Best-Reviewed Superhero TV Shows 2019

2019 was the year when superhero TV got super innovative, a trend reflected by the five series – four of which were in their debut seasons – that rose to the top of the heap in this category. Legion, one of the most daring superhero series of the decade, ended its three-season run in typically mindf—ing fashion; The Boys won critics over with twists, swears, and a meta take on the genre; Doom Patrol gave us equal parts weirdness and heart (and DC Universe a hit); and the Michael B. Jordan-produced Raising Dion offered a new kind of hero in a story told with remarkable ambition. And then there was Damaon Lindelof’s Watchmen, which nuked the competition (squidded?) with a thrilling and relevant extension of Alan Moore’s story and some of the most jaw-dropping episodes of TV this year.

The order of the rank below reflects the Adjusted Score as of December 31, 2019. Scores might change over time.

Watchmen: Season 1 (2019)
96%

#1
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Bold and bristling, Watchmen isn't always easy viewing, but by adding new layers of cultural context and a host of complex characters it expertly builds on its source material to create an impressive identity of its own.

#2
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: DC Universe finds breakout material in this iteration of Doom Patrol thanks to a fully committed cast and the writing's faith in weirdness.

Legion: Season 3 (2019)
93%

#3
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: In its final season, Legion remains a singular piece of visually arresting, mind-bending television that never fails to surprise.

The Boys: Season 1 (2019)
85%

#4
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Though viewers' mileage may vary, The Boys' violent delights and willingness to engage in heavy, relevant themes are sure to please those looking for a new group of antiheroes to root for.

#5
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: While its family drama and superhero aspirations don't quite come together, compelling performances and a sense of wonder keep Raising Dion afloat and suggest that with a little more guidance it could become something great.

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