Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
|Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.|
by Stan Lee
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||9 (List of episodes)|
|Producer(s)||Garry A. Brown|
|Running time||43 minutes|
|Distributor||Disney-ABC Domestic Television|
|Picture format||720p (HDTV)|
|Audio format||5.1 surround sound|
|Original run||September 24, 2013– present|
|Related shows||Marvel Cinematic Universe (film franchise)|
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., or simply Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., is an American television series created for ABC by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, based on the Marvel Comics organization S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division). The series is produced by ABC Studios, Marvel Television, and Mutant Enemy and is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, sharing continuity with the films in that franchise. It revolves around the character of Phil Coulson, with Clark Gregg reprising the role.
A pilot, written by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, and directed by Joss Whedon, was given the green light in late 2012 and filmed in early 2013. The series was officially ordered on May 10, 2013 and premiered on September 24, 2013. On October 10, 2013, ABC picked it up for a full season of 22 episodes.
Agent Phil Coulson puts together a small team of normal, non-superhuman S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to handle strange new cases with some of them involving the mysterious Project Centipede and their experiments with Extremis. Each case will test the team in cooperation and ingenuity as they try to work together in trying to save the world from threatening, supernatural events on Earth.
Cast and characters
- Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson: The character headlines the series. Coulson is a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who oversees many of the division's field operations. Though he appeared to have died at the hands of Loki in The Avengers, he is revealed in the series pilot to have been revived by medical technicians after having been clinically dead for eight seconds. Speaking of his character's return from the dead, Gregg said, "When Joss described to me the mystery... and the complexity and the unanswered questions about Phil Coulson standing there trying to deal with this, I found it so fascinating and so true to the world of the comics and mythology in general as I understand them that I was immediately in." The changes that Coulson has undergone since his survival from a near death experience will be explored during the first season. Executive producer Jeffrey Bell explains, "There is a lot that's strange and different about Coulson since his return to duty, and even he's noticing it. It sets him on a quest. 'What happened to me? Why am I feeling this way? Who am I?'" Executive producer Jeph Loeb adds that Coulson may regret uncovering his answers saying "When you start to pull on a thread, you run the risk of unraveling the whole sweater." Coulson's return has led many fans to theorize that he is a Life Model Decoy, a S.H.I.E.L.D.-designed robot that in the comics, duplicates all outward aspects of a living person.
- Ming-Na Wen as Melinda May: A S.H.I.E.L.D ace pilot and weapons expert, whose nickname is "the Cavalry", although she dislikes the name, as the events that led to its coining during her time as a field agent haunt her, having left her "very quiet and a little damaged". The experience was so horrific that she took an obscure desk job before Coulson recruits her in the series pilot. According to Wen, May "needed to be saved. She returned to S.H.I.E.L.D. out of loyalty to Coulson, but there's a part of her that remains reluctant. She still gets her pissed-off face. If it weren't for his intervention, she'd still be down in that dark, dingy room stapling things." The character was originally listed with the name Agent Althea Rice on casting sheets.
- Brett Dalton as Grant Ward: A S.H.I.E.L.D. black ops specialist. He is a gruff, unsociable "manly man" in his early 30's who is great at his job, but not so great at getting along with his coworkers. Ward has a strong moral foundation and is not without his charm.
- Chloe Bennet as Skye: A civilian recruit who is a computer hacker and member of the hacktivist group called "the Rising Tide." Skye is described as "bubbly and goofy" but "also warm, edgy and witty". She can more than hold her own in any situation. Skye is obsessed with superheroes. In "The Girl with the Flower Dress," it is revealed that Skye joined S.H.I.E.L.D. and Rising Tide in order to find out about her parents.
- Iain De Caestecker as Leo Fitz: An agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. who specializes in engineering, especially weapons technology. De Caestacker downplays the apparent romantic chemistry between Fitz and Simmons, insisting that Simmons is merely "motherly" toward Fitz.
