Superman & Lois

Superman & Lois

A surprisingly touching and emotionally intelligent superhero drama with excellent lead performances

7.5

TV Show

United States of America
English
Action & Adventure, Drama, Family, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
2021
Alex Garfin, Chad L. Coleman, Dylan Walsh
44 min

TLDR

Proof that you don't need endless cameos, grating fan service, and babies in microwaves(?) to make a DC project work.

What it's about

Having returned to Superman's hometown of Smallville with their teenage twin sons, Clark Kent and Lois Lane balance family problems, married life, and the occasional world-ending threat.

The take

You just wouldn't expect yet another superhero show from The CW to carry the sort of emotional weight typically reserved for prestige melodramas, but Superman & Lois gets close. In contrast to recent darker portrayals of the Man of Steel, this series allows Clark Kent to remain a nerdy, wholesome dad, whose greatest challenges come from the problems he can't solve with his powers. In fact, some of the superheroics only slow the show down from doing what it does best: navigating different relationships within the Smallville community, exploring various conflicts that can still pop up in a loving marriage, and looking at how Clark and Lois's kids deal with the secrecy around having (or not having) powers.

Strong, character-focused writing and mature, measured performances help put Superman & Lois above a number of its superhero contemporaries. It still falls victim to cheesy situations and occasional stretches of monotony (especially in the second season), but its dedication to human drama over action set pieces and expanding its lore makes it easy to be moved by their most personal problems. This is what DC has needed all this time.

What stands out

Tyler Hoechlin may not be most people's first image of Superman when they think about the character, but his sincere take on the hero is just as charming—perhaps even more so—than many other recent portrayals. But arguably even more interesting than Clark and his one superpowered son Jordan (Alex Garfin) are the non-superpowered members of the family. As Jon, the twin who didn't inherit any powers, Jordan Elsass (replaced by the equally affecting Michael Bishop in season 3) becomes a portrait of selflessness despite feelings of jealousy and isolation, as he makes sure to stick his neck out and take the fall for Jordan's often destructive adjustment to his powers. And as Lois, Elizabeth Tulloch becomes the glue that holds the family together, shouldering some of their biggest burdens with stubbornness and determination—leading to a handful of tearjerking moments of vulnerability.

Active Streaming Deals

$50 Off DirecTV Stream

$74.99

$64.99

Active Streaming Deals

69% Off NordVPN + 3 months Free

$14.99

$4.99

Active Streaming Deals

50% Off Sling

$40

$20

Active Streaming Deals

49% Off ExpressVPN

$12.95

$6.67

Comments

Add a comment

What did you think? Who should watch it?

UP NEXT 

UP NEXT 

UP NEXT 

More like this in

Ethos

A level of attention to aesthetics usually reserved for the most elaborate films, mixed with a complex and relevant story, make this series from Turkey unmatched in its quality

9.9

Stath Lets Flats

An utterly unique shot of ludicrous character comedy that ranks among TV’s very best

9.5

Caliphate

A psychological thriller that provides insight on what drove so many young people to ISIS.

8.9

Occupied

Norway's most expensive show ever is a timely thrill ride with a grim geopolitical premise.

8.7

Unorthodox

A well-acted fact-based thriller about untangling the grip of a close-knit community

8.5

Escape at Dannemora

Based on a true prison escape story, this slow-burn suspense thriller features once-in-a-lifetime performances by a star-studded cast

9.3

The Looming Tower

A well-written thriller miniseries about the rivalry between the CIA and the FBI and how they failed to prevent 9/11.

8.1

Unbelievable

Critics lauded the angle and feminist edge of this grim true crime miniseries.

8.8

Feel Good

A charming Fleabag-esque take on LGBTQ+ love

7.0

To the Lake

A Russian thriller about a deadlier pandemic where society goes violent

7.3

Curated by humans, not algorithms.

agmtw logo

© 2023 agoodmovietowatch, all rights reserved.