Primeval: Season 1 (2007)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

Unbelievable characters aside, Primeval is old-fashioned, fantastical family fare with decent visuals and a sense of adventure.



Critic Ratings: 11


Audience Score

User Ratings: 24
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Air date: Aug 9, 2008
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Air date: Sep 13, 2008

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When mysterious discrepancies in Britain's time/space/continuum begin to occur, zoologist Nick Cutter and his band of assistants begin to investigate. However, unbeknownst to the team, prehistoric creatures have used the breakdown in time to set foot in the present day. Featuring state-of-the-art special effects, but grounded by a very human love story - "Primeval" is compelling viewing for the whole family.


Douglas Henshall
as Professor Nick Cutter
Lucy Brown
as Claudia Brown
Andrew Lee Potts
as Connor Temple
Hannah Spearritt
as Abby Maitland
Juliet Aubrey
as Helen Cutter
Ben Miller
as Sir James Lester
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Critic Reviews for Primeval Season 1

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6)

The science is overshadowed by the action, and on that front the show is fairly standard.

Oct 9, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The main problem with the show is the stupidity factor -- all those moments that make you say "that just doesn't make any sense" within the context of the show, and these moments are legion.

Oct 8, 2018 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

Primeval is a fun show filled with action and effects, emotion and intrigue, small blondes in smaller underwear... but as fantastic as all of that is, it's the characters that hooked me and made the series required viewing.

Oct 8, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

It's a rollicking adventure with decent special effects and better stories and character development than, say, Sci Fi Channel's Eureka.

Feb 10, 2007 | Full Review…

Primeval mixes elements of Jurassic Park and Stargate, rarely taking itself seriously while also warning of the consequences of not confronting these threats to mankind.

Feb 10, 2007 | Full Review…

The result here is a good old-fashioned big-screen adventure flick writ small to fit the confines of your LCD.

Oct 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Dinosaurs can stomp and giant spiders sting, and Stephen can look like Zac Efron's older brother, but if everyone on the screen is acting like it's all just an unfortunate situation to be dealt with, well, then, so will we.

Feb 10, 2007 | Full Review…

This show could evolve into something more interesting than a guilty pleasure.

Feb 10, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Using scientific mumbo-jumbo as an excuse to do Jurassic Park Lite, Primeval stirs up a strange but mostly entertaining brew.

Feb 10, 2007 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It definitely won't make you forget about Lost.

Feb 10, 2007 | Full Review…

If nothing else, this dinosaur-obsessed drama is a pleasing option in a TV landscape with too few non-Disney alternatives for families with kids in the 7 to 12 age range.

Feb 10, 2007 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Primeval: Season 1

  • Mar 07, 2016
    Season 1 of primeval does a great job at setting up the characters and the stages for what is to come in future seasons through a very unique premise. So much so that I'm willing to forgive the questionable special effects. B+
  • Jan 20, 2016
    This should have 100%
  • Sep 27, 2015
    Primeval is a typically British tv show and is quite clearly budgeted free to air show. So expectations were low but quite frankly it surprised and I'm talking about all those years ago because i loved it so much this is my second viewing. Watching the first episode back, i instantly thought that it hadn't aged well but the drama outweighed it and the gripping storying, increasing pace and very likeable characters meant its still a great show. It does have its limits and it is corny but its a charming show which doesn't take itself seriously but doesn't have any boring moments either.
  • May 30, 2015
    Primeval has to be my favourite sci-fi TV show of all time. It has funny relatable characters, awesome creatures, a plot that makes sense and an awesome cast. 10 OUT OF 10!!!
  • Jan 15, 2015
    While I may be grading this based on pure nostalgia, this series does have some very cool ideas going for. I was actually really intrigued on what was going to happen next in each episode. Despite some of dated effects, this series is definitely one that I recommend, especially if you love dinosaurs just as much as I do.
  • Aug 26, 2014
    I loved series 1, in particular, the characters. This contains spoilers for people yet to watch. SPOILERS SPOILERS. Anyway, I loved how it was set out, definitely unique! Strange 'anomalies' open into historic places, and dinosaurs come through. The casting is great! Great actors and actresses, great personalities for characters etc... I loved the character of Claudia! Series 1 was fairly short (6 episodes, i believe), and at the end came a twist I wasn't expecting!

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