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 (0)

Synopsis: Christopher Chance is a Vietnam vet who works as a target-for-hire, impersonating threatened people in order to save their lives.... [More]

Powerless (2017)

Synopsis: A woman who works for an insurance company gets fed up with the many superheroes living in her city in... [More]

The Flash (1990)

Synopsis: Tales of comic-strip hero Barry Allen, a police scientist who accidentally gains super speed, and uses it to fight crime... [More]

Constantine (2014)

Synopsis: Based on the wildly popular comic book series "Hellblazer" from DC Comics, seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult... [More]

Pennyworth (2019)

Synopsis: Follows Bruce Wayne's butler, Alfred Pennyworth, a former British SAS soldier who forms a security company and goes to work... [More]

Human Target (2010)

Synopsis: Using the popular DC Comics title as a springboard for riveting and intelligent action and adventure, Human Target provides a... [More]

Gotham (2014)

Synopsis: GOTHAM is an origin story of the great DC Comics Super-Villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has... [More]

Smallville (2001)

Synopsis: This modern retelling of the Superman mythology as an action series blends realism, adventure and emotion.... [More]

Batwoman (2019)

Synopsis: With Gotham in despair after the mysterious disappearance of Batman, Kate Kane (Ruby Rose) returns home and becomes a dark... [More]

Krypton (2018)

Synopsis: What if Superman never existed? Set two generations before the destruction of Superman's home planet, "Krypton" follows Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe),... [More]

Titans (2018)

Synopsis: A new group of superheroes emerge from the DC Universe.... [More]

Synopsis: A cool, new take on the classic Dark Knight franchise, Beware the Batman incorporates Batmans core characters with a rogues... [More]

Arrow (2012)

Synopsis: Reinventing the DC Comics character, the Arrow is not a superhero but a hero every bit as dangerous as the... [More]

Synopsis: A sleek, sexy, Emmy-nominated 1990s take on the enduring superhero, culled from DC Comics, which has spawned numerous successful film... [More]

Synopsis: A time-traveling rogue assembles a group of heroes and villains to prevent the world's destruction.... [More]

Lucifer (2016)

Synopsis: When the devil tires of life in Hell, he materialises in the City of Angels, where he aids the LAPD... [More]

Preacher (2016)

Synopsis: A possessed minister teams up with his ex and a hard-drinking Irish vampire in search of answers.... [More]

Supergirl (2015)

Synopsis: At 24, Kara Zor-El decides the time has come to embrace her superhuman abilities and fulfill her destiny as a... [More]

The Flash (2014)

Synopsis: Scientist Barry Allen acquires super speed through a freak accident and becomes known as the Fastest Man Alive in this... [More]

iZombie (2015)

Synopsis: A zombie helps Seattle police solve murders by experiencing victims' memories when she eats their brains.... [More]

Teen Titans (2003)

Synopsis: Fighting for truth, justice and the last slice of pizza, these five superheroes are living proof that you're never too... [More]

Stargirl (2019)

Synopsis: About a high-school student who bands together with the Justice Society of America to fight villains, past and present... [More]

Batman (1966)

Synopsis: POW! The Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder fight crime in Gotham City in this campy version of Bob Kane's... [More]

Harley Quinn (2019)

Synopsis: Follow Harley's adventures after she breaks up with the Joker and strikes out on her own. With the help of... [More]

Swamp Thing (2019)

Synopsis: When CDC researcher Abby Arcane returns to her childhood home of Houma, Louisiana, in order to investigate a deadly swamp-borne... [More]

Synopsis: A moody Caped Crusader defends Gotham City against the usual suspects in this animated series inspired by director Tim Burton's... [More]

Young Justice (2010)

Synopsis: From Warner Bros. Animation, this new series knows that being a teenager means having to prove yourself but what if... [More]

Justice League (0)

Synopsis: In this action-packed adventure series, the world's greatest superheroes, including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Hawkgirl and... [More]
Directed By: Butch Lukic

Black Lightning (2018)

Synopsis: A retired superhero is drawn back into his old lifestyle when his daughter seeks to serve justice to evil-doers. Based... [More]

Watchmen (2019)

Synopsis: Damon Lindelof (The Leftovers, Lost) creates a modern-day re-imagining of Alan Moore's groundbreaking graphic novel about masked vigilantes.... [More]

Synopsis: Batman fights evil in Gotham City and beyond, teaming up with various heroes from across the DC Comics universe.... [More]

Synopsis: Animated adventures of superheroes, including Superman, the Flash, Green Lantern, Batman, Wonder Woman, Martian Manhunter and Hawkgirl.... [More]

Doom Patrol (0)

Synopsis: A re-imagining of one of DC's most beloved group of outcast Super Heroes: Robotman, Negative Man, Elasti-Girl and Crazy Jane,... [More]

Synopsis: The Green Lantern lights up adventure in this all-new CG animated action series from world-renowned producer, artist and animator Bruce... [More]
Directed By: Rick Morales

Wonder Woman (1976) (1975)

Synopsis: "With the strength of Hercules, the wisdom of Athena, the speed of Mercury and the beauty of Aphrodite, she's Wonder... [More]

Batman Beyond (0)

Synopsis: From the ingenious team that brought audiences the Emmy Award-winning Batman: The Animated Series comes the continuing legend of The... [More]

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

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