19. The Defenders
The first chapter of Marvel's Netflix shared universe was all building towards the arrival of The Defenders, a crossover of all four of the shows within it that would bring each of the title heroes together. This was the Avengers of the small screen.
Unfortunately, The Defenders didn't quite pack the punch fans were hoping it would. While it was great to see Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist all share the screen for the first time (and the same goes for each of their respective actors), the show suffered from a number of issues that had begun to plague some of the more recent of the Netflix shows at a time.
Its biggest hindrance was the pacing. Even though it had a neat episode count of just eight episodes (the smallest in the whole Marvel Netflix catalog), it somehow managed to feel a good bit longer than that. That might have something to do with the fact that they were up against The Hand again, who had become a recurring thorn in both Iron Fist and Daredevil's sides.
Nevertheless, the performances were reliably great and the fight choreography was once again of an incredibly high standard, making for some jaw-dropping sequences.
Even though it didn't fully live up to expectations, The Defenders was an unforgettable experience that truly felt like a once-in-a-lifetime moment. That, more than anything, made it worth the watch.