Live Action, Comic book Superheroes on TV

by alden-ash | created - 15 Feb 2012 | updated - 26 Jan 2017 | Public

A work in progress of live-action TV movies and series. They often don't have the best budgets, and it shows.

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1. Adventures of Superman (1952–1958)

TV-G | 30 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

The Man of Steel fights crime with help from his friends at the Daily Planet.

Stars: George Reeves, Noel Neill, John Hamilton, Bill Kennedy

Votes: 2,592

2. Batman (1966–1968)

TV-G | 25 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

The Caped Crusader and his young ward battle evildoers in Gotham City.

Stars: Adam West, Burt Ward, Alan Napier, Neil Hamilton

Votes: 15,282

3. Shazam! (1974–1977)

30 min | Action, Family, Fantasy

A young boy, able to transform into the superhero Captain Marvel, travels the country fighting evil and helping people.

Stars: Michael Gray, Les Tremayne, Jackson Bostwick, John Davey

Votes: 860

4. Wonder Woman (1974 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 73 min | Fantasy

A super-hero uses her powers to thwart an international spy ring.

Director: Vincent McEveety | Stars: Cathy Lee Crosby, Kaz Garas, Andrew Prine, Ricardo Montalban

Votes: 598

Failed Pilot

5. Isis (1975–1976)

30 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

An archaeologist gains an amulet that allows her to transform into the superheroine goddess Isis and fight evil.

Stars: JoAnna Cameron, Brian Cutler, Joanna Pang, Ronalda Douglas

Votes: 694

6. Wonder Woman (1975–1979)

TV-G | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The adventures of the greatest of the female superheroes.

Stars: Lynda Carter, Lyle Waggoner, Tom Kratochvil, Richard Eastham

Votes: 5,312

7. The Amazing Spider-Man (1977–1979)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

With the powers given by the bite of a radioactive spider, a young man fights crime as a wall-crawling superhero.

Stars: Nicholas Hammond, Robert F. Simon, Chip Fields, Ellen Bry

Votes: 1,510

8. The Incredible Hulk (1978–1982)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A fugitive scientist has the curse of becoming a powerful green monster under extreme emotional stress.

Stars: Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno, Jack Colvin, Charles Napier

Votes: 9,851

9. Dr. Strange (1978 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 93 min | Action, Fantasy

A psychiatrist becomes the new Sorcerer Supreme of the Earth in order to battle an evil Sorceress from the past.

Director: Philip DeGuere Jr. | Stars: Peter Hooten, Clyde Kusatsu, Jessica Walter, Anne-Marie Martin

Votes: 1,260

10. Legends of the Superheroes (1979)

100 min | Action, Comedy, Adventure

A teamup of some of DC Comics' greatest superheroes together, for 2 specials: a race to stop the united supervillains' plot to destroy the earth, then later a roast in tribute to all of the heroes hosted by Ed McMahon.

Stars: Jeff Altman, Charlie Callas, Gabriel Dell, Howard Morris

Votes: 362

11. Captain America (1979 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 97 min | Action, Sci-Fi

A recipient of an experimental body enhancement chemical retaliates against his would be killers as a star spangled superhero.

Director: Rod Holcomb | Stars: Reb Brown, Len Birman, Heather Menzies-Urich, Robin Mattson

Votes: 1,182

12. Captain America II: Death Too Soon (1979 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 83 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

The star spangled hero must battle a villain's plan to poison America with a chemical that horrifically accelerates the aging process.

Director: Ivan Nagy | Stars: Reb Brown, Connie Sellecca, Len Birman, Christopher Lee

Votes: 838

13. Superboy (1988–1992)

30 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

The adventures of the Man of Steel in his teenage years.

Stars: Stacy Haiduk, Gerard Christopher, Peter Jay Fernandez, Zevi Wolmark

Votes: 907

14. The Incredible Hulk Returns (1988 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Hopefully on the verge of curing his Hulk condition, Banner meets his colleague, Don Blake, who is mystically linked to a Viking warrior, Thor.

