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(2001–2011)

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Based on DC Comics characters.
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Lex Luthor's mansion is the same mansion used in X-Men 2 (2003) as well as CW's Arrow (2012)
Jensen Ackles, who plays Jason Teague in Season 4, was the second choice to play Clark Kent. If Tom Welling had not accepted the part, the role would have gone to him
Tom Welling (Clark Kent) and Allison Mack (Chloe Sullivan) are the only regular cast members to appear in all 10 seasons.
Many series actors and guest stars have had roles in previous film and television versions of the Superman comic: Christopher Reeve (Dr. Virgil Swann) played Superman in Superman (1978) and its three sequels; Terence Stamp (Jor-El) played the Phantom Zone villain General Zod in Superman (1978) and Superman II (1980); Annette O'Toole (Martha Kent) played Lana Lang in Superman III (1983); Dean Cain (Dr. Curtis Knox) played Clark Kent in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993); Helen Slater (Lara, Clark's mother) played Kara/Supergirl in Supergirl (1984). Marc McClure (Dax-Ur) played Jimmy Olsen in Superman (1978), its three sequels, and Supergirl (1984). Lynda Carter (Moira Sullivan, Chloe's mother) played Wonder Woman/Diana Prince in Wonder Woman (1975) ("Wonder Woman" is, like Superman, a DC Comics superhero). Jeannot Szwarc, who has directed 13 episodes (as of October 2010) also directed Supergirl (1984). Margot Kidder (Bridgette Crosby) played Lois Lane in Superman (1978) and its three sequels. Teri Hatcher (Lois's mother) played Lois Lane in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993). Also, before she was even cast as Lois Lane in Man of Steel (2013), Amy Adams played Jodi Melville
Chloe and Whitney were created specifically for the show (they were never mentioned in the Superman comics). However, in 2003, DC Comics announced that Chloe would be introduced into the Superman comics.
Although he plays the lead character, Tom Welling has admitted in interviews that he is not a fan of the Superman comic books. However, Welling believed his lack of knowledge on the character mythology actually helped his portrayal of Clark.
Twin brothers Shawn Ashmore and Aaron Ashmore both appear in the show throughout the seasons. Shawn as Eric Summers in Leech (Season 1) and Asylum (Season 3), and then Aaron as Jimmy Olsen from Season 6 on.
Tom Welling is two years older than Brandon Routh who played the adult version of Superman in Superman Returns (2006).
Tom Welling (Clark Kent) is the only actor to appear in all 217 episodes of the series.
According to DVD commentary, Tom Welling was known to wander around the set muttering under his breath, "Clark is an idiot! He is such an idiot!"
Tom Welling (Clark Kent), Michael Rosenbaum (Lex Luthor), Allison Mack (Chloe Sullivan), John Schneider (Jonathan Kent), Annette O'Toole (Martha Kent) and John Glover (Lionel Luthor) are the only actors to appear in both the first and last episodes of the series.
A group of fans of the series launched an unsuccessful online campaign to petition for the casting of Tom Welling as Clark Kent/Superman in Superman Returns (2006).
The longest-running Superman TV series.
Kristen Bell auditioned for the role of Chloe Sullivan.
After the 15th episode of Season 10 airs, Smallville will take the crown (and the Guinness World Record) for being the longest consecutively running Sci-Fi television serial of all time (10 years without a break). Stargate SG-1 (1997) holds that title with 213 episodes, which Smallville will supersede by 5 episodes by the end of Season 10 (it's final season). Doctor Who however holds the record for the longest running Sci-Fi show in the world, running from 1963 to 2010, with another series starting in 2011, totalling over 700 episodes.
In many episodes, Lex Luthor can be seen wearing a purple shirt. This color is one of two usually associated with the character from the comics.
In each episode Clark can be seen wearing any one of, or a combination of red, yellow and blue; the colours he will one day don as Superman.
In almost all the episodes the title of the episode is said somewhere in the show.
Actors Tom Welling, Allison Mack, Michael Rosenbaum, John Schneider, and Justin Hartley are the only actors to ever appear on the show, who also directed episodes of it as well. Although they did not direct the same amount of course since Welling has directed seven episodes; Mack has directed two; and Rosenbaum, Schneider, and Hartley all directed one episode each during the show's 10 year run.
Originally, Tollin/Robbins Productions were planing to do a show that followed the story of a young Bruce Wayne before he became Batman. Since Warner Bros. Studios had decided to do Batman Begins (2005) and didn't wanted the film to compete with a television show, Tollin/Robbins Productions suggested Peter Roth, President of Warner Bros Television, to develop a show about a young Clark Kent, which later became "Smallville". The idea was later revisited and soon became Gotham (2014)
While starring, Michael Rosenbaum (Lex Luthor) also provided the voice of the Flash (Wally West) in Justice League (2001). In Justice League: The Great Brain Robbery (2006), the Flash switches bodies with Lex Luthor (Clancy Brown), meaning that Rosenbaum likewise played Luthor on that occasion.
