8. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (The CW)
Six months ago it used to be about a barista… now, it has become what might be the most consistent of the DC shows on The CW. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, at times, doesn’t take itself too seriously… and that just has made it more fun. It took a while — the first season of the show was a little rough — but now, the producers of the show have really found what works, with Easter eggs galore and characters that have genuinely become a lovable team of misfits. Whether it’s going to the 1980’s and having Nate with a crush on Ray Palmer’s mom, or a trip to classic Hollywood with Helen of Troy, the show is enjoyable on a weekly basis.
Props also go to the casting people at Legends for giving us Tala Ashe as the newest Legend, Zari, who has been as great of an addition to the team as Nate and Amaya were in Season 2.
7. The Gifted (FOX)
For whatever reason, The Gifted hasn’t drawn the same rabid Internet following that most comic book based superhero shows do, which is a shame, because it is very much the X-Men TV series that all of us wanted for years. The show has incorporated major Marvel mutant figures like Polaris and Blink in a world where the “other” is being hunted and discriminated against — a political commentary of its own, obviously, but not in such a ham-fisted way, as those themes have been a core of the X-Men mythos for decades.
Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker are great as the parents of two young mutants getting to know their powers, and the “mutant underground” is top notch. This one might fall under The Best Show You’re Not Watching, and I’m going to be very upset if we don’t get a Season 2. (Why FOX didn’t put the words “X-Men” in the title are beyond me, though, as that brand recognition would’ve doubled the ratings for sure.)