Directors: Nicholas Corea, Bill Bixby | Stars: Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno, Jack Colvin, Lee Purcell

Votes: 2,368

15. The Trial of the Incredible Hulk (1989 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

When Banner is held as a witness to a violent crime linked to the Kingpin, the fugitive is helped by lawyer Matt Murdock who is also the superhero, Daredevil.

Director: Bill Bixby | Stars: Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno, Marta DuBois, Nancy Everhard

Votes: 2,034

16. The Death of the Incredible Hulk (1990 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The finale of the television series about Dr. David Banner, a scientist who transforms into a mighty, larger-than-life creature called the Hulk when he gets angry. Desperately attempting to... See full summary »

Director: Bill Bixby | Stars: Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno, Elizabeth Gracen, Philip Sterling

Votes: 1,798

17. The Flash (1990–1991)

TV-PG | 48 min | Action, Crime, Fantasy

A police forensic scientist, Barry Allen, battles crimes as the super-fast superhero "The Flash".

Stars: John Wesley Shipp, Amanda Pays, Alex Désert, Vito D'Ambrosio

Votes: 5,277

18. Power Pack (1991 TV Movie)

27 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

The Power's kids have been given superhuman abilities, but that doesn't necessarily mean that adjusting to a new home will be any easier. Alex still needs to find his science book for class... See full summary »

Director: Rick Bennett | Stars: Nathaniel Moreau, Margot Finley, Bradley Machry, Jacelyn Holmes

Votes: 78

Unaired Pilot

19. Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993–1997)

TV-PG | 46 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

In addition to fighting evil, Superman has a burning romance with Lois Lane in both his identities.

Stars: Dean Cain, Teri Hatcher, Lane Smith, K Callan

Votes: 17,561

20. Generation X (1996 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 87 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A group of young mutants--humans with a genetic variation that gives them superpowers and makes them feared by the population at large--begin training at a school for heroes. Their studies ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Sholder | Stars: Matt Frewer, Finola Hughes, Jeremy Ratchford, Heather McComb

Votes: 1,445

21. Justice League of America (1997 TV Movie)

86 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

An evil Weather Man intent on destroying New Metro City with a series of malevolent meteorological mishaps? Can the super-powered (and semi-employed) Justice League of America save the day?... See full summary »

Directors: Félix Enríquez Alcalá, Lewis Teague | Stars: Matthew Settle, Kimberly Oja, John Kassir, Michelle Hurd

Votes: 886

Never Aired Pilot

22. Nick Fury: Agent of Shield (1998 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 120 min | Action, Sci-Fi

Marvel's hard-boiled hero is brought to TV. He is brought back to fight the menace of Hydra after exiling himself in the Yukon since the end of the Cold War. The children of the former ... See full summary »

Director: Rod Hardy | Stars: David Hasselhoff, Lisa Rinna, Sandra Hess, Neil Roberts

Votes: 2,266

23. Mutant X (2001–2004)

Not Rated | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A fugitive geneticist and four of his "creations" search for others of their kind while attempting to stay a step ahead of a morally ambiguous government agent.

Stars: Victoria Pratt, Forbes March, Victor Webster, John Shea

Votes: 3,344

This was supposed to be X-Men, but rights issues forced them to change it.

24. The Tick (2001–2002)

23 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

The story of superhero The Tick, based on the popular comic book.

Stars: Patrick Warburton, David Burke, Liz Vassey, Nestor Carbonell

Votes: 4,055

25. Smallville (2001–2011)

TV-PG | 60 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

A young Clark Kent struggles to find his place in the world as he learns to harness his alien powers for good and deals with the typical troubles of teenage life in Smallville, Kansas.

Stars: Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack, Kristin Kreuk

Votes: 104,554

26. Birds of Prey (2002–2003)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In the future, long after the Batman has driven himself into exile, his legacy lives on in the form of the Birds of Prey--Black Canary, Oracle, and the Huntress.

