Arrow: Season 1 (2012 - 2013)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

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


Audience Score

User Ratings: 2305
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Air date: Oct 10, 2012
Air date: Oct 17, 2012
Air date: Oct 24, 2012
Air date: Oct 31, 2012
Air date: Nov 7, 2012
Air date: Nov 14, 2012
Air date: Nov 28, 2012
Air date: Dec 12, 2012
Air date: Dec 5, 2012
Air date: Jan 16, 2013
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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…
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

Solid start to what could -- and maybe should -- be a future CW franchise.

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

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…

Audience Reviews for Arrow: Season 1

  • 6d ago
    Excellent season. This is where arrow still has the reigns on it
  • Sep 07, 2019
    Arrow is in my top ten tv shows i love this show...
  • Sep 05, 2019
    Things that you think would be kind of corny or cliche from a rogue-style Superhero, Arrow just swallows it all up and keeps moving forward. That's partly what makes Arrow so successful as a superhero show, that and the drama and acting.
  • Jul 21, 2019
    The Start of a big Universe or should I say arrowverse. Some great flashback sequences. And also Oliver/Felicity moments are the cheery on the cake for me.
  • Jul 15, 2019
    The only reason why I don't like this season is bcuz the characters r such big douchebags and crybaby's
  • Jun 01, 2019
    After Five Years on a Deserted Island in the North China Sea, Oliver Queen returns to Starling City to avenge the death of his father. This Season we see Oliver become a vigilante to take down the worst of Starling and save this city This season gave us one of the best shows of 2012, and one of the better live action stories of the DC Universe. Arrow is without a doubt worth watching
  • May 21, 2019
    Bruh, let me take off my shirt every scene! Voice lines are cringey af "YO! Been on an Island for 5 years and somehow (magic) kept up with all the tech stuff boi!" So much inorganic build up, makes it cheesy af. Can't take this dude seriously and neither can I get into the show. Garbage af.
  • May 20, 2019
    Arrow shamelessly rips off Batman in every way in this low budget, mediocre acted "superhero" barf fest. Not to mention that Deathstroke's mask looks like a melted golf ball on someone's head.
  • May 19, 2019
    The series hasn't hit its stride yet, but is laying a promising groundwork in season one of interesting, complex characters, excellent fight sequences, splashes of humour, and a compelling enough story to keep you coming back for more. Arrow is definitely a worthy rival for any other comic book hero shows.
  • Apr 21, 2019
    This is one of my favorite superhero shows on tv. Stephen has done an amazing job! Keeping Green Arrow dark and very masculine has done this show well and kept my interest. Reminds me of the Christian Bale Batman movies. This show has a lot of character development and depth to it.

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