All 32 DC TV shows ranked from worst to best

From Batman to Superman and Lois, DC TV has been a staple of our lives for decades, But which of the many DC shows is the very best?

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Black Lightning, DC TV
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18. Black Lightning (2018 - 2021)

It's pretty ironic that Black Lightning started its run completely removed from the Arrowverse only to end up on the same earth as its CW counterparts before the end of it. The show was initially designed for Fox, but when the network passed, the home of DC TV picked it up. That said, it wasn't like the other shows on the network.

Black Lightning's strength came from how different it was; it was harder-hitting, more thought-provoking, and much more mature than any of the other superhero shows on network television. Led by a remarkable performance from Cress Williams as retired-vigilante-turned-principal Jefferson Pierce, it showcases the character's return to heroism after rise of the 100 Gang. That set the stage for a compelling first season, which the show ultimately delivered on.

The show's third season took it to even greater heights, as it continued to spotlight issues such as discrimination and racism in Freeland amidst the American Security Agency's war on metahumans. It was a compelling watch, and a perfect example of what the show was capable of when it was at its best.

Unfortunately, its other two seasons weren't its best. While season 2 was fine, it didn't quite succeed the powerful first season in the way that fans hoped, and its fourth and final season was an underwhelming, abrupt way to the end the show. It doesn't take away from the excellence that Black Lightning was capable of, but season 4 was just one of the many examples of how the show deserved better.