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The Tomorrow People: Season 1 (2013-2014)

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Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 40
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 22

A reboot of the 1970s cult series, The Tomorrow People suffers from a middling plot that feels cobbled together from better sci-fi dramas.

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Average Rating: 4.7/10
Critic Reviews: 19
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 12

A reboot of the 1970s cult series, The Tomorrow People suffers from a middling plot that feels cobbled together from better sci-fi dramas.

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Average Rating: 4/5
User Ratings: 106

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Season Info

Humans born with paranormal abilities are hunted by a paramilitary group of scientists who believe they are a threat to mankind.

Network: CW

Premiere Date: Oct 9, 2013

Cast

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Episodes

1
Air date: Oct 9, 2013

Pilot

Humans born with paranormal abilities are hunted by a paramilitary group of scientists who believe they are a threat to mankind. In the opener, Stephen Jameson learns that he is one of the Tomorrow People, a genetically advanced race with abilities of telekinesis, teleportation and telepathic communication.

2
Air date: Oct 16, 2013

In Too Deep

When Ultra tries to probe Stephen's brain, he looks to his fellow Tomorrow People for help, but is rebuffed by an angry John, leaving Cara to go behind John's back to help Stephen.

3
Air date: Oct 23, 2013

Girl, Interrupted

Stephen tries to help a classmate in peril and asks John and Cara to assist him, but they make it clear that they don't help humans. Meanwhile, John gives Stephen a mission to infiltrate Ultra's main computer so they can find new break-outs.

4
Air date: Oct 30, 2013

Kill or Be Killed

When Ultra's most wanted, Killian McCrane, resurfaces after years of being in hiding, Stephen enlists John's help in tracking him down.

5
Air date: Nov 6, 2013

All Tomorrow's Parties

After Stephen breaks Ultra protocol during a training exercise, Jedikiah's mysterious boss insists on meeting Stephen.

6
Air date: Nov 13, 2013

Sorry for Your Loss

When Stephen and Russell head out for a nigh of fun, they run into a potential new break-out.

7
Air date: Nov 20, 2013

Limbo

When Stephen decides to have some fun with his new found powers, Jedikiah takes extreme measures to make sure it doesn't happen again.

8
Air date: Dec 4, 2013

Thanatos

Stephen is determined to uncover what he hopes is the key to finding his father, and crafts a plan with the Tomorrow People that involves getting inside Jedikiah's head.

9
Air date: Dec 11, 2013

Death's Door

When John finds himself in a dangerous situation, Stephen is unable to help without revealing himself to Ultra.

10
Air date: Jan 15, 2014

The Citadel

After Stephen returns from the brink, he thinks he has a clue to what happened to his father, but his fellow Tomorrow People are not sure they believe him.

11
Air date: Jan 22, 2014

Rumble

Stephen and his fellow Ultra trainees are given a test by Jedikiah to see who is worthy of becoming an Ultra agent, but not everyone is happy to work as a team.

12
Air date: Jan 29, 2014

Sitting Ducks

Stephen feels uneasy about his fellow trainee Hillary who has a secret agenda of her own.

13
Air date: Feb 5, 2014

Things Fall Apart

Stephen is upset with Jedikiah for going back on his word, leaving Stephen to face The Founder.

14
Air date: Feb 26, 2014

Brother's Keeper

After getting some shocking news, Stephen attempts to restore order in both his worlds by making a deal with Jedikiah.

15
Air date: Mar 5, 2014

Enemy of My Enemy

Julian is caught by Ultra and forced to strike a deal that could cost his and Stephen's lives. Meanwhile, Astrid is haunted by nightmares after her near-death experience and turns to her new friend John for comfort.

16
Air date: Mar 17, 2014

Superhero

The Tomorrow People and Ultra both try to recruit a new break-out who is doing good deeds. Meanwhile, Morgan betrays Jedikiah's trust to help the Tomorrow People; and Jedikiah discovers some surprising information.

17
Air date: Mar 24, 2014

Endgame

Stephen stumbles upon a clue that the Tomorrow People have been desperately searching for. John and Russel learn of a dangerous plan that Jedikiah has in the works. (C) CW

18
Air date: Mar 31, 2014

Smoke and Mirrors

Stephen tires of Jedikiah's constant lies about his father, so he makes a choice about his alliances, and he tries to bring in a new break-out to Ultra to see if things have really changed. Meanwhile, Stephen's brother disappears after Jedikiah forces Stephen to protect him.

19
Air date: Apr 14, 2014

Modus Vivendi

Stephen eyes a potential truce between the Tomorrow People and Ultra, but Cara sends Russell to meet with the Founder. Meanwhile, Jedikiah goes on the run and tries to keep Ultra from discovering his secret; and Stephen tries to contact his dad once again.

20
Air date: Apr 21, 2014

A Sort of Homecoming

Everyone becomes concerned about the consequences if the Founder learns that Roger may return. Meanwhile, Stephen tries to destroy the machine the Founder has been using to train him; and Russell loses hope that the Refuge will ever be found and chooses to head out on his own with some other Tomorrow People.

