Stars: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnell, David Ramsey, Willa Holland, Susanna Thompson, Paul Blackthorne, Emily Bett Rickards, Colton Haynes, Manu Bennett, John Barrowman
Here's why Arrow works: It's a show for teeny boppers and comic book nerds. That is, it's the kind of series sentimental enough for O.C. fans, but hard enough not to alienate DC devotees. It doesn't condescend to those who only discovered the hooded hero via the CW. Rather, the series embraces the newbies, giving them non-canon couples to ship (#Olicity) and spelling out backstories (with flashbacks galore) for the casual viewer to follow along.
As for those who've collected Green Arrow books for years, the series keeps the DC universe references coming. Just this season alone, Arrow managed to weave in the Suicide Squad and the League of Assassins, introduce the Red Arrow, and present the Flash's origin story—all while keeping its IRL hero, Oliver Queen, an accessible guy with enough family drama for a daytime soap.
If you're the cynical comic book snob type who's secretly counting down 'til Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, let your guard down and give Arrow a chance. It's entertainment that doesn't demand anything from you but to have fun with it. —Tara Aquino