Arrow (2012 - 2013)


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: 285

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Air date: Oct 10, 2012

Five years after a shipwreck left him stranded on a remote island, Oliver Queen is discovered and returned home to those closest to him; Oliver tries to right the wrongs of society and his family by creating a secret vigilante persona known as Arrow.

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Air date: Oct 17, 2012

Oliver runs into Laurel at the courthouse and learns she is prosecuting a man associated with his father; the Chinese Triad sends a mercenary to deal with Laurel; Moira and Walter ask Oliver to take over the company.

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Air date: Oct 24, 2012

When someone kills one of Oliver's targets, he searches for the person responsible; Tommy and Laurel are caught in an awkward situation.

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Air date: Oct 31, 2012

While looking into a suspicious murder case, Oliver realizes that one of his targets framed an innocent man; Walter asks an employee to investigate a large withdrawal that Moira made without his knowledge.

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Air date: Nov 7, 2012

When Oliver is arrested for murder, he wants no one but Laurel to be his lawyer; during a lie detector test, Detective Lance asks Oliver about his time on the island.

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Air date: Nov 14, 2012

A gang of bank robbers threatens the city; Diggle encourages Oliver to look past his father's list and help other people in need.

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Air date: Nov 28, 2012

Oliver meets a mysterious woman with dangerous secrets; following an unfortunate turn of events, Tommy seeks Laurel's support.

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Air date: Dec 5, 2012

As Oliver trains Helena to be his ally, the two grow closer; Diggle worries that Helena can't be trusted.

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Air date: Dec 12, 2012

When Oliver learns his mother and sister stopped celebrating Christmas after his disappearance, he decides to throw a Christmas party; Tommy asks Laurel to spend Christmas with him.

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Air date: Jan 16, 2013

Oliver takes a break from being Arrow; Tommy hosts a benefit for the firefighters; Thea tries to lift Moira's spirits.

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Oliver Queen

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Colin Donnell
Tommy

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Katie Cassidy
Laurel Lance

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David Ramsey
John Diggle

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Willa Holland
Thea Queen

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Susanna Thompson
Moira Queen

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Paul Blackthorne
Detective Quentin Lance

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Colin Salmon
Walter Steele

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Colton Haynes
Roy Harper

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Kelly Hu
China White

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Jeffrey C. Robinson
Deathstroke

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Manu Bennett
Slade Wilson

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Emily Bett Rickards
Felicity Smoak

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Sebastian Dunn
Edward Fyers

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Yao Fei

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Annie Ilonzeh
Joanna De La Vega

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Celina Jade
Shado

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Roger Cross
Detective Lucas Hilton

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Christie Laing
Carly Diggle

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John Barrowman
Malcolm Merlyn

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Greg Berlanti
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Marc Guggenheim
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Andrew Kreisberg
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David Nutter
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Guy Bee
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Critic Reviews for Arrow: Season 1

Audience Reviews for Arrow: Season 1

  • Jan 05, 2023
    Really strong start to a strong show
  • Oct 26, 2022
    Ok show with mediocre cast.
  • Oct 25, 2022
    It has been several years since I watched this and so I decided to rewatch the Arrow series. It amazes me that this first season was absolutely amazing. The story and characters were great, and it was a time I really liked Felicity Smoak, a character I grew a great hatred for in later seasons. But I digress, this was a great season, as Oliver was a good, flawed character, his tunnel vision at times would cause more problems. I loved the developing relationship between Oliver and Diggle. Many people have said how they didn't like Laurel, but I liked her character, while she didn't have a great arc about her (that would happen in the next season) she was a good character IMO. John Barrowman was great as Malcolm, I sometimes had trouble seeing him as a villain when I first saw the series, as I always remembered him as Captain Jack Harkness in Doctor Who. What was great about him was that he was a great villain that ultimately Oliver couldn't beat. In the end Malcolm won, while his mission didn't fully go successful, it still went to his plan as he still was somewhat successful. The last episode was defiantly a highlight as Barrowman shined in the episode when his reasoning behind the Undertaking was understandable while still horrible. The other main stars were good, Moira was a great jaded character who couldn't decide which side she wanted to be with. Tommy was an enjoyable character though it did feel as time went on, he became forgotten at times but started to get better in the final episodes. Thea was a character I didn't like to start off with, though that is what works for her. She went from a very annoying character, but her arc was really good. It was hitting rock bottom which started her development and her relationship with Roy is what expanded her character. Overall, the season was great and was a great start to the Arrowverse, now that I look at it, maybe they should have just focused on Arrow and left it at that as the splitting of all the other showrunners led to the fall of the series overall.
  • Sep 29, 2022
    An amazing season.The most realistic of all.Good atmosphere, plot and characters.
  • Aug 06, 2022
    Not better than the second season, but one of the better origin stories out there.
  • Jul 29, 2022
    It has a promising plot, a tone straight out of Batman and a hero I've never seen before and it feels real at times. Stephen Amell is a promise. But it also has too much padding, chapters that don't advance at all, annoying characters, and action scenes that vary in quality. Not bad, but could have been much better.
  • Jun 26, 2022
    Arrow season 1 is a great start to Arrow and the Arrowverse. It starts a little boring but then it gets good at around episode 8. The villain is amazing and it was a great story. Overall this season is a solid 8 out of 10.
  • May 20, 2022
    Starts out slow, but the wait is well worth it.
  • May 04, 2022
    Great start for a great show.
  • Mar 09, 2022
    I actually really enjoyed the first two seasons of this show. It's a shame what happened to the Arrowverse down the road though.

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