Nikita: Season 1 (2010 - 2011)


Season 1

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Building on Maggie Q's strong central performance, Nikita is a strong spy thriller that's sleek and action-packed (if a little heavy with backstory).



Critic Ratings: 41


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User Ratings: 142

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Air date: Sep 9, 2010

As a troubled teenager, Nikita (series star MAGGIE Q) was rescued from death row by a secret U.S. agency known only as Division. There she was erased from society and trained to be a spy and assassin. After being betrayed by the only people she thought she could trust, Nikita escaped from Division. Now, after three years in hiding, the rogue Nikita is seeking retribution and is making it clear to her former boss, Percy (series star XANDER BERKELEY), and former friends and colleagues Michael (series star SHANE WEST) and Birkhoff (series star Aaron Stanford) that she will stop at nothing to expose and destroy their covert agency. Meanwhile, Division continues to recruit and train other young people who have been ostracized from society, among them Jaden (series star TIFFANY HINES) and Thom (series star ASHTON HOLMES), erasing all evidence of their former lives and turning them into cold and efficient killers.

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Air date: Sep 16, 2010

Percy and Michael take their latest assignment, a Slavic leader wanted for war crimes, into protective custody. Nikita learns of their hideout and attempts to thwart their plan, but a mysterious group of mercenaries in search of nuclear material beats her to the task. Meanwhile, Alex is activated earlier than expected for a special assignment that throws her into the crossfire of bullets, and a flashback reveals a pivotal moment in Nikita's life.

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Air date: Sep 23, 2010

Nikita rescues Jill (guest star JULIE GONZALO Veronica Mars, Eli Stone, A Cinderella Story), a journalist who is trying to expose a conspiracy involving Division and a major plane crash. Michael and Percy suspect Birkhoff of being Nikita's inside mole and send Amanda in to interrogate him. Meanwhile, Michael enlists the help of the recruits, Alex, Jaden and Thom, to help locate their latest target.

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Air date: Sep 30, 2010

Nikita revisits her past when she posed as a nanny for an influential government official and decides to right the wrong of his death. During the mission, Michael comes to Nikita's rescue and begins to doubt Percy's motives. Back at Division, while undergoing basic training, Alex suffers from a panic attack which prompts Amanda to break her of claustrophobia.

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Air date: Oct 7, 2010

Divison's secrets are at risk of being revealed to the world when Owen (guest star DEVON SAWA - Final Destination, Extreme Dating, SLC Punk!), a Division operative, escapes from a bank robbery and becomes a fugitive. Percy decides to search for Owen himself, which makes Michael suspicious of his motives. Nikita and Owen go head-to-head until Percy joins them for a tense standoff. Meanwhile, Alex sneaks into Percy's office to warn Nikita, but she is busted by Thom and the two share an intimate moment.

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Air date: Oct 21, 2010

A bus filled with Division recruits is attacked by terrorists who kidnap Alex and Thom, both of whom are unaware that this is a test by Division. Percy, Michael and Amanda watch as Alex is tortured. Alex breaks free and contacts Nikita for help. Meanwhile, Nikita has earned Owen's (recurring guest star DEVON SAWA) trust and he reveals some devastating news to Nikita about her fiancé.

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Air date: Oct 28, 2010

Alex informs Nikita that one of the recruits has been activated to carry out a suicide mission. Nikita intercepts the recruit just as Michael arrives, and the two sides exchange gunfire. Meanwhile, back inside the walls of Division, another recruit decides to attack several guards, creating mass chaos.

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Air date: Nov 4, 2010

Division sends Thom to eliminate Anna (guest star RAYISA KONDRACKI The Bridge), a woman who was having a secret affair with a U.S. senator (guest star SPENCER GARRETT Leverage, Yes Man). Division agrees to cover up any trace of the affair as long as the senator agrees to help pass a bill that will continue to fund the agency. Nikita, with Alex's help, attempts to reach out to Anna's parents, but the conversation doesn't go as she expected.

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Air date: Nov 11, 2010

Nikita and Michael temporarily team up to kill a terrorist who murdered Michael's family many years ago. When Percy learns this information, he sends Division agents to kill Nikita, who, ultimately, compromises the mission, leading to Michael's capture by the terrorist group. Alex is caught going through medical files inside Division so she creates a lie that involves Jaden and almost blows her cover.

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Air date: Dec 2, 2010

Owen (recurring guest star DEVON SAWA) leaks secret information from Division's black boxes to the media, revealing that the U.S. government was responsible for an assassination in Chile. As a result, Percy frames a C.I.A. agent, Ryan (guest star Noah Bean Damages, Dark Blue) for the crime. Nikita and Owen go to Chile to rescue Ryan from mercenaries and, in doing so, end up getting captured. Nikita reveals the secrets of Division to Ryan in an effort to save all of their lives. Back inside Division, Alex spies on Percy and Birkhoff and witnesses a side to Percy she has never seen before.

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Maggie Q stars in this sexy and suspenseful series as the charming and deadly Nikita. Trained as an invisible assassin by the secret government agency Division, no one has ever escapeduntil now.

