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  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 23, 2008
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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  • Summary: After a virus kills 90 percent of the population on Earth, a group of nine survivors try to work together in this remake of the 1970's British series.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Science Fiction
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    80
    Darwinians, take note. Even the fittest don’t have it easy on this show, which is down-to-earth sci-fi at its gritty best.
  2. Reviewed by: Aubry O'Arminio
    75
    It works—maybe because the group is so likeable, or because writer Adrian Hodges puts so much faith in his main characters (it's nice, for once, to see a work that doesn't fault us for our reliance on technology, but rather shows how easily people can persist without it).
  3. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    70
    Survivors isn't great or groundbreaking, but it's a whole lot more than nothing.
  4. I found the first episode of "Survivors" incredibly depressing and began to think longingly of rewards challenges and hidden immunity idols. But a subsequent episode, though devoid of tribal councils, did provide enough heart and even occasional flashes of humor to make survival - and the continuation of "Survivors" - seem like a fate considerably better than death.
  5. I think “Survivors” is going to have a hard time getting noticed, not just because BBC America is way up there on digital cable, but because the hoopla surrounding the end of “Lost” is unrelenting, and “Survivors” just hasn’t done anything to break through.
  6. Survivors is torn between the desire to go big--it's the literal end of civilization--and small--how would an ordinary person react to the death of everyone he knows? Regrettably Survivors succeeds at neither, getting stuck instead in a blurry bog of middle ground.
  7. Reviewed by: Keith Staskiewicz
    50
    Imagine the early parts of 28 Days Later stretched out to a feature-length pilot. It's the end for the world as we know it, and I feel bored.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  1. Aug 1, 2013
    10
    As I have found this show On netflix recently, I have fell in love to soon find out that it has been canceled.
    After knowing the show I've
    fallen in love with was canceled I then started to ask BBC by email to start the series back up again, So far I have had no luck. But if you have not yet seen this show look at it on netflix, the first episode is a long depressing one hour and forty-five minuets. But the rest are action packed as well as being very emotional and having a lot of Drama. As I have as well fallen in love with the characters, I have no other choice but to let the show to go unless BBC runs another series on.... Expand
  2. Sep 6, 2010
    8
    I bought Survivors: Complete Seasons One and Two for $49.99 from Barnes and Noble without knowing anything about it besides what was explained on the box. "Down to earth sci-fi at it's gritty best." is what ultimately enticed me to fork over the money for this British post-apocalyptic sci-fi drama.
    Survivors is a modern day reimagining of the original show that shared the name, which ran from 1975-1978. It incorporates the main storyline from the original along with sub-plots, characters, and many settings while adding a fresh new feel in order to draw in modern viewers. The entire first season itself is decently long, with a 90 minute pilot and five subsequent 60 minute episodes. I wouldn't reccomend the hardcore science fiction fans buy this because it's not an alien or technological show. Instead, it is a series about a group of diverse people in Britain brought together by a global pandemic of influenza. They must learn to work and live together along with interacting with other survivors of the virus.
    The first season of Survivors starts strong. I remember watching the pilot and feeling a chill run up my spine as Anya's girlfriend opened the door, revealing the room full of corpses, which gave us the impression that the virus was more fatal than the government was willing to admit. I genuinely thought about what would happen if I survived a decimating virus after the first episode. The characters themselves are reasonably easy to connect with and grow to like. The acting is good, as is the actor's portrayal of their person's personality. The filming isn't something American viewers are used too, as a different approach is taken with birds eye shots and close ups. Also, the longer episodes and shorter season is something people will either like or dislike in the Northern America.
    Overall, the first season of Survivors is an entertaining and worthwhile show to watch. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes shows with drama, a mild dose of action, and deadly viruses.
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