5. SPAWN (HBO, 1997-1999)

It’s not often that you could turn on a cartoon and see limbs flying from bodies in a wave of crimson blood and hear foul language that would even make a Marine blush, but HBO’s adaptation of Todd McFarlane’s Spawn managed to bring the gritty, crude comic creation to life without the slightest hint of censorship. But the show did more than just retain the violence of the original comic, Spawn also featured a roster of incredible voice actors and stories that managed to top McFarlane’s original comic vision.

By adapting scripts straight from the books, and even going as far as trying to recreate the hyper-detailed art of McFarlane, it could easily be argued that Spawn is the most faithful comic book adaptation to ever hit the small screen.