Critic Reviews for Nikita Season 1

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (23)

It all makes for a romp, a stomp and an ongoing fashion show. And this time The CW has pretty much got it right.

Sep 9, 2010 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

Maggie Q is a draw. She can be mesmerizing on-screen. But looks and action may not be enough to carry a drama.

Sep 3, 2010 | Full Review…

If it's true that you don't miss your water till your well runs dry, then I'm missing my water, because this well - the Nikita well - is all but dust.

Sep 9, 2010 | Full Review…

As ubiquitous bus-shelter ads attest, Q looks confident holding a gun and is not averse to wearing either leather or lace, thus meeting the maximum requirements for the job.

Sep 9, 2010 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Nikita is aimed directly at 24 fans. However it is not as ambitious nor as entertaining.

Sep 9, 2010 | Full Review…

This version of Nikita can still provide a rollicking, if slightly psychotic, good time.

Sep 9, 2010 | Full Review…

As for the show's look, tone and action... it succeeds very well.

Nov 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Maggie Q is a star... She's endlessly charismatic, a credible action star, and capably shoulders the sometimes overwrought drama thrust upon her.

Nov 27, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a second-tier show, entertaining but mindless.

Jun 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Watch it. Love it. And seriously guys, try not to drool.

Oct 11, 2013 | Full Review…

There is no show that can be compared to this on television right now, which makes for original and unique storylines.

Sep 9, 2010 | Rating: 4.4/5 | Full Review…

I'm unconvinced Nikita has anywhere interesting to go, or that it'll be worth jumping aboard for a ride I think I've already been on.

Sep 11, 2010 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Nikita: Season 1

  • Jan 15, 2020
    The CW reboots the La Femme Nikita franchise with the sexy spy thriller Nikita. In Season 1 former black ops assassin Nikita Mears attempts to bring down her former agency, Division, after discovering that they've gone rogue and are aiding terrorists; meanwhile a new Division recruit named Alex, who's training to be an assassin, secretly works with Nikita from the inside. Starring Maggie Q, Lyndsy Fonseca, and Xander Berkeley, the show has a solid cast that delivers good performances: especially Q, who does an excellent job pulling off the fight choreography and gunplay. And despite a bit of CW-ishness, with superfluous romance plots and sexy young actors, the over-arcing stories of Nikita seeking redemption for her past and Alex's struggle to maintain her cover are quite compelling. Additionally, the writers do an impressive job at building suspense and tension, which is further heightened by an exceptional score. Action-packed and full of intrigue, Nikita delivers an extraordinary first season, and promises to get even better.
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  • Jul 29, 2020
    With a fantastic cast and shocking twists and turns this take on the fantastic film is a joy to behold.
  • Sep 09, 2019
    I loved the main cast, especially Maggie Q, but this is really nothing more than a cartoon. It can't be taken seriously. If you just want a popcorn flick for a rainy afternoon, fine, but don't expect anything to be credible.
  • Jun 24, 2018
    The best series I have ever seen.
  • Jul 17, 2016
    The plot has energy and direction. Decent nearly mindless entertainment. Sexing up the promo material is tiresome and predictable but unnecessary. Strong performance by Maggie Q.
  • Jun 16, 2016
    Too superficial compared to e.g. 'Person of Interest', mediocre to bad acting, driving motives established in story-lines only credible for kids.
  • Feb 27, 2016
    Nikita is better acted than I would have expected, though Shane West can be a little grating as Agent Michael. Maggie Q and Lindsey Fonseca shine in particular, and the action scenes make Nikita a stronger spy-series than Alias. Though the backstory was a bit confusing for me, the world was very interesting to explore. My only real criticism is the implausibility of the setups; the characters are running around the world so frequently the show makes it feel like they're teleporting instantly to avoid slowing the show down.
  • Dec 15, 2015
    outstanding writing, great direction, acting excellent
  • Nov 08, 2015
    I was a fan of the previous La Femme Nikita series starring Peta Wilson (which isn't even listed on here). It turns out I like this one too. Plenty of action. Added in to this series: female friendship, which adds a lot to the storyline. Two strong women, Nikita and Alex, work together as allies to take down a corrupt and dangerous covert government organization called Division, one brick at a time. Seeing them make progress satisfies. Eventually, the ladies bring on board a couple of guys working for Division: Michael and Birkhoff, which scratches an itch from the previous La Femme Nikita series (I always wanted these guys along with Nikita to turn against Section I, but they never did). The ruthless leaders of Division, Percy and Amanda, surprise in how their roles are shaken up from their predecessors, Operations and Madeleine. Even though Amanda somehow gets the best of Percy, he gives the impression of maintaining control and having every option planned out, or does he? Amanda doesn't let him psych her out, and continues with her goals for Alex, the heir to a Russian oil empire. Just like in the previous La Femme Nikita series, there is romance between Michael and Nikita. While La Femme Nikita didn't take that as far as I would've liked it to go, this one does, satisfyingly so.
  • Nov 09, 2014
    When its at its best its superb, it unfortunately has a few dud episodes that slows things down. The cast are superb, mixing beauty with real acting chops.

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