Van Helsing: Season 1 (2016)


Season 1
Van Helsing

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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


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User Ratings: 356

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Air date: Jul 31, 2016

After a three-year sleep, the mysterious Vanessa is resurrected in a world now ruled by vampires. Joining other human survivors holed up in an abandoned hospital, she discovers she has special powers, which, in the series premiere, she quickly puts to use fending off those who want her dead.

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Air date: Sep 23, 2016

In the days leading up to "The Rising," Vanessa is attacked and left for dead by an intruder. When Doc discovers anomalies in Vanessa's bloodwork, Axel and the marines come to retrieve the body, only to become marooned in the hospital when all hell breaks loose outside the building.

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Air date: Sep 30, 2016

A damaged power source leaves Vanessa and the survivors extremely vulnerable to a vampire attack. With limited options and little time, Vanessa and Axl head out into the ruins of Seattle to scavenge the parts they need. Meanwhile, the others prepare to defend themselves as they struggle to get along.

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Air date: Oct 7, 2016

Vanessa and Mohamad head into the vampire-controlled streets in search of Dylan, the daughter that Vanessa orphaned when she "died." Back at the hospital, Cynthia is discovered dead of an apparent suicide. But then Doc starts to suspect that a killer could be amongst the group.

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Air date: Oct 14, 2016

Vanessa is forced to demonstrate her powers against someone from her past while still being held in the clutches of Julius and his vampire brood. Elsewhere, the refugees comes to believe that a serial killer is among them as they plot to wrestle control from Axel. -- (C) SYFY

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Air date: Oct 21, 2016

Mutated feral vampires chase Vanessa and Susan through the sewers; at the same time, a hostile takeover of the hospital is underway.

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Air date: Oct 28, 2016

The hospital's residents, led by Vanessa and Axel, take one last stand against Julius and his vampire soldiers. Meanwhile, a civil war seems to be brewing between Dmitri's Death Squad and the other faction of bloodsuckers.

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Air date: Nov 4, 2016

Axel leads the surviving members of the group to his old military base, which he hopes to use for shelter, but arrives to find it abandoned and in disrepair. In need of a safe refuge with vampires closing in all around them, the decision is made to go underground. Meanwhile, Mohamad navigates hostile territory while trying to catch up to Vanessa.

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Air date: Nov 11, 2016

Vanessa learns that Axel has been keeping a secret from her concerning her past; at the same time, the group are trapped inside an underground lab for military experiments known as "The Farm." Outside, Mohamad develops a friendship with a beautiful girl who isn't afraid of vampires; and Rebecca makes a calculated move against the Resistance leadership.

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Air date: Nov 18, 2016

Vanessa and the group are left reeling from the dire events of "The Farm" when they come upon a band of humans who have brokered a peace with the vampires. But not all is well with their leader, who seems to be hiding a terrible secret; at the same time, the serial killer's identity is revealed.

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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…
Top Critic

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…

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…

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

  • Sep 11, 2020
    Not a great the walking dead copy. Mediocre characters with odd/unreasonable reactions to sometimes far fetched situations that makes watching kind of frustrating at times. (Sometimes the acting is kind of off as well). It's not horrible! But I wouldn't recommend it unless you're a big zombie-movie fan. (They say the creatures are vampires but they are zombies that can say some words basically.)
  • Jun 01, 2020
    Subpar acting on a poor script with lack of character development and a story line that is nonsensical. Twilight made more sense and their vampires sparkled.
  • May 13, 2020
    Not sure why they called this Van Helsing. More like another version of Walking Dead. a lot of things doesn't make sense. Vampires acting like zombies, people do silly things just to make the story more dramatic, none of the characters are likable, and dragging story too much.
  • May 13, 2020
    its, well... so awesome and SAM thats all i can say once you see it you cant unsee it, but not in a bad way, its tacky, cheesy but its like an ugly dog thats terribly cute for it. i do really like this show.
  • Apr 08, 2020
    I loved this show to start with (season 1 & 2) but then the LGBT, feminist, equal opportunity let's make a point idiots got hold of it. Season 4 is just the worst for this, every woman is a super woman that beats the living shit out of all vampires, men cowering behind women and always running away. Teenage girls beating the shit out of 3-4 military men just for training. Newly found lesbians. Transgender vampires. Dracula is even a woman, I mean really what's next Father Christmas is going to be a woman. I really hate it when programs do this and try and force all this unrealistic crap on people. Really went down hill fast, such a shame.
  • Apr 05, 2020
    They are dragging too much, request you to end this in 5th season. I might change the review then.
  • Mar 31, 2020
    Little bit boring at beginning and till the end of season, there is no clue why this is called Van Helsing
  • Feb 24, 2020
    Actors were a bit stilted at the beginning but got better as the season progressed. The storyline became confused on occasions and character development was lacking in some areas (cardboard characters). The main antagonist, Julius, is the biggest letdown with constant overacting and preaching which detracts from the believability of the character. Vanessa Van Helsing's powers seem to vary as the situation requires from very weak to superstrong and is not consistent. Kelly Overton's acting improved as the first season got near the end, but emotional range is fairly limited.
  • Feb 21, 2020
    This show is trash,, full go plot holes
  • Feb 12, 2020
    Many stupid decisions and totaly not making sense. Totaly hating it

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