Arrow is an American superhero television series that lasted eight seasons from 2012 to 2020 on The CW network. It is based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow—a costumed crime-fighter created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp. The show follows billionaire playboy Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell). He returns to his home city of Starling City after being stranded on a remote island for five years. Oliver uses his skills with a bow and Arrow to fight crime and corruption. He is a vigilante known as the Hood, the Arrow, or the Green Arrow. Along the way, he is joined by other heroes and allies. For example, John Diggle, Felicity Smoak, Laurel Lance, Roy Harper, Sara Lance, and many more.
The First Series of the Arrowverse
Arrow (TV Series) is a successful adaptation of a comic book character and the first series of the Arrowverse. A shared universe of interconnected superhero shows includes The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Black Lightning, Batwoman, Superman & Lois, and more. The Arrowverse was created by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg, who also developed Arrow. The shows share continuity, characters, actors, and crossover events that expand the scope and scale of the stories.
Arrow laid down the foundation for the Arrowverse shows by introducing key elements and concepts that would later be explored in other shows. For example, this show introduced Barry Allen, who became the Flash. Sara Lance would become the White Canary and lead the Legends of Tomorrow. Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh), who would become the Atom. Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist), who would become Supergirl. Arrow also established the existence of elements that aided in the creation of other shows. For example, parallel worlds, time travel, magic, aliens, metahumans, and other fantastical phenomena that would enrich the Arrowverse.
The Legacy of Arrow
Arrow ended its run in 2020 with a total of 170 episodes. It received critical acclaim and fan praise for its action-packed scenes, compelling characters, emotional moments, and faithful adaptation of comic book lore. It also won several awards and nominations, including People’s Choice Awards, Teen Choice Awards, Saturn Awards, and more.
The show left a lasting legacy not only for its fans but also for its cast and crew. Many of the actors who starred or guest-starred on Arrow went on to reprise their roles on other Arrowverse shows or spin-offs. Some of them also became producers or directors for other projects. The crew members who worked behind the scenes also contributed to the success and quality of other shows in the same universe.
Arrow was more than just a TV show. It was a phenomenon that spawned a whole new world of superhero storytelling. Arrow was a show that inspired many people to be heroes in their ways. It was a show that started with one man’s crusade to save his city and ended with a legacy that will live on forever.