• Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 20, 2002
  • Season #: 1 , 2

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 30
  2. Negative: 5 out of 30
  1. 37
    Every situation, every character is a cliché, whether from the Western story shelf or the discount sci-fi stock. Judging from the dusty, rocky scenery, it might have been shot on the planet Borrego.
  2. Reviewed by: Jonathan Storm
    Feb 23, 2013
    A disappointingly forced effort from Joss Whedon...the show lacks any trace of the humor and subtlety that makes Buffy so much fun. [20 Sept 2002, p.D13]
  3. Reviewed by: Caryn James
    Feb 23, 2013
    This time the wrenching together of genres is tortured. In its rough first episode on Fox tonight, Firefly is even more of a confusing mess than the description makes it sound. It's a crazy quilt of "Star Wars," "Mad Max" and "Stagecoach," just to mention the most obvious films it calls to mind. [20 Sept 2002, p.E26]
  4. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Feb 23, 2013
    To call Firefly a vast disappointment is an understatement. Whedon has proven he's capable of brilliance, but this is mere folly.
  5. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Feb 23, 2013
    The only thing deep in tonight's Firefly premiere, though, is the well of cliches into which Whedon dips for what passes for plot and exposition. [20 Sept 2002, p.B02]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 300 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 42
  2. Negative: 1 out of 42
  1. May 3, 2011
    perfect. smart, funny, action packed. Such an amazingly enjoyable show. I cherish the few episodes that were made because in my opinion they are some of the very best television produced. Full Review »
  2. Apr 23, 2011
    Brilliant dialogue full of intrigue, drama suspense and ass-kickery. There is a lot of character development over its short episode list and will keep viewers pining over what might have been. Its fourteen episodes are some of the most best sci-fi television ever made. Full Review »
  3. Mar 30, 2011
    Firefly transcends the sci-fi genre. The characters are multi-dimensional, the writing superb and the chemistry between the actors and actresses are palpable. The spaceship was just an added bonus. It's too bad the show did not really get off the ground due to Fox's incompetence of airing the show out of order. Full Review »