Heroes : Season 1

  • Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 25, 2006
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 29
  2. Negative: 4 out of 29

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Critic Reviews

  1. 100
    The show's super strengths are its well-developed filmmaking, smooth pacing and a perfect cast. It views like the first hour of a fun, thoughtful movie.
  2. People Weekly
    Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    The show's fun, and a little freaky. [2 Oct 2006, p.45]
  3. What they do with their powers and the impact they'll have on others is the raison d'etre of the show; the moody noir tone and offbeat writing are the reasons to tune in.
  4. "Heroes" is one of TV's most imaginative creations and might, with luck, become this year's "Lost."
  5. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Alynda Wheat
    Oka is pure delight as a wage slave who's broken the space-time continuum, and... Grunberg shines as a telepathic cop. [29 Sep 2006, p.71]
  6. What makes this intriguing and ultimately irresistible serial thriller one of my favorites of the fall season are its characters.
  7. NBC's "Heroes" is the best pilot of fall 2006. Whether it continues to soar in future episodes remains to be seen.
  8. 80
    Like "Lost," it has the potential to grow into a cross-genre drama that reaches beyond cultiness to all kinds of TV viewers.
  9. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    A soul-deep sense of humanity grounds "Heroes."
  10. 80
    Heroes offers uneven acting, clunky dialogue and some flat figures.... Yet Heroes overcomes its flaws to present arresting, off-the-wall entertainment.
  11. 75
    You don't have to be a fantasy or sci-fi geek to have fun with it
  12. 75
    When I was watching the first three episodes of "Heroes" provided by NBC, I couldn't wait for Hiro's scenes, which is not to say you should dismiss the rest of the characters on "Heroes."
  13. 75
    Dense, dark, a little dreary and yet oddly intriguing, Heroes seems destined to attract an audience that is more loyal than large.
  14. It's an entertaining TV show that easily could translate to a terrific comic book.
  15. "Heroes" may be the dark horse among this year's serialized dramas. It also might be a dud down the road. Because after two episodes, it's not even remotely clear what these "special" ordinary people are capable of.
  16. In a season overrun with "Lost" wannabes, "Heroes" zigs where so many zag, keeping the ethnic diversity, the hidden connections between the characters and, of course, the overarching mystery, but infusing them with something that feels entirely fresh and yet whose appeal is as old as comic books.
  17. A big, colorful, messy, involving, funny explosion of a show. If it's not the best new series of the season, it's definitely the most memorable.
  18. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    The writing is uneven... but the idea is audacious enough to keep you following the loose threads.
  19. If you don't take it too seriously, it can be tremendous fun in a Saturday matinee kind of way.
  20. It does get a little pretentious at times, especially during the opening and closing narrations, but its pretensions are very much comic-book pretensions, and therefore allowable in what is, fundamentally, a comic book.
  21. 60
    If not exactly compelling, the pilot episode is engaging and often quirkily funny.
  22. “Heroes” tries very hard to spook viewers with hints of science fiction and dark conspiracies. But its main appeal is the curious link among complete strangers.
  23. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    This is... one of those concepts seemingly destined to leave a small but outspoken fan contingent grumbling next summer at Comic-Con about its cancellation.
  24. 50
    Too much pretentious hooey about destiny obscures an unfocused saga of normal folks with odd powers.
  25. 30
    The show is too diffuse, hokey and self-consciously portentous to suggest suspenseful possibility.
  26. Despite oodles of cool effects, it lands, splat, in a pile of nonsense and dim dialogue.
  27. 20
    A largely dreary dirge.
  28. 10
    You could watch the first few episodes of “Heroes,” or you could repeatedly hit yourself on the head with a brick. The effect is surprisingly similar.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 385 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 15 out of 200
  1. Oct 3, 2010
    The first series of Heroes was the best television I have ever seen. So inventive and so clever it really did eclipse anything I had ever seenThe first series of Heroes was the best television I have ever seen. So inventive and so clever it really did eclipse anything I had ever seen before. I think its that idea of aspiring to achieve your goals whether you can time travel or are just a normal human being that really shines through. Shame that the writers strike killed the rest though. Full Review »
  2. Nov 9, 2012
    An absolutely captivating genre-beding show. It is nearly flawless.
  3. Dec 29, 2015
    Without a doubt the single best outing in TV history. Heroes captivated me from the very beginning. There is not a show around today that hadWithout a doubt the single best outing in TV history. Heroes captivated me from the very beginning. There is not a show around today that had the buzz and the ratings of Heroes. Season 1 introduced the world to a as realistic as you can have world where people had superpowers. From good to evil, minor to major, all these characters were compelling. This show was full of great action, drama, mystery, and intrigue. There is not a series around today that had the same magic as Heroes had. Full Review »