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The Best Shows In The Arrowverse  

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Counting for a large part of The CW's fall programming, the CW superhero shows that make up the "Arrowverse" offer something for everybody. The best CW Arrowverse shows don't just shine during crossover events but are solid watches throughout the season. The complete Arrowverse spans nine shows across three networks and almost 30 years. The titular Arrow, which premiered on The CW in 2012, gained a big enough audience to bring more new DC Comics shows and web series to The CW and CW Seed. Starring Stephen Amell from The CW's earlier series The Vampire Diaries as the billionaire playboy Oliver Queen, Arrow seemed to break the code for superhero TV shows that thrived.

The tendrils of the Arrowverse kept spreading and snagged Matt Ryan, who had portrayed Constantine on a one-season NBC series, as a guest star on Arrow and later Legends of Tomorrow, where he was finally cast as a series regular. But the multiverse is always expanding and John Wesley Shipp cemented the 1990 CBS series of The Flash in the Arrowverse beyond the glimpses of the multiverse in a 2016 episode by appearing as the Earth-90 Barry Allen in 2018. Even Supergirl started on CBS before moving to The CW for its second season and slowly becoming part of the Arrowverse.

With the "Crisis on Infinite Earths" event, even more shows were brought tangentially into the Multiverse, including not only Smallville but Lucifer and the 1966 Batman. Although they may not be part of the regular roster of CW DC shows, like the official New 52 Multiverse, their expanse influences the ongoing shows. The "Crisis" event even wrapped the Tim Burton Batman film (Earth-89) and the 2006 film Superman Returns (Earth-96), the 2011 Green Lantern (Earth 12), into the event, as well as Kevin Conroy, who voiced Batman in multiple animated series, was seen on Earth-99. Even the DC Extended Universe films were included as Ezra Miller reprised his role as Barry Allen.

From 2019's Batwoman to all the other DC Comics shows on The CW, each show contributes their own feel and characters to the Arrowverse. Vote up the shows that are the best part of The CW DC Multiverse.

Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Shows In The Arrowverse
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Using his infernal knowledge, Luciver (Tom Ellis) assists Mia Smoak, John Diggle and John Constantine during the 2019 "Crisis On Infinite Earths" event, making it the only non-CW or DC series added to the Arrowverse that was added while still airing on another channel.

Place in the Arrowverse Multiverse: Earth-666

Lucifer (Fox, 2016) is an American fantasy police procedural comedy-drama television series. It features a character created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg taken from the comic book series The Sandman, who later became the protagonist of the spin-off comic book series Lucifer written by Mike Carey, both published by DC Comics' Vertigo imprint. The series focuses on Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis), the Devil, who is boared with Hell and moves to Los Angeles, where he gets to help the LAPD punish bad guys. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro, D. B. Woodside, Lesley-Ann Brandt, + more

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The Flash is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Shows In The Arrowverse
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The first spin-off after Arrow, introduced in what was supposed to be a back-door pilot (a regular pilot was ordered in addition), had the most watched and highest rated series premiere since The Vampire Diaries in 2009.

Place in the Arrowverse Multiverse: Earth Prime, formerly Earth-1 pre-Crisis event.

The Flash (The CW, 2014) is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Geoff Johns, based on the DC Comics character. CSI Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) gains super-human speed, which he uses to fight wrong doers, including others who have also gained superhuman abilities. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Rick Cosnett, Carlos Valdes, + more

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 5

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Constantine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Shows In The Arrowverse
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After protraying the demon hunter Constantine for the single-season NBC show, Matt Ryan returned to the character for a "one-time-only-deal" to appear on an episode of Arrow concerning the Lazarus Pits. Nonetheless, Constantine returned to the Arrowverse multiple times and the storylines from the 2014 show, including Astra, have been woven into the Arrowverse character's background.

Place in the Arrowverse Multiverse: Earth Prime, formerly Earth-1 pre-"Crisis" event.

Constantine (NBC, 2014) is an American television series developed by Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer for NBC, featuring the DC Comics character John Constantine. Matt Ryan stars as Constantine, a British exorcist and occult detective who actively hunts supernatural entities. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Matt Ryan, Harold Perrineau, Charles Halford

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 1

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Arrow is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Shows In The Arrowverse
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Developed to exist on its own, outside of any reference to the recently-ended Smallville (which had its own Green Arrow character), Arrow quickly became the highest rated CW show in five years.

Place in the Arrowverse Multiverse: Earth Prime, formerly Earth-1 pre-"Crisis" event.

Arrow (The CW, 2012) is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg, based on the DC Comics character. Five years after being stranded on a hostile island, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) returns home to fight the wrong doers as a secret vigilante whose weapon of choice is a bow and arrow. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnell, David Ramsey, Willa Holland, + more

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 7

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