Torchwood: Children of Earth (2009)



Critic Consensus: Torchwood: Children of Earth isn't afraid to challenge viewers with a crackling, mature take on the sci-fi thriller.


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Air date: Jul 20, 2009
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Tv Season Info

Presented in five episodes under the banner title "Children of Earth", "Torchwood" series three finds Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) and his cohorts at the Torchwood Institute pitted against an alien race that has demanded the children of planet Earth. Meanwhile, the British government prepares to concede to the extraterrestrial's demands, and engages in a far reaching conspiracy in an attempt to conceal their past misdeeds.


John Barrowman
as Captain Jack Harkness
Eve Myles
as Gwen Cooper
Gareth David-Lloyd
as Ianto Jones
Kai Owen
as Rhys Williams
Tom Price
as PC Andy
Peter Capaldi
as Mr. Frobisher
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Critic Reviews for Torchwood Children of Earth

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (9)

Though it rushes a bit through its final episode, Torchwood: Children of Earth is big in a way that very little of TV aspires to anymore.

Jul 6, 2009 | Full Review…

The miniseries aims to shake viewers.

Jul 6, 2009 | Full Review…

"Torchwood: Children of Earth" is one of the best science fiction stories I have ever seen.

Jun 15, 2018 | Full Review…

The only problem with Children of Earth is that it is so entirely gripping that you'll likely spend the whole next day waiting with bated breath and counting down for the next installment.

May 9, 2018 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

It's fair to say that show really came into its own with the third series Children of Earth... with a scope that recalls the Quatermass shows and a creepiness that echoes Children of the Damned.

May 22, 2016 | Full Review…

It's a propulsive action-adventure.

Jul 6, 2009 | Full Review…

With British accents and a refreshing dash of homoeroticism, it works nicely for a midsummer binge.

Jul 6, 2009 | Full Review…

Children of Earth is still good fun, if not good, exactly.

Jul 6, 2009 | Full Review…

It is genuinely creepy with fine performances all around.

Jul 6, 2009 | Full Review…
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Torchwood: Children of Earth is a crackerjack, fabulously entertaining thriller.

Jul 6, 2009 | Full Review…
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