Eureka (TV series)
Also known as A Town Called Eureka
Genre Science fiction Comedy-Drama
Created by Andrew Cosby Jaime Paglia
Starring Colin Ferguson Salli Richardson-Whitfield Joe Morton Jordan Hinson Ed Quinn Erica Cerra Neil Grayston Niall Matter James Callis Matt Frewer
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 53 (List of episodes)
Location(s) British Columbia, Canada
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 44 minutes
Original channel Syfy
Original run July 18, 2006 (2006-07-18) – present
Status Airing

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Eureka (stylized as EUReKA) is an American science fiction television series that premiered on Syfy on July 18, 2006. Since then four and half seasons have aired, and a fifth is currently being filmed. Season 4 continues on SyFy on Friday the 8th of July 2011 at 8/7c. The show is set in a fictional town called Eureka, Oregon, in the Pacific Northwest inhabited almost entirely by geniuses and scientists. Nearly everyone in Eureka works for Global Dynamics, a huge advanced research facility responsible for the development of all major technological breakthroughs in the last 50 years. Each episode features a mysterious accidental or intentional misuse of technology, which the town Sheriff, Jack Carter then solves with the help of town scientists. Each season also features a larger story arc that concerns a particular major event or item.The series was created by Andrew Cosby and Jaime Paglia and is produced by Universal Media Studios. The season one original music was composed by Mutato Muzika and season two and three were composed by Bear McCreary. The executive producers of the current season are Paglia, Charles Grant Craig, and Thania St. John. While initially lacking in strong critical acclaim, Eureka has been a popular success, averaging 3.2 million viewers during the second half of season three. In 2007 Eureka was nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Visual Effects for a Series and won the Leo Award for Best Visual Effects in a Dramatic Series. In the United Kingdom on Sky1 the show is known as A Town Called Eureka although it is also shown under its original name on the BT Vision platform. It was announced on August 17, 2010 that the show had been picked up for a fifth season of 13 episodes.

Synopsis

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Eureka takes place in a high tech fictional community of the same name, located in the U.S. State of Oregon (Washington in the pilot) and inhabited entirely by brilliant scientists working on new scientific advancements. The town is operated by a corporation called Global Dynamics (GD), that is overseen by the United States Department of Defense. The town's existence and location are closely guarded secrets.

U.S. Marshal Jack Carter stumbles upon Eureka while transporting a fugitive prisoner (his own rebellious teenage daughter Zoe) back to her mother's home in Los Angeles. When a faulty experiment cripples the sheriff of Eureka, Carter finds himself quickly chosen to fill the vacancy. Despite not being a genius like most members of the town, Jack Carter's ability to connect to others, his simple but effective ideas, his above average intelligence in practicality, and his steadfast dedication to his work repeatedly saves Eureka, and sometimes the entire world, from one would-be disaster after another.

In season four, most of the main cast were accidentally sent to the past due to a malfunctioning tech. They managed to go back to the present, and find out they have changed the time line, thus changing the roles of the entire cast.

