Shadowhunters: Season 1 (2016)

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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.

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Critic Ratings: 25

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Episodes

1
Air date: Jan 12, 2016
2
Air date: Jan 19, 2016
3
Air date: Jan 26, 2016
4
Air date: Feb 2, 2016
5
Air date: Feb 9, 2016
6
Air date: Feb 16, 2016
7
Air date: Feb 23, 2016
8
Air date: Mar 1, 2016
9
Air date: Mar 8, 2016
10
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.

Cast

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 (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…
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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

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 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
  • Mar 30, 2020
    Everyone on here is beautiful and gorgeous and everything but Clarie is freaking annoying 95% of the time. Overall the acting is horrific but its a pretty cool story.
  • Feb 23, 2020
    The first season does have some faults but most of just because of the budget they had to work with, but it is a must see!
  • Feb 09, 2020
    Katherine McNamara seriously ruined this show with her annoying, horrible acting. She should've been replaced before the show aired. Seriously unfair for the talented actresses and actors in this show - all I could do whilst watching was focus on how annoying Katherine McNamara's Clary Fray is. No wonder why the show got cancelled after 3 seasons; nobody else could stand an amateur in a lead role.
  • Jan 16, 2020
    "Shadowhunters" season 1 is a rather uninteresting, corny affair. The acting is lacking, the plot is predictable, and I can't be less interested in continuing to watch it after this. I'm not surprised it was cancelled after season 3 but I am surprised it made it passed the first season. I've never even read the books this was adapted from but I'm glad I didn't waste my time with that too.
  • Jan 08, 2020
    I think this season was amazing and still is:) everyone should watch it (that enjoys this kind of stuff) and I REALLY enjoy watching it!
  • Jan 01, 2020
    Faithful enough to the books and yet different enough to keep readers and watchers guessing.
  • Dec 03, 2019
    Watching this show was weird. Like if I turn on the Disney channel something like Hannah Montana is intentionally cheesy and made for teenagers. But it's also family friendly and funny so you know it's not meant to be taken seriously. This....the actors are on par with teenagers on the Disney channel. It has way too many sex scenes. The producer felt the need to dress every female character half naked. I feel like if I was a teenage boy who was more interested in hot girls I might have enjoyed this.
  • Nov 12, 2019
    Awesome!! You totally should watch it

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