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  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 3, 2009
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 159 Ratings

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  • Summary: The 1980s series about aliens who appear human and peaceful is remade as a split miniseries, with the second part airing sometime early next year.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. 88
    The pilot for this drama is good. I have a few quibbles with it--some of the character drama is a bit clunky--but overall, I found the first hour of the show to be solidly entertaining and suitably suspenseful.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    As an adventure series bristling with ideas, it's V+. Or as we grade 'em on Earth: B+
  3. As the plot of V progresses, no doubt we will see the subtle strangulation of democracy by fascism--already the press has been corrupted--and that is a story that cannot be told often enough. Especially when it comes, like the V's, in such a fine, fun and attractive package.
  4. Reviewed by: Paige Wiser
    Judging by the first episode, V seems like a solid adaptation.
  5. 63
    Terrific special effects (except for the giant supermodel in the sky), good action, good acting, and, if they let them, the Visitors could probably put on a helluva good runway show, too!
  6. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    Indeed, if the show is to have the symbolic import that we expect from a science-fiction story, this is the only possible way to read V as a coherent text. The only problem with this analysis lies in its generous presupposition that the text is, in fact, coherent.
  7. Given the rather sophisticated allegorical treatments that TV audiences have been treated to in recent years courtesy of “Battlestar Galactica,” “The 4400” and the like, I find V’s first episode falling short, other than a fairly obvious allusion to Hitler Youth in the aliens’ outreach to teens.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 72
  2. Negative: 19 out of 72
  1. ChristianC.
    Nov 4, 2009
    I was very skeptical being a "devoted" fan of the original. Pace was way to fast but left me hanging on the edge of my seat wanting more. ABC has a winner and V is back! Expand
  2. CMan
    Nov 7, 2009
    Greatest TV show to be on in a while.
  3. JockS
    Nov 8, 2009
    Brill...can't wait to see their real faces!
  4. DanielB
    Nov 6, 2009
    Interesting -- nice that they differentiate themselves from the original in the first episode. But really lame use of coincidence, and the characters are one-dimensional racial stereotypes. Will likely watch it, but it seems to want to be something that it isn't capable of without a decent script. Expand
  5. EliR.
    Nov 3, 2009
    It does involve aliens and space capsules, so there's that. But it's obvious and plodding.
  6. Mar 25, 2011
    I'm really dis-appointed by this show. I love Morena Baccarin and she is wonderful as the arch baddie but the rest of the show is a real let down. Science Fiction has to be well written and internally consistent if it's to engage and hold an audience but V just comes across as (yet another) TV series written by non-sci fi writers who don't have a grasp of the genre. Expand
  7. SA
    Nov 4, 2009
    Terrible show. Flimsy storyline, badly acted, such a flimsy representation of the brilliant original. Very disappointing.

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