Heroes: Season 1 (2006 - 2007)

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The first season of Heroes promises a fresh take on the superhero genre, with enough style and foreshadowed intrigue to attract a following.

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Critic Ratings: 18

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User Ratings: 362

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Air date: Sep 25, 2006

The essence of superhero comic books combines with weekly television drama aesthetics in this fantasy series concerning a random group of normal people suddenly instilled with superhuman powers. Peter Petrelli (Milo Ventimiglia) is a male nurse who suddenly discovers his dreams of flight have become a startling reality, and Hiro Nakamura (Masa Oka) is a Japanese office worker and comic book fanatic who awakens one day to discover he has the power to teleport anywhere he wants by bending time and space. In addition to these two, single mother and Las Vegas stripper Niki Sanders (Ali Larter) finds a duel personality with incredible strength emerging, high school cheerleader Claire Bennett (Hayden Panettiere) is shocked to discover that she can walk away from most any physical trauma completely unharmed, and heroin-addicted artist Isaac Mendez (Santiago Cabrera)'s paintings begin taking on a prophetic - and frighteningly apocalyptic - tone. Meanwhile, in India, university professor Mohinder Suresh (Sendil Ramamurthy) is compelled to continue to extraordinary research his father was conducting at the time he was mysteriously murdered - research that could ultimately provide an explanation for the inexplicable proliferation of powers while bringing all of the gifted individuals together to fight a common cause. But someone doesn't seem to want these powerful individuals to pool their remarkable resources, and it appears that they're willing to resort to murder in order to prevent that from happening.

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Air date: Oct 2, 2006

Peter questions his own sanity; a confused Niki tries to cover her tracks; Mohinder opens up to a woman (Nora Zehetner) who knew his late father; Hiro discovers he's a character in a comic book written by Isaac; and Claire runs into trouble keeping her special powers under wraps.

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Air date: Oct 9, 2006

Hiro employs the help of a sidekick. Meanwhile, Claire's power may have limits, and Parkman has a run-in with a mysterious man.

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Air date: Oct 16, 2006

Hiro takes a gamble in Las Vegas, at the same time that Nathan goes to Sin City to hit the mysterious Mr. Linderman up for a campaign contribution, and Niki discovers how her creditors plan to collect what she owes them. Also, Peter tells a skeptical Mohinder about his special powers; Claire deals with the aftermath of the traumatic bonfire incident; Matt is held against his will.

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Air date: Oct 23, 2006

Hiro sends Peter a message from the future that involves Claire, and in the present, Hiro befriends Nathan after seeing him fly. Elsewhere, Claire and Brody are taken to a hospital following the car crash; Matt's relationship with his wife, Janice (Lisa Lackey), benefits from his mind-reading abilities; and Niki wakes up confused after her one-night stand with Nathan.

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Air date: Oct 30, 2006

Leonard Roberts joins the cast as D.L. Hawkins, Niki's fugitive husband, who has special powers that make it nearly impossible for authorities to track him down. Also, in Las Vegas, Hiro and Ando are made an offer they can't refuse; Claire hopes meeting her birth parents will lead to answers about her indestructibility; and Mohinder prepares to leave New York---and Eden---so that he can lay his dead father to rest in India.

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Air date: Nov 6, 2006

Simone seeks comfort from Peter following her father's death; Nathan receives campaign help from his wife, Heidi (Rena Sofer); Niki reveals her personal struggles to a friend; Matt finds himself immersed in the investigation of another bizarre murder, which Audrey believes Sylar committed; Hiro unknowingly encounters another "hero;" Claire's tape is found...by her brother.

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Air date: Nov 13, 2006

A mysterious dream causes Mohinder to rethink his decision to give up his father's cause. Meanwhile, Parkman meets a man with a volatile power.

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Air date: Nov 20, 2006

The moment of truth arrives as Peter attempts to save the cheerleader and save the world.

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Air date: Nov 27, 2006

The past is revisited as the clock turns back six months to when Chandra Suresh (Erick Avari) began contacting people who may possess extraordinary abilities, including a frustrated watchmaker (Zachary Quinto). At the same time, Nathan considers prosecuting his father's friend Linderman; Niki's life is complicated by a visit from her mostly absent dad; Hiro's mission to save Charlie doesn't go as expected; and Horn-Rimmed Glasses offers to give Eden's life purpose.

