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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 19, 2005
  • Season #: 1
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  • Starring: Ian Anthony Dale, Jay R. Ferguson, Lake Bell
  • Summary: Strange creatures are found in the sea in NBC's sci-fi adventure which, unlike its last nautical series, is mercifully free of talking dolphins.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 23
  2. Negative: 12 out of 23
  1. "Surface" is steeped in Spielberg, and is better Spielberg than Spielberg has managed in quite some time.
  2. 60
    So far the stern-faced Lake Bell’s independent-minded oceanographer is too conventional a protagonist, while the series’ government cover-up thread... feels globally warmed over.
  3. This by-the-numbers entry is pretty damn toothless. [23 Sep 2005, p.81]
  4. 38
    There isn't a moment of wonder or suspense in Surface, or a single performance or character that is even remotely involving.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    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.
  6. There's nothing particularly appealing about any of the folks having the close encounters.
  7. One of the lead characters is an evolutionary biologist, which makes sense, since there's not a lot of intelligent design here.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 9 out of 229
  1. Jul 16, 2011
    this show is super fun and campy... all of you who don't like it obviously are just full of hate it like syfy original movie but marginally better cg and acting
    really solid "monster movie" score too just enjoy it fools!
  2. Sep 12, 2011
    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 15 episodes in a two day marathon with my girlfriend. Very sad there is no season II Expand
  3. Oct 11, 2010
    Was never given a fair go. Greedy networks treating us fans with contempt. Just pull the plug with no closure. Again. Maybe it's just the shows I like. Expand
  4. Aug 23, 2013
    So 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. Expand
  5. Nov 11, 2011
    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 that identifies a lousy show gets a rating of 10.... silly way to structure the functionality Expand

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