FlashForward: Season 1 (2009 - 2010)

Season 1

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Flash Forward robustly entertains with an addictive concept, top-notch production, and an exciting apocalyptic setting.



Critic Ratings: 35


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User Ratings: 81

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Air date: Sep 24, 2009

In the premiere of this sci-fi series, everyone on Earth blacks out for exactly two minutes and 17 seconds, during which they see snippets from their futures six months ahead. For FBI agent Mark Benford (Joseph Fiennes) and his partner, Demetri Noh (John Cho), the event occurs during a high-speed chase and they find themselves investigating the phenomenon. Meanwhile, Benford's wife, Olivia (Sonya Walger), a doctor, wakes up on the floor of the OR.

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Air date: Oct 1, 2009

Mark and Demetri travel to Utah in hopes of locating a suspect who may be linked to the blackout. In other events, Olivia meets the man from her flash-forward and Charlie, Mark and Olivia's daughter, has difficulties coping with her vision's aftermath.

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Air date: Oct 8, 2009

In Germany, Mark and Janis meet an imprisoned Nazi who claims knowledge about the mass blackout; a tip causes Demetri to fear the worst about his future; Aaron asks Mark to help him get his daughter's remains exhumed and DNA retested.

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Air date: Oct 15, 2009

Bryce believes a patient's flash-forward may be the key to a correct diagnosis and treatment, but Olivia isn't sure; Demetri and Mark argue over their reactions to their flash-forwards; Nicole returns to work as Charlie's babysitter and shares what she saw: a murder.

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Air date: Oct 22, 2009

Mark fields questions from the Senate Intelligence Committee about his flash-forward during a hearing about funding Wedeck's team. In other events, Janis ponders how her flash-forward will impact her current relationship and Olivia receives information about Mark's flash-forward.

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Air date: Oct 29, 2009

Mark, Demetri and Wedeck try to link the attack on Janis to an attack on them; Olivia confronts Mark about his flash-forward; Demetri and Gough track a clue that was foreshadowed in Mark's flash-forward; Lloyd's son Dylan goes missing from the hospital; Simon contacts a reluctant acquaintance.

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Air date: Nov 5, 2009

An MI6 agent (Alex Kingston) helps Mark, Demetri and Gough investigate a Blue Hand club and its possible link to some suicides. In other events, a former Army pal of Aaron's daughter visits him; Demetri confesses to Zoey about his blank flash-forward; and Nicole and Bryce figure out the mystery of his vision while volunteering at the hospital.

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Air date: Nov 12, 2009

The discovery of the tattooed assassin seen in Mark's flash-forward leads him to cut short his romantic getaway with Olivia; Simon and Lloyd settle a debate over a game of poker; Aaron learns the truth about his daughter's accident; Janis returns to work, but questions her future with the department.

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Air date: Nov 19, 2009

Bryce searches for the woman in his flash-forward; Aaron worries about Tracy's odd behavior; Mark seeks to find out who texted Olivia about his drinking in his vision; Demetri's co-agents try to locate the caller who warned him about his fate.

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Air date: Dec 3, 2009

Mark and Demetri travel to Hong Kong in an effort to find the woman who may know details of Demetri's fate; Lloyd attempts to come clean about his and Simon's involvement in the blackout; Zoey learns the meaning of her flash-forward.

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This drama's only season follows the aftermath of a strange event in which most of the world's population gets a glimpse of themselves in the future via simultaneous blackouts lasting two minutes and 17 seconds. Among those investigating the eerie occurrence are two FBI agents: Mark Benford (Joseph Fiennes), a husband and father who attempts to deal with details revealed in his flash-forward; and Demitri Noh (John Cho), who seeks to learn his fate after being one of the few without a flash-forward.

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Critic Reviews for FlashForward Season 1

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (22)

[I]t's all quite enthralling.

Oct 22, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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Fantasy plots require fantastic details, but the show, rolling steadily downhill from a compelling premise, is utterly casual about the particulars of its speculative time-tripping and post-catastrophe atmospherics.

Sep 24, 2009 | Full Review…
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Right now, there's an interesting idea, some good production values and a cool cliffhanger.

Sep 24, 2009 | Full Review…

Tonight's episode is dramatic and well-paced, unfolding ominously and quickly explaining the issues at hand.

Sep 24, 2009 | Full Review…

ABC's new FlashForward requires concentration and endurance. It's well worth the investment of both.

Sep 24, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's evocative, smartly structured, well acted and insists that the strange ride you are about to take will be worth every minute.

Sep 24, 2009 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

Its continual denial of narrative satisfaction could drive an anorexic to seek comfort in the fridge.

May 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Despite cancellation, there's enough of value in FlashForward's first season to merit watching it regardless.

Oct 23, 2018 | Full Review…

Intriguing though its premise was, I have to put Flash Forward in the bait-and-switch category.

Oct 8, 2018 | Full Review…

So the question exists: is "FlashForward" the poor man's Lost? The very, very, very, poor man's "Lost," as exhaustingly overwritten as it is?

Jun 15, 2018 | Full Review…

It had a decent enough premise: everyone around the world blacks out and has a vision of their life in the future. But it was also boring. So boring.

May 8, 2018 | Full Review…

FlashForward has a crapbarrel of potential.

Sep 23, 2009 | Rating: 6.8/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for FlashForward: Season 1

  • Jul 25, 2020
    They are trying so hard to give you the convoluted plotting of Lost they forgot to give you any of their interesting and complex characters.
  • Jul 22, 2020
    I'm still pissed they cancelled it. It was a fantastic show :(
  • Feb 28, 2020
    Tad bit better than ok. more than fine. more than decent.
  • May 01, 2018
    Why on the earth it was discontinued. it's amazing
  • Aug 24, 2017
    This show is interesting and then it turns bad. They were left with images of the future and then the show became predictable. It only lasted one season and it ended poorly for a finale, but I'm not sure if the ending was planned to be a cliff hanger.
  • May 26, 2016
    Some episodes are dull, and some boring. But some are excellent, and most of those are when the case moves forward, and their not just investigating and finding nothing. Some of the storylines aren't very interesting, and aren't as necessary to the story, which wouldn't matter if you weren't so intrigued by the case that it became all you wanted to see. Some of the payoffs aren't great, and the ending was just alright. But, as you may know, I love when a series has an ending. This has that, because although you are interested in the case, the whole time you're watching, you're hoping to at least get to April 29, 2010, and the last episode is on that day. Overall, the show has a pretty interesting case, great performances, and answers the big questions (how and, pretty much, why) and some smaller ones. But the episodes are hit and miss, some storylines are boring and pointless, and some of the payoffs are not good at all. I would say that it's worth watching because Hulu just added it back this year.
  • Feb 27, 2015
  • Nov 09, 2014
    It was very entertaining and at times amazing but it took too long to get where it was going.
  • Oct 05, 2014
    Great cast, Mark benford, Agent Noh and Simon being my favorites. An original take on the mystery crime genre, with some great moments. Unfortunately too many times it felt too predictable and improbable for me to be fully sucked into the story.

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