Stars: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnell, David Ramsey, Willa Holland, Susanna Thompson, Paul Blackthorne, Emily Bett Rickards, Colton Haynes, Manu Bennett, John Barrowman
Although Marvel's got the movie industry cornered, DC Comics has mastered the TV marketplace. The entertainment company proved its staying power first with the long-running Smallville, and now it's showing that success was no fluke with Arrow. A retelling of the origins of the Green Arrow, the series follows Stephen Amell as billionaire vigilante Oliver Queen and his specialized team of crime fighters, including IT girl Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards), muscle man John Diggle (David Ramsey), Black Canary (Katie Cassidy), and Arsenal (Colton Haynes) as they try to avenge the deaths of their loved ones and protect their endangered Starling City from the supervillains trying to conquer it.
While last spring saw the demise of Deathstroke, this fall season kicked off strong with a new evil mastermind, Ra's al Ghul. Arrow isn't just addictive for its bow-and-arrow crime fighting; it's also replete with will-they-won't-they relationships, inappropriate innuendos, and sexual tension to keep any non-comic book fan squirming in their seat. —Tara Aquino