• Network: Syfy
  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 11, 2011
Season #: 1, 2
Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jul 11, 2011
    75
    The premiere drops enough intriguing hints about the players' pasts without distracting from the main plot. You can't have a team without conflict, and every character seems to carry a quirk that rubs the others the wrong way.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Lechevallier
    Aug 1, 2011
    63
    Even as tropes arrive in full force, exceptions to boilerplate good-versus-evil scenarios make occasional appearances.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    Jul 11, 2011
    60
    Alphas proceeds with a relative sobriety that will prove attractive to some and simply unintoxicating to others. If there are any grown-up fanboys left in America--people who can bring themselves to admit that this summer's blockbusters-in-tights are meager gruel--then Alphas may have enough beta charm to see them through the season.
  6. 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.
  7. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Jul 11, 2011
    50
    Of course, it's a coup for SyFy to snag Strathairn for the new series, but this is very much an ensemble piece. The other performers are all great at being unlikely and, at times, downright cranky heroes. Still, while their crankiness is initially appealing, it could wear thin pretty quickly unless they are given really smart crimes to solve.
  8. 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.
  9. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Jul 11, 2011
    80
    Alphas deftly balances all the building blocks of great genre--nonhuman abilities, twisty plot, cool special effects, smart dialogue and characters you want to spend more time with. And that's the most impressive superpower of all.
  10. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jul 11, 2011
    70
    At first blush, though, give Alphas high marks for effort and ingenuity, demonstrating a TV show needn't provide major pyrotechnics or a reinvented wheel to lay the groundwork for solid summer entertainment where the characters, somewhat refreshingly, are only sort-of super.
  11. 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.
  12. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jul 11, 2011
    67
    Ultimately, I was more drawn in by the team's interactions than I was by either aspect of the plot, but that's probably better for the show's long-term viability.
  13. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jul 11, 2011
    50
    Alphas looks fairly good on paper, but never catches fire. And its use of Strathairn is even more of a fizzle.
  14. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Jul 11, 2011
    63
    Alphas is fun, sure, but it has a "been there, done that" feel.
  15. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jul 11, 2011
    60
    Alphas is hardly the alpha show in this supernatural-hero genre, but it's still engaging.
  16. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jul 8, 2011
    50
    The problem with the show is that it's pretty dull, particularly if you've ever watched any of the similar shows that preceded Alphas. None of the characters feel new, nor do the situations.
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 84 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 24
  2. Negative: 6 out of 24
  1. Jul 27, 2011
    3
    I really wanted to like this show, love David Strathairn, and after this last episode, a resounding NO. It's Wanted meets Fringe but notI really wanted to like this show, love David Strathairn, and after this last episode, a resounding NO. It's Wanted meets Fringe but not nearly as good as the movie or tv show. Nothing is original about this show. The last show was 28 days later, down to the SAME exact music, very sad, very sad Full Review »
  2. 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 specialOh 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. Full Review »
  3. Aug 10, 2011
    3
    Characters have no charisma at all! They can be so annoying as they're always nagging amongst each other with no specific reason, and at theCharacters have no charisma at all! They can be so annoying as they're always nagging amongst each other with no specific reason, and at the end of the 5th episode I confess I can't even remember all their names!
    It's so boring...
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