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The Best Comic Book & Superhero Shows of All Time  

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List of the best superhero TV shows - only the greatest television series about superheroes in the history of the television. The animated renditions of some of our favorite comic books rank high up here with the live action versions. It is only fair to include the best of the Batman television series, no matter what decade.

There have been what feels like millions of reincarnations of superhero TV shows since the beginning of the box itself. It is up to you whether The New Adventures of Superman beats the old Adventures of Superman. People are anticipating the exciting Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. so it is fitting to look back, and look around, to past and current comic book shows that brought our superheroes into our living rooms and off of the printed page. The Flash seemed to have a pretty big effect on Mark Wahlberg and his teddy bear in Ted, after all. And if you like these shows, check out our list of the best new superhero series.

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Batman: The Animated Ser... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Comic Book & Superhero Shows of All Time
Kevin Conroy, Loren Lester, Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

Premiered: 1992

Number of Seasons: 2

Batman: The Animated Series is an American animated television series based on the DC Comics superhero Batman. It was produced by Warner Bros. Animation and originally aired on the Fox Network ...more

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The Flash is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Comic Book & Superhero Shows of All Time
Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 5

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 ...more

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Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Comic Book & Superhero Shows of All Time
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Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson

Premiered: 2015

Daredevil (Netflix, 2015) is an American web television series created for Netflix by Drew Goddard, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Blind lawyer Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) ...more

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Justice League Unlimited... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Comic Book & Superhero Shows of All Time
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Antoine M. Dillard, Natasha L. Dillard

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 3

Justice League Unlimited was an American animated television series produced by Warner Bros. Animation and aired on Cartoon Network. Featuring a wide array of superheroes from the DC Comics ...more

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Justice League is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Comic Book & Superhero Shows of All Time
Carl Lumbly, George Newbern, Phil LaMarr

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 2

Justice League is an American animated television series which ran from 2001 to 2004 on Cartoon Network. It is part of the DC animated universe. The show was produced by Warner Bros. Animation. ...more

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X-Men: The Animated Seri... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Comic Book & Superhero Shows of All Time
Norm Spencer, Cathal J. Dodd, Lenore Zann

Premiered: 2011

X-Men, also known as X-Men: The Animated Series (Fox Kids, 1992) is an American animated television series based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. The show features X-Men similar in look and ...more

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Batman Beyond is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Comic Book & Superhero Shows of All Time
Will Friedle, Kevin Conroy, Lauren Tom

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 3

Batman Beyond is an American animated television series created by Warner Bros. Animation in collaboration with DC Comics as a continuation of the Batman legacy. Depicting a teenaged Batman in a ...more

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Arrow is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Comic Book & Superhero Shows of All Time
Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnell

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 7

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 ...more

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Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Comic Book & Superhero Shows of All Time
Christopher Daniel Barnes, Sara Ballantine, Roscoe Lee Browne

Premiered: 1994

Number of Seasons: 5

Spider-Man, also known as Spider-Man: The Animated Series, is an American animated television series based on the Marvel Comics superhero, Spider-Man. The show ran on Fox Kids from November 19, ...more

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Young Justice is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Comic Book & Superhero Shows of All Time
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Danica McKellar, Jesse McCartney, Nolan North

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 2

Young Justice is an American animated television series created by Brandon Vietti and Greg Weisman for Cartoon Network. Despite its title, it is not a direct adaptation of Peter David, Todd ...more

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Gotham is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Comic Book & Superhero Shows of All Time
Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz
Gotham (Fox, 2014) is an American drama television series developed by Bruno Heller, based on the DC Comics characters from the Batman franchise. The story behind Detective James Gordon's (Ben ...more

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Smallville is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Comic Book & Superhero Shows of All Time
Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 10

Smallville is an American television series developed by writer-producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, based on the DC Comics character Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The ...more

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Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Comic Book & Superhero Shows of All Time
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Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor

Premiered: 2015

Jessica Jones (Netflix, 2015) is an American web television series created by Melissa Rosenberg, based on the Marvel Comics character. Following the tragic end of her brief superhero career, ...more

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Superman: The Animated S... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Comic Book & Superhero Shows of All Time
Tim Daly, Joseph Bologna, Dana Delany

Premiered: 1996

Number of Seasons: 4

Superman: The Animated Series is an American animated television series based on the DC Comics flagship character, Superman. It was produced by Warner Bros. Animation and originally aired on The ...more

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Teen Titans is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Comic Book & Superhero Shows of All Time
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Hynden Walch, Scott Menville, Greg Cipes

Premiered: 2002

Number of Seasons: 5

Teen Titans is an American TV show based on the DC Comics characters of the same name, that premiered on Cartoon Network and The WB in 2003. It is based primarily on the run of stories by Marv ...more

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Batman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Comic Book & Superhero Shows of All Time
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Adam West, Burt Ward, Alan Napier

Premiered: 1966

Number of Seasons: 3

Batman is a 1960s American live action television series, based on the DC comic book character of the same name. It starred Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin — two heroes who defend ...more

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Comic Book & Superhero Shows of All Time
Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., or simply Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., is an American television series created for ABC by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen, based on the Marvel ...more

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Comic Book & Superhero Shows of All Time
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Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 7

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an American television series which aired from March 10, 1997 until May 20, 2003. The series was created in 1997 by writer-director Joss Whedon under his production ...more

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Tur... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Comic Book & Superhero Shows of All Time
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Sean Astin, Greg Cipes, Rob Paulsen

Premiered: 1987

Number of Seasons: 10

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Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Comic Book & Superhero Shows of All Time
Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 4

Supergirl (The CW, 2015) is an American superhero action-adventure television series developed by Ali Adler, Greg Berlanti, and Andrew Kreisberg, based on the DC Comics character. The adventures ...more

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Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Comic Book & Superhero Shows of All Time
Lynda Carter, Lyle Waggoner, Tom Kratochvil

Premiered: 1975

Number of Seasons: 3

Wonder Woman is an American television series based on the DC Comics comic book superheroine of the same name. Starring Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince and Lyle Waggoner as Steve ...more

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The Incredible Hulk is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Comic Book & Superhero Shows of All Time
Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno, Jack Colvin

Premiered: 1977

Number of Seasons: 5

The Incredible Hulk is an American television series based on the Marvel Comics character The Hulk. The series aired on the CBS television network and starred Bill Bixby as Dr. David Bruce ...more

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Legends of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Comic Book & Superhero Shows of All Time
Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Arthur Darvill

Premiered: 2016

Number of Seasons: 4

DC's Legends of Tomorrow (The CW, 2016) is an American superhero action-adventure television series spin-off from Arrow and The Flash, existing in the same fictional universe. Intending to stop ...more

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Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Comic Book & Superhero Shows of All Time
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Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro

Adaption of DC Comic's 'Vertigo' imprint 'The Sandman' spin off 'Lucifer'.

Stars: Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Rachael Harris, Kevin Alejandro, D.B. Woodside

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Luke Cage is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Comic Book & Superhero Shows of All Time
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Mike Colter, Mahershala Ali, Simone Missick
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