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The Best Live-Action Comic Book Shows of All Time

Updated July 1, 2020 10.0k votes 1.1k voters 16.3k views58 items

List RulesVote up your favorite comic book shows!

Superheroes are currently sweeping the box office and, slowly but surely, taking a strong hold on our TV screens as well. It only makes sense being that comic books are a serialized medium. They tell long, complicated, larger-than-life tales. They slowly reveal more information and excitement as they go along, just like a good show.

So what separates the good shows from the bad? Knowing your audience, paying attention the stringent budget, time demands that TV sets, and most importantly, finding the perfect tone for your show. If you want it to be campy, then dive in head first. If you want it serious, find a way to make the powers/costumes believable. If it's going to be on the CW, copy the best parts of "Smallville" as much as possible.

These are the shows that got it right, that managed to walk the fine line between TV hero believability and downright silliness. These are your favorite live action shows based on comics! Vote up the very best!
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    Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Live-Action Comic Book Shows of All Time
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    The Boys is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Live-Action Comic Book Shows of All Time
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    Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Live-Action Comic Book Shows of All Time
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    Daredevil (Netflix, 2015) is an American web television series created for Netflix by Drew... more on Wikipedia
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    The Flash (2014) is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Live-Action Comic Book Shows of All Time
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    Arrow is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Live-Action Comic Book Shows of All Time
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    Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Live-Action Comic Book Shows of All Time
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    Gotham is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Live-Action Comic Book Shows of All Time
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    Agent Carter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Live-Action Comic Book Shows of All Time
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    Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Live-Action Comic Book Shows of All Time
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    Heroes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Live-Action Comic Book Shows of All Time
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    The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Live-Action Comic Book Shows of All Time
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    Smallville is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Live-Action Comic Book Shows of All Time
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    Batman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Live-Action Comic Book Shows of All Time
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    Titans is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Live-Action Comic Book Shows of All Time
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    Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Live-Action Comic Book Shows of All Time
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    Lois & Clark: The New Adventur is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Live-Action Comic Book Shows of All Time
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    The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Live-Action Comic Book Shows of All Time
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    Stargirl is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Live-Action Comic Book Shows of All Time
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    The Incredible Hulk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Live-Action Comic Book Shows of All Time
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    Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Live-Action Comic Book Shows of All Time
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    The Flash is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Live-Action Comic Book Shows of All Time
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    Watchmen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Live-Action Comic Book Shows of All Time
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    Warrior Nun is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Live-Action Comic Book Shows of All Time
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    Legends of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Live-Action Comic Book Shows of All Time
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    Tales from the Crypt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Live-Action Comic Book Shows of All Time
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