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Characters
Claire Bennet
A rapidly-healing teenager searching for acceptance.

Noah Bennet
A retired agent trying to protect his daughter.

Ando Masahashi
A sidekick who shoots red lightning.

Hiro Nakamura
A hero who bends time and space.

Matt Parkman
An unemployed telepath trying to live a normal life.

Angela Petrelli
A mother who dreams the future.

Peter Petrelli
A paramedic who uses his copied abilities to save lives.

Tracy Strauss
A woman with an icy ability, trying to help people like her.

Samuel Sullivan
An earth-moving carnival leader, wanting to show the world his power.

Mohinder Suresh
A super strong geneticist returning to normal life.

Sylar
A superpowered serial killer turned hero.

Heroes is an award-winning internationally-broadcast science-fiction drama by creator/writer Tim Kring and premiered in the United States in September 2006. Heroes chronicles the lives of a series of people who discover they have special abilities. The show was canceled in May 2010 after 78 episodes during the course of four seasons (split into a total of five volumes).

Season One

Season One contains 23 episodes and consists of one volume, entitled "Genesis".

The first season of Heroes begins on the day of a solar eclipse. Various people throughout the world discover they have super-human abilities. The story revolves around the attempts to prevent an explosion threatening to destroy New York City, as predicted by Isaac Mendez. Further complicating issues is a man named Sylar, who is killing other people with special abilities and stealing their abilities, and a mysterious man in horn-rimmed glasses working for a secret company that tracks and kidnaps evolved humans.

The complete first season is available on DVD and HD-DVD set, both compiled of seven discs. A five-disc Blu-Ray set was released on August 26, 2008 when the second season DVD was released.

Season Two

Season Two consists of one volume, "Generations", and includes 11 episodes.

The events of Kirby Plaza have changed the lives of the Volume One survivors, and not necessarily for the better. Meanwhile, several new characters are introduced, and the origins of the Company begin to be revealed, as its founders are faced with a mysterious figure from the past determined to kill them off. Eventually, an even bigger threat occurs: a virus, threatening to kill 93% of the world's population.

The complete second season is available on 4-disc sets, on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Season Three

Season Three consists of two volumes. The first 13 episodes are Volume Three "Villains", and the last 12 are Volume 4 "Fugitives".

Volume Three "Villains" starts right after Nathan's assassination, and the shocking revelation of the shooter is revealed. Meanwhile, 12 villains from Level 5 escape after the battle between Sylar and Elle. Volume Four "Fugitives" begins with Nathan revealing the existence of evolved humans to the President, therefore leading to anyone with special abilities being hunted.

The complete third season was released on September 1, 2009, comprising six discs.

Season Four

Season Four consists of one volume, "Redemption", and contains 18 episodes.

Volume Five "Redemption" begins at the funeral of Joseph Sullivan when his brother Samuel announces to his family that they will be inviting more people into their family. The specials try to go back to normal lives after having been hunted, but their invitations from Samuel, along with his eventual plan for New York, mean they have to work together to stop him.

Season Five

Season Five was intended to be a continuation of the series, beginning with Volume Six: Brave New World. Volume Six begins with Claire revealing her ability to the world. On May 14, 2010, Heroes was officially cancelled by NBC. At one time, the show's creators were still considering wrapping up the show in a webseries or movie, but those plans have since been cancelled.

Other Heroes projects

Graphic Novels

In addition to the episodes each week, NBC releases online graphic novels the following Tuesday. They are usually first-person, and focus on a specific incident in a character's life.

Issues 1-34 were published by DC Comics as a graphic novel collection, and a second collection has also been released, and includes all the graphic novels from after the first season to the end of the second season. [1]

Heroes 360/Heroes Evolutions

NBC announced the Heroes 360 Experience in January 2007, just prior to the airing of Godsend following the first hiatus. Heroes 360 is a multimedia interactive experience comprised of both expanded web content and an alternate reality game.

With the launch of Heroes 360, a great deal of new content became available on NBC.com, including online viewing of episodes with video commentary, "two-screen" Heroes Interactive content during broadcasts, an interactive version of Chandra Suresh's map, and more.

