15 Best TV Superhero Dramas of All Time

Comic books have made a serious name for themselves in Hollywood over the past 10 years. Films such as Marvel’s Avengers and Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy have helped superhero plots climb the film industry ladder, pave the way for more live-action stories in pop culture, inspire non-comic superhero tales and make a transition to television inevitable. Superhero series are popping up all over TV! With so many choices, it is difficult to know which series you should check out. That’s where we come in. Here are 15 of the best superhero TV shows of all time!

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The Flash (1990s and 2014- )

Superhero TV Show 'The Flash'
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The CW's The Flash follows Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), also known as "The Flash." Nine months after being struck by lightning, Barry discovers that the incident gave him the power of super speed. Using his new power, he fights crime in Central City. This DC Comic-turned-TV series survived one season in 1990, but the remake is already gearing up for its third season. Along with Gustin, The Flash stars Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes and Tom Cavanagh. Watch a trailer of this incredible superhero TV show here

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Arrow (2012- )

The CW's 'Arrow'
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The CW's Arrow surveys the life of Oliver Queen, a former billionaire playboy-turned-vigilante. When his yacht is lost at sea, everyone presumes Oliver dead. However, he returns five years later determined to clean up the city with his hood on and arrow in tow. The highly-rated superhero series, which has been on the air for four seasons so far, stars Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Willa Holland and Paul Blackthorne. Watch a season one trailer here

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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013- )

Superhero TV Show 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
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This Emmy-nominated series illustrates a world after the Battle of New York. Everything is different, and everyone knows about The Avengers and their enemies. This superhero tale exposes the missions of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division and their fearless leader Phil Coulson. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. stars Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton and more. Watch the official trailer here.  

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Daredevil (2015- )

Superhero TV Show 'Daredevil'
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Netflix's Daredevil follows Matt Murdock, a blind lawyer by day and a vigilante by night. Murdock went blind after a chemical spill; instead of the accident limiting him, it gave him superhuman senses, giving him a unique perspective that helps him find get justice in Hell's Kitchen. Marvel's Daredevil stars Charlie Cox, Vincent D'Onofrio Deborah Ann Woll  and Elden Henson. Watch the man without fear in this official trailer, and watch the first two seasons on Netflix

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Marvel's Agent Carter (2015- )

'Marvel's Agent Carter'
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Marvel's Agent Carter begins in 1946, the year Peggy Carter is assigned to secretarial duties at the Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR). However, she is quickly recruited to help Howard Stark clear his name when he's accused of treason. Although Peggy Carter is usually seen as a supporting character in Captain America's stories, she serves as a strong leader in this series. Marvel's Agent Carter stars Hayley Atwell, James D'Arcy, Enver Gjokaj, Chad Michael Murray and more. Watch a trailer here and watch full episodes here

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Chuck (2007-2012)

'Chuck'
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This story begins when a computer nerd, Chuck, inadvertently becomes the mental host of Intersect, a computer mind containing all sorts of secrets owned by the government. As a result, he becomes a national security risk and is appointed a government agent who often gets him caught up in spy situations. Chuck's life is turned upside down in this five-season series! NBC's Chuck stars Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez, Sarah Lancaster, Vik Sahay, Scott Krinsky and more. 

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Heroes (2006-2010)

Superhero TV Show 'Heroes'
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Heroes follows common people who discover that they have super powers such as telekinesis, flying powers, healing abilities, time travel, invisibility and the ability to absorb others' abilities. They all cross paths when something horrible needs to be stopped. The four-season superhero series was such a hit that it set the stage for the 2015 spin-off Heroes RebornHeroes stars Nashville's Hayden Panettiere, Jack Coleman, Milo Ventimiglia, Masi Oka, Greg Grunberg, and more. Watch a trailer here. 

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Wonder Woman (1975-1979)

Superhero TV Show 'Wonder Woman'
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Wonder Woman begins when Major Steve Trevor crashes near the island of the young Amazons. Trevor is rescued by Princess Diana (Diane Prince) who learns of World War II and secretly joins the fight. From there, it follows the adventures of the best female superhero and her magical accessories. The three-season series stars Lynda Carter, Lyle Waggoner and Tom Kratochvil. Watch the show's intros here. 

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Smallville (2001-2011)

'Smallville'
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This WB series follows Clark Kent as a young man struggling to harness his powers and navigate teenage life before he truly becomes DC's Superman. Smallville stars Tom Welling as Clark Kent, Michael Rosenbaum as Lex Luther, Allison Mack as Chloe Sullivan and Kristin Kreuk as Lana Lang. Watch a trailer for the wildly successful 10-season superhero series here.  

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The Incredible Hulk (1978-1982)

Superhero TV Show 'The Incredible Hulk'
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The Incredible Hulk tells the story of fugitive scientist Dr. David Banner, who is cursed with becoming a green monster when he's under extreme stress. This action-packed series ran on CBS for five seasons and starred Bill Bixby as Dr. Banner and Lou Ferrigno as The Incredible Hulk. Watch the trailer here. 

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003)

'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'
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The WB's Buffy the Vampire Slayer follows a girl who's the latest in a line of women known as "Vampire Slayers." She is destined to fight off vampires, demons and other creatures, and with the help of her friends, she does just that. The seven-season teen drama stars Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Anthony Head, James Marsters, Emma Caulfield and Michelle Trachtenberg. Watch the trailer here. Learn more about this show and other teen dramas here

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The Bionic Woman (1976-1978)

The Bionic Woman
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The Bionic Woman follows Jaime Sommers, a girl who is nearly killed in a skydiving accident. As a result, she becomes the first female cyborg and gets wrapped up in some spy missions of her own. The three-season series stars Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson and Martin E. Brooks and is a spin-off from the TV series The Six Billion Dollar Man. NBC released a remake in 2007, but the original version is great! Watch the original opening theme here.

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Supergirl (2015- )

Superhero TV Show 'Supergirl'
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Supergirl follows the adventures of Superman's cousin, Kara Danvers, on her own superhero missions. After 12 years of hiding her gifts, she finally decides to embrace her powers. This action-packed superhero series stars Melissa Benoist, Mechad Brooks, Chyler Leigh, Jeremy Jordan, David Harewood, Calista Flockhart and more. The series has been on for one season so far. Watch the trailer here. 

"It's not a bird. It's not a plane. It's not Superman. It's Supergirl." 

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Jessica Jones (2015- )

Netflix's 'Jessica Jones'
Krysten Ritter in Netflix's 'Jessica Jones'. Photo credit: Netflix

This Netflix Original crime drama series follows Marvel's former superhero Jessica Jones and her life as a private investigator in Hell's Kitchen New York City. Jessica's wicked PTSD leaves her with internal and external demons to fight. Marvel's Jessica Jones stars Krysten Ritter, Rachael Taylor, Eka Darville and more. Watch the trailer here and watch the first season on Netflix. 

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Gotham (2014- )

Superhero TV Show 'Gotham'
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FOX's and DC ComicsGotham illustrates the beginning of one incredible saga. The series tells the story of James Gorden and his rising importance in Gotham City before Bruce Wayne is Batman. This series is full of crime fighting,and it shows us both Batman's interesting backstory and his enemies' through a new medium. Gotham stars Ben McKenzie as James Gordon alongside Donal Logue, David Mazouz, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, Erin Richards, Jada Pinkett Smith and more. Watch a trailer here.