Season 1
Finding Carter S1 Poster
No. Episodes 12
Air Date 8 July, 2014
Premiere Pilot
Finale One Hour Photo
Slogan My life is not my life.
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Season 1 of Finding Carter premiered 8 July, 2014 and finished 16 September, 2014.


Carter Stevens has a close relationship with her mother, Lori, but her world is turned upside down when she is told by Child Protective Services that she was abducted from her biological family at the age of three. She learns that her real name is Lyndon and is forced to return to the Wilsons, although she has every intention of reuniting with Lori. She meets her fraternal twin sister, Taylor, and her younger brother, Grant. While she begins to form relationships with her siblings, father, and Taylor's best friend, Gabe, Carter clashes with her biological mother.

Cast and characters

For a full list of cast and their characters, see Season 1/Cast. For a full list of this season's minor characters, their photo, and their descriptions, see Season 1/Minor characters.




Picture Title Series Number Season Number Original Airdate U.S. viewers
S1E1 pilot carter and friends jail Pilot 1 1 8 July, 2014 1.69[1]
16-year-old Carter's life is turned upside down when she learns that the mom who raised her is actually her abductor. But after being reunited with her real family, she learns there's more to her kidnapping than meets the eye.
S1E2 the birds carter gabe classroom The Birds 2 2 8 July, 2014 1.44[1]
Carter rebels against her biological mom, Elizabeth, with the help of her new friends, but when Elizabeth tries to make amends, it backfires catastrophically.
S1E3 drive crash looking at carter Drive 3 3 15 July, 2014 1.27[2]
When Carter meets bad boy Crash, she sees an opportunity to get back at Elizabeth for being so overbearing.
S1E4 now you see me carter Now You See Me 4 4 22 July, 2014 1.22[3]
While Carter deals with a betrayal from Bird, Max decides to leave the Wilsons. Meanwhile, Lori is back, and she has a plan.
S1E5 the heat carter elizabeth crime scene The Heat 5 5 29 July, 2014 0.99[3]
Elizabeth shows Carter what real police work is all about and the two begin to bond. Taylor gets more than she bargained for when a mild party turns wild.
S1E6 the fugitive crash carter The Fugitive 6 6 5 August, 2014 1.19[3]
Carter admits her true feelings for Crash, but soon learns that he's about to skip bail in order to avoid going to jail; Taylor is torn between Gabe and Max.
S1E7 throw momma from the train taylor carter Throw Momma From the Train 7 7 12 August, 201$ 0.94[3]
Carter and Taylor celebrate their birthdays together for the first time since they were 3. Meanwhile, Carter is faced with choosing between her new life and her old one.
S1E8 half baked taylor carter Half Baked 8 8 19 August, 2014 1.12[3]
Carter and Taylor team up to force their mother to come clean about her affair. With the threat of destroying the family, Carter must decide whether she's willing to do the unthinkable in order to bring the family back together.
S1E9 do the right thing carter jail Do the Right Thing 9 9 26 August, 2014 1.01[3]
Carter reels after another betrayal from David and a friend's shocking turn could affect Carter's life forever. Max and Taylor struggle to take their relationship to the next stage.
S1E10 love story carter Love Story 10 10 2 September, 2014 0.97[3]
Elizabeth's decision to take dire action to find her daughter leaves Grant and Taylor furious. And Carter's choice to run away with Crash becomes life or death for someone close to her.
S1E11 the long goodbye carter elizabeth The Long Goodbye 11 11 9 September, 2014 0.89[3]
While everyone is stunned by the shocking events from the night before, Carter's loyalties between her family and the boy she loves are tested.
S1E12 one hour photo lori carter One Hour Photo 12 12 16 September, 2014 1.00[3]
A clue from Lori leads Carter to uncover disturbing secrets that could completely upturn the new family she's come to love; Max and Taylor's relationship may reach a breaking point.


Promotional photos, teasers




Main article: Season 1/Music.

Production and development

Finding Carter was written as a writing sample by Emily Silver, who then shopped it around to networks such as ABC Family and MTV. Shortly after, Terri Minsky was brought onto the project as an executive producer and the pilot went through a re-write.[4] On September 12, 2013, MTV placed a pilot order.[5] Scott Speer then signed on to direct the pilot.[4]

On January 30, 2014, Finding Carter was given a 12-episode series order.[4] Filming for Finding Carter takes place in Atlanta, Georgia,[6] in Westlake High School's old facility. In April, it was announced that Jesse Henderson would play Gabe, the role in which Nolan Sotillo was previously cast.[7]


  • Megan Prescott, Kathryn Prescott's twin sister, was never considered for the role of Taylor Wilson, because she wanted to pursue writing. Furthermore, had Meg been cast for the role of Carter's sister, there would not have been anything for Carter to reject about her family, since they would have looked too familiar.[8]
  • Max was supposed to die.[9]
  • All episodes in this season were named after notable films of different eras.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Bibel, Sara (July 9, 2014). "Tuesday Cable Ratings: World Cup Wins Night, 'Rizzoli & Isles', 'Pretty Little Liars', 'Finding Carter', 'Perception', 'Tyrant' & More". TV By the Numbers. Retrieved July 9, 2014.
  2. Kondolojy, Amanda (July 16, 2014). "Tuesday Cable Ratings: 'Deadliest Catch' & 'Pretty Little Liars' Top Night + 'The Haves & The Have Nots', 'Rizzoli & Isles' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 16, 2014.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 "Finding Carter: Season One Ratings". TV Series Finale.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Andreeva, Nellie (January 30, 2014). "MTV’s Picks Up Coming-Of-Age Drama Pilot 'Finding Carter' To Series". Retrieved February 17, 2014.
  5. "Development Update: Thursday, September 12". The Futon Critic. September 12, 2013. Retrieved February 17, 2014.
  6. "MTV 'Finding Carter' Casting Call For Teachers and Students in Atlanta". Project Casting. May 6, 2014. Retrieved May 6, 2014.
  7. Goldberg, Lesley (April 16, 2014). "MTV's 'Finding Carter' Adds Quartet to Cast (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 6 June 2014. The series, which stars Skins' Kathryn Prescott, has enlisted Jesse Henderson, Jesse Carere, Caleb Ruminer and Vanessa Morgan as recurring guest-stars, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. […] Henderson (Restless, The Gray Area) will play Gabe, a teenager who falls for wild-child Carter despite her sister and his longtime friend Taylor's harboring feelings for him.
  8. Macklem, Lisa (13 July, 2014). "Finding Carter - Exclusive Interview with Kathryn Prescott". Spoiler TV. Retrieved 18 March, 2015.
  9. "'Finding Carter' Shocker: Max Was Supposed To Die". MTV.

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