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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: 52 out of 141
  2. Negative: 60 out of 141
  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. Nov 6, 2015
    8
    I cannot bring myself to condemn the show based on the "PREMIER" episode being crammed full of characters they really needed to revealI cannot bring myself to condemn the show based on the "PREMIER" episode being crammed full of characters they really needed to reveal (perhaps though NOT all in one episode).

    Certainly the idea behind 'Supergirl' is transparent to most viewers, but after all it is suppose to be ENTERTAINMENT / ESCAPISM and not REALITY. In that respect they did a FINE JOB!

    As the plots evolve I see SUPERGIRL with a good to very good chance of surviving! After all it is far far far more entertaining show than many of the reported "Best SHow on Television" garbage to which we are exposed! ALL IN ALL ........ Supergirl ODES entertain!
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  4. Nov 1, 2015
    5
    This show's creator is a lesbian and has no idea about superheros. She needs to go do something that has to do with her own kind because sheThis show's creator is a lesbian and has no idea about superheros. She needs to go do something that has to do with her own kind because she sucks at this one. The forced interracial pining of Supergirl to Jimmy Olsen is just bullcrap. Melissa although cute is not a Laura Vandervoot that was on Smallville who had the PERFECT look of Supergirl. Melissa has a scar from chicken pox that is clearly visible. I'm c'mon Supergirl is perfect looking. When she changes into Supergirl there is NO superspeed. And when she fought they were slooooooow movie swings that should be in superspeed. Expand
  5. Jun 1, 2015
    2
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Supergirl's foster sister is a secret government agent for a secret agency whose lead agent sets a trap for Supergirl(who has no knowledge of this secret agency) then kidnaps and imprisons her all to tell Supergirl that he doesn't trust her and doesn't want an alien to join his secret agency. Supergirl then immediately goes about performing the agency's work for them.

    I wish I were making this up.
    That about sums up the quality of Supergirl
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  6. Nov 10, 2015
    1
    Mix CW's Flash with a dash of Smallville, change the superhero to female and it's all been recycled into the 'new' Supergirl, with the sameMix CW's Flash with a dash of Smallville, change the superhero to female and it's all been recycled into the 'new' Supergirl, with the same homogenized level of storytelling that is merely a vehicle to get eyeballs-to-ads.

    The budget for special effects must be pretty low, because they're pretty bad. Fight sequences with flying characters really look like they're just hanging from wires swaying about hoping to get a punch in. Slow landing while in the standing position are particularly bad.

    I'm at a loss as to what drug the 'professional' reviewers were on to give this one such high marks, though understandably the brain really should be numbed with a bong hit for anyone sitting through 1 or more episodes.
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  7. Jan 12, 2019
    0
    this cancer is so bad I had to wash my eyes with bleach.
    don't believe me, go to youtube and copy paste this " Supergirl Superfeminist
    this cancer is so bad I had to wash my eyes with bleach.
    don't believe me, go to youtube and copy paste this " Supergirl Superfeminist Supercut "
    do it while you sit on the toilette because taking a **** is the only way you can balance out the trauma you're about to face
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