Firefly: Season 1 (2002 - 2003)


Season 1
Firefly

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.

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Critic Ratings: 41

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User Ratings: 696
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Episodes

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Air date: Dec 20, 2002
2
Air date: Sep 20, 2002
3
Air date: Sep 27, 2002
4
Air date: Nov 1, 2002
5
Air date: Nov 8, 2002
6
Air date: Oct 4, 2002
7
Air date: Oct 18, 2002
8
Air date: Oct 25, 2002
9
Air date: Nov 15, 2002
10
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 (41) | Top Critics (21)

[Joss] Whedon's approach is intriguing, and the storytelling refuses to settle for simple heroics.

Jan 29, 2020 | Full Review…

It's a nimble, quick-witted adventure series powered by the considerable charm of its lead, in this case Nathan Fillon's kind-hearted captain, Mal. Huge fun.

Jan 29, 2020 | Full Review…

It's pretty forgettable.

Jan 28, 2020 | Full Review…

"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…

Whether it's enough for a ya'll-come-back-y'hear depends, I suspect, on your faith in Whedon's ability to whip it into shape once it docks.

Jan 28, 2020 | Rating: C | Full Review…

The key to shows like this is its characters and the way they interrelate. Though arguably overly-calculated in this regard, Firely's characters are immediately interesting and their personal stories and struggles involving.

Jan 29, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Without the patina of [Joss] Whedon's name, Firefly is just a nondescript adventure hour in a Friday time period in which Fox has had 11 different series in 11 years.

Jan 29, 2020 | 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…

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

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

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

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Premiere is quite entertaining. Just don't go in expecting your average sci-fi, outer-space series. Go in looking for a Western with sci-fi touches.

Jan 29, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Firefly: Season 1

  • 4d ago
    I would put this at the top of my list of one season tv wonders. I was confused when i first learned of the cancelled show, and devastated after actually watching it. It's hard enough to find good shows amidst all the garbage out there, but to then discover it murdered in the night and it's memory besmirched by out of touch critics is deplorable.
  • Jan 28, 2020
    Once again, the critics lowball a classic. If you have not watched this, I am really jealous.
  • Jan 18, 2020
    Firefly is the show that all the other agenda-driven sci-fi shows want to be. This show checks all the boxes, BUT it is done in such a competent, non-demeaning, fantastically written and acted way. Women can be sexy without being slutty. Men can be tough without being cruel. Crew are family, regardless of gender, skin color or beliefs. Everyone is equal, but in their own way. The depth of each of these episodes is simply incredible. The writing is so complex in its subtlety. It's just so good. The message is good, again, in it's subtlety,not blunt force trauma. It, and it's actors, are beautiful. (I write this after watching the series through 9 complete times).
  • Jan 10, 2020
    10 stars. Still baffles my mind that bunch of moron fox executives could miss out on such a cash cow.
  • Jan 07, 2020
    A blend of different genres, an underused Summer Glau and some pretty big pacing issues prevent 'Firefly' from truly being great. (5/10)
  • Dec 31, 2019
    Absolutely awesome. When my friend asked me if I had ever seen a Science Fiction Western, I laughed!!! I thought, those two things just don't go together.. He told me to look it up, and I found a DVD of the firefly Series and thought to myself.. It's only one Season? How good could it be?. I couldn't have been more wrong... This is the Universe I hope and Pray for... I wish That Verse existed today.. I could live in it. The Characters are awesome, interesting, and believable... The Weaving of Western, and Sci-Fi is totally believable, and Logical Makes perfect sense. The women in this series are Hotter than The Hottest Hatch Green Chili, and they all have Brains. Just Watch the first episode.. You'll be hooked.. if you watch 3 or 4 episodes you'll be a fan.. if you watch all the way to end, You'll be running to the store to pickup your own copy of The TV Show, AND Serenity, the Movie that Ties it all in a nice little knot. The Absolute Best Science Fiction Western you'll ever see..
  • Dec 31, 2019
    The only criticism I have is against FOX for canceling this show before its time. The show is a masterpiece.
  • Dec 24, 2019
    The best Space Western ever made.
  • Dec 23, 2019
    The best thing Joss Whedon has ever done.
  • Dec 22, 2019
    Great characters. Great story. Clever world building.

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