Every Batman TV show ever, ranked from worst to best

The Dark Knight has had an incredible legacy on the small screen, but which Batman TV series reigns supreme as his best ever?

GOTHAM: The Dark Night in the "The Beginning..." series finale episode of GOTHAM airing Thursday, April 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2019 Fox Media LLC Cr: FOX
GOTHAM: The Dark Night in the "The Beginning..." series finale episode of GOTHAM airing Thursday, April 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2019 Fox Media LLC Cr: FOX /
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3. The New Batman Adventures

Batman: The Animated Series was revived just a few short years after its conclusion but that reinvention came with a bit of a twist. In order to get it to match the more simple design of Superman: The Animated Series, the show was revamped. Most of the voice cast remained the same, but all of the characters were redesigned to give the show a sharper, edgier look.

Some of the changes were more extravagant than others but the most important aspects did not change, and that includes the show's quality storytelling. That much was clear from its fun comic-like premiere "Holiday Knights", but it really came to the forefront in "Sins of the Father", which introduced Tim Drake as the new Robin, giving him a much grittier backstory than his comic book counterpart.

The New Batman Adventures didn't run for long (and certainly not as long as it should have) but its existence only added to the legacy of Batman: The Animated Series, gifting audiences with another chance to catch up with these beloved versions of the characters, while also having its own thing to say. It didn't reach the same heights as its predecessor as consistently, but that's just down to the fact that there weren't as many opportunities to do that in just 24 episodes. Some of its episodes, however, are among the very best from both series.

When we talk about the legacy of Batman: The Animated Series, this chapter often gets overlooked. We should fix that.