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

86%

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User Ratings: 90

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Air date: Jan 13, 2008

In the series opener, Sarah and John flee to a new town. Meanwhile, Terminator is alerted to their movement and sent to assassinate John. Little do they know that another cyborg has been sent to protect John and ensure his eventual leadership of the revolution.

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Air date: Jan 14, 2008

Sarah attempts to acquire new fake identities for herself and John. An old friend offers to help by putting her in touch with his nephew, a gang member. Meanwhile, John grows restless and sneaks out of the house to track down Charley Dixon.

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Air date: Jan 21, 2008

Sarah contacts Terissa Dyson in an effort to track down Skynet's creators. The search leads her to a computer programmer named Andy Goode (Brendan Hines). Meanwhile, John and Cameron try to fit in at a new school.

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Air date: Feb 4, 2008

John becomes separated from his mother and Cameron while the trio search for stolen cargo. Amid the chaos, he discovers the future may be bleaker than he imagined. Meanwhile, Agent Ellison's murder investigation turns up a new lead.

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Air date: Feb 11, 2008

Sarah's friend Andy enters his computer into a chess competition. While at the event, Sarah meets a stranger (Brian Austin Green) who shares a similar past. Meanwhile, Cameron undergoes grief counseling at school, and Agent Ellison tries to make sense out of the carnage resulting from a terminator clash.

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Air date: Feb 18, 2008

The stranger struggles to remember life in the future. Meanwhile, Sarah tries to explain to Charley why she had to leave him.

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Air date: Feb 25, 2008

Sarah breaks into Ellison's apartment in search of a missing cyborg arm. While there, she discovers a file on Dr. Silverman (Bruce Davison), a psychiatrist who once treated her. Meanwhile, Cameron takes a ballet class that may lead her to the Turk.

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Air date: Mar 3, 2008

John and Derek are at odds over whether Cameron can be trusted.

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Air date: Mar 3, 2008

Cromartie continues tracking John, and Ellison learns he has a enemy within the FBI.

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Fugitive mother Sarah Connor (Lena Headey) endeavors to protect her son, John (Thomas Dekker), who is destined to lead a resistance group against Skynet, a network of killer cyborgs and machines bent on eradicating the human race in the near future. When a cyborg named Cromartie poses as a substitute teacher to kill John at his high school, classmate Cameron (Summer Glau) intervenes and saves John by running over the terminator with a truck and uttering the franchise catchphrase, "Come with me if you want to live." Cameron, a reprogrammed teen-girl terminator dispatched by John in the future to protect his younger self, joins Sarah and John's new crusade to change the future after the two conclude their efforts to halt the formation of Skynet, as depicted in the movie "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," were ineffective. Hot on their tails are Cromartie and FBI agent James Ellison (Richard T. Jones), who's been tracking Sarah since the destruction of Cyberdyne Systems, a company once linked to Skynet. Sarah, John and Cameron evade Ellison and Cromartie by traveling from 1999 to 2007, bypassing the events played out in "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines." Their jump forward in time damages Cromartie, who is forced to completely overhaul his human appearance, and diminishes Ellison's stature in the FBI. Sarah secures new identities for her brood, enabling John and Cameron to return to school while Sarah begins the hunt for others who may be involved in Skynet's imminent creation. Ellison and Cromartie continue to track the Connors, while Sarah's quest puts her in the path of a computer programmer, who has authored an innovative chess-playing program dubbed the Turk, and Derek Reese (Brian Austin Green), a man inextricably tied to Sarah's past and John's future.

Cast

Lena Headey
as Sarah Connor
Thomas Dekker
as John Connor
Richard T. Jones
as James Ellison
Summer Glau
as Cameron
Dean Winters
as Charley Dixon
Brian Austin Green
as Derek Reese
Aaron Cash
as Terminator
Charlayne Woodard
as Terissa Dyson
Catherine Dent
as Agent Greta Simpson
Keith Pillow
as Mr. Bianchi
Mark Bloom
as FBI Evidence Clerk
Owain Yeoman
as Cromartie
Lee Thompson Young
as Agent Stewart
Neil Hopkins
as Mr. Harris
Linda Shing
as Dolores
Sean Smith
as Dr. Lyman
James Urbaniak
as Cafe manager
Matthew Angel
as Damien Axelrod
Bruce Davison
as Dr. Silverman
Craig Fairbrass
as Sarkissian
Traber Burns
as Chief of Staff
Greg Eagles
as Crewman #1
Diana Maria Riva
as Dr. Carmen Cabrera
Alex Veadov
as Russian Man
Bailee Madison
as Little Girl
Tony Wilde
as Eric Carlson
Ron Butler
as Social Worker
John DeVito
as Young John
Taira Soo
as Office Manager
Bruce Amato
as Gym coach
Chad Brummett
as FBI Agent
Ismail Bashey
as ER Doctor
Jason Grutter
as Police Officer
Gary Houston
as Mr. Ferguson
Derek Basco
as Worker at Hospital
Deborah Martinez
as News Anchor
Genia Michaela
as Bank Teller
Shawn Prince
as Danny Tyson
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Critic Reviews for Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Season 1

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (16)

It's relentless and well-staged.

Jan 28, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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I was kind of jazzed by the estrogen-fueled drama of "The Sarah Connor Chronicles," which, when you set aside the robots from the future, is really just a story about a woman trying to protect her only son.

Jan 28, 2020 | Full Review…

After waiting so long and spending so much money to bring back Sarah, the least the producers could have done was to give us someone resembling the Sarah we remember.

Apr 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Large-scale fun, terrific effects and a rich mythology all pull in this show's favor, not to mention the lack of other fresh scripted fare on the networks at the moment.

Jan 27, 2020 | Full Review…

Certainly, there is some promise to the opening episodes.

Apr 16, 2018 | Full Review…

The charismatic Headey is so much more than a gym babe. Headey is nicely balanced by the show's second female lead, Summer Glau.

Apr 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Though [Lena] Headey will never be Linda Hamilton, the series has a solid cast, stylish production values and, under its belt, a season that demonstrates great potential.

Apr 21, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

There were more plot holes in this thing than those in a piece of swiss cheese.

Jan 28, 2020 | Full Review…

The pilot episode is one hour of action packed, tension building moments that culminate in a pretty cool ending.

Jan 28, 2020 | Full Review…

I'm rooting for Sarah Connor and "Terminator."

Jan 27, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Once Derek enters the mix, the show roars full throttle for the remainder of the season.

Jan 27, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Given that first seasons are often problematic, and sometimes are near misses that only hint at the potential of future seasons - it's admirable that this series gained so much momentum in nine episodes.

Jan 27, 2020 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…

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

  • 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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  • 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?
  • Aug 05, 2016
    A brilliant SciFi program that was let down by the Hollywood writers strike. Such a shame that a fan favourite such as this had to end before its time. Glau was absolutely brilliant as Cameron.

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