The BEST The CW shows of all time

Every The CW show, ranked

We've compiled the average episode rating for every The CW show to compile this list of best shows!

Whose Line Is It Anyway? (US)
star
8.95
1362 votes

#1 - Whose Line Is It Anyway? (US)

"Whose Line Is It Anyway?" is the US edition of the UK show of the same name. It features some of the world's finest improvisational comics. Each week, the main four "improv" comics (and guests) spontaneously play "Theatre Sports" with crazy scenes, weird quirks or improvised songs.

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Huntik: Secrets & Seekers
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8.79
150 votes

#2 - Huntik: Secrets & Seekers

Lok's father has been missing for years, and the only thing Lok has to remember him is an ancient jar. When that jar is accidentally broken, Lok discovers a journal and an amulet that discuss the mysterious Titans. Now Lok is teaming up with Sophie Casterwall, Dante Vale, and Zhalia Moon is find and bond with the Titans before The Professor, DeFoe, Grier, and the evil organization use them to take over the world. A new life as a member of the Huntik organization has only just begun.

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The Spectacular Spider-Man
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8.71
1437 votes

#3 - The Spectacular Spider-Man

The 10th television series about Spider-Man picks up the original web-slinger's mythology at the beginning of his hero's journey, as a not so typical 16-year-old entering his junior year of high school. Having spent the summer engaging common criminals with his new-found powers, Peter Parker must conceal his secret identity and battle super-villains in the real world.

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Supernatural
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8.59
46808 votes

#4 - Supernatural

Two brothers follow their father's footsteps as hunters, fighting evil supernatural beings of many kinds, including monsters, demons and gods that roam the earth.

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Gilmore Girls
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8.53
8683 votes

#5 - Gilmore Girls

Lorelai Gilmore has made her share of mistakes in life, but she has been doing her best to see that her college-bound daughter - and best friend in the world - Rory, doesn't follow in her footsteps. That may be easier said than done, considering that the two share the same interests, the same intellect, the same coffee addiction and the same eyes.

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The Originals
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8.46
12349 votes

#6 - The Originals

Though once pledged to remain together through the test of time, the Mikaelson's — the first and original family of vampires — have been torn apart over the thousands of years of their existence. When Klaus Mikaelson, the original vampire-werewolf hybrid, receives a mysterious tip that a plot is brewing against him in the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans, he returns to the city his family helped build. Klaus, along with his siblings Elijah and Rebekah, must take back the city that once belonged to them, while avoiding a war between the vampires, werewolves and witches that populate the French Quarter.

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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
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8.25
2118 votes

#7 - Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Rebecca Bunch is a successful, driven, and possibly crazy young woman who impulsively gives up everything—her partnership at a prestigious law firm and her upscale apartment in Manhattan—in a desperate attempt to find love and happiness in that exotic hotbed of romance and adventure: suburban West Covina, CA.

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Legacies
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8.24
4208 votes

#8 - Legacies

Hope Mikaelson, a daughter of a Vampire/Werewolf hybrid, makes her way in the world.

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All American
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8.19
838 votes

#9 - All American

When a rising high school football player from South Central L.A. is recruited to play for Beverly Hills High, the wins, losses and struggles of two families from vastly different worlds - Crenshaw and Beverly Hills - begin to collide.

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Jane the Virgin
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8.11
4197 votes

#10 - Jane the Virgin

Jane Villanueva, a religious young Latina woman, has her vow to save her virginity until her marriage shattered when a doctor mistakenly artificially inseminates her during a checkup. The biological donor is a married man, a former playboy, and cancer survivor who is not only the new owner of the hotel where Jane works, but was also her former teenage crush.

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The Vampire Diaries
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8.11
29714 votes

#11 - The Vampire Diaries

Elena Gilbert is immediately drawn to Stefan Salvatore, the new student at her high school. Little does she know, the attraction leads her and her friends into the supernatural world surrounding their quiet town, Mystic Falls, as they become entangled in the lives of Stefan and his brother, Damon — both of whom happen to be vampires.

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Everybody Hates Chris
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8.09
3401 votes

#12 - Everybody Hates Chris

A black teen in Brooklyn during the early 1980s attends a mostly white school. At home, Chris helps care for his younger brother and sister, while at school he's often the target of a racist bully.

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Nikita
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8.09
9288 votes

#13 - Nikita

When she was a deeply troubled teenager, Nikita was rescued from death row and given a second chance by a secret U.S. agency known only as Division. What they didn't tell her was that she was being trained as a spy and assassin. Having escaped Division, Nikita is seeking retribution and will stop at nothing to expose and destroy their covert operation.

