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SurfaceNetwork: NBC
Episodes: 15 (hour)
Seasons: One

TV show dates: September 19, 2005 — February 6, 2006
Series status: Cancelled/ended

Performers include: Lake Bell, Jay R. Ferguson, Carter Jenkins, Leighton Meester, Ian Anthony Dale, Louanne Cooper, Ric Reitz, Eddie Hassell, Kelly Collins Lintz, Bobby Coleman, Jason Davis, Rade Serbedzija, and Caroline Kent.

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TV show description:
This drama centers on the appearance of mysterious sea creatures in the deep ocean, and the lives of naval officers in the South Antarctic Sea, a family in North Carolina, scientists from the Oceanographic Institute in Monterey, and fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico.

The seemingly innocent creatures they find are beautiful but full of surprises. As the story develops, we discover what truly is lurking under the sea.

Characters include California oceanographer Laura Daughtery (Lake Bell), North Carolina teen Miles Barnett (Carter Jenkins), Louisiana Insurance claim adjuster Richard Connelly (Jay R. Ferguson), and Evolutionary biologist Dr. Aleksander Cirko (Rade Serbedzija).

Series Finale

Episode 15 – Who will be left behind?
With a tsunami on the way, Wilmington, NC residents (like Miles and his family) are being forced to evacuate the island.

Laura travels to find Rich who has been arrested by military police at the mysterious laboratory. As the lab employees evacuate the building, he’s locked in a cell and left to die.

Miles’ girlfriend Caitlin has gone missing and he goes back to find her. With the help of Nim, Miles eventually finds her unconscious on the side of the road. As they try to escape the tsunami by car, they run into Laura and Rich who have escaped from the lab. They run out of gas and flee to a church just as a giant wave come towards them.

Inside the church, Laura and Miles see a big creature swimming around in the water. As a second wave comes crashing in, they make it up to the roof of the church. On the roof, the four look out over a flooded city and Laura says, “It’s a whole new world.”


What happened next?

The show was cancelled and there’s been news of any plans to finish the story. The DVD set includes deleted scenes but no closure.


Behind the Scenes

The series was cancelled after 15 episodes due to low ratings.
The original series title was Fathom but was changed because the rights to the name were owned by another company. Some early promotional items used the original name.

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Andrew Martinez December 28, 2014 at 3:08 am

Just did a 15 episode marathon run of the tv show Surface, I couldn’t stop watching, it’s so freakin addicting. Now i’m pissed, cause there are no more episodes to watch. Such a fantastic show.


John Hamilton December 7, 2014 at 12:00 am

I watched the series too and was angry when it was cancelled. BUT, I recently saw a program about an incident with a dead diver; one of two brothers (sound familiar?) near an oil rig and a 40+ foot creature that rammed and destroyed a 40 ft ship, killing all aboard. The navy got involved with that and (get this), armed specially trained dolphins to seek out and kill the creature. Several of the dolphins died but apparently killed the creature, as a huge severed claw was recovered. Later, Mexican fishermen caught the remains of a much smaller creature……….that looked just like the creatures in this tv series. Low ratings? Maybe. But the creature was supposedly released from an underwater cave opened by the oil rig drilling, and the facts seem imbedded in this tv series. My first thought was…… god…… was based on a true story. My second thought was, my god…………no wonder it got cancelled……………….


Jacquie Dugan August 19, 2014 at 6:41 pm

I found this series on Netflix and couldn’t figure out why it was canceled? It is a great story. Are the creatures man made or not? What is Miles turning into? Will Mom turn into one of those huge creatures? Will the huge one.that ate a large boat, be back? Did the man in the face covering hat clone people? I’m watching 15 now and this is not a finish. Why do networks get ride of exciting shows then replace them with some dumb comedy.?! Bring back through Netflix or a movie!


Jon June 8, 2014 at 5:49 pm

I’ve been a fan of Surface since the first episode back in 2005. I never missed an episode. In fact, my mother and I would use those nights as a time to bond and watch the show together. Hell, I even got my girlfriend hooked on the show. We all feel the same way. The show was ended WAAAAY too early. There was so many unanswered questions, so much potential with the plot and characters – especially with Miles. I’m seriously hoping SOMEONE high up with grasp this opportunity and either reboot the series, or finish it off in some way that will give us fans some type of closure. From my mom, my girlfriend, and myself… PLEASE SOMEONE REBOOT THIS SERIES!!!!


val n v May 21, 2014 at 10:12 pm

Wonderful story…plz continue on netflix….nim is so cool!


jerry February 25, 2014 at 9:49 pm

Just watched on Netflix excellent show, but need to bring it back. We all need an ending, can’t wait to see it.


Cynthia Finn February 10, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Just watched Surface on Netflix and really enjoyed it!! I don’t know how I missed it when it aired and yet I do. There isn’t much of interest on network TV for a syfy fan. The acting and writing on Surface was wonderful and as others have said the last episode left us hanging. Since NBC is not interested in this series maybe Netflix or Hulu who are now producing their own series could pick this one up for the science fiction crowd. We are a loyal group to those series we fall in love with…just an idea.


Simone R. February 23, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Cynthia you are so correct. I just finished watching Surface today and it was awesome. I am hoping that someone can pick up this series SOON :)!!!


Tonya Morgan-Evans November 13, 2013 at 1:43 am

Just watched Surface and loved it. My sincere sympathies to the creators and writers. It was obvious there was a very well thought out plot line with much more story to tell. Hated to see it end so abruptly after one season. Everyone associated with this show, should be very proud of the work they did. Great job everyone! I won’t watch anymore shows on NBC either, due to the cancellation of this show. It doesn’t matter that it ended 8 years ago. The extraordinarily poor judgement/decision making exemplified by NBC management in choosing to cancel this show is still having a significantly negative impact on NBC today. Hate to have been the NBC Suit responsible for this gigantic mistake. That poor, poor Suit must have been stuck inside that NBC ivory tower. So sad he wasn’t capable of seeing what a potential cult classic he had with Surface. If only he had climbed down from that NBC ivory tower long enough to ask the viewers. He would have been known today for holding a string of records for most Emmy wins for a TV series. Like I said, definitely wouldn’t want to be THAT GUY!! Somewhere out there is the creative genius behind Surface… Won’t you please finish the story for all of us living outside the NBC ivory tower? I promise we will be loyal fans to the very last episode!!


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