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The Punisher (2017–2019)
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Memento Mori 

As the authorities close in, an exhausted but unbroken Frank vows to put an end to the war that has consumed his life.


Stephen Surjik


Gerry Conway (based on the Marvel comics by), John Romita Sr. (based on the Marvel comics by) (as John Romita) | 5 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Bernthal ... Frank Castle / Punisher
Ebon Moss-Bachrach ... David Lieberman / Micro
Ben Barnes ... Billy Russo
Amber Rose Revah ... Dinah Madani
Jason R. Moore ... Curtis Hoyle
Jaime Ray Newman ... Sarah Lieberman
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio ... Marion James
Shohreh Aghdashloo ... Farah Madani
Tony Plana ... Rafael Hernandez
Houshang Touzie ... Dr. Hamid Madani
Ripley Sobo ... Leo Lieberman
Kobi Frumer ... Zach Lieberman
Kelli Barrett ... Maria Castle
Aidan Pierce Brennan ... Frank Castle Jr.
Nicolette Pierini ... Lisa Castle


As the authorities close in, an exhausted but unbroken Frank vows to put an end to the war that has consumed his life.

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Release Date:

17 November 2017 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Ripley Sobo (Leo Lieberman) is one of only a few actresses who have played in both DC And Marvel. She was Sage in Batman v Superman See more »


Russo is able to escape from his apartment by killing the two DHS agents sent to look for him. Russo is a former Marine Corps Force Recon operative, he is a highly skilled marksman and trained, experienced killer and he currently owns a private security company and has access to a huge arsenal of weapons. Madani is well aware of all this and of how dangerous he is so it seems extremely unlike her to only send two agents to his house, knowing how dangerous and well armed he is she should of sent a fully armed tactical team. See more »


Frank Castle: If you're gonna look at yourself, as soon as you look in the mirror, you gotta admit who you are.
Frank Castle: But not just to yourself, you gotta prove it to everybody else.
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References Strangers on a Train (1951) See more »


Penthouse Pauper
Written by John Fogerty
Performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival
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Season 1: A great entry into the Marvel canon and The Punisher that audiences have always wanted.
11 December 2017 | by FallonTimberlake2016See all my reviews

The long awaited Netflix/Marvel series The Punisher is finally here, and boy does it pack a punch. The last time we saw Frank Castle was at the end of Daredevil Season 2, when he was sniping ninjas from the top of the roof and coming to terms with his family's loss. The latter has stayed the same, but the former has been thrown out the window for a more gritty and realistic vibe.

The series follows Castle, played excellently yet again by Jon Bernthal, as his past grabs hold of him in the form of a tape of the murder of an innocent man that he was involved in. This affects many different characters, and more than fills the thirteen episodes that the show needs to fill.

Not all the story lines are completely relevant or interesting however, and this can sometimes drag the show down. In particular, the storyline following the Homeland Security agent got on my nerves, mostly because it wasn't very well acted by Amber Rose Revah. It's not that she's a terrible actress, it's just that the role seemed miscast, and there were multiple scenes where the character did not seem to live up to its full potential.

However, Revah's character was the only one that seemed annoying or out of place. The majority of the acting was great, especially that of Bernthal as The Punisher, Ben Barnes as Billy Russo, and Daniel Webber as Lewis, who stole every scene that he was a part of.

The reason Webber was so good was because he really embodied what Post Traumatic Stress Disorder puts someone through. The entire time I was cheering for his character, even through all of the terrible things he did. In fact, the same thing could be said about nearly every villainous character, with the obvious exception of Rawlins.

Another great aspect of this show is that it decides not to have a whole bunch of blatant tie-ins to all of the other Marvel shows and movies that are in the same universe. Yes, Karen Page makes a few appearances, but other than that the references are virtually non- existent.

The message that the show sends off is also a big positive. At times it does feel as if it's leaning towards a certain political stance, but for the most part it tells it like it is and without any bias.

I also feel like the show addresses the gun violence in the show and in the world pretty well. It neither justifies it nor completely condemns it, but presents both sides to the audience and leaves it open for the audience to figure out.

The fact that we've finally gotten a great Punisher TV show/movie after all of the mediocre to truly terrible remakes is truly refreshing. Bernthal embodies the character like nobody has before, and gives us the Frank Castle that fans have needed for years. The Punisher Season 1 is right up there with Daredevil Season 2 and Jessica Jones Season 1 for me, and, despite some out-of place story lines, is one of the better Marvel Cinematic Universe works we've seen this year.

I give The Punisher Season 1 a B+.

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