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  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 3, 2009
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 158 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: 37 out of 71
  2. Negative: 19 out of 71
  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. John
    Nov 8, 2009
    The first episode was way too rushed, but it was captivating. I don't agree with people saying the acting was bad. It wasn't. And James R. I can't believe you sad the effects were sub par...the show has the best TV effects Ive seen in a long time. I'll keep watching because it looks good, but it did give away too much in the first episode. Expand
  3. SteF.
    Nov 8, 2009
    I wouldn't say it was better or worse than the original series. Both have there moments of cheeziness. But I am a fan and i'll keep watching. The reviewers that say this sucks compared to the old series can go back and live in the 80's morons...goodbye. Expand
  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. RyanM.
    Nov 7, 2009
    Was really anticipating the remake since I grew up with and loved the original. And though the original had a cheesy 80's quality to it, the development of the characters, story, and suspense was much better than this remake. Revealed too much in the 1st episode, leaving little surprise or suspense. Horrible acting and a confusing plot that tries to explain more of the back story. So far very disappointing. Expand
  6. Karen
    Nov 4, 2009
  7. Feb 18, 2013
    Reptilians concealing themselves as humans...Okay hold there for a moment......This is the point where you need to stop thinking about watching this show. These cheap movies are not science fiction! Seriously it might have been acceptable in the 1980's (It was cheesy even back then), but nowadays I can not take it. Reptilians? Seriously? The dumbest of all conspiracy theories. Lizard people build a spaceship that can travel to earth, and when they arrive they "dress up" as humans, and they start their manipulations to achieve some dump and overdone takeover scenario. The acting is bad. CGI is cheap (which would not be a problem if the story would be interesting....IF....). Ohhh please you there at syfy channel, ABC and so on... do not consider yourselves makers of SCIENCE FICTION!!! Expand

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