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"Summer" and "NBC" are generally two words you don't want to see in the same sentence, but that could change with its next new series. The network is no stranger to stocking up on odd little shows to fill up its summer, and the most interesting entry this year is Siberia, a late addition to the schedule. The genre show is a thriller about a reality show gone wrong, and it seems perfectly suited for bored eyeballs looking for something to watch, but is it actually worth an hour of your time? I've seen the first episode and I can honestly say... maybe! Let's walk through what Siberia is all about.


Siberia... what is this, one of those Planet Earth things?

No! It's a reality show. But it's a FAKE reality show! It's a scripted drama about a fake reality show! It's a supernatural drama about a fake reality show! It's layered as all heck, because it's about 16 contestants on a Survivor-like show who head to an old meteor crash site in Siberia with one mission: Survive the season while participating in elimination games. But things go wrong. Very wrong. Like "maybe monsters" wrong.


Who created the series and who's in it

Unless you are the parents of Siberia's actors, you aren't going to know any of these names, but here goes anyway. It was created by Matthew Arnold, and stars a bunch of unknowns—Sabina Akhmedova, George Dickson, Berglind Icey, Tommy Mountain, and others. But that's part of the charm of the series: You aren't supposed to recognize any of these people because Siberia is supposed to be a reality show full of regular stereotypes.


When does this fake reality show begin?

Siberia starts Monday, July 1 at 10pm. I never get sick of pointing out NBC's bone-headed scheduling decisions, so I'll gleefully do it again here: Siberia, a barely promoted, 13-episode supernatural summer series, will air directly opposite Under the Dome, CBS's heavily promoted, 13-episode supernatural summer series, and it will do so a week behind its competition. Siberia will undoubtedly get creamed in the ratings department, but has a shot to land on people's DVRs. (Under the Dome drew more than 13 million viewers in its premiere last week, and became the biggest summer hit in a long, long time.) As far as I know, Siberia is also meant to be a single-run miniseries with no shot at a second season.


Who is going to like Siberia?

Sickos who want to see reality contestants get mauled by unknown beings (which is everyone, right?). But mostly, fans of the new-wave of found-footage horror (Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity, ABC's The River).


What's hot about Siberia

This show clearly verges on fun parody, and it does a fantastic job of recreating the atmosphere of a reality show. The entire pilot is presented as a reality show, but who knows how long it will stay like that once sh*t starts going down. The reality contestant archetypes are a hoot; there's the older man, the jerk, the model, the geek, and more, but the show adds some unique characters, like the chick who might know a lot more about what's happening than everyone else. But the real attraction here are the things that go bump in the night, the mysteries that linger in the woods, and contestants dying!



What's cold in Siberia?

The biggest problem with Siberia is that it's trying to come off as a real reality show and a horror movie. This is super-duper apparent during extended bouts of typical reality shenanigans, like when female contestants bicker over who's getting the last of the limited beds and who's sleeping on the floor. But we all know it's a fake reality show, so why would we care about stupid stuff like that? Though Siberia does a decent job with the budget it has, there are moments when it is very obviously a low-budget project. At times It's almost like a fancy web series. 


So... should I watch it? 

On Mondays, you should watch Under the Dome instead. But Siberia isn't a bad show to have on your DVR for Tuesdays. There's a chance it could get really thrilling down the line as mindless summer entertainment, but there's an equally good chance it could get really stupid. I'm definitely willing to watch a few episodes to find out, though.


I'd like to see a trailer, please.

Actually, if you want you can watch the whole first episode right now! Otherwise, here you go:



What should I drink while watching Siberia?

Well since it's a fake show, how about a fake drink? Virgin daiquiri!



Siberia premieres Monday, July 1 at 10pm on NBC. 

