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Supergirl is a live-action TV series based on the character of the same name developed by Ali Adler, Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg. Originally airing on CBS and conceived as separate from the Arrowverse, it began airing on sister network The CW since 2016 and became part of the CW's DC superhero Multiverse. The universe of Supergirl takes place on Earth-38, a reference to the year Superman debuted in Action Comics #1 (1938). After the Crisis on Infinite Earths event, Earth-38 merged with others to create the world of Earth-Prime.

The series focuses on Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist), a Kryptonian who escaped from her dying planet as a teen, sent after her infant cousin Kal-El (Tyler Hoechlin) to take care of him. However, her ship was knocked off-course into The Phantom Zone, where Time Stands Still, and by the time she made it to Earth, Kal-El was already a famous superhero, operating under the moniker "Superman" and the civilian name Clark Kent. Kal-El sent Kara to live with the Danvers family, where she grew to adulthood alongside their daughter Alex (Chyler Leigh). Twelve years after coming to Earth, Kara decides to use her powers to become a hero like her cousin.

Other characters include Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart), the head of media conglomerate CatCo, whom Kara works for in her civilian guise; James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), an art director for CatCo; Winn Schott (Jeremy Jordan), a programmer for CatCo and Kara's neighbor; and J'onn J'onzz (David Harewood), a benevolent Martian and director of the Department of Extra-Normal Operations, a secret government agency where Alex also works. Later seasons introduced Mon-El (Chris Wood), a Daxamite prince who crash-lands on Earth and develops a romance with Kara; Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath), CEO of L-Corp and half-sister of Lex Luthor; Eve Teschmacher (Andrea Brooks), a loyal supporter of Lex Luthor who initially poses as a CatCo employee; Maggie Sawyer (Floriana Lima), an NCPD cop; Samantha Arias (Odette Annable) the new CFO of L-Corp who harbors the split personality of a hostile Kryptonian; Querl Dox (Jesse Rath), a Coluan and member of the Legion of Super-Heroes who eventually joins the D.E.O. as a strategist; Nia Nal (Nicole Maines), a CatCo reporter, psychic, and an ally to the Superfriends; Ben Lockwood (Sam Witwer), the leader of the anti-alien group called the Children of Liberty; Lauren Haley (April Parker Jones), a former officer tasked by the US government to oversee the D.E.O.; Kelly Olsen (Azie Tesfai), James' younger sister and a psychologist; Andrea Rojas (Julie Gonzalo), head of the tech company Obsidian North who takes over CatCo in the fifth season; William Dey (Staz Nair), a new reporter for CatCo who frequently butts heads with Kara; and Nyxlygsptlnz (Peta Sergeant), the exiled Princess of the Fifth Dimension and an ally of Kara in the Phantom Zone.

In 2019, a spin-off series centered on Superman and Lois Lane (Elizabeth Tulloch) was announced. Titled Superman & Lois, it began airing in 2021.


Season 1

In the first season, Kara is forced to reveal her powers, and becomes National City's protector. In the process, she discovers that hundreds of the criminals her mother imprisoned are hiding on Earth, including her aunt Astra and Astra's husband Non. Kara works with her adoptive sister Alex Danvers to fight these criminals, alongside the Green Martian J'onn J'onzz, her cousin's friend James Olsen, and tech genius Winn Schott.

Season 2

Kara and her allies deal with feuds between Earth's native populace and extraterrestrial community, and investigate the shadowy organization Project Cadmus, masterminded by Lillian Luthor, mother of Lex Luthor. Meanwhile, Kara befriends Lillian's stepdaughter, Lena Luthor, the new CEO of LuthorCorp, and struggles with romantic feelings for recent Earth arrival Mon-El, a princely survivor from Krypton's neighboring planet Daxam, whose parents wish to reclaim him. James becomes the masked vigilante Guardian; Alex begins dating Maggie Sawyer; and J'onn befriends a younger Martian, M'gann, from the White Martian race that killed his people.

Season 3

Kara struggles with the loss of Mon-El after he is forced to leave Earth. When Mon-El returns, he reveals that he has time-traveled to the 31st century and founded the Legion, as well as married Imra Ardeen. J'onn discovers his father M'yrnn J'onzz is alive and Alex deals with her heartbreak after breaking up with Maggie. Kara and Alex's new friend, Samantha Arias, discovers she is also a Kryptonian survivor, and begins a transformation from a loving single mother into the world-killing weapon known as Reign.

Season 4

Kara deals with a new wave of anti-extraterrestrial prejudice secretly instigated by Lex Luthor from prison, forcing her to fight for the civil and political rights of aliens. Ben Lockwood, a former college professor who suffered a series of personal tragedies at the hands of extraterrestrials, forms a human-first group called the Children of Liberty to end all aliens. Meanwhile, in the nation of Kasnia, a clone of Kara dubbed "Red Daughter" is trained by its military to fight Supergirl at Lex's request. Kara and Alex clash with the DEO's new addition, Col. Lauren Haley, who was sent to monitor the DEO's progress under Alex's direction. Col. Haley and the President try to force Supergirl to reveal her identity, and causing the feud to escalate when she refuses.

