'Under the Dome': Is This Summer's New Must-Watch, Must-Tweet Series?

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Deputy Linda (Natalie Martinez, left), Joe (Colin Ford), Sheriff Perkins (Jeff Fahey) and Dale ...Barbie... Barbara (Mike Vogel Pictured L-R) and the residents of Chester...s Mill find themselves suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by a massive transparent dome, on UNDER THE DOME premiering Monday, June 24 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

With "Game of Thrones" and "Mad Men" wrapped for the year, Twitter has been sadly lacking some TV-related "OMG" and "WTF" tweets. If you've been looking for a buzzworthy show to obsess about this summer, CBS's new sci-fi drama "Under the Dome" might just be the ticket -- especially with its groundbreaking ratings.

The premiere drew an audience of 13.14 million viewers, making it the most-watched summer drama on any network since 1992. And it was well-received with fans going nuts for the series online, frantically theorizing about what's going to happen next.

Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, "Under the Dome" is set in the fictional town of Chester's Mill. The town's residents are just going about their business (gassing up the car, going to work, burying a corpse ... you know, normal creepy small-town stuff), when without warning, an impenetrable, transparent dome descends. When the dome falls, the power goes out, cell service hits zero bars, and even people screaming at top volume can't be heard through the barrier — which is one spot where the miniseries takes some liberty with the story:

Families are permanently separated, and no one knows what the dome really is or why it has fallen. Indiewire's Alison Willmore summed the premiere up perfectly when she wrote that the story "has the feel of a 'Twilight Zone' episode writ large, particularly in the setting of the small town you can't leave."

But there's more mystery here than just the origins of the dome. Big Jim has been stockpiling propane; how did he know to do that? The kids are seeing pink stars and having seizures. And, of course, there's the matter of Barbie burying Peter's body!

When that dome comes down, it cuts the town off from the outside world. "Cuts" is the operative word — the premiere's most "OMG" moment came when the dome neatly sliced a cow in two. Naturally, people on Twitter freaked out about that poor cow.

Of course, the dome did more than just kill the cow. There was a plane crash and an even more impressive car crash. But it's pretty clear that the real damage is yet to come.

The longer people are trapped in the dome, the more likely it is that they will begin to turn on each other. Or, you know, start touching the dome wall to take the easy way out when things get desperate. Poor Duke. He learned that lesson too late.

Plenty of "Under the Dome" cast members decided to live-tweet along with the East Coast airing of the premiere, which definitely helped to get #UndertheDome trending. The cast includes "Breaking Bad" star Dean Norris as "Big Jim" Rennie, former "Cult" star Aisha Hinds as Carolyn Hill, and young actor Colin Ford as Joe McClatchey.

In fact, Twitter was buzzing all day with jokes about how the premise of "Under the Dome" was eerily similar to "The Simpsons Movie," which opened in 2007. Both stories revolve around a transparent dome being placed over an entire town.

In the case of Springfield, the dome was placed over the city by the president, thus preventing Springfield's pollution from spreading. The reason (or reasons) behind the dome drop in "Under the Dome" are bound to be much more mysterious.

As it happens, Stephen King's novel had its genesis way back in 1972. King started the novel when he was young, but he wanted to wait until he'd matured as a writer before finishing the tale. King ended up writing the first draft in about 15 months, and the story clocked in at over 1,500 pages.

The novel was finally published in 2009, two years after "The Simpsons Movie" premiered. 

If Monday's Twitter conversations are anything to go by, "Under the Dome" may have just secured its place as this summer's most talked about new show. Here's hoping that next week's installment starts providing answers about the dome's origins.

Check out reactions to the premiere on Twitter, and then sound off in the comments below! Did the premiere get you hooked or are you bored with "Under the Dome" already? 

Get a behind-the-scenes peek at Stephen King and Steven Spielberg teaming up for "Under the Dome": 

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