Van Helsing: Season 1 (2016)


Season 1
Van Helsing

Critics Consensus

Van Helsing incorporates relatable performances and tried and true sci-fi tropes into a strong fallen-society storyline, though it might benefit from additional action sequences.



Critic Ratings: 11


Audience Score

User Ratings: 323
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Air date: Jul 31, 2016
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Vanessa Helsing is the last hope for survival in a world dominated and controlled by vampires, all of whom want her dead.

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Critic Reviews for Van Helsing Season 1

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

Van Helsing obviously wants to be The Walking Dead with vampires, but it lacks that show's production values, cast and over-the-top imagination.

Sep 27, 2016 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
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The performances of Overton and Scarfe are absolutely a good reason to tune in to Van Helsing. The two of them make each of their characters relatable, despite some superpowers and the insane situations they find themselves in.

Sep 22, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Van Helsing has an interesting enough setup, if it would only capitalize on some action.

Sep 20, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Grim bloody vampire apocalypse show is not fun enough.

Oct 11, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

I'm hoping that changes in the future as the show begins to develop more of its own personality, but the tried-and-true technique will suffice for now.

Sep 29, 2016 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

It, too, gets off to a slow start, but Van Helsing picks up in the second episode. It is also super violent and super gory. If you like that sort of thing, you might want to give this a chance.

Sep 29, 2016 | Full Review…

Van Helsing has undoubtedly established itself as an action/horror series that will include plenty of brutal fight sequences and bloodshed, which will certainly appeal to many of Syfy's regular viewers.

Sep 26, 2016 | Full Review…

This is a show that sits well alongside the likes of 12 Monkeys, Z Nation and Wynonna Earp, without breaking any new ground.

Sep 26, 2016 | Rating: 6.8/10 | Full Review…

LaBute's concerns with manipulation, miscommunication and abject cruelty -- and maybe, just maybe, a modicum of hope -- are well applied to a story of full societal breakdown.

Sep 23, 2016 | Full Review…

With such a twist, similarities to virtually every vampire/plague-created monster tale are only to be expected and not, necessarily, a bad thing.

Sep 23, 2016 | Full Review…

If you like The Walking Dead and/or The Strain, Van Helsing is worth checking out.

Sep 23, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Van Helsing: Season 1

  • Oct 14, 2019
    Feels like a Walking Dead Ripp-Off and I didn't watch mqny episodes. 2 or so and it doesn't feels like Van Helsing and it doesn't even feel like vampires. First I thought the Ghouls were Zombies because they dont act like ghouls. As a Vampire fan I just hate this.
  • Sep 05, 2019
    I tried for 5 episodes, I couldn't get into it. I likely won't finish the first season, much less start the second. Slow moving and lacking action, and the introduction of the characters was sloppy. Too much time was spent on the backstories of the main cast. Then, there were some frustrating things going on in terms of writing. For example, it took 4 episodes for them to figure out how to turn the doctor back to human. Really? They apparently have gasoline for a generator in the hospital, but no one has decided to commandeer many of the abandoned vehicles in this city to perhaps get out of there? The protagonists seemed so dumb and selfish, that I was sometimes rooting for the vampires. Apocalypse and vampires should be a treat on paper, but on screen, they have somehow managed to botch it. The professional critics here missed the mark giving this show an 82 when 40 would have been generous.
  • Aug 23, 2019
    I was skeptical at first, but then I watched the whole season and it was worth it.
  • Apr 13, 2019
    The plot is not very original. The vampires are ambiguously lame and the fight sequences are horribly edited but for some reason it kept me entertained enough to watch two seasons.
  • Mar 03, 2019
    This is a mildly interesting series. Production quality is good. But there are so many stupid characters, one has to wonder how they can even feed themselves much less survive a vampire apocalypse. And many other characters are irritating to the point of driving the viewer into a vampire feeding frenzy. The main character (dude) and the lead female (who was in the coma), are good actors who seem to be stuck in an implausible situation. Given this situation, I may not watch season 2 even though I have made it through most of season 1.
  • Feb 28, 2019
    Just no... Episode 5 and can't even stay focused.. weak story .. characters are not interesting. Good story premise, just lacking in .. well everything else.
  • Feb 27, 2019
    Van Helsing may not be the most original of TV shows, but it's characters and plots give the show enough steam to always feel some what fresh. The last few episodes however are a lesson in exactly how to do a vampire show.
  • Feb 10, 2019
    Loved the concept. Great start to a great show. Season 1 sets the stage for an awesome thrill ride.
  • Nov 30, 2018
    Loved this. And I did notice that I really liked two episodes in the middle of the season - they were really well directed: very cinematic, sparse, poetic even - those ones were directed by Jason Priestly. Which I found interesting. But the whole thing was really super cool and fun and more scifi than horror which I prefer. So, yes! Time to watch the rest of the seasons :)
  • Oct 05, 2018
    Very intriguing and fast paced compared to other apocalyptic type shows out there.

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