- Elizabeth Henstridge as Jemma Simmons: An agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. who specializes in life sciences (both human and alien). She is generally cheerful and enthusiastic about her work. Agents Fitz and Simmons are close partners. Henstridge believes that Fitz and Simmons "do love each other but would never, ever say it."
J. August Richards plays Mike Peterson in the pilot, an ordinary man who gains extraordinary powers, and will reprise the role in the episode "The Bridge". Cobie Smulders reprises her role as Maria Hill in the pilot after her appearance in The Avengers. Joss Whedon stated: "I wanted very much to have Cobie in the pilot because as much as anyone else, she is S.H.I.E.L.D. She's cool and commanding, and has the dry humor that plays so well with Clark's." In the second episode, Samuel L. Jackson reprises his role as S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury.
Firefly and Serenity actor Ron Glass also appears in the pilot as Dr. Streiten. David Conrad and Ruth Negga have been cast as Ian Quinn and Raina, respectively. Ian Hart has been cast as Dr. Franklin Hall. Titus Welliver reprises his role as Agent Blake from the Marvel One-Shot short film Item 47 in the episode "F.Z.Z.T." Maximiliano Hernández and Saffron Burrows appear in the episode "The Hub", with Hernandez reprising his role as Agent Jasper Sitwell and Burrows playing Victoria Hand.
After The Walt Disney Company purchased Marvel Entertainment in 2009, they announced that a Marvel Television division was being formed. In the following months, various pilots based on comics from Marvel's catalog went into development.
In July 2012, Marvel Television entered into discussions with ABC to do a new show set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, though at that point it was undecided what the show would be. It was described as "'a kernel of an idea' with a number of scenarios being explored, including a high-concept cop show." In August 2012 it was announced that Marvel's The Avengers director Joss Whedon, creator of cult hit shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly, would be involved in the show's development. A few weeks later ABC ordered a pilot for a show called S.H.I.E.L.D.; the pilot was to be written by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, directed by Joss Whedon, and executive produced by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Tancharoen, Jeffrey Bell and Jeph Loeb, with Jed Whedon, Tancharoen and Bell slated to serve as the series' showrunners. According to Entertainment Weekly, Disney CEO Bob Iger greenlit the S.H.I.E.L.D. series after watching the Marvel One-Shot short film Item 47, about S.H.I.E.L.D. agents pursuing a couple in possession of a Chitauri weapon used in the Battle of New York in The Avengers. Joss Whedon stated that the show would be autonomous from The Avengers, saying "It’s gotta be a show that works for people who haven’t seen the Marvel movies. It will please Marvel fans, I think." In a September 2012 interview at the Toronto International Film Festival, Whedon reiterated that sentiment, going on to say "It's new characters. It needs to be its own thing. It needs to be adjacent [to The Avengers]... What does S.H.I.E.L.D. have that the other superheroes don't? And that, to me, is that they're not superheroes, but they live in that universe. Even though they're a big organization, that [lack of powers] makes them underdogs, and that's interesting to me." Whedon deflected any direct influences from other series, such as the efforts of Fox Mulder and Dana Scully in The X-Files, and explained that while the show would involve people with powers and the spectacle of science-fiction storytelling, it would focus on "the peripheral people ... the people on the edges of the grand adventures."
In January 2013, ABC president Paul Lee said that the story takes place after the events of The Avengers. Filming of the pilot episode began on January 22, 2013 and concluded on February 11, 2013. On April 6, 2013 ABC announced that the show would be titled Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. On May 10, 2013, ABC announced that it had officially picked up the series.
In a June 2013 interview, Clark Gregg explained how the TV series would tie into the Marvel Cinematic Universe films: "...the exciting part is going to be seeing the way that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. interacts with the S.H.I.E.L.D. component in Captain America 2, and the other movies, and whether those movies will then affect our show." Jed Whedon said the TV series will work in tandem with the Marvel films, both past and upcoming. “We plan on trying to weave in between the films and try to make them more rewarding on both ends,” said Whedon.
