Firefly: Season 1 (2002 - 2003)

Season 1

Critics Consensus

Firefly earns its audience's adoration with the help of Nathan Fillion's dry delivery, a detailed fantasy world, and compelling storylines -- even if it doesn't stand with creator Joss Whedon's most consistent work.



Critic Ratings: 34


Audience Score

User Ratings: 674
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Air date: Dec 20, 2002
Air date: Sep 20, 2002
Air date: Sep 27, 2002
Air date: Nov 1, 2002
Air date: Nov 8, 2002
Air date: Oct 4, 2002
Air date: Oct 18, 2002
Air date: Oct 25, 2002
Air date: Nov 15, 2002
Air date: Dec 6, 2002
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A former rebel and his renegade crew embark on galactic missions for profit in a transport ship, named Serenity, in this space swashbuckler set 400 years in the future.

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Critic Reviews for Firefly Season 1

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (14)

"Firefly," the new series from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" creator Joss Whedon, is a mess - a wonderful, imaginative mess brimming with possibility.

May 21, 2018 | Full Review…

I'm not sure it's the best first impression a show could make, but it's different and daring enough to warrant a return for a second, and a third.

Aug 10, 2017 | Full Review…

Not only was the action great, but the humour was too, as was the emotional aspect and Firefly's stimulating intellect.

Oct 23, 2018 | Full Review…

The revitalizing take Firefly gives us of our potential civilization five hundred years from now is a unique one, not marred by overly idealistic sympathies or absurd, estranged technology.

Sep 25, 2018 | Full Review…

It was like nothing else on television at the time and like nothing that's been on since.

Jun 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Watch the series in order... and you see that it came out of the gate fully-formed.

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

You might think it would be impossible to find an intersection between the high-tech world of sci-fi and the low-tech world of Westerns, but [Joss] Whedon pulls it off.

Jan 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Firefly has all the elements to enjoy it... [Full review in Spanish]

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

By the time Mal utters the words "We're still flying" at the episode's end, we know exactly what this show was, is and could have been, and that's what a good first episode should be able to do.

May 21, 2018 | Full Review…

... an hour of intergalactic cowboys from the middle of the journey, and it's incoherent.

Jan 31, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Firefly: Season 1

  • Jul 25, 2019
    Funny entertaining and easy to enjoy
  • Jul 15, 2019
    Awesome ensemble cast, awesome stories, just not enough when it was cancelled too soon
  • May 04, 2019
    I never got to see the show when it originally aired and ended up watching it years later on home video. I wasn't sure if I was going to like it at first. but after the second episode (The Train Job) I was hooked! This should so totally get a reboot. Or a spin-off. Or SOMETHING! We Browncoats need our Firefly fix damn it!
  • Mar 13, 2019
    I'll be honest, this wasn't love at first sight. Once I got into it and I finished it I had to start over. Now I love every single episode. Well, at least there's things I love in every episode. How do you "sell" this to those who hasn't watched it? Cowboys in space doesn't really do it. Sure it's set in space but not an alien in sight. Great characters. All 9 flawed but loveable in different ways. I don't have a favourite, I got 5! The chemistry between the cast goes through the screen. Funny and emotions. Christina Hendricks, Mark Sheppard and the chinese cursing can't be forgotten. If you enjoy Firefly you need to watch the movie Serenity which serve as closure. Don't let your possible feelings for Joss Whedon as a person make you miss out in this show. Nothing is for everyone but it sure deserves that you give it a go.
  • Mar 09, 2019
    The only badthing is that it was cancelled. Watch it if you havent. I love this show!
  • Mar 09, 2019
    One of my top 5 favourite shows of alll time. Sure, not for everyone but way more people should give it a try. Guess "Cowboys in space" isn't the draw it should be. That's just what you see on The surface. The chemistry between the cast, the humour and dialogue is the main things for me. Love all 9 leads for different reasons.
  • Feb 19, 2019
    So much going on, and so many little threads crying to be pulled. Loved it.
  • Feb 09, 2019
    I watched the series after the film came out and was so disappointed that it was cancelled after just one series. This is an all time great for any one who loves ScFi; laughs and adventure. It was a pleasure from start to finish and would of loved to of seen where they would of taken it if they got the chance. Well done to the writers; directors cast and crew.
  • Feb 09, 2019
    One of my all time favourite TV shows. Great characters and stories, a real shame it was cancelled after just one season.
  • Jan 30, 2019
    This is a very good show. Lots of action and adventure.

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