Worst to First: Ranking the DC Superhero TV Shows
7. Adventures of Superman
Ran from: September 19, 1952 – April 28, 1958
Villains: Generic bad guys
Notable Guest Stars: A bunch of people who were probably better known to TV audiences in the fifties
What’s Good: Adventures of Superman was a huge show. If you are ranking these shows by the size of their pop culture footprint or historical importance, Adventures of Superman is easily top two. The TV show spun off from the theatrical film, Superman and the Mole Men which starred George Reeves and Phyllis Coates. Expectations for the series were low and production was discontinued until a sponsor could be found. Kellogg’s, having sponsored the Superman radio show, came up with enough money to resume production. Even the cast was shocked when the show turned out to be a massive hit. Coates was unavailable beyond the first season due to prior commitments, so Noel Neill took over the role of Lois Lane.
Even if you didn’t grow up in the 50’s, there’s a pretty good chance you have fond memories of watching The Adventures of Superman in reruns. For Gen X’ers like myself, George Reeves was the definitive Man of Steel until Christopher Reeve starred in Superman: The Movie.
What’s Bad: I expect my relatively low ranking of a classic TV show will not sit well with some readers. I am going with my own personal preferences here. And the cold, hard truth of the matter is, I am looking for something a little more exciting than the 50’s Superman. If nostalgia is your thing, Adventures can deliver that in spades. But I can’t think of any other reason to watch the show and nostalgia will only take you so far.
Verdict: Generations of kids have been thrilled by this show. That’s a huge accomplishment. It’s aged better than a lot of television from that era, but it’s still aged. For many viewers, myself included, Adventures is a relic.
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.