In July 2013, Maurissa Tancharoen revealed on her Twitter page that Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Jeff Bell, Paul Zbyszewski, Monica Owusu-Breen, Brent Fletcher, Lauren LeFranc, Rafe Judkins and Shalisha Francis would be the writers for the series. Additionally, composer Bear McCreary confirmed that he would compose music for the series. On July 19, 2013, at San Diego Comic-Con International, the entire pilot was screened.
On October 10, 2013, ABC announced it ordered a full season of 22 episodes. The series ranks as the No. 1 series of the 2013–14 season among adults 18–49. On October 12, 2013, Marvel screened "Eye Spy" at New York Comic Con.
In October 2012, a casting sheet for five lead roles was sent out. Later that month, at the New York Comic Con, Joss Whedon, Kevin Feige and Clark Gregg announced that Gregg would be reprising his role as agent Phil Coulson in the series' pilot, and would "headline" the series. Toward the end of the month, actress Ming-Na Wen was cast as agent Melinda May. In November 2012, Elizabeth Henstridge and Iain De Caestecker were cast as agents Jemma Simmons and Leo Fitz, respectively. Later in November, newcomer Brett Dalton was cast as agent Grant Ward. In December 2012, Chloe Bennet was cast as Skye, the sixth and final series regular. In January 2013, Cobie Smulders, who played agent Maria Hill in The Avengers, said that her character may make an appearance in the show and that her commitment to How I Met Your Mother would not prevent her from participating. In April 2013, J. August Richards, one of the stars of Whedon's 1999 series Angel, was also cast in the pilot in an unspecified role. When asked if Richards' role would be one familiar to the comics, executive producer Jeffrey Bell said, "You know, not necessarily. I mean, we’re going to draw from [the comics], but Marvel has its thing, and we’re also going to be expanding forward, and this world is different since The Avengers. So I think there will be people showing up, some from the Marvel Universe and some not." Buffy the Vampire Slayer actor Nicholas Brendon, another Whedon collaborator, was also reportedly considered for Richards' role. Richards' role was later revealed to be Mike Peterson. In June 2013, Samuel L. Jackson expressed interest in guest starring as S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury. He has subsequently first appeared in the episode "0-8-4".
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|1||"Pilot"||Joss Whedon||Joss Whedon & Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen||September 24, 2013||12.12|
|Set after the events of The Avengers and Iron Man 3, Agent Phil Coulson (who survived his apparent death) assembles a small team of agents to investigate a superhuman, Mike Peterson (J. August Richards), who is able to survive an exploding building and a hacktivist group called the Rising Tide that seems to have information. Skye, a member of the Rising Tide, meets with Peterson to warn him about S.H.I.E.L.D., saying that they cover up superhero based events and that she can help him, which he declines. Later, Skye is abducted by Coulson and Ward and questioned on their plane. She does not cooperate initially, but eventually reveals what she knows. It is later revealed that Peterson had been supplied with the Centipede serum (which is made up of alien metal, gamma radiation, the Extremis Virus, and the Super-Soldier Serum) giving him his powers, by an unknown organization that is behind Project Centipede. After visiting the explosion scene, Coulson's team is able to recreate it and learn that it was caused by another subject exploding due to Extremis. While attempting to get info to the team, Skye is kidnapped by Peterson (who is now on the run) and makes her give him a clean slate. Coulson's team is able to track them down and subdue Peterson without him causing mass damage while stopping an assassin that was sent by Dr. Debbie (Shannon Lucio). With Peterson in S.H.I.E.L.D. custody, Coulson offers Skye a place on the team.|
|2||"0-8-4"||David Straiton||Maurissa Tancharoen & Jed Whedon & Jeffrey Bell||October 1, 2013||8.66|
