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Heroes: Season 1 (2006-2007)

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Critic Consensus: 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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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.

Cast

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
Jimmy Jean-Louis
as The Haitian
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
Eric Roberts
as Thompson
Erick Avari
as Professor Chandra Suresh
Richard Roundtree
as Charles Deveaux
Jayma Mays
as Charlie
Rena Sofer
as Heidi Petrelli
Adair Tishler
as Molly Walker
Eugene Byrd
as Nathan Petrelli's Aide
Karri Turner
as Bio-Mom
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
Brea Grant
as Daphne
Kristen Bell
as Elle Bishop
Brian Tarantina
as The Weasel
Josh Clark
as Sheriff
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
Ray Park
as Edgar
Mark Anthony Cage
as Highway Patrol
Madeline Zima
as Gretchen
Eliza Coleman
as Woman in Car Crash
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Critic Reviews for Heroes: Season 1

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (8)

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

September 25, 2006 | 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.

September 25, 2006 | Full Review…

Heroes is the best pilot of fall 2006.

September 25, 2006 | Full Review…

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

September 25, 2006 | Rating: A- | 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.

October 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…

Audience Reviews for Heroes: Season 1

From Tim Kring comes the action/adventure television show Heroes. A pseudo live-action X-Men series, Season 1 follows a group of people who begin to exhibit supernatural abilities and are brought together in order to prevent an impending disaster. The writing is remarkably good at serial storytelling, and is able to follow a large cast of characters and weave together multiple plot lines. The production values are also especially impressive, particularly the music and set designs. The season also features some impressive guest stars, including Clea DuVall, George Takei, and Malcolm McDowell. Imaginative and well-crafted, Heroes' first season is an epic saga of adventure.

DannM.

Super Reviewer

½

Season 1 of Heroes gives ordinary people superpowers. The large cast was compensated with a cross-link of different plots, the ideas were fresh however the transitions between each characters were painfully confusing and irritating.

SylvesterK.

Super Reviewer

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