Stars: Ashley Scott, Dina Meyer, Rachel Skarsten, Shemar Moore

Votes: 3,726

27. Man-Thing (2005)

R | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

Agents of an oil tycoon vanish while exploring a swamp marked for drilling. The local sheriff investigates and faces a Seminole legend come to life: Man-Thing, a shambling swamp-monster whose touch burns those who feel fear.

Director: Brett Leonard | Stars: Jack Thompson, Matthew Le Nevez, Steve Bastoni, Rachael Taylor

Votes: 5,291 | Gross: $0.14M

TV Movie

28. Painkiller Jane (2005 TV Movie)

90 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

Jane, a young soldier, is exposed to a biochemical weapon that endows her with self-healing powers. She uses her abilities to fight crime while eluding the military.

Director: Sanford Bookstaver | Stars: Emmanuelle Vaugier, Eric Dane, Richard Roundtree, Venus Terzo

Votes: 921

29. Blade: The Series (2006)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

The adventures of the half human/vampire hunter.

Stars: Sticky Fingaz, Jill Wagner, Nelson Lee, Jessica Gower

Votes: 4,528

30. Painkiller Jane (2007– )

44 min | Action, Sci-Fi

Jane Vasco is a DEA agent recruited by a covert government agency that hunts genetically enhanced individuals. She discovers that she can heal rapidly from any injury and begins to investigate the source of her powers.

Stars: Kristanna Loken, Noah Danby, Stephen Lobo, Sean Owen Roberts

Votes: 2,739

31. Aquaman (2006 TV Short)

42 min | Short, Action, Adventure

A young twenty-something diver living in the Florida Keys discovers he has the power to breathe underwater.

Director: Greg Beeman | Stars: Justin Hartley, Lou Diamond Phillips, Denise Quiñones, Rick Peters

Votes: 1,686

Never Aired Pilot

32. Wonder Woman (2011 TV Movie)

45 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

It's the modern day, and being Wonder Woman is complicated. Diana is leading a triple life - running a large corporation out of costume and fighting crime in costume in one identity.

Director: Jeffrey Reiner | Stars: Adrianne Palicki, Pedro Pascal, Elizabeth Hurley, Cary Elwes

Votes: 1,617

Never Aired Pilot

33. The Green Hornet (1966–1967)

TV-PG | 99 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

A newspaper publisher and his Asian valet/martial arts expert battle crime as the feared Green Hornet and Kato.

Stars: Van Williams, Bruce Lee, Wende Wagner, Lloyd Gough

Votes: 2,062

34. Powers (2015–2016)

TV-MA | 42 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Set in a world where humans and super heroes co-exist, a homicide detective, who had his own powers taken from him, investigates crimes involving superhumans along with his partner.

Stars: Sharlto Copley, Susan Heyward, Noah Taylor, Eddie Izzard

Votes: 5,614

35. Witchblade (2000 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 94 min | Action, Fantasy, Mystery

Witchblade is the story of New York detective, Sara Pezzini, whose search for justice leads her to an arcane weapon that grants her the power to battle Earth's darkest evil forces.

Director: Ralph Hemecker | Stars: Yancy Butler, Anthony Cistaro, Conrad Dunn, David Chokachi

Votes: 1,950

36. Witchblade (2001–2002)

60 min | Fantasy, Action

Based on the comic with the same title, this series follows the adventures of police detective Sara Pezzini, the bearer of the Witchblade. The Witchblade is a powerful gauntlet-like weapon ... See full summary »

Stars: Yancy Butler, David Chokachi, Anthony Cistaro, Will Yun Lee

Votes: 1,902

37. Batgirl (1967 TV Short)

8 min | Short

At the Gotham City library, Barbara Gordon helps Bruce Wayne find a book on butterflies so he can prove a point to a friend, a millionaire explorer. As Bruce and his youthful ward, Dick ... See full summary »

Stars: Yvonne Craig, William Dozier, Neil Hamilton, Tim Herbert

Votes: 198

An unaired short/pilot. Instead of going with a second show, they just rolled the character into the Batman TV series.

