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: 66
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Air date: Sep 24, 2019
Air date: Oct 1, 2019
Air date: Oct 8, 2019
Air date: Oct 15, 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…

'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…

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…

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…

If you're looking for a show to fill your sci-fi void, Emergence is that show.

Sep 25, 2019 | Rating: 4.3/5.0 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Emergence: Season 1

  • 4h ago
    I love this show, the casting was on the money and the acting is perfect...
  • 2d ago
    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
  • 3d ago
    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.
  • 6d ago
    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
  • Oct 03, 2019
    Very "C" level writing. Worth watching if you have nothing else to do. The story is made of a bunch of tropes we have seen time and time again. Mysterious kid shows up at the site of a disaster, has telekinetic powers, and is on the run from some shadowy organization. I think the critics give it positive reviews because the main character is an overweight average looking woman. That's the only unique spin in the entire show.
  • Oct 03, 2019
    First network television mystery/drama/ show I've liked in a longggg time.
  • Oct 02, 2019
    Loved her in Fargo. This seems familiar to Stranger Things
  • Oct 02, 2019
    I'm on the fence after the first episode. I'm curious, but the acting is not really doing a thing for me. I'm all for a strong female lead (the female lead here is a bit weak); however, the scene with the break-in had me rolling my eyes.... really....
  • Oct 01, 2019
    Bad script cannot save these actors. No reason to keep going.

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