Also known asA Town Called Eureka
Created by
Theme music composerMark Mothersbaugh
John Enroth
Opening theme"Eureka on My Mind"
Ending theme"Eureka on My Mind"
(season 1)
"Carter's Theme"
(seasons 2–5)
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes77 (TV episodes)
+ 8 (webisodes) (list of episodes)
Executive producers
Production locationsVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time44 minutes
Production companies (2006–2007)
Original networkSci-Fi Channel
Original releaseJuly 18, 2006 (2006-07-18) –
July 16, 2012 (2012-07-16)
Warehouse 13

Eureka (stylized as EUReKA) is an American science fiction television series that premiered on Sci-Fi Channel (renamed Syfy in 2009) on July 18, 2006. The fifth and final season ended on July 16, 2012. The show is set in the fictional town of Eureka, Southern Oregon (although in the pilot episode Eureka was located in Washington – and the origin of a diamond in the episode "Best In Faux" was shown as Eureka, California). Most residents of Eureka are scientific geniuses who work for Global Dynamics – an advanced research facility responsible for the development of nearly all major technological breakthroughs since its inception. Each episode featured a mysterious accidental or intentional misuse of technology, which the town sheriff, Jack Carter, dealt with, with the help of the town scientists. Each season also featured a larger story arc that concerned a particular major event or item.

The series was created by Andrew Cosby and Jaime Paglia and produced by Universal Media Studios. While initially lacking in critical acclaim, Eureka was a ratings success for the network, averaging 3.2 million viewers during the second half of season three.[1] 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.[2] In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the show airs on Syfy and is known as A Town Called Eureka, although it is also shown under its original title on the BT Vision platform.[3]


Jaime Paglia, co-creator of Eureka, at the 2011 Phoenix Comicon.

Deputy United States 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 demonstrates a remarkable ability to connect to others, keen and practical insights, and a dedication to preserving the safety of Eureka.

Eureka takes place in a high tech fictional community of the same name, located in the U.S. state of Oregon and inhabited by brilliant scientists. Camouflaged by an electromagnetic shield, the town is operated by a corporation called Global Dynamics (GD), which is overseen by the United States Department of Defense. The town's existence and location are closely guarded secrets.

Cast and characters

Main article: List of Eureka characters

Main characters


Main article: List of Eureka episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
112July 18, 2006 (2006-07-18)October 3, 2006 (2006-10-03)
213July 10, 2007 (2007-07-10)October 2, 2007 (2007-10-02)
3188July 29, 2008 (2008-07-29)September 23, 2008 (2008-09-23)
10July 10, 2009 (2009-07-10)September 18, 2009 (2009-09-18)
42110July 9, 2010 (2010-07-09)December 7, 2010 (2010-12-07)
11July 11, 2011 (2011-07-11)December 6, 2011 (2011-12-06)
513April 16, 2012 (2012-04-16)July 16, 2012 (2012-07-16)


The series was created by Andrew Cosby and Jaime Paglia and was produced by Universal Media Studios. The season one original music was composed by Mutato Muzika; season two and beyond were composed by Bear McCreary. The executive producers were Paglia, Charles Grant Craig, and Thania St. John. While initially lacking in strong critical acclaim, Eureka had been a popular success, averaging 3.2 million viewers during the second half of season three.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]

Characters from Eureka have crossed over to Warehouse 13 and vice versa, and characters from Warehouse 13 have crossed over to Alphas, making the triplet sister shows.[5][6][7][8]

On August 17, 2010, the channel, now known as Syfy, announced that the show had been picked up for a fifth season of 13 episodes.[9][10] Fan sites and a show writers' Twitter feed said on August 4, 2011, that the show had been picked up for a sixth and possibly final season of six episodes.[10][11] It was then announced on August 8, 2011, that Eureka would not get a sixth season, but it would instead be canceled after season five.[12] However, one additional episode of the fifth season was approved in order to give the series a proper finale.[13] On February 16, 2012, Syfy announced that the show's fifth and final season would premiere on April 16, 2012.[14]

