Heroes: Season 1 (2006 - 2007)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

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



Critic Ratings: 18


Audience Score

User Ratings: 343
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Air date: Sep 25, 2006
Air date: Oct 2, 2006
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Air date: Nov 6, 2006
Air date: Nov 13, 2006
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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.


Santiago Cabrera
as Isaac Mendez
Noah Gray-Cabey
as Micah Sanders
Tawny Cypress
as Simone Deveaux
Greg Grunberg
as Matt Parkman
Ali Larter
as Niki Sanders/Jessica
Masi Oka
as Hiro Nakamura
Hayden Panettiere
as Claire Bennet
Adrian Pasdar
as Nathan Petrelli
Sendhil Ramamurthy
as Mohinder Suresh
Jack Coleman
as Noah 'H.R.G. (Horn-Rimmed Glasses)' Bennet
Milo Ventimiglia
as Peter Petrelli
Leonard Roberts
as D.L. Hawkins
James Kyson
as Ando Masahashi
Nora Zehetner
as Eden McCain
Ashley Crow
as Sandra Bennet
Lisa Lackey
as Janice Parkman
Clea DuVall
as Audrey Hanson
Stana Katic
as Hana Gitelman
Cristine Rose
as Angela Petrelli
Deirdre Quinn
as Texas Tina
George Takei
as Kaito Nakamura
Randall Bentley
as Lyle Bennet
Jessalyn Gilsig
as Meredith Gordon
Erick Avari
as Professor Chandra Suresh
Richard Roundtree
as Charles Deveaux
Rena Sofer
as Heidi Petrelli
Adair Tishler
as Molly Walker
Eugene Byrd
as Nathan Petrelli's Aide
Sakina Jaffrey
as Suresh's Mom
Rick Peters
as Tom McHenry
Stacy Haiduk
as Agent Elisa Thayer
Kristin Veitch
as Roulette Dealer
Missy Peregrym
as Candice Wilmer
Archie Kao
as Doctor
Dania Ramirez
as Maya Herrera
Dana Davis
as Monica Dawson
Kavi Ladnier
as Mira Shenoy
David Anders
as Takezo Kensei
John Prosky
as Principal
Ellen Greene
as Virginia Grey
Kristen Bell
as Elle Bishop
Stephen Spinella
as Oliver Dennison
Michael Maury
as Dep. Lloyd
Justin Evans
as Simon Petrelli
Alan Blumenfeld
as Maury Parkman
Jackson Wurth
as Monty Petrelli
Robert Forster
as Arthur Petrelli
Peyton Hinson
as Waitress
Kate Connor
as Nurse Jennifer
Zeljko Ivanek
as The Hunter/Emile Danko
David Berman
as Brian Davis
Robert Knepper
as Samuel Sullivan
Mark Anthony Cage
as Highway Patrol
Eliza Coleman
as Woman in Car Crash
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News & Interviews for Heroes: Season 1

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…

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…

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…

Audience Reviews for Heroes: Season 1

  • 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).
  • Apr 19, 2016
    Interesting plot, but lousy ending.
  • Oct 17, 2015
    I loved it. Ignore the plot holes, cheesy humour, continuity errors, and CGI glitches. The writing was great, the characters were lovable, heck i just love the whole fresh take on superheros.
  • Oct 06, 2015
    I love heroes and the syfy feel of the realm of possibility
  • Oct 05, 2015
    Almost perfect. Beautiful slow build of a season. Strong and interesting characters. Great themes and style. A unique take on weaving storylines. For me the only flaw was the final episode.

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