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Supergirl: My TV Series Review

Supergirl is an American TV series originally aired on CBS categorized into superhero action-adventure genre. It was premiered on October 26, 2015, and was developed by Greg Berlanti, Ali Adler, and Andrew Kreisberg (the latter two having previously created Arrow and the Flash). This series is based on the DC Comics character named Supergirl created by Al Plastino and Otto Binder played by Melissa Benoist for the title role. Supergirl is a costumed superheroine who is one of the last surviving Kryptonians and who is, in fact, Superman’s cousin. Set in the Arrowverse, this series shares continuity with other television series of the universe such as Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow.

After receiving a series of commitment in September 2014, the series was officially picked up on May 5, 2015, and received a full season order on November 30, 2015. Warner Bros. announced that the series would move from CBS to CW in May 2016 with its second renewal. Then, on April 2, 2018, the CW renewed the series for a fourth season premiering on October 14, 2018.

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American actress born with a mixed ancestry of English, German, Scottish, Melissa Benoist (Marley Rose of Glee/ Jennifer of Billy Boy/ Rachel Koresh of Waco) played her role as Kara Danvers/ Zor-El/ Supergirl, a 24-year-old Kryptonian who lives in National City, who embraces her powers after previously hiding them. She worked as Cat Grant’s assistant at CatCo disguising as Kara Danvers. American actor Mehcad Brooks (Eggs of True Blood/ Malcolm Bennett of The Deep End/ Jerome of The Game/ Matthew Applewhite of The Desperate Housewives) played his role as a former Daily Planet photographer named James Olsen. He moved to National City and became the new art director for his former colleague at CatCo Worldwide Media named Cat Grant

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American actress Chyler Leigh (Caitlin Sullivan of Taxi Brooklyn/ Dr. Lexie Grey of Grey’s Anatomy/ Carla Noll of Reunion/ Claire Wyatt of The Practice/ June Tuesday of That 80’s Show/ Janey Briggs of Not Another Teen Movie/ Frankie of 7th Heaven/ Jamie Martin of Safe Harbor) played her role as Kara’s adoptive sister named Alex Danvers. She is a scientist and also a government agent who works for Hank Henshaw at the DEO, serving also his right-hand. American actor Jeremy Jordan (Jimmy Collins of Smash/ Jamie Wellerstein of The Last Five Years) played his role as a tech expert who worked alongside Kara at CatCo named Winslow “Winn” Schott Jr. He is Kara’s best friend and also serves as one of her allies, helping her develop her costume and also aiding her in her adventures.

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American actress Calista Flockhart (Ally McBeal of Ally McBeal/ Helena of A Midsummer Night’s Dream/ Kitty of Brothers & Sisters/ April Keating of Web Therapy/ Ellen Kelly-O’Rourke of Full Circle) played her role as the outwardly shallow and superficial founder of the media conglomerate CatCo Worldwide Media named Cat Grant, who feels, since she “branded” Kara as “Supergirl”, that she has proprietary custody over the new hero.

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English actor David Harewood (Joe Robinson of The Vice/ Prince of Morocco of The Merchant of Venice/ Captain Poison of Blood Diamond/ Tuck of Robin Hood/ Joshua Naismith of Doctor Who/ Oberon of A Midsummer Night’s Dream) played his role as the head of the DEO named J’onn J’onzz aka the Martian Manhunter, who takes Hank Henshaw’s likeness after Henshaw is killed in Peru while hunting J’onn. American actor Chris Wood (Adam Weaver of The Carrrie Diaries/ Jake of Containment/ Kai Parker of The Vampire Diaries) played his role as a prince from the planet Daxam named Mon-El, who with similar powers to Superman and Supergirl. He landed on Earth in the pod at the end of season one.

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American actress Floriana Lim (Elizabeth of Poor Paul/ Maya of Glory Daze/ Nurse Rosa Quintero of The Mob Doctor/ Michelle Prado of Allegiance/ Bridey Cruz of The Family/ Miranda Riggs of Lethal Weapon) played the role of a detective for the National City Police Department named Maggie Sawyer, who takes a special interest in the cases involving aliens and metahumans.

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Irish actress Katie McGrath (Bess of The Tudors/ Morgana of Merlin/ Oriane Congost of Labyrinth/ Lucy Westenra of Dracula/ Zara of Jurassic World/ Sarah Bennett of Slasher/ Elsa of King Arthur: Legend of the Sword/ Elizabeth Carruthers of Frontier) played her role as the CEO of L-Corp (formerly known as Luthor Corp) named Lena Luthor. She is also the younger paternal half-sister of Lex Luthor. American actress Odette Annable (Dr. Zoe Brockett of Pure Genius/ Nola Longshadow of Banshee/ Trudy Copper of The Astronaut Wives Club/ Melanie Gracia of Breaking In/ Dr. Jessica Adams of House/ Socialite of Transformers) played her role as another Kryptonian sent to Earth as an infant named Samantha Arias aka Reign. She became a  single mother to her daughter Ruby.

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IMDb, the world’s most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV and celebrity content, gave an average star rating of 6.5/10 out of 83, 744 votes.  

On Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 75 out of 100 based on reviews from 33 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”.

Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gave the series premiere a 95% approval rating from critics and with an average rating of 7.6/10 based on 74 reviews. The site’s consensus also states: 

“Melissa Benoist shines as Superman’s plucky little cousin in Supergirl, a family-friendly comic-book adaptation that ditches cynicism for heart.”

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Cliff Wheatley of IGN gave the pilot episode a 7/10, praising Melissa Benoist’s performance as Kara and the fun take on the Superman mythos.

Rotten Tomatoes gave the premiere of the second season a 100% approval rating from critics and with an average rating of 8.3/10 based on 22 reviews, which made the series far more better than season 1. The site’s consensus reads,

“The arrival of the more famous cousin in Supergirl does nothing to detract from the show’s lead, who continues to deliver strength, action, and relatability.”

Metacritic also assigned a score of 81 out of 100 based on reviews from 4 critics, indicating “Universal acclaim” on its second season.

The third season holds an 86% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 14 reviews.

In my own personal review, Supergirl is one of DC’s best-rated series that continue to surprise viewers by its twisting storylines on every episode for each season. Based on what I’ve watched for this series, Supergirl is indeed one of the most promising female superheroes that steal the limelight among television viewers who are an avid fan of watching comic-inspired TV series. What makes this series also unique, is that it shares crossover storylines from other DC series like The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Arrow. You can see crossover characters from those aforementioned DC series which makes Supergirl a much exciting show to watch with friends and families. This is generally favorable to view in all ages, but still needs parental guidance for kids. I give my 8/10.

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If you haven’t watched this series yet, here’s the official trailer in courtesy of Kinocheck International YT channel:

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Written by Trafalgar Law