• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 29, 2005
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
48

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 23
  2. Negative: 10 out of 23
  1. The first episode is moody and violent but not particularly frightening. The second is psychobabble nonsense without much suspense.
  2. 38
    There are two major things you need to know about Night Stalker. One is that it's a third-rate rip-off of a superior series. The other is that the series it's ripping off is The X-Files.
  3. 30
    This is one decidedly unfrightening resurrection of the Night Stalker.
  4. 30
    A bland, routine echo of its predecessor, even if it boasts much more spectacular effects.
  5. Individually and as a team, Townsend and Union exhibit less chemistry than a third-grade science set.
  6. It looks a lot less like "Kolchak" than like a cup of weakly brewed "X-Files" -- minus the spice and clever humor.
  7. 30
    It's not the weakest of the new supernatural pilots, but it so quickly falls into generic horror moves and a stifling atmosphere that it doesn't make for a terribly auspicious hour.
  8. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    30
    What is missing here is heart, drama, and - most inexcusably - horror.
  9. 20
    The story is weak and, based on their performances, the cast knows it.
  10. 10
    Kolchak's ridiculously precious writing is not the only thing that rings false about Night Stalker.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 26
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 26
  3. Negative: 8 out of 26
  1. KarlK
    Apr 10, 2007
    10
    Da gurl sa hotty
  2. SandyB
    Jun 16, 2006
    9
    Great show with an addictive gritty feel. Seems some of the bad reviews slate how it isn't as good as the original. Having never seen the original I was free to enjoy it on its own merits. Full Review »
  3. bills
    Jan 13, 2006
    0
    Not only is this a halfhearted attempt at capitalizing on yet another cult classic, but it has received the most offensive CSI-style glazing-over that the networks seem to think is what constitutes good story and visuals these days: Glamour, Glitz, Perfect Hair, Stylish Clothes, Fake Top 40 Music, Anorexic Women and let's not forget Flash Scene Cuts and Grotesque Overuse of CG Recoloring. That some spritzer-sipping network fop in an Armani thinks this CSI-meets-XFILES mess is a 'homage' to Darren McGavin's cult favorite is the REAL scary subplot behind this one. Full Review »