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Penn & Teller: Fool Us
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8.07
1215 votes

#14 - Penn & Teller: Fool Us

Penn and Teller challenge magicians to perform in front of them and, if they can fool the famous duo, they'll win a 5-star trip to Las Vegas to perform as the opening act in Penn & Teller's world-famous show at the Rio Hotel & Casino.

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Riverdale
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8.01
20113 votes

#15 - Riverdale

A subversive take on Archie and his friends, exploring small town life, the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale's wholesome facade.

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The Flash (2014)
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8.00
41101 votes

#16 - The Flash (2014)

After being struck by lightning, Barry Allen wakes up from his coma to discover he's been given the power of super speed, becoming the Flash, fighting crime in Central City.

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Reign (2013)
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7.99
4641 votes

#17 - Reign (2013)

Chronicles the rise to power of Mary Queen of Scots when she arrives in France as a 15-year-old, betrothed to Prince Francis, and with her three best friends as ladies-in-waiting. It details the secret history of survival at French Court amidst fierce foes, dark forces, and a world of sexual intrigue.

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Reaper
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7.95
4173 votes

#18 - Reaper

Throughout Sam's life, he always wondered why his mom and dad were so easy on him. Whether it was sports, school, career choices, or picking on his little brother Kyle, Sam always got away with everything. Because of it, he decided to drop out of college and take a dead beat job, wasting most of his time playing video games and wishing he could ask his co-worker Andi out. However, everything changes in Sam's life once he turns 21 and finds out the reason his parents let him get over was because they sold his soul to the devil before he was born.

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The 100
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7.94
30354 votes

#19 - The 100

Set ninety-seven years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, when a spaceship housing humanity's lone survivors sends one hundred juvenile delinquents back to Earth, in hopes of possibly re-populating the planet.

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Superman & Lois
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7.93
2980 votes

#20 - Superman & Lois

After years of facing megalomaniacal supervillains, monsters wreaking havoc on Metropolis, and alien invaders intent on wiping out the human race, The Man of Steel aka Clark Kent and Lois Lane come face to face with one of their greatest challenges ever - dealing with all the stress, pressures and complexities that come with being working parents in today's society.

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Life UneXpected
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7.92
1517 votes

#21 - Life UneXpected

After spending all of her 15 years bouncing from one foster family to another in Portland, Oregon, Lux has decided it's time to take control of her life and become an emancipated minor. Her journey through the legal maze leads Lux to her biological father, 30-something Nate "Baze" Bazile, who owns a bar, lives like an aging frat-boy with two slacker roommates, and is astonished to learn that he has a teenage daughter. Lux is equally astonished when Baze reveals that her mother is Cate Cassidy, a star on the local "Morning Madness" radio show, along with her on-air partner and real-life boyfriend, Ryan Thomas. Lux has been listening to Cate's voice on the radio as long as she can remember, so she feels an instant connection with the mom she's never met. Baze takes Lux to meet Cate, who is shocked and saddened to learn that Lux has grown up in foster care, but thrilled to finally meet her beautiful daughter...

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Smallville
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7.90
18337 votes

#22 - Smallville

Superman's teen years as Clark Kent find him agonizing over his shy, uncertain persona while dealing with his evolving powers and an infatuation with classmate Lana Lang.

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Dynasty (2017)
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7.89
1974 votes

#23 - Dynasty (2017)

Follows two of America’s wealthiest families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, as they feud for control over their fortune and their children. The series will focus on Fallon Carrington, the daughter of billionaire Blake Carrington, and her stepmother, Cristal, a Hispanic woman married into this WASP family and America’s most powerful class.

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iZombie
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7.88
10668 votes

#24 - iZombie

When over-achieving medical resident Liv Moore attends a party that turns into a zombie feeding frenzy, she ends up joining the ranks of the living dead. Determined to pass as human despite her pale appearance and newly listless demeanor, Liv forms a plan to resist her drive to consume fresh human brains by taking a job at a coroner's office, where she can secretly snack on the brains of corpses delivered there. Soon discovering that she absorbs the memories of those she feeds on, she finds new purpose by posing as a psychic and working with a detective to help solve their murders.

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One Tree Hill
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7.83
5777 votes

#25 - One Tree Hill

Half-brothers Lucas and Nathan Scott trade between kinship and rivalry both on the basketball court and in the hearts of their friends in the small, but not so quiet town of Tree Hill, North Carolina.

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Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight
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7.82
184 votes

#26 - Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight

A new, american update of the Japanese live-action Kamen Rider franchise making use of new actors, KR Japanese footage, and original american fight sequences coupled with the compelling drama and suspense. Can two fearless Kamen Rider warriors seize control of the Advent Cards and prevent another dimension from conquering our world?