Previously Aired Episode

AIRED ON 9/16/2013

Season 1 : Episode 11

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This show is not even arguably THE worst show ever made. Does it get more than 100 viewers? I feel sad for anyone who likes this show.
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It's all so fake!!! Thought it was like survivor or something like it. Ridiculous. Good laughs !!!
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wow good and creepy, can't wait to see if this is all real or fake, but how could this be real? a good start so far !
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Someone recommend here to watch THE HERO hosted by THE ROCK on TNT. I am quite a fan of the ROCK so I tried. The concept sounds weird at first but now I am into episode 4 and I am liking it more and more. It has one thing that most reality TV show, in fact most TV shows these days do not have - GOOD VALUES ! I think it is one reality show you can watch with your kids! Go try !
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Just watched the first episode, and I am not feeling it so far. To over the top, and to fake. Guess it's typical for reality tv, but not for me... I will just watch life, it is phoney enough in it's own right
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You know, last week, I would have said that, since there aren't that many shows out there to watch, I would give this one a try, but then a bunch of truly crazy-ass/bonkers/WTFs moments happened on Big Brother 15 (really, if you don't know what's up, go find a running diary of the house online.... it's a neo-nazi meeting in there!), and it doesn't look that good to begin with, so I'll pass and waste my time on a 'real' reality show...
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It looks too much like a dumb reality show to get me interested...
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I have watched the pilot and this comments below might include SPOILERS so for those who have not watched it, you might want to skip as I know people here at TV.com are very edgy about SPOILERS so here goes again. THERE ARE SPOILERS in the comments below.

Its really funny that there are people who think reality contestants get killed off in the ABC who dunnit show when it debut last week. I was thinking that show could be a FAKE reality show but it turns out the contestants or at least most of them are real. I bet there will be others who think this is real too ! How could a real reality competition REALLY killed off contestants. The network would be in too much trouble.

Credit to the makers of the series that it does feel real. The atmosphere that the show created and the actors on the shows does make me "FEEL" it is real. One giveaway though at the beginning to tell you it is all FAKE - the game has no rules which literally means you could actually killed people off. How can a TV network do a reality show with NO RULES.

You just have to be the last one standing sort of like the hunger games. I thought it would be fun to explore whether contestants worked together to get lesser money or they would totally destroyed (not necessarily kill,they could even just irritated everyone enough to get them out) everyone else to get the prize money. Sort of like Lord of the files situation but they had to introduce the supernatural element which I dislike. I hope they do not go down that road.

I do like the show enough to continue watching it. Its actually a reality junkie wet dreams. A reality show with no rules, anything goes, sounded really fun.

The concept is new. It is kind of coming full circle though. About more than a decade ago, we started having our first reality show where we have real people coming on to TV because we were sick of scripted show. Now we are having a scripted show about reality TV. Funny how TV works.
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I came in in the middle of the show. The end almost gave me a heart attack...because I thought it was real. I'm disappointed to hear that its fake so now I have to decide whether or not it's worth watching further.
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You are disappointed someone did not really die ?
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but explain me: this has real actors or anyone could have applied to go there?? Im confused :x
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They are actors pretending to be real contestants.
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if thats true it must be awesome tv show
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Its true. Just goggle it.
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I watched, I liked it more than I expected; that being said, is not freaking awesome but more what you said, a mindless summer entertainment show.
"What's cold in Siberia?


The biggest problem with Siberia is that it's trying to come off as a real reality show and a horror movie. This is super-duper apparent during extended bouts of typical reality shenanigans, like when female contestants bicker over who's getting the last of the limited beds and who's sleeping on the floor. But we all know it's a fake reality show, so why would we care about stupid stuff like that?", I actually did not have a problem with those bits of the show, IMO they add to the essence and helps create the atmosphere that we need to make this thing work, it's supposed to be a reality show so a few remarks here and there are welcome, specially if we're to start figuring out the personalities of the "contestants". It's only the pilot, stablishing stuff is expected.

Will def be back next week to check it out.
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I really liked the show. I thought the horror elements were done nicely. Also the Siberian wilderness looks alot like here in Finland. Which brings me to my 1st mistake of the show.

Mistake 1: Red capped mushrooms: they are called "fly mushrooms" highly toxic, not considered a food source. Can be eaten only after boiling them several times (changing water each time). There are plenty of ediple mushrooms and berries, so why do they go strait to the poisonous ones?

Mistake 2: Starting fire with glasses: Cannot be done! Glasses arent magnifying glass and don't focus light in the same manner.

Mistake 3: Lighter in a boot: They said they got strait from the plane to the helicopter and they didn't even know they were in Russia. So the guy had to put the lighter in his boot before going to the plane in England. Security in airports is pretty tight and lighters arent alowed in planes.

Mistake 4: Miracle healing foot: Someone already mentioned this on the comments. The nerd sprains his angle and on the next he is walking around like nothing happend. Also nobody knows any 1st aid skills they could have given him like, like taking your shoes off, keeping the leg elevated and using some water to cool it down. Making a wrap would have been asking too much from these dumasses.

