An alcoholic war vet figuring out what it means to be a hero
A teenage girl pushing Tommy to accept who he is
The CEO of Renautas does whatever it takes to follow her convictions
A mother grieving the death of her son by taking revenge on evos
A grieving father who desperately doesn't want to lose his wife, too
A teenage girl destined for greatness, and hidden in the Arctic
A woman trying to find her game designer father
A former Company agent, trying to learn the mysteries of June 13, 2014
A conspiracy theorist seeking the truth about what happened to his sister
A teenage boy learning about his ability and his destiny
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 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.
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 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 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 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
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. 
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.
To accompany Heroes Reborn, the creative team also launched the Heroes Universe, which is a natural continuation of Heroes Evolutions. The Heroes Universe includes media outside of the normal filmed television series. This includes the video games Enigma and Gemini, six eBooks, and the accompanying comic book Vengeance.
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.
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.
On February 22, 2014, NBC announced a continuation of Heroes. This 13-episode stand-alone miniseries aired starting 24 September 2015, called Heroes Reborn. It was preceded by a digital series, Dark Matters .
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.|
||Star World||January 24, 2007 (India)||Wednesdays
|January 31, 2007
(Southeast Asia [except Philippines])
8:00 p.m. (THAI/WIB Time)
9:00 p.m. (HK/SIN Time)
|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.|
|France||TF1, then Syfy||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.|
||Universal Channel||March 2, 2007||Fridays, 9:00 p.m.|
|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.|
|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.|
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|18--49 year-old rating||18--49 year-old share||18--49 year-old viewers
|Fast Nationals rating||Fast Nationals share|
|09/22/08||Heroes: Countdown to the Premiere||2.6||7||3.43||6.00||3.8||6|
|09/22/08||The Second Coming /
The Butterfly Effect
|09/29/08||One of Us, One of Them||4.5||11||5.94||9.50||5.7||8|
|10/06/08||I Am Become Death||4.0||9||5.28||8.20||5.0||7|
|10/13/08||Angels and Monsters||4.3||10||5.68||8.80||5.2||8|
|10/20/08||Dying of the Light||3.9||9||5.15||8.50||5.1||7|
|10/27/08||Eris Quod Sum||3.9||9||5.15||8.20||4.9||7|
|11/24/08||The Eclipse, Part 1||3.7||8||4.88||7.50||4.6||7|
|12/01/08||The Eclipse, Part 2||3.6||9||4.75||8.00||4.9||7|
|2/2/09||A Clear and Present Danger||4.0||9||5.28||8.50||5.2||8|
|2/9/09||Trust and Blood||3.6||8||4.75||7.90||4.9||7|
|3/9/09||Shades of Gray||3.2||8||4.22||6.70||4.1||6|
|4/6/09||Turn and Face the Strange||2.6||6||3.43||6.10||3.8||6|
|4/20/09||I Am Sylar||3.1||8||4.09||6.50||3.9||6|
|4/27/09||An Invisible Thread||3.0||7||3.96||6.50||4.0||6|
For ratings of previous seasons, see the full article.
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|Mobile / VOD /
|09/22/08||The Second Coming /
The Butterfly Effect
|09/29/08||One of Us, One of Them||76,632||5,075,298||14,881,000||20,032,930||11/11/08|
|10/06/08||I Am Become Death||73,772||5,085,631||13,580,000||18,739,403||11/18/08|
|10/13/08||Angels and Monsters||77,754||4,640,766||14,189,000||18,907,520||11/25/08|
|10/20/08||Dying of the Light||75,917||4,428,486||13,549,000||18,053,043||12/2/08|
|10/27/08||Eris Quod Sum||86,805||4,794,528||13,643,000||18,524,333||12/9/08|
|11/24/08||The Eclipse, Part 1||129,904||4,445,077||12,551,000||17,125,981||2/10/09|
|12/1/08||The Eclipse, Part 2||115,339||4,288,945||13,271,000||17,675,284||2/17/09|
|A Clear and Present Danger||111,485||3,672,773||18,027,000||21,811,258||3/10/09|
|2/9/09||Trust and Blood||103,196||4,108,411||13,437,000||17,648,607||3/24/09|
|3/9/09||Shades of Gray||170,499||3,658,072||11,632,000||15,460,571||4/21/09|
|4/6/09||Turn and Face the Strange||169,431||3,412,731||11,232,000||14,814,162||6/2/09|
|4/20/09||I Am Sylar||172,001||3,002,942||11,026,000||14,200,943||6/2/09|
|4/27/09||An Invisible Thread||154,863||3,066,022||11,263,000||14,483,885||6/2/09|
Video on Demand
Episodes of Heroes are available to be viewed as video on demand (VOD) on several different media.
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 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 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.
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.
Heroes has won various awards in a number of different categories.
|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|
|International Digital Emmy Awards||2010||Pioneer Prize -- Tim Kring|
|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|
|Writers Guild of America||2016||Adapted Short Form New Media -- Zach Craley (Phoebe, from Dark Matters)|
|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
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." .
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
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. 
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.
- 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.
- For other uses of Heroes, see Heroes (disambig).
The World of Heroes
The Heroes Graphic Novels
Heroes Evolutions and the iStories
About the Show