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Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world's greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon's story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the multiple layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world's most iconic villains? And what circumstances created them-–the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face, and The Joker?

Gotham is an origin story of the great DC Comics super-villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist,” “Rome”), Gotham follows one cop's rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil, and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time.

Growing up in Gotham City's surrounding suburbs, James Gordon (Ben McKenzie, “Southland,” “The O.C.”) romanticized the city as a glamorous and exciting metropolis where his late father once served as a successful district attorney. Now, two weeks into his new job as a Gotham City detective and engaged to his beloved fiancée, Barbara Kean (Erin Richards, “Open Grave,” “Breaking In”), Gordon is living his dream – even as he hopes to restore the city back to the pure version he remembers it was as a kid.

Brave, honest and ready to prove himself, the newly-minted detective is partnered with the brash, but shrewd police legend Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue, “Sons of Anarchy,” “Terriers,” “Vikings,” “Copper”), as the two stumble upon the city's highest-profile case ever: the murder of local billionaires Thomas and Martha Wayne. At the scene of the crime, Gordon meets the sole survivor: the Waynes' hauntingly intense 12-year-old son, Bruce (David Mazouz, “Touch”), toward whom the young detective feels an inexplicable kinship. Moved by the boy's profound loss, Gordon vows to catch the killer.

As he navigates the often-underhanded politics of Gotham's criminal justice system, Gordon will confront imposing gang boss Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith, “The Matrix” franchise, “HawthoRNe”), and many of the characters who will become some of fiction's most renowned, enduring villains, including a teenaged Selina Kyle/the future Catwoman (acting newcomer Camren Bicondova) and Oswald Cobblepot/the Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor, “The Walking Dead”).

While the crime drama will follow Gordon's turbulent and singular rise through the Gotham City police department, led by Police Captain Sarah Essen (Zabryna Guevara, “Burn Notice”), it also will focus on the unlikely friendship Gordon forms with the young heir to the Wayne fortune, who is being raised by his unflappable butler, Alfred (Sean Pertwee, “Camelot,” “Elementary”). It is a friendship that will last them all of their lives, playing a crucial role in helping the young boy eventually become the crusader he's destined to be.

Gotham is based upon characters published by DC Entertainment and is produced by Warner Bros. Television. Executive producer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist”) wrote the pilot, which was directed and executive-produced by Emmy Award nominee Danny Cannon (the “CSI” franchise, “Nikita”). John Stephens will serve as an executive producer on the series (Source: Fox)
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7.9/10 (18 Votes cast)

Episode Info

Next: 1x03 -- The Balloonman (Oct/06/2014)

Detectives Gordon and Bullock track down a vigilante who is killing corrupt Gotham citizens by attaching them to weather balloons. Meanwhile, Oswald Cobblepot returns to Gotham and gets a new job close to an influential figure in the underworld.

Prev: 1x02 -- Selina Kyle (Sep/29/2014)

A couple are collecting homeless teenagers for their employer, the Dollmaker... and abduct three of Selina's friends. James and Harvey end up tracking down the couple, and Selina ends up in danger. Meanwhile, Oswald makes his way back to Gotham, plotting his revenge against Fish.

  • Currently 7.7/10
7.7/10 (6 Votes cast)

Available Episodes

Sep 22, 2014
Season 1 episode 1

Benjamin McKenzie
As Lt. James Gordon (as Ben McKenzie)
Donal Logue
As Detective Harvey Bullock
David Mazouz
As Bruce Wayne
Zabryna Guevara
As Captain Sarah Essen
Sean Pertwee
As Alfred Pennyworth
Robin L. Taylor
As Oswald "Penguin" Cobblepot (as Robin Lord Taylor)
Erin Richards
As Barbara Kean
Camren Bicondova
As Selina Kyle
Corey Michael Smith
As Edward Nygma
Victoria Cartagena
As Renee Montoya (episode 2+)



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1x2: Selina Kyle recap: Bruce sits in his room and lowers the palm of his hand closer and closer to a lit candle. It starts to burn his skin but he resists the pain as long as he can. Alfred storms into the room, sees what Bruce is doing, and demands an explanation. When he sees the burn, he calls Bruce a stupid little boy, but then reconsiders and hugs him, and says that it will be all right... read more.

1x1: Pilot recap: A young thief makes her way across Gotham's rooftops, then drops down to theater district street and steals a bottle of milk from a shopper. She continues on her way, bumps into a man, and lifts his wallet. However, he realizes that the girl has pickpocketed and chases after her. She climbs up a fire escape and escapes, then drops down into an alleyway and stops to pour the milk for a cat... read more.

Creator: Bruno Heller
Developer: Bruno Heller
Executive Producer: Bruno Heller, Danny Cannon, James Stephens (2), John Stephens
Co-Executive Producer: Ben Edlund, Ken Woodruff
Supervising Producer: Rebecca Dameron
Producer: Scott White
Co-Producer: Rebecca Cutter

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Recurring Guests

Richard Kind as Mayor Aubrey James (3 eps)
Drew Powell as Butch Gilzean (3 eps)
Grayson McCouch as Dr. Thomas Wayne (2 eps)
David Zayas as Maroni (2 eps)

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Warning: Gotham guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Scripted
Genre: Action | Crime
Status: New Series
Network: FOX ( USA)
Airs: Mondays at 08:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: September 22, 2014
Episode Order: 16
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