Filming locations


Eureka was part of Sci-Fi's developing shared fictional universe, with several characters crossing over between series:

Global Dynamics researcher Douglas Fargo (played by Neil Grayston) from Eureka traveled to South Dakota to update Warehouse 13's computer system in the Warehouse 13 episode "13.1". Warehouse 13 computer wizard Claudia Donovan (played by Allison Scagliotti) subsequently traveled to the town of Eureka, Oregon to check out the technological marvels at Global Dynamics in the Eureka episode "Crossing Over". Fargo again appeared in the Warehouse 13 episode "Don't Hate the Player" when Claudia, Lattimer, and Bering traveled to Palo Alto, California to find Douglas beta testing a virtual reality simulator with the aid of a dangerous artifact. Additionally, Hugo Miller spent some time in the town of Eureka, departing with Douglas Fargo at the end of episode "13.1"; he returns in "Love Sick", commenting that, "every week [there] something seems to go 'boom'!" His presence there is off screen.


Ratings and viewership

The series premiere was watched by 4.1 million people, making it the top-rated cable program for that night; it was the highest-rated series launch in Sci-Fi's fourteen-year history.[18] The season two premiere drew 2.5 million viewers, making it the top-rated cable program of the day.[19]

For calendar-year 2008 as a first-run, the series delivered 1.42 million viewers in the 18–49 demographic.[20]

The third season 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.[21] The fourth season premiere was viewed by 2.5 million viewers.[22] The fifth season premiere was viewed by 1.8 million viewers,[23] on par with season four's closing episode "One Giant Leap".[24] The fifth season closer "Just Another Day" generated 1.58 million viewers.[25]

Critical reception

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

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer:[26]

It's all very quirky. Too quirky, maybe, for an audience that is used to spaceships, robots, and explosions. Though every episode promises an "aha!" moment based in quantum physics and obscure scientific laws, this world is relatively flat, conceptually speaking, in comparison to the complexity woven into series such as Stargate SG-1 and Battlestar Galactica. This does not mean Eureka is a complete waste of time. Not at all. The characters are fun, Ferguson is believable and pleasant, the script is solidly constructed, and the visuals are slickly produced. All in all, it's a sweet series and probably not long for this world.

The New York Daily News:[27]

With its playful new series Eureka, set in the Pacific Northwest and telling the story of an outsider who comes to explore, and settle in, a remote town full of eccentrics, Sci-Fi Channel isn't just inviting comparisons to Twin Peaks and Northern Exposure. It's demanding them. But co-creators Andrew Cosby and Jaime Paglia hold up to them pretty well. Eureka has a premise, a cast and a plot that make it one of the TV treats of the summer. The folks at Sci-Fi Channel clearly intended to reinvent the summer TV series here, and come up with something breezy and fun. And Eureka – they've done it!

Awards and nominations

Director of Center for Inquiry & IIG, James Underdown presents writer Ed Fowler with an award on August 21, 2010.


On August 8, 2011, it was announced that Eureka would be cancelled after five seasons.[30] Syfy decided not to order a season six of Eureka: "But Eureka is not over yet. There is a new holiday episode this December and 12 stellar episodes set to debut next year, marking its fifth season and six memorable years on Syfy. The 2012 episodes are some of the best we've seen, and will bring this great series to a satisfying end. We are very grateful to Bruce Miller and Jaime Paglia, their team of incredible writers, and an amazing cast and crew who have consistently delivered a series we continue to be very proud of. We thank the fans for their support of this show and know they will enjoy its final season in 2012."[31]

With the announcement of the show's cancellation, a fan campaign on social media emerged. Thousands of fans protested what they thought was the network's decision.[32][unreliable source?] Executive producer Amy Berg clarified that the decision to cancel the show was made by Comcast, the controlling partner at NBCUniversal, which owns Syfy.

Everyone is asking why. It's simple, really. We are the network's golden child in every way, except profit margins. Fact is, #Eureka is an expensive show to make. And we could not maintain the quality of our show with the cuts it would take to make us profitable for Syfy's new parent company. Our creative execs at Syfy fought hard to keep us. Trust me, they LOVE us. We just couldn't make the numbers work.

