Siberia : Season 1

  • Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 1, 2013
Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jul 1, 2013
    80
    The reality show has become a nightmare, which isn’t a terrible premise. But setting it in the woods and turning the contestants into prey for some malevolent force harks back more to “Friday the 13th” than to “Survivor.” This wouldn’t be as noticeable if Siberia leavened the whole thing with dark humor.
  2. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Jul 1, 2013
    70
    The well-trod format of Siberia may be its biggest asset, quickly building the kind of sturdy perimeters that horror so often needs; real fear emerges when the familiar and predictable become shockingly distorted (is any ghost as scary as a child ghost?).
  3. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Jul 1, 2013
    63
    Siberia can be pretty annoying with the shaky single-camera and fake reality premise and all--but then it picks up in the last ten minutes when things go horribly wrong and the best character in the bunch gets killed off.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 54 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 21
  2. Negative: 6 out of 21
  1. Jul 11, 2013
    10
    Great. This show is such a great thriller. I love the writing and the acting. It's so addicting. This is probably one of my new favoriteGreat. This show is such a great thriller. I love the writing and the acting. It's so addicting. This is probably one of my new favorite shows. I cant' wait for more. Full Review »
  2. Aug 15, 2013
    8
    My earlier opinions of this show were hasty. It's really starting to pick up, and what I thought was going to turn into a terrifyingly badMy earlier opinions of this show were hasty. It's really starting to pick up, and what I thought was going to turn into a terrifyingly bad trainwreck actually saved itself through smart reveals of necessary exposition of the threats the contestants face.

    It's quickly getting into LOST territory, but in some ways, it's even smarter than that- instead of hiding behind illusions and lies and omission in the maddening JJ Abrams fashion that turns suspense into frustration, the show knows when to drop the plot-bombs and when to pick up on the portrayal of emotions. It's quite nice.

    Sure, the actors got off to a rough start, and maybe the producers and directors didn't know their exact aim from the start- but now they're in the swing of things, and hopefully it can get even better from here.
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  3. Jul 13, 2013
    9
    We all know it looks cheesy and unrealistic, but it is supposed to look so. That is why I'm totally grasped by NBC's new television series.We all know it looks cheesy and unrealistic, but it is supposed to look so. That is why I'm totally grasped by NBC's new television series. The idea of sixteen contestants of a reality show trapped into an unknown forest in the middle of nowhere is really exciting. Supernatural forces in a place where a real meteor has crashed back in 1908 sums up to the thriller and the fact that actors and contenders share their real names brings up a whole Blair Witch vibe to it! Full Review »