|Skye is now integrated into Coulson's team as a consultant. Their next assignment is in Peru, tracking a "0-8-4." a S.H.I.E.L.D. prefix for "an object of unknown origin." Once there, the team quickly realizes that the object is actually a piece of forgotten HYDRA technology powered by Tesseract energy. Coulson meets with a former ally, Camilla Reyes (Leonor Varela), and brings her team aboard the plane. Later, Reyes betrays Coulson and plans to take the HYDRA weapon for herself so she can destroy the Peruvian rebels. The squabbling team members band together, utilizing each of their talents, and take out Reyes' men. Reyes is taken into custody and Skye receives a text message from another member of the Rising Tide, confirming her allegiance to them. In the final scene, Director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) scolds Coulson for the damage to the plane and reminds him about the risk Skye poses.|
|3||"The Asset"||Milan Cheylov||Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen||October 8, 2013||7.87|
|S.H.I.E.L.D. searches for one of its assets, Dr. Franklin Hall (Ian Hart), who was kidnapped by his former research partner and head of Quinn Worldwide named Ian Quinn (David Conrad) when his soldiers use a gravity device on the S.H.I.E.L.D. convoy that was transporting him. He wants to use Hall to take control over the planet's gravity by building a giant "gravitonium" generator. Heading to Malta with the team, Skye volunteers to infiltrate Quinn's mansion during his party so that Coulson and Ward can rescue Hall. Skye tricks Quinn into believing she is betraying S.H.I.E.L.D. for Rising Tide to get his guard down. However, Coulson soon discovers that Hall perpetuated his own escape and wants to destroy the massive device. Hall believes he is in the right, but Coulson warns him doing so would end up killing millions. Their violent disagreement leads to Coulson being forced to not save Hall as he falls into the middle of the generator, seemingly vaporizing him. Coulson orders that the gravitonium be placed under high security and off the books. In the final scene, S.H.I.E.L.D. does not notice that Hall may still be alive in the gravitonium.|
|4||"Eye Spy"||Roxann Dawson||Jeffrey Bell||October 15, 2013||7.85|
|There have been a series of thefts throughout the world that are almost impossibly premeditated. Coulson and his team investigates and he uncovers the identity of the thief: his former protégé, Akela Amadour (Pascale Armand). Coulson had presumed her dead and does not believe she is capable of turning on S.H.I.E.L.D. despite May's argument that she is nothing more than a weapon. The team nearly catches up to her, but she manages to evade them. When May takes matters into her own hands upon finding her hotel room and Coulson catches up to her, they soon find out she is being blackmailed through a camera (with X-ray backscatter functions) that has replaced her right eye which has a fail-safe bomb in case she rebels. Coulson takes her to the Bus and hijacks her feed so Ward can take over her new mission. Ward takes out the bomb while the others work to remove the camera from Akela's right eye. Coulson catches up to who he thinks is the mastermind behind Akela's thefts, but the man is quickly killed through a similar device to Akela's. Coulson and Ward are then left wondering who was actually behind Akela's thefts. Now wearing an eyepatch, Akela is taken away by S.H.I.E.L.D. officers though Coulson promises her she will have a fair trial. Before she goes, Akela tells May something seems different about Coulson. Afterwards, Fitz is playing poker with Ward and taunts him as they play. Ward is unaware that Skye is about to use the glasses he used to simulate Akela's vision to help Fitz cheat, but Fitz changes his mind when Skye tells Fitz she will see him without clothes, and he leaves. She turns them on anyway to check out Ward.|
|5||"Girl in the Flower Dress"||Jesse Bochco||Brent Fletcher||October 22, 2013||7.39|
|Chan Ho Yin (Louis Ozawa Changchien) is a Hong Kong street magician who dreams of becoming something more. He reveals his secret pyrokinetic ability to a "girl in a flower dress" named Raina (Ruth Negga) who kidnaps him and then promises him fame in exchange for running a few tests on his powers. Upon being informed of Chan's abduction by his handler, S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Quan Chen (Tzi Ma), the S.H.I.E.L.D. team attempts to trace his whereabouts. They find that it was the Rising Tide who leaked the information that led to his capture and the blame falls to Skye. She protests her innocence and believes she knows another hacker who could have released the info. They head to Austin, Texas where it is revealed that Skye has a relationship