I still like the show but if these mistakes says something about their writing team.
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lol, I like the show too but all this errors make my laugh so hard. I hope they go out a little from the strictly reality feeling, because after the first accident it's a little difficult the think that someone will continue to have the same interaction with the camera and crew as the reality still going on as normal.
About the mistakes:
I belive it's from the first "lord of the flies" that people know glasses can't start a fire, at least someone working in the movie industry should know it.
I'm from Europe, maybe in US it's different, but the red capped mushroom with white dots are the ones you learn from child to never even touch.
Lighter in a boot trough airport security, not easy to believe.
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It's horrible. I somehow managed to watch till the end of the episode because it was obvious that whatever "hook" the show will have will happen at the last seconds. It was lame, predictable crap.
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Wow!!...Talk about bad...
1. Johnny and Neeko out in front of pack running to cabins ( Johnny even states on camera that he is in the lead ), but somehow Sabina "beat" them both there.
2. Take notice if you do waste your time watching how little they put Sabina on camera and does not speak a single word.
3. Take notice how Tommy walks far ahead of the 2 girls while searching for mushrooms, which sets up the dramatic ending to the 1st episode.
4. Since Sabina didn't talk you didn't get the small background info at the bottom right of screen when they do a 1on1 with a cameraman.
5. Day 2 on a severe sprained ankle and Daniel is walking around just fine.
6. Previews for upcoming episodes just show more bad acting.

Really bad attempt at a Blair Witch wannabe fake reality show with characters taken from shows like Lost, Survivor.
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why aren't you posting anything about TNT's The Hero hosted by dwayne "the rock" johnson,
the third episode was really great!! and better than this show
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I really liked it....even more knowing that we'll get a full season with no chance of a cliffhanger, so basically a fill show. Already watched the first ep, excited for next week!
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Wow this show is bad... The acting was OK till bad things started, then it all went to shit!! Highly NOT Recommended.
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Well, you almost talked me inta it, Tim. But your fans put the Kibosh on that rather quickly. I hear it's no Cult and couldn't even carry its jockstrap. NBC--I give it half an hour before we see the white towel as in an early Tyson fight...
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I have it on good authority that when Siberia is cancelled it will be converted to a gula... I mean an executive retreat for NBC Programming & Development people. Camp Peacock we'll call it
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Watched the pilot, and it's pretty obviously a crappy show. However, it wasn't as bad as I expected. I thought it was going to be absolute, pure shit, the kind of show that makes you slit your wrists. But there were a few interesting things about it, the creatures in the woods being one. I won't watch the complete show, but I might watch a few minutes here and there to see how it progresses, and I will definitely watch the final episode, just to see the mystery revealed, and who survives.
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No point in voting if I'm gonna watch it because I am not the preview alone took years off my life (which I can't afford to spend anyway). But before I go can someone please tell me when the good stuff starts up
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Will give it a chance.
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Oh Tim, why did you have to recommend we watch a show like this. It's not fair. I would never have even considered watching it but now I feel like I have to give it a go. Well if I do it won't be anytime soon.
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They released the pilot online early as Tim notes above (which would've been very smart if it was actually bearable, so people could watch, like, and be sure to tune in even if it's DVR or on-demand since it's up against Under the Dome) and I have to say it's not even a "DVR and watch when nothing else is on" show. I won't go into any spoilers, but I'd say it's a pass. I LOVE bad horror movies, not just the ones that are so bad they're laughably good - I mean the BAD horror movies. I love the genre. Think a bad horror movie/lost/fake reality show, but take all of the very worst aspects of the above and you have Siberia. Tim could be right, it could get better a few episodes in, but I'm not wiling to stick around to find out. If I hear that it got significantly better I'll catch up - otherwise huge waste of time.
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My new standard is, if it ain't at least as good as Made in Jersey, I'm not watching it. Which is too bad because Made in Jersey was pretty damn good...
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I am not watching because we all know it's the aussie host who is behind all the mauling. and killing.
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After I watched the Pilot, i was tempted to call NBC and demand a refund for the wasted time of my life -_-
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I am so over reality shows that I can't even bother with fake reality shows.
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Uhm, I wouldn't call Blair Witch a "new-wave found-footage horror", seeing as it created the genre (I disagree with people saying Cannibal Holocaust did, because I've actually seen the film) and is from the 90s. The new-wave thing started with Paranormal Activity in my opinion.

