Arrow: Season 1 (2012 - 2013)

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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: 36

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1
Air date: Oct 10, 2012
2
Air date: Oct 17, 2012
3
Air date: Oct 24, 2012
4
Air date: Oct 31, 2012
5
Air date: Nov 7, 2012
6
Air date: Nov 14, 2012
7
Air date: Nov 28, 2012
8
Air date: Dec 12, 2012
9
Air date: Dec 5, 2012
10
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

  • 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.
  • Mar 25, 2019
    This season is interesting. The faline is very moving. The main villain is not best for he is not that interesting. The villains that he faces throughout the season are interesting. The characters in the tv show are interesting. This makes the season pretty good just without a good villain.
  • Feb 20, 2019
    Arrow season 1 takes a long running DC comics character who is seen by some to be a campy, knock off merger of Batman and robin hood and turns him into a grounded, realistic, gritty superhero with believable fighting skills and motivations. It has some great fight scenes and some interesting ideas and manages to pull them off effectively without feeling like a Dark Knight clone or a lost MCU show. As with many shows of this type, it does feel long with some blatant filler episodes, but besides that, the mix of the big bad's story arc throughout the series, the villain of the week by week episode structure and the flashback scenes create a fully fleshed world and a series which almost always seems to be moving.
  • Jan 30, 2019
    Arrow season 1 takes a long running DC comics character who is seen by some to be a campy, knock off merger of Batman and robin hood and turns him into a grounded, realistic, gritty superhero with believable fighting skills and motivations. It has some great fight scenes and some interesting ideas and manages to pull them off effectively without feeling like a Dark Knight clone or a lost MCU show. As with many shows of this type, it does feel long with some blatant filler episodes, but besides that, the mix of the big bad's story arc throughout the series, the villain of the week by week episode structure and the flashback scenes create a fully fleshed world and a series which almost always seems to be moving.
  • Dec 27, 2018
    Batman wanna be. it's fine though, I like Batman and bad-ass shows. Each flashback gets more interesting, you would think two story lines at a time through the whole season would be hard to pay attention and understand, but I understood it. They will use around 24 episodes each season, but in this season they use all episodes filled to the brink with story, action and a hell tone of optimism. Stephen Amell is now one of my favorite actors. His performance as the Green Arrow gave me chills and scenes he was in made it intense. A pretty neat thing throughout the series up until they get to name him the Green Arrow, they use different names like he wears a hood so they call him the Hood. I really enjoyed that realistic and realism to the story making it like if it happened in real life, that's the way it would be. Everyone's acting is still in development. Although I will add that in the flashbacks when he wasn't on the boat yet, he acted too much of a billionaire playboy rich kid. I would recommend as this is the start of the Arrowverse Universe. I am surprised at how they handled this show as the CW are notoriously known for the teen drama romance shows and rarely movies. I would age this 12 for rare bad language, moderate gore, and violence. Grade: A
  • Nov 22, 2018
    Enjoyed the first season.

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