The alternate reality game has players working closely with Hana Gitelman to unlock the secrets of the Company by exploring websites associated with many of the show's characters and institutions, including primatechpaper.com, corinthianlasvegas.com, and activatingevolution.org. Guided by text messages and emails from Hana and posts on her website, players solve puzzles and unlock clues to reveal exclusive content related to the show.

The online content proved very popular with fans very quickly. According to an NBC press release, the Heroes Evolutions content garnered 48 million page views in just eight weeks, seven million of which were unique views. In the same amount of time, Evolutions provided over 27 million video streams in just eight weeks.

In September 2007, NBC renamed Heroes 360 to Heroes Evolutions. In 2008, the Heroes Digital Experience (Heroes Evolutions) was recognized for excellence in Interactive Media with the win of a Creative Arts Emmy award.

Webisodes

NBC introduced a series of webisodes on NBC.com before the airing of Season 3. The first series, Going Postal, features the introduction of new characters, new abilities, and ties it into previously established characters and new plots for the upcoming season. The first webisode aired July 14, 2008. Additional webisodes series followed.

Scrapped Projects

Due to the large and expansive universe Heroes inhabits, several side projects have been announced to tell stories from other areas of this universe. However, for various reasons, some of these projects have been cancelled. Some of the more high profile projects that have been announced and subsequently scrapped include Heroes: Origins and a movie or miniseries based on Heroes.

Reboot

On February 22, 2014, NBC announced a reboot of Heroes. This 13-episode stand-alone miniseries will air in 2015, and will be called Heroes Reborn. It will be preceded by a digital series.

Broadcasts

Heroes is broadcast on the following stations around the world.

Country/Region Network(s) Series premiere Weekly schedule
Arab world Showseries 1 April 4, 2007 Wednesdays 11:00 p.m.
Asia
  • Bangladesh
  • Brunei
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mongolia
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Sri Lanka
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
Star World January 24, 2007 (India) Wednesdays

9:00 p.m.

January 31, 2007
(Southeast Asia [except Philippines])
Wednesdays

8:00 p.m. (THAI/WIB Time)

9:00 p.m. (HK/SIN Time)

September 2007
(Philippines)
TBA
Australia Seven Network: 7 (seasons 1-3), 7TWO (season 4- ), Sci Fi January 31, 2007 Wednesdays 8.30pm
Austria ATV 2008 Tuesdays, 2 episodes, start at 8.15 pm. (GTM+1)
Belgium VT4 (Dutch) March 5, 2007 Mondays 8:30 p.m.
Brazil Rede Record July 3, 2007 TBA
Canada Global Television Network September 25, 2006 Sundays 9:00 p.m.
Mondays 8:00 p.m.
NBC Mondays 8:00 p.m.
Croatia Nova TV February 25, 2008 Mondays 9:30 p.m.
Cyprus LTV October 02, 2007 Tuesdays 09:00 p.m.
ANT1 TV August 31, 2009 Monday-Friday 11:00 p.m.
Czech Republic Prima January 3, 2008 Thursdays 10:00 p.m.
Denmark Canal+ February 7, 2007 Wednesdays 10:00 p.m.
Finland Canal+ February 7, 2007 Wednesdays 10:00 p.m.
MTV3 Fall, 2007 TBA
France TF1 June 30, 2007 Saturdays 8:50 p.m.
Germany RTL II October 10, 2007 Wednesdays 08:15 p.m. (GMT+1)
Hong Kong TVB Pearl August 7, 2007 Tuesdays 10:35 p.m. (GMT+8)
Hungary TV2 March 4, 2007 Wednesdays 10:00 p.m.
Iceland Skjár 1 January 2007 Mondays 9:00 p.m.
India Star World January 24, 2007 Wednesdays 9:00pm
Indonesia Star World on Astro Nusantara January 31, 2007 Wednesdays 8:00pm
Ireland Channel 6 March 1, 2007 Thursdays 9:30 p.m.
Israel yes stars 2 March 6, 2007 Tuesdays 10:00 p.m.
Italy Italia 1 (Seasons One and Two) September 24, 2007 Mondays, 9:00 p.m.
Steel (Seasons Three and Four) March 22, 2010 Mondays 9:00 p.m.
Latin America
  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Ecuador
  • Mexico
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Venezuela
  • Dominican Republic
Universal Channel March 2, 2007 Fridays, 9:00 p.m.
Mexico
Canal 5 May 14, 2007 Mondays 9:00 p.m.
Netherlands RTL 5 June 21, 2007 Thursdays 09:30 p.m.

