The first season of Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments premiered on January 12, 2016 on Freeform, consisting of 13 episodes and ran until April 2016.


Based on the New York Times bestselling young adult fantasy book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, follows 18 year-old Clary Fray, who finds out on her birthday that she is not who she thinks she is, but rather comes from a long line of Shadowhunters — human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons. When her mother Jocelyn is kidnapped, Clary is thrown into the world of demon hunting with mysterious Shadowhunter Jace and her best friend Simon. Now living among faeries, warlocks, vampires and werewolves, Clary begins a journey of self-discovery as she learns more about her past and what her future may hold.

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Image Title Written by Directed by Original Airdate Episode
TMI100promo title card 01 Beyond the Shadows: The
Making of Shadowhunters
N/A N/A Dec. 6, 2015 00 1x00
A behind-the-scenes glimpse of the making of Shadowhunters.
TMI101promo ClubClary02 The Mortal Cup Ed Decter McG Jan. 12, 2016 01 1x01
Clary Fray finds out on her birthday that she is not who she thinks she is, but rather comes from a long line of Shadowhunters-human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons.
TMI102promo ClaceSC03 The Descent Into Hell Isn't Easy Ed Decter;
Hollie Overton
Mick Garris Jan. 19, 2016 02 1x02
Clary's memories may be the key to finding her mother and The Mortal Cup.
TMI103promo SiCam03 Dead Man's Party Marjorie David Andy Wolk Jan. 26, 2016 03 1x03
Clary, Jace, Alec and Isabelle work to rescue Simon from the vampire hideout, Hotel du Mort.
TMI104promo MagnusJace03 Raising Hell Michael Reisz Tawnia McKiernan Feb. 2, 2016 04 1x04
With the help of Magnus, Clary and her new friends summon the demon that holds Clary's memories.
TMI105promo Jalec02 Moo Shu to Go Angel Dean Lopez Kelly Makin Feb. 9, 2016 05 1x05
Clary and Simon are captured by werewolves, bringing Clary face to face with Luke, Jocelyn s friend and believed betrayer.
TMI106promo HealingLuke04 Of Men and Angels Y. Shireen Razack Oz Scott Feb. 16, 2016 06 1x06
While Magnus fights to keep Luke alive, Luke comes clean to Clary and tells her Valentine's dark history in the hope that it will help Clary on her mission.
TMI107promo Precinct01 Major Arcana Peter Binswanger J. Miles Dale Feb. 23 2016 07 1x07
Realizing that the Mortal Cup is hidden inside the drawing on Dot's Tarot cards, Clary and Jace break into Luke's precinct where they are hidden.
TMI108promo SickSi01 Bad Blood Allison Rymer Jeremiah Chechik March 1, 2016 08 1x08
Tensions are high over who should be entrusted to protect the Mortal Cup, especially when Alec learns his parents are not the pillars of justice they pretend to be.
TMI109promo AlydiaMeliorn01 Rise Up Hollie Overton J. Miller Tobin March 8, 2016 09 1x09
When Isabelle learns that the Clave plans to submit Meliorn to the Silent Brothers to extract information about his alleged involvement with Valentine, she and Clary cobble together help from Downworlders to rescue him.
TMI110promo AUFamily01 This World Inverted Y. Shireen Razack J. Miles Dale March 15, 2016 10 1x10
Meliorn reveals that Clary can locate Valentine by accessing a portal via an alternate dimension.
TMI111promo Trial06 Blood Calls To Blood Marjorie David Mairzee Almas March 22, 2016 11 1x11
After receiving important intel about Valentine from a surprising ally, Clary, Jace and Luke devise a plan to rescue Jocelyn.
TMI112promo AlecLydia04 Malec Michael Reisz James Marshall March 29, 2016 12 1x12
Struggling with the revelation of their shared pasts, Jace and Clary avoid close contact while working with Magnus to track down warlock Ragnor Fell, who may hold the key to waking up the comatose Jocelyn.
TMI113promo Squad01 Morning Star Peter Binswanger J. Miles Dale April 5, 2016 13 1x13
Time is running out for the Shadowhunters to stop Valentine.


For the whole collection of images and videos for the show, go to the gallery page, or browse the episode galleries on the main wiki.




At MIPCOM on October 12, 2014, the development of the project was first revealed by Constantin Film.[1] Ed Decter was also hired as showrunner, executive producer, and head writer of the first season.[1][2][3][4][5]

Cassandra Clare first shared the series' working title "Shadowhunters" on Twitter in February 2015.[6] On March 30, 2015, it was officially announced that the series was given a 13-episode straight-to-series order on ABC Family.[4][5]

It was soon revealed that production would take place in May 2015 in Toronto.[7][4][8] McG's involvement as executive producer was then announced.[9] Production began in May (principal photography on the 25th)[10] and ran until October 2015.[11][12][13][14][15]


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