• Network: CBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 16, 2005
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 56 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 56
  2. Negative: 6 out of 56

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  1. Sep 2, 2012
    4
    The pilot was very good and looked like a set up for a serialized show, but from episode 3 onward its actually a monster of the week format, with people getting infected by the aliens every episode and it become very boring.
  2. ElectraFried
    Oct 10, 2005
    1
    I endured 3 episodes hoping Threshold would live up to the promise of next x-files, but it became hokier with each episode. The implausible premise that the US is going to turn over all decisions and activities about an alien invasion to such a cast of cartoon characters was bad, but the use of the triple helix as a kind of deux ex machina was just too annoying. Work the plot into an I endured 3 episodes hoping Threshold would live up to the promise of next x-files, but it became hokier with each episode. The implausible premise that the US is going to turn over all decisions and activities about an alien invasion to such a cast of cartoon characters was bad, but the use of the triple helix as a kind of deux ex machina was just too annoying. Work the plot into an inexplicable corner -- voila! the triple helix. Get some new writers and some less canned dialog and play and i might tune in again. Expand
  3. Zefrem
    Jan 10, 2006
    1
    The show consistently contradicts things it said previously which makes the science in this show truly laughable. Braga should stick to the outlandish Trek plots he cut his teeth on. Carla Gugino is helluva sexy, and Brent Spiner tried really hard to bring some class to the show, and even the little dude is cool. But when the writing is this bad, euthanasia is really the only solution.
  4. PatrickD
    Oct 10, 2005
    4
    Promising, but after 4 shows, it is getting pretty repetitive in what it offers. It needs to try harder to bring something interesting to the table each week in order to win my loyalty. So far, my interest is waning.
  5. GarretA
    Nov 2, 2005
    2
    Painfully bogus science makes this show the worst of the many new alien invasion shows. My disbelief was definitely not suspended, as there simply is too much to disbelieve. What a waste of otherwise great production values.
  6. SonnyB
    Oct 28, 2005
    0
    Please don't even compare this piece of garbage to any shows that have been on TV before it. I actually watched two episodes before I came out of my stupor of stupidity thinking it would get BETTER! They must have tricked these actors into doing it by showing them a different script than the one they actually have to perform.
  7. Jan 25, 2015
    1
    Threshold is a disaster. Completely incompetent, unsympathetic characters. Carla Gugino running aimlessly, constantly mouth open like a fish, with lips that look as if her boyfriend beat her at night. That's all what it does as a scientist. Brian Van Holt also tried his role frantically to express. Unfortunately, he has only one or at most two facial expressions. Embarrassing. To furtherThreshold is a disaster. Completely incompetent, unsympathetic characters. Carla Gugino running aimlessly, constantly mouth open like a fish, with lips that look as if her boyfriend beat her at night. That's all what it does as a scientist. Brian Van Holt also tried his role frantically to express. Unfortunately, he has only one or at most two facial expressions. Embarrassing. To further fail all other perk. Peter Dinklage plays also a pitifully role.If scientists and government officials consist of such clumsy idiot when alien come, then good night.
    The only exception: Brent Spinner. He is also the only one who makes meaningful contributions to the thing itself. At Brannon Braga: Eccentric behavior does not necessarily mean disability! The series is thus completely ludicrous. Illogical and even stupid. Quite rightly, the series was canceled.
    A benefit of having found a backer for this miserable job performance. That's worth an asterisk.
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Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26
  1. 40
    When the show isn't creeping us out with its grim atmosphere and effects, it's undermining its own potential with a self-consciously cutesy gang of heroes, ill-advised humor, and illogical situations.
  2. 90
    The most exciting new show of the fall TV season.
  3. Like "The X-Files," a series it resembles in both look and tone, "Threshold" is as much a horror show as it is a science-fiction program.