Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Season 1 (2008)

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Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

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Lena Headey brings the requisite grit to ground this fight for the future, even though The Sarah Connor Chronicles' budgetary constraints can't hope to match the pyrotechnic polish of the Terminator franchise's cinematic outings.

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Critic Ratings: 34

84%

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User Ratings: 95

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Air date: Jan 13, 2008

Sarah takes her son, John, to a small town in New Mexico, where he befriends the person who will become his protector.

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Air date: Jan 14, 2008

Sarah, John and Cameron infiltrate a resistance safe-house and discover they are not alone; agent Ellison realizes that Sarah is still alive; a dangerous person from Sarah's past reawakens.

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Air date: Jan 21, 2008

Sarah calls on Miles Dyson's widow in her quest to find Skynet's creators; John and Cameron make brave attempts to fit in on their first day at the new high school.

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Air date: Feb 4, 2008

When Sarah, Cameron and John track down stolen cargo, they become separated, which leads John to discover that the future is less safe than he hoped; agent Ellison's murder investigation leads him to an interesting suspect.

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Air date: Feb 11, 2008

When Sarah re-evaluates the capability of Andy's computer, she worries about where it could lead; Sarah meets a stranger whose history is tied to hers; agent Ellison discovers remnants from a terminator battle.

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Air date: Feb 18, 2008

In and out of consciousness and fighting for his life, a stranger remembers his life in the future and his battle against the machines; Sarah tries to explain the past to Charley.

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Air date: Feb 25, 2008

A dossier Sarah finds from her stay at the mental hospital leads her to doomsday-convert Dr. Silverman; Ellison's discovery puts him in danger.

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Air date: Mar 3, 2008

John defends Cameron against an accusation by Derek; Sarah gets too close to a terminator.

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Air date: Mar 3, 2008

John defends Cameron against an accusation by Derek; Sarah finds herself in a business transaction with a mysterious businessman; Cromartie closes in on John; Ellison discovers a nemesis at the agency.

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Air date: Mar 3, 2008

Sarah and Derek attempt a business transaction with a dubious businessman; John and Cameron find themselves in a dangerous situation during a school trip; Ellison discovers a nemesis at the agency.

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Cast & Crew

Lena Headey
Sarah Connor

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Thomas Dekker
John Connor

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Summer Glau
Cameron Phillips

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Richard T. Jones
James Ellison

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Brian Austin Green
Derek Reese

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Garret Dillahunt
Cromartie

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Dean Winters
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Aaron Cash
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Matt McColm
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Sonya Walger
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Aki Kotabe
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Claudia Choi
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Critic Reviews for Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Season 1

Audience Reviews for Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Season 1

  • Aug 26, 2021
    It had its moments...but making a series without the budget is hard...the films been as good as they are make this a mountain to climb...in the end too much talking not enough cyborg action
  • Jan 21, 2021
    Drastically shortened as a result of the Writers' Strike that was going on at the time...and it shows that it was affected, thanks to rushed plotlines that from what I've read, end up abandoned next season, other storylines are barely touched upon and the season abruptly ends on a cliffhanger right as a new plot twist comes in. And yet, not counting Dark Fate since I haven't seen it yet, I still, like most people, think this TV show is the best of post-T2 media. There's great acting, genuinely well-executed scenes such as a scene set to the tune of Johnny Cash, does a decent job working around budgetary limitations despite the excessive editing in action sequences, decently written new characters and doesn't pull its punches. Seriously, you've got the Terminator who's on the heroes' side coldly abandoning two Russian siblings in a nasty bit of trouble to their deaths, with her justification being that they "weren't [her] mission". Yikes! It might not have any of the cast or much of the crew from any of the previous movies involved, not even as a cameo, but, while the first of only two seasons of The Sarah Connor Chronicles had the misfortune of having to tell its story in just 9 episodes thanks to some rather unfortunate timing, the stuff that's good about it definitely makes this show worth checking out, at least once. No sir, this TV-budget version of a franchise about time-travelling robots is far from a glorified fanfiction!
  • Aug 23, 2020
    Oh what a series of terminator and like the movies
  • Jul 19, 2020
    Definitely in the top 10 of Sci-Fi series. Other people's complaints against it seem to be the budget wasn't big enough. I liked the characters and plots. it's only 2 seasons so there are no dead, over-arty, or joke episodes where writers spin it out just for the sake of it.
  • May 25, 2020
    Summer Glau rocks the role as a fembot. Acting, story line, really a bonus for the Terminator universe unlike every movie after T2
  • Apr 05, 2020
    It was good and decent I dont think it deserved a 78% on rotten tomatoes though but its worth to rent (but not to buy)
  • Feb 19, 2020
    This is the true Terminator 3 fo sho.
  • Jan 17, 2020
    Terminator, the Sarah Connor Chronicles was the very best Terminator story telling outside of T1 and T2. The cast was excellent, the writing was excellent and it was a really interesting story. I really wish this had not gotten cancelled as I'd love to have found out where the various story threads were going.
  • Feb 27, 2019
    Great show. 2 Seasons, then ended?
  • Sep 06, 2016
    The epic science fiction series Terminator makes the transition to the small screen with the television series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Set up as a direct sequel to Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Sarah Connor and her son John time travel to 2007 (with the help of a terminator) on a mission to prevent the A.I. computer network Skynet from being built. The casting is especially good; particularly the female leads Lena Headey and Summer Glau. The CGI effects however, are a bit cheesy; as the limitations of a television budget shows at times. Still, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles delivers a strong and compelling adventure in its first season.
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