Starring: 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, Justin Hartley, Sam Witwer, Cassidy Freeman, Callum Blue
It's telling that everyone (who isn't a DC Comics superfan, at least) agrees Smallville fell off somewhere around season five. That also marks the point when the characters graduated high school, and while the struggle is real for any teen drama once the characters face commencement, Smallville in particular lost the spark that made it so appealing in the first place. Because the idea of exploring the most iconic American superhero during his teenage years, coming of age and experiencing puberty through powers, was just too brilliant.
Like a lesser Buffy, Smallville used Clark Kent's burgeoning powers and the kryptonite-infected (another genius concept) "meteor freaks" around him as a prism for atypical hormonal, high school drama. The result: amazing, unforgettably ridiculous storylines like Clark's heat vision emerging when the equally hot substitute teacher put him under pressure. Or how the baddest chick in school literally made him weak in the knees because she wore a Kryptonite necklace. Dwell not on the flavorless, borderline wack writing and arcs that followed. When Superman went to school, it was much-watch TV. —Frazier Tharpe