with said hacker Miles Lydon (Austin Nichols). They are both led back to the Bus in handcuffs while the team flies to Hong Kong to rescue Chan. Chan discovers his captors, who are associated with Project Centipede, are injecting him with Extremis which increases the strength of his flame powers. He becomes Scorch. However, Raina turns on Chan and orders Dr. Debbie (who previously worked on Mike Peterson) and the other doctors to have his blood platelets to be harvested for further experimentation by Project Centipede. Upon being freed during a S.H.I.E.L.D. raid on the Project Centipede facility, Scorch kills Agent Quan, attacks Coulson and May, and incinerates Dr. Debbie while Raina escapes. They are forced to activate the unstable element of Extremis to kill him. Miles is released from S.H.I.E.L.D.'s custody, though he is fitted with a tracking device that logs his computer activity as part of his probation. Coulson is told by Ward that Skye hacked the mainframe for them and are unsure if they will find the masterminds behind Project Centipede. Skye is later harshly questioned by Coulson and tearfully reveals that the reason she is with the team and worked for Rising Tide is to find her missing parents, who were connected to S.H.I.E.L.D. in some way. Coulson pledges to help her, but fits her with the same tracking bracelet that Miles was given. In the final scene, Raina visits a mysterious man in prison to discuss the outcome of the experiment and asks him to contact the "Clairvoyant."|
|6||"F.Z.Z.T."||Vincent Misiano||Paul Zbyszewski||November 5, 2013||7.15|
|At the start of the episode Agent Coulson is taking his physical exam. In the lab Agent Ward is testing out a new weapon and says its an ounce too heavy. Once Ward leaves, Skye, Fitz and Simmons are making fun of him by doing impressions of him. Then Agent Coulson and the team investigate a series of deaths, involving levitation and electrostatic anomalies. Although the team initially assumed the deaths were caused by some form of weapon, the cause of the anomalies is discovered to be an alien virus found on a Chitauri helmet salvaged from the Battle of New York that turns the unwitting victims into electrostatic bombs. When Agent Simmons is infected by the fatal virus, she and Agent Fitz work feverishly on a cure, while Coulson ignores a direct order to sacrifice Simmons to save the rest of the team. With time running out and unaware their last attempt was actually successful, Simmons knocks out Fitz to leap from the plane, but Ward manages to save her before she plunges to her death. Simmons then receives a telling off from Agent Coulson. Once outside his office, Ward mimics Skye, Fitz and Simmons' impressions of him that he overheard. After his physical reveals nothing unusual, Coulson confides in Agent May he is searching for some explanation for why he feels different. She points out that it would be impossible not to be changed by his seeming death; alluding to having gone through her own life-shattering incident. In the final scene, the helmet is delivered to the S.H.I.E.L.D. Sandbox facility to the possession of Agent Blake, who warns Coulson of the consequences of disobeying a direct order from headquarters.|
|7||"The Hub"||Bobby Roth||Rafe Judkins & Lauren LeFranc||November 12, 2013||6.67|
|Coulson and his team arrive at a base called the S.H.I.E.L.D Hub and are given an assignment by its director Agent Victoria Hand (Saffron Burrows). The assignment calls for Ward and Fitz to head to South Ossetia and disable a weapon device called the Overkill. Skye and Simmons try to find out more information about the mission, since they are not privy to details about the mission which has been classified as Level 8. Simmons manages to tranquilize Agent Jasper Sitwell who catches her in the act of hacking into top secret Level 8 files. Skye deduces from the information that there is no extraction team coming to pick up Ward and Fitz and Coulson learns about this upon catching her. After a talk with Victoria Hand, Coulson and the team proceed to rescue Ward and Fitz (who manage to disable the Overkill device) as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents move in on the compound. Coulson did find out that the person who brought Skye to the orphanage when she was young was an as-yet-unidentified S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent. However, Coulson does not tell her the full truth about the file and asks May to discreetly investigate the matter further. In the final scene, Coulson (wanting to find out about his recuperation in Tahiti) is denied access to the Level 8 information despite his high level S.H.I.E.L.D. clearance. When the person he calls up about it asks if he would like to get approval from Nick Fury about it, Coulson declines and hangs up.|
