Aired: 2011-12 (2 Seasons Totaling 24 Episodes)
Starring: David Strathairn, Ryan Cartwright, Warren Christie, Azita Ghanizada, Laura Mennell, Malik Yoba, Erin Way
Series Website: www.syfy.com/alphas
Description: Alphas is an action-packed thriller from writers Zak Penn and Michael Karnow. In the series, five ordinary people are brought together to form one extraordinary team of Alphas — people with the unique power to stretch the capabilities of the human mind giving them superhuman physical and mental abilities. Operating within the Defense Criminal Investigation Service of the U.S. Department of Defense and led by preeminent neurologist and psychiatrist Dr. Lee Rosen (Emmy Award-winner and Academy Award-nominee David Strathairn), an expert in Alpha phenomena, the team investigates cases that point to others with Alpha abilities. As they work against the clock to solve this new brand of crime, they must prevent their own personality differences and disparate backgrounds from interfering with their ultimate mission to catch the enemy. Syfy.com
Why Was It Cancelled? Alphas opened to decent, if not spectacular, ratings in its first season, but it suffered in part from the perception that it was a cheap TV hybrid of Heroes and The X-Men (even though it proved itself to be much more). When the series returned for its second season, it had gone through some retooling and its numbers fell to marginal at best levels. Syfy elected not to bring it back for a third year (even though it ended on a major cliffhanger) and there was not enough fan uproar to cause them to change their minds.