Arrow (2012–2020)
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Billionaire playboy, Oliver Queen, has been considered dead for five years. Now, he has returned. But something, during those five years, has changed him into a mysterious green hooded archer.


David Nutter


Greg Berlanti (developed by), Marc Guggenheim (developed by) | 5 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Amell ... Oliver Queen / The Hood
Katie Cassidy ... Laurel Lance
Colin Donnell ... Tommy Merlyn
David Ramsey ... John Diggle
Willa Holland ... Thea Queen
Susanna Thompson ... Moira Queen
Paul Blackthorne ... Quentin Lance
Colin Salmon ... Walter Steele
Jamey Sheridan ... Robert Queen
Jacqueline MacInnes Wood ... Sarah Lance
Annie Ilonzeh ... Joanna de la Vega
Kathleen Gati ... Raisa
Roger Cross ... Detective Lucas Hilton
Brian Markinson ... Adam Hunt
Ben Cotton ... David Hackett


After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to Starling City, his devoted mother Moira, much-beloved sister Thea, and best friend Tommy welcome him home, but they sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island. While Oliver hides the truth about the man he's become, he desperately wants to make amends for the actions he took as the boy he was. Most particularly, he seeks reconciliation with his former girlfriend, Laurel Lance. As Oliver reconnects with those closest to him, he secretly creates the persona of Arrow - a vigilante - to right the wrongs of his family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory. By day, Oliver plays the role of a wealthy, carefree and careless philanderer he used to be - flanked by his devoted chauffeur/bodyguard, John Diggle - while carefully concealing the secret ... Written by Anonymous

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During the first look inside Oliver's book of names, there can be seen the name of DC's super villain Hannibal Bates (Everyman), who was later introduced in Season 1 of The Flash (2014) (episode 1x19). See more »


While Oliver is standing on a table at his nightclub party, he lifts a shot of tequila to his lips with his right hand. But when the angle shifts, he brings the glass down in his left hand. The angle shifts again, and the glass is back in his right hand. See more »


[first lines]
Oliver Queen: The name of the island they found me on is Lian Yu. It's Mandarin for "purgatory." I've been stranded here for five years. I've dreamt of my rescue every cold black night since then. For five years I've had only one thought, one goal - survive. Survive and one day return home. The island held many dangers. To live, I had make myself more than what I was, to forge myself into a weapon. I am returning not the boy who was shipwrecked, but the man who will bring to those who have ...
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something different

I don't watch tv any more, but I got this pilot episode on file sharing. Have to say it is a sort of refreshing change, a super hero who is a not-so-good good guy. He definitely has no problem killing bad guys, for which I guess you could make a case for self defense. And he doesn't even think twice about stealing from the rich. It's was a little hard following it at times, but that just might be me. I will try a few more episodes and see how it goes. I remember reading the Green Arrow comics when I was a kid (all of the super hero comics in fact). If this is a modern version of Green Arrow, albeit a darker version, I really hope the producers keep their political agendas out of it. Time will tell.

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10 October 2012 (USA) See more »

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