Characters

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Main cast

  • Sheriff Jack Carter, portrayed by Colin Ferguson (seasons 1–present), is a U.S. Marshal who reluctantly ends up as Sheriff of Eureka. Jack is consistently dumbfounded by the wonders Eureka produces, as well as their propensity to produce things that often threaten the entire town, if not the world. Despite being a man of average intelligence in a town full of geniuses, Jack's admittedly simplistic ideas and ability to make intuitive connections between seemingly disparate events often save the day. (This is in contrast to the other residents of Eureka, who, being stereotypical scientists, tend to over-complicate things and get lost in minutiae). His overall role in the series does not change in the new timeline.
  • Dr. Allison Blake, portrayed by Salli Richardson-Whitfield (seasons 1–present), is a Department of Defense agent who acts as the liaison between Eureka and the Federal Government, and later becomes the director of Global Dynamics. She is always at the forefront of any dilemma that might arise. Although she works for the DoD, she had two Ph.D.s and an M.D. Allison is also raising her son Kevin, an autistic youth whose father died when he was still a baby, and Jenna, the daughter she conceived with Nathan shortly before his death. After the change in the timeline, Kevin is no longer autistic and she never became director of GD; she is instead head of GD's medical science division.
  • Zoe Carter, portrayed by Jordan Hinson (seasons 1–3, recurring seasons 4–present), is Jack's rebellious teenage daughter. Unlike her father, she is intelligent enough to keep up with the town's residents (her IQ is 157), yet like her father, possesses the street smarts most of the town's residents do not. She longs to be a medical doctor, and with the help of Henry's recommendation letter, receives an early acceptance to Harvard's medical program. She dates Lucas but in the altered timeline, they broke up when Lucas moved to Geneva, and she is now showing interest in Zane. She is also a bit more mature and responsible since having moved from Eureka in the altered timeline.
  • Dr. Henry Deacon, portrayed by Joe Morton (seasons 1–present), is the town jack-of-all-trades. Although, like most residents of Eureka, he is a brilliant multidisciplined scientist, Henry has ethical objections to the kind of research conducted at Global Dynamics, preferring employment as the town's mechanic. Henry's assistance is often invaluable in defusing the situations the experiments in town create. During Season 3, he was elected Town Mayor as a write-in candidate. Following the change in timeline in season 4, he is suddenly married and is trying to keep the timeline shift a secret. Late into the 4th season, he confides in his "wife" after he realizes he is beginning to fall in love with her.
  • Dr. Nathan Stark, portrayed by Ed Quinn (seasons 1–3, recurring season 4), is one of Eureka's top scientists who is modeled after Tony Stark. He and Jack are frequently at odds, though both respect each other. He is formerly married to Allison, and they rekindled their relationship in the second season. They were supposed to get remarried in the third season, but he vanishes while saving the world from a time paradox on the day of their wedding, an event that apparently still occurred in Season 4's alternate timeline.
  • Josephina "Jo" Lupo, portrayed by Erica Cerra (seasons 1–present), is a tough, no-nonsense cop with a love of firearms. From Season 2 onwards, after a brief fling with Taggart, she later develops a relationship with Zane. Zane proposes to her in the Season 4 premiere. However before she can answer him, time is altered to where the two of them never dated, and in fact cannot stand each other. In the new timeline, she is Head of Security at Global Dynamics, her role as deputy taken by the android Deputy Andy.
  • Dr. Douglas Fargo, portrayed by Neil Grayston (seasons 3–present, recurring seasons 1–2), is a junior scientist who is treated somewhat dismissively by his peers. Accident prone, he more often than not ends up a victim of the disasters befalling the town. He has also caused a fair share of the problems. Neil Grayston also provides the voice of S.A.R.A.H. (Self Actuated Residential Automated Habitat), the bunker home Jack and Zoe Carter live in. In the alternate timeline, he is head of GD, and not well liked by the staff because of his alternate's imposing and intimidating manner. He has difficultly in this new role as his alternate was a domineering egomaniac, an act he has trouble pulling off. Even so, the job has begun to transform him into a more decisive and capable leader as the weight of responsibility has forced him to stand up to other GD employees, the Department of Defense, and military generals.
  • Zane Donovan, portrayed by Niall Matter (seasons 3–present, recurring season 2), is a rebellious genius, recruited in the second season as an alternative to imprisonment after being arrested for fraud (allegedly causing the New York Stock Exchange to crash). He also develops a relationship with Jo Lupo shortly after his arrival in Eureka. However, this relationship is erased with the change in timeline. He is back to being a perpetual prankster and a low-level nemesis of Jo, though he shows signs of improving because of the trust she puts in him.
  • Dr. Trevor Grant, portrayed by James Callis (seasons 4–present), was an assistant to Albert Einstein in the late 1940s, when Eureka was a military base. He is first seen in the season 4 premiere, when five Eureka Citizens get teleported back into 1947. He assists them to return but, before they leave, Jack Carter tells Allison Blake "he left his device in another jacket" (still in 1947). At the end of the episode, Dr. Grant is in 2010 Eureka, and it is assumed he was transported there accidentally with Jack's device; however, it is later revealed that he took the time travel device on purpose. He renames himself Charles Grant as an alias, and even those who know his true identity begin calling him Charles in private. He takes on a job as a scientific historian while working with Henry on assorted projects. He is later approached by the alternate Beverley, who convinces him to work with her toward an unknown goal.
  • Dr. Jim Taggart, portrayed by Matt Frewer (season 3 episode 17, recurring seasons 1,2,4), is a somewhat eccentric animal expert. He also does work in geophysics.