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Gossip Girl
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7.81
11684 votes

#27 - Gossip Girl

Gossip Girl, a ruthless and mysterious blogger reveals secrets about the lives of privileged upper-class adolescents living in Manhattan's Upper East Side.

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Arrow
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7.77
62052 votes

#28 - Arrow

After being marooned for five years on a remote island and presumed dead, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen returns home with a mysterious agenda and a lethal set of new skills that he uses in a war on crime in his hometown of Starling City.

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Girlfriends
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7.76
145 votes

#29 - Girlfriends

A mixed batch of black women face life's tests and triumphs together. From dating to divorce, and friends to family to relationships, Joan, Maya, Lynn and Toni support each other despite their differing backgrounds, learning about true friendship in the process.

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Hart of Dixie
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7.76
4337 votes

#30 - Hart of Dixie

Fast-talking New Yorker and brand new doctor Zoe Hart has it all figured out - after graduating top of her class from medical school, she'll follow in her father's footsteps and become a cardio-thoracic surgeon. But when her dreams fall apart, Zoe decides to accept an offer from a stranger, Dr. Harley Wilkes, to work with him at his small practice in Bluebell, Alabama. Zoe arrives in this small Gulf Coast town only to find that Harley has passed away and left his half of the medical practice to her in his will.

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MADtv
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7.75
360 votes

#31 - MADtv

A similar show to Saturday Night Live and In Living Color, sketch comedy series MADtv mines the world of popular culture for subjects ripe for parody. Based on the comic stylings of MAD magazine, the series satirizes celebrities, music videos, television shows, and more through outrageous sketches, a unique assembly of recurring characters, and the uninhibited zaniness of cast members.

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Katy Keene
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7.74
414 votes

#32 - Katy Keene

A Riverdale spinoff, following the lives and loves of four iconic Archie Comics characters — the fashion icon Katy Keene, the prodigal singer Josie McCoy, the performer Jorge Lopez (and his drag queen alter-ego Ginger), and the "it girl" Pepper Smith — as they chase their twenty-something dreams in New York City. This musical dramedy chronicles the origins and struggles of four aspiring artists trying to make it on Broadway, on the runway and in the recording studio.

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In the Dark (2019)
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7.69
495 votes

#33 - In the Dark (2019)

Murphy is a flawed and irreverent woman who just happens to be blind and is the only “witness” to the murder of her drug-dealing friend, Tyson. When the police dismiss her story, she sets out with her dog, Pretzel, to find the killer while also managing her colorful dating life and the job she hates at Guiding Hope, the guide-dog school owned by her overprotective parents.

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Roswell, New Mexico
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7.55
898 votes

#34 - Roswell, New Mexico

Centers on a town where aliens with unearthly abilities live undercover among humans. But when a violent attack points to a greater alien presence, the politics of fear and hatred threaten to expose them.

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Stargirl
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7.50
2094 votes

#35 - Stargirl

High school sophomore Courtney Whitmore inspires an unlikely group of young heroes to take up the legacy of a long lost superhero team – The Justice Society of America – and stop the villains of the past.

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Nancy Drew (2019)
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7.50
712 votes

#36 - Nancy Drew (2019)

18-year-old Nancy Drew thought she’d be leaving her hometown for college, but when a family tragedy strikes and holds her back another year, she finds herself embroiled in a ghostly murder investigation that uncover secrets that run deep in her hometown of Horseshoe Bay, Maine.

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The Secret Circle
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7.48
3979 votes

#37 - The Secret Circle

Cassie Blake is a beautiful and shy, sixteen-year-old girl who moves to New Salem with her mother, to look after her sick grandmother. After being enrolled into a local high school, Cassie meets Diana Meade, a genuine and kind-hearted student who welcomes Cassie to her new school. Cassie also meets Diana's sadistic cousin, Faye Chamberlain, who promptly begins to ridicule and taunt her, all the while taking pleasure in causing Cassie pain. After Diana introduces Cassie to other members of the circle, they reveal themselves as witches, and that she is one as well. Initially, Cassie refuses to believe them - until Adam shows her how to unlock her magical powers. After Cassie reluctantly joins the circle, Adam, Diana, Faye, and the other members of the coven quickly discover that with Cassie in their circle, they are able to cast spells more powerful than they ever could before.

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Frequency
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7.42
1658 votes

#38 - Frequency

A female police detective in 2016 discovers she is able to speak via a ham radio with her father (also a detective) who died in 1996. They forge a new relationship while working together on an unresolved murder case, but unintended consequences of the ‘butterfly effect’ wreak havoc in the present day.

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The Tomorrow People (US)
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7.36
4747 votes

#39 - The Tomorrow People (US)

Evolved humans with amazing abilities (Teleportation, Telekinesis, Telepathy) are being hunted down by agents of Ultra.

