Airs on: The CW
Seasons: Currently amidst season 4
Similar to: Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy
Who should watch it: Fans of fast-paced action
The longest running series on the list, Arrow follows the exploits of Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), a billionaire playboy who repents for his past by bringing vigilante justice to his corrupt city. Arrow began as a gritty, quasi-realistic take on the superhero genre (similar to The Dark Knight films) before slowly embracing the more fantastic aspects of the characters rich comic book history. Whereas Oliver began his vigilante career fighting gangsters and drug pushers, the series now throws everything at him from mystics to time travelers.
This series’ iteration of Oliver Queen is a dark and brooding character who rarely stops to enjoy life’s simple pleasures, but that doesn’t mean the show isn’t filled with sex, drama and will they/won’t they romance. Arrow is essentially an action soap opera, there are major plot lines featuring soapy staples such as amnesia, love triangles and long lost fathers. The show is violent and features top-notch action set pieces that lead to plenty of maiming and killing without resorting to graphic violence.