Over the last few decades super hero movies have become all the rage. Movie executives have looked to resurrect several long running franchises like "X-Men", "Spiderman" and "The Hulk" each of which have received different levels of acclaim and been abused by comic book fans who have read every edition front to back. Television has now started to follow suit and "Heroes" success showed how popular a series could be, with audiences flocking to see who would "save the cheerleader." But which other superhero shows have blossomed, here is a list of six shows like "Heroes" that superhero fans will love.
"Alphas" multi-stranded narrative is lead by the psychologist Dr. Lee Rosen, played by David Strathairn, as he investigates criminal cases that involves Alphas who are people with superhuman abilities. These "Alphas" have to fight against each other and they soon come across a group entitled the "Red Flag" which they thought they had defeated. Recently renewed for a second series "Alphas" is the only superhero show on American television that looks capable of matching "Heroes" superhero success.
It isn't just American networks which have looked to produce superhero shows. The UK has joined in on the act and produced "Misfits" which looks at five delinquents who are given super powers whilst on community service and looks at how they abuse these powers. It has developed a loyal and cult audience across the pond and its fourth season is due to be broadcast later in the year.
"The Cape's" main achievement came in a series of jokes that "Community" made at its expense. Yet its original premise of a police officer looking to clear his name from the mysterious villain, Chess, in the Palm City had some good ideas and original characters. Plus it starred the one and only Keith David, who's appeared in damn near every movie, ever. What else could you want?
"No Ordinary Family"
In "No Ordinary Family" each member of the Powells, a typical American family who are living in California, gain special powers after their plane crashes in the Brazilian rain forest. Which is a pretty far-fetched synopsis to attach to a series, yet Michael Chiklis and Julie Benz's series manages to combine the toil of family life with the discovery of super powers quite neatly. It may sound a little like "The Incredibles," but it puts its own spin on the family superhero formula.
Patrick Warburton's interpretation of the comic book series "Tick" was planned to be the "Seinfeld" of the genre. It only lasted for nine episodes after it was aired in 2001 but still managed to assume a cult audience and received critical praise. But, like any good, off-beat show with a cult following, "The Tick" was given the axe. It's too bad, but the legend of the show lives on.
"My Secret Identity"
Jerry Connell's Andrew Clements is struck by a photon beam and is given the power of flight, super-strength and super-speed at the ripe old age of 14 years old. He comes up with the clever name of "Ultraman" and fights crime as well as other personal problems whilst hiding his new problems from his mother, sister and friends. Puberty's hard enough without these issues.