Smallville: Season 1 (2001 - 2002)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

Smallville's modern re-telling of the Superman saga benefits from a focus on teen angst and small-town drama instead of comic book camp.



Critic Ratings: 14


Audience Score

User Ratings: 223
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Air date: Oct 16, 2001
Air date: Oct 23, 2001
Air date: Oct 30, 2001
Air date: Nov 6, 2001
Air date: Nov 13, 2001
Air date: Nov 20, 2001
Air date: Nov 27, 2001
Air date: Dec 11, 2001
Air date: Jan 15, 2002
Air date: Jan 22, 2002
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Between the boy Clark Kent thought he was and the man he is destined to becomelie the compelling stories of Smallville, the popular action series that reimagines the Superman saga from its roots.


Tom Welling
as Clark Kent
Michael Rosenbaum
as Lex Luthor
Kristin Kreuk
as Lana Lang
John Schneider
as Jonathan Kent
Annette O'Toole
as Martha Kent
Allison Mack
as Chloe Sullivan
John Glover
as Lionel Luthor
Mitchell Kosterman
as Sheriff Ethan
Hiro Kanagawa
as Principal Kwan
Kelly Brook
as Victoria Hardwick
Tom O'Brien
as Roger Nixon
Robert Wisden
as Gabe Sullivan
Joe Morton
as Dr. Steve Hamilton
Cameron Dye
as Sam Phelan
David Paetkau
as Trevor Chapell
Eric Christian Olsen
as Young Harry Bolston
Lizzy Caplan
as Tina Greer
Marguerite Moreau
as Cassandra Castle
Corin Nemec
as Jude Royce
Dan Lauria
as Coach Walt Arnold
Jim Shield
as Ryan's Stepfather (James John Gibson)
Kevin McNulty
as Mr. Summers
Reynaldo Rosales
as Tyler Randall
Shonda Farr
as Sasha Woodman
Darrin Klimek
as Deputy Gary Watts
Gabrielle Rose
as Mrs. Arkin
R. Nelson Brown
as Lex's Doctor
Brandy Ledford
as Ryan's Stepmother (Joanne Gibson)
Adrian McMorran
as Jeremy Creek
Bill Mondy
as James Beals
Ted Garcia
as News Anchor
Malcolm Stewart
as Mr. Melville
Rick Peters
as Bob Rickman
Aaron Douglas
as Deputy Birdego
Kavan Smith
as Wade Mahaney
Rekha Sharma
as Dr. Harden
Beverly Breuer
as Rose Greer
Eric Olsen
as Young Harry
Judy Tylor
as Amanda Rothman
Chelan Simmons
as Felice Chandler
Bill Finck
as Pawnshop Owner
Lisa Calder
as Zoe Garfield
Kett Turton
as Jeff Palmer
Gregory Sporleder
as Kyle Tippet
P. Lynn Johnson
as Mrs. Summers
John David Coles
as Scott Bowman
Sheila Moore
as Mrs. Sikes
Remy Zero
as Themselves
Alf Humphreys
as Jim Gage
Jeff Seymour
as Lex's Doctor
James Ralph
as Deputy #1
Kwesi Ameyaw
as Security Guard
Tiffany Knight
as Rose Randall
Matthew J. Munn
as Young Lex Luthor
Mark McConchie
as Mr. Ellis
Nicki Clyne
as Coffee Shop Waitress
Simon Wong
as Paul Chan
William Samples
as Sir Harry Hardwick
Frank C. Turner
as Eddie Cole
Kevan Ohtsji
as Danny Kwan
Ben Odberg
as Lewis Lang
Jessica Amlee
as Little Girl
Azura Skye
as Amy Palmer
Jade Unterman
as Young Lana Lang
Reg Tupper
as Doctor
Kendall Cross
as Little Girl's Mother
Glynis Davies
as Mrs. Palmer
Reg Tupper
as Doctor
Anaya Farrell
as Rene David
Deejay Jackson
as Cream Corn Farmer #1
Catherine Barroll
as Betty Fordman
Alvin Sanders
as Cream Corn Farmer #2
Serge Houde
as John Frankel
Steve Bacic
as Mechanic
Justin Chatwin
as Older Jeremy Creek
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Critic Reviews for Smallville Season 1

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (6)

Superman's coming of age comes as a pleasant surprise.

Jun 29, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

In its initial outing, it's doing a solid job.

Oct 16, 2001 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Human stories like this one made early Smallville relatable for its young audience, and the first season leaves on a cliffhanger that will blow viewers away.

Jul 12, 2018 | Full Review…

It's precisely this simplicity that gives the [finale] its charm after all this time, as we get to see the youth of our characters without dealing with meteor-freak attacks or the suffocating plot structure of early episodes.

Jul 12, 2018 | Full Review…

This is a thoughtful, funny and often action-filled show.

Jun 28, 2018 | Full Review…

It takes a show like Smallville a season to find its footing and tone. It gets better towards the end of the season.

Nov 20, 2017 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

The themes -- teen angst, coming-of-age, puberty, loneliness, intimacy, connection and lack of connection to parents -- are skillfully woven into an engaging story line that reinterprets the 63-year-old mythology of Superman for a new generation.

