Why Do Superhero Shows Work So Well On TV?

Superhero shows are everywhere, but the way this minion of TVWriter™ sees it, they probably won’t last all that long because they’re all the same, you know? At least that’s how they appear to this non-comic book-fan. But as this article points out, I may be in a very small minority:


by Alex Hodgson

Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Agents of SHIELD, Daredevil, Gotham. We are inundated with superhero TV shows at the moment (I’m not saying this is a bad thing!) and the great thing about it is – they’re all really good. But what makes it work so well?

Originally, if a superhero show was televised it would be seen as a kids show or it would be very campy – see the 1960s Batman series starring Adam West. Today, after the success of the MCU, it seems superheroes are finally getting the respect they deserve from the wider public. Whereas before they were seen as something only “geeks” would like, now they make up some of the most popular programmes on television. I have only named a few in the opening line, but there are many more. read article