Superman: The Animated Series

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  • TV-PG
  • 1996
  • 3 Seasons
  • 8.1  (17,374)

Superman: The Animated Series is an American animated television series produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Comics. It aired from 1996 to 2000 and starred Tim Daly as the voice of Superman. The show followed the adventures of Superman, also known as Clark Kent, as he fought crime and saved lives in the city of Metropolis.

The show aimed to capture the spirit of the classic Superman comics, while updating it for a newer audience. The animation was sleek and colorful, and the characters were designed with a modern sensibility. The show also had a top-notch voice cast, with Tim Daly bringing a classic charm and heroism to the role of Superman.

The series began with a two-part pilot, titled "The Last Son of Krypton," which retold Superman's origin story. The show then introduced a number of classic Superman villains, including Lex Luthor, Brainiac, Darkseid, and Bizarro. The show also featured appearances by other DC Comics heroes, including Batman, The Flash, and Green Lantern.

One of the show's strengths was its depiction of Clark Kent/Superman's relationships with other characters. His friendship with Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane was particularly well-developed, with a strong chemistry between the two characters. The show also depicted the complicated relationship between Superman and his arch-nemesis, Lex Luthor, who was portrayed as a remorseless businessman and criminal mastermind.

In addition to its strong characterization, Superman: The Animated Series also featured exciting action and thrilling set pieces. Superman's powers were well-utilized, with scenes of him flying, using his heat vision, and lifting impossibly heavy objects. The show's action scenes were also notable for their complexity and creativity, with Superman using his intelligence as well as his brawn to save the day.

One of the show's greatest strengths was its commitment to telling adult-themed stories. The show tackled issues of corruption, terrorism, and even domestic violence. The show also explored Superman's own morality, as he struggled with the consequences of his actions and the impact they had on those around him.

Despite its darker themes, Superman: The Animated Series also had a great deal of humor and heart. The show's writers were skilled at injecting humor into even the most dramatic scenes, and the show's overall tone was one of hope and optimism. The show's theme song, performed by Shirley Walker, was also a highlight, with its soaring orchestral score and heroic lyrics.

Overall, Superman: The Animated Series was a fantastic addition to the DC Comics animated universe. Its quality animation, strong voice acting, and mature storytelling set it apart from other superhero cartoons of the time. The show was canceled after four seasons, but it remains a beloved classic among fans of Superman and animation in general.

Superman: The Animated Series is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (71 episodes). The series first aired on January 1, 1996.

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Legacy: Part 2
13. Legacy: Part 2
January 1, 2000
In another effort to take over Earth, Darkseid (recurring guest star voice MICHAEL IRONSIDE) erases Superman's memory and adopts him as a son. Part 2 of 2
Legacy: Part 1
12. Legacy: Part 1
January 1, 2000
In another effort to take over Earth, Darkseid (recurring guest star voice MICHAEL IRONSIDE) erases Superman's memory and adopts him as a son. Part 1 of 2
The Demon Reborn
11. The Demon Reborn
January 1, 2000
When Ra's Al Ghul, known as "The Demon," attempts to steal Superman's powers, Batman comes to the rescue.
10. Unity
January 1, 2000
Superman teams with Supergirl to save his adoptive parents, Mr. and Mrs. Kent, along with the rest of Smallville, from an alien threat.
A Fish Story
9. A Fish Story
January 1, 2000
When the marine life near Metropolis suddenly joins together to threaten the citizens, Lois Lane (series star DANA DELANY) discovers the cause: Lex Luthor (series star CLANCY BROWN) has taken Aquaman (guest star voice MIGUEL FERRER) prisoner!
Superman's Pal
8. Superman's Pal
January 1, 2000
Jimmy Olsen (recurring guest star voice DAVID KAUFMAN) and Superman work together to combat Metallo (recurring guest star voice MALCOLM McDOWELL) when the evildoer returns to Metropolis.
In Brightest Day?
7. In Brightest Day?
January 1, 2000
Kyle Rayner (guest star voice MICHAEL P. GRECO) is given a mysterious ring that enables him to transform into crimefighting superhero Green Lantern. When the Green Lantern's most dangerous enemy, Sinestro (recurring guest star voice TED LEVINE) attacks Earth, Rayner teams with Superman to defeat the villain.
Absolute Power
6. Absolute Power
January 1, 2000
Superman confronts Jax-Ur (recurring guest star voice RON PERLMAN) and Mala (new guest star voice SARAH DOUGLAS) while defending a distant planet that the two Kryptonian outlaws have enslaved.
Little Big Head Man
5. Little Big Head Man
January 1, 2000
Mxyzptlk (recurring guest star voice GILBERT GOTTFRIED) gets into trouble with the rulers of his planet--and Superman--when he enlists Bizarro's (series star TIM DALY) help to wreak havoc on Earth.
4. Obsession
January 1, 2000
Smitten with love, Toyman (recurring guest star voice BUD CORT) will do anything, even destroy Metropolis, to possess Darci Mason (guest star voice NANCY TRAVIS), a mechanical fashion model. The only person standing between Toyman and his obsession for Darci is Superman.
New Kids In Town
3. New Kids In Town
January 1, 2000
In Clark's hometown of Smallville, a teenage Clark Kent (guest star voice JASON MARSDEN) teams with Chameleon Boy (guest star voice JASON PRIESTLEY), Cosmic Boy (guest star voice CHAD LOWE) and Saturn Girl (guest star voice MELISSA JOAN HART) from the New Legion to battle Brainiac (recurring guest voice COREY BURTON).
Knight Time
2. Knight Time
January 1, 2000
Superman masquerades as Batman to confront Roxy Rocket (guest star voice CHARITY JAMES), Penguin (guest star voice PAUL WILLIAMS) and a host of other bad guys who are on a crime spree in Gotham City during the real Batman's (guest star voice KEVIN CONROY) mysterious absence.
Where There's Smoke
1. Where There's Smoke
January 1, 2000
Volcana (guest star voice PERI GILPIN), a villainess who can control fire, goes on a crime spree stealing valuable artifacts while on the run from government agents and Superman (series star TIM DALY).
Where to Watch Superman: The Animated Series
Superman: The Animated Series is available for streaming on the DC Comics website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Superman: The Animated Series on demand at Max, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    January 1, 1996
  • IMDB Rating
    8.1  (17,374)