Sundays 11:30 p.m. (R)

Norway Canal+ Film1 February 7, 2007 Wednesdays 10:00 p.m.

Saturdays 10:30 p.m. (R)

New Zealand TV3 January 15, 2007 Mondays 9:30pm
Philippines RPN 9 March 11, 2007 Sundays, 8:00 p.m.
Crime/Suspense May 28, 2007 Mondays 9:00 p.m.
Poland TVP1 May 17, 2007 Thursdays 8:15 p.m. and 9:20 p.m
Portugal TVI April 14, 2007 Saturdays 2:00 p.m.
FOX
Puerto Rico Televicentro May 27, 2007 Sundays 8:00 p.m.
South Africa SABC3 May 23, 2007 Wednesdays 8:30 p.m.
Singapore Channel 5 November 26, 2007 Weekdays 4:00 p.m.
Spain Sci Fi February 1, 2007 Thursdays 10:00 p.m.
TV Canaria February 28, 2007 Wednesdays 9:00 p.m.
AragonTV March, 2007 Sundays 09:45 p.m.
Telemadrid February 15, 2007 Thursdays 10:00 p.m.
7RM March 15, 2007 Thursdays 10:00 p.m.
TV3 May 2, 2007 Wednesdays 9:40 p.m.
Canal 9 March 21, 2007 Wednesdays 10:00 p.m.
TVG June 14, 2007 Thursdays 9:40 p.m.
RTPA April 12, 2007 Thursdays 10:00 p.m.
Sweden Canal+ February 7, 2007 Wednesdays 10:00 p.m.
TV4 September 5, 2007 Wednesdays 9:00 p.m.
Switzerland TSR1 June 19, 2007 Tuesdays
SF2 October 8, 2007 Monday
Turkey CNBC-e March 4, 2007 Sundays 9:00 p.m.
United Kingdom SCI FI Channel February 19, 2007 Mondays 10:00 p.m.
BBC Two July 25, 2007 Saturdays 10:00 p.m.
United States NBC September 25, 2006 Mondays 8:00 p.m.
SCI FI Channel Fridays 7:00 p.m.
G4 November 3, 2007 Saturdays 10:00 p.m.
United States Military overseas AFN-Prime January 2, 2007 Tuesdays 7:00 p.m.

Nielsen Ratings

Season Three

  Season Average 3.58 8.40 4.72 7.59 4.61 6.84

For ratings of previous seasons, see the full article.

TAMi

Season Three

  Archive Average 123,841 4,220,714 13,354,833 17,699,388  
  Archive Total 2,972,192 101,297,125 320,516,000 424,785,317  
  Season Total 3,378,382 102,014,811 326,041,000 431,434,193 6/2/09


Video on Demand

Episodes of Heroes are available to be viewed as video on demand (VOD) on several different media.

NBC.com

In the United States, current episodes can be viewed online at NBC's website. Video commentaries of current episodes by cast and crew members are also available.

Amazon

On Amazon, the episodes are available for download the day after they are broadcast ($1.99 per episode or $49.99 for the entire season). It can only be viewed with the Amazon Unbox Video Player which is available as a free download on Amazon.

iTunes

iTunes is a digital media player application for playing and organizing digital music and video files. The pilot episode for Heroes was available for a free download on iTunes on September 1, 2006, three weeks before it appeared on network television. Since then, episodes of Heroes have consistently appeared among the top 10 shows downloaded on iTunes. The episodes are available for download one day after they are broadcast ($1.99 per episode or $49.99 for the entire season). The contract with NBC and Apple expired in December 2007. In September 2008 Apple announced that NBC would be returning to iTunes.

Netflix

Netflix allows people to view episodes a week after they are broadcast. The episodes are streamed and a Netflix account is needed in order to view them.

BBC iPlayer

Residents of the United Kingdom can watch the latest aired episode from Seasons Three and Four of Heroes for up to seven days after their air dates. This service was not available for Heroes during Seasons One and Two because the BBC did not have the rights.

Awards

Heroes has won various awards in a number of different categories.

