The Arrowverse Shows Ranked from Worst to Best

Green Arrow/Oliver Queen angry
Credit: The CW

Green Arrow/Oliver Queen angry
Credit: The CW

While the Arrowverse had already ended, it remains one of the major superhero universes, along with the MCU and the DCEU/DCU. What makes it unique is the fact that it’s a set of TV series, not movies, so the characters and their stories are explored in depth. Here are the Arrowverse shows ranked from worst to best.

Note: This list does not include animated series like Vixen or shows with connections to the Arrowverse, like Superman & Lois, Stargirl, and Constantine.

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  1. Batwoman

    Batwoman may be last on the list, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad show. The first season focuses on Kate Kane as she decides to follow in her cousin’s footsteps and become her own hero, Batwoman. The storyline was good, especially the part where Kate’s father is the head of the Crows, and the leader of the Wonderland Gang is her twin sister, Beth.

    While it was sad to see Ruby Rose leave the series, fans came to love Javicia Leslie’s Batwoman. Unfortunately, the show did not last long because it was canceled after three seasons, which makes it the shortest Arrowverse series.

    However, what made the series stand out, apart from the action, is the LGBTQ+ representation and the fact that it tackles important issues.

  2. Black Lightning

    From the first episode, you will already see how different Black Lightning is from the rest. While the other Arrowverse shows are about a person who’s still in the process of becoming a hero, this one is about a hero that already retired. So, it was interesting to see Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning go back into action.

    Additionally, the show addresses many social issues, such as racial inequality and police brutality. There’s also the family dynamic of the Pierce family that is explored. All of these made Black Lightning a show worth watching.

  3. Legends of Tomorrow

    DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is the Arrowverse’s show with a superhero team in the lead, and all the heroes are given their time to shine. The ensemble cast makes Legends of Tomorrow stand out. It was nice watching all their different stories and how they all became Legends.

    The series takes characters from Arrow and The Flash and introduces new ones as well. It even had a season where the villains were Barry and Oliver’s (Eobard Thawne/Reverse-Flash, Damien Darkh, and Malcolm Merlyn), which was an entertaining watch.

    Mainly, the series is about the team protecting the timeline from aberrations. And notably, in the latter seasons, the show heavily leans on comedy rather than the serious superhero stuff. But such a fact is one of the things that made Legends of Tomorrow different from the other Arrowverse shows.

    Unfortunately, the series got canceled after seven seasons, and sadly, it ended on an unresolved cliffhanger.

  4. Supergirl

    Everyone knows Superman, but not everyone knows of his cousin – Supergirl. The Arrowverse series did a good job of telling the story of the Girl of Steel.

    Supergirl has good storylines and relatable characters. The best part of the show is its lead character, a superhero who can be both strong and vulnerable. You’ll be touched by the big heart Kara Zor-El/Kara Danvers has.

    The show also addresses various political and social issues and does a good job with female empowerment, LGBTQ+ rights, and more. There are also themes of family and friendship and the right amount of romance. The stories in the series are definitely uplifting.

    Like other Arrowverse shows, Supergirl had its own flaws, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t an enjoyable watch. Melissa Benoist’s portrayal of Supergirl was iconic, and she was undoubtedly able to inspire women everywhere.

  5. The Flash

    The Flash is undeniably one of the most popular characters in DC Comics, so everyone probably already knows his story or has an idea about it.

    Still, the Arrowverse series managed to tell the hero’s story in a way that’s memorable, as it goes in depth from the time Barry was still figuring out how to control his powers, to the time he became a seasoned hero. In that sense, you grow along with him.

    His relationship with family and friends is also explored. And along with the action come the emotional moments and the life lessons.

    Unfortunately, the final seasons weren’t as good as the first few seasons. But even so, The Flash still remains one of the most popular DC shows (even outside the Arrowverse).

    Grant Gustin also did a good job playing the Scarlet Speedster, to the point where fans would have wanted him to be the hero in The Flash movie, or at least make an appearance. But sadly, we didn’t get a cameo from him.

  6. Arrow

    Arrow is definitely the Arrowverse’s best show, and its success led to more shows in the franchise. Arrow has compelling storylines and a really interesting lead character – Oliver Queen. Because the story is told with flashbacks of Oliver’s past, you get to appreciate his character development more.

    His transformation from a playboy billionaire to a hero of Starling/Star City, along with impressive fight scenes, the right amount of drama and romance, and themes of family, friendship, and loyalty are what makes Arrow the best in the franchise.

    Nothing beats Arrow’s first two seasons. While the show struggled with the storytelling at some point, it managed to get back on track and deliver good seasons until the end.

    Arrow certainly left a mark on the superhero genre, which is why even if the Arrowverse is already over, the show that started it all will always be remembered.

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