Here are a couple to get us started from the Boston Globe…
…and the Chicago Tribune
Sometimes, you just crave a good old-fashioned alien-invasion drama. You want full-on apocalyptic suspense, set amid urban ruins and the kind of social anarchy that forces crooks and aristocrats onto the same side. You want heroism in the face of otherworldly evil, and you want otherworldly evil all up in your face. You want to squirm as giant, slimy, lizardy insects scurry across the screen.
And at those moments, you deserve “Falling Skies,’’ a new eight-week, 10-hour series from executive producer Steven Spielberg and “Saving Private Ryan’’ writer Robert Rodat. It does the trick.
TNT and executive producer Steven Spielberg walk a tightrope with the alien invasion series "Falling Skies" (8 p.m. June 19, TNT; *** out of 4).
On one hand, they want to attract hard-core genre fans eager for thrilling sci-fi storytelling. On the other, they want to keep their show grounded enough in reality and the tropes of family drama to make it attractive to the general viewing public.
The high-wire act works, but not without some bobbles.