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: 27


Audience Score

User Ratings: 75
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Air date: Sep 24, 2019
Air date: Oct 1, 2019
Air date: Oct 8, 2019
Air date: Oct 15, 2019
Air date: Oct 29, 2019

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Critic Reviews for Emergence Season 1

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (10)

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…
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

Tolman finds emotional, subtle beats that lesser actresses would miss.

Sep 23, 2019 | Full Review…

Supernatural mystery has strong cast, lots of violence.

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

Overall, Emergence is a very ABC mystery show. In fact, it is so much on-brand for the network that one wonders how it was ever an NBC consideration in the first place.

Oct 7, 2019 | Full Review…

That's what makes "2 MG CU BID" so interesting because it is so bold in the way it presents information that another show would wait a long time to deliver.

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

'Emergence' is a thrill ride and a supernatural, sci-fi mystery that will keep you guessing.

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

Though the family drama isn't as compelling as it should be, the show plants enough seeds to make for an interesting premise, and Emergence is worth checking out to see how it all unfolds.

Sep 25, 2019 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Emergence's pilot is a pleasantly spooky hour, with some not-all-that-faint echoes of Netflix's Stranger Things. It's aided immeasurably by the casting of Tolman.

Sep 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Tolman brings to the role the warmth and shrewdness she did to a similar part in FX's Fargo; it's a pleasure simply to watch her think through the case.

Sep 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Emergence has some sketchy moments, but Allison Tolman's presence more than makes up for whatever dips there are in the writing.

Sep 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Emergence: Season 1

  • 13h ago
    It has a slow start and the main actor could do better. Not exactly my favorite, but it is holding my interest so far. I hope it picks up faster and gets to the point a lot sooner.
  • 19h ago
    Really enjoy this show. I look foward to the next episode. Keep it up.
  • 1d ago
    I really like this show so far because i love supernatural and mystical shows. But I'm a little surprised about how quickly the main character Jo reveals literally all the secrets about Piper to all the people around her. Usually in a show like this, the main character has to keep the secret about the supernatural forces but in this show, everybody knows and it's not even a big deal to them.
  • 3d ago
    Love the show! LOVE Allison Tollman!!! Hope they keep up the excitment and intrigue!!!
  • 3d ago
    It's great. Can't wait for upcoming episodes.
  • 6d ago
    I love this show, the casting was on the money and the acting is perfect...
  • Oct 08, 2019
    Okay so let's start by saying this is most definitely one of the best shows of the year it's an excellent syfy with plenty of surprises and adventure the kid is very cute and a good actress
  • Oct 08, 2019
    Really could not sympathize or empathize with anything that the writers were trying to do. Initial episode had my interset, but that rapidly fell by the wayside.
  • Oct 05, 2019
    Doesn't look like much, but the country setting gives it a unique vibe. However, it doesn't appear to be a lasting series thou
  • Oct 04, 2019
    ill be watching this one,really interesting debut

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