38. Arrow (2012– )

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Spoiled billionaire playboy Oliver Queen is missing and presumed dead when his yacht is lost at sea. He returns five years later a changed man, determined to clean up the city as a hooded vigilante armed with a bow.

Stars: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson

Votes: 354,593

39. NightMan (1997–1999)

TV-14 | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

After lightning strikes saxophonist Johnny Domino, he finds he is telepathically tuned to the frequency of evil. This gives him an edge for finding the bad guys, and some special classified... See full summary »

Stars: Matt McColm, Earl Holliman, Jayne Heitmeyer, Derek Webster

Votes: 479

40. Gotham (2014– )

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The story behind Detective James Gordon's rise to prominence in Gotham City in the years before Batman's arrival.

Stars: Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith, Donal Logue, Camren Bicondova

Votes: 174,480

41. The Flash (2014– )

TV-PG | 43 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

After being struck by lightning, Barry Allen wakes up from his coma to discover he's been given the power of super speed, becoming the Flash, fighting crime in Central City.

Stars: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes

Votes: 246,768

42. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013– )

TV-PG | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The missions of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division.

Stars: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Iain De Caestecker

Votes: 169,500

43. NightMan (1997 TV Movie)

93 min | Sci-Fi

Johnny Domino is a musician. While performing for some VIP's he is struck by a lightning bolt. He then thinks he hears things but no one it talking, and the things that he hears are ... See full summary »

Directors: Nick Daniel, Mark Jones, Glen A. Larson | Stars: Matt McColm, Earl Holliman, Derek Webster, Felecia M. Bell

Votes: 96

44. Constantine (2014–2015)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A man struggling with his faith who is haunted by the sins of his past is suddenly thrust into the role of defending humanity from the gathering forces of darkness.

Stars: Matt Ryan, Harold Perrineau, Charles Halford, Angélica Celaya

Votes: 42,787

45. Supergirl (2015– )

TV-PG | 43 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The adventures of Superman's cousin in her own superhero career.

Stars: Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh, Jeremy Jordan

Votes: 81,139

46. Legends of Tomorrow (2016– )

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Focuses on time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter, who has to recruit a rag-tag team of heroes and villains to help prevent an apocalypse that could impact not only Earth, but all of time.

Stars: Brandon Routh, Caity Lotz, Amy Louise Pemberton, Dominic Purcell

Votes: 68,495

47. Daredevil (2015– )

TV-MA | 54 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Matt Murdock, with his other senses superhumanly enhanced, fights crime as a blind lawyer by day, and vigilante by night.

Stars: Charlie Cox, Vincent D'Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson

Votes: 288,215

48. Jessica Jones (2015– )

TV-MA | 56 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Following the tragic end of her brief superhero career, Jessica Jones tries to rebuild her life as a private investigator, dealing with cases involving people with remarkable abilities in New York City.

Stars: Krysten Ritter, Rachael Taylor, Eka Darville, Carrie-Anne Moss

Votes: 153,379

49. Luke Cage (2016– )

TV-MA | 55 min | Action, Crime, Drama

When a sabotaged experiment gives him super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage becomes a fugitive attempting to rebuild his life in Harlem and must soon confront his past and fight a battle for the heart of his city.

Stars: Mike Colter, Justin Swain, Simone Missick, Theo Rossi

Votes: 85,372

50. Agent Carter (2015–2016)

TV-PG | 42 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

In 1946, Peggy Carter is relegated to secretarial duties in the Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR). When Howard Stark is accused of treason, he secretly recruits Peggy to clear his name with the help of his butler, Edwin Jarvis.

Stars: Hayley Atwell, James D'Arcy, Enver Gjokaj, Chad Michael Murray

Votes: 60,814

51. Marvel's Most Wanted (2016 TV Movie)

40 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi