These past few years have seen an abnormal and very welcome rise in superhero television shows. Both Marvel and DC have been going at it, giving space to some of their less major characters but developing their arcs with utmost passion and precision. In fact, in terms of cinematography, narration and direction both Marvel and DC are doing a better job with their television shows than with their big budget movies.
Arrow, which is the story of Green Arrow, is a DC character and is a rich kid whose parents are dead and gets trapped on an island. He masters archery and combat and returns to his life but finds a greater purpose in fighting crime and Oliver Queen thus becomes the Green Arrow. Here’s the list of TV Shows similar to Arrow that are our recommendations. You can stream some of these shows like Arrow on Netflix or Amazon Prime or Hulu.
A true ‘misfit’ on the list, this show is the only one up here which doesn’t belong to either DC or Marvel stables. While it originates on cliche (thunderstorm granting superpowers), it soon develops into an engaging tussle between snarky, unsympathetic but grounded, realistic characters who do not run off to save the world as soon as they discover their powers but focus on surviving the drudgery of their community service without accidentally killing someone. As it is a British show, foul-mouthing, vile behaviour and sexual tension are more uninhibited than ever, making the punk sensibility more evident. The actors grab their meaty roles and devour them with glee, doing complete justice to their crisp, snarky dialogue. Sans even a shred of campiness, this irreverent gang is unlike any ensemble of superhumans you have seen, or probably shall see.
Diving inside the head of one of the weirder and less ‘mainstream’ X-Men, The distorted ‘Legion’ could make Deadpool look sane. The show takes the road less trodden by plunging headfirst into a narrative as fractured as the protagonist’s confused brain. While it takes some moments for the viewer to become steady, the journey thereon is of sheer imaginative, surreal and visually arresting. As Haller is an ‘unreliable narrator’, we can never be sure of whether what we see is real or a figment of imagination. The visuals and the production design are a wonderfully weird mix of 1960s retro and modern elements, which fit David’s distorted perception of time and reality like a glove. David’s helpless meandering to clear his head will keep you allured, glued and guessing.