Supergirl: Season 1 (2015 - 2016)


Season 1

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Melissa Benoist shines as Superman's plucky little cousin in Supergirl, a family-friendly comic-book adaptation that ditches cynicism for heart.



Critic Ratings: 72


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Air date: Oct 26, 2015

At 24, Kara Zor-El, Superman's cousin, decides the time has come to embrace her superhuman abilities and fulfill her destiny as a hero in the series premiere of this drama based on the DC Comics character Supergirl.

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Air date: Nov 2, 2015

Kara's confidence as a superhero is shaky at first, and with good reason. But then a threat to National City forces her to cast her doubts aside in order to capture an escapee from the Kryptonian prison Fort Rozz. Elsewhere, Cat pressures James to use his connection to Superman to land her an interview with his cousin.

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Air date: Nov 9, 2015

One of Superman's enemies is gunning for Supergirl, whose powers are tested when the formidable Reactron arrives in National City; at the same time, Cat makes plans to run an exposé on the young hero.

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Air date: Nov 16, 2015

Kara's Thanksgiving may be ruined thanks to a tense visit from her foster mother, who seems to disapprove of her daughter's superhero role. There's also the matter of a volatile CatCo employee being transformed into the villainous Livewire to contend with over the holidays.

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Air date: Nov 23, 2015

Kara is pulled in two directions when babysitting Cat's son, at the same time, National City is hit by a series of bombings. Meanwhile, James feels conflicted when his ex-girlfriend Lucy Lane tries to rekindle their relationship.

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Air date: Nov 30, 2015

Stress and anger get the better of Kara when she goes too far during a training exercise with Red Tornado, a military cyborg commissioned by Lucy Lane's father, General Sam Lane. Elsewhere, Cat's tough exterior is shaken by a visit from her judgmental mother, Katherine; at the same time, Alex enlists Winn to investigate her father's mysterious death.

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Air date: Dec 7, 2015

Kara and her friends must find the inner strength and courage to help during a disaster when an earthquake strikes National City, leaving Supergirl powerless. Meanwhile, Alex's mistrust of Hank reaches a breaking point when they end up trapped in the DEO with an alien escapee.

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Air date: Dec 14, 2015

Kara faces off with Astra after her aunt challenges Kara's beliefs about her mother; and Cat is threatened with being removed as the CEO of CatCo after a hacker exposes her private and damaging emails.

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Air date: Jan 4, 2016

Supergirl finds herself in a tense standoff with Non as she tries to rescue Hank from his clutches; and Kara is confronted by Cat about being National City's very own caped crusader.

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Air date: Jan 18, 2016

Kara does her best to support Winn and keep him safe when his father, the evil Toyman, breaks out of prison; Cat offers Lucy a job at CatCo; and Alex asks Hank to use his powers to help uncover Maxwell Lord's plans.

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Based on the DC Comics, this series follows Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist), who decides the time has come to embrace her superhuman abilities and fulfill her destiny as a hero by becoming Supergirl. However she must still maintain a low profile as Kara Danvers working for media company CatCo, all while keeping National City safe.

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Critic Reviews for Supergirl Season 1

All Critics (72) | Top Critics (32)

Melissa Benoist (Glee, Whiplash) is spot-on as Supergirl and Ally McBeal alum Calista Flockhart chews the scenery appropriately as media mogul Cat Grant.

Sep 22, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Supergirl, CBS's buoyant if belated entry into the superhero sweepstakes, makes a strong case for a comic book character long considered second-string.

Sep 21, 2015 | Full Review…

The lighthearted script -- complete with meta-conversations about what to name a female superhero - is welcome; too many of these stories drown in their own bleak worlds.

Sep 21, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…

There's enough to like (or at least tolerate) to recommend it.

Sep 18, 2015 | Full Review…

The title character, Kara Danvers, Superman's cousin, is smart and sassy - and she is winningly portrayed by Melissa Benoist, who is certain to be one of the season's breakout superstars.

Sep 17, 2015 | Full Review…

Ally McBeal meets the DC Comics universe in this surprisingly lighthearted (or so it seems) superhero drama.

Sep 9, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

There are some things that are over-the-top, but it's obvious that with such a high-powered hero at the heart of the show, they had to go big or go home.

Jan 29, 2019 | Full Review…

I'd advise everyone to get down with Supergirl.

Jul 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Cat is the mouthpiece that proves Supergirl's creative team is perpetually having a conversation with each other about what it means to write a female-fronted superhero series on broadcast network television.

Jun 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Supergirl isn't a perfect show by any means, and this first episode had more than its share of slightly awkward moments. But was it fun? HELL YES.

Jun 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Supergirl brings it on the entertainment front. Most of the credit rests on the shoulders of lead Melissa Benoist.

Mar 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Its essential nerdiness-the preferred PC synonym for "juvenile stupidity"-becomes overwhelming.

Nov 21, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Supergirl: Season 1

  • Aug 11, 2020
    Writing is mediocre at best.
  • Aug 09, 2020
    This was a interesting series
  • Jul 26, 2020
    I prefer a darker take on the girl of steel. That said Benoist is fantastic as is her supporting cast.
  • Mar 14, 2020
    I think the narrative's a little slow, but Supergirl is interesting enough.
  • Mar 03, 2020
    Boring and uninspired. Oh and awful special effects.
  • Jan 15, 2020
    Looks like a descent addition to the arrowverse so far.
  • Dec 28, 2019
    A solid start to this season quickly becomes formulaic, and predictable. The actors are all delivering solid performances, but the scripts and direction of the show left a fair bit to be desired. Loved the Flash crossover, and a few other select episodes, but all in all there were more flops than hits in this season. It was enough to get me back for season two, but the show is on probation for me.
  • Dec 21, 2019
    amazing love this show
  • Dec 15, 2019
    Beginning before our young hero dons her cape, this season is fun and foundational. Season 1 is a fan favorite. A talented cast and relatable characters make Supergirl an interesting and entertaining show to watch.
  • Dec 11, 2019
    I liked this show. I thought it had a lot of potential, then I saw season 2.

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