Hysteria! Peacock Announces Coming-Of-Age "Satanic Panic" Series

Peacock announced a straight-to-series order of coming-of-age thriller Hysteria!, a drama series that explores America's dark history of mass hysteria through the shocking story of the teenage Satanic Panic. The series will be examining the dark times of the Satanic Panic, a big topic lately with shows like Stranger Things.

Hysteria! Peacock Announces Satanic Panic Coming-Of-Age Series
Screenshot Source: "What was the Satanic Panic?" video via CBC News/YouTube

When a beloved varsity quarterback disappears during the "Satanic Panic" of the late 1980s, a struggling high school heavy metal band of outcasts realize they can capitalize on the town's sudden interest in the occult by building a reputation as a Satanic metal band, until a bizarre series of murders, kidnappings, and reported "supernatural activity" triggers a leather-studded witch hunt that leads directly back to them.

Hysteria! will be produced by UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group. Matthew Scott Kane serves as writer and executive producer. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein will executive produce and direct. Chris Bender and Jake Weiner will executive produce for Good Fear.

"Our upcoming thriller series 'Hysteria!' will explore the complex world of the Satanic Panic, set amidst '80s nostalgia, mystery, heavy metal, and an all-American setting," said Lisa Katz, President Scripted Content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. "We're excited to partner on this fresh, coming-of-age story led by writer Matthew Scott Kane, executive producers and directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, Good Fear, and our partners at UCP for what is sure to be a compelling original series for Peacock viewers."

"This nail-biting thriller dives into a mass moral panic and all the fears, desires, anger, and dread that led to these dark days," said Beatrice Springborn, President, UCP. "Matthew's script is original, intriguing, and perfectly captures the frenetic energy of the Satanic Panic. We can't wait for audiences to experience the show on Peacock."

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