Emergence: Season 1 (2019)

Season 1

Critics Consensus

Led by an outstanding Allison Tolman, Emergence avoids becoming just another mystery-box mess with strongly-written characters that will keep viewers caring no matter the resolution.



Critic Ratings: 33


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User Ratings: 142
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Critic Reviews for Emergence Season 1

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (11)

ABC's Emergence looks like it could be a winning proposition. And even if the suspense and premise begin to sag, there's always Allison Tolman to keep hope alive.

Sep 24, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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A shame this wasn't really set on the Island, but the decent "Stranger Things"-loving pilot offers a reasonable approximation.

Sep 23, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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Tolman finds emotional, subtle beats that lesser actresses would miss.

Sep 23, 2019 | Full Review…

This isn't "Fargo," it's not "Lost," but better than ripping off either of those shows, "Emergence" might just be good.

Sep 24, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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"Emergence" feels, at times, like the latest in broadcast TV's long line of "Lost" remakes, but the writers make it more family drama than supernatural caper, which helps strike the right tone and balance.

Nov 19, 2019 | Full Review…
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All of the relationships implicitly work and the time spent exploring how the extended family fits together is helpful considering the series effectively adds an unexpected new member into the mix right off the bat.

Dec 2, 2019 | Full Review…

Supernatural mystery has strong cast, lots of violence.

Oct 7, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

After just one episode, "Emergence" is intriguing enough to leave us wanting more. The question now becomes, how long will we be willing to stick around?

Nov 7, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

We'll see if the plotting takes us somewhere interesting, but for now, "Emergence" is holding my attention thanks in large part to the terrific Allison Tolman.

Nov 7, 2019 | Full Review…

The show's premise is nothing wildly new, but Emergence hits the more predictable beats as well as you could possibly hope.

Oct 18, 2019 | Full Review…

The concept isn't overly complicated - no heavy mythology in the pilot - and the cast, including Clancy Brown and Donald Faison, has strong appeal.

Dec 5, 2019 | Full Review…

Emergence is moving along with its first season at a really efficient pace, burning through plot like it's candy, and is doing so quite well.

Sep 25, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Emergence: Season 1

  • 15h ago
    Love the show, refreshing and captivating I get right into it. And to hear it may not be returning is very shocking to hear :( So I'm here giving My support for the show and cast. I would like to see how the whole story ends for jo, piper and family..
  • 3d ago
    Love it!! Can't stop watching it!!
  • 5d ago
    My husband and I are both hooked. Every week is fresh and interesting and has twists we don't expect. I hope it comes back for a second season!
  • Dec 04, 2019
    Love the writing and acting!! Well developed characters, plot twists, and storylines. I'm a huge SciFi fan that had doubts at first, but due to the character development and believability, I've been able to let go and embrace the show. It's not SciFi that I'm used to, but more of a family drama with the touch of those other elements. It hosts a large ensemble of believable characters without the predictability of plot and story that most new shows suffer from on TV. It would be a tragedy if this show wasn't allowed to see the light of future seasons. The current talk of it possibly being canceled has me really disappointed. It would be a big loss right up there with the cancellation of 'Dead Like Me.' Bad TV shows are a dime a dozen nowadays. Cookiecutter regurgitation in Hollywood is rampant, and this show defies that trend. Emergence DESERVES the opportunity to prove itself with the continuation of its storyline and lovable characters.
  • Dec 04, 2019
    Love it... can't wait to see it each week. What's disappointing is they keep skipping weeks and by 2 weeks later you start to forget what it was about. Grrr
  • Nov 30, 2019
    A well-done fusion of family drama, science fiction and mystery, executed by an engaging cast.
  • Nov 29, 2019
    Sci-fi and transumanism for housewives. I like it!
  • Nov 27, 2019
    Emergence began with such promise, but has turned into a convoluted mess. Actors exited and storylines changing before the 1st mid-season break tells me the producers don't know where they are going. The continual twists in the storyline are at the expense of character development and I don't care about any of the characters. Mystery and no clear story, without compelling characters equals season one cancellation.
  • Nov 20, 2019
    Story line is becoming less believable. Losing Interest in characters
  • Nov 16, 2019
    It's so nice to get to get freaked out by something different with new sinister CEOs.

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