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Beauty and the Beast (2012)
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7.34
4000 votes

#40 - Beauty and the Beast (2012)

Detective Catherine Chandler is a smart, no-nonsense homicide detective. When she was a teenager, she witnessed the murder of her mother at the hands of two gunmen and herself was saved by someone – or something. Years have passed and while investigating a murder, Catherine discovers a clue that leads her to Vincent Keller, who was reportedly killed in 2002. Catherine learns that Vincent is actually still alive and that it was he who saved her many years before. For mysterious reasons that have forced him to live outside of traditional society, Vincent has been in hiding for the past 10 years to guard his secret – when he is enraged, he becomes a terrifying beast, unable to control his super-strength and heightened senses.

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No Tomorrow
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7.33
558 votes

#41 - No Tomorrow

When a risk-averse, straight-arrowed, female procurement manager at an Amazon-like distribution center falls in love with a free-spirited man who lives life to the fullest because he believes the apocalypse is imminent, they embark on a quest together to fulfill their individual bucket lists, with comedic and poignant results.

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Containment
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7.32
1304 votes

#42 - Containment

The series follows an epidemic that breaks out in Atlanta, leaving the large city quarantined and those stuck on the inside fighting for their lives. The drama tells the story of loved ones torn apart, and how the society that grows inside the cordon reveals both the devolution of humanity and the birth of unlikely heroes.

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DC's Legends of Tomorrow
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7.32
10995 votes

#43 - DC's Legends of Tomorrow

When heroes alone are not enough… the world needs legends. Having seen the future, one he will desperately try to prevent from happening, time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter is tasked with assembling a disparate group of both heroes and villains to confront an unstoppable threat—one in which not only is the planet at stake, but all of time itself.

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Supernatural: The Animation
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7.31
509 votes

#44 - Supernatural: The Animation

Supernatural the Animation will not only remake the best episodes from the live-action version, but also depict original episodes. These original episodes will include prologues of the Winchester brothers’ childhood, anime-only enemies, and episodes featuring secondary characters from the original series.

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Kung Fu (2021)
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7.31
451 votes

#45 - Kung Fu (2021)

A young Chinese American woman drops out of college and goes on a life-changing journey to an isolated monastery in China. But when she returns to find her hometown overrun with crime and corruption, she uses her martial arts skills and Shaolin values to protect her community and bring criminals to justice ... all while searching for the assassin who killed her Shaolin mentor and is now targeting her.

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Emily Owens, M.D.
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7.29
489 votes

#46 - Emily Owens, M.D.

At long last, Emily Owens feels like she is an actual grown-up. She can finally put her high school days as the geeky-girl-with-flop-sweats behind her; she’s graduated from medical school and is now a first-year intern at Denver Memorial Hospital, where she’ll have the chance to work with world-famous cardiologist Dr. Gina Beckett – and where, not-so-coincidentally, her med-school crush Will Rider is also an intern. So why does everyone keep warning her that the hospital is just like high school? Emily soon finds out the hard way – her high school nemesis, the gorgeous, popular Cassandra Kopelson, is also just starting out at Denver Memorial, and it seems like they’re rivals all over again – not only as surgical interns, but for Will’s attention.

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Supergirl
star
7.27
14937 votes

#47 - Supergirl

As Superman’s cousin, Kara Danvers, also known as Supergirl, balances her work as a reporter for CatCo Worldwide Media with her work for the Department of Extra-Normal Operations, a super-secret government organization whose mission is to keep National City – and the Earth – safe from sinister threats.

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Valentine
star
7.23
63 votes

#48 - Valentine

Now living in Los Angeles after being sent down from Mount Olympus, the Valentine family stives to bring soul mates together with a touch of magic. Grace Valentine, formerly known as Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, constantly worries about the family business and their gift of immortality. To help give business a boost, Grace hires a romance novelist, Kate Providence, despite her son Danny's objections. Together with Phoebe, the Godess of the Oracle at Delphi, and Leo, also known as Hercules, the Valentines work to spark romance between soul mates.

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The Carrie Diaries
star
7.22
1928 votes

#49 - The Carrie Diaries

Carrie Bradshaw is in her senior year of high school in the early 1980s. She asks her first questions about love, sex, friendship and family while navigating the worlds of high school and Manhattan.

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The Outpost
star
7.21
770 votes

#50 - The Outpost

Talon is a survivor. The last of the Blackblood race, she also endured the destruction of her entire village by a gang of brutal missionaries. Years after that life-defining attack, she travels to a lawless fortress along the edge of the civilized world, tracking the individuals who killed her family. As she makes the journey, she discovers that she possesses a mysterious supernatural power that she must now learn to control, not only to save herself but to defend the world against the tyranny of a fanatical religious dictator.

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