The sound effect used for the sound of Kryptonite radiating is the same as the one used in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993).
The badges of the Metropolis police officers are shaped in the familiar Superman pentagon.
'Milo Ventimiglia (I)' originally auditioned for the role of Clark Kent. Although the role went to Tom Welling, the producers at The WB liked him so much they gave him the role of Jess on Gilmore Girls (2000). Ventimiglia went on to play a different comic book-style superhero on Heroes (2006).
At the charity party at the end of "Fever" Pete hands Clark a CD and tells him it's the Talon mix. If you look closely you'll see that it is actually the soundtrack to the series.
'Michael Rosenbaum' starred in Clint Eastwood's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997). In the film, Rosenbaum's character was a witness in the prosecution of Kevin Spacey's character. Both Spacey and Rosenbaum have portrayed legendary comic book super villain Lex Luthor.
Annette O'Toole (Martha Kent) previously played Lana Lang in Superman III (1983).
The character of Tess Mercer, aka Lutessa Luthor (Cassidy Freeman), was created to fill the spot left by Michael Rosenbaum's Lex Luthor in Season 8. Tess is an amalgam of the most infamous of Lex Luthor's female counterparts from various sources; Miss Teschmacher (Valerie Perrine) in "Superman: The Movie", Mercy Graves (Lisa Edelstein) in "Superman: The Animated Series", and Contessa Del Portenza from the comic book series.
The creators were set to creating a follow up series entitled, 'Metropolis'. But it never came to fruition.
Due to the Batman embargo that Warner Bros. laid down due to the new Batman movie franchise, Oliver Queen/the Green Arrow essentially replaced Bruce Wayne/Batman. Batman himself would be featured in the comic book continuation of the series, "Smallville: Season Eleven".
Tom Welling (Clark Kent), Justin Hartley (Oliver Queen), 'Sam Witwer' (Davis Bloome) and Callum Blue (Major Zod) were all born in 1977.
Margot Kidder's character, Bridgette Crosby, was meant to become the primary villain of Season 4. After Christopher Reeve's untimely death in 2004, the show's producers decided to incorporate the death of the legendary actor into the plot as his character Virgil Swann was killed off screen. Kidder was not happy with this decision, feeling the producers were capitalizing on the actor's passing. Thus, she backed out of her commitments. As a result, the character of Genevieve Teague, as played by Jane Seymour, was created to fill in as the central big bad for the remainder of the season. Ironically, Christopher Reeve played a romantic love interest opposite both Margot Kidder and Jane Seymour; Kidder in Superman (1978) and Seymour in Somewhere in Time (1980).
The Smallville High Student Newspaper that Clark and Chloe write for is named "The Torch," after the student newspaper at Glenville High School in Cleveland, Ohio. Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster worked together on the Glenville Torch while they were students.
The rooms in the show will usually have something that is Red, Blue and Yellow this can include wall color, furniture etc. Also there are times where the coloring in the room (such as the Smallville Medical Center) that the colors of Green and Purple are used (Lex Luthor's old colors from the Superman comics).
The name of one of the Kryptonian baddies from season 5 is named Nam-Ek, the same name of the race of aliens come to earth (the race of aliens that Piccolo hails from) in the anime Dragonball Z. Nam-Ek is also the name of one of the Phantom Zone criminals in the DC Comics Superman titles, first appearing in Superman #282 (December 1974).
Belle Reve is the name of the estate that Blanche and Stella DuBois come from in Tennessee Williams's "A Streetcar Named Desire". Throughout the play, Blanche gradually becomes insane. In Smallville (2001), Belle Reve is the name of a mental hospital. In DC Comics, Belle Reve is the name of a federal prison for super-villains; it is located in Louisiana.
'Zachary Ty Bryan' and Jonathan Taylor Thomas, two of the actors who played Taylor sons on Home Improvement (1991), appeared in separate episodes of "Smallville"'s second season.
The only major character from the Superboy comic book stories not seen or referenced to on the series was Smallville Police Chief Parker.
After the fifth season, the show was picked up by The CW because The WB merged with UPN to form The CW.
Sarah Douglas and Jack O'Halloran, both of whom appeared in Superman (1978) and Superman II (1980), lobbied for guest appearances but never got to appear on the show.
By the time of his casting, Tom Welling was sent various Superman-related gifts, including books and toys, which Welling planned to leave unopened until the show was over.
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In season one there is a reference to clark being superman by Lana Lang: so what are you man or superman? Clark: I haven't figured it out yet
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Alessandro Juliani (Emil Hamilton) has a role in Man of Steel (2013) and appears on screen alongside Richard Schiff, who portrays Hamilton in the film.
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Before Aaron Ashmore was cast as Jimmy Olsen, his identical twin brother Shawn Ashmore was considered for the same role in Superman Returns (2006). Sam Huntington was eventually cast in the film.
