• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 20, 2010
  • Season #: 1

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. Will The Event turn out to be another "FlashForward" or the next "Lost"? I'm betting cautiously on the latter.
  2. One hopes that producers don't drag out the mystery for too long, because so far The Event delivers, especially its doozy of a climax.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 140 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 50
  2. Negative: 14 out of 50
  1. Oct 11, 2010
    The flashbacks and complex plot may be annoying at some levels, but when you start putting the pieces together it get so much better. The writing is brilliant and although I have little to no clue on what is going on, it only makes me want to watch the show more and figure it out. Full Review »
  2. Sep 28, 2010
    Two episodes is enough. The Event is just another overblown, glossy, Bruckheimer-esque action thriller with a soap opera-ready cast and plot holes big enough to fly the vanishing jetliner through. The producers clearly wanted to cash in on the popularity of 24 and Lost, but the show lacks the tension and edge that both of those former series managed to carry on occasion. Despite the mystery of the conspiracy theories and the ulterior motives of some characters, The Event falls flat on several levels. It doesn't engage the viewer or give us any characters that hold our interest. It's like one big game of Sims where you drop random people into a prefab plot and just play things out. If you want intelligence-insulting, mindless action TV with plastic actors and no substance, then The Event is perfect for you. For all the explosions, bloodcurdling screams, chases and tense confrontations it has, the show simply has a limited brain and no soul. Full Review »
  3. Oct 12, 2010
    Good premise, but bad execution. None of the characters I particularly like or relate to. At least with Flash Forward, you related to the characters in some shape or form. The time shifting in the episodes is a bit jarring, I agree. Full Review »