Powerless: Season 1 (2017)


Season 1
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Powerless has a strong premise leaving room for improvement -- and strong performances from a talented cast -- but the show's initial spark is dimmed by uneven execution and a lack of laughs.

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Critic Ratings: 38

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User Ratings: 246

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Air date: Feb 2, 2017

In the series premiere, a woman who works for an insurance company becomes fed up with the unruly antics of the many superheroes living in her city.

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Air date: Feb 9, 2017

With a new product idea green lit, Emily tries to get her team inspired but can't seem to break through their obsession with Fantasy Super Hero League. Meanwhile, Van is on a mission to be included in the Wayne Dream Team photo.

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Air date: Feb 16, 2017

The team loses a client due to Van's incompetence, so Emily seeks to clinch a deal with the people of Atlantis, but Van's father takes notice and sets him on a path to redeem himself. Meanwhile, a new employee starts at the office, but Teddy and Ron are convinced he is a superhero.

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Air date: Feb 23, 2017

After being urged by her team, Emily sets her sights on the dating world but unknowingly falls for one of the Riddler's henchmen. Meanwhile, Teddy and Ron find a Batman artifact and discover Van's superhero fantasy.

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Air date: Mar 9, 2017

Emily convinces Teddy to enter an invention into the Wayne Innovation Contest against the elitist engineers of Wayne X, even though he has his doubts. Meanwhile, Van takes advantage of Ron's good nature and has him assemble a toy in hopes of preoccupying his new girlfriend's child.

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Air date: Mar 16, 2017

Emily learns that Jackie is in need of some extra cash, so she tries to help her out. Meanwhile, Van is on a witch hunt and has his eyes set on Teddy, Ron and Wendy.

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Air date: Apr 6, 2017

Emily challenges Van to a competition in an attempt to get her own office. Meanwhile, Teddy goes to great lengths to see Green Fury again after she saves his life.

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Air date: Apr 6, 2017

Emily takes a stand in her first board meeting and must deliver on a big idea with Green Fury's help. Meanwhile, Teddy tries to find a way to get Green Fury's attention; and Jackie brings her daughter to work but worries when she bonds with Wendy.

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Air date: Apr 20, 2017

The team gear up to leave for a company retreat when super villain Dr. Psycho releases a toxic gas in Charm City, so Emily does her best to make the most of a terrible situation while stuck in the Wayne Security offices.

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Air date: May 12, 2017

Following Lois Lane's death, Ron tells the team about a theory that Superman will rewind time to save her with no consequences, so Ron becomes a dog owner, Emily and Wendy get in trouble with the law, Jackie starts day drinking, Teddy makes a power move, and Van gives Bruce a piece of his mind.

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Critic Reviews for Powerless Season 1

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (19)

The actors do wonders with their flimsy roles, and the special effects are impressive. But the repetitive Powerless lives down to its title, and the violent ends for smushed onlookers is unsettling, not funny.

Feb 1, 2017 | Full Review…

Funny idea that doesn't quite attain the level of "funny show," but a good cast along with a few good lines indicate this superhero sendup will eventually get there.

Jan 31, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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Powerless otherwise is notably short on pop or long-term promise, with things staying pretty flat throughout Thursday's scene-setter.

Jan 31, 2017 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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While I'm a little worried that Powerless will repeat jokes, I'm more hopeful that the world of superheroes will just become background to a clever workplace comedy.

Jan 31, 2017 | Full Review…

It has a good cast, though, and for all its comic-book trappings, its effort to find some fun in a fickle economy could make it a a good fit with its lead-in, NBC's already terrific Superstore.

Jan 31, 2017 | Full Review…

Powerless has a high-flying concept indeed. Too bad it fails to take off.

Feb 3, 2017 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Powerless' first episode can feel just like its title, but it does bring some much needed respite to the tired, dark and serious superhero world, by infusing a light-hearted take on those events...

Aug 28, 2018 | Full Review…

The stitching here is just a bit too visible, and final product uncertain how to occupy tall buildings in a single bound, let alone leap them.

Jun 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Powerless attempts to reimagine the world of superheroes for mass audiences, and with a charismatic cast that shows a capacity to develop greater chemistry it still might, but it will need to work out some internal mechanics to get there.

