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  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 11, 2011
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 80 Ratings

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  • Summary: A scientist (David Strathairn) within the US Department of Defense leads a team of five people with extraordinary powers as they seek others like them.
  • Genre(s): Fantasy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Jul 11, 2011
    91
    The soul of the show, though, is its conflicted "heroes," truly tortured, in palpable ways, recalling the best, early days of NBC's ill-fated Monday comic book. There's no cartoonery here. Just adult adventure and angst.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jul 11, 2011
    75
    Strathairn helps the credibility of the melodrama a lot. Alphas may remind some viewers of Heroes, and is a dropped ABC pilot, but it's not damaged goods. It's fun and swift.
  3. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Jul 11, 2011
    70
    As an origin story, Alphas hits some notes too hard and lacks a certain subtlety, yet there's potential in this tale, especially if it delves into the psychological cost of being extraordinary.
  4. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Jul 11, 2011
    63
    Alphas is fun, sure, but it has a "been there, done that" feel.
  5. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jul 11, 2011
    60
    Alphas is hardly the alpha show in this supernatural-hero genre, but it's still engaging.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Jul 11, 2011
    50
    It's neither here nor there: low on sci-fi mystery and intrigue and not yet convincing as ensemble drama. Right now it feels like the beta version.
  7. Reviewed by: Nancy Franklin
    Jul 29, 2011
    40
    Their take on human nature may develop, but right now it's cartoonish in the worst way and too reminiscent of similar shows.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 22
  2. Negative: 5 out of 22
  1. Oct 7, 2011
    10
    Oh dear, I had high hopes of this but I gave up after watching 3 episodes. The premise is interesting, the writing, direction and special effects are good but the annoying minor actors (minor to me) are just too much to bear with their endless childishness - http://www.automobile-gabriel.de Expand
  2. Sep 7, 2011
    10
    With the unfortunate cancellation of Heroes we had lot one of the best superhero TV shows but now with the birth of Alphas we could very well link both shows together. Alpha is Heroes with badges, instead of a group of masked vigilantes in tights fighting the league of doom in their underwater lair, we have a have a gang of suited, witty and clever people bringing their own unique gift the the gang, with only one having any crime fighting experience its a turn to see how amateurs learn to use their abilities to help save people from murder, kidnapping and even radical terrorist, its like CSI just got a burst of radiation and turned in to the HULK, for me Alphas has been one of my most favourite shows this year I strongly recommend. Expand
  3. Sep 26, 2011
    10
    Writers: Consistently writing fast pace, interesting, dynamic story lines. In almost every episode I am blind sided by some crazy realization or action sequence. They are fantastic at presenting characters and their abilities and the science behind it allâ Expand
  4. Jul 11, 2012
    8
    While it might seem like a rehash of Heroes or other popular genre shows, Alphas is actually a breath of (somewhat) fresh air, bringing a consistent pace and voice Heroes was never able to achieve. Ryan Cartwright is an amazing actor too. Gary is probably the best portrayal of autism I've seen in a while. I love his character. The guest cast is also great. If you have any interest, make sure you watch, and stick with it. It only gets better as the season progresses. Expand
  5. Sep 4, 2011
    7
    It is not bad show. Maybe it is not masterpiece but it is good enough to watch it and have a good time. Also later episodes are better than first ones. So I say go for it. Don't expect greatness , but a well - made job. Expand
  6. Aug 24, 2011
    5
    Oh dear, I had high hopes of this but I gave up after watching 3 episodes. The premise is interesting, the writing, direction and special effects are good but the annoying minor actors (minor to me) are just too much to bear with their endless childishness - I suppose some are supposed to be childish but i just don't want to watch them sniping all the time. Expand
  7. Sep 16, 2011
    0
    Unwatchable because of the extremely annoying characters, especially the British guy. Other than that it's just plain boring. It has nothing going for it, It's not even funny. Expand

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