Season 5

Kara and her friends find themselves facing a new threat known as Leviathan, who sends their agent Rama Khan, a centuries-old immortal being who can bend the Earth, to kill Kara. Following a multiverse destroying Crisis, Kara adjusts to her new life on the newly created "Earth-Prime", while being forced to work under Lex and Leviathan continues their covert operations under Gamemnae.

Season 6

Lex attempts to finish what the Anti-Monitor started after the latter failed in conquering the multiverse. He successfully imprisons Kara in the Phantom Zone as her friends figure out a way to bring her back out. Kara discovers her father in the Phantom Zone.


Main Cast

Recurring Roles

  • Helen Slater as Eliza Danvers (Season 1-)[21]
  • Dean Cain as Jeremiah Danvers (Season 1-2)[21]
  • Laura Benanti as Alura Zor-El (Season 1-2) and Astra (Season 1) [22]
  • Jenna Dewan-Tatum as Lucy Lane (Season 1)[23][24]
  • Peter Facinelli as Maxwell Lord (Season 1)[25]
  • Glenn Morshower as Sam Lane (Season 1)[26][27]
  • Chris Vance as Non (Season 1)[26][28]
  • Italia Ricci as Siobhan Smythe/Silver Banshee (Season 1)[29]
  • Robert Gant as Zor-El (Season 1)
  • Tyler Hoechlin as Clark Kent / Kal-El / Superman (Season 2,4-)[30][31][32][33]
  • Malina Weissman as young Kara (Season 1-2)[34]
  • Jordan Mazarati as young Alex (Season 1-2)
  • Briana Venskus as Agent Vasquez (Season 1)
  • Laura Vandervoort as Indigo (Season 1)[35]
  • Lynda Carter as President Olivia Marsdin (Season 2-4)[36]
  • Ian Gomez as Snapper Carr (Season 2)[37]
  • Kevin Sorbo as Lar Gand, the King of Daxam (Season 2)
  • Teri Hatcher as Rhea, the Queen of Daxam (Season 2)[38][39]
  • Frederick Schmidt as John Corben/Metallo (Season 2)
  • Sharon Leal as M'gann M'orzz/Miss Martian (Season 2-)
  • Curtis Lum as Demos (Season 2)
  • Tamzin Merchant as Lyra Strayd (Season 2)
  • Erica Durance as Alura Zor-El (Season 3)
  • Adrian Pasdar as Morgan Edge (Season 3)
  • Carl Lumbly as M'yrnn J'onzz (Season 3)
  • Yael Grobglas as Gayle Marsh/Psi (Season 3)
  • Emma Tremblay as Ruby Arias (Season 3)
  • Olivia Nikkanen as Young Alex (Season 3)[40]
  • Izabela Vidovic as Young Kara (Season 3)
  • Amy Jackson as Imra Ardeen/Saturn Girl (Season 3)[41]
  • Ruby Rose as Kate Kane/Batwoman (Season 4-)[42]
  • Elizabeth Tulloch as Lois Lane (Season 4-)[43][44]
  • David Ajala as Manchester Black (Season 4)[18]
  • Rhona Mitra as Mercy Graves (Season 4)[45]
  • Robert Baker as Otis Graves (Season 4-5)[45]
  • Bruce Boxleitner as Vice President Phil Baker (Season 4)[46]
  • Anthony Konechny as Raymond Jensen (Season 4)[47]
  • TBA as Lon-El (Season 4)[48]
  • Xander Berkeley as Peter Lockwood (Season 4)[49]
  • Jon Cryer as Lex Luthor (Season 4-)[50]
  • Sarah Smyth as Lydia Lockwood (Season 4)
  • Graham Verchere as George Lockwood (Season 4)
  • Donna Benedicto as Agent Reiff (Season 4)
  • Steve Byers as Tom (Season 4)
  • Roxy Wood as Yvette (Season 4)
  • Jessica Meraz as Pamela Ferrer/Menagerie (Season 4)
  • Louis Ozawa Changchien as Hat (Season 4)
  • Francoise Robertson as Sarah Walker (Season 4)
  • Phil LaMarr as Malefic J'onzz (Season 5)
  • Ellexis Wejr as Mallory (Season 5)
  • Kari Wahlgren as Hope (voice) (Season 5)
  • Nick Sagar as Russell Rogers/Rip Roar (Season 5)
  • Cara Buono as Gamemnae (Season 5)
  • Mitch Pileggi as Rama Khan (Season 5)
  • Thomas Lennon as Mxyzptlk (Season 5)