|8||"The Well"||Jonathan Frakes||Monica Owusu-Breen||November 19, 2013||6.89|
|The team assists in the clean-up in the aftermath of the events of Thor: The Dark World and look into a plot to find and assemble three parts of an Asgardian Berserker Staff which imbues the holder with super strength and an uncontrollable rage. They are opposed by a paganist hate group in Norway led by Jakob Nystrom (Michael Graziadei) and Petra Larsen (Erin Way) and assisted by a professor in Spain named Dr. Elliot Randolph (Peter MacNicol). Phil Coulson tells his team that he has called Nick Fury about it and has been informed that Thor is currently off the grid. Touching the staff, Ward relives a traumatic childhood memory involving his brother in a well. He becomes irritable and aggressive and possesses increased strength. Following the clues to the staff parts, the team discovers that Randolph is actually an Asgardian who has lived on Earth for centuries. The team recovers the Asgardian artifact in a battle with the Paganist group. The staff repairs itself, and Randolph is convinced to relocate to Portland, where Coulson offers to introduce him to Thor when next he is in town. Later, Coulson has a nightmare about his recuperation in Tahiti.|
|9||"Repairs"||Billy Gierhart||Maurissa Tancharoen & Jed Whedon||November 26, 2013||9.69|
|A mysterious force threatens Phil Coulson's team when they bring in a StatiCorp safety inspector named Hannah Hutchins (Laura Seay) who is blamed for an explosion that killed some technicians at StatiCorp's Particle Acceleration Complex where it is believed that she has manifested telekinesis. Fitz and Simmons plan a S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy-style prank on Skye revolving around May's past. After the plane makes an emergency landing, they soon discover that the mysterious force is actually a Particle Acceleration Complex worker named Tobias Ford (Robert Baker) who is trapped between Earth and "Hell" (which Tobias believes that he is being dragged to) following the explosion and is targeting Hannah to protect her from those who were harm her, as he accidentally caused the explosion to get time with Hannah. After Tobias defeats Ward, May manages to defeat Tobias at a nearby barn and convince him to let go, causing Tobias to disappear. Skye is thanked by Phil Coulson for identifying Tobias Ford and getting to know more about May's past. In the final scene, Coulson's team plays a game of Upwords as Fitz comes in with shaving cream on his face, unaware that May was the one who pulled that prank.|
|10||"The Bridge"||Holly Dale||Shalisha Francis||December 10, 2013||TBA|
CTV announced in June 2013 that they hold the broadcast rights for Canada, and the series debuted on September 24, 2013, being simulcast with the American broadcast. On August 22, 2013, it was confirmed that Channel 4 would air the show in the United Kingdom, and it premiered on September 27, 2013. In Australia, the show premiered on Channel 7 on October 2, 2013, with the broadcast of the first two episodes. In Germany the show will premiere on January 31, 2014 on the pay-tv channel RTL Crime.
Before the premiere, the entire pilot was screened at San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2013, and was met with a very positive reaction from the crowd. Critically, the initial screening of the pilot was met with mostly positive reviews. As of September 28, 2013, based on the pilot, the first season has received positive reviews from some critics, and received a Metacritic score of 74 out of 100, based on 32 reviews. IGN gave the pilot an 8.5 out of 10, saying it "quickly hits the right notes to firmly show how it exists on the ground level" of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The New York Times' Brooks Barnes felt the storyline in the pilot was hard to follow at times, and did not like the thick accents of De Caestecker and Henstridge. He also added that "what goes over well at Comic-Con does not necessarily work in the real world," especially on a network with "Scandal moms and Dancing With the Stars grandparents."
