• Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 20, 2002
Season #: 1, 2
Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 30
  2. Negative: 5 out of 30
  1. Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Feb 23, 2013
    60
    Whedon's approach is intriguing, and the storytelling refuses to settle for simple heroics...Unfortunately, the drama and acting could be more compelling. [20 Sept 2002, p.E1]
  2. Reviewed by: Manual Mendoza
    Feb 23, 2013
    60
    If there's hope, it lies in the original version, which after getting off to a slow start did a wonderful job of distinguishing who was who and made you want to know more about them. Hopefully, Fox and Whedon can find a happy compromise, and the cultists can start their keyboards. [20 Sept 2002]
  3. Reviewed by: David Bianculli
    Feb 23, 2013
    60
    I'm not sure it's the best first impression a show could make, but it's different and daring enough to warrant a return for a second, and a third. [20 Sept 2002, p.35]
  4. Reviewed by: Steve Johnson
    Feb 23, 2013
    60
    Whedon's dialogue here, without contemporary pop culture to play against, feels a touch heavy. And there's only one great laugh, rare for so clever a writer. The result is that Firefly is intriguing but not compelling, but it least has the promise of a bright fellow at the helm. [20 Sept 2002, p.C3]
  5. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Feb 23, 2013
    50
    If Firefly weren't from Joss Whedon, the talented, respected creator of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," this review would probably be a lot more dismissive. Because of his track record -- six seasons of "Buffy," five of them good; the successful and ultimately distinctive spinoff series "Angel" -- Firefly gets the benefit of the doubt despite an inauspicious debut. It's not good, it's not bad, it's just so-so. [20 Sept 2002, p.40]
  6. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Feb 23, 2013
    50
    Early Firefly lacks majesty, and also that its laborious pace is hardly Star Warsian. [20 Sept 2002, p.C1]
  7. Reviewed by: Ann Hodges
    Feb 23, 2013
    50
    For now, we have a prologue to set the scene and a large cast to get to know, amid unspectacular special effects, a few punch-and-shoots, and no alien beings at all. [20 Sept 2002, p.1]
  8. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Jun 28, 2013
    40
    There are no aliens, no teleporters and no lasers. And sadly--given creator Joss Whedon's track record with Buffy the Vampire Slayer--no laughs or thrills.
  9. Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Feb 24, 2013
    40
    Firefly does some pretty fancy flitting now and then, but for the most part it's a trip that's been taken too many times before.
User Score
9.2

Universal acclaim- based on 325 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 47
  2. Negative: 1 out of 47
  1. May 3, 2011
    10
    perfect. smart, funny, action packed. Such an amazingly enjoyable show. I cherish the few episodes that were made because in my opinionperfect. 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
    10
    Brilliant dialogue full of intrigue, drama suspense and ass-kickery. There is a lot of character development over its short episode list andBrilliant 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
    10
    Firefly transcends the sci-fi genre. The characters are multi-dimensional, the writing superb and the chemistry between the actors andFirefly 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 »