Eureka: Season 1 (2006)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

A promising premise can't save Eureka, a series that borrows excessively from other shows without putting enough effort into its own colorful cast of characters.



Critic Ratings: 12


Audience Score

User Ratings: 59
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Air date: Jul 18, 2006
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While transporting his runaway teenage daughter Zoe (Jordan Hinson) back to Los Angeles, U.S. Marshal Jack Carter (Colin Ferguson) is derailed by an accident that lands them both in Eureka, a strange, top-secret town populated by geniuses and their families. As a scientist's experiment goes awry, Carter encounters some of the town's quirky residents, starting with the gun-loving Dep. Josefina "Jo" Lupo (Erica Cerra), NASA engineer-turned-auto mechanic Henry Deacon (Joe Morton), Department of Defense liaison Allison Blake (Salli Richardson-Whitfield) and the mysterious bed-and-breakfast operator Beverly Barlowe (Debrah Farentino). When the out-of-control experiment incapacitates Eureka's sheriff, Carter takes over the investigation to find the scientist responsible and, in the midst of mental giants, uses his common-sense approach to problem solving to put an end to the threat. Rather than return to the world they know, Carter and Zoe opt to remain in Eureka, with Carter serving as sheriff and Zoe attending the town's high school. While the residents prove to be quite capable of creating situations that call for a police response, Carter's biggest headaches are brought on by Global Dynamics, a massive research facility that creates technology for both civilian and military use. In the first season of the comedy-drama, Carter must deal with a slew of unusual problems, including a crop circle's appearance, a reactivated Cold War-era weapons system, a house that thinks for herself, and rounds of verbal sparring with Nathan Stark (Ed Quinn), the head of Global Dynamics.


Colin Ferguson
as Jack Carter
Joe Morton
as Henry Deacon
Debrah Farentino
as Beverly Barlowe
Ed Quinn
as Nathan Stark
Jordan Hinson
as Zoe Carter
Erica Cerra
as Josefina `Jo' Lupo
Matt Frewer
as Jim Taggart
Shayn Solberg
as Spencer Martin
Neil Grayston
as Douglas Fargo
Greg Germann
as Warren King
Maury Chaykin
as Sheriff Cobb
Gary Chalk
as Col. Briggs
Garwin Sanford
as Congressman Faraday
Antony Holland
as Dr. Irvin Thatcher
Tom Tames
as Dylan
Jennifer Clement
as Susan Perkins
Saul Rubinek
as Carl Carlson
David Paetkau
as Callister Raynes
Tamlyn Tomita
as Kim Anderson
Donna White
as Eugenia Biddle
Zak Ludwig
as Brian Perkins
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Critic Reviews for Eureka Season 1

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (5)

Eureka is a lazy venture that doesn't bother to go for the gold.

Jul 18, 2006 | Full Review…

Eureka lifts material from a dozen other sci-fi shows (and the occasional Northern Exposure-eque drama), so the result seems recycled. In the realm of the mastermind, originality still means something.

May 23, 2018 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…

Hopefully Henry will stick around as well as the quality of the show that was glimpsed this time around.

May 23, 2018 | Rating: 9.2/10 | Full Review…

The finale gave us callbacks and cameos galore, happy endings for all the townspeople, and one last chance for Sheriff Carter to be the big dumb hero. Basically, it was perfect.

May 1, 2018 | Full Review…

What a terribly wasted opportunity this is. Eureka, and its possibly fascinating residents, were continually overlooked by writers creating a poor man's X-Files.

May 1, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The frustrating thing about Eureka is it doesn't know how seriously to take itself - how much to Expose its X-Files.

May 1, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

There's also a lot to be said for the show's message, which subtly sexes up science and shows the wonderful -- and terrible -- things that can happen when the right elements come together.

May 1, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Eureka's cast works overtime to charm its materials-characters, ideas, and paranormalities left over from Northern Exposure, Twin Peaks, and Picket Fences-into whimsical sentience.

Jan 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Infused with a sense of whimsy as well as elements of mystery, Eureka is as conceptually clever as its title.

Jul 18, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Eureka just doesn't rise to a Northern Exposure level of quality.

Jul 18, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Eureka: Season 1

  • Aug 29, 2019
    Engaging. Lots of stories when you have a town of really smart people and a corporation that also works with the military. Each episode brings some surprises. The desire to make good stuff sometimes clashes with military desires. And the sheriff always does his job no matter the consequences. It ain't Shakespeare but it is a lotta fun and thought provoking.
  • Aug 01, 2019
    All seasons of eureka are near perfect.
  • Mar 09, 2019
    I love this show. I have watched this season so many times to see how the show grew from here.
  • May 30, 2018
    This is one of the best sciFi series ever made. Excellent writing up to Season 3, then after midSeason 3 they changed the show and characters which made the series lose it's original charm.
  • Dec 28, 2017
    The critics are wrong. Eureka is one of the best TV shows of all time. Takes itself far less seriously than many shows that aren't half as good. It makes corny into an art form.
  • Jan 05, 2015
    Well written and well-done. Inventive.

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