In the year 2046, it's a new Earth - with new rules. Over thirty years after various alien races arrived on Earth, the landscape is completely altered, terraformed nearly beyond recognition... See full summary »
Reviews
Popularity
422 ( 28)

Watch Now

$0.00 (HD) with Prime Video

WATCH NOW

IMDb at Comic-Con 2016

Visit our Comic-Con section to see what's trending, watch celebrity interviews, follow event coverage, browse cosplay photos, take our Fan IQ quizzes, and more.

Browse IMDb's Guide to Comic-Con

Episodes

Seasons


Years



3   2   1  
2015   2014   2013  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Falling Skies (2011–2015)
Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Survivors of an alien attack on earth gather together to fight for their lives and fight back.

Stars: Noah Wyle, Drew Roy, Maxim Knight
Continuum I (2012–2015)
Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A detective from the year 2077 finds herself trapped in present day Vancouver and searching for ruthless criminals from the future.

Stars: Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lobo, Victor Webster
Dark Matter (TV Series 2015)
Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The six-person crew of a derelict spaceship awakens from stasis in the farthest reaches of space. Their memories wiped clean, they have no recollection of who they are or how they got on ... See full summary »

Stars: Anthony Lemke, Jodelle Ferland, Melissa O'Neil
Dominion (2014–2015)
Action | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Follows the perilous journey of a rebellious young soldier who discovers he's the unlikely savior of humanity.

Stars: Roxanne McKee, Christopher Egan, Tom Wisdom
Killjoys (TV Series 2015)
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In the Quad, a planetary system on the brink of a bloody interplanetary class war, a fun loving trio of bounty hunters attempt to remain impartial as they chase deadly warrants.

Stars: Hannah John-Kamen, Aaron Ashmore, Luke Macfarlane
Revolution (2012–2014)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Fifteen years after a permanent global blackout, a group of revolutionaries seeks to drive out an occupying force posing as the United States Government.

Stars: Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos, Giancarlo Esposito
Terra Nova (2011)
Adventure | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Centers on the Shannons, an ordinary family from 2149 when the planet is dying who are transported back 85 million years to prehistoric Earth where they join Terra Nova, a colony of humans with a second chance to build a civilization.

Stars: Jason O'Mara, Shelley Conn, Christine Adams
Helix (TV Series 2014)
Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A team of scientists are thrust into a potentially life-or-death situation in this thriller, which begins with the group being deployed to the Arctic to secretly investigate what could be a disease outbreak.

Stars: Billy Campbell, Kyra Zagorsky, Mark Ghanimé
The Expanse (TV Series 2015)
Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A police detective in the asteroid belt, the first officer of an interplanetary ice freighter and an earth-bound United Nations executive slowly discover a vast conspiracy that threatens the Earth's rebellious colony on the asteroid belt.

Stars: Thomas Jane, Steven Strait, Cas Anvar
Almost Human (2013–2014)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

In a not-so-distant future, human cops and androids partner up to protect and serve.

Stars: Karl Urban, Michael Ealy, Minka Kelly
Alphas (2011–2012)
Action | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Dr. Lee Rosen leads a team of "Alphas", (human beings with enhanced abilities) who investigate the death of a witness in a court case. They soon uncover more than they had bargained for.

Stars: David Strathairn, Ryan Cartwright, Warren Christie
Under the Dome (2013–2015)
Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An invisible and mysterious force field descends upon a small fictional town of Chester's Mill, Maine, USA, trapping residents inside, cut off from the rest of civilization. The trapped townsfolk must discover the secrets and purpose of the "dome" and its origins, while coming to learn more than they ever knew about each other.

Stars: Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre, Alexander Koch
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 Joshua Nolan (39 episodes, 2013-2015)
...
 Mayor Amanda Rosewater / ... (39 episodes, 2013-2015)
...
 Irisa / ... (39 episodes, 2013-2015)
...
 Datak Tarr (39 episodes, 2013-2015)
...
 Stahma Tarr (39 episodes, 2013-2015)
...
 Alak Tarr (35 episodes, 2013-2015)
...
 Doc Yewll (34 episodes, 2013-2015)
...
 Rafe McCawley (28 episodes, 2013-2015)
...
 Tommy LaSalle / ... (27 episodes, 2013-2015)
...
 Christie McCawley / ... (23 episodes, 2013-2015)
Jessica Nichols ...
 Bertie / ... (22 episodes, 2013-2015)
...
 Jessica 'Berlin' Rainer (21 episodes, 2014-2015)
Kevin Shand ...
 Raiga / ... (18 episodes, 2013-2014)
...
 Bailey (17 episodes, 2013-2015)
Edit

