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"The secret is out. For decades, your organization stayed in the shadows, hiding the truth, but now we know they're among us. Heroes... and monsters. The world is full of wonders... We can't explain everything we see. But our eyes are open. So what now? There are no more shadows for you to hide in. Something impossible just happened. What are you going to do about it?"

The First Season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premiered on September 24, 2013 on ABC.


Fresh from his role in the summer’s box office smash The Avengers, Agent Phil Coulson returns to the worldwide law enforcement organization S.H.I.E.L.D.. He puts together a small, highly trained, team of Agents to tackle the cases that haven’t been classified yet, the new, the strange and the unknown. That team consists of straight arrow Agent Grant Ward, an expert in combat and espionage; pilot and martial artist Agent Melinda May; and brilliant if socially awkward scientists Agent Leo Fitz and Agent Jemma Simmons. They’ll be joined by civilian new recruit and computer hacker Skye.

Prepare for an epic adventure that showcases the hope and wonder of the human spirit. This is a world of Super Heroes, aliens and the unusual – of action, spectacle and world spanning stories. The show will speak to the human condition through the lens of our very human, non-powered S.H.I.E.L.D. agents – that together we are greater than we are apart, and that we can make a difference in the world.


Phil Coulson, Grant Ward, and Maria Hill.

Several months after the end of the Attack on the Helicarrier, Phil Coulson, now alive and well after his apparent murder at the hands of the Asgardian Loki, puts together a small, highly trained team of agents to tackle the cases that have not been classified yet. They focus on the new, the strange and the unknown. The team consists of specialist Agent Grant Ward, an expert in combat and espionage; pilot and martial artist Agent Melinda May; and brilliant if socially awkward scientists Agent Leo Fitz and Agent Jemma Simmons.

Michael Peterson is cornered while in a cafe by Skye.

On their first mission, the team tracked down unregistered superhuman Mike Peterson, and in the process recruited a young computer hacker named Skye. With Skye's help, the team uncovered a plot run by a secret Project that was using a new formula that combined elements of the Super Soldier Serum, Extremis, Gamma Radiation, and Chitauri technology to create ultimate super soldiers. The team confronted Peterson, the enemy Project's newest guinea pig, at a train station and subdued him.

For the following months, the team was charged with various missions, including recovering an 0-8-4 in Peru, rescuing scientist Franklin Hall, procuring an Asgardian weapon from a hostile group of Norse Paganists, and preventing the spread of an extraterrestrial infection.

The Centipede Project warehouse in Hong Kong.

The biggest threat faced by the team was the Centipede Project, a mysterious operation being controlled by a mysterious figure known only as the "Clairvoyant". The group is responsible for Mike Peterson's powers, and continually challenged Coulson's team, through various means such as former S.H.I.E.L.D. operative Akela Amador, whom the team saved from the organization's control.

Having decided to stop Centipede once and for all, Coulson and his team brought in Peterson, who had enrolled in the S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy, in tracking down the leaders of the project.

Resurrection of Phil Coulson.

The subsequent hunt resulted in both Coulson and Peterson being abducted by Centipede scientist Raina, whom the Clairvoyant tasked with discovering the secret behind Coulson's revival. During his time in captivity, Coulson was subjected to a Theta Brain-Wave Frequency Machine and discovered the truth behind his resurrection: after his death, Nick Fury ordered that Coulson be brought Project T.A.H.I.T.I., a top-secret operation whose purpose was to find a way to resurrect its subjects, where Coulson was subjected to numerous drugs and procedures that were so painful, Coulson was no longer the man he was previous to his death. He had "lost the will to live".

In order to restore his spirit, Coulson's memories had to be re-written so the trauma of the experience would not be remembered. Not long after he learned this, his team came to his aid and rescued him, having been under the charge of Agent Victoria Hand.

Bus surrounded by F-35.

After a mission at the S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy, the team learned that corrupt industrialist Ian Quinn was in league with the Clairvoyant and pursued him to Italy, where Skye discovered Peterson is in fact alive, but was under the control of the Clairvoyant. Quinn shot Skye and wounded her fatally. To save her life, the team joined with Ward's former commanding officer, John Garrett and Antoine Triplett. The group traveled to the Guest House, the facility where Coulson was revived, and recovered a drug from there called GH.325. Simmons injected the drug into Skye to regenerate her body and heal her. However, while there, Coulson discovered that the drugs actually originated from a dead alien organism, and feared the effects the drugs might have on Skye.

S.H.I.E.L.D. working with Sif.