Entertainment Weekly's initial reactions felt that if everything that made the show appealing—its continuity with Marvel Cinematic Universe, its continuance of the The Avengers storyline, and Whedon's return to television—was stripped from it, the show still worked. However, they also questioned if the show was accessible enough to attract a wider audience. Variety's Brian Lowry felt that the "pilot picks up where 'Avengers' left off, but doesn't pack quite the same punch," adding that the banter "occasionally feels a little precious and clunky".
Jim Steranko, the artist and writer who worked on the Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. comic books, was critical of the pilot episode, lamenting that "...the show had no menace, no tension." For the second episode, Steranko said that it was "...too unfocused to be satisfying," but praised Jackson's cameo as Nick Fury as "...an electrifying reminder of what the series could and should be."
In the United States, the premiere episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. earned a 4.7/14 rating in the 18-49-year-old demographic, with 12.12 million total viewers, making it the biggest network drama debut in four years. Though the series debuted to strong ratings against its competition, NCIS, its ratings declined considerably over the following two months, though it remained Tuesday's top show among men 18 - 49, and overall was the No. 3 show among upscale young adults behind Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory. It also enjoys DVR recordings that, according to TV Guide, are "through the roof".
In the United Kingdom, the debut episode was Channel 4's biggest drama launch of the year, averaging 3.1 million viewers, or a share of 14.2 percent of people watching TV in the UK at the time. In Canada, the first episode premiered on CTV to 2.706 million viewers, earning the third highest viewership for the week on the network. The Channel 7 premiere in Australia was watched by 1.3 million viewers, the top show of the night.
As of September 30, 2013, an estimated 22.1 million viewers have watched the premiere episode through live, DVR, encore, and online viewing in the US.
|1||"Pilot"||September 24, 2013||4.7/14||12.12||2.3||4.89||7.0||17.01|
|2||"0-8-4"||October 1, 2013||3.3/10||8.66||2.1||4.50||5.4||13.17|
|3||"The Asset"||October 8, 2013||2.9/9||7.87||1.9||4.15||4.8||12.01|
|4||"Eye Spy"||October 15, 2013||2.8/8||7.85||1.7||3.75||4.5||11.60|
|5||"Girl in the Flower Dress"||October 22, 2013||2.7/8||7.39||1.7||3.76||4.4||11.16|
|6||"F.Z.Z.T."||November 5, 2013||2.5/7||7.15||1.7||3.79||4.2||10.93|
|7||"The Hub"||November 12, 2013||2.2/6||6.67||1.6||3.46||3.8||10.13|
|8||"The Well"||November 19, 2013||2.4/7||6.89||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|9||"Repairs"||November 26, 2013||2.6/8||9.69||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|10||"The Bridge"||December 10, 2013||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|1||"Pilot"||September 27, 2013||3.98||0.542||4.522|
|2||"0-8-4"||October 4, 2013||3.08||0.591||3.671|
|3||"The Asset"||October 11, 2013||2.37||0.402||2.772|
|4||"Eye Spy"||October 18, 2013||2.38||0.406||2.786|
|5||"Girl in the Flower Dress"||October 25, 2013||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|6||"F.Z.Z.T."||November 8, 2013||2.23||N/A||2.23|
|7||"The Hub"||November 15, 2013||2.19||N/A||2.19|
|8||"The Well"||November 22, 2013||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|9||"Repairs"||November 29, 2013||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|10||"The Bridge"||December 13, 2013||N/A||N/A||N/A|
In June 2013, the series was awarded, along with five other shows, the Critics' Choice Television Award for Most Exciting New Series.
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