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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User Ratings: 3324

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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.


Melissa Benoist
as Supergirl/Kara Zor-El
Calista Flockhart
as Cat Grant
Chyler Leigh
as Alex Danvers
Mehcad Brooks
as James Olsen
David Harewood
as Hank Henshaw
Jeremy Jordan
as Winslow Schott
Peter Facinelli
as Maxwell Lord
Jenna Dewan
as Lucy Lane
Laura Benanti
as Alura Zor-El
Briana Venskus
as Agent Vasquez
Glenn Morshower
as General Sam Lane
Italia Ricci
as Siobhan Smythe
Jay Jackson
as Male Newscaster
Tawny Cypress
as Senator Miranda Crane
Helen Slater
as Dr. Eliza Danvers
Dean Cain
as Dr. Jeremiah Danvers
Jordan Mazarati
as Young Alex
Rich Ceraulo
as Agent Hartmann
Hope Lauren
as Comatose Woman
Luke MacFarlane
as Agent Donovan
Dan Warner
as Fire Captain
Nick Jaine
as Another Staffer
Levi Miller
as Carter Grant
Brit Morgan
as Leslie Willis/Livewire
Michael Albala
as Scientist
Michael Mealor
as Fratty Dude
Eric Steinberg
as Commander Gor
Kevin Covais
as High School Kid
Sarah Robson
as DEO Doctor
Kitana Turnbull
as Costumed Girl
Stephanie Czajkowski
as Security Guard
Tom Waite
as Pilot
Derek Mio
as Hayashi
Casey Strand
as Reporter
Bryan Lugo
as Looter
Chris Browning
as Ben Krull/Reactron
Dawn Greenidge
as Pedestrian Woman
Frank Maharajh
as Police Officer
Henry Czerny
as Winslow Schott Sr./Toyman
Joan Juliet Buck
as Katherine Grant
David Lim
as Agent Tsung
Pilar Holland
as Female Newscaster
David Lim
as Agent Tsung
David Salsa
as Guard #2
Nischelle Turner
as Morning Talk Show Host
Ayo Sorrells
as Agent Reynolds
Jeannine Cota
as KNOC Newscaster
Nerlyn Jean
as Waitress
Isaac Keys
as Guard #3
Patrick O'Connell
as General Mathers
Iddo Goldberg
as Dr. T.O. Morrow/Red Tornado
Jeff Branson
as Mater Jailer/Draper
Eddie McClintock
as Col James Harper
Grant Gustin
as The Flash/Barry Allen
Todd Sherry
as Professor Luzano
Kelly Chavers
as Girlfriend
Aaron Lustig
as Lawyer #1
Bruno Amato
as Security Guard
Faran Tahir
as The Commander
Ashton Bingham
as Senior Tech
Kent Shocknek
as Newscaster
Frank Pacheco
as Guard #2
Joshua Triplett
as Passenger
Ruben Vernier
as Boyfriend
Daniel Josev
as DEO Agent #2
René Ashton
as Lawyer #2
Ric Sarabia
as Aien Soldier
Blake Berris
as Gabriel Phillips
Zuhair Haddad
as Store Owner
Jamie Kaler
as Pundit #1
Scott Alan Smith
as Chester Dunholtz
J Grace
as Brooke
Vincent Giovanni
as Police Officer
Samantha Harris
as Pundit #2
Stephanie Czajkowski
as Security Guard
Sebastian Velmont
as Silo Guard #1
Cole Michaels
as Little Boy
Dar Dixon
as Board Member
Emma Caulfied
as Agent Cameron Chase
Maisie Klompus
as Cat's Assistant
Zarek King
as Young Boy
Cheryl Turner
as Grandmother
Ray Campbell
as Jim Warren
Jessica Garcia
as Teenage Girl
KylieRae Condon
as Mean Girl
Angela Martinez
as Field News Reporter
Jennifer Sommerfeld
as Police Officer
Zayne Emory
as Rick Malverne
Mackenzie Brooke Smith
as Female Student #1
Jaidan Jiron
as Female Student #2
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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…
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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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