The Invisible Man

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  • 2006
  • 2 Seasons
  • 7.4  (3,395)

The Invisible Man was a science fiction television series that aired on Syfy from 2000 to 2002. The show was loosely based on the novel by H.G. Wells, but the premise was updated for a modern audience. The series followed the story of Darien Fawkes, a thief who is recruited by a secret government agency called The Agency to become the test subject for a new, top-secret invisibility serum. Although the serum works, it has a side effect – if not used correctly and frequently, Fawkes would go insane, which would ultimately result in him turning into a sociopathic madman.

Fawkes is initially hesitant to take the serum, but he is convinced to join The Agency after his brother, who was also a thief, dies in a botched job. The Agency promises to clear Fawkes' criminal record, but they warn him that he will become a prisoner of the government, working for The Agency for the rest of his life.

Fawkes is accompanied by his handler, Bobby Hobbes, who is played by Paul Ben-Victor. Hobbes is a former FBI agent who has been hired by The Agency to keep an eye on Fawkes and ensure that he does not misuse the invisibility serum. Hobbes is initially skeptical of Fawkes, but the two eventually become good friends.

The series also features Brandy Ledford in the role of Alex Monroe, a scientist who works for The Agency. Monroe is responsible for developing the invisibility serum, and she becomes romantically involved with Fawkes. However, their relationship is complicated by The Agency's rules against fraternization.

One of the interesting elements of The Invisible Man was the show's use of special effects to depict Fawkes' invisibility. Unlike other films and television shows that have tackled the concept of invisibility, The Invisible Man didn't rely on green screen technology or CGI effects. Instead, the show employed a technique known as the 'invisible man suit,' which involved the use of a skin-colored bodysuit that was then layered with special effects in post-production.

Throughout the series, Fawkes and Hobbes work on a variety of cases for The Agency, with many of the cases involving espionage, counter-terrorism, and other types of covert operations. Along the way, they encounter a variety of colorful characters, including other invisibility serum test subjects and rival government agencies.

The show was well-received by audiences and critics. Many praised the chemistry between Ventresca and Ben-Victor and the show's clever writing. However, the series was cancelled after two seasons due to low ratings.

Overall, The Invisible Man was a unique and entertaining take on the classic H.G. Wells novel. The show's use of practical effects to depict invisibility and the strong performances by the cast made it a sci-fi classic that still holds up today.

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The New Stuff
22. The New Stuff
February 1, 2002
Darien learns that the Keeper and the Official have been keeping antidote secrets.
Enemy of My Enemy
21. Enemy of My Enemy
January 25, 2002
Arnaud (Joel Bissonnette) seeks out Darien for help in exchange for a cure for quicksilver madness.
20. Possessed
January 18, 2002
Darien's sudden immunity to the counteragent forces the Keeper to use an untested antidote.
Mere Mortals
19. Mere Mortals
January 11, 2002
The keeper develops a way to keep Darien's invisibility static.
The Invisible Woman
18. The Invisible Woman
January 4, 2002
A disfigured woman (Susie Park) tries to enlist Darien's help.
17. Exposed
September 21, 2001
The sinister head of the SWRB discovers that Gaither is still alive and storms the Agency to recapture him, kidnapping Alex and stealing all of the Keeper's vital computer files in the process.
Sense Of Community
16. Sense Of Community
September 27, 2001
The Official sends Darien and Hobbes on a mission to an exclusive Agency, and they end up in "The Community", a town made up of U.S. intelligence operatives who had their covers blown up.
Three Phases Of Claire
15. Three Phases Of Claire
September 17, 2001
The Keeper is accidentally injected with an experimental serum that could cause her to become permanently insane unless she can be given an antidote in time.
Father Figure
14. Father Figure
August 24, 2001
The agents are sent to capture a dangerous government assassin who is said to have switched allegiances, and Darien is stunned to discover that the man may be his own father, who has been missing for decades.
Immaterial Girl
13. Immaterial Girl
August 17, 2001
Darien helps a young woman who seems to be haunted by a strange apparition, and she is convinced it is her mother, who had disappeared mysteriously weeks before, trying to communicate with her.
The Choice
12. The Choice
August 10, 2001
Alex finally locates her missing son at a Chrysalis baby camp, only to discover that he belongs to Stark, the agency's sinister leader.
Germ Theory
11. Germ Theory
August 3, 2001
The agents are infected by a fatal form of Quicksilver-producing bacteria, and the Keeper must figure out how to stop it before they all die.
Flash To Bang
10. Flash To Bang
July 27, 2001
Darien loses his memory after being struck by lightning, and Arnaud convinces him that he is his own brother and that his Agency friends are really trying to kill him.
Bad Chi
9. Bad Chi
July 20, 2001
Darien goes to an acupuncturist who discovers his powers of invisibility and forces him to help her steal a set of ancient needles from a museum to treat her mentor, who is suffering from stomach cancer.
Den Of Thieves
8. Den Of Thieves
July 13, 2001
Darien works undercover to capture a mysterious international terrorist and finds himself facing incarceration to preserve his cover.
7. Insensate
July 6, 2001
A strange old man who has lost the ability to experience normal sensation comes to Darien in the hopes that he can lead him to his late brother, Kevin, whom he blames for doing a horrible thing to him.
Brother's Keeper
6. Brother's Keeper
June 29, 2001
Darien decides to have himself injected with his brother's RNA in the hopes that he can discover how to remove the Quicksilver gland from his head.
Going Postal
5. Going Postal
June 22, 2001
Hobbes becomes irrationally violent and shoots up a post office, and his co-workers are afraid he's lost his mind again.
Johnny Apocalypse
4. Johnny Apocalypse
June 15, 2001
Darien rescues a 12-year-old boy from the sinister Chrysalis agency, only to discover that his body has been implanted with a deadly virus that will be released when he reaches puberty.
The Importance Of Being Eberts
3. The Importance Of Being Eberts
April 27, 2001
The Official sends Eberts out with the agents to capture a computer hacker who is trying to get at the Agency's most sensitive information.
The Camp
2. The Camp
April 20, 2001
Darien and Hobbes learn that the Chrysalis Agency is artificially inseminating women all over the country and stealing their babies to create its own unstoppable army.
1. Legends
April 13, 2001
The agents find themselves hunting for the legendary Sasquatch on an Indian reservation after two men have been killed there under mysterious circumstances.
  • Premiere Date
    July 5, 2006
  • IMDB Rating
    7.4  (3,395)