Defying Gravity: Season 1 (2009)


Season 1
Defying Gravity

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Defying Gravity aims for the stars with its lavish production values, but the series' uneasy mixture of science-fiction mystery and soporific romance sends it crashing back down to Earth.

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Air date: Aug 2, 2009

Eight astronauts---four men and four women---prepare for a six-year journey aboard the Antares in the pilot of a series that focuses on the crew's current mission to Venus and the threads that connected their lives during the training process that preceded it.

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Air date: Aug 2, 2009

The crew get used to life on the Antares, but a crisis develops as a result of a mysterious substance in a storage area and the astronauts' dreams and desires.

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Air date: Aug 9, 2009

A mysterious force aboard the Antares begins to have profound effects on the astronauts' biological compositions and personality traits.

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Air date: Aug 16, 2009

Operating systems on the Antares shut down for no apparent reason, leading to a loss of power, heat and gravity control.

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Air date: Aug 23, 2009

The crew assess their personal limits after the Antares' mission reaches a point of no return.

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Air date: Aug 30, 2009

The team unites after an accident puts a crew member's life in danger as the Antares approaches Venus.

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Air date: Sep 6, 2009

Halloween aboard the Antares coincides with a series of hallucinations by the crew, and the visions could have a detrimental effect on Goss' plans to promote the mission in front of a worldwide audience.

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Air date: Sep 13, 2009

The Antares is put on high alert when the prediction of a solar flare could result in deadly levels of radiation. Meanwhile, the mysterious force in Pod 4 makes itself known in ways not yet seen.

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Air date: Sep 18, 2009

The mysterious force in Pod 4 is revealed, as is the reason for the mission.

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Air date: Oct 2, 2009

Election Day on Earth takes a backseat to continued reactions about the Antares' mission.

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Cast & Crew

Ron Livingston
Maddux Donner
Maxim Roy
Claire Dereux
Dylan Taylor
Steve Wassenfelder
Malik Yoba
Commander Ted Shaw
Florentine Lahme
Nadia Schilling
Zahf Paroo
Ajay Sharma
Paula Garcés
Paula Morales
Laura Harris
Zoe Barnes
Eyal Podell
Evram Mintz
Peter Howitt
Trevor Williams
James Parriott
Executive Producer
Michael Edelstein
Executive Producer
Susan Nirah Jaffee
Writer
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Critic Reviews for Defying Gravity Season 1

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (14)

Defying Gravity feels too slight, or silly, to treat as anything but the cheap, disposable summer programming it is.

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A conventional TV drama about love and flirtation as much as a science-fiction space thriller. But it does have the potential to evolve into a likable hybrid, a space opera with enough liftoff to make it through the summer.

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Defying Gravity at least looks expensive on-screen. And it has a capable international cast headed by Ron Livingston.

Jan 2, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

A glorious, glimmering glop of foolishness -- a spitball magnet of the first order that elicits jeers when it wants tears and catcalls when striving for philosophical heft.

Jan 2, 2019 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

A six-part series offering a blunt, unvarnished look at the road to becoming an elite gymnast in the U.S.

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Proves mildly intriguing and looks reasonably handsome but divulges only vague hints regarding its ultimate destination.

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If you can stomach over-the-top, unrealistic plot turns, "Gravity" is an entertaining enough sci-fi-tinged soap.

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It's a bit adrift, combining the cheesiness of zero-gravity sex with the menace of a strange, otherworldly presence in a way that does justice to neither.

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What's fresh, and even invigoratingly silly, is the amount of romantic swooning among the orbiting boys and girls. In space, apparently, no one can hear you pine for McDreamy.

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A worthy attempt, then, to do grown-up, emotionally rich, character-driven [science fiction].

Jan 2, 2019 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Takes soap opera into space with all the fervor of a network that didn't realize it was going where many have gone before.

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It's a series that feels like it's taking place in outer space, and that's just cool.

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Audience Reviews for Defying Gravity: Season 1

  • May 26, 2020
    Maybe it is just me but I love cerebral stories although the beginning was slow to pick up. I still wanted more also it was put smack dab in the middle of the writers strike to I don' t think ABC gave it a true chance I get it money is money time is time. I just think had it been allowed to finish season one the value would have been seen. Their are many of us who tried to save the show,personally I hate a story not fully finished.
  • Dec 23, 2019
    It is an absolute crime that this was cancelled.
  • Nov 02, 2019
    I thought the "Defying Gravity" TV series was awesome! I bought the DVD set with all 13 episodes, so I got to see episodes 12 and 13, at the end. After landing on scorching Venus, Astronaut Zoe managed to retrieve the alien artifact, and make it back to the Lander, even as her pressurized EVA suit seals were failing. But she managed to make it back into the Lander, and they took off from Venus, and returned to their orbiting ship, Antares. I am glad I watched this TV series. The main astronaut program, exploration plot, and non-linear storytelling, with all the flashback scenes, were well-done. The telegenic cast was great to watch, the ship designs and interiors were excellent, and the relationships were fun to see unfold. I can only surmise that the show was quite expensive to produce the 13 episodes, and unless it became a big "TV ad-selling" phenomenon, the TV series wasn't going to get any further budget to do more episodes. I am happy that I bought the DVD set! Highest possible recommendations!
  • Apr 11, 2019
    I was really getting drawn into this when it got canned. There's a good mix here, Love interests, mysterious signals, flashbacks that help support the story as it evolves. Reading the Critics review I can only feel that they reviewed it after it got canned

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