Am I well-versed when it comes to superhero comic books? Not in the slightest. But I can tell you that I’ve spent a sizable amount of time binge-watching superhero TV shows, from Disney+’s WandaVision to the CW’s The Flash.
Though I’ve grown to appreciate the origin stories and CGI-driven action sequences, I’ve come to realize that the best superhero TV shows go beyond nail-biting suspense and explosive battles. For instance, do they feature diverse, nuanced characters? Do they address relevant issues? And do they ever challenge viewers to question their own views about morality? Fortunately, I discovered a few titles that manage to do just that—and I get the feeling that these will also appeal to people who aren’t big fans of the superhero genre. Read on for 13 superhero shows you should definitely check out.