Terra Nova: Season 1 (2011)

Season 1
Terra Nova

Critics Consensus

The excessive exposition can be a lot to keep up with, but Terra Nova boasts vappealing visuals and the potential to be a truly compelling series.



Critic Ratings: 54


Audience Score

User Ratings: 100
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Air date: Sep 26, 2011
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The Shannon family travels back to Earth's prehistoric past to start a new civilization as the planet is dying in 2149 in the only season of the sci-fi drama "Terra Nova." Elisabeth Shannon (Shelley Conn) was chosen for this because of her medical background, while her husband Jim (Jason O'Mara) escaped imprisonment to join the family in the developing colony.

Critic Reviews for Terra Nova Season 1

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (25)

It drags a bit in the middle, but the sci-fi series sets up one of the most fascinating worlds in TV's history.

Jun 29, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Would it have been so hard to make the present day just the slightest bit interesting -- or, at the very least, worth saving?

Sep 16, 2013 | Full Review…

The kiddies will want to check out the dinosaurs, but children will probably wander off pretty quickly when they see how rarely their ancient reptilian friends are on screen.

Aug 20, 2013 | Full Review…

Terra Nova certainly doesn't lack ambition and scope, which is a plus. But its first two hours fall short in the storytelling department.

Sep 26, 2011 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

After you've suspended about a 10-year supply of disbelief, Fox's new epic drama Terra Nova turns out to be an okay adventure story.

Sep 26, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Indeed, it is hard to knock Terra Nova overall, such does it succeed on its own terms, which involve working over the pituitary brain and the sympathetic soul.

Sep 26, 2011 | Full Review…
Top Critic

For a television series the CGI was often breathtaking, and that's one of the things that made it so notably interesting.

Oct 23, 2018 | Full Review…

The show looks great, as I said, but there is an exception to this greatness, and that's the CGI dinosaurs.

May 21, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Less abysmal, really, than overly familiar.

May 21, 2018 | Full Review…

The futuristic elements are great, with all of the technological advances, but add that to the ridiculously historic atmosphere... and it is a recipe for success.

May 21, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Terra Nova: Season 1

  • Jun 09, 2019
    A series very well made, good actors, the plot and special effects well achieved, I do not know why this series was suspended if it is a series very well achieved.
  • Apr 11, 2018
    Interesting premise that has been waisted because not enough Dinosaur screentime
  • Mar 13, 2018
    Terra-ble. See what I did there? Steven Spielberg seems to have lost his fascination with WWI I and the holocaust in particular and Gone back to dinosaurs. For my Money, this had worn thin way before the end of the jurassic Park series and this hardly adds anything to a tired genre. LikeWise, Environmental degradation as a sci fi topic is exhausted and has been done way Better than this. Interesting to see that This site mentions the visuals as being Appealing. I thought They were dated beyond belief. The Shannon family aren't the only ones who've gone back in time. .
  • Apr 06, 2016
    The plot is interesting because of how realistic it is. Has a very high production value, with excellent visuals. The first 2 episodes were alright. There was something that happened during that interested me enough to watch the whole series. After that, it's not very good. It doesn't start to pick up until about halfway through at episode seven. But then it drops back down for the next 3 episodes. It ends very well, with the last three episodes being VERY GOOD. If it hadn't had a strong ending, the show wouldn't even be fresh. Overall, the show looks great, but lacks very much intrigue, and isn't very good for the majority of the season, but then ends VERY well! The ending was good for a season ending, but not necessarily for a series ending.
  • Nov 08, 2015
    Sometimes having almost laughably bad CGI creatures, Terra Nova still has awesome writing, action and acting put in great environment and set pieces.
  • Nov 23, 2014
    awesome ! hope it gets another chance !

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