Recurring cast
  • Dr. Tess Fontana (Jaime Ray Newman) is described as a "brilliant engineer and astrophysicist who sees things differently than those around her... putting her at odds with the mainstream scientific community." Allison, having known this out-of-the-box thinker since grad school, puts her to work on a highly confidential Global Dynamics project. By the last quarter of Season 3, Dr. Fontana finds herself spending time with - and eventually positioned as a love interest for - Colin Ferguson's Jack, by the season finale she had spent at least four nights with Jack in his home. The Season 3 finale suggests her character is to be written out from the primary storylines in Season 4; however, after the timeline is altered in the season 4 premiere, her history is changed and she has just agreed to move in with Carter.
  • Dr. Beverly Barlowe (Debrah Farentino) is the town psychiatrist who secretly works for a conglomerate of business interests wishing to exploit Eureka's innovations. In the Season 4 Episode "Stoned" she returns at the end as the person from Accounting that knows the truth behind Dr Trevor Grant, hinting that she may have been working with the DOD since she disappeared.
  • Vincent (Chris Gauthier) is the owner of Cafe Diem. He prides himself on being able to make anything his customers ask for — partially due to the extradimensional features of his pantry, which essentially allows him infinite room to store recipe ingredients. He is no exception to the town's geniuses, and holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Gastronomy. Throughout the series, it has been implied Vincent is gay, due to his flamboyant manner of speech, and a scene in the second season episode, "Games People Play," in which residents of Eureka disappear, leaving residents of no memory of them. Jack asks Vincent about Jo, to which Vincent replies by asking him if he (the nonexistent new deputy) is cute. His last name has not yet been revealed.
  • Eva Thorne (Frances Fisher) is a corporate fixer hired to make Eureka more profitable, which she mainly accomplishes by downsizing. She seems to have an ulterior motive involving an underground military base built before Eureka was founded. An accident in this facility resulted in her being extraordinarily long-lived: she is 107 years old when she returns to Eureka. After sacrificing her one chance of finding a cure in order to save Zoe, Thorne leaves to start a new life, finally able to put her past behind her.
  • General Mansfield (Barclay Hope) is an army general who frequently visits Eureka to check up on Government projects, or to enforce martial law when experiments get out of control.
  • Lexi Carter (Ever Carradine) is Jack's free-spirited sister who comes to live with him and Zoe early in Season 3 after finding out she (Lexi) is pregnant. Her fanatic emphasis on waste management, recycling, spirituality and politics quickly endears her to others and makes her an asset to the community. She leaves Eureka with her husband-to-be in the middle of season 3 after he discovers her pregnancy.
  • Kevin Blake (Meshach Peters seasons 1-3, Trevor Jackson season 4) is Allison Blake's son. He is an autistic savant with an IQ of 182. Kevin's birthday is March 15, 1997. His character is a major part of the artifact story arc in season two. Kevin does not appear again until season four, where he 'accidentally' (although this is uncertain) activates the 2010 side of the bridge device. In the new timeline, Kevin is not autistic.
  • Lucas (Vanya Asher) is Zoe's shy genius boyfriend. They start dating after being forced to work together on a high school science project in Season 2. In Season 3, Lucas is cited as having the third highest IQ ever measured, even though he can be a bit of a klutz. He receives early acceptance to MIT after a letter of recommendation from Henry, so he is able to be with Zoe in Massachusetts. They broke up when he moved to Geneva.


