Season 1 of Emergence was ordered by ABC on May 11, 2019. The season premiered on September 24, 2019 and airs on Tuesdays at 10:00 P.M. It is planned to consist of 13 episodes.


After Jo, a police chief, takes in a young child she finds near the site of a mysterious accident, she soon discovers the girl has no memory of what has happened or who she is. The investigation into the history that led up to the the accident -- and questions as to how and why it happened -- draws the woman into a conspiracy larger than she ever imagined, with the child's identity at the center of it.


Main Cast

Recurring Guest Stars

Recurring Co-Stars


No. in series No. in season Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 1 "Pilot" Paul McGuigan Tara Butters
Michele Fazekas
September 24, 2019
Jo Evans, a whip-smart police chief, plunges her family into a deepening mystery when she discovers a young girl the night of an inexplicable plane crash in the quiet northeastern town and decides to protect her. Who is this child? Where did she come from and what does she know? Benny Gallagher, an investigative reporter, intrudes into Jo's inquiry with his own take on the shadowy evidence.
2 2 "Camera Wheelbarrow Tiger Pillow" J. Miller Tobin Chris Dingess
Lindsey Allen
October 1, 2019
As Jo and Chris attempt to identify the sinister forces coming after Piper, a mysterious man hinders their search and brings danger too close to home. Meanwhile, Abby works with Piper to trigger her lost memory, while Jo makes a shrewd deal with Benny to secure Piper's future safety.
3 3 "2 MG CU BID" Peter Leto David H. Goodman October 8, 2019
A mysterious illness takes hold of Piper, while Jo and Benny investigate a powerful tech mogul, Richard Kindred. As Piper's health deteriorates, Jo weighs accepting help from an unknown source. Meanwhile, Alex works to decipher a radio frequency code from Piper's plane crash, and Ed has a follow-up oncology appointment.
4 4 "No Outlet" Alex Pillai Jerome Schwartz October 15, 2019
After learning more about Piper's origins, Jo struggles with the decision to shelter her. Benny enlists a friend to hack Kindred's secret files, and Chris clashes with a headstrong informant he's assigned to protect.
5 5 "RDZ9021" Patricia Cardoso Brant Englestein October 29, 2019
Jo is determined to prove Kindred was behind the attack on Benny and April. Meanwhile, Piper experiences intense, confusing visions.
6 6 "Mile Marker 14" Sydney Freeland Nick Parker November 5, 2019
Jo and Benny investigate the death of Kindred's former business partner. Meanwhile, Mia and Piper experiment with Piper's powers, and Alex confronts Ed about his health.
7 7 "Fatal Exception" Christopher Misiano Holly Brix November 19, 2019
Jo and Chris rush to find Piper before she's put in harm's way. Meanwhile, Jo faces new challenges at home after betraying Alex and Ed's trust.
8 8 "American Chestnut" Jessica Lowrey Lindsey Allen November 26, 2019
The FBI arrives in Southold, complicating Jo's efforts to find Emily. Meanwhile, Alex and Piper hunt for answers on a road trip, and the family celebrates Mia's birthday.
9 9 "Where You Belong" Paul McGuigan Kendra Chanae Chapman December 10, 2019
Jo and Chris must evade the FBI as they investigate an elusive group of cyber terrorists. Ed's presented with a cancer treatment that seems too good to be true, and a mysterious woman's attempt to reach Piper puts the entire Evans family in danger.
10 10 "15 Years" Leslie Hope Brant Englestein & David H. Goodman January 7, 2020[2]
After months of dead ends, the Evans family receives information that could finally lead them to Piper. While Jo and Brooks follow this new lead, Ed helps Mia as she tries to send Piper a message. Meanwhile, Alex and Chris stumble upon a mysterious shipment in the harbor.
11 11 "Applied Sciences" J. Miller Tobin Jerome Schwartz & Nick Parker January 14, 2020[2]
Jo and Brooks assemble an unlikely team as they attempt to communicate with Piper. Meanwhile, Piper is intent on saving Benny from Helen's mysterious mission, and Alex receives a life-changing offer.
12 12 "Killshot Pt. 1" Craig Zisk Joey Siara January 21, 2020[2]
Jo makes a high-stakes deal to take down Helen and keep Piper safe. Meanwhile, Helen attempts to replicate Piper's powers for herself, and Benny struggles to earn back Jo's trust before it’s too late.
13 13 "Killshot Pt. 2" Paul McGuigan Michele Fazekas
Tara Butters
January 28, 2020[2]
Jo and Brooks are in danger, and Piper's determined to help. With Helen's mysterious plan nearly realized, Piper recruits an unexpected team of allies to find them before it's too late.

Notes and Trivia

  • Comparing the show to other shows about mysterious kids with supernatural abilities, cast and producers at Comic Con 2019 stated that the show is about a family unit coming together to figure out the mystery rather than have the mystery at the core of the show. Additionally, they added that they are not going to stretch out the mystery for years, so far as promising that at least one big question about Piper would be answered within the first half of the first season. The producers pitched a solid three-season plan to ABC.
    • The cast agreed that with each script, they gained more confidence that the producers knew where they were going with the story and had things perfectly paced out accordingly.
  • On October 28, 2019, it was announced that ABC had ordered extra episodes for a few of its series, which didn't include Emergence. The same article revealed that the show was designed for 13-episode season arcs and was therefor not in contention for the extra episodes order.[1]


Cast Promotional Photos

Trailers and Promos

Emergence at San Diego Comic Con 2019


Emergence at Summer TCA 2019

Alexa Swinton on BUILD Series

Emergence Premiere Event

On September 16, 2019, the premiere was shown to an audience at the Crosby Hotel in New York City followed by a panel with cast members hosted by Jeremy Parsons.

Emergence at New York Comic Con 2019



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