Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. You know this Dr. Who spin-off aims to please when the return of Capt. Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) isn't even the big news.... With [Capt.] John [James Marsters] adding such a fun, unhinged element, it's a shame these two crazy kids broke up in the first place.
  2. 80
    In a dreary winter TV landscape in which smart, witty escapism is in short supply, Torchwood stands out.
  3. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    80
    As bizarre as things can get, Torchwood still feels more like sci than fi, and more ego/id than alien vs. human. The Gwen character in particular radiates intelligence, and empathy, and curiosity, about what's out there and what lies inside Jack. We can't help but share her, um, enthusiasm.
  4. Torchwood gets off to a lighter, more rousing start in its second season premiere.
  5. With the start of season two, it looks like the expectations might finally meet the reality--or however real a show with aliens and time travel can get.
  6. Torchwood-- the "Doctor Who" spinoff that was a breakout sci-fi hit last year--is back Saturday with new episodes that are as smart, sassy and sexy as ever.
  7. 80
    Torchwood enlivens Saturdays, which has become a desert for viewers.
  8. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    75
    As with P.G. Wodehouse novels and Robbie Williams songs, you have to be either British or adolescent to commit to this stuff; for the rest of us, it's a head-scratching lark.
  9. 75
    The playful and creative scripts are pretty fun. The good-looking cast is solid, led by Barrowman, a graduate of Joliet West High. The special effects are iffy. It's no "Buffy," but like "Buffy" it's getting better with age. It's not hard to imagine it could be must-watch TV by season four.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 52 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 5 out of 21
  1. Oct 11, 2014
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Season 2 is a very nice season, we learn more about Jack, Gwen is once again likeable, although I am so glad they dropped the subplot of gwen and jacks love by the end of the season, it was getting awkward and I honestly hated it, Gwen is with Reice and Jack is with Ianto, Leave it at that. this season feels like it's Toshikos and Owens season as they become far greater characters than I anticipated, and their final moments are without a doubt the best thing that has come out of the series since season 1 to now. Owen becomes a hero tbh, saving people and seems a lot more likeable, maybe that's something to do with him dying, and my god, Martha was brilliant in her 3 episodes in this season. although those 3 felt directed to Owens character, Tosh was also brilliant and the final 3 episodes were highlights of the season, Ianto felt more of a character and he began to grow on me a lot more by the end of it. I honestly could not wait until next season once this one ended, it's a vast improvement from the previous season, however there were a few crappy episodes. Full Review »
  2. Dec 19, 2012
    5
    Italian:
    noioso, mediocre, un po meglio della stagione 1 ma pur sempre pessimo.
    english: boring, mediocre, a bit better than season 1,
    Italian:
    noioso, mediocre, un po meglio della stagione 1 ma pur sempre pessimo.

    english:
    boring, mediocre, a bit better than season 1, but still awful.
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  3. Aug 3, 2011
    8
    Much of the (often severe) problems with the first season are fixed with this excellent follow up. Really coming into its own with a moreMuch of the (often severe) problems with the first season are fixed with this excellent follow up. Really coming into its own with a more consistent, if somewhat pulpy, tone; there is still the occasional hammy line or ridiculous storyline but Torchwood Series 2 is far tighter than its less than stellar debut series and certain episodes (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Meat, Adam, Adrift and Fragments) are truly excellent. Even the weakest episodes here are worth watching (unlike some of the frankly hideous episodes from the first series) and believe me when I say that it only gets better in Series 3. Full Review »