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Contains frequent in-joke references to the Superman mythos in various episodes.
James Marsters's second television series receiving a comic book continuation, after Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997).
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A shooting star appears in every episode of Smallville.
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Lana and Chloe's dorm room number is 222, a reference to Room 222 (1969).
Dylan Neal (Ray Sacks) portrayed Dr. Anthony Ivo in Arrow (2012), also based on DC Comics characters and also featuring Oliver Queen, the Green Arrow.
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In the Masquarde episode the real "Watchtower" building in Brooklyn, NY can be seen in a panning shot.
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The color theme extends beyond clothes and rooms. Every scene shot has the colors red, blue, and yellow somewhere. From hair color to clothes to even the lighting of the shot.
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The boarding school that Lex Luthor and Oliver Queen attend, is called Excelsior Academy. Excelsior is also the catchphrase of Marvel comic book writer Stan Lee.
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It's visually heavily inspired by the Superman (1978) film series though having it's own mythology and storyline. Some aspects such as Krypton and the Fortress' designs and Krypton's explosion are directly taken from the films.
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Allison Mack originally considered auditioning for the role of Lana Lang.
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Smallville's zip code, 67524, is the real life zip code of Chase, Kansas.
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In Season 2, Lex Luthor shows Ryan the first issue of the Warrior Angel in a showcase. In the comic cover, Warrior Angel holds a car above his head. In Superman's first issue, Superman also holds a car above his head in the exact same position.
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The first live-action appearances of several DC comics characters such as Pete Ross, the Suicide Squad (and its characters Amanda Waller, Deadshot, Rick Flag, Icicle, Plastique and Warp), Cyborg, Stargirl, Wildcat, Doctor Fate and Aquaman (if excluding the Aquaman (2006) pilot).
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Kim Poirier auditioned for the role of Tess Mercer.
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The Kent farm appears in a Canadian dairy farm commercial.
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Michael Rosenbaum (Lex Luthor), John Glover (Lionel Luther), Allison Mack (Chole Sullivan), and guest star Michael Ironside (General Sam Lane) provide their voices in the DCAU series and animated movies.
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Several guest stars also appear in the Final Destination (2000) film series such as Crystal Lowe, Chelan Simmons, Sarah Carter, David Paetkau, Harris Allan, Alejandro Rae and many others.
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Several guest stars including Amy Adams, Alessandro Juliani, Tahmoh Penikett, Carmen Lavigne, Chad Krowchuk and David Lewis "return" in the DC shared universe Superman film Man of Steel (2013). A character named Whitney Fordham likely pays homage in this film.
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Eric Johnson, Jensen Ackles, Sam Witwer and Callum Blue were each only part of the show's main cast for one season.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Since the start of the "Superman" comic book, there has been an abundance of characters with the initials "L.L.," including Lex Luthor, Lana Lang, Lois Lane, Lori Lemaris, Lucy Lane, Linda Lee, etc. "Smallville" continued that naming tradition with several of the characters created for the show, including Lex's parents, Lionel and Lillian Luthor, his brother, Lucas Luthor, and Lana's parents, Laura and Lewis Lang. It is also revealed in a later episode that Tess Mercer's original name was Lutessa Luthor.
With both Chloe and Lana, Clark is tricked into revealing his abilities in front of them. In Season 4, Alicia sets things up so that Clark will show off his abilities for Chloe, and in Season 6, Lana sets things up so that Clark uses his abilities while she secretly watches.
The first and last close shots of Michael Rosenbaum (as Lex Luthor) are identical. In the series premiere he leaves his car out of the Luthorcorp plant, and appears as President Lex Luthor in the series finale in a very same manner.
Played by Paul Wesley, Lex's brother Lucas Luthor is never mentioned again after the one episode he appeared in.
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Lex's last words to Lionel, "No one will remember your name", are a nod to his irrelevant, less prominent role (as Lex's father) in the comics.
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Chloe Sullivan is the only original character from the main cast to survive the entire series as Whitney Fordman, Jason Teague, Davis Bloome and Tess Mercer all die.
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In the 'Sacred' episode of Season three, when Virgil Swan's death is announced, the reporter says, "... and now to our on scene reporter, Tom Flores." 'Tom Flores' is the associate producer of "Smallville".
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Lana is seen finding out about Clark's alien identity twice before she definitely discovers the truth.
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Clark's general fear that he might not be able to keep from hurting Lana during physical intimacy and especially his tense season five conversation with Chloe about this are references to a classic 1969 essay by science fiction author Larry Niven called "Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex." In that article, Niven postulates that Superman/Clark Kent would be unable to have a sexual relationship with a non-superpowered woman, since his involuntary lack of physical control could result in catastrophic injury to his partner.
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A "Chlois" theory was developed by fans who believed the character of Chloe Sullivan was this series' version of Lois Lane. The theory lived on even after Lois herself was introduced, with the "possibilities" that Lois would die or the two would switch identities.
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