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      Falling Skies (2011)

      Season 1

      Falling Skies

      38 Reviews 100+ Ratings

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      Despite the lack of edginess and gore of more popular dystopian tv programming, Falling Skies still engages with a new spin on the classic alien invasion trope. Read critic reviews

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      Episodes

      • 1. Live and Learn

        Air date: Jun 19, 2011

        A young father struggles to protect his family and humanity following an alien attack.

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      • 2. The Armory

        Air date: Jun 19, 2011

        A young father struggles to protect his family and humanity following an alien attack.

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      • 3. Prisoner of War

        Air date: Jun 26, 2011

        Tom encounters an alien skitter during a rescue mission; a doctor may have a way to save harnessed children.

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      • 4. Grace

        Air date: Jul 3, 2011

        Tom and his men are attacked while on a mission to retrieve motorcycles; Anne and Dr. Harris make an important discovery.

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      • 5. Silent Kill

        Air date: Jul 10, 2011

        Hal comes up with a plan to infiltrate a skitter's lair and rescue Ben and other captives.

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      • 6. Sanctuary

        Air date: Jul 17, 2011

        Another resistance militia leader arrives in camp warning of a coming alien assault; Tom and the camp must weigh an offer to take their children to a safe haven.

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      • 7. Sanctuary

        Air date: Jul 24, 2011

        Hal begins to distrust Clayton's image of the farm; Mike and Hal must battle an unforeseen enemy.

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      • 8. What Hides Beneath

        Air date: Jul 31, 2011

        Tom worries about Weaver's increasingly strange behavior; Hal and Tom encounter a left-behind woman; Anne and Lourdes make a discovery about the skitters; Pope tries to find a more efficient way to kill mechs.

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      • 9. Mutiny

        Air date: Aug 7, 2011

        Tension between Weaver and Tom threatens to tear the group apart on the eve of their attack on the alien base structure.

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      • 10. Eight Hours

        Air date: Aug 7, 2011

        Hal, Weaver, Pope and others embark on an ambitious assault; Tom must defend the civilian camp against a surprise attack; Tom encounters an alien being.

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      Cast & Crew

      Noah Wyle
      Moon Bloodgood
      Will Patton
      Drew Roy
      Maxim Knight
      Connor Jessup
      Mpho Koaho
      Colin Cunningham
      Sarah Carter
      Jessy Schram
      Bruce Gray
      Steven Weber
      Martin Roach
      Dale Dye
      Dylan Authors
      Daniyah Ysrayl
      Melissa Kramer
      Lynne Deragon
      Steven Spielberg
      Mark Verheiden
      Justin Falvey
      Darryl Frank
      Robert Rodat
      Graham Yost

      Critic Reviews for Falling Skies: Season 1

      Audience Reviews for Falling Skies: Season 1

      • Sep 09, 2022
        It's been years since I last watched Falling Skies. I recently got back into watching it and it is just as good as I remembered! The plot is drastically different from the typical alien show/movie (where humans are defending Earth in a major battle) as Earth has already been taken over and the show is about the resistance.
      • Apr 24, 2022
        Although hampered by an obviously small budget, this show still manages to be unique and interesting. It also has a number of intriguing and well fleshed out characters that give episodes some emotional weight which is generally lacking in most of this sort of TV. A great first season.
      • Dec 25, 2021
        5.7/10 — "Mediocre"/"Passable"
      • Oct 18, 2017
        Solid sci-fi series about a pocket group of human resistance fighters just trying to survive after an alien invasion wipes out much of the population. Noah Wylie plays a likable history professor turned militiaman, second in command to a perfectly portrayed military leader (the underrated Will Patten). These characters feel real and grow over the season. Not quite edge of your seat stories, but cohesively written and well acted. Good stuff.
      • Jun 08, 2017
        i stopped after 5 episodes. i was pretty sure i didn't like it during the first episode, i started watching fast partway through. none of the characters are likable. and it seemed dumbed down for less experienced audiences. i'm kinda shocked it got 5 seasons. i think this is the first TNT show i've watched. i'll stick with FX. (1 viewing)
      • Feb 24, 2017
        Despite being a big fan of science-fiction television fare, I never really gave "Falling Skies" much of a chance upon its initial airing. The main reason? I'm not into post-apocalyptic drama. Upon continuous pressuring from family members telling me how much I would like the show, I finally decided to give it a try. Boy, had I ever been missing some great television. For a basic plot summary, this first season of "Falling Skies" introduces a group of survivors from the Massachusetts area who are engaged in a war with alien creatures that are trying to colonize planet Earth. The aliens (primarily mechanical robots--Mechs--and spiderlike crawlies---Skitters--) always seem to have the upper hand, and it looks grim for the survivors. Yet, as we get to know this band of resistance fighters, we discover that they have quite a human spirit burning inside them and will do whatever it takes to survive and endure. Though the post-apocalyptic setting initially turned me off, rest assured that it is only in setting. "Falling Skies" is really a show that focuses on the "human element" of the drama, featuring strong characters and many moral situations that must be faced in the wake of the alien attack. Some of my favorite moments/characters from this first season include: -Tom Mason (Noah Wyle), who could be consider the somewhat-central character of the show. A former schoolteacher now thrust into very much a military role, it is interesting to see how Tom adapts to this "new society" while still retaining the lessons of the past. Tom's relationship with sons Hal (Drew Roy), Ben (Connor Jessup), and Matt (Maxim Knight) also provide some great drama as he must balance his love for them with their usefulness to the war effort. -Captain Weaver (Will Patton), commander of the military forces. Over the course of this first season, his character easily makes the most dramatic strides. What you think might be a cardboard, one-dimensional character turns out to be the exact opposite! -Pope (Colin Cunningham), a drifter who pledges loyalty to no man but himself. Provides an interesting perspective on how certain individuals could interpret a world catastrophe. Basically, what it comes down to is that I never should have doubted a show executive produced by Steven Spielberg. "Falling Skies" features come of the greatest science fiction scenarios ever put to screen, while also balancing out that action and unique scenarios with incredible human drama as well. With only ten episodes this season, the action has to (and does) steadily progress in order to get anything accomplished. Even though that seems like a relatively short run-time, a remarkable amount of character development and plot progression occurs from episode one through episode ten. I compare "Falling Skies" very favorably to the remake of "Battlestar Galactica". Both shows touch on very, very similar themes, but while BSG did it in space, FS is grounded here on Earth. I will hit Season Two off and running as soon as I can!
      • Dec 11, 2016
        Really boring, predictible, is not an action serie, or even familiar, is about the human relationships in despair times, but the arguments are not convincing...
      • Nov 13, 2016
        The serial makes you wanna watch more and more about the story and the happenning evemts in the series. Maybe some people want to have more series althogh they know that there cannot are more than needed series of the serial. The first season makes you think that the people are gonna only try to survive and not go to battle for their planet and their lifes back. But they together with surviving the alien " apocalypsis " but they try go destroy them to make them leave the planet. The season shows the happenning in the begging couple of weeks or months of the alien invasion.
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      • Aug 20, 2016
        I bought season 1 because of RT reviews. I am dissapointed. It is melodramatic, corny and contrived. I doubt I'll buy season 2. Just not up to standard in the drama department. A white,cisgender male macho fest? It's the 21st century for crying out loud.
      • Aug 17, 2016
        Slow start with an annoying religious character as well, but the show develops in it's later installment of episodes, particularly the final half of this season thus showing off it's potential.

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