Tom Ellis in Lucifer.

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DC Comics TV by Tomatometer

Updated August 24, 2020

Though DC Comics has enjoyed a television presence since 1953 with the George Reeves–starring Adventures of Superman — and made genuine cultural touchstones out of the 1966 Batman and the late 1970s Wonder Woman — it has never had so many of its titles translated on television at the same time before.

With the launch of streaming service DC Universe, three titles were added to the list: Titans, the live-action adaptation of the comic of the same name starring Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson (a.k.a. Robin); Doom Patrol, about a misfit group of superheroes under the tutelage of an eccentric old rich guy; and Swamp Thing, the live-action horror-skewing series, which was canceled before its well-reviewed first season finished airing, but is now on The CW’s fall TV lineup. The animated series Young Justice, which debuted its first season in 2010 and second in 2012, returned for a third season in 2019 with a fourth expected in 2020, and now DC Universe and The CW have premiered live-action series Stargirl, which shot straight to the top of DC’s TV offerings on its first reviews, settling in the top 20.

Want to know where each show stands in the DC-on-TV rankings? Check out our scorecard of DC Comics–based television by Tomatometer. Some titles — like 1990’s Swamp ThingSuper Friends, and Teen Titans Go! — don’t have a series-level Tomatometer score and, so, are not represented below. Some other, older titles, like 1976 series Wonder Woman, recently got a series-level score and have just been added to the list.

Just added:  Stargirl, Harley QuinnWatchmenBatwomanPennyworthGreen Lantern: The Animated SeriesJustice League Unlimited,  Batman BeyondThe Flash (1990), Human Target (1992), Wonder Woman

Human Target (1992)

Synopsis: Christopher Chance uses technology to assume the identities of those in danger.... [More]

Powerless (2017)

Synopsis: Emily Locke lands her dream job as director of research and development for Wayne Security in Charm City, home to... [More]

The Flash (1990)

Synopsis: An accident gives a police chemist superhuman speed.... [More]
Directed By: Danny Bilson, Paul De Meo

Constantine (2014)

Synopsis: Demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine figured there was no longer any point in fighting the good... [More]

Pennyworth (2019)

Synopsis: Former British SAS soldier Alfred Pennyworth forms a security company and goes to work with Bruce Wayne's billionaire father, Thomas,... [More]

Human Target (2010)

Synopsis: Christopher Chance is not your ordinary, run-of-the-mill security guard. He's the man hired when all else fails and normal means... [More]

Gotham (2014)

Synopsis: James Gordon is a rising detective in the dangerously corrupt Gotham City, where his late father was a successful district... [More]

Smallville (2001)

Synopsis: An interpretation of the Superman story features young Clark Kent coming to grips with his emerging superpowers. In the 10th... [More]

Batwoman (2019)

Synopsis: Three years after Batman mysteriously disappeared, Gotham is a city in despair, and it's under the watch of Jacob Kane... [More]

Krypton (2018)

Synopsis: Years before the destruction of the legendary Man of Steel's home planet, Superman's grandfather, Seg-El, fights to redeem his family's... [More]

Titans (2018)

Synopsis: This gritty take on the "Teen Titans" franchise follows young heroes from across the DC Universe as they come of... [More]

Beware the Batman (2013)

Synopsis: This take on the classic comic book franchise mixes familiar characters with new villains not previously seen in animated form.... [More]
Directed By: Sam Register

Arrow (2012)

Synopsis: When presumed-dead billionaire playboy Oliver Queen returns home to Starling City after five years stranded on a remote island in... [More]

Synopsis: Another incarnation of the Superman legend, this series puts a 1990s spin on the standard story. This time, the focus... [More]
Directed By: Robert Singer

Synopsis: "Arrow" and "The Flash" have some new superhero company in the CW's lineup with the addition of "DC's Legends of... [More]

Lucifer (2016)

Synopsis: Based on characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg, this series follows Lucifer, the original fallen angel,... [More]
Directed By: Nathan Hope

Preacher (2016)

Synopsis: Fulfilling a promise to his deceased father, one-time outlaw Jesse Custer returns home to West Texas to take over his... [More]

Supergirl (2015)

Synopsis: At 12 years old, Kara Zor-El escapes doom on planet Krypton to find protection on Earth with the Danver family,... [More]

The Flash (2014)

Synopsis: At 11, Barry Allen's life changed completely when his mother died in a freak accident and his innocent father was... [More]

iZombie (2015)

Synopsis: When over-achieving medical resident Liv Moore attends a party that turns into a zombie feeding frenzy, she ends up joining... [More]

Teen Titans (2003)

Synopsis: Leading the Teen Titans to protect Earth is Robin, formerly Batman's sidekick. He has no special powers, just a utility... [More]

DC's Stargirl (2020)

Synopsis: High school student Courtney Whitmore inspires an unlikely group of young heroes to stop the villains of the past.... [More]

Batman (1966)

Synopsis: Eccentric Gotham City tycoon Bruce Wayne dons tights to fight crime as Batman, aided by pal Dick Ward as equally... [More]
Directed By: William Dozier

Harley Quinn (2019)

Synopsis: The newly single Harley Quinn sets off to make it on her own as the criminal queenpin in Gotham City.... [More]

Swamp Thing (2019)

Synopsis: Abby Arcane returns home to Marais, Louisiana, to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus, where she develops a bond with disgraced... [More]

Synopsis: This animated series conveys the dark mood of the original "Batman" comic books. Unlike the light action "Batman" show of... [More]
Directed By: Kevin Altieri

Young Justice (2010)

Synopsis: The lives of teenage heroes as members of a covert operation team: Young Justice.... [More]

Justice League (2001)

Synopsis: Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and other superheroes join forces to battle crime and otherworldly threats, keeping a watchful... [More]

Black Lightning (2018)

Synopsis: CW and Greg Berlanti expand the footprint of their DC Comics universe with this exploration of the intersection between family... [More]

Watchmen (2019)

Synopsis: Based on the celebrated graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, the exciting and dark "Watchmen" takes place in... [More]

Synopsis: The caped crusader teams up with several other DC Comics heroes for new adventures based on the comic book series... [More]



Doom Patrol (2019)

Synopsis: Doom Patrol is a team of traumatized and downtrodden superheroes, each of whom has suffered a horrible accident that gave... [More]

Synopsis: This animated series that follows the adventures of popular DC Comics character Green Lantern features Earth's Green Lantern, Hal Jordan,... [More]

Synopsis: ... [More]

Batman Beyond (1999)

Synopsis: A new Dark Knight protects the Gotham of the future.... [More]

Thumbnail image photo credits: HBO; The CW; John P. Fleenor/Netflix

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