The time has come to say goodbye to 2014. The year became one of the best times for comic book based televisions shows quite possibly. Right now we have a slew of various shows inspired by our favorite heroes, with one of the most surprising aspects being that they are actually all pretty terrific. When we looked at the different series for our list we stuck to everything comic based that happened this year. This means we grouped new shows and old shows, and the end of last season with the beginning of the most recent. Beware if you are not quite caught up, there are going to be a bit of SPOILERS as we talk about why we chose the shows we did.
The entire staff brainstormed together and we are proud to present you the First Appearance: Best Comic TV Shows of 2014. We have narrowed down what we believed were the top five shows that aired this year. As always, please let us know your thoughts in the comments below, including what your top five comic TV shows of 2014 are!
5. The Walking Dead
Our favorite band of survivors had a tough year as usual, but one that brought them back together after being split apart during the Governor’s assault on the prison. Even after they were reunited, Terminus presented a great danger to overcome. Most recently in the last episode of the year, the group lost yet another long time member. The Walking Dead continues to be one of the best dramas on television. It has dropped on our list just a bit; perhaps we’re feeling a bit of fatigue on the series, but there is no denying its high quality week in and week out. When we return next year, things look to be right on track for plenty of excitement.
Gotham is a series that came with mixed anticipation. Would a Batman prequel series actually work? After getting through its first midseason, we certainly think so! Are there some problems, yes, Alfred and Bruce are only there to remind us that this is a Batman show, but are otherwise useless characters. We’d even prefer to see little Bruce sent off to boarding school and written out of the show. On the other hand, watching Gordon battle the corrupt system by himself week after week has us hooked. We’ve slowly watch his unwavering beliefs slowly start to turn his jaded partner Harvey Bullock back to the law. Easily the best part of the show is the Penguin, giving us one of the best takes on the otherwise, at times, stale character.
3. The Flash
In its freshman series, The Flash has quickly won over our hearts and minds. Already introduced to us in Arrow, Barry Allen is a hero you can’t help but root for. His heroism and lighthearted nature are inspiring. It also happens to be the most “comic book” show out there, in big part due to plenty of meta-human carnage and Cisco always there with a colorful name from the source material. The show is the bright side of the DC universe, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have its fair share of darkness to. Dr. Wells has continued to be a question. Anti-Flash is still on the loose. Captain Cold is assembling his team of rogues. The first half of the season has already been amazing, but we still have plenty in store we can’t wait to see.
Not only did Arrow have one hell of an ending half to the second season, but the third season has been mind-blowing. The end of last season had Oliver finding out his former friend Slade Wilson was alive and well, hellbent on his destruction. Slade made Oliver choose between Moira and Thea, sadly meaning Moira lost her life. We also got our first taste of the League of Assassins. The start of its third season rocked us with the death of Sara, found Oliver poor and trying to stay afloat, Roy fulfilling his destiny as Arsenal, and so much more such as other heroes being introduced and an excellent crossover with the Flash. That would already be enough for us, but they didn’t stop there. Ra’s al Ghul came to Star City and things didn’t end well for Oliver. Our jaws are still hanging from that ending. What else could they possibly have in store for us? All we know is that we can’t wait to find out.
1. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
When Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. started, it started as a fun series, but still lacked a little extra something to really make it a winner. After coming back at the start of 2014 things seriously started to turn around. We started to learn more about Coulson’s miraculous revival and then the game changer occurred, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. S.H.I.E.L.D. had been infiltrated by Hydra and was no more. Coulson scrambled to protect his team and stop a former friend who happened to be Hydra. Even the straight and narrow Ward was revealed to have been putting up an act the entire time, as he was actually Hyrda as well. It all wrapped up with one hell of a finale that brought Nick Fury onto the show to pass on the keys to the kingdom. At the start of this new season, Coulson has found himself trying to rebuild S.H.I.E.L.D. while battling Hydra and being hunted by the USA government. The alien connection to Coulson’s revival was furthered more and more until it was brought to its ultimate conclusion, the first look at the Inhumans in the Marvel cinematic universe. The midseason revealed Skye as Daisy Johnson, her father Mr. Hyde, and sadly Triplet dead. With all of this and most certainly some sort of tie-in to Avengers: Age of Ultron, next year looks to be more exciting than ever.