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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 1 (2013)

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Average Rating: 8/10
Reviews Counted: 42
Fresh: 36 | Rotten: 6

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is sure to please comic book fans, but the strong ensemble and brisk pacing help to make this better-than-average superhero show accessible to non-fanboys as well.

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Average Rating: 7.8/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 3

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is sure to please comic book fans, but the strong ensemble and brisk pacing help to make this better-than-average superhero show accessible to non-fanboys as well.

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Season Info

From the Marvel Universe comes ? the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, ready to defend the citizens of the world. In the aftermath of the battle between invading aliens and the Earth's mightiest heroes, The Avengers, the special law enforcement agency S.H.I.E.L.D begin to intensively recruit new agents to investigate bizarre events and super-human sighting. Led by Agent Coulson, this mismatched team of super spies, geeky scientists, sneaky con artists and regular Joes with extraordinary gifts will have to

Network: ABC

Premiere Date: Sep 24, 2013

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Episodes

1
Air date: Sep 24, 2013

Pilot

Agent Phil Coulson is back in action and in order to track an unknown enemy, he has assembled a select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. -- (C) ABC

2
Air date: Oct 1, 2013

0-8-4

Coulson runs into Comandante Camilla Reyes when he and the agents travel to Peru to investigate a mysterious object. -- (C) ABC

3
Air date: Oct 8, 2013

The Asset

When the brilliant scientist Dr. Franklin Hall is kidnapped, Agent Coulson and his S.H.I.E.L.D. agents must race against the clock to locate him.

4
Air date: Oct 15, 2013

Eye Spy

'Eye Spy',10/15/2013, Agent Coulson and the S.H.I.E.L.D. team try to track down a mysterious woman who has single-handedly committed numerous high-stakes heists.

5
Air date: Oct 22, 2013

Girl in the Flower Dress

Agent Coulson and the team head to Asia to rescue a young man with an extraordinary power, and a mysterious girl in a flower dress may be able to help them on their journey. Meanwhile, a secret jeopardizes Skye's relationship with the other agents.

6
Air date: Nov 5, 2013

FZZT

'F.Z.Z.T.',11/05/2013, When floating bodies turn up, Coulson and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D must hunt down an elusive killer. No one is safe not even the team.

7
Air date: Nov 12, 2013

The Hub

'The Hub',11/12/2013, Dangerous secrets are being kept from Coulson's team, and he works the system to save Ward and Fitz when they are sent on a Level 8 classified mission that may end in tragedy.

8
Air date: Nov 19, 2013

The Well

'The Well',11/19/2013, In the aftermath of the events chronicled in the feature film THOR: THE DARK WORLD, Coulson and The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pick up the pieces one of which threatens to destroy a member of the team.

9
Air date: Nov 26, 2013

Repairs

'Repairs',11/26/2013, Coulson and his team are haunted by a mysterious force that threatens to destroy them all, and only a secret from May's past can save them.

10
Air date: Dec 10, 2013

The Bridge

'The Bridge',12/10/2013, In a shocking cliffhanger episode, Coulson takes the war back to Centipede, and this time he brings in Mike Peterson for some super-soldier support.

11
Air date: Jan 7, 2014

The Magical Place

'The Magical Place',02/18/2014, Coulson uncovers vital information about the mystery of his death, but, with Centipede out for blood, this knowledge may come at the cost of one of the team.

12
Air date: Jan 14, 2014

Seeds

'Seeds',01/14/2014, Coulson and May uncover startling information about Skye's past, while the team is swept into a storm at S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy.

13
Air date: Feb 4, 2014

T.R.A.C.K.S.

'T.R.A.C.K.S.',02/04/2014, Hot on the trail of the Clairvoyant, Coulson and his team board a mystery train that seems to be headed for certain death.

14
Air date: Mar 4, 2014

T.A.H.I.T.I.

Agent Coulson solicits help from Ward's former S.O., John Garrett (Bill Paxton) on his mission to save Skye and discovers new information about himself and S.H.I.E.L.D. in the process.

15
Air date: Mar 11, 2014

Yes Men

'Yes Men',03/11/2014, When Coulson and his team are attacked by Lorelei-a deadly seductress who escaped from Asgard-Thor's Lady Sif, her longtime nemesis, steps in to try to save them.

16
Air date: Apr 1, 2014

End of the Beginning

The S.H.I.E.L.D. agents close in on the Clairvoyant with help from Garrett and Triplett. Meanwhile, they must contend with their former ally Mike Peterson, now reborn as the cyborg Deathlok.

17
Air date: Apr 8, 2014

Turn, Turn, Turn

The agents find themselves trapped without allies and facing a traitor among them.

18
Air date: Apr 15, 2014

Providence

Col. Glenn Talbot (Adrian Pasdar) pursues Coulson's team as they begin to uncover S.H.I.E.L.D.'s darkest secrets.

19
Air date: Apr 22, 2014

The Only Light in the Darkness

Things get personal for Agent Coulson, who must race against time to save his one true love, the cello-playing Audrey (Amy Acker).

20
Air date: Apr 29, 2014

Nothing Personal

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All Critics (42) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (36) | Rotten (6)

Unfortunately it's hard to see how any measures short of a total reboot could get this adventure drama to straighten up and fly right.

November 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Huffington Post
Huffington Post

With the addition of Graviton, it looks as though S.H.I.E.L.D. is following in Buffy's Big Bad-loving footsteps.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: The Loop
The Loop

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fully respects the genre and takes its action-adventure obligations seriously, but it also demonstrates, early and often, that it has a great sense of humour.

