Smallville: Season 1 (2001 - 2002)


Season 1
Smallville

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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.

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Critic Ratings: 27

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Air date: Oct 16, 2001

Teenager Clark Kent must cope with his emerging superpowers and his love for classmate Lana Lang. Clark befriends Lex Luthor and thwarts a vengeful former student.

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Air date: Oct 23, 2001

Clark discovers that a fellow high school student, Greg Arkin (CHAD E. DONELLA), has been attacked by Kryptonite-affected bugs. Greg has taken on the "eat, molt, mate, die" life cycle of an insect--with Lana as his prey. Clark must rush to save her without revealing his superpowers. Meanwhile, Lex possesses Lana's Kryptonite necklace and ponders what to do with the strange stone.

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Air date: Oct 30, 2001

Clark and Lex defy their respective fathers. Clark joins the football team, against Jonathan's wishes, ultimately discovering that the coach, Walt Arnold (DAN LAURIA), has been altered by Kryptonite and is using fire-starting abilities to hurt anyone who might prevent him from winning. Meanwhile, Lex battles his own father, Lionel Luthor (JOHN GLOVER), for control of LuthorCorp.

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Air date: Nov 6, 2001

Clark reels from his first flashes of X-ray vision. His shock is compounded when he witnesses a bank robbery, apparently by his friend, Lex. Unsure of how to control this new power, Clark nonetheless puts it to use when a Smallville teen who has developed shape-shifting abilities threatens Lana.

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Air date: Nov 13, 2001

Clark has a chance to share a night out on the town with Lana, thanks to Lex's matchmaking, but the evening is interrupted when Clark faces an icy enemy, Sean Kelvin (MICHAEL CORISTINE). Sean is an aggressive flirt who suffers from a Kryptonite-induced case of permanent hypothermia and has to feed off of others' body heat to survive--starting with Chloe.

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Air date: Nov 20, 2001

Clark is wracked with haunting visions when he meets an old woman, Cassandra Carpenter (JACKIE BURROUGHS), who can see the future. Lex schemes to use Cassandra's gift to glimpse his own destiny and learn more about Clark's secret. Meanwhile, a bitter old man, Harry Bollston (GEORGE MURDOCK), discovers a "fountain of youth" and reverts to a teenager. He then seeks revenge on the descendants of jurors who put him in jail decades ago.

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Air date: Nov 27, 2001

Clark must save Pete from being literally devoured by a female classmate, Jodi Melville (AMY ADAMS), whose diet of Kryptonite-affected vegetables causes her to shed weight faster than she can handle, forcing her to satisfy her ravenous hunger by gorging on any available food source. Meanwhile, Lex gets one step closer to the truth about Clark after funding a study on the green meteor fragments.

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Air date: Dec 11, 2001

Clark and Lex team up to rescue members of Clark's high school class after a janitor, Earl Jenkins (TONY TODD), takes them hostage in LuthorCorp's Smallville Fertilizer Plant No. 3. Jenkins claims his deadly "jitters" were caused by a mysterious contaminant, and he threatens to kill everyone unless he is shown a secret sublevel--which Lionel Luthor (recurring guest star JOHN GLOVER) denies ever existed.

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Air date: Jan 15, 2002

Clark's secret identity is jeopardized when a corrupt policeman, Sam Phelan (CAMERON DYE), witnesses Clark using his superhuman powers and coerces him into joining forces. However, when Clark double-crosses the cop, he is not prepared to deal with the consequences for him and his family. Meanwhile, Lex receives an intriguing proposal from his sexy British ex-girlfriend, Victoria Hardwick (recurring guest star KELLY BROOK - "The Big Breakfast").

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Air date: Jan 22, 2002

A teenage girl, Amy Palmer (AZURA SKYE - "28 Days," "Zoe"), lets her obsession with Lex become life threatening as attacks in the Luthor mansion pit Clark against an invisible enemy. Meanwhile, Clark is thrilled when Lana seeks his companionship after Whitney inexplicably rebuffs her.

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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.

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  • May 03, 2021
    Despite several Superman movies, Smallville provided a new spin: a creative, descriptive story about the young Kal-El during his highschool years in a small Kansas town. What made it a great show? A strong core of supporting cast: his girl of desire, Lana, the girl that desired him, Chloe, and his best friend Pete. The first season provided a good story for each episode, allowing the viewer to enjoy individual episodes, without missing the entire flow. The other key in development was providing a great interaction with his family, friends and especially his strong bond with the young Lex Luther. The many subplots remained cohesive and never swayed too far.
  • Jul 26, 2020
    if you want an exact translation look elsewhere. However the series has a great cast and some even better story arcs. A truly epic journey that is not to be missed.
  • Apr 29, 2020
    The series is off to a great start with likable charecters and decent fight scenes. I only wish it had more story instead of just several monsters of the week and hints of plot.
  • 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!!!!

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