"Witness the origins of the infamous city."
—The tagline of season 1.

Season 1 is the first season of Gotham. It premiered on September 22, 2014 and concluded on May 4, 2015.


A new recruit in Captain Sarah Essen's Gotham City Police Department, Detective James Gordon is paired with Harvey Bullock to solve one of Gotham's most high-profile cases ever: the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne. During his investigation, Gordon meets the Waynes' son, Bruce, now in the care of his butler Alfred, which further compels Gordon to catch the killer. Along the way, Gordon must confront gang boss Fish Mooney, as well as many of Gotham's future villains, such as Selina Kyle and Oswald Cobblepot. Eventually, Gordon is forced to form an unlikely friendship with Bruce, one that will help shape the boy's future in becoming the Dark Knight.[1]


Main Cast

Recurring Cast

(Must have 3 or more episode appearances)


On September 24, 2013, Fox announced that it had bypassed the traditional pilot phase and placed a straight-to-series order for Gotham, to be written and executive produced by Bruno Heller (RomeThe Mentalist). Danny Cannon was later announced as director for the project.

Speaking of the project at the 2014 winter TCA press tour, Fox president Kevin Reilly described the series as "this operatic soap that has a slightly larger-than-life quality. This is not some adjunct companion series. This is the Batman franchise, just backing it up [in chronology]." He also added that the series will be separate from any cinematic universe DC is attempting to build with their films.

In January 2014, rumors arose that Sons of Anarchy and Terriers star Donal Logue would portray Gordon in the series. Logue himself denied these rumors via Twitter. Logue was eventually cast as Harvey Bullock. In February 2014, Ben McKenzie was cast as James Gordon. Later in the month, it was revealed production would begin in New York City in March 2014. In early March 2014, David Mazouz was cast as Bruce Wayne, while Camren Bicondova was cast as Selina Kyle. At the 2014 Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, DC's Jim Cunninham said that Renee Montoya would be a character on the show. The first season will consist of sixteen episodes, rather than the standard thirteen or twenty-two episodes. Fox’s Chairman of Entertainment Kevin Reilly stated, "We were only contractually obligated to order 13, and we ordered 16, because we think that’s the way that show, at least in its first iteration, will be very strong to arc to. Could we do more next season? We certainly could, but that’s where we’re starting with that one. That show is going to have a very strong, serialized element.

The entire pilot was screened at the Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment panel at San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2014, along with the pilot of The Flash, and footage from Constantine and the third season of Arrow. In July 2014, it was announced that Graeme Revell would be the composer for the series.[2]

On October 13, 2014, FOX ordered a full season, bringing the episode total up to 22.[3]


