1. Season 1
Kara Zor-El’s story as National City’s savior started on CBS with a big-budget first season that reeled in more viewers than any superhero series in network TV history. And the moment that Supergirl‘s pilot episode concluded, it was clear that viewers were in for an incredible ride.
Both that episode and the season that followed it accomplished something that network television shows rarely accomplish – and that is delivering a feeling similar to that of a major motion picture. How it pulled it off, we still don’t quite know, but the truth is that the show absolutely nailed everything that makes the superhero genre so darn uplifting.
Viewers watched the birth of one of TV’s greatest heroes as Kara chose to use her abilities to follow in her cousin Superman’s footsteps, but what quickly happened was that she stepped out of his shadow and into a spotlight of her own making. Helping her do that was sister Alex Danvers, J’onn J’onzz, her best friend Winn Scott, Superman’s best friend James Olsen and even her own intimidating boss at CatCo, Cat Grant (played by the remarkable Calista Flockhart).
Though this writer doesn’t believe in the whole “bigger is better” trope, Supergirl was better when it bigger. And the stars truly aligned during that first season as it produced something truly spectacular for television.
There was an element of nostalgia about season 1 when it first aired, simply because it channelled the golden age superhero genre in all the right ways, but now that sense of nostalgia is even greater, as we reflect on and appreciate the beginning of this incredible story.
It was truly up, up and away for Supergirl.
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