The show sounds... Like a bad version of Dead Set. Watch Dead Set instead, and then watch Sex House... And then maybe this show.
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LOL! Sex house was soooo hilarious, before it turned all dark and stuff! Dead set is also pretty good!
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Totally agree on Dead Set recommendation
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is Dead Set a show I should watch one day in the distant future (when my list of shows to watch shrinks)?
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If you want the surreal who's watching/controlling who, then Channel 4's weird Killer Net (free online I think) may appeal.
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sounds good and am adding it to my list (I looked it up online to get an idea of the plot and it sounds great)
Thanks!!
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'Dead Set' is definitely one to catch if your haven't. Zombie apocalypse happening outside Big Brother studio while Big Brother airing seen through eyes of contestants was a cool idea. There was a definitive ending to it, no cliffhanger.
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sounds fabulous! Thanks everyone;-)
I love this site
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Hey, what about Bunheads?
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still don't know what Amish Showtime is and I googled it. Is it a joke. You mentioned in a couple articles and I keep saying I don't know what it is. I EVEN googled it and I guess it was a joke that I didn't get and wasn't explained to me.
I'm an idiot according to terminaltrip so zombie are up my alley.
Bunheads in on the list of shows to watch but I"m on season 3 of BSG and want to finish that fabulous show!

"Aw just go watch your Amish Showtime" sounded like an insult. Like go watch your shitty tv shows.
Misunderstanding but please explain the "joke" (?) that is Amish Showtime (is it censored versions of showtime shows?)
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I thought you said we could have some fun, Vicky. I didn't insult you, but Amish Showtime is funny and zombies are stupid. Yeah, God made zombies because she was bored and didn't have enough stupid things to enjoy ;-)
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yes, insult someone when they respond.
Amish showtime...huh? I like the amish on banshee but don't know of any amish on showtime (amish sounds boring imo but to each their own).
ballet vs zombies--> zombie win (ooh, zombie ballerinas might be cool but aren't they anorexic so they wouldn't eat brains would they)
Just joking to any ballerinas and any anorexics out there;-)
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We've been through this. Aw just go watch your Amish Showtime...
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did it end on a cliffhanger?
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yes, i already recommended it to you
its the british series about a zombie apocalypse occurring during big brother
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@Vicky8675309

i WAS awesome in Big Brother, thank you for admiring my work.
I like to converse with the little people (i'm talking about commoners when i say "the little people", not midgets or children. Personally i find kids unhygienic - little disease incubators)
If you are interested there will be a book published around Christmas time and for an additional €500 i can sign a copy for you.
The title of the book will be "Big Brother:My Journey, Its been an emotional roller coaster, i'd like to thank Jesus....."
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OMG, I am so sorry about that!! You were awesome in Big Brother!
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@Vicky8675309
That is my porn list you mentioned

miniature horses are sexy
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then it's on my list somewhere....

wait I just checked and all I could see from you was big brother, my little pony, queer as folk, and revolution!! lol

j/k, it's probably buried somewhere in the list
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As a reality aficionado I love the set-up, but it's hard to tell where the show will go from here as it's increasingly implausible to keep the "show" going once people start dying.
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A reality afficianado? Well, I guess there has to be one somewhere but I doubted anyone would admit to it--rather ballsy...
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I saw the first episode and will keep watching for now - I'm not in the US so I download, and am not affected by scheduling. If I had to choose between them, I'd obviously go with Under the Dome, but Siberia seems like a fun summer show, and it really nailed the reality show vibe, though it seems to have a lower budget. If it gets too stupid I'll drop it, but for now there's not much else to watch so why not?
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the only best scripted-reality show i like to watch right now is Burger Land with George Motz ..
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Even though i like the idea of reality show contestants being killed - as gruesomely, bloodily and retch inducing as possible - i will not watch this

If they did actually kill contestants i would watch.
I would sit in a swivel chair, stroking a white cat i borrowed while murmuring "yes, kill them all" over and over again.
I would suggested cross overs with other reality shows
I would suggest a cross over with Glee
I would suggest a cross over with Revolution

However they are not actually killing reality show competitors, so no
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Got an extra white cat?
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Yes but you must bring your own swivel chair
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This literally sounds like the worst idea I've ever heard.
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SO THIS WAS YOUR IDEA!!!
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No. This is the worst idea since the last fake reality horror show. No, fake found footage documentary. Same thing. No, it's worse than that. It explains the scheduling though. Hey, they said, what if we tap into the audience who have no taste, watched under the dome, and didn't like it. I've got it, we'll start something the week after precisely designed for the tasteless.
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Your logic is flawed--although usually it's pretty good. Taste is not a requirement for UTD, it's just less tasteless. And I'm sure you're referring to Cult...
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Actually, Cult is neither of those concepts. The River, maybe, it was a fake found footage documentary...
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The River! That was the one! I made it one episode in. Maybe the whole episode. I think it took twice.
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What? Cult wasn't a fake reality show that sucked???
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