Down 12 this week

Torchwood (2006–2011)

TV Series  |   |  Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.8/10 from 32,441 users  
Reviews: 200 user | 65 critic

The members of the Torchwood Institute, a secret organization founded by the British Crown, fight to protect the Earth from extraterrestrial and supernatural threats.

Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

on Amazon Video





4   3   2   1  
2011   2009   2008   2007   2006  
9 wins & 40 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Animation | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Stars: Eve Myles, John Barrowman, Eliza Dushku
Warehouse 13 (2009–2014)
Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

After saving the life of the President in Washington D.C., a pair of U.S Secret Service agents are whisked away to a covert location in South Dakota that houses supernatural objects that ... See full summary »

Stars: Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek
Eureka (2006–2012)
Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The best minds in the US are tucked away in a remote town where they build futuristic inventions for the government's benefit.

Stars: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Erica Cerra
Doctor Who (TV Movie 1996)
Adventure | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The newly-regenerated Doctor takes on the Master on the turn of the millennium, 31 December 1999.

Director: Geoffrey Sax
Stars: Paul McGann, Eric Roberts, Daphne Ashbrook
Sanctuary (2008–2011)
Drama | Fantasy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Stem cells, gene therapy, transplants, and cloning have changed the definition of "humanity" in the modern world, but the darker side contains monsters that only few are brave enough to face, because the future lies in their hands.

Stars: Amanda Tapping, Robin Dunne, Christopher Heyerdahl
Merlin (2008–2012)
Adventure | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The adventures of the legendary sorcerer as a young man.

Stars: John Hurt, Bradley James, Colin Morgan
Primeval (2007–2011)
Action | Adventure | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

When strange anomalies in time start to appear all over England, Professor Cutter and his team have to help track down and capture all sorts of dangerous prehistoric creatures from Earth's distant past.

Stars: Andrew Lee Potts, Hannah Spearritt, Ben Miller
Stargate: Atlantis (2004–2009)
Action | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

An international team of scientists and military personnel discover a Stargate network in the Pegasus Galaxy and come face-to-face with a new, powerful enemy, The Wraith.

Stars: Joe Flanigan, Rachel Luttrell, David Hewlett
Farscape (1999–2003)
Adventure | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Thrown into a distant part of the universe, an Earth astronaut finds himself part of a fugitive alien starship crew.

Stars: Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe
Stargate SG-1 (1997–2007)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A secret military team, SG-1, is formed to explore the recently discovered Stargates.

Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping
Being Human (2008–2013)
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A werewolf, a vampire, and a ghost try to live together and get along.

Stars: Lenora Crichlow, Russell Tovey, Aidan Turner
Firefly (2002–2003)
Adventure | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  

Five hundred years in the future, a renegade crew aboard a small spacecraft tries to survive as they travel the unknown parts of the galaxy and evade warring factions as well as authority agents out to get them.

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk


Series cast summary:
 Captain Jack Harkness (41 episodes, 2006-2011)
 Gwen Cooper (41 episodes, 2006-2011)
 Rhys Williams (35 episodes, 2006-2011)
 Ianto Jones (30 episodes, 2006-2009)
 Owen Harper (26 episodes, 2006-2008)
 Toshiko Sato (26 episodes, 2006-2008)


Captain Jack Harkness, the former Time Agent and con man from the 51st century last seen traveling with the Doctor, ventures to early 21st century Cardiff. There, he becomes a member of Torchwood Institute, a renegade criminal investigation group founded by Queen Victoria to battle hostile extraterrestrial and supernatural threats. Written by rmlohner

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Death is not an option. (Series 4) See more »


See all certifications »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:

| |  »




Release Date:

22 October 2006 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Torchwood: Children of Earth  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


(26 episodes)

Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
See  »

Did You Know?


The Doctor has never made an appearance in "Torchwood". See more »


Captain Jack Harkness: [voiceover during first season opening] Torchwood: outside the government, beyond the police. Tracking down alien life on Earth, arming the human race against the future. The twenty-first century is when everything changes. And you gotta be ready.
See more »


Spun-off from Doctor Who (2005) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Ignore the nay-saying uber-fans
4 April 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

It's amazing how a high-quality production can sometimes draw reviews that would be more appropriate to low-grade syndicated filler. Torchwood is, at the very least, an imaginative, well-acted, well-photographed and, more than anything, totally idiosyncratic series.

Many seem put off by the sex. Fortunately, that wasn't a problem for the show's writers. This is a series that neither glories in nor shies away from sex. Characters have believable sex lives, that affect their actions in realistic ways. Some episodes are frankly *about* sex, in a brilliantly science-fictional way. (Bear in mind, the series is very definitely *not* aimed at kids. These characters are adults, and the show is written for adults. That in itself is pretty refreshing!)

Some of the interactions may border on soap opera... but that's the format. It works. It's an ensemble show, and it's about how the private lives of relatively normal humans are transformed by extraordinary events. No, these characters aren't as cute and lovable as, say, the crew of the Serenity. They're thorny, often irrational. I love that about them. Like real people, they often act in ways that even their best friends can't predict. And as with real people, one develops an affection for their faults as much as their virtues.

Stories are clever, but not cerebral. This isn't Twilight Zone. It's not 'hard' Science Fiction. It's a 'pulp' show for adults who want to feel like kids for an hour. It creates a world where the bizarre is commonplace. The viewpoint character is a 'normal' policewoman... she moves into this strange world, adapting to its superhuman challenges and becoming addicted to its heady rewards. It's a highly involving formula... if you're the sort of viewer who often finds our 'real' world far too dull and predictable.

Like Doctor Who, Torchwood is a show that, on paper, shouldn't really work. At every point in Doctor Who's long, long run, nay-sayers have proved with inescapable logic that it can't possibly work: it's too violent, it's too dark, it's too silly, it's too intellectual... it's too expensive. Many of the criticisms have been mutually contradictory! The same seems to be true of Torchwood... it's an odd, angular beast, that doesn't really follow any established paradigm. Saying it's "like Angel," or "like the X-Files" really isn't very revealing. In SOME ways, it's like Gunsmoke. Or Bless This House.

I won't give Torchwood a 10/10. Yet. It could be tighter... I have the feeling the first season meandered just a bit. But considering the oddly discordant tone it's trying to hit, that's hardly surprising. It would be even more surprising if the show was able to attract more than a cult following. What does seem ironic is that the cult followings of other, genetically-similar shows such as Doctor Who seem largely unable to appreciate this one. Sci-fi and fantasy used to be about shedding one's preconceptions... now they're cults with preconceptions of their own.

To me, that only adds to the attraction. Torchwood isn't 'like' Doctor Who, or any previous show, in tone, style, pace or perspective. But it has the same essence... the same willingness to take chances, to forge a new myth unlike any other that's gone before. Even if it stumbles a bit at the start, I can't wait to see where it's going.

126 of 175 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Homosexuality artlbruce
Children of Earth - what would have happened in America EIABoy
Other series with great gay relationships? Markus5
Liberals against death camps in Miracle day? moose1701
Is this a stand alone spin-off? King_Lemur
How would you make series 5 better? sarainaberdoth
Discuss Torchwood (2006) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page