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Arrow: Season 1 (2012-2013)




Critic Consensus: 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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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.


Stephen Amell
as Oliver Queen
Katie Cassidy
as Dinah "Laurel" Lance
Colin Donnell
as Tommy Merlyn
Colin Salmon
as Walter Steele
David Ramsey
as John Diggle
Jamey Sheridan
as Robert Queen
Paul Blackthorne
as Quentin Lance
Susanna Thompson
as Moira Queen
Willa Holland
as Thea Queen
Michael Rowe
as Deadshot
John Barrowman
as Malcolm Merlyn
Colton Haynes
as Roy Harper
Manu Bennett
as Slade Wilson
Jessica De Gouw
as Helena Bertinelli/The Huntress
Janina Gavankar
as McKenna Hall
Seth Gabel
as The Count
Alex Kingston
as Dinah Lance
David Anders
as Cyrus Vanch
Lane Edwards
as Peter Declan
Ben Browder
as Ted Gaynor
Kelly Hu
as China White
Ty Olsson
as Martin Somers
Jeffrey Nordling
as Frank Bertinelli
Eric Floyd
as Dr. Brion Markov
Roger R. Cross
as Detective Hilton
Chin Han
as Frank Chen
Steve Aoki
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Arrow: Season 1

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (16)

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.

September 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.

October 10, 2012 | Full Review…

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

October 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.

October 10, 2012 | Full Review…

It's a sharper little tale than expected.

October 10, 2012 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

October 10, 2012 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Arrow: Season 1


Very enjoyable season as it sets a dark and realistic tone. Amell plays Oliver Queen more perfectly than those that have had the task before him. Great villains and the flashbacks that fill in the backstory were done very well. Manu Bennett steals nearly every scene he is in. Great season of television.


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This is a very dark television show, based on a pretty light character from the DC comicbooks. But I actually think that it works for this character, because I always saw Oliver Queen as a character who would turn out to be incredibly dark, and in this show he is pretty dark. This show really brings on the suspense and, for several episodes, we are in awe of what's happening on the screen. The creators of this show really have guts to do a lot of different things with the many characters that they introduced on the show. It has a very compelling villain in John Barrowman's Malcolm Merlyn and he is a pretty well-written character and you understand his motives. Sometimes, however, the show falls into that usual hole which is The CW's melodramatic moments, which can be extremely hard to get through. However, the show still manages to get the audience back right in with it's well-choreographed action scenes and brilliant performances from very talented actors and actresses.


Super Reviewer

DC brings another property to television in Arrow, a modernization of the Green Arrow comic. Though not tied to the Smallville series, Arrow adopts a similar style and tone. Season 1 follows Oliver Queen, who returns to Starling City after being presumed dead and proceeds to adopt a secret identity as the Arrow; a vigilante who seeks to bring justice to corrupt figures that have poisoned the city. The cast is fairly solid, and a number of impressive guest stars appear throughout the season. However, the series doesn't do that good a job at bringing in and using the rose gallery characters of the comic; such as the Huntress, China White, Dead Shot, Red Arrow, etc. And, being a CW series, there's some romantic angst and love triangle subplots that are rather superfluous. While flawed and unfocused at times, Arrow delivers a strong first season.


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