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: 318
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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…

Audience Reviews for Van Helsing: Season 1

  • 1d ago
    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.
  • Sep 22, 2018
    I started watching this program on Netflix and thought it was really good in the beginning. After watching about 10 episodes I realize just how racist this show is. First off the doctor the black doctor. She has got to be the scariest damn person on Earth scared of everything. Then they made her into a coward and locked the soldier up to die because she was afraid. Then they're in the middle of the woods fighting three white women have guns three white dudes have weapons and they are fighting the vampires and this black woman looks scared out of her mind not fighting anybody just standing there in the middle of this crap looking scared. Then later on they have another black woman she's setting up the pregnant women to have their babies taken and given to the vampires so she's betraying everyone. Then they have the young black girl crawling through the ventilation systems now she's betrayed everybody and telling the vampires everyone's plans. Then the teenage black boy betrays the main woman and turns her in to the vampires. Being the big black dude that was shocking the guy looking scared out of his mind I'm like this show is f****** racist and ridiculous as hell. According to this show every single black person in the show are Traders cowards and scary as hell. This is too obvious if you're watching this show and you don't see what's going on you are totally ignorant because I guarantee you every single black person that watches this show can see what's going on clearly. We are always used to being the first one killed off that's a given but all of this other crap Traders cowards we can't fight is bullcrap and this show is racist
  • Sep 19, 2018
    The apocalyptic atmosphere caused by a volcanic eruption and the appearance of vampires is not working for me but there's a lot to like in this fresh-spin on the popular monster hunter. Kelly Overton plays her role with commitment and grit and that resonates on the screen. Also, her blood is a total game-changer in terms of vampire mythology.

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