While Skye recovered, the team met the Asgardian Sif, and helped her apprehend Lorelei, a rogue Asgardian war criminal with the ability to bend the minds of men to her will. After she was captured and taken back to Asgard, Coulson's team began an operation to finally locate the Clairvoyant. However, their efforts were hindered by Peterson, who had been labeled "Deathlok" by S.H.I.E.L.D. after the project that gave him his new leg; while all of this was happening, HYDRA's infiltration of S.H.I.E.L.D. was exposed by Captain America, and S.H.I.E.L.D. fell into anarchy. Believing Coulson and his team to be HYDRA loyalists, Agent Hand attempted to terminate the team.

HYDRA reveals itself within S.H.I.E.L.D.

The team was able to convince her otherwise, as Agent Garrett revealed himself to be the true Clairvoyant, the financier behind the Centipede Project and a HYDRA insurgent. With help from Agent Ward, who was also a HYDRA mole, Garrett escaped with Agent Hand's death. Garrett freed Raina and Quinn, and together they resumed their work on the Centipede formula.

Phil Coulson was listening to Audrey Nathan's concert.

However, they required important information from Coulson's Team Hard Drive which had been encrypted by Skye, and Ward was sent in to manipulate her into opening the files for them. While most of the team rescued Coulson's former lover, Audrey Nathan from Marcus Daniels, Ward abducted Skye with assistance from Deathlok. Teaming up with Maria Hill and escaping from Glenn Talbot, Coulson and his team pursued Ward from Canada to Los Angeles, rescuing Skye. The team later traced Garrett and Ward to Cybertek, a technology corporation that was responsible for the upgrades given to Mike Peterson, which was also a front for HYDRA. There, they uncovered files that revealed Garrett was the original Deathlok back in 1990, and his enhancements were failing, putting his life at risk. He was only allied with HYDRA so he may use their resources to save his own life. Raina managed to do so by synthesizing the drug that was synthesized from the dead alien with Garrett's enhancements, further augmenting his strength and perceptions.

Phil Coulson and his team at the Playground.

After Fitz and Simmons were ejected from the Bus into the ocean by Ward, they were rescued by Nick Fury, with Simmons well, but Fitz in critical condition. Fury assisted the team in taking down Garrett and Ward once and for all. After a climactic battle at a Cybertek Manufacturing Facility, May subdued Ward while Garrett was killed by the freed Deathlok, then obliterated by Coulson using the Peruvian weapon. Ward was imprisoned, and Fury left Coulson to re-create S.H.I.E.L.D. as its new director before leaving to subdue the remaining HYDRA cells across the world. Deathlok, no longer bound to Garrett, departed to find a new purpose for himself.

Raina visited a mysterious blood-soaked man, informing him that she had found his daughter, as she presented him with a photograph of Skye.

Coulson awoke in the middle of the night and began drawing the exact same symbols that Garrret had drawn on a wall as he was losing his mind.