Dec 12, 2017 | Full Review…

Maybe it will find its footing in weeks to come, but once Powerless establishes its universe in which catastrophic calamity is just another annoyance on an everyday commute, there's little about the show that you'd call super.

Feb 2, 2017 | Full Review…

There's plenty to make fun of in the world of comics and superheroes (as Deadpool proved last year), but Powerless finds almost none of it.

Feb 2, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Everyone in Powerless deserves better than this. So does the audience.

Feb 1, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Powerless: Season 1

  • Apr 19, 2020
    Powerless: Season 1 Powerless series is just a victim of an era where un-flashy superhero flick never get taken seriously.
  • Jan 20, 2019
    Very funny, interesting.
  • Dec 04, 2018
    No superheros? Who cares! This is great!
  • Oct 18, 2017
    It's actually real funny and cute
  • Oct 15, 2017
    This show didn't deliver anywhere near as much as I had hoped that it would. However, I did think it had potential. Oh well, this will fade away into obscurity and I guess that is fine. DC has plenty of material that is more worthy of a TV series than this.
  • Oct 10, 2017
    Flawless. Outstanding everything. Outstanding performances from everyone, all the time. Standouts, at least for me, are Vanessa Hudgens as the plucky, optimistic, and great leader, Emily Locke, and Alan Tudyk as the spoiled, selfish, and cuzbro oh no of Bruce Wayne, Van Wayne! Outstanding writing with really great and well fleshed out characters, and is also funny! Outstanding directing most of the time, especially from Marc Buckland, who did the first two episodes! Outstanding cinematography from Buzz Feitshans IV. Outstanding score, set design, color palette, and costumes! This is just one of the greatest series of all time, and it is in my top ten shows of all time, easily, for sure! It should have been nominated for any awards, known or not, but especially the Emmys! Thank you Ben Queen for developing and submitting this to NBC, and thank you the Creators of Shit My Dad Says and Surviving Jack, Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker, for taking over when Ben Queen left, and also, in my opinion, essentially creating the show, because apparently it's very different from the original Comic-Con Ben Queen pilot, which I still haven't seen, and really want to see! Check this out immediately. This it was cancelled too soon! I'm so glad I bought the entire series on iTunes, instead of just the missing three unaired episodes, because I could watch this over and over again, and definitely will be! (I still want a Blu-ray, DVD, or both, release!) Oh, and also, if you happen to be a Pushing Daisies fan, then check this out, and vice versa! That show also happened to be cancelled too soon! The episodes were aired out of order, so here's the correct order, with my ratings next to them! 1. Wayne or Lose 10/10 2. Wayne Dream Team 10/10 3. Van of the Year 10/10 4. Cold Season 10/10 5. Sinking Day 9/10 6. Emily Dates a Henchman 10/10 7. I'ma Friend You 10/10 8. Emergency Punch-Up 9/10 9. Van v Emily: Dawn of Justice 9/10 10. Green Furious 9/10 11. No Consequence Day 9/10 12. Win, Luthor, Draw 9/10
  • Jun 17, 2017
    Great tv show sadly cancelled,hopefully get another season sometime in the not so distant future.I liked Alan Tudak's character the best of all the casting choices
  • Jun 08, 2017
    Great to see what happens to the small people when they have to co-exist with superheroes. Some people have complained that the characters are too mean to each other. They have obviously never worked in an office with French people; who will fight to the death over fresh croissants and coffee first thing in the morning. I really liked the series and was very surprised when it was cancelled.
  • Apr 27, 2017
    Sorry to see this one get canceled. It had that "Better Off Ted" vibe going for it.
  • Apr 27, 2017
    I LOVE THIS SHOW. So, of course, like every good show, it is cancelled. There was absolutely nothing wrong with it and every episode was really funny. The superhero part of the plot was irrelevant to me. BRING IT BACK, NBC. Ratings are worthless when it comes to good shows. Look at MST3K!! They never got high ratings, but they're back funded by a kickstarter; people put their own money into what they wanted to see. Ratings need to go. Pay attention to your real audience, and use the internet as a tool to guide ratings, not your outdated Neilson way.

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