— Twitter (via[33], Amy Berg

In other media

Home media releases

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All five seasons of Eureka have been released to Region 1 and region 2 on DVD. Seasons 1–4 have been released in region 4. Season 3 and 4 were released in two separate sets for each season in region 1 and 2.

In 2014, Universal released the complete series to the German market as an 18-disc Blu-Ray box set (aka Eureka: Die Komplette Serie or Eureka Gesamtbox). This set is region-free and will play on Region A (North America) players. It is available to U.S. buyers via online retailers. This set retains the original English-language audio. Titles and on-screen instructions can be switched to English in the disc menus.

In 2020, Mill Creek Entertainment released the complete series to the U.S. market as a 12-disc Blu-Ray box set. Extras mostly mirror those in the 2014 box set, though two extended episodes from the 2014 set are not included. Critical and buyer reviews report this set has significant issues with video quality.


Eureka: Original Soundtrack From the Sci-Fi Channel Television Series
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedAugust 26, 2008
LabelLa La Land Records
Bear McCreary chronology
Battlestar Galactica: Season Three
Eureka: Original Soundtrack From the Sci-Fi Channel Television Series
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

A soundtrack was released on August 26, 2008 on La La Land Records.[34] 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.

All music is composed by Bear McCreary, except noted.

Side one
1."Eureka On My Mind"Mark Mothersbaugh and John EnrothAll0:32
2."Sheriff Carter's Theme" Maneater3:29
3."Prehistoric Love Spores" Maneater2:40
4."Allison's Theme" Games People Play2:54
5."Through the Vortex" Games People Play5:04
6."Fargo's Theme" Noche de Sueños2:51
7."The Mask of Fargo" Noche de Sueños2:29
8."The S.A.R.A.H. Mobile" Duck, Duck, Goose1:18
9."Let's Get Hitched"Brendan McCrearySight Unseen3:56
10."When You Wish Upon Falling Debris" Duck, Duck, Goose3:12
11."Little Big Bang" E=MC...?2:35
12."Henry's Theme" A Night at Global Dynamics5:23
13."Taggart's Theme" A Night at Global Dynamics2:04
14."The Laser Canon" A Night at Global Dynamics1:56
15."Noche de Suenos" Noche de Suenos3:25
16."A Nuke for Fargo" Try, Try Again5:43
17."EurekAerobic"Captain AhabDuck, Duck, Goose2:33
18."Victor's Getaway" Try, Try Again0:36
19."Henry and Beverly" All That Glitters4:26
20."Jack and Callie" Sight Unseen", "Maneater2:33
21."Everyone's Dumb" E=MC...?1:50
22."The Heathers" Duck, Duck, Goose0:39
23."Zane on the Lam" E=MC...?2:44
24."Erotomania!" Maneater2:28
25."A Night at Global Dynamics" A Night at Global Dynamics3:54
26."Threat of Nuclear Cleaning" A Night at Global Dynamics2:21
27."A Town Called Eureka"  2:13
28."Eureka on My Mind (Reprise)"Mark Mothersbaugh and John Enroth 0:51

Internet Streaming Services

All five seasons of Eureka are now available for viewing on-demand on


In early 2009, Boom! Studios produced a comic book series 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.[35] This was followed by a second 4-issue series called Eureka: Dormant Gene written by Andrew Cosby, Jaime Paglia and Jonathan L. Davis, with art by Mark Dos Santos.[36]


Podcast appearances

In 2011, Colin Ferguson appeared on Disasterpiece Theatre, discussing what Eureka might look like if directed by Michael Bay.[37] In 2012, Niall Matter also made an appearance on the podcast, discussing how Eureka would function as a "romcom".[38]

In May 2012, Ferguson appeared on Tabletop, a show on Geek and Sundry, where during the course of the episode he discusses his experiences and character in Eureka. The Geek And Sundry network is co-hosted, among others, by Felicia Day and Wil Wheaton, who made various appearances on Eureka.[39]


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