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The first season of Dickinson consists of ten episodes. It debuted with “Because I could not stop” on November 1, 2019 on Apple TV+, and concluded with “I felt a Funeral, in my Brain”.


Dickinson takes place "during Emily Dickinson’s era with a modern sensibility and tone. It takes viewers into the world of Emily, audaciously exploring the constraints of society, gender, and family from the perspective of a budding writer who doesn’t fit in to her own time through her imaginative point of view. Dickinson is Emily’s coming-of-age story – one woman’s fight to get her voice heard."




Notable guest stars[]


Image Episode Information
Because I could not stop.jpg      "Because I could not stop"
I have never seen ‘Volcanoes’.jpg      "I have never seen ‘Volcanoes’"
Wild nights.jpg      "Wild nights"
  • Airdate: November 1, 2019
  • Episode / Series Number: 01 / 03
  • Directed by: Lynn Shelton
  • Written by: Alena Smith & Ali Waller
Alone, I cannot be.jpg      "Alone, I cannot be"
I am afraid to own a Body.jpg      "I am afraid to own a Body"
A brief, but patient illness.jpg      "A brief, but patient illness"
We lose - because we win.jpg      "We lose - because we win"
  • Airdate: November 1, 2019
  • Episode / Series Number: 01 / 07
  • Directed by: Stacie Passon
  • Written by: Robbie Macdonald and Alena Smith
There’s a certain Slant of light.jpg      "There’s a certain Slant of light"
‘Faith’ is a fine invention.jpg      "‘Faith’ is a fine invention"
I felt a Funeral, in my Brain.jpg      "I felt a Funeral, in my Brain"



On May 30, 2018, it was announced that Apple had given the production a straight-to-series order. The series is written by Alena Smith who is also set to executive produce alongside Paul Lee, David Gordon Green, Michael Sugar,Ashley Zalta , Alex Goldstone , and Darlene Hunt. Green is also expected to direct as well. Production companies involved with the series include wiip and Anonymous Content.[1][2][3]


Alongside the initial series announcement, it was subsequently confirmed that Hailee Steinfeld would star as Emily Dickinson.[1]

Then on August 29, 2018, it was announced that Jane Krakowski had been cast as Mrs. Dickinson, the matriarch of the Dickinson family.[4]

On September 26, 2018, it was announced that Toby Huss, Anna Baryshnikov, Ella Hunt and Adrian Enscoe had been cast as series regulars for the series.[5]

On January 29, 2019, it was reported that Matt Lauria had joined the cast in a recurring capacity.[6]

In September 2019, it was announced Wiz Khalifa and John Mulaney had also joined the ensemble to portray Death and Henry David Thoreau respectively.[7][8]


Principal photography for the series commenced on January 7, 2019, in Old Bethpage, New York.[9]

By March 2019, it was reported by The New York Times that filming for the inagural season had concluded.[10]

Notes and trivia[]

  • On October 15, 2019 , it was reported that Dickinson had been renewed for a Season 2.[11]
  • In that same year, Dickinson won a Peabody Award in the Entertainment category, making it the first show from Apple TV+ to win the prestigious honor.[12]
  • On November 4, 2019, it was mentioned how just like the fictional character, the real Ben Newton did work for Emily's father while he was a law student and he did spend a lot of time at the Dickinson house with Emily and her family members. However, it is much more likely that he was just her close friend and mentor than the "non-husband" he promised to be during their "non-proposal" on the show. Moreover, the Emily Dickinson museum cited a few times when Emily mentioned Ben in her writing and it all seemed pretty platonic. She referred to him as her "earliest friend" and "the first of my own friends." She also described him as "my dying tutor." She also wrote that Ben as "an elder brother, loved indeed very much."[13]
  • On December 5, 2021, Alena Smith revealed on Twitter that when Emily Dickinson says to Sue Gilbert that she’s never been in love with a man, this in turn means that she was also not in love with Ben Newton.[14]
  • On December 29, 2021, Smith went onto mention in a tweet that Dickinson exposes the seamy underbelly of 19th century American poetry.[15]