Terra Nova: Season 1 (2011)

Season 1
Terra Nova

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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: 55


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User Ratings: 114

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Air date: Sep 26, 2011

Part 1 of 2. In a bleak future, a police raid on a family lands the father—a cop—in jail, and a chance for his family to get a fresh start on Terra Nova forces him to take drastic measures in the opener of the sci-fi series following colonists who voyage to Earth's prehistoric past to create a new civilization.

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Air date: Sep 26, 2011

Conclusion. Elisabeth starts work in the medical center and Jim reports to the agriculture department as the Shannon family adjusts to life in Terra Nova. Also: Josh meets a new friend, who entices him to sneak out into the jungle.

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Air date: Oct 3, 2011

Jim and Taylor try to save the colony from a legion of pterosaurs; Elisabeth learns that a former flame is also living in Terra Nova; Reynolds becomes protective of Maddy; Skye tries to help Josh adjust to his new home.

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Air date: Oct 10, 2011

Radio silence at a nearby scientific outpost prompts an investigation that reveals the outbreak of a deadly virus that causes memory loss, and paranoia, which poses a risk to Terra Nova.

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Air date: Oct 17, 2011

A "Sixer" girl seeks asylum in Terra Nova; Taylor suspects that there's a traitor in the ranks; Mira schemes to reclaim a possession; Reynolds confesses his feelings for Maddy.

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Air date: Oct 31, 2011

Jim and Taylor investigate the first murder in the colony; Skye helps Josh find a way to reunite with his girlfriend from 2149; Elisabeth and Zoe try to help an unborn ankylosaurus survive.

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Air date: Nov 7, 2011

A crashing meteor wreaks havoc and renders technology useless; Reynolds and Maddy are stuck in the wilderness; Taylor tries to thwart an invasion of the Sixers; a mystery man surfaces.

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Air date: Nov 14, 2011

Maddy interns for the colony's best scientist, and a terrible secret puts her life in danger; Josh makes progress on his bid to bring his girlfriend from the future to Terra Nova.

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Air date: Nov 21, 2011

Jim uncovers an old murder, for which Taylor is the prime suspect; Taylor searches for a Sixer infiltrator.

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Air date: Nov 28, 2011

Taylor confronts Mira in the jungle, where he learns more about her plans; Jim closes in on the Sixer mole; Zoe faces a tough choice concerning the dinosaur she's been caring for.

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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 (55) | Top Critics (26)

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…
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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…
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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…
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There's nothing good about Terra Nova.

Feb 24, 2020 | Full Review…

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…

Certainly starts off in a suitably epic manner.

May 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Terra Nova: Season 1

  • Aug 14, 2020
    It started well, well, well. And it ended badly, badly, badly. With the cast and production I expected much more. Effects to be desired, boring story and an ending suspended in the middle. Disappointment ...
  • May 09, 2020
    I watched the first two eps of this and was so bored I didn't finish the second. I watch the Magicians and felt the same. I watched the first half of ep 01 of Eureka and was seriously entertained. Great writing. great acting. great actors. Humour. I will give all three shows a fair try, however - Maybe they'll improve.
  • Apr 26, 2020
    fue buena en su época, es arriesgada en ocasiones y esto le dio un toque distinto, además que la trama tiene un poco de esto un poco de aquello y llega a ser divertido con su trama
  • Dec 23, 2019
    SO unfortunate they cancelled it, it was just getting interesting. first few episodes were not as good as the last ones
  • 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. .
  • Feb 26, 2018
    (Late review I know) Weird both critics AND audience giving this series a thumbs up and still it was cancelled? Well, it was afterall produced by FOX and they are very triggerhappy with the "Cancell button". Sad it was rather a breath of fresh air in many ways as it goes away from the usual "Blasteverythinginsightwithrayguns" recipe and instead concentrated on real people trying to solve ordinary problems in a prehistoric setting. You get into the story really quick at the beginning and overall the series almost spellbinds you to watch for more. This series had serious potential - too bad FOX cancelled it without even giving it a chance.
  • 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.

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