Worst to First: Ranking the DC Superhero TV Shows
Ran from: September 22, 2014 – present
Heroes: James Gordon, Harvey Bullock, Bruce Wayne
Villains: The Penguin, Fish Mooney, Victor Zsasz, Jervis Tetch, the Court of Owls and the League of Assassins
Notable Guest Stars: Lili Taylor, Frank Whaley, Dan Hedaya, Julian Sands, Paul Reubens
What’s Good: Confession time: I don’t like Gotham. I watched the first season and pretty much hated it. However, I realize that the show has an immense following and I hear it has gotten better in the intervening years.
So, what’s good about Gotham? Ever since the success of Smallville, there were efforts to give Batman the prequel treatment. If you’re interested in what the GCPD was like before the Dark Knight was there to clean up the streets of Gotham City, this is the show for you. It also helps if you like gritty crime procedurals. Gotham is like your average CBS cop show dipped in Bat-sauce.
Robin Lord Taylor is a stand-out as the Penguin. I have to give the show that much.
What’s Bad: I found the tone of the show to be wildly uneven. It was not uncommon in the episodes I watched for the good guys to kill in cold blood. The villains went on bloody killing sprees with regularity. On the other end of the spectrum, there were characters that felt like they had wandered off the set of the Adam West show.
Most of the cops were obviously corrupt and comically inept. The Batman villains were stuck in permanent stasis because they could never fully embrace their destiny. For me, the show spent a lot of time chasing its own tail.
Verdict: Some people like it. I’d rather watch reruns of the show from the sixties Batman.
Next: Adventures of Superman
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.