Exactly a decade ago Arrow premiered on The CW with Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen. The Arrowverse is one of the network’s biggest flagship franchises, and the pilot episode, which aired in October 2012, reimagined the legend of green arrow with an origin story of how Oliver became Star City’s greatest hero.
The series ran for eight seasons with a total of 170 episodes, and the finale aired in January 2020, concluding Oliver’s story and introducing Crisis on Infinite Earths. The series paved the way for other spin-off shows, such as Legends of tomorrow, the flashand batman, to name a few. The CWs Arrow is indeed a huge success for the studio. It received positive reviews, and its debut drew 4 million total viewers, making it the network’s most-watched episode at that time.
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Stephen Amell and his fans celebrate Arrow’s 10th anniversary
To celebrate his 10th birthday, Amell posted a video on his Instagram page and shared his memorable experience doing Arrow and how it changed his acting career. He also thanked everyone who supported the show and those who participated in the creation. Discover Amell’s message here:
Twitter fans also expressed their love and gratitude for the series. Check out their tweets below:
— Bory//😈😈😈 (@deckerstarmcu) October 10, 2022
The CW’s ‘ARROW’ Premiered 10 Years Ago Today
What began as a gritty crime drama would go on to form the largest shared universe in television history, with the Arrowverse consisting of 788 episodes, annual crossover events, comics, novels and shows. animated.#Arrow10 pic.twitter.com/JCxV5Q7WvP
— DC Daily (@DCU_CORE) October 10, 2022
Happy 10 year anniversary to the Arrowverse!!
It all started with the iconic Oliver Queen and it grew into something bigger than we could have ever imagined.
— Luke #RenewStargirl (@LukePrime_) October 10, 2022
— Camilla 💚🐝 (@CamillaOlicity) October 11, 2022
10 years ago a superhero show called Arrow premiered and I had no idea at the time what impact it would have on my life. This show, these characters, these ships, and most importantly, this fandom have enriched my life. I’m so grateful for all the laughter, love and victories. #Arrow10 pic.twitter.com/wrITkC6dGb
— Sri-OTA Forever 💚 (@sriisme) October 10, 2022
Longtime viewers have praised the series for giving each character substantial backstory and setup while keeping the story flow as grounded and memorable as possible.
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Will Oliver Queen return?
Oliver’s tragic death would have ended his story, but the character may yet eventually return. In the Earth Prime comics, Oliver returned as The Spectre, and ever since the flash Season 9 will arrive in 2023, it is possible that he could reprise his role in the series.
Despite several fallouts that followed Arrow, many of them were canceled. It’s worth paying homage to the series that started it all, expanded the DC TV universe, and introduced lesser-known characters to viewers. It’s also had successful crossovers with several of its spinoffs, bringing all of those DC characters together in one frame.
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“Crossovers help you build the universe. They stop being individual shows and become chapters in a much bigger and longer story.says Marc Guggenheim, the series’ original executive producer (via TV line).
What better way to celebrate Arrow10th anniversary of that one night of binge-watching? Fans can stream the show via Netflix, HBO Go, or DVD releases.
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