• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 24, 2007
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 26
  2. Negative: 6 out of 26
  1. San Francisco shifts shapes nicely, and there’s sufficient tension in the pilot to keep our nerves strung out, and since executive producers Kevin Falls and Alex Graves are West Wing veterans, it’s no surprise that the characters pass for adults.
  2. 80
    McKidd and castmates Gretchen Egolf as his wife Katie; Reed Diamond as his brother Jack, a cop who used to date Katie; and Moon Bloodgood as his spectral fiance, Livia, play this with just the right mix of credulity and dry wit.
  3. This new NBC time-travel drama is fairly mind-blowing and harrowing, laying out a preposterous scenario that it makes feel nonetheless believable.
  4. Reviewed by: Henry Goldblatt
    75
    Journeyman is an enjoyable romp--one that provides the accessibility of a procedural as well as the continuing mystery of "Lost" or "Heroes." [28 Sep 2007, p.94]
  5. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    70
    The pilot still is often clever and engaging, but confusing too.
  6. 63
    The biggest question you'll be left with after tonight's premiere is a big, fat "why?"
  7. The drama weighs down its hero with domestic crises and creepy glimpses into his past. The show misses its feel-good target.
  8. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    60
    Despite promising elements, then, Journeyman has set itself up with the daunting task of mastering a very tricky high-wire act
  9. 60
    With its pleasing San Francisco locales and McKidd's sympathetic performance, "Journeyman" is entertaining enough.
  10. An overly complicated pilot had me feeling that I, too, would like to time-travel, if not actually fast-forward, but a more straightforward second episode made me decide not to cancel my subscription just yet.
  11. 50
    The dramatic structure is overorganized around the linear detective-ing, and the show's too Dan-centric without a "Quantum Leap"-like partner to spice things up.
  12. Time travel looked so cool and carefree in "Back to the Future" that you wonder why it seems to become so difficult and often downright unpleasant when TV characters try it. In the case of Dan Vassar, the time traveler in NBC's new Journeyman, it also gets unreasonably complicated for the viewer.
  13. It allows McKidd to shine as Mr. Fix-It, even though he never wanted the task. Some of the subtext needs more episodes to provide breathing room.
  14. Reviewed by: Lesley Smith
    50
    Once freed from the scaffolding and backstory constraints of a series premiere, Journeyman may find itself.
  15. The problem with reviving a time-travel show is there needs to be a really distinctive and appealing twist so that critics won’t just write things like, "This reminds me of "Quantum Leap.""
  16. 50
    McKidd's a fine actor and there's promise here for an engaging romantic drama. But it's a bit too tangled, confusing and erratic in the opening weeks.
  17. It certainly looked good on paper. Alas, like some seductive Internet suitor, Journeyman seems perfect until he actually shows up, weedy and uncertain, at your door. In an effort to keep things grounded in "real life," as opposed to groovy sci-fi counterculture, writer-producer Kevin Falls relies on an earnestness that grows irritating.
  18. The series follows the supernaturally themed "Heroes," but it is to its predecessor what a cookie made with Splenda might be to a mille-feuille. Journeyman just feels squeamish.
  19. It's one thing when a TV show sets up a concrete mystery whose resolution you have faith will come, something like, "Who killed Mr. X?" But it's quite another when the show is so abstract that you aren't even sure what questions it asks. Kevin McKidd ("Rome") is an excellent actor, and it's only his skill that makes Journeyman tolerable.
  20. 37
    Spend an hour with Journeyman and you'll wish you knew how to time-travel.
  21. 30
    Everything about this time-traveling drama seems rote and stale. The show is a pallid, uninspired execution of ideas we've seen done better elsewhere.
  22. The next time McKidd hits the time warp, he should take his producers with him. Maybe they'd bring back a better show.
  23. Journeyman doesn't do anything especially interesting with its time-twisting premise. It's competently produced, but unless you have a tremendous amount of affection for McKidd left over from his work as the insane Lucius Vorenus on HBO's "Rome," it's skippable.
  24. The only thing dull, disappointing Journeyman can do is lower our pulse rates to ready us for beddy-bye.
  25. 20
    The premise is weak and leaky, the star is dull and dreary, and the only trip Journeyman ought to take is right back to the shop for repairs--or off to the dump for a decent burial.
User Score
9.2

Universal acclaim- based on 163 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 94 out of 98
  2. Negative: 1 out of 98
  1. Feb 23, 2014
    10
    I just finished watching this season for the first time. What a magnificent TV show. Heart warming, thought provoking, and beautifullyI just finished watching this season for the first time. What a magnificent TV show. Heart warming, thought provoking, and beautifully immersive. The user score speaks for itself, 9.2 (161 ratings). In a perfect world this would have been at least two seasons. Absolutely worth a watch if you haven't seen it already. If you liked Journeyman you may also enjoy the TV show Rubicon. Full Review »
  2. LukeH
    Jul 17, 2008
    10
    Journeyman was one of the best shows I had seen in a LONG time. I was glued to the TV whenever it aired, no other TV show has captivated me Journeyman was one of the best shows I had seen in a LONG time. I was glued to the TV whenever it aired, no other TV show has captivated me the way Journeyman did. Full Review »
  3. ConnieC.
    Apr 25, 2008
    10
    I wonder about these critics and their ability to judge quality entertainment. If you really want some honest fan critiques go to I wonder about these critics and their ability to judge quality entertainment. If you really want some honest fan critiques go to heynielsen.com and see what the Journeyman fans have to say. I watched all 13 episodes of Journeyman and found it to be great quality programming with wonderful entertainment value. The writing was superb and the storyline was different as Dan traveled back to his distant past. The character development showed lots of depth in the main characters and brilliant acting. The relationships between the characters was very appealing. Great musical scores and beautiful, skillful cinematography. Go to hulu.com to see all of the episodes for free. Full Review »