Shadowhunters: Season 1 (2016)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

Shadowhunters boasts visual thrills and a potential-rich premise, but they're not enough to overcome the show's self-serious silliness and dull, convoluted plots.



Critic Ratings: 24


Audience Score

User Ratings: 983
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Air date: Jan 12, 2016
Air date: Jan 19, 2016
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Air date: Feb 2, 2016
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Air date: Feb 16, 2016
Air date: Feb 23, 2016
Air date: Mar 1, 2016
Air date: Mar 8, 2016
Air date: Mar 15, 2016
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On her 18th birthday, Clary Fray (Katherine McNamara) discovers that she comes from a long line of Shadowhunters, human-angel hybrids responsible for hunting demons. Things take a turn for the worse, however, when Jocelyn (Maxim Roy), Clary's mom, gets kidnapped by a group of rogue Shadowhunters known as The Circle, who are led by Valentine (Alan van Sprang), Jocelyn's former husband. Now, Clary must trust the enigmatic Jace (Dominic Sherwood) and his fellow Shadowhunters, Isabelle (Emeraude Toubia) and Alec (Matthew Daddario). Together, the group dive into a world full of vampires, warlocks and faeries, as Clary searches for her lost mother.


Katherine McNamara
as Clary Fray
Dominic Sherwood
as Jace Wayland
Emeraude Toubia
as Isabelle Lightwood
Alan Van Sprang
as Valentine
Harry Shum Jr.
as Magnus Bane
Isaiah Mustafa
as Luke Garroway
Matthew Daddario
as Alec Lightwood
Kaitlyn Leeb
as Camille Belcourt
Jon Cor
as Hodge Starkweather
Maxim Roy
as Jocelyn Fray
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Critic Reviews for Shadowhunters Season 1

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (8)

Sure, this was just the pilot, but if first impressions can be trusted, this series is headed for the junkyard.

Jan 12, 2016 | Full Review…

Wild start, but a good-looking one. Demands working knowledge of the books.

Jan 12, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

But, lordy, is it silly - and worse, it lacks the wit or sharp self-awareness to own up to its campiness or help make its melodramatic elements more palatable.

Jan 12, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Shadowhunters has been an incomprehensible show, one that never offered enough to pull the uninitiated in. Maybe the show will find a better path in its second season, but I don't imagine there'll be many disillusioned viewers returning to find out.

Mar 21, 2019 | Full Review…

The series is trying to do far too much, too quickly in an effort to stand out. It's too bad then that it's having the opposite effect.

Mar 21, 2019 | Full Review…

"Shadowhunters" pilot, titled "The Mortal Cup," is not very good. It's egregiously clunky, confusing and frankly, for a wildly fanciful world seeped in Downworlders and half-angel, half-human demon hunters, lacks any magic whatsoever.

Mar 21, 2019 | Full Review…

[The Show] resolves one major facet of this season (Jocelyn's kidnapping/coma) and sets up next season and an altered group dynamic quite nicely, despite the fact that the central "twist" feels extremely derivative.

Jun 21, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Unless your heart is literally made of limestone, it gets harder not to care about Clary, Simon, Alec, Magnus or even bloody Raphael.

Nov 20, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

All in all, Shadowhunters' first season had some brief high points and some very low points, while the majority of the latter can be additionally categorized as most of the character or plot development adapted from Clare's novels.

Nov 20, 2017 | Full Review…

This is The Mortal Instruments adaptation fans have been waiting for.

Nov 20, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Shadowhunters: Season 1

  • Jul 26, 2019
    I really wanted this to be good but with its oversexed approach to young-audience appeal and a lack of substance that so richly embodies the books, what could have been a good or even great series was merely a disappointment.
  • Jul 14, 2019
    Amazing plot, lovely chemistry and beautiful cast!
  • Apr 28, 2019
    A poorly written pilot left me unsatisfied, to say the least. Not only was the acting poor it was unconvincing.
  • Mar 30, 2019
    Awful. Bad actors playing cringy scenes in a poor adaptation of a good novel. complete trash.
  • Mar 16, 2019
    Season 1 of Shadowhunters doesn�����t start of great but it does lead into an amazing show
  • Mar 09, 2019
    Genuinely made an account just to say how disgracefully awful this adaptation is. Kat McNamara cannot act to save her life, and I've never seen a book to screen adaptation sexualise and destroy the brilliant source material more than this shitshow of a series has... appalled.
  • Feb 24, 2019
    Well, i just love this show... sure maybe the first impression wasnt good, but i still love it
  • Feb 21, 2019
    I wouldn�����t recommend this show to anyone if my life depended on it. It�����s so terrible i wouldn�����t want even my worst enemy to go through the painfully cringe worthy acting and dialogue. I really tried to find some sort of original content in this show but all the elements that contribute to it is an utter failure. The acting is rubbish and it�����s what gets on my nerves the most. It almost feels like they�����ve chosen the worst actors in the industry and the cheesiest novel series and boom you�����ve got yourself a show. I REPEAT DO NOT WATCH THIS ITS AN ABSOLUTE WASTE OF TIME. Such a shame they dragged Matthew Daddario into this nonsense.
  • Feb 06, 2019
    the season was a good introduction to history, but sinned in acting, especially the protagonists. The season was the shortest of the three and the most dull because of the poorly structured script.
  • Jan 17, 2019
    A fun action ride that proves to be a good successor to the film adaptation. The cast is talented, supported by good writers & crew... Well worth checking out!

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