Alias : Season 1

  • Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 30, 2001
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 28
  2. Negative: 3 out of 28

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Critic Reviews

  1. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Mar 15, 2013
    40
    Though there are surprises and crosses and double-crosses in the show's waning minutes, Alias fails to make me care much about its characters, their future or understanding who the good guys are and who the bad guys are. "La Femme Nikita" kept these mysteries beguiling in its early seasons; Alias can't manage to do that in its first episode. [30 Sept 2001, p.TV-5]
  2. Mar 15, 2013
    50
    Alias suffers from a split personality. It's half John LeCarre, half comic book. In the field, Sydney, who looks about as formidable as your average Vogue cover girl, becomes a spike-heeled super-spy who shoots and karate-kicks her way through a horde of terrorist storm troopers as if they were targets in a video game. She's preposterous, and so is half the show. But viewers who just want to see bad guys die may not mind.
  3. Reviewed by: Julie Salamon
    Mar 15, 2013
    60
    There's plenty of espionage action and kick-boxing but little concern for political authenticity. The appeal rests in the heroine, played by Jennifer Garner with an attractive combination of vulnerability and entrepreneurial self-protectiveness. This lively piece of entertainment is too cartoonish to feel threatening.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 90 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Oct 26, 2016
    10
    I wish they would bring this series back. It was the perfect balance of intrigue and plat twists without being ridiculous or over-sexed.I wish they would bring this series back. It was the perfect balance of intrigue and plat twists without being ridiculous or over-sexed. Garner is fantastic. Full Review »
  2. Jun 28, 2013
    9
    Alias seems to not have received enough credit. It is continuously captivating, though I will not make the claim that its consistent. It onAlias seems to not have received enough credit. It is continuously captivating, though I will not make the claim that its consistent. It on the contrary, continuously has these crazy twists (that are sometimes ridiculous) and after 5 seasons of running after the same guy you never really come to care about, I can understand the complaints people have; however, I think the show has gripping individual stories and is still able to preserve so much mystery, suspense and drama in every episode. Spy shows claiming to be more "realistic" have come out since Alias last aired, but this "spy-fi" show stands its own ground rather well. Full Review »
  3. May 20, 2013
    5
    Convoluted plot that makes the story progression ridiculous to follow and prevents any real depth or structure to most of the characters.Convoluted plot that makes the story progression ridiculous to follow and prevents any real depth or structure to most of the characters.

    But the camera work is good, the action scenes are effective and fun, and the dialogues are not bad.

    So if you like spies, double spies, triple spies and have an extremly disfunctional family, maybe you can relate to this show.
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