Arrow: Season 1 (2012 - 2013)

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Season 1
Arrow

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CW nails the target with Arrow, a comic book-inspired series that benefits from cinematic action sequences, strong plotting, and intriguing characters.

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Critic Ratings: 36

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Episodes

1
Air date: Oct 10, 2012
2
Air date: Oct 17, 2012
3
Air date: Oct 24, 2012
4
Air date: Oct 31, 2012
5
Air date: Nov 7, 2012
6
Air date: Nov 14, 2012
7
Air date: Nov 28, 2012
8
Air date: Dec 12, 2012
9
Air date: Dec 5, 2012
10
Air date: Jan 16, 2013
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Tv Season Info

After being marooned for five years on a remote island, billionaire Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) returns home with a mysterious agenda and a lethal set of new skills that he uses in a war on crime in this hard-hitting action series. Reinventing the DC Comics character for a modern-day audience, the Arrow is not a superhero... but a hero -- every bit as dangerous as the criminals he's hunting.

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Critic Reviews for Arrow Season 1

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (17)

Arrow is improving, but I still found it to be more oppressive than escapist; it lurks in the shadows of its source material instead of seeking out unfamiliar daylight.

Sep 18, 2013 | Full Review…

Arrow isn't quite a bullseye on its first shot, but it hits the target.

Oct 10, 2012 | Full Review…

If the show can keep up its cinema-quality action sequences and maintain an air of mystery to Ollie's agenda, this could be a really fun series.

Oct 10, 2012 | Full Review…

It's a sharper little tale than expected.

Oct 10, 2012 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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Solid start to what could -- and maybe should -- be a future CW franchise.

Oct 10, 2012 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

Grownup viewers will have to check their brains at the door, but anyone susceptible to the timeless story of a costumed hero battling urban corruption should have fun.

Oct 10, 2012 | Full Review…
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If Arrow could transfer some of that wildly kinetic energy in the action sequences into the rest of the show's storytelling, it would elevate the show significantly.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

A solid and entertaining beginning. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Stephen Amell is surprisingly good in the lead role of Arrow, managing to bring a lot of emotion and empathy to a character that could be just another one note superhero.

Jul 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Season 1 of Arrow was, and continues to be, a breath of fresh air, and its gripping Oliver Queen origin story is one of the best small screen narratives of its kind.

Jul 11, 2018 | Full Review…

This show surprised. It's convincing...it started out as homework, but I finished it as something I enjoyed.

Jul 10, 2018 | Full Review…

I have nothing but good things to say about the cast, the writing, the premise, you name it, I loved it.

Jan 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Arrow: Season 1

  • Nov 25, 2019
    GREAT!! Just got to start watching and you will be hooked!
  • Oct 29, 2019
    PERFECTION. Cast and story are extremely well done and everything is clear. I hope more shows will learn from this season!
  • Oct 22, 2019
    With a spectacular directing, extremely engaging plot, amazing action scenes and fantastic performances by Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnell, David Ramsey, Willa Holland, Susanna Thompson, Paul Blackthorne, Emily Bett Rickards and John Barrowman, especially Amell, who delivers a character with many layers, Arrow's first season presents to us in more depth the Green Arrow and the shared universe that would later be called the Arrowverse in an excellent way
  • Oct 15, 2019
    excellent adaptation of DC universe
  • Oct 14, 2019
    Arrow season 1 tells a nice, comic book story of the green arrow. Stephen Amell fits the roll perfectly, it's like he was born to play this role. The writers did a tremendous job writing the characters and the story. I also like the flashbacks because they put the puzzle pieces together and you understand why Oliver is who he is.
  • Oct 11, 2019
    Arrow is one of the best live action super hero tv shows of all time .This season deliveries one of the best story telling of all time.With great actors playing great characters on the show .The fight scenes are awesome.Tells a simple origin story of Oliver Queen becoming the green arrow. All the episodes are amazing from beginning to end . This is a show worth checking out.
  • Oct 07, 2019
    Unlike a lot of shows like it, "Arrow" is strong off the bat thanks to a charming cast, a fantastic lead, and a clear sense of direction for Oliver Queen's story going forward. Finale is fantastic. I will say that there are a fair number of weak(er) episodes, but the season as a whole is great. Malcolm Merlyn is a treasure! Overall, I'll give it an "A-"
  • Oct 07, 2019
    I was surprisingly satisfied after watching the first season of Arrow. The show takes an overdone superhero origin story and adds emotional weight and darkness to the characters involved. Arrow tends to stray a bit too often into the teen melodrama area the CW is known for, but there are enough awesome action scenes to forgive this (my favorite being when Oliver fights a hit man in his house who's trying to kill a kid who witnessed his parents' murders). Stephen Amell is the perfect choice as the hero, having the appropriate emotional acting range and physicality for the role. Paul Blackthorne nails his role as Quentin Lance, definitely a highlight of the season. Katie Cassidy and Colin Donnell have some good moments near the end, but often come off a little too robotic. The rest of the cast unfortunately plays it safe. The scenes on the island could have been cut down, as they tend to drag and pull focus away from the current story. Another thing that bothered me was this constant theme where if a character wasn't dating someone, there was something wrong with them. This took up far too much conversation between Oliver and Diggle, where their constant relationship updates to each other come off strange and unnecessary. Although the first season of Arrow could benefit from cutting down on its teen soap opera moments, the show is a solid introduction for its hero, and the last 6 episodes more than make up for the rest of the season.
  • Sep 25, 2019
    I love season 1, best cast, the episodes were phenomenal.
  • Sep 17, 2019
    Excellent season. This is where arrow still has the reigns on it

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