Eureka! I’ve got it.

Lily with the letter EMr. Agenda tells me that it’s Television Thursday, and with today’s letter being E, I’m going to talk about the Syfy series Eureka.  It airs Mondays at 9:00pm, and the fifth and final season starts on April 16th.  I’m kind of bummed that it’s ending, since I’ve really enjoyed the quirky, little show.

Eureka is a blend of sci-fi and comedy about a small, off-the-map town built to nurture and protect America’s geniuses working on the latest and greatest scientific achievements.  The series started when Jack Carter accidentally wandered into town and ended up becoming Sheriff.  Because the scientists are absent-minded or arrogant or sometimes both, their experiments constantly go awry and threaten to destroy Eureka or even the world.  Even though Jack is the “dumb” one in town, it’s usually his street-smart common sense that provides the ‘eureka’ moment that helps the brilliant scientists save the day.
 
The storylines are actually very formulaic – it's easy to anticipate how things will go wrong each week and what elements will come together to fix it.  But the comedy keeps things fun, and the show has plenty of heart to make the characters worth following.  The actors are excellent - able to pull off comedy without coming across as too goofy and then turn right around and tug your heartstrings with a dramatic moment.  So a show that could easily be blown off as a silly procedural is actually very charming.  
 

Eureka

If you haven’t had a chance to watch this delightful show, Eureka is available on Netflix Watch Instantly.  Check out a few episodes to see if you’re ready to move to this futuristic town where you’re in constant danger of being blown up by someone’s brilliant idea.
 
One of the coolest things about this show is seeing the insane devices and doodads the writers think up as inventions (what a fun job!) and then wondering how many similar items are actually being worked on in secret labs around the world.  Let’s just hope there’s a Sheriff Carter around to save them when things go wrong!
 
Do you watch Eureka?  Are you sad this is the last season?  Any wishes for things to happen as they wind things up?  How Earnest does Lily look with her letter E?
 
And if you haven't had a chance, guess the breeds of my dogs for a chance to win a prize.
 

Comments

Sylvia van Bruggen's picture

Eureka is one of my favorite series, I really love it when there is a quirky factor to tv shows. Alas my favorites have all been axed before their time, and Eureka is one of them.

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Jocelyn Rish's picture

It's such a fun show!  And they were so brave to reinvent themselves with the switch to the alternate version of Eureka.  I'm the same way - it seems like most of my favorite shows are destined to short runs.

Alex J. Cavanaugh's picture

Love that show! Very bummed it's about to end. One of the funniest things on TV.

Jocelyn Rish's picture

I hope this last season is amazing.  Colin Ferguson does an amazing job with Sheriff Carter - he's truly gifted at physical comedy!

Sheenah Freitas's picture

I've always seen previews of the show, but never got around to watching it. It sounds like something I'd enjoy watching, but I've been so wrapped up in writing and publishing that I try to keep my TV watching to a minimum otherwise I wouldn't get anything done!

Jocelyn Rish's picture

That's awesome that you have such great self control - I need some of that!  :-)

Junebug's picture

I do watch Eureka. I'm kind of sad about it ending but have to admit something has been lacking since the whole time travel part. Plus, everyone was basically paired back up with their love this last season so I'm not sure there is more to wrap up. I do enjoy the technology and gadgets. I kind of wish the real world could match up with our imaginations.

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Yeah, even though I'm sad about Eureka ending, I think it's the right time to bow out.  Too many shows outstay their welcome.  Although I have to admit I've always been more of a Carter-Jo shipper than Carter-Allison, so I was hoping they'd finally surprise us by getting them together.

Janna's picture

My husband and I bought the first season of Eureka a few years ago. We didn't have cable and a huge snowstorm was on it's way. What a great show! I am sad this is the last season. It's true, the plots are fairly predictable, but it doesn't matter. Colin Ferguson is great, and I miss Ed Quinn as Stark. I better stop now, since I could probably keep going.

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Ed Quinn did do a great job as Stark.  He's usually a character I would have really disliked, but Ed added that touch of vulnerability that made me like him even as I cheered for Carter to show him up. 

michelle's picture

Your mention of "insane devices" made me think of McGyver... do you remember him? The dude who extricated himself from almost-impossible-to-escape situations, by making these "doodads" from whatever materials happened to be available...a real feel-good '80's TV series starring Richard Dean Anderson.

Jocelyn Rish's picture

I had the biggest crush on McGyver!  Such a great show! I recently saw Richard Dean Anderon on Raising Hope, and I barely recognized him.

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