Are we well-versed when it comes to superhero comic books? Not in the slightest. But we can tell you that we’ve spent a sizable amount of time binge-watching superhero TV shows, from Disney+’s WandaVision to the CW’s The Flash.
Though we’ve grown to appreciate the origin stories and CGI-driven action sequences, we’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, we discovered a few titles that manage to do just that—and we get the feeling that these will also appeal to people who aren’t big fans of the superhero genre.
Keep reading for a full ranking of the 16 best superhero TV shows you can stream right now.