Arrow: Season 1 (2012 - 2013)


Season 1

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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.



Critic Ratings: 36


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Air date: Oct 10, 2012

In the series premiere, billionaire Oliver Queen returns to Starling City after being stranded on a remote island for five years and adopts the persona of Arrow to fight crime.

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Air date: Oct 17, 2012

When Oliver sets his sights on a criminal with ties to the Chinese Triad, the villains send their top mercenary, China White (guest star KELLY HU) to face The Arrow.

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Air date: Oct 24, 2012

When someone shoots and kills one of his targets, Oliver searches for the gunman, Deadshot, who's taking out businessmen -- and Walter is one of his targets.

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Air date: Oct 31, 2012

When someone shoots and kills one of his targets, Oliver searches for the gunman, Deadshot, who's taking out businessmen -- and Walter is one of his targets.

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Air date: Nov 7, 2012

Laurel represents Oliver, when he is arrested by her father for murder. Subjugated to a polygraph test, Oliver recalls his struggles against Deathstroke on the island.

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Air date: Nov 14, 2012

When the Royal Flush Gang robs a local bank, Diggle suggests that Oliver deviates from his father's list and helps the citizens of Starling City.

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Air date: Nov 28, 2012

Oliver encounters a mysterious woman, Helena Bertinelli (JESSICA DeGOUW), who he can finally be himself with, but soon comes to realize she's hiding dangerous secrets of her own.

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Air date: Dec 12, 2012

As Oliver and Helena grow closer, he trains her to be his ally -- to Diggle's dismay. But when her quest for revenge proves to be too strong for Oliver, all hell breaks loose.

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Air date: Dec 5, 2012

Determined to make up for all the lost holidays, Oliver decides to throw the family a Christmas party. Meanwhile, Tommy asks Laurel to spend Christmas with him.

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Air date: Jan 16, 2013

After being beaten by the Dark Archer, Oliver hangs up his hood. When Laurel calls Arrow for help, however, he reluctantly agrees... but his hesitation almost costs him his life.

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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…

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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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…
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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…

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 started out as homework, but I finished it as something I enjoyed.

Jul 10, 2018 | Full Review…

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…

Audience Reviews for Arrow: Season 1

  • Sep 18, 2020
    Season 1 of Arrow is by far one of the best seasons yet. The show introduces us to amazing characters like Diggle, Walter, Thea, Tommy, Laurel, Rory, Felicity and of course Oliver Queen. The first episode is what really got me into the show and its funny because first episodes of shows normally dont start well. But in Arrow they did amazing. The main villain Malcolm Merlyn is amazing with his plans to destroy the Glades which is amazing. The flashbacks are also amazing. With this season having some of the best flashbacks and introducing us Slade Wilson aka Deathstroke. Honestly this season has very little flaws and so many good things going for it.
  • Sep 02, 2020
    This is my favorite season of the show. I found the story to be incredibly interesting, especially the flashbacks. I think the writers did a good job with the twists and turns in this season. It's the only season that I've seen that has rewatch value. Occasionally there's an episode here and there that are a little boring to me, but even then they're important episodes. Would recommend.
  • Aug 09, 2020
    This a awesome tv series
  • Jul 31, 2020
    While unfortunately it really wants to be Batman, Arrow is off to a great start with a strong cast, great action, and an unpredictable story.
  • Jul 06, 2020
    Having never seen Green Arrow before, I loved the first season, first episode hooked me on the idea of the show, wanting to see how the show played out, and from there learning more of Oliver Queen's history on the island lead to excitement to what happens next in the flashbacks. While not the strongest the show has to offer later on, still a great start.
  • Jun 24, 2020
    Not a fan of the Arrow. I found the characters boring and the acting is not that good.
  • Jun 20, 2020
    Its absolutely incredible! I'm rewatching it for the third time.
  • Jun 03, 2020
    Great season for this tv show . Dark , gritty, fun and action packed.
  • Jun 02, 2020
    Today's superhero series are very popular, especially among young audiences, in the early 2000s we had series like Smallville, Birds of Prey, Constantine, series that really didn't make much of an impact, in fact the only one that He managed it ended without being canceled Smallville, (Series that had some terrible special effects), but then Arrow, the series that gave rise to the well-known arrowverse, came, it can be said that it is one of those series that starts relatively well In the sense that one realizes that the series has potential, but does not know how to use it and they end badly, this is because as the seasons progress, it loses the level of quality that it had achieved in the first seasons, and it is very difficult to recover it again due to the number of holes in the frame or the unnecessary elements added to it. Unlike series like "Flash" (2014-) or "Supergirl" (2015-) that I dropped because I was too bored, I didn't drop Arrow because I started it from the moment it launched, and I watched entire seasons that I didn't like because of So I considered it foolish to leave her after spending so much time with her for so many years, and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't curious how a series like that would end. Arrow, opened the doors to the public to take a look at a new and nothing original version of Green Arrow, with a tone and a personality more similar to that of Batman than any other character. The first season with 2 timelines per episode, is about how Oliver Queen, after a shipwreck and surviving 5 years on an island, returns to his city to fulfill his father's last wish, which would be to end all those who they try in one way or another to attack the city. At a glance, the plot can be seen as the typical cliche of superhero stories, and technically you can say yes, but you can't ignore the fact that the series goes a little beyond what it has to offer. By this I mean that the series encompasses elements such as redemption (which he uses throughout the premise in fact) that handles it in an interesting way to tell the truth (at least in the first 2 seasons), making most of the characters in the series are evolving, which is not bad but the problem is that although all the characters are there for a reason, the writers give them very repetitive subplots and some, as it were, of novels, for example The love triangle between Laurel, Tommy and Oliver, is encompassed by fights, reconciliations, declarations or that Thea (Oliver's sister) falls in love with a pretty street bum and a toxic relationship. But despite the filler chapters and all that that encompasses, this first season keeps the opening storyline moving forward, even at times making me ask you (What's going to happen next? Something that is always worth admiring in my opinion is that there are no doubles, Stephen Amell does all the action scenes, which is why he was chosen and not because he was a great actor, in fact, most of the cast this season give us shows more than passable, mediocre, so it ends up being normal if from time to time these characters make a strange face. Speaking of action, as entertaining as it is, considered many times it spans too much time in the chapter, leaving the drama aside. But honestly I don't have much right to complain about this because it's a series of superheroes that doesn't pretend to be ultra realistic or beyond that. To conclude Arrow season 1, it ends up leaving a good taste in your mouth if you are a demanding person, and the series is more aimed at a young audience that is an older audience or comic fans who hate everything that is not attached to his cartoons, but in the end ay that being grateful for this season is not mediocre and is much better than "Smallvile" (2001-2011)
  • Apr 23, 2020
    The good> Action, soundtrack, performances, good development of some characters, the female characters are very good, not the typical stereotype, the scripts, the realism with blood when the characters die or are injured. The Bad Things> Oliver is a promiscuous man who wears women ... a lot of romance in this is stupid and boring, a bad development for Tommy as a character and Oliver's outfit could be better * more expensive ... I love you Arrowverse, I love you DC.

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