Total Nerd The Best DC Comic Book TV Shows of All Time  

Ranker TV
2.4k votes 285 voters 2.1k views 67 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite DC comic book television adaptations.

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?

list ordered by
1
82 32
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
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 ...more
2
87 51
Gotham is listed (or ranked) 2 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
3
97 62
The Flash is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best DC Comic Book TV Shows of All Time
Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker
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
4
61 35
Batman: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best DC Comic Book TV Shows of All Time
Kevin Conroy, Loren Lester, Efrem Zimbalist Jr.
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
5
72 45
Arrow is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best DC Comic Book TV Shows of All Time
Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnell
Arrow 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 ...more
6
57 34
Justice League is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best DC Comic Book TV Shows of All Time
Carl Lumbly, George Newbern, Phil LaMarr
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
7
28 10
Doom Patrol is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best DC Comic Book TV Shows of All Time
April Bowlby, Diane Guerrero, Joivan Wade
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
8
55 34
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
Titans (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 Batman's former ...more
9
56 35
Young Justice is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best DC Comic Book TV Shows of All Time
Danica McKellar, Jesse McCartney, Nolan North
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
10
46 28
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
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
11
46 29
Justice League Unlimited is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best DC Comic Book TV Shows of All Time
Antoine M. Dillard, Natasha L. Dillard
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
12
41 25
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
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
13
30 16
The New Batman Adventures is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best DC Comic Book TV Shows of All Time
Tara Strong, Kevin Conroy, Robert Costanzo
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
14
33 19
Batman Beyond is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best DC Comic Book TV Shows of All Time
Will Friedle, Kevin Conroy, Lauren Tom
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
15
31 18
Constantine is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best DC Comic Book TV Shows of All Time
Matt Ryan, Harold Perrineau, Charles Halford
Constantine 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 ...more
16
45 31
Legends of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best DC Comic Book TV Shows of All Time
Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Arthur Darvill
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
17
48 34
Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best DC Comic Book TV Shows of All Time
Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh
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
18
29 20
Superman: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best DC Comic Book TV Shows of All Time
Tim Daly, Joseph Bologna, Dana Delany
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
19
19 11
Batman: The Brave and the Bold is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best DC Comic Book TV Shows of All Time
Diedrich Bader, John DiMaggio, James Arnold Taylor
Batman: The Brave and the Bold is an American animated television series based in part on the DC Comics series The Brave and the Bold which features two or more super heroes coming together to ...more
20
12 5
Watchmen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best DC Comic Book TV Shows of All Time
Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson
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.
21
14 8
The New Batman/Superman Advent... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best DC Comic Book TV Shows of All Time
Josh Henderson, Tara Strong, Neal McDonough
The New Batman/Superman Adventures is a name given to a package series that combined Superman: The Animated Series with The New Batman Adventures produced by Warner Bros. Animation. It aired ...more
22
18 12
The Batman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best DC Comic Book TV Shows of All Time
Rino Romano, Alastair Duncan, Evan Sabara
The Batman is an animated television series produced by Warner Bros. Animation based on the DC Comics superhero Batman. It ran from September 11, 2004 to March 22, 2008, on the Saturday morning ...more
23
25 19
Black Lightning is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best DC Comic Book TV Shows of All Time
Cress Williams, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams
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
24
29 23
Batman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best DC Comic Book TV Shows of All Time
Adam West, Burt Ward, Alan Napier
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
25
22 18
Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best DC Comic Book TV Shows of All Time
Lynda Carter, Lyle Waggoner, Tom Kratochvil
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