• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 19, 2005
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
39

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 23
  2. Negative: 12 out of 23
  1. 38
    There isn't a moment of wonder or suspense in Surface, or a single performance or character that is even remotely involving.
  2. Offers a ho-hum monster and the kind of stock characters that we've seen too many times before.
  3. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    30
    The best thing about "Surface" thus far is NBC's promo campaign, which, sliced into bite-sized bits, actually makes the program look considerably better than it is.
  4. 30
    It's a bland Spielberg wannabe that doesn't succeed in evoking much creepiness or wonder
  5. There's nothing particularly appealing about any of the folks having the close encounters.
  6. Whoever wrote the first episode of “Lost” didn’t crowd the screen with dimwits forced to recite grade-B TV drama drivel. By that standard, “Surface” doesn’t get a pass.
  7. At first glance... it comes off as silly sci-fi, a not-so-intriguing series that wades into all-too-similar waters as two other fall shows. The difference in this one is that the water is noticeably more shallow.
  8. Desperately trying to be mysterious like "Lost," this show, by any other name, turns out to be an ironically diluted version.
  9. You won't really want to spend another hour with these people.
  10. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    20
    The series hopscotches to so many locations (the Carolinas, the Antarctic, the ocean trenches) that you briefly forget that it gives you no reason to feel afraid or intrigued or anything else.
  11. 12
    The most confusing ensemble drama of the new season.
  12. One of the lead characters is an evolutionary biologist, which makes sense, since there's not a lot of intelligent design here.
User Score
9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 295 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 9 out of 229
  1. Aug 23, 2013
    3
    So you love science fiction? And your heart cries out for family-friendly heart warming sci-fi horror? Surface may just be what you'reSo you love science fiction? And your heart cries out for family-friendly heart warming sci-fi horror? Surface may just be what you're looking for. It's not good, though. Full Review »
  2. Nov 11, 2011
    1
    this web site defaults all reviews to 10 so that the first time one submits a review one might be surprised to discover that their review thatthis web site defaults all reviews to 10 so that the first time one submits a review one might be surprised to discover that their review that identifies a lousy show gets a rating of 10.... silly way to structure the functionality Full Review »
  3. Sep 12, 2011
    9
    I loved this show it is fun for the whole family. I can't believe the critics were so harsh. It's was a lot of fun to watch. I watched all 15I loved this show it is fun for the whole family. I can't believe the critics were so harsh. It's was a lot of fun to watch. I watched all 15 episodes in a two day marathon with my girlfriend. Very sad there is no season II Full Review »