Reaper is the story of Sam Oliver (Bret Harrison) who, on his twenty-first birthday, learns his parents sold his soul to the devil (Ray Wise). He must now become a bounty hunter for the devil and capture souls that have escaped hell. Sam is given a vessel (some object like a fire extinguisher, a taser, or something equally as weird at first glance) to help aid him in containing the soul until he can deposit it in the receptacle that leads back to hell. The receptacle’s location is in the DMV, which explains so much of why the DMV is the way it is.
At the end of the first season, Sam learns that his father isn’t his real father — the devil is! That revelation, plus the fact that someone was able to get out of their deal, gives Sam his purpose for the second season – find out if the devil is his dad (since how can you believe the prince of lies) and find out how the person got out of their deal and do the same. So Sam, along with his on again, off again girlfriend Andi (Missy Peregrym) and his best friends Bert 'Sock' Wysocki (Tyler Labine) and Ben (Rick Gonzalez), must get to the bottom of both goals. They must also help Sam accomplish his bounty hunter duties and outwit the devil, who likes to throw Sam curve balls -- like a new bounty hunter Morgan (Armie Hammer) who is another of the Devil’s offspring and dear old dad has decided to pit Morgan against Sam. The winner of these “tests” gets to eventually take over running Hell, while the loser will end up dead — or worse.
Reaper is a fun show, strengthened by its ensemble cast. The relationship between Sam and Andi isn’t your typical boyfriend/girlfriend relationship, especially since Sam’s dad could be the devil. Also atypical is the friendship of Sam, Sock, and Ben, which shows that only your closest friends could take the news that you’re now a bounty hunter for Satan, and that he could be your dad. Ray Wise is perfect as the smarmy, backstabbing, always impeccably dressed and tanned devil. He almost outshines Harrison as Sam, and probably would do so if he had more screen time.