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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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{ 53 comments… read them below or add one }

Phyllis Burnett April 22, 2012 at 8:36 am

Loved this show, could not stop watching it. It leaves you wanting…..wanting….more!! Please at least give us an ending.


Elly April 1, 2012 at 7:59 pm

I have watched this series 2x now. It is actually quite intriguing. Sure wish they’d start it again (with a better main actor boy) and allow it to live longer than one season. Perhaps the advertising or placement of the show during the night wasn’t great enough for the audience to get their teeth sunk into it, but as a sci-fi buff.. if done right, it could soar to lower depths.. of water that is. Come on.. give it another chance!


orlando March 7, 2012 at 8:29 am

Surface had me disappointed . I thougth it was great at the beginning but later it became boring. I don’t know how, but it’s true.


Dawn February 20, 2012 at 10:56 am

I watched this show faithfully when it was originally on. I absolutely loved it!!! I was appalled that they cancelled it. I really wished they would bring it back on and bring closure to the show. Give it the ending it deserves.


Sctratch January 11, 2012 at 9:23 am

Just watched on Netflix – couldn’t stop watching – really kept my interest. I went on the Internet to see if the Second Season was available, but to my distress it was cancelled. I am hardly a regular TV series watcher – actually never, but this series really caught my interest. Really too bad it was cancelled – should have been given a Second season chance.


Nimrod April 30, 2011 at 1:16 am

Nim for president 2012!!!


Nimrod April 30, 2011 at 1:13 am

I watched the show when it first aired but missed most of it because of a hectic work schedule now I am able to watch reruns on imdb. It was a great show and very original. I was surprised to learn that it was cancelled due to poor ratings. Anyway, I wish the networks would bring it back so, there would be some kind of closure. I am hoping that Nim save’s the day by educating the big monsters that humans are friends not food….lol.


Kuro Rai March 15, 2011 at 11:33 pm

ouh it would be wonderful if the show was continued~!
i hope the creator of this show have a caring heart to resume the movie~!


Surface Fan February 23, 2011 at 4:56 pm

I watched the show when it was on TV and I just finished watching the DVD set this week. It was really a good show. It’s too bad the creators of the series don’t come out with a follow-up tv movie to tie up the events. Were the families reunited? Did the creatures take over? Where’s Jackson? Did Nim remain a good creature? Just some closure would be good.


ev January 27, 2011 at 3:24 pm

no fair they brought back Jericho. they could even do a mini series some kind of closure.


ev January 27, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Bring it back


Paulette T January 25, 2011 at 8:57 pm

I never had a chance to watch the show when it was airing. I just got sick and watch the whole 15 episode in one day. It is such a great show. I couldn’t stop watching it. I really do wish they bring back the show. I feel like I am hanging.


ANGELA March 4, 2010 at 10:21 pm

I want to see what happened after the 15 episode this really sucks they get a real good show and leave people hanging like this. that’s not right ! get rid of some of the day time soaps they are totally worthless and bring back SURFACE. only loosers with no life would sit and enjoy soaps . who cares about bob sleeping with jan or tony doind his freinds wife and on thats all soaps are. who do we writer to and tell tehm we want SURFACE back ?


Linda T November 12, 2009 at 7:03 am

Typical int it….. I watched the series right up until the last one when my video recorder went on the blink… I missed the last episode….AGGGH!!!
Can’t tell you how disappointed I was.
(Had to tape the show cos it was on so late at night, no good when you have to be up early for work the next day, but why so late?)


Diane Baillie September 7, 2009 at 7:08 pm

We loved this show so very much. It was one of the best in the last two decades. We would love to see it come back. Will it ever be remade or come back again. Like I said my husband and I really loved this show and could never figure out why it never came back. It was the most interesting. We do not like the reality shows or the show that compete with each other. It is time for something different like “Surface”. Please come back again.

Diane Bailie
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