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The Best DC Comic Book TV Shows of All Time 

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Updated May 18, 2020 5.1k votes 521 voters 3.7k views 70 items

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DC Extended Universe is expansive, reaching well beyond just Batman and Superman shows and carrying on a long tradition of making TV shows from DC comic books. The DC Comics superhero shows have run the range of genre and style over the years, from live-action to animated. Some of them are even the best comic book and superhero shows of all time.

Older live-action DC Comics television programs like Wonder Woman paved the way for modern superhero shows like Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow. And we can't forget all of the cartoon comic book adaptations, like Teen Titans Go! and Static Shock. But, of all the DC shows (including superhero TV shows adapted from imprints of DC, like Vertigo), which is the best of all of the DC comic book adaptations?

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Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best DC Comic Book TV Shows of All Time
Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro

Premiered: 2015

Lucifer (Fox, 2016) is an American fantasy police procedural comedy-drama television series developed by Tom Kapinos. The series revolves around Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis), the Devil, who ...more
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The Flash is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best DC Comic Book TV Shows of All Time
Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker

Premiered: 2014

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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Gotham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best DC Comic Book TV 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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Arrow is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best DC Comic Book TV Shows of All Time
Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnell

Premiered: 2012

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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Young Justice is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best DC Comic Book TV Shows of All Time
Danica McKellar, Jesse McCartney, Nolan North

Premiered: 2010

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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Batman: The Animated Ser... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best DC Comic Book TV Shows of All Time
Kevin Conroy, Loren Lester, Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

Premiered: 1992

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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Justice League is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best DC Comic Book TV Shows of All Time
Carl Lumbly, George Newbern, Phil LaMarr

Premiered: 2001

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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Titans is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best DC Comic Book TV Shows of All Time
Brenton Thwaites, Anna Diop, Teagan Croft

Premiered: 2018

Titans (DC Universe, 2018) is an American web television series developed by Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti, and Sarah Schechter, based on the DC Comics superhero team. Led by ...more
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Legends of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best DC Comic Book TV Shows of All Time
Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Arthur Darvill

Premiered: 2016

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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Smallville is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best DC Comic Book TV Shows of All Time
Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack

Premiered: 2001

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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Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best DC Comic Book TV Shows of All Time
Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh

Premiered: 2015

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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Teen Titans is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best DC Comic Book TV Shows of All Time
Hynden Walch, Scott Menville, Greg Cipes

Premiered: 2002

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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Doom Patrol is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best DC Comic Book TV Shows of All Time
April Bowlby, Diane Guerrero, Joivan Wade

Premiered: 2019

Doom Patrol (DC Universe, 2019) is an American superhero drama web television series based on the DC Comics superhero team. Led by Dr. Niles Caulder (Timothy Dalton), the Doom Patrol – ...more
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Constantine is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best DC Comic Book TV Shows of All Time
Matt Ryan, Harold Perrineau, Charles Halford

Premiered: 2014

Constantine (NBC, 2014) is an American television series developed by Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer. John Constantine (Matt Ryan), a British exorcist and occult detective, actively hunts ...more
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Justice League Unlimited... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best DC Comic Book TV Shows of All Time
Antoine M. Dillard, Natasha L. Dillard

Premiered: 2004

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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Batman Beyond is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best DC Comic Book TV Shows of All Time
Will Friedle, Kevin Conroy, Lauren Tom

Premiered: 1999

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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The New Batman Adventure... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best DC Comic Book TV Shows of All Time
Tara Strong, Kevin Conroy, Robert Costanzo

Premiered: 1997

The New Batman Adventures is an American animated television series based on the DC Comics superhero Batman, and is a continuation of Batman: The Animated Series. It was produced by Warner Bros. ...more
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Black Lightning is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best DC Comic Book TV Shows of All Time
Black Lightning Cress Williams, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams

Premiered: 2018

Black Lightning (The CW, 2018) is an American superhero drama based on the DC comics character of the same name. Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams), who retired from his superhero persona Black ...more
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Batman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best DC Comic Book TV Shows of All Time
Adam West, Burt Ward, Alan Napier

Premiered: 1966

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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Superman: The Animated S... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best DC Comic Book TV Shows of All Time
Tim Daly, Joseph Bologna, Dana Delany

Premiered: 1996

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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Swamp Thing is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best DC Comic Book TV Shows of All Time
Andy Bean, Derek Mears, Crystal Reed

Premiered: 2019

Swamp Thing (DC Universe, 2019) is an American superhero horror drama web television series based on the DC Comics character. Abby Arcane (Crystal Reed) returns home to Houma, Louisiana to ...more
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Watchmen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best DC Comic Book TV Shows of All Time
Watchmen Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson

Premiered: 2019

Watchmen (HBO, 2019) is an American drama television series created by Damon Lindelof, based on the comic book series. Set in an alternate history where superheroes are treated as outlaws.
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The Flash is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best DC Comic Book TV Shows of All Time
John Wesley Shipp, Amanda Pays, Alex Desert

Premiered: 1990

The Flash is a 1990 American television series that starred John Wesley Shipp as the superhero, the Flash, and co-starred Amanda Pays. The series was developed from the DC Comics characters by ...more
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Krypton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best DC Comic Book TV Shows of All Time
Cameron Cuffe, Georgina Campbell, Ian McElhinney
Krypton (SyFy, 2018) is an American television series developed by David S. Goyer and Damian Kindler. Set 200 years before Superman's birth on the planet Krypton, the show centers on Kal-El's ...more
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Batwoman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best DC Comic Book TV Shows of All Time
Ruby Rose, Meagan Tandy, Camrus Johnson

Premiered: 2019

Batwoman (The CW, 2019) is an American superhero television series based on the DC Comics character Kate Kane/Batwoman and set in the Arrowverse. Kate Kane (Ruby Rose) must overcome her own ...more