Warehouse 13 : Season 1

  • Network: Syfy
  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 7, 2009
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    40
    Exec producers David Simkins and Jack Kenny might still make something of this hash, but the concept has the decided feel of an idea that's been batted around and put through a homogenizing blender.
  2. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    50
    Like other Sci Fi shows of the recent past (think: "Eureka"), Warehouse 13 begins with a strong concept and suffers from weak execution.
  3. The likable Pete and Myka are a classic match, bickering until they need to stop and work together, which they do. Artie provides both comic relief and a reminder that their job is difficult and dangerous--point also made by Artie's boss, Mrs. Frederic (CCH Pounder). Not too much new here. But there's nothing wrong with taking the old and doing it well.
  4. 70
    The enjoyable if less-than-inspired two-hour pilot introduces us to the warehouse, its bizarre inventory and the mismatched new agents in charge.
  5. 50
    Though the debut is weak, it's still possible the series will improve as the setup recedes and new post-pilot writers chime in (including Titus' Jack Kenny).
  6. The world of the warehouse, and the interplay with the characters as they deal with it, are amusing enough to mark Warehouse 13 as a very promising summer series--regardless of the name of the channel it's on.
  7. 75
    Those two formulas--loopy genius and mismatched cops—are smushed together in Warehouse 13, yet the whole enterprise is executed with competency and humor, so despite a wobble here or there, the show ends up working.
  8. I gradually lost interest during the agents' first case together, which takes them on the road. Here's hoping the assignments get better. Because the warehouse itself is packed to the rafters with (sorry, Syfy) geeky fun.
  9. 50
    Good watching for fans of those campy, old Sci Fi original monster movies.
  10. Warehouse 13 is unapologetically and delightfully derivative, happily plucking the best stuff from our favorite shows and leaving all the heaviness behind.
  11. 50
    Basically it's a half-baked adventure series, but it's July, and fully baked may just not be the way to go.
  12. 70
    There are times when you have to question the writers' urge to pack in everything but the kitchen sink...Fortunately, Kelly and McClintock pull off their roles in this precarious high-flying adventure, teetering between heaviness and humor in each scene.
  13. This, insidiously, is science fiction as extreme midlife crisis. As Lattimer puts it, “I’m trained to take a bullet if necessary, but I’m not sure how to stop a dead Italian cougar.” Or, he might have added, deeply stupid plots.
  14. 50
    There’s a fine line between wink-wink clever and desperately cheesy. Tonight’s story crosses into Kraft Singles territory more often than it should, with bleeding statues and bloodshot eyes, sacrificial fires and some poorly acted demonic possession.
  15. 75
    The inventiveness of the gadgetry and the wild sense of humor that sneaks into the show give it the potential to develop into an adventure that's both funny and exciting.
  16. The pilot drags, but Saul Rubinek, who plays the warehouse curator, is entertaining enough that I want to believe it will improve.
  17. A goofy setup, to be sure, but an entertaining and lively one.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 91 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 29
  2. Negative: 2 out of 29
  1. Nov 6, 2010
    4
    I watched the first couple episodes of this show and just couldn't get into it. The characters are cliche and even a bit annoying. AlthoughI watched the first couple episodes of this show and just couldn't get into it. The characters are cliche and even a bit annoying. Although the overall story of the show is very creative, it is presented in a very corny and unrealistic way. There are so many other good science fiction shows and movies, I wouldn't waste my time with this one. Full Review »
  2. OrthoS
    Sep 19, 2009
    10
    I must disagree with the viewer who bashed Claudia. I think she is charming and refreshing. Then, again, I teach high school, so perhaps I I must disagree with the viewer who bashed Claudia. I think she is charming and refreshing. Then, again, I teach high school, so perhaps I have developed a tolerance for goofy adolescents. While I agree that the show is derivative (see: Life, Bones, X-Files et. al, for bickering, mixed gender partners), the artifact warehouse angle is fresh and intriguing. However, I am still getting used to Saul Rubinek in the Artie role. To me, he always will be the movie exec/drug buyer in the gory climax of TRUE ROMANCE. Full Review »
  3. Jan 28, 2015
    9
    Easily among my all time favorite shows. Such an under-appreciated show. But not by anyone who has actually watched it. (not you 1 EpisodeEasily among my all time favorite shows. Such an under-appreciated show. But not by anyone who has actually watched it. (not you 1 Episode Faux reviewers). The writing is up-beat, thoughtful, funny, varied, unique, and interesting, as are the characters. This is such a warm show, with a Mulder & Scully team, that actually WORK, rather than just make you miss Mulder & Scully. Truly a special little piece of Television, that is REALLY hard to not enjoy. You need a few Episodes, to get the show. Not just 1. Especially this one. :) Full Review »