Starring Cast

Supporting Cast

Marvel Cinematic Universe Guest Stars


Image Title Number Airdate Writers Directors
WelcomeToLevel7.jpg Pilot 1.01 July 18, 2013 Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen Joss Whedon
After the events of The Avengers, S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson assembles a small team of agents to investigate a mysterious group called the Rising Tide. In doing so, they encounter Mike Peterson, a man who has acquired superhuman powers.
0-8-4 episode.png 0-8-4 1.02 October 1, 2013 Maurissa Tancharoen, Jed Whedon & Jeffrey Bell David Straiton
Coulson and his S.H.I.E.L.D. agents travel to Peru to investigate an object of unknown origin, codenamed 0-8-4. But when he runs into Comandante Camilla Reyes, more than just sparks fly at 30,000 feet.
Normal aos103-1652.jpg The Asset 1.03 October 8, 2013 Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen Milan Cheylov
When the brilliant scientist, Dr. Franklin Hall, is kidnapped, Agent Coulson and his S.H.I.E.L.D. agents must race against the clock to locate him. Skye is their only way in–pushing the team to their limits when the entire plan turns upside-down.
Backscatter repair.png Eye-Spy 1.04 October 15, 2013 Jeffrey Bell Roxann Dawson
Agent Coulson and the S.H.I.E.L.D. team try to track down a mysterious woman who has single-handedly committed numerous high-stakes heists. But when the woman’s identity is revealed, a troubling secret stands to ruin Coulson.
Raina-Scorch.png Girl in the Flower Dress 1.05 October 22, 2013 Brent Fletcher Jesse Bochco
An elusive girl in a flower dress may hold the key to the mystery that brings Coulson and team to Asia to rescue a young man with an unusual and dangerous power; and Skye has a secret that jeopardizes her relationship with the team right when they need her most.
Jemma leo ep.7.jpg FZZT 1.06 November 5, 2013 Paul Zbyszewski Vincent Misiano
When floating bodies turn up, Coulson and the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. must hunt down an elusive killer. No one is safe - not even the team.
The Hub.png The Hub 1.07 November 12, 2013 Rafe Judkins & Lauren LeFranc Bobby Roth
Dangerous secrets are being kept from Coulson's Team, and he works the system to save Ward and Fitz when they are sent on a Level 8 classified mission that may end in tragedy.
The Well.png The Well 1.08 November 19, 2013 Monica Owusu-Breen Jonathan Frakes
In the aftermath of the events chronicled in the feature film Marvel's Thor: The Dark World, Coulson and the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pick up the pieces–one of which threatens to destroy a member of the team.
Repairs 26.jpg Repairs 1.09 November 26, 2013 Maurissa Tancharoen & Jed Whedon Billy Gierhart
Coulson and his team are haunted by a ghost that threatens to destroy them all, and only a secret from May's past can save them.
PetersonSHIELD.jpg The Bridge 1.10 December 10, 2013 Shalisha Francis Holly Dale
In a shocking cliffhanger episode, Coulson takes the war back to Centipede, and this time he brings in Michael Peterson for some super-soldier support. As they get closer to the truth, startling secrets are revealed and an unexpected twist threatens the team.
Projecttahiti.png The Magical Place 1.11 January 7, 2014 Paul Zbyszewski & Brent Fletcher Kevin Hooks
Coulson uncovers vital information about the mystery of his death, but, with Centipede out for blood, this knowledge may come at the cost of one of the team!
Fitz-saves-Donnie-Gill-Ice.png Seeds 1.12 January 14, 2014 Monica Owusu-Breen & Jed Whedon Ken Fink
Coulson and May uncover startling information about Skye's past, while the team is swept into a storm at a S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy of Science and Technology.
AOS132.jpg T.R.A.C.K.S. 1.13 February 4, 2014 Lauren LeFranc & Rafe Judkins Paul Edwards
Hot on the trail of The Clairvoyant, Coulson and his team board a mystery train that seems to be headed for certain death.
T.A.H.I.T.I..png T.A.H.I.T.I. 1.14 March 4, 2014 Jeffrey Bell Bobby Roth
Coulson goes on the attack to save Skye--enlisting the aid of Ward's former S.O. John Garrett--and uncovers shocking truths about his own life and S.H.I.E.L.D.
Yes Men 3.jpg Yes Men 1.15 March 11, 2014 Shalisha Francis John Terlesky
When Coulson and his team are attacked by Lorelei-a deadly seductress who escaped from Asgard-Thor’s Lady Sif, her longtime nemesis, steps in to try to save them.
Eob7.jpg End of the Beginning 1.16 April 1, 2014 Paul Zbyszewski Bobby Roth
Agents Garrett and Triplett are back to help Coulson's Team track down S.H.I.E.L.D.'s nefarious enemy--The Clairvoyant. But will Deathlok destroy them all to protect his master's identity?
Turn, Turn, Turn 1.17 April 8, 2014 Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen Vincent Misiano
Coulson and his team find themselves without anyone they can trust, only to discover that they are trapped with a traitor in their midst.
Providence 1.18 April 15, 2014 Brent Fletcher Milan Cheylov
With Colonel Glenn Talbot now on their trail, Coulson and his team seek refuge in the last place anyone would look, where they begin to uncover S.H.I.E.L.D.'s most dangerous secrets. Secrets that could destroy them all.
TOLID Poster.jpg
The Only Light in the Darkness 1.19 April 22, 2014 Monica Owusu-Breen Vincent Misiano
With their world turned upside down, Coulson races to save the life of his one true love as the mystery of "The Cellist," which began in Marvel's The Avengers, is finally revealed.
Art of LVL7 - 4.png
Nothing Personal 1.20 April 29, 2014 Paul Zbyszewski & DJ Doyle Billy Gierhart
With no one left to trust, Agent Maria Hill teams up with Coulson while S.H.I.E.L.D. is being destroyed.
Ragtag 1.21 May 6, 2014 Jeffrey Bell Roxann Dawson
In the last episode before the epic season finale, Ward's betrayal and HYDRA's shocking secrets are revealed as Coulson's team goes undercover on a mission that leaves no one unscathed.
Art of Level 7 - Finale.jpg
Beginning of the End 1.22 May 13, 2014 Maurissa Tancharoen & Jed Whedon David Straiton
Dark secrets are revealed as Coulson and his team put everything on the line to stop Garrett and the forces of HYDRA, on the explosive season finale of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.".


Song title Artist Location(s)
Soldier's Angel Stevie Nicks "The New World" Trailer


  • This is the only season of the show that every main character was in an episode.

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