Award Year Category
ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards 2007 Top Television Series -- Lisa Melvoin and Wendy Coleman
Asian Excellence Awards 2007 Outstanding Television Actor -- Masi Oka
BAFTA 2008 Best International Show
Diversity Awards 2007 Favorite Television Cast Ensemble
Diversity Awards 2009 Best Actor in a Drama Series -- Masi Oka
Eagle Awards 2006 Favourite Comics-Based Movie or TV
Emmys 2008 Interactive Media Programming: Interactive Fiction -- The Heroes Digital Experience, NBC.com
Emmys 2009 Outstanding Special Visual Effects For A Series -- Mark Scott Spatny, Eric Grenaudier, Gary D'Amico, Michael Cook, Daniel Kumiega, Chris Martin, Meliza Fermin, Ryan Wieber, Diego Galtieri (The Second Coming / The Butterfly Effect)
Gracie Allen Award 2008 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series -- Ali Larter
Imagen Awards 2008 Best Supporting Actor -- Shalim Ortiz
People's Choice Awards 2007 Favorite New Drama
People's Choice Awards 2009 Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show
Saturn Awards 2006 Best Network Television Series
Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series -- Masi Oka
Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series -- Hayden Panettiere
Saturn Awards 2007 Best Television Series on DVD
Saturn Awards 2009 Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series -- Adrian Pasdar
Scream 2007 Best Sci-fi Show
Breakout Performance -- Hayden Panettiere
Screen Actors Guild 2009 Best Stunt Ensemble -- Heroes
Teen Choice Awards 2007 Choice Breakout Show
Choice Dramatic Actress -- Hayden Panettiere
Teen Choice Awards 2008 Choice TV Show, Action Adventure
Choice TV Actor, Action Adventure -- Milo Ventimiglia
Choice TV Actress, Action Adventure -- Hayden Panettiere
Teen Choice Awards 2009 Choice TV Show, Action Adventure
Choice TV Actress, Action Adventure -- Hayden Panettiere
Television Critics Association 2007 Program of the Year
Telly Awards 2009 Online Video Silver Award for The Recruit -- Retrofit Films
TV Land Awards 2007 Future Classic Award
Young Artist Awards 2007 Best Performance in a TV Series (Supporting Young Actress) -- Hayden Panettiere
Best Performance in a TV Series (Young Actor Age Ten or Younger) -- Noah Gray-Cabey
Young Artist Awards 2008 Best Performance in a TV Series (Supporting Young Actress) -- Adair Tishler
Webby Awards 2008 People's Voice Award for Best Mobile Entertainment
Webby Awards 2009 People's Voice Award for Best Drama Series -- The Recruit
People's Voice Award for Best Individual Episode of a Drama Series -- The Recruit

UK Broadcasts

In the United Kingdom, Heroes Season One was first broadcast on The Sci Fi Channel. The BBC then acquired the rights to both Season One and Season Two; since then the BBC have acquired the rights to air Season 3, and the head of acquisitions for the network said, "As long as Heroes is on in the US, we will show Heroes." [2].

Heroes on the SCI FI Channel

The Sci Fi Channel first broadcast Heroes in the United Kingdom on February 19, 2007. The premiere ratings were approximately 579,000; approximately 464,000 tuned in for the finale.

Heroes on BBC Two

The BBC2 Heroes ident

BBC Two first broadcast Heroes on July 25, 2007. It aired Wednesdays at 9:00 pm, followed by Heroes Unmasked, a 15-minute documentary about the show's production. Following Heroes Unmasked, the next episode of Heroes was shown on BBC Three exclusively. BBC Two aired the first two episodes at its launch and gained an audience of 4.54 million at its peak. The BBC has acquired lifetime rights to show all subsequent seasons of Heroes. [3]

Website

The BBC hosted a mini-site of Heroes with information, games, pictures, and a podcast (which is also aired on BBC 7 radio). BBC has also included a mirror of the regular Heroes Evolutions information, including introducing a new evolved human, Bridget Bailey.

Trivia

  • Because the BBC has no advertisements, Heroes is shown without breaks and is therefore only about 45 minutes long.
  • BBC Two is a terrestrial channel and is therefore accessible by anyone, whereas the Sci Fi Channel is only available on satellite or cable subscriptions, hence the significant difference in viewing figures.

External Links

See Also

The World of Heroes

The Heroes Graphic Novels

Heroes Evolutions and the iStories

About the Show