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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

Number of Episodes: 85

Network: Fox Kids, Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Crime, Children's television series, Superhero fiction, Adventure film, Action, + more

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: 6

Number of Episodes: 114

Network: The CW

Genres (Tv): Superhero, Action, Sci-fi, Drama

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
edward-donner added Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson

Premiered: 2015

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Science Fiction, Action

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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Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 39

Network: Cartoon Network

Genres (Tv): Animation, Action/Adventure, Children's television series, Superhero fiction, Adventure film, + more

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

Number of Episodes: 52

Network: Cartoon Network

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Superhero fiction, Action, + more

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

Network: G4

Genres (Tv): Animation, Superhero, Action, Sci-fi

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

Number of Episodes: 52

Network: Kids' WB, The WB Television Network, Cartoon Network

Genres (Tv): Animation, Action/Adventure, Suspense, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, + more

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: 8

Number of Episodes: 170

Network: The CW Television Network

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama, Mystery, Adventure film, Action, + more

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

Number of Episodes: 65

Network: Fox Kids, Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Action, Science Fiction, Animated series

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
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added Danica McKellar, Jesse McCartney, Nolan North

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 46

Network: Cartoon Network

Genres (Tv): Teen drama, Animation, Action/Adventure, Procedural drama, Children's television series, + more

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

Network: FOX

Genres (Tv): Crime, Action, Police procedural

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

Number of Episodes: 217

Network: The WB Television Network, The CW Television Network

Genres (Tv): Supernatural, Action/Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Adventure film, + more

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
Desertrat89 added Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Action, Crime, Drama

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

Number of Episodes: 54

Network: Kids' WB, The WB Television Network

Genres (Tv): Animation, Action/Adventure, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Superhero fiction, + more

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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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ... is listed (or ranked) 15 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

Number of Episodes: 13

Genres (Tv): Drama, Action, Adventure Film, Science Fiction, Fantasy

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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Teen Titans is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Comic Book & Superhero Shows of All Time
Suhneekahh added Hynden Walch, Scott Menville, Greg Cipes

Premiered: 2002

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 65

Network: Sistema Brasileiro de Televisão, RTP 2

Genres (Tv): Animation, Action/Adventure, Teen situation comedy, Children's television series, Superhero fiction, + more

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) 17 on the list The Best Comic Book & Superhero Shows of All Time
bojanthebest added Adam West, Burt Ward, Alan Napier

Premiered: 1966

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 120

Network: ITV4

Genres (Tv): Action/Adventure, Sitcom, Comedy, Action, Camp, + more

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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Buffy the Vampire Slayer... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Comic Book & Superhero Shows of All Time
Penguin022 added Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 144

Network: UPN, The WB Television Network

Genres (Tv): Paranormal romance, Supernatural drama, Supernatural, Action/Adventure, Drama, + more

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
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added Sean Astin, Greg Cipes, Rob Paulsen

Premiered: 1987

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 193

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Adventure film, Comedy, + more

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an animated television series produced by Murakami-Wolf-Swenson and the French company IDDH. The pilot was shown during the week of December 14, 1987 in ...more

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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: 5

Number of Episodes: 87

Network: The CW

Genres (Tv): Superhero, Drama, Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

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

Number of Episodes: 59

Network: CBS, American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Action/Adventure, Drama, Adventure film, Action, Fantasy

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

Number of Episodes: 82

Network: CBS, NBC

Genres (Tv): Drama, Live action, Action, Science Fiction

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: 5

Number of Episodes: 67

Network: The CW

Genres (Tv): Superhero fiction, Action, Adventure, Science fiction, Fantasy

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
Daniel Francis Gardecki added Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 4

Genres (Tv): Police procedural, Comedy-drama, Mystery, Crime, Horror, + more

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
analise.dubner added Mike Colter, Mahershala Ali, Simone Missick

Genres (Tv): Action, Sci-Fi

Luke Cage (Netflix, 2016) is an American web television series created by Cheo Hodari Coker, based on the Marvel Comics character. When a sabotaged experiment gives him super strength and ...more

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