Debuting in between Batman: The Animated Series and Justice League, Superman was always going to have a tough time finding its own identity, but thanks to great stories and titanic action scenes, the show managed to succeed despite being overshadowed. Delving deeper into the character’s mythology than any cartoon or movie had attempted before, Superman introduced fans to popular enemies like Brainiac and Lex Luthor, but it also brought in some of the Man of Steel’s quirkier villains like Mr. Mxyzptlk and Titano.

And if comic book lore and a stacked roster of villains don’t satisfy you, then the show’s action scenes surely would. In this show, Supes threw planet-sized haymakers and beat enemies senseless with cars on a weekly basis, while destroying countless buildings and roads in the process. In short, this is the only superhero TV show that lived up to the type of action that comic book fans read about every week.

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