Warner Bros. Television was looking to create a television series centered around Supergirl. Executive producers for the series included Greg Berlanti (also a creator/producer for Arrow and The Flash) and Ali Adler, who also both wrote the script, and Berlanti Productions' Sarah Schechter.[51] Berlanti confirmed the show shortly after, and stated it was in development and had yet to be pitched to networks.[52] On September 19, it was announced that CBS would air the series, titled Supergirl with a series commitment. [45] On October 29, 2014, Arrow and The Flash casting director David Rapaport tweeted that he would be the casting director for the series.[53] Berlanti has hinted that the series will be part of the  Arrow and The Flash.[54] In January 2015, it was announced that Melissa Benoist was cast as Supergirl.[2] In February 2015, Andrew Kreisberg joined the crew as a writer and executive producer for the series.[55]




  1. 1.0 1.1 Meet CBS' Supergirl (and Her Sister), Get Scoop on Kara's Big Entrance
  2. 2.0 2.1 Melissa Benoist Is Supergirl: CBS Pilot Casts ‘Glee’ Actress In Lead Role
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 CBS' Supergirl Casting Jimmy Olsen, Cat Grant and Others
  4. Supergirl Scoop: Jimmy Olsen to Be Played by Desperate Housewives Alum
  5. CBS 'Supergirl' Enlists Chyler Leigh, David Harewood
  6. CBS's 'Supergirl' Casts 'Last Five Years' Star Jeremy Jordan
  7. CBS 'Supergirl' Enlists Chyler Leigh, David Harewood
  8. Calista Flockhart Cast As Cat Grant In Supergirl
  9. ‘Supergirl’: Calista Flockhart To Recur In Season 2 On CW As Filming Moves North
  10. 'Supergirl' Adds 'The Family' Grad as Gay DC Character Maggie Sawyer (Exclusive)
  11. Wood Joins Supergirl Season 2 as 'Surprise' Series Regular
  13. TCA News: Mon-El Confirmed, Miss Martian & Musical Episode Coming
  16. Supergirl Promotes Jesse Rath to Series Regular for Season 4 - TV Line
  17. Supergirl Season 4 Adds Sam Witwer as the Villainous Agent Liberty - TV Line
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Supergirl Casts TV's First Transgender Superhero for Season 4 - TV Line
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  21. 21.0 21.1 Supergirl Casts the Heroic Helen Slater and Dean Cain in Top-Secret Roles Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "SupergirlCasts" defined multiple times with different content
  22. Laura Benanti To Play Supergirl's Mom In Greg Berlanti's CBS Pilot
  23. Supergirl to Introduce Lucy Lane AKA Jimmy Olsen... AKA Superwoman?
  24. Jenna Dewan-Tatum Set as Lucy Lane in CBS' 'Supergirl'
  25. Peter Facinelli Has Joined Supergirl – But Will He Be Good or Evil?
  26. 26.0 26.1 Supergirl Adds Three More DC Comics Characters—Is One of Them Superman?
  27. Supergirl: Glenn Morshower Cast As General Sam Lane
  28. 'Supergirl' Taps 'Transporter' Star as DC Villain Non (Exclusive)
  29. EXCLUSIVE: 'Supergirl' Lands 'Chasing Life' Star in Major Villain Role
  30. Is Supergirl seeking Superman
  31. Supergirl: How often will we see Superman?
  32. Supergirl Casting a (Young) Superman
  33. 'Supergirl' Finds Its Superman in 'Teen Wolf' Favorite
  34. CBS Casts Young 'Supergirl' (Exclusive)
  35. ‘Supergirl’ Casts DC Comics Characters Indigo & Master Jailer
  36. Supergirl: Former Wonder Woman Lynda Carter to appear in season 2
  37. Supergirl taps Cougar Town star as Snapper Carr — exclusive
  38. [1]
  39. Teri Hatcher Joins 'Supergirl' for Major Season 2 Arc
  40. Supergirl Recasts Two Key Roles - TVLine
  41. Supergirl Season 3: Bollywood Star Amy Jackson to Recur as Saturn Girl - TVLine
  42. [2]'Ruby Rose Cast as The CW's Batwoman' -
  44. The CW Finds Its Lois Lane in 'Grimm' Star = The Hollywood Reporter
  45. 45.0 45.1 45.2 ‘Supergirl’: Rhona Mitra To Play Mercy Graves On The CW Series, Robert Baker Also Cast - Deadline Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Deadline" defined multiple times with different content
  46. [ Supergirl Recast: Who's Heading to the White House in Season 4? - TVLine]
  47. [3]
  48. EXCLUSIVE: Arrowverse Crossover To Potentially Feature Another Major Kryptonian! - ThatHashtagShow
  49. 'Walking Dead' Baddie Xander Berkeley Brings Daddy Issues to 'Supergirl' Season 4 - TVInsider
  50. Breaking News: Lex Luthor Will Appear on Supergirl
  51. Supergirl Takes Flight With TV Series From Greg Berlanti & Ali Adler
  53. [4]
  54. Supergirl Could Possibly Exist In The Same World As Arrow & Flash
  55. CBS 'Supergirl' Enlists Chyler Leigh, David Harewood

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