21
Air date: Apr 28, 2014

Kill Switch

Russell decides to sacrifice Roger. Meanwhile, John turns to Astrid for advice.

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All Critics (40) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (22)

The show feels trapped in the past, a slave to the conventions of the '70s British series on which it's based, and to a slew of modern genre clichés.

November 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

The show can do cases of the week from multiple perspectives, and it has an inherent tension of the "inside man" that provides an overarching plot across the whole season.

November 1, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

The Tomorrow People can stand well enough on its own and has a good chance of becoming as popular as Arrow.

October 29, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle

Violent sci-fi series raises discussion points for teens.

October 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The Tomorrow People could represent the next step in The CW's evolution, so long as it's allowed to utilize all the latent potential on display in this first episode.

October 14, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

The atmosphere is bland, the special effects and fight scenes are underwhelming, and the tone is mostly humorless.

October 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe

Although The Tomorrow People may be a Frankenstein of sorts, it still has all the appeal of any one of its parts.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

I would say that The Tomorrow People is well on its way to becoming an interesting, layered story.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Equals
TV Equals

The humorous opener is loaded with talky exposition so it is hard to see it enhancing the CW brand.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Buffalo News

The Tomorrow People's pilot acquits itself well. It's pleasant to watch, and not just because the people are so pretty. It also delivers some decent intrigue.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Television Without Pity
Television Without Pity

I found the first episode of this new series extremely entertaining and it managed to give me a few surprises. Plus, there was the eye candy, of course. That's a formula for a winning series if I ever saw one, at least for me.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Fanatic
TV Fanatic

They managed to cook up a fairly compelling little show with some great action sequences, and that ended on the right kind of unexpected cliffhanger that has at least one viewer (that would be me) curious to see what happens.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

The Tomorrow People uses seamless effects to show teleportation in a way that furthers the story along without being clunky or overzealous.

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Zap2it.com
Zap2it.com

[The Tomorrow People] if you're a connoisseur of teenage grandiosity and paranoia, is not a bad show.

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald

Although predictable in predictable ways, there are enough twists and turns and, relatively speaking, complexities of character to keep things interesting, and a pivot at the end that I did not see coming. Which bodes well.

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

[It] is completely bogged down with rushed exposition, stale acting, and pointless action scenes that leave not much to look forward to.

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Under the Radar
Under the Radar

There's enough set in motion here to perhaps lure a small, loyal audience from week to week.

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Uncle Barky
Uncle Barky

The Tomorrow People, we learn in an endless prattle of exposition...specializes in the "three T's": teleportation, telepathy, telekinesis. They forgot "tired," "tepid" and "too too derivative," which better describes the experience of meeting these kids.

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

The pilot is a pretty shameless rip-off of The Matrix, but without the intriguing virtual reality component.

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Slate
Slate

It's not a critique of society and it's not a heroic quest that's internal truth transcends circumstance. It's just grouchy people running around.

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Vulture
Vulture

Even though the fate of the world is presumably at stake, as tends to be the case in these fantasies, this one just doesn't feel very rousing.

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

There's enough here to have me interested in watching more, and hoping things become more unpredictable.

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

The Tomorrow People pilot apes every touchstone of sci-fi cool.

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday

With age abhors beauty at the core of the thing, right now The Tomorrow People seems more superficial than superhuman.

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com

This reboot is OK. It has possibilities. It also has problems.

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

The results are just kind of meh.

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

I never saw the '70s original. But there's nothing in the pilot that feels particularly like today, much less like tomorrow.

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

With great powers comes crater-sized plot holes.

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

What it lacks, at this point, is any kick in its storytelling: There are alienation, daddy issues and a looming love triangle, but they're all pro forma.

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

So while The Tomorrow People isn't groundbreaking sci-fi, it's a fun romp with quality CGI that won't make you groan each time someone uses one of the three Ts (teleportation, telekinesis, telepathy).

October 8, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

Despite its title, The Tomorrow People is yesterday's news.

October 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Media Life
Media Life

There's no humor or sense of enjoyment in this world and it drags everything down.

October 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago
Time Out Chicago

[Greg Berlanti] gives The Tomorrow People more actual dramatic substance and even a dash of sophistication - qualities you don't always associate with CW shows.

October 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Hearst Newspapers
Hearst Newspapers

It has a stupid title and a stupid premise and, among its many transgressions against watchable entertainment, it really doesn't make much sense (you know, on top of the acting and the writing and whatnot).

October 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter

Tomorrow People simply feels too much like a knockoff of more familiar genetic superhumans.

October 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

Indifferently acted and badly plotted, Tomorrow cries out to be ignored.

October 8, 2013 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today

It's going to have to significantly broaden the scope of the story and the size of the cast if it hopes to succeed as an episodic.

October 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer

You've got a heady brew of action, sci-fi and vision quest. It's also fun.

October 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Associated Press
Associated Press

It offers little in the way of thrills, suspense or drama.

October 4, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post

Sounds confusing, but it's actually too simple - based on a British show, but derivative of sci-fi and superhuman dramas we've seen plenty of times before, up to and including the slo-mo Matrix bullets flying out of a gun.

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

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