October 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Winnipeg Free Press
Winnipeg Free Press

An awesome ensemble of characters, some great action, and strong ties to the Marvel Cinematic Universe that will make fanboys everywhere smile.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

Without a doubt, S.H.I.E.L.D. achieves what it's set out to do: create a universe that boasts super-personalities-not heroes-while still bringing audiences back the next week with some compelling storytelling.

October 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

On the whole, I'm very happy with this episode. Now comes the hard part, as the creative team has to live up to this standard for the remaining 21 episodes of the season.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: CraveOnline
CraveOnline

The show displays enough wit and charm (as well as social commentary about the failure of the American Dream), to make me want to keep watching it.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

On the surface it comes across a little cliche, and maybe it is. But that doesn't make it work any less.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Fanatic
TV Fanatic

Whedon's past shows have managed to pull off the episodic vs. continuing story balance pretty well, so there's hope that SHIELD will be able to do the same after putting down its roots.

September 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Zap2it.com
Zap2it.com

The show's got some things to figure out, but I think it could be worth it - hopefully ABC will agree.

September 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Television Without Pity
Television Without Pity

Ultimately, the whole package ends up being indisputably fun.

September 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Under the Radar
Under the Radar

In patented Whedon fashion, S.H.I.E.L.D. slyly subverts portentous comic book clichés with refreshing blasts of self-effacing wit amid all the stylized mayhem.

September 25, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

Has witty banter, and a rapid fire pacing, exploring the more hush hush aspects of the Marvel Universe that's less flash and more business oriented.

September 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

If it can eventually strike the right balance between comic-book mythology, strong characters and sleek action, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will have been well-worth the wait.

September 24, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Agents of SHIELD looks ready--at least judging from the pilot--to hew a solid middle path between The Avengers and Buffy. With great power comes.... high expectations.

September 24, 2013 Full Review Source: The Atlantic
The Atlantic

Joss Whedon, who directed The Avengers, and his team make a point of giving all kinds of viewers a reason to enjoy the show.

September 24, 2013 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

What separates the premiere of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. from 80% of the new dramas this year? It's purely entertaining as Hell.

September 24, 2013 Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com
HollywoodChicago.com

What's that on your TV? Not a bird or a plane, but a canny cash grab.

September 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Slate
Slate

I laughed out loud several times - sometimes because the show was funny, and sometimes just because I was delighted by what I was seeing.

September 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

Like the best comic books, it shouldn't take itself so seriously.

September 24, 2013 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

It's... okay - quippy in that pleasingly distinctive Joss Whedon way, with a few intriguing ideas about life in a superhero world, but with a cheap look and mostly bland supporting characters.

September 24, 2013 Full Review Source: HitFix

The most-buzzed-about TV show of fall exceeds the hype.

September 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

The show embraces its relative smallness, building much of the action around knowing banter and the occasional close-quarters fistfight.

September 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Vulture

There's good stuff in S.H.I.E.L.D.; there are also things that feel curiously muted and cautious.

September 24, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club

Beyond the breezy dialogue, MAoS is terrific-looking and has action scenes that are above par for primetime. Not enough to wow you, but a fun date.

September 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer

The pilot does a deft job of managing expectations for a world we're used to seeing splashed on a larger screen.

September 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

It will live or die, however, on whether we want to keep watching its characters. Right up front, the answer is we do.

September 24, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

A blast -- for fans.

September 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday

The show's pricey-looking pilot caters to both comic book geeks and mainstream viewers with its witty writing and special effects.

September 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times

In Week 1, the series doesn't demonstrate the imagination or verve it needs to break its comic-book narrative out of the bonds of budget and weekly format.

September 24, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

S.H.I.E.L.D. displays a level of skill few other pilots can match, from the way it looks to the speed with which it moves.

September 23, 2013 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today

Luckily for everyone, Avengers director (and all-around nerdcore godhead) Joss Whedon is around to make the action figures move like real people.

September 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Grantland
Grantland

Cool your jetpacks, people. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is good, but not quite great-at least not in its first hour. That doesn't mean it's not an entertaining ride with incredible potential.

September 23, 2013 Full Review Source: RedEye
RedEye

It's a fun hour and calling it "good but not great" has more to do with expectations in the wake of the Marvel movies than anything else.

September 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter

[It] launches with a plucky, adventuresome and remarkably non-pretentious pilot, but if you haven't been reading Marvel Comics lately, then the show can feel somewhat exclusionary and, frankly, a little too cornball and cutesy about its own geekiness.

September 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

While there are aliens, paranormal events and superheroes, it's ultimately all about emotion, camaraderie and the challenge of being human.

September 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post

The series is a thrilling ride that won't disappoint.

September 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The series offers some things to please both casual viewers and fanboys, as well as some things that could disappoint both groups, especially if they expect sophistication with their comic-book-based action.

September 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Media Life
Media Life

Fans of good TV assemble because we've finally seen the pilot for Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and it's freakin' awesome!

August 14, 2013 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

It's certainly not like The Avengers. But it at least has the potential to be exciting, even thought-provoking-maybe in ways it didn't totally anticipate.

August 5, 2013 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine

While the cast is fine, some of the banter they exchange occasionally feels a little precious and clunky.

August 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

S.H.I.E.L.D. quickly hits the right notes to firmly show how it exists on the ground level of the Marvel universe.

July 19, 2013 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Audience Reviews for Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 1

I've gotten 4 episodes in and it feels like a flirty ABC family show Disney cooked up to attract 13 year old boys and 16 year old girls. It resembles the films in no way what soever other than the face that Coulson is alive. It took too long to bring in any familiar minor comic-book characters.. They could have at least had regular secondary characters War Machine and Falcon and The Warrior's Three make regular appearances. It feels wrong.
April 8, 2014
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