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  • Summary: Superman's 24-year-old cousin Kara Zor-El/Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist) has been working as Cat Grant's (Calista Flockhart) assistant when a sudden calamity forces her to reveal her powers to the world including co-worker James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), and former CIA agent Hank Henshaw (DavidSuperman's 24-year-old cousin Kara Zor-El/Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist) has been working as Cat Grant's (Calista Flockhart) assistant when a sudden calamity forces her to reveal her powers to the world including co-worker James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), and former CIA agent Hank Henshaw (David Harewood), who works at the same company as Kara's adopted sister Alexandra Danvers (Chyler Leigh). Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Oct 23, 2015
    91
    Benoist is just so winning in this role.... As he did with CW’s “Arrow” and “Flash,” executive producer Greg Berlanti has managed to take a familiar superhero story and spin it into a TV show readers and new­comers can love.
  2. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Oct 22, 2015
    83
    As always, though, it’s all in the execution. And Supergirl’s plucky central character, very winningly played by Benoist, looks good to go for this season and beyond.
  3. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Oct 19, 2015
    80
    Good casting (including Mehcad Brooks as Superman’s pal Jimmy Olsen--now hunky, African-American and going by the grown-up moniker James) and Benoist’s deft handling of her dual role create hope for the show going forward.... finding the right star, and constructing a credible pilot, are big parts of the battle. Thanks to those strengths, if the producers can sustain the playfulness and action without going overboard on Flockhart’s character, there’s reason to believe this “girl” can fly.
  4. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Oct 26, 2015
    80
    The show, from busy TV producer Greg Berlanti, who is also responsible for “Arrow” and “The Flash,” is filled with such bits of self-awareness, most of it conveyed light-heartedly, cleverly, and charmingly.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Oct 26, 2015
    75
    There are some heavy messages entangled there, but the pilot treads lightly and moves swiftly, quickly establishing the evil force Kara will have to fight and the team she'll have by her side. Yet it also leaves room for a little ambiguity about the wisdom of depending on superheroes. The cast (which includes myth-appropriate cameos from Dean Cain and Helen Slater) is good throughout, with Brooks and Jordan suitably supportive and Flockhart seemingly relishing her Devil Wears Prada role.
  6. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Oct 21, 2015
    70
    Supergirl is an average action show thus far, but its star is engaging.
  7. Reviewed by: Tirdad Derakhshani
    Oct 26, 2015
    40
    The series is well made and features a fine performance by Melissa Benoist (Glee, Danny Collins) as Kara Danvers, a Kryptonian woman who drops to earth a few years after her more famous cousin, Clark Kent. But it also has a patronizing, paternalistic--if not downright reactionary--attitude to gender equality.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 137
  2. Negative: 57 out of 137
  1. Oct 27, 2015
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I am giving this show a 10 to up the score a little bit because I am so appalled by all the negative criticism. For a pilot episode I thought that Supergirl delivered big time! I thought that Melissa Benoist did an incredible job portraying Kara (Superman's cousin), and I enjoyed her quirky, awkward, and the lack of confidence she portrayed as she was learning to become a hero! It made me so happy that the writers didn't drag out episode after episode until we finally get to see Supergirl in her costume and I imagine that to make the show different from Superman they didn't want to have the whole Louis Lane thing with her friend Winn wondering over the course of seasons the identity of the new caped crusader. All in all I thought it was a very fun, entertaining, and an exciting start to what has been my favorite new show of Fall 2015. Expand
  2. Mar 6, 2016
    10
    What a great show. Great acting, great writing, great special effects, humor, drama, likable characters, not afraid to embrace its comic bookWhat a great show. Great acting, great writing, great special effects, humor, drama, likable characters, not afraid to embrace its comic book roots. And finally a female superhero on TV again. And told from a female point of view. 40 years was way too long to wait. If you love comic books you will love this show. Even more, if you love TV you will love this show. Do not miss. Expand
  3. Oct 26, 2015
    8
    Overall a good start. It does a good job working its target audience (i.e. - not 30 year old comic reading men, but 6-15 year old girls). HasOverall a good start. It does a good job working its target audience (i.e. - not 30 year old comic reading men, but 6-15 year old girls). Has a few misteps, but again this is the first of hopefully many episodes. Expand
  4. Oct 27, 2015
    5
    I am a fan of both "The Flash" and "Arrow," so I was excited about the idea the people behind those shows were making "Supergirl." But theI am a fan of both "The Flash" and "Arrow," so I was excited about the idea the people behind those shows were making "Supergirl." But the pilot didn't deliver on that promise. I didn't hate the show, and in fact I still think there's some pieces in place for this to work on some level. But for all the build up and pressure, we didn't get much of a delivery. And that's a problem. We have never had more superhero shows and films, yet there is a big lack of gender diversity. Rightly or wrongly, "Supergirl" carries with it the weight of having to deliver on that, something that the producers and writers have seemingly embraced in interviews. That made the pilot a double disappointment. It was too busy for a first hour and didn't generate any buy-in with these characters. That must improve for this to hold its audience. Expand
  5. Jun 21, 2016
    3
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. So supergirl is another boring cbs series.I can honestly say that those series destroyed some of the best dc characters thank god the Flash is not one of them. To the story, so most of DC comics fans already know the story of Kara she is an alien who was originally born on Krypton and she was sent to earth blah blah blah. The plot is really weak and most of the episodes are repetitive and boring with few exceptions here and there like the bizzaro episode. The characters are weak and you don't really care for them at all like Jimmy Olsen who is an important character of the Superman universe. And the finale was so lame especially the part when Supergirl can't breathe or fly in space WHAT! Now let's take some positive aspects Melissa Benoist as supergirl is a good pick I suppose , I was surprised seeing Martian manhunter for the fist time in a live-action series. In the end I found supergirl to be a complete and absolute waste of time and potential **** writing,poor dialogue and a many others and cbs next time you want to make a superhero series do your homework first and then make something that is worth watching. Expand
  6. Nov 2, 2015
    1
    What is the point of developing a narrative that is merely a copy of the original Superman with only one difference -- of there being a womanWhat is the point of developing a narrative that is merely a copy of the original Superman with only one difference -- of there being a woman from Krypton? That's not sophisticated enough for the 21st century audience watching Supergirl. She is just a girl who wants to play with the powers that match her male counterpart, and like any youthful cookie-cutter sorority girl, falls into the same trappings and resolves them in the same predictable ways.
