FlashForward : Season 1

  • Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 24, 2009
Season #: 1, 2
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26

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Critic Reviews

  1. It's a decent but not brilliant beginning.
  2. If Guggenheim can deepen the personalities and show how the flash forward really impacted them, then they might have a show here. Because right now, there's an interesting idea, some good production values and a cool cliffhanger, and not much else.
  3. The pilot for FlashForward, by contrast [to "Lost"], feels more like deja vu, with characters who could've been rounded up from a disaster miniseries, tied to a mystery that's only compelling if we care what happens to these people.
  4. If the procedural plotting in FlashForward was ordinary, all the conversations about destiny and free will--and what any of it means for the poor sap who didn’t see anything during the blackout--made the first episode feel vibrant, engaged with heady concepts and questions.
  5. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    40
    Fantasy plots require fantastic details, but the show, rolling steadily downhill from a compelling premise, is utterly casual about the particulars of its speculative time-tripping and post-catastrophe atmospherics.
  6. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    50
    Like many of ABC's post-Lost attempts at serials, this one has a great premise with tremendous potential, but I wish more attention had been paid to fleshing out the characters and generally bringing a fresher voice to the dialogue.
  7. 40
    The new series seems to share a perhaps fatal flaw of that now-canceled show, which is that the premise becomes so byzantine and the complications so arcane that eventually people just give up on trying to make sense of the darn thing.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 126 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 49
  2. Negative: 7 out of 49
  1. Jun 1, 2011
    10
    All of you have got to be kidding me! This show was great! I just finished the whole first season on Netflix and i cant wait to see theAll of you have got to be kidding me! This show was great! I just finished the whole first season on Netflix and i cant wait to see the second, and then i learn that the show was canceled?!?!?! So i read the reviews and people were complaining about the characters the plot and a whole bunch of other moronic stuff. So for anyone reading this let me explain why these people who gave this show a bad rating were wrong. First of all the characters were complex and changed through out the entire show, I don't understand why anyone wouldn't enjoy that, nowadays people like the plain, boring and/or idiotic characters like the ones from "Jersey Shore." The plot was great, the show tried to give an answer to an age old philosophical question "Fate vs. Free-Will", but i now see that people have completely forgotten what makes a good show good. Its NOT just some steroid filled idiots arguing all day and fist pumping, a good show is one that helps people learn or at least helps them to think about things outside of their miniature world. Full Review »
  2. Nicole
    Nov 12, 2009
    3
    Started out good during the pilot. Every episode since then has just gotten more unrealistic and overdone. The acting is bad, the Started out good during the pilot. Every episode since then has just gotten more unrealistic and overdone. The acting is bad, the relationships show no emotion or chemistry, and the plot-lines have gotten thin. The beginning of every episode leads me to think that I have missed something. Huge gaps in plot occur without any explanation. This show leaves much to be desired. Could have been a great show with a fresh idea, yet the poor writing and B-list actors have ruined it. Full Review »
  3. Aug 22, 2010
    5
    The show was imaginative and unique and had a lot of potential but very quickly it became more like a poorly written episode of ER tryingThe show was imaginative and unique and had a lot of potential but very quickly it became more like a poorly written episode of ER trying really really hard to be a sci fi. I'm glad it didn't get renewed for a second season. Full Review »