25 Best Superhero Television Shows Of All Time

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1. Legion (FX)

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It seems a bit unfair to rank Legion as number one because it’s only had a single season but there’s no denying that Noah Hawley’s X-Men series is a masterpiece.

Based off of the character of David Haller (Dan Stevens), the son of Professor Xavier, Hawley manages to bring to life the character’s various mental states. For those who didn’t read the comics, David is one of the most famous characters for dealing with mental illness alongside his vast powers as a telepath.

In Legion, he’s a patient at a mental hospital for schizophrenia and depression despite never knowing he has powers. After he accidentally locks lips with his girlfriend, Syd (Rachel Keller) the two swap places and David gets his first experience of living without feeling insane. However, he eventually is returned to his body and hunted down by Division 3, a mutant hunting organization, but is rescued by Professor Bird (Jean Smart) with her group of mutants.

With Rachel and the others, they discover that David’s illness spurs from him being possessed by “The Shadow King,” a notorious telepathic enemy of Professor Xavier, which has taken the form of his best friend Lenny (Aubrey Plaza) in order to trick him into complacency.

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With one of best soundtracks of the year and nail-biting writing, Legion proves that a superhero show can stay true to its comic origins while still being a legitimately great series. Not to mention, it’s one of the few times that FOX (and by extension FX) was able to get a story about the X-Men correct without completely demolishing its comic book lore.