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


Season 1
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Critics Consensus

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.



Critic Ratings: 24


Audience Score

User Ratings: 66
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Air date: Jan 13, 2008
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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.


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
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 (24) | Top Critics (13)

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…

I'm not sure I'd be willing to stick with this show in a non-strike situation - sure, it's not bad, but it's also not very compelling.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Things may get worse before they get better (we'll see how McG's movie does next year), but for now, The Sarah Connor Chronicles is holding the line with reasonable aplomb.

Apr 16, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

While I was skeptical about the quality of the show before I watched The Sarah Connor Chronicles, I was pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable it was.

Apr 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Think too closely about the details and it ruins the fun.

Apr 16, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

This grim Chronicles needs to put some flesh on its humans.

Apr 16, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

James Cameron's name on the writing credits and the sight of a newly rebuilt T unit sitting in a bath of blood go a long way toward making up for certain technological flaws and Lena Headey's eyebrow acting.

Apr 16, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Strategically it all makes perfect sense, provided that Friedman and company can continue meeting the daunting task of oiling the tracks on this thrill ride.

Apr 16, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Focus, if you must, on Sarah Connor as a surprising and rich parable of modern parenting, or better yet, just enjoy the ride.

Apr 16, 2018 | 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.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • 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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