EVERY COMIC BOOK TELEVISION SHOW, RANKED

As a follow up to my ranking the movies, here’s the TV shows.

Caveats:

  • Not counting cartoons (far too many) or TV movies (because they’re not shows and because they mostly are really terrible)
  • The comic must have come before the TV show
  • Ratings are given based on their best seasons, not their worst
  • Consideration is given to the era—obviously, 1966 Batman doesn’t have better scripts or FX than Preacher, but for its time it was terrific and groundbreaking

THE TOP 20 COMIC BOOK T.V. SHOWS

1. Legion (2016-present) (Marvel)
2. The Walking Dead (2010–present) (Image)
3. Daredevil (2015-present) (Marvel)
4. Jessica Jones (2015-present) (Marvel)
5. Batman(1966-68) (DC)
6. Preacher (2017-present) (Vertigo)
7. The Punisher (2017-present) (Marvel)
8. Smallville (2001-2011) (DC)
9. Gotham (2014-present) (DC)
10. Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996-2003) (Archie)
11. Luke Cage (2016-present) (Marvel)
12. Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993-1997) (DC)
13. Blade (2006) (Marvel)
14. Happy! (2017–present) (Image)
15. Adventures of Superman (1952-58) (DC)
16. Wonder Woman (1975-1979) (DC)
17. Runaways (2017-present) (Marvel)
18. The Flash (2014-present) (DC)
19. Arrow (DC) (2012–present)
20. Spidey Super Stories (1974-1977) (Electric Company serial) (Marvel)

AND THE REST, STARTING WITH THE REALLY GOOD BUT NOT QUITE TOP 20…
Human Target (2010-2011) (DC)
The Incredible Hulk (1977-1982) (Marvel)
Supergirl (DC) (2015–present)

AVERAGE
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013-Present) (Marvel)
Birds of Prey (2002-2003) (DC)
The Crow: Stairway to Heaven (1998) (IDW)
The Defenders (2017) (Marvel)
The End of the F***ing World (2017–present) (Fantagraphics)
The Gifted (2017-present) (Marvel)
iZombie (2014-present) (Vertigo)
Krypton (2018-present) (DC)
Legends of Tomorrow (2016-present) (DC)
Lucifer (2016-18) (DC)
The Middleman (2008) (Viper)
Outcast (2016–present) (Image)
Painkiller Jane (2007) (Event/Icon/Dynamite)
Powers (2015-16) (Icon)
Riverdale (2017) (Archie)
Shazam! (1974-76) (DC)
30 Days of Night: Blood Trails (2007) (IDW)
30 Days of Night: Dust to Dust (2008) (IDW)
Tales from the Crypt (1989–1996) (EC Comics)
The Tick (2016–present) (New England)
Wynonna Earp (2016–present) (IDW)

BELOW AVERAGE, BUT NOT TERRIBLE
Agent Carter (2015-2016) (Marvel)
Black Lightning (2018-present) (DC)
Captain America (1979) (TV movie) (Marvel)
Constantine (2014–15) (DC)
Fear the Walking Dead (2015–present) (Image)
The Flash (1990-91) (DC)
Harsh Realm (1999–2000) (Harris)
Human Target (1992) (DC)
Iron Fist (2017-2018) (Marvel)
Mutant X (2001-2004) (Marvel)
Perversions of Science (1997) (based on Weird Science (EC Comics)
The Amazing Spider-Man (1977-1979) (Marvel)
Superboy (1988-92) (DC)
Swamp Thing: The Series (1990-93) (DC)
The Tick (2001–2002) (New England)
Weird Science (1994–1998) (EC Comics)
Witchblade (2001–2002) (Top Cow)

STAY AWAY, FAR FAR AWAY
Inhumans (2017) (Marvel)
Powerless (2017) (DC)
Richie Rich (2015) (Harvey)
Sable (1987) (DC)
Sheena (2000–2002) (Marvel)
Spider-Man: The Dragon’s Challenge (1981) (TV movie) (Marvel)

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