• Network: Syfy
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 19, 1999
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jul 18, 2013
    75
    All in all, pretty standard sci-fi stuff, but it's well played by the attractive cast and unusually well produced. Even more unusually, the show seems as interested in its characters as it is in its hardware. [19 Mar 1999]
  2. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jul 18, 2013
    70
    Farscape is thoroughly first-rate in the special-effects department. As for the writing, it at least shows flashes of promise. [19 Mar 1999]
  3. Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Jul 18, 2013
    80
    An adventurous, whimsical and spectacular space series. ... "Farscape" doesn't plumb mysteries of the cosmos or boldly go into profound allegorical realms. But it is fun, and beautifully produced. [8 Jul 1999]
  4. Reviewed by: Mike Duffy
    Jul 18, 2013
    75
    "Farscape" offers a witty, energized change of pace from popular, long-running science-fiction series such as "Babylon 5" and the various "Star Trek" incarnations. There's less futuristic philosophizing, more colorful comic book action and humorous fun. [19 Mar 1999]
  5. Reviewed by: Aaron Barnhart
    Jul 18, 2013
    90
    Spellbinding ... Blends intelligent writing, seamless special effects and more wonderful creations from Jim Henson's Creature Shop. [19 Mar 1999]
  6. Reviewed by: Scott D. Pierce
    Jul 18, 2013
    60
    If you watched the show with the sound turned down, you might well be blown away. But, as has been an unfortunate trend in non-Muppet Henson productions, most of the effort seems to have gone into making the series look great while giving short shrift to the writing. [12 Mar 1999]
  7. Reviewed by: Anita Gates
    Jul 18, 2013
    70
    Television now seems crowded with so many alien species with meaningful cultural characteristics that we hardly need any new ones, but "Farscape" has its pluses. [19 Mar 1999]
  8. Reviewed by: Lee Winfrey
    Jul 18, 2013
    70
    Smooth and stylish as it is, Farscape lacks one important ingredient: a new and breakthrough character. [18 Mar 1999]
  9. Reviewed by: M.S. Mason
    Jul 18, 2013
    80
    "Farscape" is not only fun, it is often thoughtful and probes issues of good and evil. [7 May 1999]
  10. Reviewed by: Steve Parks
    Jul 18, 2013
    70
    Opens promisingly with a storyline that sets up a compelling premise for a serial adventure ... [but] is so visually arresting that the humanoid characters are upstaged. [14 Mar 1999]
  11. Reviewed by: Marc Bernardin
    Jun 12, 2013
    75
    [An] engaging, if familiar, new actioner.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 43 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Feb 5, 2011
    10
    Ok... I don't care what anyone else says about this show, because it is simply the best sci-fi show out there. It is the show withOk... I don't care what anyone else says about this show, because it is simply the best sci-fi show out there. It is the show with everything: wit, comedy, emotion, thrill, and plenty of action. It is my favorite TV show and I wish they hadn't canceled it after the 4th season. Some episodes are self-contained, but for the most part each episode advances the roller-coaster plot in some way. I found myself falling in love with each character. So in conclusion: PLEASE WATCH THIS SHOW.. if you end up not liking it, there is something wrong with you. (jk)... no, but really. Full Review »
  2. Nov 22, 2012
    10
    This is one of the best, if not the best, sci-fi shows out there. The seasons get progressively better, the plot gets more serious, as doesThis is one of the best, if not the best, sci-fi shows out there. The seasons get progressively better, the plot gets more serious, as does character psychology and production value, and the universe keeps getting darker. I would not rate Season 1 higher that a 7, but since its two-part finale it quickly rises up to 10 and then beyond awesome. There is a decent portion of geek humour as well, but it does not detract from the general serious tone of the series. Oh, and anyone saying that season 4 finale is not THE most epic sci-fi show finale ever must be joking. I would personally rate this higher even than BSG exactly because BSG series 4 finale was so incredibly lame - this one leaves you craving for more. Check out Peacekeeper wars, the miniseries made after season 5 was cancelled, to find some closure. It is rushed, given the limited resources and time available for it, but still worthwhile. Full Review »
  3. Mar 25, 2012
    10
    The guy just below me said it well: "PLEASE WATCH THIS SHOW.. if you end up not liking it, there is something wrong with you." Really, he'sThe guy just below me said it well: "PLEASE WATCH THIS SHOW.. if you end up not liking it, there is something wrong with you." Really, he's right, it is not the show, it is you! If you don't like this show, either you lack imagination, or you don't have a sense of humor. Either way, you have basically lost touch with your inner child - that's your problem right there! Everyone's inner child smiles from ear to ear from watching Farscape! Having said this, the show is definitely not perfect. The first season in particular is of varying quality. You can feel the budget constraints at times. And the very first episode is unfortunately the least impressive of them all. It's sluggish and starts out boringly sentimental, and is not at all representative of what the show is going to blossom into over four amazing seasons. I'm just telling you, so you don't watch the first episode and give up! Hang in there, you will be richly rewarded! Full Review »