Worst to First: Ranking the DC Superhero TV Shows
Ran from: October 8, 1988 – May 17, 1992
Villains: Mister Mxyzptlk, Bizarro and Lex Luthor
Notable Guest Stars: Noel Neill and Jack Larson from Adventures of Superman
What’s Good: Following the disappointing performance of Superman III and Supergirl, Ilya and Alexander Salkind tried to squeeze a few more dollars out of their rights to Superman in the form of a low budget TV show. The first season focused primarily on Clark Kent as a college student and a reporter for the school newspaper. It helped that the show was written by comic book writers like Mike Carlin, Andrew Helfer, Denny O’Neil, Cary Bates, J. M. DeMatteis and Mark Evanier. When the show was picked up for additional seasons, the budget was increased which allowed Superboy to face some of his comic book villains.
Here’s a bit of trivia that may be of interest to readers here at Le Blog. Superboy was the first TV show to be filmed at the studio in Disney-MGM Studios in Orlando. Later, when the budget was increased, the show moved to facilities at Disney’s rival, Universal Studios Florida.
What’s Bad: We’re dealing with a low-budget syndicated show from the late eighties. Keep your expectations in check and you should be fine.
The Salkinds intended to end Superboy as a series despite continuing popularity. The show would have ended with a cliffhanger that would have been followed up with TV movies. But Warner Brothers was developing its own Superman TV show and ended up suing the Salkinds to get back the rights. That brought an end to the Salkinds’ history with the Man of Steel.
Verdict: For what it is, Superboy is surprisingly watchable.
Next: The Flash (1990)
Posted on November 10, 2017, in Super Heroes, TV, Worst to First and tagged Adventures of Superman, Batman, gotham, shazam, smallville, supergirl, Superman, The Flash, Wonder Woman. Bookmark the permalink. 26 Comments.