portrayal of a world without power is a reality for over a billion people around the globe today. Subsequently, CCOI arranged for UN staff to talk to the show’s writers and share their experiences about devastating consequences for communities that live without access to energy – proliferation of disease, breakdown of the rule of law, and displacement.

CCOI also collaborated with NBC, Warner Bros, and Bad Robot on social media outreach to raise awareness of UN campaigns and issues relevant to the show among Revolution’s huge fan base. An end card providing information on the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All Initiative appeared at the end of the series finale, which was seen by 6 million viewers in the United States.

Related UN Issues:

Sustainable Energy for All initiative.

New Coverage:

[National Geographic] TV Show ‘Revolution’ Teams Up With United Nations to Shine Light on a World Without Power

[UN News] UN teams with ‘Revolution’ TV show to highlight real challenges of a world without power