Storyline

In the year 2046, it's a new Earth - with new rules. Over thirty years after various alien races arrived on Earth, the landscape is completely altered, terraformed nearly beyond recognition. To the town of Defiance, on what used to be St. Louis, comes the mysterious Nolan (Grant Bowler) and his charge, Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas). As they settle into town - overseen by the mayor, Amanda Rosewater (Julie Benz) and filled with residents like the powerful Rafe McCawley (Graham Greene), enterprising lounge owner Kenya (Mia Kirshner) and the ambitious, alien Tarrs (Tony Curran and Jaime Murray) - events begin to unfold that threaten the fragile peace this border town has fought for. Written by Official site

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

New Earth. New Rules.

Genres:

Action | Drama | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

15 April 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Az ellenállás városa  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In season 3 episode 2, actress Linda Hamilton (Pilar) says "Come with me if you want to live.", a famous phrase from the Terminator movie series, which she previously starred in as Sarah Conner. See more »

Quotes

Datak Tarr: It's not like I dropped a whore from the St. Louis Arch, now is it?
See more »

Connections

Spin-off Defiance (2013) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Once you get past the stumbles
29 August 2014 | by (Kansas City, Mo) – See all my reviews

Let me first point out that most of the highly negative reviews are from people that are either REALLY upset that their favorites shows were canceled, only want some super techie expensive POS, or don't have the mental capacity to understand what kind of depth and hard work went into this show.

That being said, I am a very picky viewer. Half the shows on network TV claiming to be Sci Fi are watered down and barely beyond their "grounded" approach to the genre. Defiance is first and foremost, Science Fiction.

I admit, the show started out really rocky. The pilot was confusing to a degree, and the limited budget was apparent. But unlike a lot of attention inept who've posted reviews after giving the show 40 minutes of their time, I stuck it through. Two seasons and a lot of emotions later, I can definitively say Defiance has found it's groove.

It's not going to hold your hand. This is in the day of the life of kind of drama. The show wants you to get the sense that these characters really feel, and have their own inner demons. Just when you think someone is an unabashed hero or villain without any dimension, the show begins to peel away at the outer shell and reveals multi-faceted layers.

From the whimsically religious, barbaric and sarcastic kingpin Datak Tar, his submissive yet secretly conniving wife Sahlma; Nolan the nomadic gun for hire and his mysteriously haunted alien daughter Arisa; intelligent Mayor Amanda Rosewater and her prostitute/madame of a sister Kenya who just happens to know the truest face of her clients, there is no shortage of unique interactions and dilemmas. Just when you think you know all there is to know about your favorite character, they surprise you with undeniably real and game changing actions.

The Aliens in Defiance do look human-like. So what. There is enough there to make them both familiar and yet completely other-worldly. The Linguist behind the Dothraki tongue in Game of Thrones has created some of the most beautiful and poetic languages for the major species that needs to be heard to be believed. A lot of time and thought has gone into complete religions, social structures and traditions for each of the 5 (6?) dominant species. Castithans are pale and beautiful, snobbish and cruel with severe repercussions for defying one's long standing cultural beliefs. Iratients are in tune with nature but love to fight and make love. You really must discover the others for yourself.

Special effects are here and there sometimes, but make do to progress the story along and sometimes can leave you in complete awe. And the Music? Amazing. From the Synth themes to the alien takes on well established earth tunes, it has to be heard to be appreciated.

All in all, this show surprised me, and continues to surprise me with it's depth, it's pain, and it's humanity, even if the world is completely alien to me. I never felt this honesty with Stargate, or even my fav, Farscape. With the exception of Ben Browder, they still felt like actors playing a role. These characters inhabiting Defiance seem like neighbors. With mix matched tech and the willingness to end you if you get in the way of their survival.

Give it a shot. Be defiant stop listening to the sore losers.


6 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
SyFy channel mistake, again Opinion02122
Anything similar to Defiance? spacdementia
That season finale felt more like a series finale cgmoviefan
What a Beep ending. lordanubisss
I loved the ending atlasmb
S2- Not so shabby! Cosima324
Discuss Defiance (2013) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page