Critic Consensus: Fun, fresh, and full of energy, Supergirl soars right out of the gate thanks to the charming Melissa Benoist.

Episode Info

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.


Melissa Benoist
as Supergirl/Kara Zor-El
Calista Flockhart
as Cat Grant
Mehcad Brooks
as James Olsen
Laura Benanti
as Alura Zor-El
Chyler Leigh
as Alex Danvers
David Harewood
as Hank Henshaw
Jeremy Jordan
as Winslow Schott
Derek Mio
as Hayashi
Peter Facinelli
as Maxwell Lord
Jenna Dewan
as Lucy Lane
Faran Tahir
as The Commander
Dean Cain
as Dr. Jeremiah Danvers
Helen Slater
as Dr. Eliza Danvers
Jordan Mazarati
as Young Alex
Nick Jaine
as Another Staffer
Glenn Morshower
as General Sam Lane
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Critic Reviews for Pilot

Even though a new iteration of Supergirl might not be needed, it's a damn good time that we should feel grateful to have.

Jul 26, 2018 | Full Review…

On the other hand, it's refreshing to see that there is no "deconstruction" of the mythos on display in Supergirl, and I found its earnestness (like that of The Flash) endearing.

Jul 24, 2018 | Full Review…

"Supergirl" is here, and she's great. So is the actress playing her.

Jul 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Melissa Benoist's charm is enough to make the episode soar.

Jul 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Despite it's shortcomings, Supergirl is a winsome show with a delightfully charismatic lead.

Aug 1, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

It's when Supergirl isn't desperately trying to prove its feminist credentials, that it effortlessly paints a portrait of female strength and solidarity.

Jul 19, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

I can't wait to see what comes next.

Aug 1, 2018 | Full Review…

It's quite a lot to jam into a single 45-minute episode of television... Then again, it's a pilot, and if recent promos for the series' next episodes are any indication, the show looks like it will find its footing soon.

Aug 1, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a competent superhero show made by people who've been doing this a while... and have gotten better at it with each new stage of things.

Aug 1, 2018 | Full Review…

The good news is that Benoist, just as fellow Glee alum Grant Gustin did with The Flash, inhabits Kara Zor-El/Danvers with a contagious exuberance, once she has cause to let fly with her powers in the course of saving a crashing airplane.

Jul 31, 2018 | Full Review…