The Librarians: Season 1 (2014 - 2015)


Season 1
The Librarians

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It's familiar stuff, but The Librarians offers family-friendly fun with a mixture of silliness and adventure.



Critic Ratings: 19


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User Ratings: 325

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Air date: Dec 7, 2014
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Air date: Jan 4, 2015
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The Librarians centers on an ancient organization hidden beneath the Metropolitan Public Library dedicated to protecting an unknowing world from the secret, magical reality hidden all around. This group solves impossible mysteries, fights supernatural threats and recovers powerful artifacts, including the Ark of the Covenant, the Spear of Destiny and Excalibur. -- (C) TNT


Rebecca Romijn
as Eve Baird
Christian Kane
as Jake Stone
Lindy Booth
as Cassandra
John Kim
as Ezekiel Jones
Noah Wyle
as Flynn Carsen
Jane Curtin
as Charlene
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Critic Reviews for The Librarians Season 1

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (7)

Syfy manages to pull off an entire Narnia-like world without bringing you out of it, due in part to some great editing and an appropriate amount of pop culture lampshading.

Jan 4, 2017 | Full Review…
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The Librarians is a charming, engaging addition to the roster of new cable series.

Dec 8, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Despite the accordant level of menace, The Librarians never gets too dark. If anything, it sometimes gets too goofy. Still, it's worth checking out.

Dec 4, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Although the lack of violence in The Librarians is a virtue, most of the people involved in it could probably benefit from the motivation one gets from a swift kick in the pants.

Dec 3, 2014 | Full Review…
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I this is a fantastic start to the series, and I look forward to seeing more. It reminds me a bit of a cross between Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Indiana Jones, and that love-child has to make for great television!

Mar 29, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

The Librarians was a pile of fun, delivered with very little care about the fact that nothing in the plot was particularly surprising. Tropes aren't bad, after all. Predictability is forgivable, when you're entertained enough.

Mar 29, 2019 | Full Review…

The Librarians is not exactly essential viewing... But its non-serious attitude is fun, and its ties to the original movie series gives it a built-in depth when it comes to its own mythology.

Mar 29, 2019 | Full Review…

The Librarians conjugates humor, fantasy, adventures and action in a kind of Harry Potter mixed with Indiana Jones but with a television budget. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Goofy fantasy/adventure is perfect for whole-family viewing.

Dec 9, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The magic is shallow and literary allusions are invented as often as not. But let go and you may find yourself enjoying the rollicking adventure and characters' camaraderie.

Dec 8, 2014 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

With a tone that swings between action and slapstick comedy, The Librarians isn't likely to show up on any end of 2014 Top 10 lists. But its high energy and good cheer are a comfortable fit for the holiday season.

Dec 8, 2014 | Full Review…

TNT's new adventure series The Librarians is unapologetically zany and tends to border on nonsensical, but it comes from a place of lighthearted fun that anyone can enjoy -- so long as they leave their cynicism at the door!

Dec 8, 2014 | Rating: 7.2/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Librarians: Season 1

