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  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 9, 2014
  • Season #: 1
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 88 Ratings

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  • Summary: Astronaut Molly Woods (Halle Berry) returns from a 13-month solo mission to her husband (Goran Visnjic) and son (Pierce Gagnon).
  • Genre(s): Drama, Fantasy, Suspense, Science Fiction
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jul 7, 2014
    100
    The opener is absolutely superlative--a thing of real beauty, even elegance.... Berry delivers a performance that's surprisingly layered and nuanced.
  2. Reviewed by: Kristi Turnquist
    Jul 7, 2014
    80
    If the rest of the 13-episode Extant remains as compelling as its first episode, this will be the standout show of the summer season.
  3. Reviewed by: Jason Lynch
    Jul 9, 2014
    80
    Extant is laying some intriguing groundwork and doesn’t shy away from difficult conversations about humanity and artificial intelligence, particularly in John’s heated debate with a board that is considering financing his android work.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Jul 9, 2014
    70
    I am not yet sold, but I will stick around a while to see what this future holds.
  5. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Jul 7, 2014
    63
    The mostly intriguing premiere raises many questions, not least of which is: Will the story be too out there for a mainstream audience?
  6. Reviewed by: Cynthia Fuchs
    Jul 8, 2014
    60
    You’re left to wonder about what she sees, or whether she believes what she sees, a set of questions that might be intriguing (watching her distraught face as she watches herself) or annoying (watching her vaguely worried face as she spots a stranger at the end of her driveway in the dead of night).
  7. Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    Jul 3, 2014
    40
    Extant is a hodgepodge that serves up some creepy moments but gets bogged down by the inelegance of its copycat nature. It rumbles when it should roar. It stumbles when it should soar.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 30
  2. Negative: 8 out of 30
  1. Jul 9, 2014
    10
    Excellent start to a great new show. This is a great mix of sci-fi and drama. This is a homerun for the shows creator Mickey Fisher, and the writting, acting and direction are superb for a summer show (this would also give most fall premiers a run for their money). The premier hits the ground running while at the same time allows good character development. Halle Berry really adds dimension and personality to the lead role. I liked that its sci-fi without being obvious. I am excited to see where the casts takes us, but if it continues where the pilot left off, we are all in for a wild ride. Expand
  2. Jul 12, 2014
    10
    Wow..Didn't hear of the series but when i saw the pilot..it blew me away..Really loved it!
    Nice sub plots, characters and Sci FI all bundled
    into one..This is going to be EPIC! Expand
  3. Jul 10, 2014
    9
    Excellent start. It is not much of a secret that there are reflections here of "2010", "AI - Artificial Intelligence" and "Solaris" but I can live with that. Considering the level of writing on many of the new network summer shows, "Extant" is a stand-out. Time will tell. I think Halle Berry will carry her part of the show. Let's hope the writers can do the same. Expand
  4. Jul 24, 2014
    5
    The concept is very interesting, allowing the writers to explore ethics questions about our scientific capabilities versus our humanity. With such fertile ground there is much to plow through. However, the writing, acting and directing leaves me with a feeling that everyone is just a little too tired to move through at an engaging pace. The storyline and plot could be interesting. For me, the pacing is off, the dialog and interactions are too light to keep me engaged for any length of time. I hope they employ someone to help them fix what could be a promising show. They have a great cast so the talent is available but the chemistry, timing, writing and direction feel lax. Expand
  5. Aug 28, 2014
    5
    used to love this series ... but after the last episodes i freakin hate it ... it SUCKS ! how they acting , story and where they're going with it , ... all is so stupid ! hope it gets better ... :| Expand
  6. Jul 18, 2014
    4
    Extant is another case of combing ideas and trying to pass it off as something new. Examples are a robot kid (A.I.) and seeing dead people in space (Event Horizon). It's all a bit dull and will need an injection of originality to garner any kind of following. Expand
  7. Jul 30, 2014
    1
    Obvious fans, or fawns, of Halle Berry find much to like in this cliche-ridden, exciting as a wake, totally predictable, caricature populated show, that suggests those fans were focused on the undeniably pleasant to look at Berry, but oblivious to the tired plot, embarrassingly wooden acting, except by the Humanix, and hackneyed scripts. I like to look at Berry, too, but couldn't bear to watch/listen to her deliver her adolescent lines with as much emotion as a still life. The supporting actors don't provide much of that, either. All in all, I managed to make it through one and one-half shows before deleting them and cancelling the series. It might improve, certainly, but in the meantime, time will be better spent reading. Expand

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