• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 5, 2008
Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12

Critic Reviews

  1. Each episode tells a different story but in the first two, it's clear the stories won't be all that different from those we've seen a million times before.
  2. 40
    Suspense should be nerve-tingling fun, not necessarily punishing, and most of what I’ve seen so far has been about as enjoyable as taking a sledgehammer to the temple. And just about as cheesily predictable.
  3. For the most part, they're neither fish nor fowl: not gory enough for the "Saw"/"Hostel" crowd, and not genuinely scary enough for anybody else.
  4. What they do have in common is wintry Canadian weather, a general lack of humor without having much serious to say and the fact that they are not particularly scary.
  5. Fear Itself, which is directed by a platoon of horror film veterans (including the Hong Kong auteur Ronny Yu), delivers a lot of ripped flesh and spilled blood--terrible things happen, in particular, to lips and teeth--in the service of very little terror or discomfort.
  6. Fear is pretty much like most of these genre-specific anthologies: wildly inconsistent, sometimes maddeningly so. But when it hits, it blasts the ball out of the park. When it doesn't, well, at least you have the pools of blood to keep you company.
  7. 50
    A little tedious for the rest of us, who have seen such exploration before.
User Score
5.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 36
  2. Negative: 15 out of 36
  1. BrianW.
    Jun 28, 2008
    6
    This show does hold your interest and is a good view during a season where there is not too much to watch on TV. I enjoy the twists and turns This show does hold your interest and is a good view during a season where there is not too much to watch on TV. I enjoy the twists and turns that most of the episodes have given thus far. Full Review »
  2. JamesO.
    Jun 27, 2008
    10
    Best show on TV. Reminds me of Twilight Zone or Hitchcock. Last night's ( about the wedding and the serial killer) twist took me Best show on TV. Reminds me of Twilight Zone or Hitchcock. Last night's ( about the wedding and the serial killer) twist took me completely by surprise. Congratulations to NBC for showing something different. Full Review »
  3. AimeeW.
    Jun 27, 2008
    1
    This is the worst series ever. I can't believe a major television station would even air this crap. Very disappointing.