Want to see how a comic book company can organically build an entire universe on the small screen while keeping all of the genre’s best elements? “Arrow” is the show for you!
Year it began: 2012
Where it can be seen: The CW, Netflix
Who’s in it: Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Paul Blackthorne, Willa Holland, Echo Kellum, Rick Gonzalez
Typical episode length: 42 minutes
Number of episodes to date: 138
Brief plot description: “Arrow” traces the journey of Oliver Queen from murderous vigilante to hero, in his quest to become a better man while saving his city from those who would destroy it.
Why it’s worth watching: Lost to the world for five hellish years, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) returns to Starling City, intent on washing his city clean of the criminal, corporate and political elements that are bent are remaking his home to serve their own interests. But while the adventures of “The Hood,” who will later become known as “Green Arrow,” are certainly interesting, the true driving force of the series is the relationships Queen creates along the way.
John Diggle (David Ramsey), the bodyguard. Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards), the reformed computer hacker. Queen’s sister, Thea (Willa Holland). Together, they will form the core of a vigilante group fighting to preserve the city they love … but not without tragedy, upheavals, reversals and outright betrayals that follow them every step of the way.
It’s an addictive formula: Soap opera + intelligent characters + attractive actors + smart writing + adventure + gunfire and explosions. You’ll come for the action. But you’ll stay for the relationships.