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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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…
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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…
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


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.


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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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dark and gritty beginning.


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