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  • TV-14
  • 2008
  • 4 Seasons
  • 7.6  (2,713)

Sanctuary is a science fiction television show that originally aired on Syfy from 2008 to 2011. The series follows the story of Dr. Helen Magnus, played by Amanda Tapping, a brilliant and mysterious scientist who, along with her team, runs an organization that tracks, studies, and protects cryptids - creatures often thought of as mythological and whose existence is largely unknown to the public at large.

In Sanctuary, Magnus has created a sanctuary for these creatures that is protected by advanced technology and formidable security measures. The show explores the lives of the creatures under her care, as well as the various people who work with and against Magnus to keep them safe. One of Magnus' most trusted allies is Will Zimmerman, played by Robin Dunne, a forensic psychiatrist whom she recruits to help her with her work.

As Sanctuary unfolds, the team encounters a wide variety of cryptids, from a creature that can turn invisible to one that possesses the power to control electricity. Along the way, they also encounter numerous human antagonists who seek to exploit the creatures for their own gain or are determined to destroy them.

Magnus is a complex character with a rich backstory that is gradually revealed over the course of the show. She is revealed to be over a century old and has lived through numerous historical events, including both World Wars. She is also revealed to have a long-standing foe, John Druitt, played by Christopher Heyerdahl, who has his own enigmatic powers and motives.

In addition to Magnus and Zimmerman, the core team includes Ashley Magnus, played by Emilie Ullerup, Helen's daughter who has inherited her mother's extraordinary abilities; and Henry Foss, played by Ryan Robbins, a former criminal turned tech genius who has reformed under Magnus' guidance. Rounding out the team is Kate Freelander, played by Agam Darshi, a former thief who provides the team with her skillset.

Sanctuary is notable for its pioneering use of green screen technology, which allows the show's actors to perform against computer-generated sets and creatures. This technology gives the show a distinctive look and feel, and allows for some truly imaginative and visually stunning scenes. It also allowed the show to create highly detailed and intricate environments for the cryptids, making them seem truly alive and believable.

Throughout its four-season run, Sanctuary delves into a wide range of science fiction and fantasy concepts, from time travel to supernatural powers to alternate dimensions. The show also explores themes of family, loyalty, and trust, as the team navigates the complex and dangerous world of cryptozoology.

In addition to its core cast, Sanctuary also features a number of notable guest stars, including Jonathon Young, who plays Nikola Tesla, a brilliant inventor who is immortal and has his own motivations for becoming involved with Magnus and her team.

Overall, Sanctuary is a thrilling and imaginative sci-fi series that blends action, adventure, and character-driven storytelling in a way that fans of the genre are sure to love. With its rich world-building and complex characters, it is a show that will keep viewers hooked until its very end.

Sanctuary is a series that is currently running and has 4 seasons (76 episodes). The series first aired on October 3, 2008.

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Sanctuary for None: Part 2
13. Sanctuary for None: Part 2
December 30, 2011
Will Magnus's plan save or destroy Abnormal-kind?
Sanctuary for None: Part 1
12. Sanctuary for None: Part 1
December 23, 2011
A final confrontation is evident as the team races to prevent the unleashing of a doomsday weapon.
The Depths
11. The Depths
December 16, 2011
While looking for a legendary Abnormal, Magnus and Will become trapped by a cave-in.
10. Acolyte
December 9, 2011
Trouble from Hollow Earth insurgents leads to a reunion... and an unanticipated betrayal.
9. Chimera
November 29, 2011
Adam Worth resurfaces as an avatar in a virtual Sanctuary, where he imperils Magnus and Tesla in a bid to enter the real world.
8. Fugue
November 25, 2011
Magnus and Will find a way to cummunicate with an Abnormal that attacked Abby.
7. Icebreaker
November 18, 2011
Magnus must race to free an icebreaker trapped under mysterious circumstances.
6. Homecoming
November 11, 2011
Magnus gets tied up in an Abnormal scheme and Will runs into trouble at the Liberian Sanctuary.
5. Resistance
November 4, 2011
Magnus and Henry attempt to break into a secret Abnormal testing facility run by Homeland Security and encounter an old friend whose loyalties are once again in question.
4. Monsoon
October 28, 2011
Intending to meet with Sanctuary's new top secret financial adviser, instead Magnus lands in the middle of a deadly hostage situation.
3. Untouchable
October 21, 2011
A U.N. inspector threatens the future of Team Sanctuary while also attempting to turn Will against Magnus in the process. Meanwhile, Erika visits Henry, warning him of a potentially dangerous new dilemma.
2. Uprising
October 14, 2011
Wil, Kate and Bigfoot try their hardest to prevent an all-out Abnormal war.
1. Tempus
October 7, 2011
In the season four premiere, Helen Magnus has followed Adam Worth back to 1898 London to stop him from tampering- and quite possibly completely destroying - the future.
Where to Watch Sanctuary
Sanctuary is available for streaming on the Syfy website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Sanctuary on demand at Amazon Prime, Netflix, Amazon, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play, Apple TV, Tubi TV, Pluto TV and Plex.
  • Premiere Date
    October 3, 2008
  • IMDB Rating
    7.6  (2,713)