Nov 20, 2017 | Full Review…

Entertaining, though short of super.

Nov 20, 2017 | Full Review…

People may feel they've already seen this before and know where it goes.

Nov 14, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

... a superhero series by way of a Dawson's Creek-style young adult melodrama: teen angst with a kryptonite boost and moral lessons in a freak-of-the-week serial.

Nov 18, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Smallville: Season 1

  • Aug 26, 2019
    Though the series is clearly suffering a little from first season jitters, the freshman season gets better with time and shows clark kent grow up like we have never seen on screen. The MVP Award goes to Michael rosenbaums Lex Luther who is a complex character and full of surprises though we all know his fate. All in all the show has great action, compelling story, and ever improving acting.
  • Jul 07, 2019
    this is a great show a classic i got the boxset i watched it after it finished great season great show made me a superman fan which i was not before
  • Jun 05, 2019
    Exciting and fun without words for the start of perhaps the best series of superheroes.
  • Apr 21, 2019
    I started watching this show way after it ended. I thought it was going to be a childish superhero show and it had a lot of depth. Watching Clark grow each season and slowly turn into Superman was enjoyable and very well done in this show. This has become one of my favorite series.
  • Dec 18, 2017
    very good show and amazing story line with great actors
  • Mar 05, 2017
    Upon being first introduced to the WB's first season of Smallville, I laughed it off as a "girly" show, more "Smallville's Creek" than action/adventure show. Boy, was I ever wrong... For all you guys out there, how many of you (when you were a little kid) ran around your living room dressed up in a Superman cape? I would guess that a few hands were raised. The dream of superpowers, flying, and saving the world from evil tend to appeal to little kids. As we grow older and wiser (!) we tend to want to look deeper into things, explore different possibilities. We can no longer take Superman at face value, we must dive in and try to find out his origins and why he is what he is. Smallville caters directly to that need, answering (over the course of 5+ seasons) the questions about the Superman mythology. The intriguing aspect of the show is that we already know what is going to happen. The fun part is seeing HOW it happens. What comic-book readers know already... -Clark Kent becomes SuperBoy/Man, falls for Lois Lane, breaks off a relationship with childhood sweetheart Lana Lang, and becomes a reporter for the Daily Planet in Metropolis. -Lex Luther becomes the ultimate criminal mastermind, devoting his life to destroying Superman. -Other various things, such as Clark's real name being Kal-El, his father (Jor-El) and mother sending him to earth because their home planet of Krypton was crumbling, and that Clark can only be killed by Kryptonite, fragments of rock from his home planet. With this knowledge as I watched the pilot episode of Smallville, I expected (because of its WB, teen-themed roots) to see a sappy show filled with teen angst. However, while viewing the pilot episode, I had a wakeup call. What I saw was an everyday Kansas farmboy (with an affinity for plaid shirts) who just happened to be able to lift farm equipment with one arm... Smallville Season One introduces main players Clark Kent, Ma and Pa Kent, and Lana Lang, as well as young business mogul Lex Luthor. Other characters are introduced and fleshed-out, including Lionel Luthor (Lex's father), Chloe Sullivan, and Pete Ross. The show's premise is that each week a different person is affected by the meteor rocks that rained from the sky when Clark was sent to earth. The rocks prey on a person's deepest fears or desires, giving that person super-human abilities. Only high-schooler Clark Kent is able to combat them. The show has a great plot and great special effects, but it is the character developement that makes the show an all-time great. Over the course of Season One, Chloe and Pete go from third wheels to integral parts of the story. Clark begins developing new powers and dealing with the responsibilities that come with them. The give-and-take between Lex and Lionel Luthor is reason enough to watch! In conclusion, Smallville is a show that can be watched by anyone. I (20 years old) was introduced to it by my 10th grade sister, and now my Dad even watches the show. For those of you who like to classify the show, it is a combination of The X-Files (paranormal stuff and government intrigue), The Wonder Years (the relationship difficulties of high schoolers) and The Waltons (watching the Kents try to preserve their family values). As you watch Season One, you will realize that the episodes just keeping getting better and better. The Season One Finale...let's just say you WILL be shelling out the bucks to buy Season Two.
  • Jul 09, 2016
    Smallville easily deserves five stars. It captures your attention withen the first minute of the first episode. It was thrilling. The show is about Clark Kent's struggle in high school. He is keeping his super powers a secret and it is very difficult for him. He wants to be a regular teenage boy in high school. Not a teen who has to hide his entire life. He does have one weakness. That is kryptonite. When he is around it, he can hardly even walk when he is around it. I love Smallville. It is riveting. It is the best!!!!
  • Nov 11, 2015
    The first season is very okay, and some of the acting is very well done. But when the plot for villains showing up is kryptonite for the whole season, you gotta expect more for the coming seasons. Still, you can't go hard on this one just for beiing one of the first CW superheroe series of the 2000s.
  • Sep 09, 2014
    Fun, honest portayals which this reboot seemed faithful to the spirit of the early comics.
  • May 25, 2014
    Best show ever! I love the first season it was 100% perfect!

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