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Surface
Format Drama/Science Fiction
Created by Josh ad Jonas Pate
Starring Lake Bell
Jay R. Ferguson
Carter Jenkins
Ian Anthony Dale
Leighton Meester
Eddie Hassell
Rade Šerbedžija
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 15 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 43 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run September 19, 2005 (2005-09-19) – February 6, 2006 (2006-02-06)

Surface (originally titled Fathom) is a former science fiction television series that premiered on NBC on 19 September 2005. The program aired fifteen episodes (its full first season) until 6 February 2006 before going on hiatus due to the coverage of the 2006 Winter Olympics and awaiting word on whether it would be renewed for a second season. On May 15, 2006, NBC officially announced the series' cancellation, despite average ratings, leaving the outcome of the plot as a cliffhanger ending. It was originally intended to be a mini-series composed of fewer episodes, focusing on three people, but positive ratings led to it being extended, and including an additional central character. With the end of the season being called a "season finale", it left impressions that it would continue for at least one more season.

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Broadcast history

During the show's initial airing, Surface was also broadcast in syndication on the Sci-Fi Channel in the United States, which still holds broadcast rights. In addition to U.S. network the programme was also broadcast in Canada on CH, as well as ITV2 in the UK, Network Ten in Australia, VT4 in Belgium, on La Sexta and Calle 13 in Spain and on Universal Channel in Mexico. During the summer of 2006, the series was broadcast on ProSieben in Germany, by Fox on Portuguese and Brazilian cable networks, in Israel on Yes network, and on Canal+ in most of Scandinavia. During the summer of 2008, the series was broadcast on Veronica in The Netherlands. The entire series was repeated in the U.K. on ITV1 between 23 July 2009 and 30 October 2009.

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Current

The program is currently being broadcast in Italy on Italia 1 and in Norway on TVNorge (started in June 2007), Portugal on TVI (Saturday afternoon), Australia on Scifi, Spain on La Sexta (started in September 2007), Finland on MTV3, rebroadcast in Germany on ProSieben and in Canada on Space. In Poland on TVN Siedem started from August 2007, and starting May 2008 it is being reaired in TVN on Thursdays at 15:15. It is as of July 2007 also being broadcast in Mauritius on MBC3 (Tuesday afternoons). Since November, 2007 it is also broadcast in Greece (Hellas) on Alter Channel on Fridays at 21:00, in New Zealand on TV3 late Friday evenings and in Croatia (Hrvatska) on RTL Televizija Wednesday at 22:30. It is also currently airing Mon-Fri (Ep1 aired Mar 10, 2008) at 00:30 or 01:30 on StarWorld (cable) in Singapore, with repeats airing the next day at 11:00. From December 10 also started to be shown in Digit Alb + (cable)in Albania. As of December, 2009, with the exception of episodes eight, eleven, and fourteen the show is available to stream on Hulu. As of 2010 the series is available to view in its entirety through Netflix's Watch It Now streaming service.

Synopsis

During a routine submersible dive in the North Pacific Ocean, California oceanographer Laura Daughtery (Lake Bell) is attacked by an unknown life form that appears out of a field of craters on the ocean's floor. Miles Barnett (Carter Jenkins), a North Carolina teenager, finds himself face to face with the strange sea creature after falling off his wakeboard during a nighttime outing with his friends. Meanwhile, Richard Connelly (Jay R. Ferguson), a Louisiana man on a fishing trip, loses his brother in a suspicious diving accident when a creature drags him to the depths of the Gulf of Mexico.

All around the world, strange things are occurring in the world's oceans. Shooting stars fall from the night sky into the Caribbean Sea; a horrific howl tears apart a South African lighthouse. In South Carolina, an unknown carcass washes up on a public beach, prompting the government to evacuate and cordon off the area, claiming it as a beached whale killed by red tide poisoning.

Meanwhile, Daughtery's research is seized by government officials led by a mysterious Serbian scientist, Dr. Aleksander Cirko (Rade Šerbedžija); after attempting to confront them, she is fired. Curious as to what he's seen, Miles ventures back to the area where he first spotted the creature only to find the water covered in strange pods he classifies as "eggs"; he takes one home and places it in his parents' fish tank. Unable to cope with his brother's disappearance, Connely ventures to South Carolina to see the creature for himself. Connelly meets Daughtery upon arrival after they are both taken into custody due to asking too many questions. When the fish in Miles' tank disappear and the tank breaks, Miles discovers that something has hatched from the egg; he attempts to conceal it but it escapes and causes havoc at his sister's pool party. Daughtery and Connelly sneak onto the beach and bring back a hagfish that had been feeding on the carcass. Each returns to his home, and Daughtery sends the fish's stomach contents to be tested. As they wait for the results, reports of strange creatures beaching themselves around the world begin to surface. These three strangers may have stumbled upon the greatest secret in human history.

The creature that hatched from the "egg" Miles found appears to be a kind of web footed aquatic lizard possibly a Pliosaur. It has the ability to zap objects with an electrical charge. Miles' friend Phil names the creature Nimrod, "Nim" for short.

Dr. Cirko discovers the origins of the creature, but is murdered before he can tell anyone. His assistant gives his research to Daughtery who has already teamed up with Connelly.

Themes

This TV series encompasses possible implications of genetic engineering, and modern biotechnology. The underlying theme of the series involves the artificial creation of an organism, through a secret biotechnological company. One scene involves a scientist going for an interview for the company, where the interviewer reveals revelations such as the recovery of the Archaeopteryx, and that cloning Dolly the Sheep was 30 (or 20?) years after their secret company discovered how to clone.

Cast and characters

Actor Role Notes
Lake Bell Laura Daughtery Marine biologist
Jay R. Ferguson Richard Connelly Insurance claim adjuster
Carter Jenkins Miles James[1] Barnett High school student
Ian Anthony Dale Davis Lee Government Official
Rade Šerbedžija Dr. Aleksander Cirko Evolutionary biologist
Leighton Meester Savannah Barnett Miles' sister
Eddie Hassell Phil Nance Miles' best friend
Linsey Godfrey Caitlin Blum Miles' girlfriend
Ric Reitz Ron Barnett Miles' dad
Louanne Cooper Sylvia Barnett Miles' mom
Bobby Coleman Jesse Laura's son
Connor Ross Zack Miles' friend
John Banks Greg Savannah's boyfriend

Episode guide

DVD releases

On May 1, 2006 it was announced that Universal would be releasing the Surface - Season One DVD set on August 15, 2006. The DVD set was released with the title of Surface: The Complete Series.[2]

An Australian release of all 15 episodes from season one has been released by Universal.

DVD Name Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
The Complete Series August 15, 2006 March 26, 2007 April 4, 2007

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