Worst to First: Ranking the DC Superhero TV Shows
9. Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
Ran from: September 12, 1993 – June 14, 1997
Heroes: Lois Lane and also Superman
Villains: Lex Luthor, the Prankster, the Toy Man, Mister Mxyzptlk
Notable Guest Stars: Sonny Bono, Tony Curtis, Roger Daltrey, Shelley Long, Morgan Fairchild, Jonathan Frakes, Sherman Hemsley, James Earl Jones, Raquel Welch, Adam West and Frank Gorshin
What’s Good: Lois & Clark realized the limitations of the medium of television. I think you have to give it some credit for that. Instead of trying to depict the adventures of Superman on the small screen, the show focused on the romantic relationship between its two leads. This was the “sexy” Superman show. Teri Hatcher as Lois Lane was a revelation at the time. In the early days of the internet, Hatcher’s image was the most downloaded for a time. Lois & Clark was the Moonlighting of superhero shows. If that’s what you were looking for, it delivered for a time.
What’s Bad: Like Moonlighting, eventually the “will they or won’t they” element of the show got tiresome. It didn’t help matters that the show pulled stunts to try to pull in ratings. A marriage fake-out left viewers feeling burned. Superheroics took a back seat to just about everything else which made Lois & Clark a Superman show for people who don’t necessarily like superhero shows. A few villains who were actually threats to the Man of Steel might have injected a little excitement into the show.
Verdict: Lois & Clark started off as a fun, fresh take on the Superman story. The less said about the latter seasons, the better.
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.