Nightflyers (TV series)

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Based onNightflyers novella and short story collection
by George R. R. Martin
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Daniel Cerone
  • George R. R. Martin
  • Jeff Buhler
  • Gene Klein
  • David Bartis
  • Doug Liman
  • Alison Rosenzweig
  • Michael Gaeta
  • Lloyd Ivan Miller
  • Alice P. Neuhauser
  • Robert Jaffe
  • Andrew McCarthy
Production location(s)Limerick, Ireland
Running time42–44 minutes
Production company(s)
Original networkSyfy
Picture format
Audio format5.1
Original releaseDecember 2, 2018 (2018-12-02) – present (present)
External links

Nightflyers is an American science fiction television series on Syfy that premiered on December 2, 2018, based on the novella and series of short stories of the same name by George R. R. Martin. The first season consisted of ten episodes, which concluded on December 13, 2018.


In 2093, a team of scientists embarks on a journey into space aboard an advanced ship called the Nightflyer to make first contact with alien life-forms. However, when terrifying and violent events occur, the team begins to question each other and to realize there is something on-board the Nightflyer with them.[1]






In 2016, it was announced that Syfy would be developing a series based on Martin's novella. Later in 2017, it was announced that the series would rather be based on the film adaptation from 1987.[4] George R. R. Martin will not be involved directly with the series due to his exclusive contract with HBO, but will be credited as an executive producer.[5]


The series started its production in early 2018 on location in Limerick, Ireland, and also at the Limerick-based Troy Studios, with Daniel Cerone serving as the showrunner.[6] Cerone also serves as a series executive producer, alongside Gene Klein, David Bartis, and Doug Liman of Hypnotic, Alison Rosenzweig and Michael Gaeta of Gaeta Rosenzweig Films, and Lloyd Ivan Miller and Alice P. Neuhauser of Lloyd Ivan Miller Productions.[2][7][better source needed]

For the visual effects, Spin VFX is the main vendor with Territory Studio supplying user interfaces, and Switch Visual Effects providing additional support. The visual effects have to work seamlessly with the huge practical set built for the ship.[8]


No.TitleDirected byTeleplay byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
1"All That We Left Behind"Mike CahillJeff BuhlerDecember 2, 2018 (2018-12-02)0.623[9]
2"Torches and Pitchforks"Andrew McCarthyDaniel CeroneDecember 3, 2018 (2018-12-03)0.414[10]
3"The Abyss Stares Back"Nick MurphyLindsay SturmanDecember 4, 2018 (2018-12-04)0.390[11]
4"White Rabbit"Maggie KileyBrian NelsonDecember 5, 2018 (2018-12-05)0.319[12]
5"Greywing"M. J. BassettStory by : Daniel Cerone
Teleplay by : Terry Matalas & Christopher Monfette
December 6, 2018 (2018-12-06)0.470[13]
6"The Sacred Gift"Andrew McCarthyJeff BuhlerDecember 9, 2018 (2018-12-09)0.424[14]
7"Transmission"Damon ThomasDavid SchneidermanDecember 10, 2018 (2018-12-10)0.303[15]
8"Rebirth"Mark TonderaiMichael GolamcoDecember 11, 2018 (2018-12-11)0.312[16]
9"Icarus"Stefan SchwartzAmy Louise JohnsonDecember 12, 2018 (2018-12-12)0.274[17]
10"All That We Have Found"Mark TonderaiJeff BuhlerDecember 13, 2018 (2018-12-13)0.420[18]


Promotional poster for the series.

Netflix has joined the series as a co-producer, and holds international airing rights in addition to secondary airing rights in the United States.[19] Nightflyers premiered on Syfy on December 2, 2018.[20] The first season consisted of ten episodes.[21]


On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 33% based on 24 reviews, with an average rating of 4.98/10. The website's critical consensus reads: "Unsettling without being particularly scary, Nightflyers's low-budget aesthetics and over-reliance on homage betray its intriguing philosophical pondering and impressive creative pedigree."[22] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 47 out of 100 based on 14 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[23]

Alex McLevy of The A.V. Club is disappointed that the show doesn't do more to upend genre conventions the way Game of Thrones successfully did, saying "showrunner Jeff Buhler doesn’t quite know how to make it feel new again". McLevy praises the show for its "appealing visual style" despite budgetary limitations, and of the acting cast he singles out Maya Eshet "who elevates every scene in which she appears". He compares the show to the film Event Horizon and calls the show engaging but lacking depth and suggests the show may appeal more to those who already enjoy the sci-fi horror genre.[24]


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  3. ^ "Bryan O'Byrne (Auggie) – Cast". Syfy. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  4. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (May 11, 2017). "George R.R. Martin Novella 'Nightflyers' Headed for TV on Syfy". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 13, 2018.
  5. ^ Miller, Matt (March 21, 2018). "George R.R. Martin's New Show Looks More Like 'Psycho in Space' Than Game of Thrones". Esquire. Retrieved May 13, 2018.
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  8. ^ Trevor Hogg (November 21, 2018). "The Long, Fearful Flight of George R.R. Martin's NIGHTFLYERS". VFX Voice.
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  13. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (December 7, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 12.6.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  14. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (December 11, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 12.9.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
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  20. ^ Petski, Denise (October 5, 2018). "'Nightflyers': Syfy Sets Multi-Platform December Rollout For George R.R. Martin Horror Thriller". Deadline.
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  23. ^ "Nightflyers: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  24. ^ Alex McLevy (November 30, 2018). "The new George R.R. Martin TV series is more Event Horizon than Game Of Thrones". The A.V. Club. The Onion.

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