Episodes

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SeasonProductEpisodesOriginally airedDVD release date
Season premiereSeason finale
1Eureka: Season 112July 18, 2006 (2006-07-18)October 3, 2006 (2006-10-03)July 3, 2007 (2007-07-03)
2Eureka: Season 213July 10, 2007 (2007-07-10)October 2, 2007 (2007-10-02)July 15, 2008 (2008-07-15)
3Eureka: Season 3.018July 29, 2008 (2008-07-29)September 18, 2009 (2009-09-18)June 30, 2009 (2009-06-30)
Eureka: Season 3.5June 29, 2010 (2010-06-29)
4Eureka: Season 4.020July 9, 2010 (2010-07-09)N/AJuly 5, 2011 (2011-07-05)
Eureka: Season 4.5N/A


Reception

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Director of Center for Inquiry West & IIG West, James Underdown presents Writer Ed Fowler with award August 21, 2010

Ratings and viewership
The series premiere garnered high ratings, with 4.1 million people tuning in. Eureka was also the top rated cable program for that Tuesday night, and was the highest-rated series launch in Syfy's fourteen-year history. The season two premiere drew 2.5 million viewers, making it the top-rated cable program of the day.

For calendar-year 2008 as a first-run, the series delivered 1.42 million viewers in the 18-49 demographic.

The season 3 premiere was viewed by 2.8 million viewers and the season 3.5 premiere of Eureka earned 2.68 million viewers in its new time slot.

The 4th Season Premiere was viewed by 2.5 million viewers.

Critical reaction
Critical reaction was mixed, with general praise for the premise, but overall middling reaction to the writing of the pilot.

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

The New York Daily News:

Award nomination

  • Eureka was nominated for a 2007 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series. The other nominees were Battlestar Galactica (the winner), Grey's Anatomy, Heroes, and Rome.
  • On August 21, 2010 Eureka was honored with an award for its scientific and critical thinking content, from The IIG during its 10th Anniversary Gala. Award was accepted by Writer Ed Fowler.




Filming locations

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  • Chilliwack, British Columbia  – Downtown Wellington Avenue Cafe Diem Set All 4 seasons
  • Duncan, British Columbia
  • Ladysmith, British Columbia – Downtown First Avenue
  • Nanaimo, British Columbia – Ney Drive, Biggs & Townsite Roads
  • Surrey, British Columbia – (Sullivan Heights Secondary School, Fraser Heights Secondary School)
  • Victoria, British Columbia – Dominion Astrophysical Observatory (NRC)
  • Port Moody, British Columbia – (Heritage Woods Secondary School) Exterior shots of Global Dynamics. The interior of the school has also been used as the school that Brian Perkins attends, on May 3, 2007. This school's interior has also been used as the school that Zoe Carter attends as well (in the episode, "Duck, Duck Goose"). The roof of the school was also used as the location of the astronomy tower (also in the episode, "Duck, Duck Goose").
  • Ashland, Oregon – (City Hall) Interior and exterior shots of city hall
  • Burnaby, British Columbia – Vancouver Film Studios for the majority of the Global Dynamics building interiors, cafe interiors as well as the home of Sheriff Carter.
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Milwaukee County War Memorial Exterior shot of Global Dynamics' warehouse


