The Event

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  • TV-14
  • 2010
  • 1 Season
  • 7.0  (26,561)

"The Event" ran on NBC, providing science fiction fans who enjoy political thrillers a strong weekly fix. Imagine an alien presence bent on colonizing our planet and pushing humanity aside, and the people who fought them or unwittingly helped. "The Event" had plot twists and turns that kept attentive viewers enthralled, but the ratings fell off and the network ended the run. Producers knew the show wasn't going to be renewed by NBC and tried to tie up some loose ends, but in the end just left fans wanting more.

There were drawbacks to the show. The over-played dimwitted damsel in distress of Sarah Roemer's character Leila Buchanan often grated on the nerves. The plot was sometimes hard to follow for those who didn't provide rapt attention.

There are too many viewing choices for networks to commit the resources required to bring a complicated show to television sets week after week. Several story lines were running at the same time and there were flashbacks incorporated that confused some viewers.

Still, the premise was intriguing and all the parts were there for what was a very good show and could have been even better. "The Event" worked on most levels.

Some of the best action centered around the interplay between those working to help the president, played by Blair Underwood, and those who were allies of the aliens. A favorite character was Vicki Roberts, played by Taylor Cole. The assassin who might save the world was always deep in the action. Vicki would have made a much better love interest for Jason Ritter's Sean Walker role than his girlfriend Leila.

In the end, the series left far more questions to be answered. Not to mention the paradigm shift which would occur after the appearance of the alien home world forced everything to become public.

There was talk "The Event" might be picked up by another network, but so far that hasn't come to fruition. If it does, fans will be clamoring to refresh their memories of the story lines and get ready for new excitement.

The Event is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (23 episodes). The series first aired on September 20, 2010.

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22. Arrival
May 23, 2011
While Martinez and Peel seek to eliminate Jarvis from power. Sean, Vicky, Sterling and Simon attempt to stop the release of the virus, and Leila fights for her life. Meanwhile, Earth anticipates destruction as the portal from the alien planet begins to open.
The Beginning of the End
21. The Beginning of the End
May 16, 2011
Although President Martinez is victorious in his return to the White House, he vows to punish the traitors who conspired against him.
One Will Live, One Will Die
20. One Will Live, One Will Die
May 9, 2011
Uncertainty surrounds the White House following the tragedy. Meanwhile, Sterling finds an unlikely ally and Jarvis authorizes an air strike without Chief of Staff Richard Peel's approval.
Us or Them
19. Us or Them
May 2, 2011
The White House struggles with the unfolding tragedy as Sterling continues the investigation into his primary suspect. Sophia confirms the suspicions of Chief of Staff Peel. Leila and Michael risk their lives for Simon.
18. Strain
April 25, 2011
The White House is shocked by the sudden illness of one of their own. Chief of Staff Peel and Sterling search for possible conspirators.
Cut Off the Head
17. Cut Off the Head
April 18, 2011
Martinez and Sterling receive the blood results conducted by Senator Lewis. Vice President Jarvis agrees to a meeting with an adversary.
You Bury Other Things Too
16. You Bury Other Things Too
April 4, 2011
The Sleepers mourn their losses after negotiations fail.
Face Off
15. Face Off
March 28, 2011
President Martinez and Blake Sterling are forced to negotiate with Sophia after she triggers a national disaster. Sean and Vicky are on a mission to find Dempsey.
A Message Back
14. A Message Back
March 21, 2011
Thomas requests that Sophia, Diane Geller, and the other sleepers reveal the contents of the game-changing message he received. Dempsey searches for aliens for research.
13. Turnabout
March 14, 2011
Still reeling from the attack in Alaska, President Martinez reasserts control over the situation and his administration, counseled by Sterling and his Chief of Staff.
12. Inostranka
March 7, 2011
Lewis takes a deal with Martinez to stay quiet. Thomas escapes with the Inostranka captives and kills those who are loyal to Sophia. One of the Inostranka takes a bullet for Sterling.
And Then There Were More
11. And Then There Were More
March 7, 2011
The intelligence departments attempt to decipher the true nature of Thomas' message. Meanwhile, Thomas launches a surprise attack and Alaskan Senator Catherine Lewis threatens to alert the public on national television.
Everything Will Change
10. Everything Will Change
November 29, 2010
President Martinez confronts the traitor in his administration, only to be met with threats of exposing the cover-up of Avias Air 514. Sophia is still suspicious of Isabel and Thomas even though their loyalty was tested. Her suspicions are confirmed when Thomas unveils a shocking new plan.
Your World to Take
9. Your World to Take
November 22, 2010
Sophia sets a trap after discovering traitors among her people; Leila and Sean investigate Samantha's kidnapping and try to evade Dempsey.
For the Good of Our Country
8. For the Good of Our Country
November 15, 2010
While Martinez interrogates Michael personally, Vicky's superiors send her on a new mission.
I Know Who You Are
7. I Know Who You Are
November 8, 2010
While Sophia and Thomas prepare for the next step on their mission, Sterling begins to see conspirators everywhere, including among his own people. Meanwhile, Sean and Madeline seek answers behind Leila's abduction and Michael's coercion.
6. Loyalty
October 25, 2010
President Martinez and the Director of National Intelligence, Blake Sterling, fulfill their agreement with Thomas. However, their plans are ruined and they suspect that there is a possible mole in their midst. Elsewhere, Sean Walker digs for answers at Leila's home, where he encounters Madeline, a mysterious conspiracy theorist. Meanwhile, Simon's past is illuminated, and his allegiances are tested.
Casualties of War
5. Casualties of War
October 18, 2010
The CDC tries to identify the contagion, while the White House and Director of National Intelligence face a difficult dilemma in their negotiation with Thomas. Meanwhile, Simon suggests Sophia turn on Thomas. Elsewhere, FBI Agent Collier closes in on Vicky and Carter, but appearances are not always what they seem.
A Matter of Life and Death
4. A Matter of Life and Death
October 11, 2010
The White House grapples with a mysterious biological threat. Their only hope is to crack Sophia during interrogation. Meanwhile, Vicky and Carter keep their hostage captive while they await further instructions. FBI Agent Collier on her search for Leila, stumbles upon Vicky's secret life. Elsewhere, a powerful businessman, Dempsey with classified intelligence and ties to the White House, emerges from the shadows.
Protect Them From the Truth
3. Protect Them From the Truth
October 4, 2010
President Martinez's administration unveils a difficult new strategy to force Sophia to reveal the detainees' plan, putting into play a new detainee, Maya. Elsewhere, we learn that Vicky and Carter are in possession of a crucial hostage. FBI Agent Collier's suspicion grows deeper.
To Keep Us Safe
2. To Keep Us Safe
September 27, 2010
The president's staff grapples with a new reality; the conspiracy engulfs an FBI agent and a mercenary with questionable ties; a shadowy figure emerges with knowledge of the detainees.
Pilot - I Haven't Told You Everything
1. Pilot - I Haven't Told You Everything
September 20, 2010
In the series premiere of The Event, Sean Walker unwittingly begins to expose the biggest cover-up in U.S. history.
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The Event is available for streaming on the NBC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Event on demand at Amazon, Vudu, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    September 20, 2010
  • IMDB Rating
    7.0  (26,561)