2. Season 8
After a few seasons of refusing to fully let go of its teen drama years, Smallville finally graduated to fully-blown superhero show in season 8, and it made for a welcome change. With the dark days of Lex Luthor in the past and Lana Lang no longer a full-time part of the show, the focus was placed primarily on Clark and Lois, their adventures in the Daily Planet, and the birth of Metropolis’ hero, The Red-Blue-Blur.
Chloe continued to put together the show’s Justice League as the Watchtower while planning her wedding to Jimmy, but she also found herself involved in the season’s most compelling storyline. That storyline revolved around ambulance driver Davis Bloom, who unbeknownst to him was actually the vessel for iconic Superman villain Doomsday. And while all of this was going down, she was infected by Brainiac.
Smallville season 8 had a lot to juggle but it handled it all extremely well. From Lana’s emotional goodbye to Chloe’s concerns over her own health, there were a lot of powerful storylines throughout and all of them felt fresh and new. The increased focus on Clark and Lois also ensured the show felt like a Superman series for the first time, and that breathed new life into it.
While its finale ultimately let the season down a little, it doesn’t take away from how much of a renewal this one felt like. So darn good and a welcome return to form for the beloved show.