DVD releases

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Season 1

Season One
Set detailsSpecial features
  • 12 Episodes
  • 3-Disc Set
  • 16×9 (1.78:1) Aspect Ratio
  • Languages:
    • English (Dolby Digital 5.1 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English (No subtitles available with the UK/AU release)
  • Pilot Episode with Audio Commentaries
  • Deleted Scenes with Audio Commentaries
  • Webisodes
  • Outtakes with Audio Commentaries
  • Podcasts
  • Made In Eureka Mock Infomercials
Release dates
 United States United Kingdom Australia
July 3, 2007March 24, 2008October 1, 2008


Season 2
Season Two
Set detailsSpecial features
  • 13 Episodes
  • 3-Disc Set
  • 16×9 (1.78:1) Aspect Ratio
  • Languages:
    • English (Dolby Digital 5.1 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English (No subtitles available with the UK/AU release)
  • Happenings Around Town, The Second Season
  • Sci-Fi.com Webcasts
  • "Live Smart, Eureka" PSA's
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Inside the Writers' Room
  • Gag Reel
  • Podcast Commentaries
Release dates
 United States United Kingdom Australia
July 15, 2008August 16, 2008February 3, 2010


Season 3.0
Season 3.0
Set detailsSpecial features
  • 8 Episodes (First half of season 3, episodes 1 - 8)
  • 2-Disc Set
  • 16×9 (1.78:1) Aspect Ratio
  • Languages:
    • English (Dolby Digital 5.1 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English (No subtitles available with the UK release)
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Podcast Commentaries
  • Audio Commentary
  • Creating a Musical Personality Featurette
Release Dates
 United States United Kingdom
June 30, 2009January 25, 2010


Season 3.5
Season 3.5
Set detailsSpecial features
  • 10 Episodes (Second half of season 3, episodes 9 - 18)
  • 2-Disc Set (US) / 3-Disc Set (UK)
  • 16×9 (1.78:1) Aspect Ratio
  • Languages:
    • English (Dolby Digital 5.1 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Audio Commentaries with Cast and Crew
  • Podcast Commentaries
  • Finishing Touch: The Visual Effects in "Eureka"
Release Dates
 United States United Kingdom
June 29, 2010January 17, 2011


Season 3
Season 3
Set detailsSpecial features
  • 18 Episodes
  • 5-Disc Set
  • 16×9 (1.78:1) Aspect Ratio
  • Languages:
    • English (Dolby Digital 5.1 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: None
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Audio Commentaries with Cast and Crew
  • Creating a Musical Personality Featurette
  • Podcast Commentaries
  • Finishing Touches: The Visual Effects in "Eureka"
Release Dates
 Australia
March 2, 2011


Season 4.0
Season 4.0
Set detailsSpecial features
  • 10 Episodes (First half of season 4, episodes 1 - 10)
  • 2-Disc Set (US) , 3-Disc Set (GB)
  • 16×9 (1.78:1) Aspect Ratio
  • Languages:
    • English (Dolby Digital 5.1 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
Release Dates
 United States United Kingdom
July 5, 2011September 26, 2011


In other media

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Original soundtrack


On August 26, 2008, La La Land Records released Eureka: Original Soundtrack From the Sci-Fi Channel Television Series. Composed predominantly by Bear McCreary, the album consists of 28 tracks from the show's second season. It also includes two variations of the Mark Mothersbaugh and John Enroth composed main theme, as well as two songs -- "Let's Get Hitched" and "EurekAerobics", written by Brendan McCreary and Captain Ahab, respectively.

Comics
In early 2009, Boom! Studios produced a comic book based on storylines provided by Andrew Cosby (who is also the co-founder of the comic publisher), written by Brendan Hay, with art by Diego Barreto. This was followed by a second issue called Eureka: Dormant Gene written by Andrew Cosby, Jaime Paglia and Jonathan L. Davis, with art by Mark Dos Santos.

Novels

  • Eureka: Substitution Method. Cris Ramsay, New York: Ace, August 2010.
  • Eureka: Brain Box Blues. Cris Ramsay, New York: Ace, November 2010.
  • Eureka: Roads Less Traveled. Cris Ramsay, New York: Ace, March 2011.


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