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The 50 Best TV Dramas of All Time

49. Smallville

Network: The WB, The CW
Air Dates: October 16, 2001 – May 13, 2011
Stars: Tom Welling, Kristin Kreuk, Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack, Sam Jones III, Annette O'Toole, John Schneider, Eric Johnson, John Glover, Jensen Ackles, Erica Durance, Aaron Ashmore, Laura Vandervoort, Sam Witwer

If you're not a fan of Superman, then, well, you're probably not American, you commie bastard. But we understand that a lot of the Superman films and depictions do not hold up to the comic, or to Christopher Reeves. That, or perhaps you think you've learned all there is about the hero's childhood. You're wrong.

Smallville retells the engaging story of Clark Kent's early years, from Smallville High School to his job at the Daily Planet. More than your typical coming-of-age drama, it's a story about an awkward guy trying to figure out the basics of growing up under extraordinary circumstances. In other words, puberty for Kent means figuring out his heat vision, which he gets when he's sexually aroused, trying to restrain himself from using his x-ray vision to peer into girls' locker rooms, and dealing with a first love, who may or may not be developing super powers herself.

As a testament to its greatness, dedicated viewers kept the show on for an entire decade, even following it to its kiss-of-death time slot on Friday nights. —Tara Aquino

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