It wasn’t all bad news for Superman after the disastrous box office returns for Superman IV—the very next year the character found his way back onto the small screen, albeit as a much younger version of himself, in Superboy. Based on the Boy of Steel’s adventures around Smallville, the show featured two actors in the lead; John Haymes Newton in the first season and Gerard Christopher for the next three.

During its four-year run, the show pulled in high ratings, due in part to its dependable storytelling and the strength of Christopher’s performance. However, legal trouble with Warner Brothers killed the series after season four, despite steady ratings and fan interest. The good news was that Superman fans didn’t have to wait long until he returned to the small screen.