Lucas Hood (Antony Starr), an ex-con and master thief assumes the identity of a murdered sheriff where he continues his criminal activities. His past seems to haunt him by those he betrayed years earlier. This ex-con imposes his own brand of justice where violence erupts at every turn in the not so quiet Amish town, Banshee, Pennsylvania.
Banshee is part of Cinemax’s attempt to expand its original programming content, and it joins Strike Back (co-produced with BSkyB) and Steve Kronish’s Sandbox. Banshee premiered on January 11, 2013. The show was first revealed in August 2011, when it was announced that Alan Ball would produce the crime drama. Ball helped develop the project alongside creators Jonathan Tropper and David Schickler. Banshee was originally set up at Cinemax owner HBO, but moved to Cinemax when it was decided to increase original programming on that network. By August, Cinemax was finalizing casting and financial details with the intention of filming in Spring 2012 in North Carolina. In January 2012, Cinemax ordered ten episodes for the show’s first season, with the first episode being directed by Greg Yaitanes.
Banshee Episode Guide SEASON 
A Mixture of Madness
- Recalling a series of prison therapy sessions that fueled his hatred of Rabbit, and pressed by Xavier’s insistence that the FBI handle a kidnapping case, Lucas makes a decision that will change the collective fate of Carrie, her family, Sugar, Job, and the entire Banshee police force. A special delivery at Alex’s doorstep leads Nola to reconsider her future; Kai teaches Rebecca the power of telecommunications.
Always the Cowboy
- As Rabbit closes in on Carrie and Lucas, Carrie flees the hospital in a desperate attempt to collect her family and get them out of town. Kai introduces Rebecca to the business world, and sends Lucas a message about fooling around with his niece. Alex Longshadow recruits a Proctor thug with gambling issues to deal with a work-stoppage problem at the casino.
We Shall Live Forever
- Carrie urges Lucas to let go of the past, even as an increasingly suspicious Gordon is hell-bent on uncovering hers. Cast out of her Amish home, Rebecca turns to Proctor to give her a new start in Banshee. A surprise visit from Rabbit’s lieutenant, Olek, a.k.a. Widow’s Peak, brings back a flood of memories for Carrie. As his family keeps vigil for the ailing Benjamin Longshadow, Alex gets a surprise visit from his sister Nola.
Behold a Pale Rider
- Tag-Line: Lucas’ cover is threatened when Carrie decides to give him over to Rabbit in an effort to protect herself and her family. Meanwhile, a drugstore robbery turns into a full-blown hostage crisis at the high school, with Deva and Mayor Kendall’s wife Janie among those whose lives are imperiled.
- Director: Dean White
- Writer: David Schickler
- Tag-line: Wicks, an ex-con from Lucas’ past, passes through Banshee, triggering memories about the Albino, a brutal insider enlisted by Rabbit to make Lucas’ prison life a living hell. Proctor turns to extortion when a reverend refuses to sell his home to make room for a casino hotel.
- Director: Ole Christian Madsen
- A band of marauding bikers crashes the annual Banshee Spirit Festival, with deadly consequences, sparking Lucas and Siobahn (Trieste Kelly Dunn) to mete out vigilante justice. Burned after losing his key witness against Proctor, Lucas is further dismayed when FBI agent Xavier (Derek Cecil) arrives to monitor the situation. Rebecca Bowman (Lili Simmons), torn between passion and her Amish roots, finds a kindred spirit in the sheriff. Written by Jonathan Tropper & David Schickler; directed by S.J. Clarkson.
Half Deaf Is Better Than All Dead
- A botched museum heist in Harrisburg has unintended consequences, as Lucas, Carrie and Job renew their partnership, at least for the moment. Later, after coercing redneck henchman Arno to offer up incriminating evidence, Lucas and Emmett arrest Proctor for Hanson’s murder, but are detoured on the way to the jail. Sugar looks for a cut; Kendall gets roughed up; Lucas and Carrie love the ones they’re with.
- Director: Greg Yaitanes
Meet the New Boss
A mixed martial arts title bout is being planned at the Kinaho Moon Casino, run by tribe leader Benjamin Longshadow (Russell Means) and his son Alex (Anthony Ruivivar). Huge profits are anticipated for Banshee investors, but the enterprise is threatened when the champion (Cedric Stewart) arrives and angers Lucas and especially Siobahn. Will Lucas keep his mouth shut and allow the fight to go on as planned?
Written by Jonathan Tropper &David Schickler; directed by Ole Christian Madsen.
Hanson (Toby Leonard Moore), a desperate underling of Proctor, holds a rave in an Amish barn, selling homemade E pills stolen from his boss to Banshee youth, including Deva (Ryann Shane), Carrie’s rebellious daughter. Catching wind of the plan, Lucas and his team orchestrate a raid, but the effects of a tainted batch of pills send many revelers into convulsions, with one notable fatality. Though Deva is ferried home safely by Lucas, Hanson isn’t as fortunate when he returns to Kai’s mansion following the debacle.
- Actors: ANTONY STARR, MILANA MILICEVIC, ULRICH THOMSEN, TRIESTE DUNN, DAN ROSS, FRANKIE FAISON, DEMETRIUS GROSSE, MATT SERVITTO, RUS BLACKWELL, HOON LEE
- Director: DEAN WHITE, MIGUEL SAPOCHNIK, GREG YAITANES, OLE CHRISTIAN MADSEN, SARAH JAYNE CLARKSON
- Debut date: FRIDAY, JAN. 11 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
- Other CINEMAX playdates: Jan. 11 (11:05 p.m., 12:10 a.m.), 12 (9:00 p.m., 12:10 a.m.), 13 (noon, 11:00 p.m.), 14 (12:15 a.m.), 15 (12:10 a.m.), 16 (8:00 p.m.) and 30 (8:00 p.m.)
In a bizarre twist of fate, a recently paroled master thief (Antony Starr) assumes the identity of Lucas Hood, sheriff-in-waiting of Banshee, Pa., the same town where his former partner and lover (Ivana Milicevic), who changed her name to Carrie, relocated and remarried years ago. Keeping his history a secret as he awaits forged papers from Job (Hoon Lee), an unlikely New York City ally, Lucas befriends boxer-turned-bartender Sugar Bates (Frankie Faison), and settles into his new life as Banshee’s sheriff,overseeing deputies Emmett Yawners (Demetrius Grosse), Siobahn Kelly (Trieste Kelly Dunn) and Brock Lotus (Matt Servitto).
Itching for the thrill of thievery and yearning for Carrie, who’s now the wife of attorney Gordon Hopewell (Rus Blackwell) and mother of two, Lucas inadvertently gets tangled up in the rampant corruption of shunned Amish gangster Kai Proctor (Ulrich Thomsen) while keeping a vigilant eye out for Mr. Rabbit (Ben Cross), the New York mob boss who wants revenge against Lucas and Carrie for the jewel heist that landed Lucas in prison. A party thrown by Proctor for the new sheriff is spoiled by a crasher, a member of the redneck Moody clan, who despise the Amish in general and Kai in particular.
Written by Jonathan Tropper & David Schickler; directed by Greg Yaitanes.