Eureka (stylized as EUReKA) is an American science fiction television series that premiered on Syfy on July 18, 2006. The fifth and final season ended on July 16, 2012. The show is set in a fictional town in the Pacific Northwest called Eureka, Oregon. Inhabited almost entirely by scientific geniuses, most residents of Eureka work for Global Dynamics—an advanced research facility responsible for the development of nearly all major technological breakthroughs since its inception. 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 was produced by Universal Media Studios. While initially lacking in strong critical acclaim, Eureka was 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 the show airs on Sky1 and is known as A Town Called Eureka, although it is also shown under its original name on the BT Vision platform.
On February 16, 2012, Syfy announced that the show’s fifth and final season would premiere on April 16, 2012. In order to close the show, one additional episode of the fifth season was ordered, which aired on July 16, 2012.
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 advances. 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. In episode 5.06 (“Worst Case Scenario”), Jack is directed to place an EM field generator device at the center of Eureka’s shield. The GPS coordinates given are 42°38′12.33″N 121°40′55.33″W, located in the Winema National Forest, about 43 miles north of the border between California and Oregon.
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 demonstrates a remarkable ability to connect to others, keen and practical insights, and a dedication to preserving the safety of Eureka.
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