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Torchwood is an adult-oriented spin-off of the BBC's reboot of the long-running, family-friendly show, Doctor Who. The show follows the work of the Torchwood Institute, an extra-governmental organization created by Queen Victoria in 1879. The institute's main job is to protect the British Empire from aliens. To do this, the Institute finds and uses alien technology, some of which they don't fully understand.

Torchwood is set in the present day and centers on the Institute's Cardiff office, also known as Torchwood Three, run by Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman): an immortal alien from the 51st century who found his way to Earth and the 21st century with the help of The Doctor and Rose Tyler. Together with Owen Harper (Burn Gorman), Tashiko Sato (Naoko Mori), Ianto Jones (Gareth David-Lloyd) and Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles), Captain Jack deals with alien incursions, time travelers and rogue agents in his attempts to prepare the citizens of Earth for the big changes he knows are coming in the 21st century.

The show was created by Russell T. Davies. It premiered on 22 October 2006 on the BBC and was produced by BBC Wales and the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC). Torchwood had two full regular seasons and two mini-series events, "Children of Earth" and "Miracle Day." In addition to the television show, the history and activities of the Torchwood Institute can be followed in the official Torchwood BBC Radio audio presentations and tie-in novels. Torchwood features graphic sexual situations (both gay and straight), as well as frequent use of profanity, suggestive dialogue and violence and may not be suitable for children.

Torchwood is a series that is currently running and has 4 seasons (41 episodes). The series first aired on October 22, 2006.

Where do I stream Torchwood online? Torchwood is available for streaming on BBC One, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Torchwood on demand at HBO Max, Amazon, Vudu, BBC America, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play, Apple TV online.

Friday 10:00 pm et/pt on BBC One
4 Seasons, 41 Episodes
October 22, 2006
Science Fiction
Cast: John Barrowman, Tom Price, Alexa Havins, Eve Myles, Gareth David-Lloyd
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Torchwood Full Episode Guide

  • The Torchwood team launch a final, desperate mission against the seemingly undefeatable Three Families, it could come down to the ultimate sacrifice.

  • The Three Families plunge the world into a recession, the Torchwood team must strike a bargain with the devil himself.

  • Jack has a showdown with a man he thought was dead. When Rex takes extreme action, will it be too late to prevent the collapse of a society?

  • Gwen is forced to fight in order to protect her family and embarks on a journey covering both miles and decades, as the long history of the Miracle is revealed.

  • Gwen, Rex, and Esther are trapped on both sides of the Atlantic. Meanwhile, Jack races to the heart of the conspiracy.

  • The team go undercover and discover the shocking truth behind the Miracle.

  • A trap is waiting when the team travels to California to continue their fight against PhiCorp.

  • The team is on the run and end up discovering a new enemy.

  • After the team is reunited, Jack realizes he is now the most vulnerable person on the planet. A trip to America by plane ends up turning into a desperate battle to stay alive.

  • The failed execution of a convicted murderer and pedophile marks the beginning of "Miracle Day." Across the globe, people become immortal. At the same time, a mysterious email draws the CIA's attention to the Torchwood Institute. Agent Rex Matheson travels to Wales to find the last known surviving member of Torchwood. Meanwhile, the world's population begins to realize the consequences on a planet of ultimately limited resources where no one dies and 500,000 children are born each day.

  • As violence erupts and anarchy reigns, an ordinary housing estate becomes a battleground where the future will be decided. Torchwood is defenseless.

  • The Torchwood team are forced to set up a new temporary base and are forced to break the law to get the things they need. Gwen turns to Lois for more help in the quest to discover what is going on. Jack's daughter and grandson's lives are endangered when they are taken captive by the hit squad. The children of the world all point towards London and a huge pillar of fire is directed towards the capital. The children then announce the words "we are here". Mr Frobisher tries to negotiate with the alien threat and find out what they want. Jack discovers why Frobisher wants him dead and learns that he has his daughter and grandson. With Lois' help the team manage to find out more about what is going on. The 456 announce that they want 10% of the children on the planet. Clement remembers that Jack was there in 1965 and gave the 456 children then.

  • Gwen and Ianto find themselves having to go into hiding to avoid the government squad's action against them and their respective families. Both Gwen and Ianto are worried about what has happened to Jack. Jack's body is recovered by the hit squad and he starts to regenerate. As Gwen and Rhys make their way to London she informs him about the baby she is carrying. The children of the world all stop and chant the words 'we are coming tomorrow'. Gwen talks to Lois Habiba on the phone when she calls the government offices. Lois meets with Gwen and tells her that her boss is responsible for the attack on the Torchwood team and tells her what else she knows. To stop Jack from trying to escape his body is covered in cement. Lois tries to help Gwen get into the military complex where Jack is being held. With Ianto's help they are able to rescue Jack and free him from his concrete tomb. The government await the 456's arrival.

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Eliza Dushku to Star in Animated 'Torchwood' Webisodes

Eliza Dushku has two very important talents - never aging, and constantly attaching herself to nerdy properties. And while starring in a "motion comic" based on the popular geek series "Torchwood" may not seem like a great career move, it's exactly this kind of attitude that has kept Dushku kind of relevant for nearly her whole career.

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