Syfy Renews ‘Alphas’ For Season 2

Published 4 years ago by , Updated September 8th, 2011 at 3:49 pm,

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Syfy’s newest original series Alphas has found solid footing among the network’s regular viewers, so they’ve ordered a second round of the superhero series after just eight weeks. The show will return in 2012 with thirteen episodes.

Alphas debuted this summer to 2.5 million viewers, beating out Syfy’s most popular series Warehouse 13, which premiered its third season the same night. While the show hasn’t reached the same numbers since, it’s consistently scored in the 1.5-2 million range, a solid showing for a new cable show. According to Syfy, Alphas averages 3.3 million viewers including repeat airings and DVR viewers.

The show centers around a group of ex-military operatives and civilians working with the FBI in New York City. The Alphas team members all have special abilities, though they’re not exactly in Avengers or Justice League territory: each super-human power comes with its own debilitating and immediate weakness. The team works to track down and capture other ‘Alphas’ who have less noble intentions.

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Alphas hasn’t quite lived up to hopes of a Heroes successor, receiving a lukewarm reception from Screen Rant and other critics. Fans seem similarly reserved, giving the show a 6.8 score on Metacritic. Still, Alphas fits in well with the rest of the network’s lineup, and a dearth of superhero shows (rest in peace, The Cape and Wonder Woman) makes it an attractive diversion.

Like other Syfy shows, Alphas features regular guest appearances from science fiction favorites like Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Brent Spiner and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles‘ Summer Glau. Three weeks ago Lindsay Wagner, famous as the original Bionic Woman, appeared in a crossover from Warehouse 13. This places Syfy’s three biggest original series in the same shared universe, since Warehouse 13 and Eureka have been crossed on multiple occasions.

Fans of the long-running Eureka will no doubt be miffed that their favorite show got the axe while Alphas is continuing, especially when the latter has actually had better viewership on some episodes this year. It’s worth noting that Alphas is pretty conservative when it comes to effects and exotic location shooting, and is almost certainly cheaper to produce by design.


Alphas is currently airing Monday nights at 10PM. The finale is scheduled for October 3rd.

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  1. Awesome! I love this show. The pilot episode was pretty weak, but i kept watching and have really started to like the show. It really picked up a few episodes in. Gary is definitely my favorite character though, he adds a lightness to the show while at the same time adding some strong drama and interesting story arcs. I think this show has great possibility. So i am glad they are atleast getting a second season!

  2. The episode were an alpha on yhe run can release pheromones that make people go insane with anger was amazing. If the scene were thry all get hit in their own office and the filters on the shots turn to red & pov shots makes it one of the most intense and violent scenes I’ve ever seen on tv (excluding hbo and specislty channels of course). well done.

    • I agree. It was this episode that really sold me on the potential for this show. It was crazy violent and came out of nowhere. From then on, the show has been hit or miss but I really feel it can become of a good show over time.

    • Loved that episode.

  3. pls drop me from this web site

  4. i love this show! and a summer glau guesting… awesome!

  5. This show is alright but considering it’s being produced by SyFy, I’m not getting too attached to it considering their track record of ending series’ prematurely and without provocation like the recently axed Eureka.

  6. Yes, my kids love Gary. I like it because I can watch it with the kids.

  7. f syfy… first they cancel farscape, then eureka now this… and nowadays there’s more ghost hunters than anything else…

  8. and yes i know they’re RENEWING alphas, but personally i think it sucks and should have been canned so they could give Eureka one last season

    • That’s logical.

    • While I agree with you, Alphas probably costs 1/3 as much to produce as Eureka. Less people (plus the Eureka cast is paid more) and far less FX to have to deal with on a weekly basis.

      This seems to be the direction Syfy is going with shows like Alphas, Warehouse 13, Being Human and Merlin. Smaller casts and light on the CGI to keep post production costs down.

      Of course don’t expect any of these shows to last past season 5. That seems to be Syfy’s cycle limit now a days.

    • Definitely should have kept Eureka, I haven’t made my mind up yet on Alphas

  9. This is great news for me. I like that this is a more grounded superhero show and that they aren’t trying to be too “fantastical” with their powers.

    The only thing that bothers me is that they describe the one girl’s abilities as “synestesia”, and that’s totally not what synestesia really is. Other than that,I think It’s a solid show for what it is.

  10. Fans of Eureka should be thankful that it got 5 seasons… because far greater shows that deserved to run for that long only got 1 or 2 seasons…. such as Terminator,jericho,flash forward,the event,Dark angel and probably the biggest travesty of all was “Firefly” only getting one season!
    I personally think that the first season of alphas was very good,and it will only get better…so here’s hoping it gets at least another 2 or 3 seasons and has the chance Eureka got and so many other greater shows didn’t get… to grow into a great show and attract many more fans,which i am sure it will do.

    • I agree. I loved all of these shows and they were cut short far too soon. I loved Alphas as well and I can only hope this one sticks around.

  11. I genuinely like Alphas but not as much as some of the other shows cancelled by SeeFee. I hate getting attached to a show only to see it cancelled after one or two seasons. I look forward to season two but if SyFy wants to grow it’s viewership it’s going to have to run its shows for at least 4 or 5 seasons and show some sort of commitment for the fans.

  12. thats good news but knowing syfy ( i personally hate them for this ALWAYS HAPPENS) they will suddenly cancel the show at the worst possible moment…. farscape?? stargate Atlantis AND stargate universe… DUNE?? (how the hell do you cancel dune?? that right there was a massive slap in the face to all sci fi fans…) they even nerfed the last half of battle star galactica causing the last episodes to be nothing but drama (i like the very last episode though nice ending) i wish someone would buy out syfy and make it a channel actually dedicated to sci fi instead of crappy b movies and reality shows…. wwe??? wtf is that on syfy for?? i have little faith left in this channel anymore

  13. Comments like the first are fake. No one really likes this show or “Garry” for that matter, he’s really annoying in my opinion.