Shadowhunters: Season 1 (2016)


Season 1

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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: 25


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User Ratings: 1071

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Air date: Jan 12, 2016

In the series premiere, a woman discovers on her 18th birthday that she comes from a long line of Shadowhunters, human-angel hybrids who hunt demons.

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Air date: Jan 19, 2016

Clary Fray finds out she is not who she thinks she is. -- (C) Freeform

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Air date: Jan 26, 2016

Clary convinces Jace, Alec and Isabelle to help her save Simon from The Hotel DuMort; Jace helps Clary learn more about her powers; Isabelle searches for intel; and Alec begins to question Jace's motives. Meanwhile, Simon meets the leader of the vampires, Camille.

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Air date: Feb 2, 2016

The Shadowhunters discover that Magnus Bane, the High Warlock of Brooklyn, may know how to access Clary's memories, so they attempt to lure him out by throwing a party. Meanwhile, Simon doesn't seem like himself after an encounter with a Downworlder.

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Air date: Feb 9, 2016

Tensions escalate between Clary and Alec when they disagree on the best way to hunt down Valentine; and Alec struggles with the Clave's rules after he's tasked with keeping Clary safe while Jace and Isabelle are sent on an intel mission to the Seelies. Meanwhile, the werewolves from NYC begin their hunt for Clary and the Moral Cup.

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Air date: Feb 16, 2016

Luke is taken to Magnus' lair to save his life; the story of how Valentine came to be evil is told; Jocelyn and Luke's past is revealed to Clary in hopes of triggering her memory of the Mortal Cup; and Isabelle and Alec try to restore their family name in the eyes of the Clave.

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Air date: Feb 23, 2016

Clary and the team race to obtain the Mortal Cup before anyone else gets to it after they piece together the clues of its location. Meanwhile, Simon fears he's turning into a vampire as his symptoms become increasingly worse.

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Air date: Mar 1, 2016

The Clave sends a representative to observe the Lightwoods who are running the New York Institute after hearing of Alec, Jace and Isabelle's "extracurricular activities" with Clary. Meanwhile, Clary is faced with a difficult decision.

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Air date: Mar 8, 2016

The Institute's on high alert after the attack. Meanwhile, Lydia makes a harsh call on the Seelies, but the others fear it's the wrong decision; Simon struggles to deal with his new situation; and Alec's emotionally torn about the Institute.

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Air date: Mar 15, 2016

Clary enters a new world in order to find Valentine and discovers she likes this alternate universe, because it's a place without the threat of demons or the need for Shadowhunters. Elsewhere, Alec and Isabelle deal with the ramifications of the Downworlder attack.

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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.

Cast & Crew

Maxim Roy
Jocelyn Fray
Jon Cor
Hodge Starkweather
Alan Van Sprang
Valentine Morgenstern
David Castro
Raphael Santiago
Kaitlyn Leeb
Camille Belcourt
Stephanie Bennett
Lydia Branwell
Nicola Correia Damude
Maryse Lightwood
Joel Labelle
Alaric Rodriguez
Jade Hassouné
Christina Cox
Elaine Lewis
Paulino Nunes
Robert Lightwood
Lisa Marcos
Susanna Vargas
Ed Decter
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Critic Reviews for Shadowhunters Season 1

All Critics (25) | 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…

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…

Every moment we're supposed to care, or worry about a character's fate, we're left cold because the characters are hollow.

Oct 3, 2019 | Full Review…

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…

But in the case of Shadowhunters, its first episode was so awkward it might be hard to come back from it.

Nov 20, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Shadowhunters: Season 1

  • Apr 26, 2021
    This show is spitting in every fan of the books face, with the terrible cast, acting and inaccurate events of the story. It completely deminishes the world that cassandra clare created and transformed it into a show that can only be described as rotten.
  • Feb 27, 2021
    As someone who read the books and loved them I would literally prefer to bump my elbow on every corner in the world than watch this ever again. I couldn't sit through the first 15 minutes without wanting to erase this from my memory. I'm not kidding when I say everything is wrong. Everything. Not to mention the fact that he show literally just hit copy and paste from every other fantasy teen drama and thought that would work. Honestly the movie is so much better and it's sad they never continued making the sequel.
  • Oct 10, 2020
    pretty good, interesting world with different species
  • Aug 16, 2020
    This season is amazing and interesting, the only thing is that the graphics is a little bad (only in the first season), the 3rd season has the best graphics.... It gets more and more interesting season by season! I love this show!!
  • Jul 23, 2020
    The lead girl is annoying. The role DOES NOT FIT HER.
  • Jul 20, 2020
    I love the story but I'm really annoyed with clary's acting. so freaking annoying.
  • Jun 28, 2020
    I watched 2 episodes of season 1, and I absolutely hate It. The acting was horrible, Clary was the most green, annoying, cringey person on the show that made me want to punch her in the face. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, because after the second episode I wanted to burn my eye's.
  • Jun 16, 2020
    The plot to this series sounded good, but the actual season was really hard to get through! Katherine McNamara's (Clary) acting was really green, over exaggerated with her acting to the point of annoyance. I didn't feel any sympathy for Clary because of all her whining and pity acting. There were lots of petty quarrels between characters, that were taking away from the actual plot and too redundant. I don't know if I want to put in the time to watch the second season of Shadowhunters.
  • Apr 19, 2020
    I never read the books but the concept fascinated me so I really wanted to like this. I am very good at suspending my disbelief and giving shows a chance, but I just couldn't do it with this. I forced myself to sit through the first episode and made it halfway through the second but then had to turn it off. The dialogue is dripping with cheese and the acting, aside from a couple of characters, is woeful. The main actress - the kind of character that I would normally love - speaks her lines like she's just reading them off the page, with no attempt to inject any kind of dramatic timing or personality into it at all. It all just combines into something completely cliched and, like others have pointed out, all that could possibly be forgiven were it not for the fact that the show also takes itself far too seriously. TL/DR: This show is very much like Twilight - great for early adolescent girls and grown women who are able to overlook the cheese. Everyone else would be wise to steer clear.
  • Mar 31, 2020
    unimaginably shitty. This movie should not be shown on Netflix, it rots the network. The first few scenes of the movie were good though, at least I thought it was good so I tried to keep watching the movie but the further it got, the more disappointed I was. I can't believe I wasted 4 hours of my life watching that film

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