I have to exclude Black Lightning. I saw one episode and saw that it took itself WAY too seriously and wasn't particularly good enough to justify taking itself too seriously and gave up.
It's also worth pointing out that all of these shows have serious problems with sloppy/lazy writing. Smallville had...
Best answer: I have to exclude Black Lightning. I saw one episode and saw that it took itself WAY too seriously and wasn't particularly good enough to justify taking itself too seriously and gave up.
It's also worth pointing out that all of these shows have serious problems with sloppy/lazy writing. Smallville had that problem less, but it had other problems.
Overall, I would rank them thusly:
Flash > Smallville > Supergirl > Arrow > Legends
Flash just hits that sweet spot balance of comedic without being goofy, action, character, etc. It's not perfect, but it's a joy to watch most of the time.
Smallville was a more professionally executed than the Berlanti-verse shows, and was really quite good for awhile. The problem is that the lead was AWFUL as Clark Kent. Chloe & Lex were carrying the show, and when Lex left, the show spiralled into just being flat out bad. But it kept going and going.
Supergirl started in that same vein as Flash - great balance of comedy, character, and action. But the move to CW lost Calista Flockhart and the tone and nature of the show changed. The show became obsessed with SJW politics...which was somewhat there before, but on the back burner. Now, almost every episode is a left-wing manifesto of hating the right. Politics done badly ruins a show, and it has ruined this show. Still, I LOVED about the first season and a half enough that I still put it 3rd on this list.
Arrow is just a Batman ripoff. But it has all the usual problems with a Berlanti production - the lazy/sloppy writing in particular, but Arrow lacks the positives that Flash and Supergirl (for awhile) brought. The humor almost exclusively channels through one character (Felicity) which makes that character kind of schticky, and the tone wanders like a drunk college student. One minute Oliver's a killer, then he's not, then he is again, then he's really not this time, then he is considering it but lying to everyone for no reason, and on and on.
And legends of Tomorrow is just a Dr. Who ripoff. It's trying to be campy-fun, but it's not because it lacks actors/writers capable of delivering on the comedic mission. It briefly had ONE, Leonard Snart's actor (whose name escapes me right now), but he wanted to go do good television, so they killed him off. And no one else on the cast can do comedy...or any acting really. These guys are all the rejects from the other shows. Some people call it wacky fun, but just being nonsensical doesn't make you wacky or fun. It's just nonsense.
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