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Shadowhunters: Season 1 (2016)




Critic Consensus: Shadowhunters boasts visual thrills and a potential-rich premise, but they're not enough to overcome the show's self-serious silliness and dull, convoluted plots.


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On her 18th birthday, Clary Fray (Katherine McNamara) discovers that she comes from a long line of Shadowhunters, human-angel hybrids responsible for hunting demons. Things take a turn for the worse, however, when Jocelyn (Maxim Roy), Clary's mom, gets kidnapped by a group of rogue Shadowhunters known as The Circle, who are led by Valentine (Alan van Sprang), Jocelyn's former husband. Now, Clary must trust the enigmatic Jace (Dominic Sherwood) and his fellow Shadowhunters, Isabelle (Emeraude Toubia) and Alec (Matthew Daddario). Together, the group dive into a world full of vampires, warlocks and faeries, as Clary searches for her lost mother.


Dominic Sherwood
as Jace Wayland
Emeraude Toubia
as Isabelle Lightwood
Alan Van Sprang
as Valentine
Harry Shum Jr.
as Magnus Bane
Isaiah Mustafa
as Luke Garroway
Matthew Daddario
as Alec Lightwood
David Castro
as Raphael
Kaitlyn Leeb
as Camille Belcourt
Jon Cor
as Hodge Starkweather
Maxim Roy
as Jocelyn Fray
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Critic Reviews for Shadowhunters: Season 1

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (8)

Sure, this was just the pilot, but if first impressions can be trusted, this series is headed for the junkyard.

January 12, 2016 | Full Review…

Wild start, but a good-looking one. Demands working knowledge of the books.

January 12, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

But, lordy, is it silly - and worse, it lacks the wit or sharp self-awareness to own up to its campiness or help make its melodramatic elements more palatable.

January 12, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Every moment we're supposed to care, or worry about a character's fate, we're left cold because the characters are hollow.

October 3, 2019 | Full Review…

Shadowhunters has been an incomprehensible show, one that never offered enough to pull the uninitiated in. Maybe the show will find a better path in its second season, but I don't imagine there'll be many disillusioned viewers returning to find out.

March 21, 2019 | Full Review…

The series is trying to do far too much, too quickly in an effort to stand out. It's too bad then that it's having the opposite effect.

March 21, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Shadowhunters: Season 1


The bad acting and cheesy dialogue make Shadowhunters another disappointing fiasco.


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