- "My name is Oliver Queen. After 5 years in hell, I returned home with only one goal: to save my city. For 8 years, I've fought alongside brave men and women striving for justice, but then a crisis came, and I had to become someone else. I had to become something else. I made the ultimate sacrifice, which helped birth an entirely new universe. Now my friends and family will have to go on without me, and although I have become a spectre, there is a part of me that will always be the Green Arrow."
- —Oliver Queen
The series is developed by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim. The first season premiered on October 10, 2012 with Kreisberg and Guggenheim serving as showrunners. The second and third season premiered on October 9, 2013 and October 8, 2014 respectively. The fourth season marks the departure of Kreisberg as showrunner with Wendy Mericle replacing him. The season premiered on October 7, 2015 while the fifth season premiered on October 5, 2016. The sixth season premiered on October 12, 2017 with Mericle and Guggenheim both departing as showrunner. However, Guggenheim stayed as a consulting producer for the seventh season, which premiered on October 15, 2018 with Beth Schwartz replacing Guggenheim. The eighth and final season premiered on October 15, 2019 and concluded on January 28, 2020, Guggenheim also briefly returned as showrunner when Schwartz went on maternity leave.
During the series' run, it created multiple spin-offs such as The Flash and DC's Legends of Tomorrow. The connected universe was later known as the Arrowverse and retroactively connected to previous DC Comics-based television series during the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event.
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 North China Sea. He returned home to Star City, bent on righting the wrongs done by his family and fighting injustice. As the Green Arrow, Oliver successfully saved his city with the help of his team including former soldier John Diggle, computer-science expert Felicity Smoak, former protégé Roy Harper, street-savvy Rene Ramirez, metahuman Dinah Drake, brilliant inventor Curtis Holt and Earth-2 Laurel Lance. In the wake of discovering what his future holds, Oliver will find himself pit against his most challenging battle yet, one that will leave the multiverse hanging in the balance. In Arrow's final season, Oliver Queen is forced to confront the reality of what it means to be a hero.
Main Cast[edit source]
- Stephen Amell as The Hood/Arrow/Green Arrow/Spectre (Oliver Queen) (season 1-8)
- Katie Cassidy as Black Canary (Laurel Lance) (season 1-4, 6-7) and Black Siren/Black Canary (Laurel Lance) (season 6-8; recurring season 5)
- Colin Donnell as Tommy Merlyn (season 1; guest season 2-3, 6-8)
- David Ramsey as Spartan (John Diggle) (season 1-8)
- Willa Holland as Speedy (Thea Queen) (season 1-6; guest season 7-8)
- Susanna Thompson as Moira Queen (season 1-2; guest season 3, 5 & 8)
- Paul Blackthorne as Detective (Quentin Lance) (season 1-6: guest season 7-8)
- Emily Bett Rickards as Overwatch (Felicity Smoak) (season 2-7; recurring season 1; guest season 8)
- Colton Haynes as Arsenal (Roy Harper) (season 2-3, 7; guest season 4 & 6; recurring season 1 & 8)
- Manu Bennett as Deathstroke (Slade Wilson) (season 2; recurring season 1; guest season 3, 5-6 & 8)
- John Barrowman as Dark Archer/Ra's al Ghul (Malcolm Merlyn) (season 3-4; recurring season 1-2, 5; guest 7-8)
- Echo Kellum as Mr. Terrific (Curtis Holt) (season 5-7; recurring season 4; guest season 7-8)
- Josh Segarra as Prometheus (Adrian Chase) (season 5; guest season 6-8)
- Rick Gonzalez as Wild Dog (Rene Ramirez) (season 6-8; recurring season 5)
- Juliana Harkavy as Black Canary (Dinah Drake) (season 6-8; recurring season 5)
- Kirk Acevedo as The Dragon (Ricardo Diaz) (season 7; recurring season 6)
- Sea Shimooka as Green Arrow (Emiko Adachi) (season 7; guest season 8)
- Katherine McNamara as Blackstar (Mia Smoak) (season 8; recurring season 7)
- Ben Lewis as William Harris/William Clayton (season 8; recurring season 7)
- Joseph David-Jones as Connor Hawke ( season 8; recurring season 7)
- LaMonica Garrett as The Monitor (Mar Novu) (season 8; guest season 7) and Anti-Monitor (Mobius) (season 8)
Logos and Title Cards[edit source]
Logo for DC FanDome
- "THE CW ANNOUNCES ITS NEW FALL SCHEDULE FOR 2019-2020 SEASON" - CWTV Press Release
- Katie Cassidy is credited under her then-married name "Katie Cassidy Rodgers" from 7x10 "My Name is Emiko Queen" and was reverted to "Katie Cassidy" following her divorce prior to 8x01 "Starling City".
- Despite being listed among the main cast in season 8, Cassidy is credited as a special appearance.
- Willa Holland is credited as a series regular through 6x16 "The Thanatos Guild".
- Susanna Thompson is not credited for her character's voice role in "Canaries".
- Emily Bett Rickards is credited in the co-starring bill as "Emily Rickards" in "Lone Gunmen" before being promoted to recurring from "Legacies" onwards in season 1. Rickards was also not credited for her appearance in "Year's End".
- Manu Bennett is not credited for his appearance through unused footage in "Fadeout".
- Echo Kellum is credited as a series regular through 7x13 "Star City Slayer" and later as a special guest star.
- Josh Segarra is credited as a series regular from 5x03 "A Matter of Trust" onwards.
- Kirk Acevedo is credited as a series regular through 7x14 "Brothers & Sisters".
- Sea Shimooka is uncredited for her appearances as Green Arrow from "Inmate 4587" to "Due Process" and joined the main cast from 7x08 "Unmasked" onwards.
- LaMonica Garett is only credited for his respective episode appearances. However, Garrett is not credited for his appearance through archive footage in "Fadeout"