    She is at once every single girl, every New Girl, the every girl and also Supergirl. Because of this, there is no way any member of the audience can relate to her, love her, fear for her and hope for her. Instead, we watch as she plays with her newfound toys -- yet another problem the Supergirl show encounters. She had to be born with these powers -- it can't be exciting to have powers that have been in her possession her entire life.
    The dialog and the main thrust of the story from the outset seem merely to bend stereotypes and be inclusive -- essentially pushing the trope of multi-culturalism and Feminism -- as if the audience needs to be educated -- even after thirty years or so -- to treat other human beings like human beings. But we have to remember, the audience is well-versed in these messages. They have been played out in hundreds of ways across all kinds of comic book series, since they were first being published.
    But what has always had more of an impact on audiences has always been complex characters with real problems, who find themselves in unescapable predicaments that have a huge impact on that character. Somehow instead of seeing any kind of multi-faceted protagonist with inner struggles, I see this Supergirl as just a youthful, naïve and sporty chick who is super excited to show off her alien powers. With such power, Supergirl has no skin in the game -- except maybe the multi-cultural stereotype-bending love interest who just happens to be Black. Because this inter-racial spurious love interest is not at all interesting, I could care less what happens to him or her as a result of it. Why should any audience? There are already so many shows trying so hard to clumsily explore contemporary social issues, this one doesn't stand out. In fact, they are playing out the same overcooked liver that has been used for decades. It's dry, chewy and flavorless.
    The only way this show can save itself is if those working on it understand that what makes Superman great is not what would make Supergirl great. The Superman myth is loaded with real ponderous issues, like how his super power isn't as exciting as one would expect at first blush. In fact, having these super powers becomes an incredible burden to him. Humanity first expects him to be there when things go wrong, then soon resents him when he doesn't save the day. These themes explored in Superman have been familiar to this audience for more than thirty years.
    Evidently Supergirl is drawing its plot and narrative from the inspiration of the 1972 comic series. With all of the incarnations of a Supergirl and Superwoman that have been published in the last century, it's clear that every one is burdened with the same debilitating features that continue to keep her from being a successful, stand-alone hero. If this show continues to be an unimpressive, psychologically vapid, CGI-infused showboat of self-infatuation, it won't last longer than its first season.
    Supergirl is merely a female copycat of Superman and is seriously lacking in any distinct mythological structure to keep her original and powerful on her own. Supergirl needs different problems and a separate identity. She needs to burn her Super 'S' symbol tights and cape for a new and original look -- if that can even be managed. She can't just be Superman as a woman.
    This show's lack of understanding for its own audience is totally condescending. Those that watch this show already are aware of sexual identity, bending gender roles, multi-culturalism, inter-racial relationships, and other social circumstances. The scenes of Supergirl reveling in her inter-racial relationship could only raise eyebrows at this point if her partner was a trans-gendered woman with an extra arm.
    Based on the current stream of drama TV on CBS, it seems to me there is some authoritarian directive, stifling the creative process. Every series seems to be on a continuum with one another along a single line of conformity. They all seem to follow the same instructions on presenting the audience with instructive ways on how to approach 'socially challenging' situations with people who are not white heterosexual males in situations where white heterosexual males are known to have been most prominent. It seems to be pedantically instructive on how we all must learn to accept these scenarios in daily life. While these messages seem wholesome and sympathetic, they also strip otherwise compelling plots of substance. Of this, Supergirl is exemplary.
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  7. Apr 26, 2018
    0
    If I am watching a show called supergirl I'm already with the program so when the show does nothing but call me a white man the oppressor orIf I am watching a show called supergirl I'm already with the program so when the show does nothing but call me a white man the oppressor or enemy it has done a great job of ostracizing me. I mean the only portrayel of white men is either the cuck beta male best friend or evil mansplainer oppressor. Know your audience. This show is trash barely made it through 5 episodes when I finally gave up. Expand

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