5 superhero shows to binge-watch on Netflix
From masked vigilantes to costumed crusaders, we're hooked on these televised tales.
As the days get colder and the sun sets earlier, we're finding ourselves spending lots more time relaxing on the couch flipping through the channels looking for our next favorite TV show. We've booted up Netflix and scoured the streaming service for the best binge-worthy superhero series to keep us company for many long nights in front of the television. Care to join us? Here's a glimpse at our caped queue...
Kids who grew up in the 1990s will fondly recall this TV show from their youth. Thankfully, walking down memory lane is easier than ever. The classic series was created by two Israeli TV executives, who also had their hands in everything from "He-Man" to "Inspector Gadget." For the ultimate binge, Netflix offers 700 episodes of Power Rangers, including 43 devoted solely to the rangers' adventures in outer space and another 40 just about time-traveling storylines. Is that not enough? Boy, do we have good news for you. Netflix recently announced that they have acquired the exclusive rights for new episodes of the show beginning with the series' 24th season in 2017. That should give us just enough time to catch up on all 14,000 minutes (we did the math) of Power Rangers fun that's already available on the streaming service.
This show follows billionaire playboy-turned-crime fighter Oliver Queen, portrayed by Canadian actor Stephen Amell, who returns to his fictional hometown of Starling City after being stranded on an island. Being away for five years allows the show to focus on two areas: One, almost each episode features flashback scenes to the time our hero was shipwrecked. And two, the action intensifies when he reconnects with loved ones upon his return, including his ex-girlfriend. Ah, the drama of being a superhero couple. As of this writing, all 69 episodes from the first three seasons of the CW show are available on Netflix. So grab a bow, an arrow and an extra-large cup of coffee to enjoy the adventure.
A blind lawyer is the last person you'd expect to be a vigilante, but that's exactly what you get in this complex superhero drama. The smooth-talking Matt Murdock, played by British actor Charlie Cox, has honed a sixth sense for fighting crime in New York City's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood. The Netflix original show is replete with rich characters including art dealer Vanessa Fisk, played with scene-stealing intensity by Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer. This isn't Zurer's first foray into the superhero cannon. Comic book fans remember her as the Man of Steel's biological mother in the most recent film adaptation of Superman. The first season of the show, which is available to binge at your leisure, was such a success that Netflix is already putting together a second season to debut in a few months.
You hear the name "Gotham" and you instantly think Batman. But this series from the Fox network spins that notion on its head. Instead, our protagonist is a young police detective named James Gordon, years before he transforms into the city's police commissioner. Setting the plot in these early days of his career, we're offered a glimpse into the origin stories of many of the infamous villains from the Batman universe including the Penguin, the Riddler and Catwoman. Gordon is brought to life on the screen by American actor Ben McKenzie, who said in an interview that his character is "the last honest man in a city full of crooked people. He’s not an anti-hero, he’s a true hero – but he will have to compromise." Watch that evolution for yourself as the show's 22-episode first season is now available on Netflix.
Here's the basic premise: A forensics expert who wakes from a coma with amazing new powers squares off against forces threatening the fictional Central City. The best trick up our hero's costumed sleeve? He can move at superhuman speeds. The series is actually a spin-off of "Arrow," another show on our must-watch binge list. Only a year old, this show has already cemented its place as a fan favorite by winning the People's Choice Award for "Favorite New TV Drama" in 2014. An added bonus? Devotees of the cult NBC show "Ed," which starred Canadian actor Tom Cavanagh in the title role, are treated to his portrayal of the Flash's mentor in this series. But we should warn you, he has a double identity and is revealed to be the Reverse-Flash. Find out what happens next with the entire first season now available for watching at any speed on Netflix.
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