• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 5, 2008
  • Season #: 1

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. 30
    NBC's new anthology horror series is, like far too many TV horror anthologies before it, just not scary enough.
  2. 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.
  3. 70
    With so many different directors and writers involved, it's always hard to judge where anthology series may be going. But the first two episodes of Fear Itself are good, goosebumpy fun, with the deft set-ups, rousing action and surprise endings of a comic book.
  4. 25
    The only fear engendered by this series is the fear that the NBC programming department has been possessed by Satan.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    A breath of cold, bracing and - bless it - fresh air. Eisner's fable is dark, almost impenetrably so, though skillfully rendered. Best of all, nothing here has ever been performed on reality TV, the best I can tell.
  7. 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.
  8. 50
    A little tedious for the rest of us, who have seen such exploration before.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    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.
  12. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Script by show creator Mick Garris and ensemble acting are serviceable but pale in comparison to the cinematography of Attila Szalay, production design of Stephen Geaghan and Brian Tyler's tension-inducing orchestral score.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 19
  2. Negative: 9 out of 19
  1. BrianW.
    Jun 28, 2008
    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
    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
    This is the worst series ever. I can't believe a major television station would even air this crap. Very disappointing.