Shadowhunters (2016–2019)
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The Mortal Cup 

On her birthday, Clary Fray discovers she descends from a long line of Shadowhunters: human angel hybrids who hunt down demons.




Ed Decter (developed for television by), Ed Decter (written for television by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Katherine McNamara ... Clary Fray
Dominic Sherwood ... Jace Wayland
Alberto Rosende ... Simon Lewis
Matthew Daddario ... Alec Lightwood
Emeraude Toubia ... Isabelle Lightwood
Isaiah Mustafa ... Luke Garroway
Harry Shum Jr. ... Magnus Bane
Alan Van Sprang ... Valentine Morgenstern
Maxim Roy ... Jocelyn Fray
Shailene Garnett ... Maureen
Lisa Marcos ... Susanna Vargas
Vanessa Matsui ... Dorothea 'Dot' Rollins
Joel Labelle ... Alaric Rodriguez
Jordan Madley ... Athletic Woman
Curtis Morgan ... Emil Pangborn


Clary Fray is thrown into the world of demon hunting after her mother is kidnapped, and must rely on the mysterious Jace and his fellow Shadowhunters, Isabelle and Alec, to navigate this new dark world. With her best friend Simon in tow, Clary must now live among faeries, warlocks, vampires, and werewolves to find answers that could help her find her mother.

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Release Date:

12 January 2016 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The outside of the church used for the institute is the same church used in the mortal instruments movie when Jace, Clary, Alec, and Izzy go to get weapons to fight the vampires. See more »


Valentine Morgenstern: Just because you couldn't find it doesn't mean it isn't there.
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References Aliens (1986) See more »


Don't Come Over
Performed by Jess Penner
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Decent pilot with a lot to improve
14 January 2016 | by barbagvidoSee all my reviews

I read the first three novels in The Mortal Instruments series. I love them and I'm planning to read all of it soon. In 2013, they tried to make a film franchise out of it and failed. The movie was a box office bomb and critically panned and I'm in that small group of people that actually liked the movie. I didn't love it, I was aware of the mistakes, but I thought it was an okay movie.

With this show, they promised a lot, but didn't live up to it, at least in this episode. The episode was entertaining and it was fun seeing a new spin on the story but there are a lot of flaws. Writing is a little cheesy, I had no complaints about the acting, but it wasn't anything outstanding and it wasn't as dark as they said it be. It was even a little bit campy at times. The biggest complaint I have about this episode is that there is almost no Gothic stuff at all. It's one of the main reasons the books were so awesome! Here they only dress up in a Gothic way. And what the hell was that Institute, like, seriously? All those people and all that fancy technology were so out of place! And their weapons kinda reminded me of light-sabers. But this pilot was still decent as an adaptation too. There are some things changed but they stick with the most important parts, which is a very good thing and I hope they keep up that way. And if they improve on the writing, CGI and gothicness this might be a perfect show for the fans. But, so far, I can even say the movie did a better job, but there is still a lot to see because thankfully, this was just a pilot.

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