  • Mar 09, 2018
  • Jan 03, 2018
    Wow, such a great continuation and expansion.
  • Mar 17, 2017
    I love this show. My daughter and I have it on DVD and watch it over and over until the next season is done
  • Feb 20, 2017
    In 2004, the TNT basic cable network present in the original movie,’ The Librarian: Quest for the Spear’, starring Noah Wyle. Television audiences are extremely well-loved me. Wyle. Thanks to his long stint as a regular on the popular NBC series ‘ER’ where he secured the record for the series of appearing in over 250 episodes. After proving his dramatic talents, the Librarian movie allowed him to demonstrate his acumen in an action comedy. The film was such a success that he created the franchise, resulting in two subsequent films, two years later Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines was released and two years after that officially became a trilogy with the premier of space, ‘The Librarian III: The Curse of the Judas Chalice.' With an actor is popular and talented as Mr. Wyle, there was little doubt that he would go on to many other successful endeavors extending his abilities into production and direction. Librarian franchise did remain dormant but rather became a cult classic embraced by a sizable number of fans. Interest was sufficient that the programming executives. The TNT decided should be resurrected as a television series. Mr. Wyle was engaged in the series ‘Falling Skies’ as both a star and executive producer. That is, published accounts have noted that Mr. Wyle enjoyed playing the character of Flynn Carsen and was very amenable to reprising the role but was unable to commit to a series that could potentially go on for several years. Fortunately, overcoming obstacles such as this can occasionally result in something brilliant. The solution they arrived at would allow Mr. Wyle to participate whenever his schedule permitted to continue without him while expanding the franchise. Librarian Flynn Carsen was investigating a threat targeting the Library. During his investigation, he comes across Anti-terror agent Eve Baird (Rebecca Romijn). Her combat and tactical training were exemplary invites Eve join the library staff at the new Guardian. It is a tradition at every Librarian is accompanied by her Guardian to protect not only his life but the secrets contained in the Library. The current threat Flynn was looking into was a sudden disappearance and death of potential Librarians. Due to the hazardous nature inherent to being a Librarian, a list of possible replacements is always at hand. That is this supposed to be highly secret known only to a few individuals working with the surreptitious organization maintaining the Library. Flynn and Eve managed to three individuals; Cassandra Cillian (Lindy Booth), a scientist and mathematician, Jacob Stone (Christian Kane), an expert in art history, architecture as well several additional subjects, and Ezekiel Jones (John Kim), a flamboyant mast thief. Typical for any person considered for the lauded, albeit cover position of Librarian, each one has certain unique, quirks. Cassandra has a neurological condition of synesthesia, which manifests as auditory and sensory hallucinations which in her case looks to memory retrieval and cognitive activity. Jacob has a genius IQ whose outward appearance as an Oklahoma cowboy, leads people to underestimate or outwardly dismiss him. Finally, the third potential Librarian, Ezekiel, is different from the traditional archetype for the position; he is first and foremost entirely self-centered. He also has a mastery of technology which is exceptionally beneficial in the field. The Major Domo of the Library is Jenkins (John Larroquette), who has worked during the tenure of many Librarians maintaining his office and residence and an ancillary part of the Library known as the ‘The Annex.' The Library exists outside the usual constraints of space-time similar to the inside a Time Lord’s is revealed during this first season that Jenkins’s vast experience is due to his unorthodox experience; His birthday cake would bed a fire hazard requiring several hundred candles. Jenkins is better known as Sir Galahad, as in a Knight of the Round Table. The main plot point driving this season is when the Library goes missing. The mysterious evil organization, Serpent Brotherhood, is responsible. They did so to gain access to the plethora of magical in the Library’s collection to bring magic back into the world actively. Flynn, as the official Librarian of record, makes an unprecedented decision. He is taking a leave of his regular responsibilities to locate the Library while promoting the three prospects as Librarians in training with Eve serving as their collective Guardian. Together the team will work out of the Annex locating artifacts and stop the resurgence of magic in the world. Throughout the season this team of eccentric experts traveling the globe saving the world that is unaware of their existence. Contained within the Library, and by extension, the Annex is a portal, a doorway that can instantaneously teleport the Librarians anywhere in the world. There is no argument that this is a plot contrivance but considering the context it works. The first dilemma necessary to include a new set of potential replacements for Flynn is to give him a terminal illness. A brain tumor is one of the disorders preferred by screenwriters since it can linger dramatically or miraculously go into remission. Considering the future participation of Mr. Wyle was undecided this was an ideal plot device to keep things open. Another plot point that can abrogate this death sentence is the Brotherhood’s restoration of magic. It will lay the foundation for Flynn to make guest appearances as he deems permissible. Eve is concerned with the three prospects lack of experience and training. She mandates readiness drills that demonstrate that while not trained in the conventional sense their unique eccentricities when appropriately combined and focused, to the extent possible. It also ensures the audience an entertaining time with a premise that is versatile and robust. With magic struggling to reemerge into the world after lying dormant for centuries the first signs of the supernatural gaining a foothold is on the humorously zany end of the spectrum. The core theme revolved around the head of the evil Serpent Brotherhood, Dulaque (Matt Frewer) plotting to locate the stone that once had Excalibur embedded in it. Flynn had the habit of playing with the artifacts and formed a peculiarly friendly relationship with the Great Sword of Arthur. As a result of a carefully planned and meticulously pace progression of the overall story arc and character development the Arthurian legend will emerge as a crucial plot construct that will drive much of the elaboration of the series and the characters. The tone established by the made for television movies reflected the almost childlike sense of wonderment that pervaded this project. A significant component of its success was that the movies never took themselves seriously. No better example of this can be found then when one of the magical figures placed in jeopardy is Santa Claus (Bruce Campbell), explained as an ‘immortal avatar". During its resolution, Eve is forced to reconsider her entire system of beliefs particularly when she has to take over for a certain annual responsibility of Santa. Another excursion into whimsy occurs when the after drawing the Liberians into a feud between rival factions of dragons. Dulaque tries to unseat the Librarians from their traditional role as arbiter of such enchanted disputes. Instead, at one point the trio of newbies has their understanding of reality challenged. It was a momentously unsettling event just to learn the truth about the Library and the important responsibilities they have assumed. None of them could have imaged more fairy tales characters, Cassandra becoming Prince Charming, Eve the Princess, Jacob the Huntsman, and Ezekiel Jack. Roles continue to change as a young girl read stories from a magical book. Cassandra ultimately is cast as Merlin and winds up retaining some of his power. To keep the episodic stories partially ground a fantastical scenario like this followed by the trio investigating an outbreak of magic at a science fair for teens living in Chicago. This ability to slide back and forth between utter fantasies and stay lines containing a modicum of reality makes this series worth watching. Its renewal has guaranteed for at least an additional two more seasons. After watching so many TV shows solemn in how they represent reality is such a relief to kick back by entering a world where magic abounds.
  • Feb 19, 2017
    Action and adventure are the order of the day and everything is accompanied by fun and silliness, that it never hurts.
  • Dec 15, 2016
    terrible acting from almost everyone, ridiculous white-washed casting, overall a lame execution of a potentially cool idea.
  • Sep 01, 2016
    I love this series. It is fun and adventurous and something the whole family can watch together.
  • May 19, 2015
    A fun filled series that suffers from only one thing and that is the fast pace at which it runs, which could put some off in the early stages. Nevertheless it jas great potential to be something a little different in this genre.
  • May 05, 2015
    The Librarians is such a great TV show.... Yep even in Belgium we love it! A great follow-up to the movies... Can't wait season 2 to come! And of course i'm a great Christian Kane fan but Rebecca Romijn, Lindy Booth, John Larroquette and John Kim are also great in this show! And not to forget the real Librarian Noah Wyle
  • Feb 10, 2015
    The pilot is terrible! OMG, what is with this "Christian" centric type TV shows? This show, Constantine and something else I can't remember are examples. This is more of the Repeat A Lie, Until it's True. Hey Christianity and other religions are loosing more and more to science and logic, let's keep telling people it's real. See look the TV show talks about it, it must be real.

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