# Episode name Directed by Written by Original airdate
1 "Pilot" Danny Cannon Bruno Heller September 22, 2014
A new recruit in Captain Sarah Essen’s Gotham City Police Department, Detective James Gordon is paired with Harvey Bullock to solve one of Gotham’s highest-profile cases: the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne. During his investigation, Gordon meets the Waynes’ son, Bruce, now in the care of his butler Alfred Pennyworth, which further compels Gordon to catch the killer. Along the way, Gordon must confront gang boss Fish Mooney, as well as many of Gotham’s future villains, such as Selina Kyle and Oswald Cobblepot. Eventually, Gordon is forced to form an unlikely friendship with Wayne, one that will help shape the boy’s future in becoming the Dark Knight.
2 "Selina Kyle" Danny Cannon Bruno Heller September 29, 2014
Detectives Gordon and Bullock investigate a child trafficking ring preying on Gotham's street kids, including Selina Kyle. Meanwhile, Penguin resurfaces in the countryside and begins to make his way back to Gotham, leaving victims in his wake.
3 "The Balloonman" Dermott Downs John Stephens October 6, 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.
4 "Arkham" T.J. Scott Ken Woodruff October 13, 2014
As a contentious city council vote on the future of the Arkham District approaches, politicians from both sides are in danger. Gordon and Bullock must race to protect the council and an old friend visits Gordon.
5 "Viper" Tim Hunter Rebecca Perry Cutter October 20, 2014
Gordon and Bullock search for the source of a new street drug that causes euphoria then death. Meanwhile, Oswald Cobblepot works his way deeper into Maroni’s inner circle and Fish Mooney continues to plot against Falcone.
6 "Spirit of the Goat" T.J. Scott Ben Edlund October 27, 2014
When a killer begins targeting the first born of Gotham's elite, Bullock is forced to confront traumatic memories from a nearly identical case he worked in the past. Later, Gordon is confronted by past decisions.
7 "Penguin's Umbrella" Rob Bailey Bruno Heller November 3, 2014
As violence between Maroni and Falcone continues to escalate, Penguin reveals a new component of his manipulative strategy, forcing Gordon to deal with the consequences of his decision to spare Penguin's life.
8 "The Mask" Paul A. Edwards John Stephens November 10, 2014
Gordon and Bullock investigate a Gothamite who runs a deadly fight club for candidates applying for a job at his financial firm. Meanwhile, Bruce returns to school and gets a visit from a new friend.
9 "Harvey Dent" Karen Gaviola Ken Woodruff November 17, 2014
Trying to close the Wayne murder case, a young Harvey Dent and Gordon team up, much to Mayor James’ chagrin. Meanwhile, Penguin makes contact with Mooney’s secret weapon, Liza.
10 "Lovecraft" Guy Ferland Rebecca Dameron November 24, 2014
Following a misstep, Gordon is reassigned to duty at Arkham Asylum. Meanwhile, Selina leads Bruce Wayne on a perilous journey through Gotham to evade the assassins after her.
11 "Rogues' Gallery" Oz Scott Sue Chung January 5, 2015
Det. Gordon’s assignment at Arkham Asylum gets off to a rocky start when the murder of a guard ignites an investigation, leading him to meet Dr. Leslie Thompkins. Meanwhile, Cobblepot continues to build his army.
12 "What The Little Bird Told Him" Eagle Egilsson Ben Edlund January 19, 2015
In an attempt to get his job back, Gordon seeks to capture Jack Gruber, a deranged electrical genius who escapes Arkham Asylum. Meanwhile, Falcone struggles to hold onto his empire after Fish Mooney makes her next move.
13 "Welcome Back, Jim Gordon" Wendey Stanzler Megan Mostyn-Brown January 26, 2015
When the key witness in a homicide ends up dead while being held for questioning by the police, Gordon suspects that it’s an inside job and looks to an old friend for information. Meanwhile, Oswald Cobblepot takes control of one of Fish Mooney’s prized possessions, as she gets a small taste of her own medicine.
14 "The Fearsome Dr. Crane" John Behring John Stephens February 2, 2015
Fish Mooney reveals a secret of Oswald Cobblepot's, prompting Maroni to take him on a trip to test his loyalty. Meanwhile, Gordon and Bullock hunt down a killer who targets victims with severe phobias and Bruce Wayne confronts Gordon for failing to make progress on his parents' murder case.
15 "The Scarecrow" Nick Copus Ken Woodruff February 9, 2015
Gordon and Bullock set out to stop Gerald Crane, a biology teacher who has been harvesting the adrenal glands of his murder victims. Meanwhile, after finding herself in an unusual setting, Mooney continues plotting to gain power, and Falcone attempts to change Maroni’s plan for the Penguin. Then, Bruce takes a treacherous hike.
16 "The Blind Fortune Teller" Jeffrey Hunter Bruno Heller February 16, 2015
Gordon takes Dr. Leslie Thompkins to the circus, but the date changes quickly when a fight breaks out among the performers. Then, Falcone enlists Butch Gilzean to help Penguin with the night club, while Fish Mooney is otherwise occupied. Also, Bruce Wayne schedules a meeting with the Wayne Enterprises board.
17 "Red Hood" Nathan Hope Danny Cannon February 23, 2015
Following several bank robberies, Gordon and Bullock investigate the Red Hood gang. Selina Kyle continues to bond with Barbara, and Fish Mooney tries to reclaim her position in the underworld.
18 "Everyone Has a Cobblepot" Bill Eagles Megan Mostyn-Brown March 2, 2015
While Gordon seeks information about the recent controversy with Commissioner Loeb, Fish's allegiance with the prisoners is questioned when she appears to join forces with Dr. Dulmacher. Meanwhile, after an attack close to home, Bruce deals with the aftermath.
19 "Beasts of Prey" Eagle Egilsson Ken Woodruff April 13, 2015
Gordon and Bullock investigate a cold case involving the Ogre, a serial killer who targets young women in Gotham City. Meanwhile, Fish plots her escape from the Dollmaker, and Bruce and Selina confront Reggie.
20 "Under the Knife" T.J. Scott John Stephens April 20, 2015
Gordon and Bullock continue to investigate the Ogre, who begins to make his move on someone close to Gordon. Meanwhile, Bruce and Selina team up to expose a corrupt Wayne Enterprises employee and Nygma comes to Kristin Kringle’s defense.
21 "The Anvil or the Hammer" Paul A. Edwards Jordan Harper April 27, 2015
The Ogre breaks down Barbara’s emotions, while Gordon and Bullock go to great lengths to track him down. Meanwhile, Penguin leads a massacre, starting an epic war, while Bruce learns the truth about Wayne Enterprises and Nygma deals with his recent actions.
22 "All Happy Families Are Alike" Danny Cannon Bruno Heller May 4, 2015
As Gotham City’s gang war reaches its boiling point, Fish Mooney goes head-to-head with Maroni and Penguin in an attempt to re-stake her claim on the city. Meanwhile, Barbara Kean and Leslie Thompkins are brought together after recent events, and Bruce searches Wayne Manor for any clues that his father might have left behind.



Promotional artwork


  • Season One deals with the more typical crime in Gotham's early years. 
  • This is the only Season which does not feature any characters returning from the dead via scientific or mystical means. 


  1. FOX’s Gotham Reveals a Logo and Official Synopsis - SuperheroHype
  2. ‘Daredevil’ and ‘Sin City’ composer Graeme Revell to score ‘Gotham’ - Batman News
  3. ‘Gotham’ Gets Full-Season Order At Fox - Deadline
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