• Network: Syfy
  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 18, 2006
Season #: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20

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Critic Reviews

  1. It can be pleasant -- even charming at times -- but not much more than that.
  2. It's all very quirky. Too quirky, maybe, for an audience that is used to spaceships, robots and explosions.
  3. 60
    A divertingly original but awfully precious comic fantasy.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    60
    The idea itself... is pretty damn good, even if the execution doesn't quite live up to it.
  5. 60
    If you're a regular viewer of the network -- whose hits include "Stargate: SG-1" and "Battlestar Galactica" -- be glad there's plenty of sci-fi to be found on "Eureka." And if Sci Fi's not on your TiVo, be glad that the show is driven more by characters than special effects (and so-so special effects at that).
  6. It's an uneven show that lacks the finely crafted eccentricity of a "Northern Exposure" and "Twin Peaks" or "Picket Fences" (other strange-small-town shows featuring police officers), but when I say "uneven," I do mean that sometimes it's good.
  7. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Gillian Flynn
    58
    The frustrating thing about Eureka is it doesn't know how seriously to take itself. [11 Apr 2006, p.59]
  8. People Weekly
    Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    50
    The show borrows from Northern Exposure, Twin Peaks, maybe the corporate drama Profit--too many to gauge how it'll develop. [24 Jul 2006, p.33]
  9. New York Magazine (Vulture)
    Reviewed by: John Leonard
    50
    I like [the characters] all enough to hope they can float this so-far-leaky dirigible.
  10. 50
    It starts jumping in different directions so quickly that it loses focus.
  11. "Eureka" just doesn't rise to a "Northern Exposure" level of quality.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 137 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 137
  1. ReidC.
    Oct 5, 2008
    10
    Don't listen to the critcs. This show has become one of my favorite shows of all time. There is just something about it that keeps me Don't listen to the critcs. This show has become one of my favorite shows of all time. There is just something about it that keeps me drawn into it. And its a major plus that the main character is very likable and draws a contrast between the town and himself. Full Review »
  2. Oct 14, 2013
    10
    Fun, comedic, clever, well cast and written oasis of sci-fi in a desert of mediocre tv. Was the most popular show on the channel andFun, comedic, clever, well cast and written oasis of sci-fi in a desert of mediocre tv. Was the most popular show on the channel and continued to grow till it was sadly cancelled. Full Review »
  3. Sep 21, 2013
    7
    Eureka is set in a fictional US town in the Pacific Northwest that is inhabited almost entirely by scientific geniuses. Most residents ofEureka is set in a fictional US town in the Pacific Northwest that is inhabited almost entirely by scientific geniuses. Most residents of Eureka work for Global Dynamics, an advanced research facility that has been responsible for nearly all the major technological breakthroughs of the modern era. As the show begins US Marshall Jack Carter finds himself appointed as the town’s new sheriff, soon realising he is not prepared for the things he is about to witness.

    Featuring a very good cast, headed brilliantly by Colin Ferguson as Sheriff Carter, Eureka certainly showed promise during its debut season and was usually at its best when it kept things light and had fun with its outlandish concept. The ongoing mystery behind the object hidden in ‘sector 5’ of Global Dynamics also added a little more depth to the drama ensuring that it didn’t fall into the usual procedural trap of having completely stand alone episodes. Having said all that I did find that my attention began to wander during a few episodes, particularly early on in the season, as the weekly cases often lacked the originality or imagination of something like the X-Files or Supernatural at their best. An episode whereby someone develops the ability to heal themselves for example, while still mildly entertaining, has been seen plenty of times before.

    All in all then Eureka is probably worth giving a try and I’ll certainly tune in for the second season in the hope that it can continue its steady improvement.
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