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The NBC series' first series begins with the origin stories of several lonely, disconnected people who learn they're destined to become superheroes. At the center of the unfolding tale is Peter Petrelli (Milo Ventimiglia), a nurse haunted by cryptic dreams who believes he's meant to do great things with his life. Peter tries to convince his political brother Nathan (Adrian Pasdar), who is running for the US Senate, that something strange is happening to both of them, but Nathan is adamant about maintaining a low profile and keeping his personal life out of the press. Meanwhile, a Texas cheerleader (Hayden Panettiere) discovers she's completely indestructible, but she's in for an even bigger shock when she realises her family is hiding a dark secret. Over in Los Angeles, a beat cop (Greg Grunberg) develops the ability to read minds, and an Internet stripper (Ali Larter) begins to manifest a murderous alternate personality. And in Tokyo, bored cubicle drone Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka) is desperate for the kind of adventures found in comic books and "Star Trek." (In a sly in-joke, Hiro's father shows up later in the season and is portrayed by "Star Trek" alum George Takei.) Hiro's wish is miraculously granted when he develops the ability to travel through time and space, teleporting himself instantly from a Tokyo subway to Times Square. But Hiro's elation quickly turns to fear when he witnesses a nuclear explosion lay waste to New York City. Upon teleporting home, he realises he's just seen a glimpse of a catastrophe that will happen in a few weeks unless he can stop it. Heroes from across the globe gradually meet up and form alliances as they try to prevent the nuclear attack and fight back against a shadowy, superpowered serial killer known as Sylar (Zachary Quinto), who is able to murder the would-be superheroes and steal their abilities in the process.

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Critic Reviews for Heroes Season 1

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (10)

That lack of spandex is what makes ``Heroes" stand out.

Sep 25, 2006 | Full Review…

I've ragged on this season finale a ton here, and it's only because the expectations were high, since all season long each character has been moving toward New York City for this one moment. How could I not have wanted more?

Jul 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Talented actors, X-Files camerawork, fitful glimpses of a woo-woo mythos, and the reappearance on our television screens, like some recurring Fisher King, of the much-missed Adrian Pasdar add up to intrigue and titillation.

Jan 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Aw, come on. We DO need another hero. A score of them in an ongoing mystery about their genesis and purpose is even better.

Oct 18, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Part of the show's success comes with eliminating the use of hokey costumes. I

May 21, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

You could watch the first few episodes of "Heroes," or you could repeatedly hit yourself on the head with a brick. The effect is surprisingly similar.

Sep 25, 2006 | Full Review…

Heroes creates addictive television drama on a near-epic scale.

Jul 13, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Though frustrating at times, it was still a lot of fun to watch these gifted individuals find a way to fight the future.

Jul 13, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

While it's got grander intentions, I think we're looking at another cult classic.

May 29, 2018 | Full Review…

There are very few American adults who haven't had the "would you rather fly or be invisible" debate with pals after a few beers, so have a sliver of faith that "Heroes" will prevail.

Sep 25, 2006 | Full Review…

Heroes is the best pilot of fall 2006.

Sep 25, 2006 | Full Review…

The moody noir tone and offbeat writing are the reasons to tune in.

Sep 25, 2006 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Heroes: Season 1

  • Feb 15, 2020
    Heroes Season 1 is one of the greatest seasons of TV ever created. Spoilers below. The fact they let Peter Petrelli be so overpowered, and let Sylar be a similar but different version COMBINED with Hiro Nakamura's time travel from the future and Isaac's paintings of the future was near perfection. I really like how they hid Peter Petrelli's true superpower from most of the audience (except very sharp eyed viewers) the first few episodes. This show hooks you from the first few episodes and has made me a lifelong fan. I wish the subsequent seasons and Heroes: Reborn were actually good though. Season 1 of Heroes will always be amazing though.
  • Nov 26, 2019
    absolute gem tv season . Hidden treasure of network
  • Nov 26, 2019
    absolute gem tv season . Hidden treasure of network
  • Nov 11, 2019
    Season 1 of Heroes was nothing short of satisfying. Every set up and foreshadow lead to a grand finale!
  • Sep 18, 2019
    As far as superhero TV series go, this is the greatest of all time. Tim Kring absolutely nails the balance between the superhero aspect of the characters and them just being normal people, making it a blast for all audiences. The cast is exceptionally great and is backed up with a memorable storyline. On top of that, the villain is one of the best villains of all time. This is a must see for everyone!
  • Mar 08, 2019
    Offering a new and refreshing (at the time) take on the "superheroes in the real world" formula, full of great performances and effects and doing a good job of tying the mini story arcs into the main plot about a couple of strangers trying to stop an explosion finding creative ways to have the characters cross each other's paths, Heroes is one hell of a first season. Wonder how much it all went downhill after this season?
  • May 01, 2018
    Waited 12 years to watch this and it was well worth the wait. Interesting story for the most part and good acting.
  • Aug 06, 2017
    I've seen the entire series before, but didn't remember much. Especially, not much from this first season! This is a very inconsistent season, but mostly compelling! In the beginning, it wasn't so much, but as the season went on, it got better, and over these last few days, I finished the season because of almost non stop watching. (This is being written on 8/6/17.) I will also point out that the color palette, and maybe a little bit of the tone too, started to change throughout the season, and by the end, it wasn't exactly what I wanted, or liked too much. But, it's not too bad! I'm really worried about continuing re-watching the series, and am not sure if I will or not.
  • Jan 06, 2017
    I want to die watching this first season
  • Sep 25, 2016
    Outstanding first season that slowly builds up to a clamactic battle. The twists and turns of the plot makes you have to (and want to) watch the next episode. It was the first series about heroes which could crossover to an adult audience by not getting silly. Scary villain, likeable everyday heroes with extraordinary abilities make this my all time favourite Tv show. (But don't mention heroes reborn).

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