The Best Superhero TV Show Streaming Now

The Best Superhero TV Show Streaming Now

With superheroes everywhere on TV, the show that started it all still stands out years later.

Superhero lovers know the CW is the TV station for shows involving our favorite caped crusaders. There is programming for the likes of Green Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and even a Justice League esque team-up series in Legends of Tomorrow. These shows also feature supporting cast members from right out of the comics, including sidekicks, rogues, and appearances by Superman himself in this season of Supergirl. Ratings for these shows are high making them extremely profitable, and with the extensive TV universe out there it is clear The CW and Warner Brothers have no plans to slow down anytime soon.

But where did it all start? You can peg Arrow as being the first superhero TV show to break to the mainstream, but you would also be wrong. There is another. One that truly did take the superhero to television. A show that, I consider, to have truly started it all.

In order to find this show we have travel through time to the era of frosted tips, choker necklaces, and sk8ter boys. Switch the channel to the now defunct TV station The WB, in the year 2001, and that show, chronicling the high school years of the Man of Steel himself was, Smallville.

Following in the footsteps shows like The X-Files, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the creators of Smallville took the origin story of Superman and adapted it to modern times. Yes, Superman still comes to Earth in his spaceship during a meteor shower in Smallville, Kansas, and is found and adopted by the righteous Martha and Jonathan Kent, but Flash forward 15 years. Clark Kent, played by Tom Welling, is a high school student living out those typical teenage tropes. His best friends Chloe Sullivan, a colorful take on the punk-rebel truth seekers of that era, lifelong pal, and wannabe ladies man Pete Ross. His high school crush is the literal girl next door, Lana Lang, but she is dating the football quarterback, Whitney Fordman, who has a less than positive opinion of Clark. Clark aspires to be on the football team, but his father forbids it because of his developing abilities. Clark is also best friends with a young entrepreneur exiled from his fathers company named, Lex Luthor.

The nostalgia element of both the early 2000s and being in high school is fun, but the storytelling is where the show takes off. Smallville held the Guinness World Record for longest lasting sci-fi television show when it ended in 2011 (10 years), and you don't last that long without being inventive.

Smallville modeled itself after the X-Files, where the show would follow a week by week story while adding to a season long plot. The green meteor rocks that fell to the sky with Clark's spaceship (cough, cough kryptonite) affects humans too. They created mutant-like characters (any X-Men fans out there?) out of townspeople by giving them strange abilities. These people of course used their abilities for no good, and Clark would take it upon himself to save the day. The overall season plot, after the meteor-freak of the week format involved bigger events including Superman's father Jor-El, tornadoes (of course, because he lives in Kansas), adding Supergirl, escaped convicts from the phantom zone, and even the Justice League!

The show was incredible for its time, and paved the way for bringing cinema quality special effects to TV. The storytelling was creative, and the show was sprinkled with references to the world of Superman (including a few cameos by Christopher Reeve himself). In my opinion, Smallville is the best modern retelling of Superman we have, and it puts the 2013 film Man of Steel to shame. They focus on the developing moral standards Superman has, without squandering any of the fun the character would have as a teenager (just wait till you find out what triggers Clark's laser vision). I loved every minute of this show, and maybe you will too. The entire series is available on HULU.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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