Starting this week, the Arrowvwerse makes its eagerly anticipated return to The CW with four returning series, Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow. Also returning is Black Lightning, which takes place outside of the Arrowverse despite being an adaptation of a DC Comics superhero airing on the same network. And while not a DC Comics adaptation at all, the popular Archie Comics adaptation, Riverdale, is returning to the network this week as well.
In order to keep track of all the upcoming season premiere dates, CBR has compiled a comprehensive listing of the dates and times when, exactly, each series is making their return.
Leading the charge, somewhat appropriately, is The Flash, returning for its fifth season on Tuesday, October 9 at 8 pm ET/PT.
Picking up from the fourth season finale's cliffhanger ending, Team Flash find themselves face-to-face with Nora West-Allen (Jessica Parker Kennedy), Barry (Grant Gustin) and Iris' (Candice Patton) adult daughter from 30 years in the future. Nora reveals her own high-speed superhero persona as XS, the ensemble must contend with new villains rising throughout Central City including the mysterious Cicada (Chris Klein).
Immediately following the Fastest Man Alive is the second season premiere of Black Lightning. The sophomore outing for the latest DCTV series sees crimefighting become more of a family affair as protagonist Jefferson Pierce's (Cress Williams) daughters, Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer (China Anne McClain), join him to defend to the fictional city of Freeland and take on returning villain Tobias Whale (Marvin "Krondon" Jones III) as well as a whole host of new threats. Season 2 premieres on Tuesday, October 9 at 9 pm ET/PT.
In the midst of all the DCTV returning series, the Archie Comics adaptation Riverdale returns for its third season on Wednesday, October 10 at 8 pm ET/PT. The dark teen drama series looks to escalate the sinister activities of the titular small town as protagonist Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) finds himself set up for a murder charge after the events of the previous season by his girlfriend's father Hiram Lodge (Mark Consuelos). Additionally, the town, still reeling from the rampage of the serial killer the Black Hood in its second season, finds itself subjected to a mysterious cult.
Moving to a Sunday time slot is Supergirl which returns for its fourth season on Sunday, October 14 at 8 pm ET/PT. The latest season has the Legion of Superheroes' Brainiac 5 (Jesse Rath) replace Winn Schott (Jeremy Jordan) on the team while Kara's (Melissa Benoist) adoptive sister Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh) takes control of the DEO. The Girl of Steel will have to contend with the rise of anti-extraterrestrial xenophobia led by newcomer Agent Liberty (Sam Witwer) and Lex Luthor associate Mercy Graves (Rhona Mitra) arriving in National City.
Inaugural DCTV series Arrow returns for its seventh season on Monday, October 15 at 8 pm ET/PT. In the sixth season finale this past May, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) publicly confessed to his vigilante activities as the Green Arrow and surrendered himself to the authorities. The upcoming season follows Oliver, now an inmate in a maximum security prison alongside both familiar and new villains all looking to take on the isolated and exposed crimefighter on the inside.
Finally, the time-traveling ensemble series Legends of Tomorrow returns for its fourth season on Monday, October 22 at 9 pm ET/PT. With Matt Ryan's John Constantine now joining the team, the DCTV series hints at becoming darker and more supernaturally-tinged for its latest season while recurring actors Jes MacCallan and Courtney Ford have also been promoted to the regular cast reprising their roles as Time Bureau Director Ava Sharpe and former villain Nora Darhk, respectively.
All the previous seasons of Riverdale and The CW's DCTV programming are currently available on Netflix, as well as directly through the network's website and app to stream for free for audiences that need to catch up and/or refresh themselves with the multiple casts of characters and their storylines.