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The Best Episodes of Superman: The Animated Series

Every episode of Superman: The Animated Series ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Superman: The Animated Series!

Superman, an incredibly powerful alien from the planet Krypton, defends Metropolis from supercriminals. Superman hides his identity behind the glasses of Clark Kent; a mild-mannered reporter for the newspaper the Daily Planet. At the Daily Planet Superman works with fellow reporter Lois Lane and photographer Jimmy Olsen.

Genres:AnimationAction & AdventureSci-Fi & Fantasy
Network:The WB

Top Episode Highlight

The best episode of "Superman: The Animated Series" is "Legacy (2)", rated 9.2/10 from 586 user votes. It was directed by Dan Riba and written by Paul Dini, Rich Fogel. "Legacy (2)" aired on 2/12/2000 and is rated 0.1 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "World's Finest (1)".

  • Legacy (2)
    9.2/10 586 votes

    #1 - Legacy (2)

    Season 3 Episode 13 - Aired 2000-02-12

    Superman breaks free of Darkseid's control and goes to Apokolips to try to stop Darkseid once and for all.

    Director: Dan Riba

    Writer: Paul Dini, Rich Fogel

  • World's Finest (1)
    9.1/10 604 votes

    #2 - World's Finest (1)

    Season 2 Episode 16 - Aired 1997-10-04

    Batman travels to Metropolis when the Joker steals a solid Kryptonite statue and makes a deal with Lex Luthor to kill Superman.

    Director: Toshihiko Masuda

    Writer: Alan Burnett, Paul Dini, Rich Fogel

  • Apokolips... Now! (2)
    9.1/10 512 votes

    #3 - Apokolips... Now! (2)

    Season 2 Episode 26 - Aired 1998-02-14

    Darkseid invades Earth with the help of Steppenwolf. With help from the citizens of Metropolis and the arrival of troops from New Genesis, Superman is able to stop his advance, but not without losses.

    Director: Dan Riba

    Writer: Rich Fogel

  • Knight Time
    9.1/10 643 votes

    #4 - Knight Time

    Season 3 Episode 2 - Aired 1998-10-10

    After Bruce Wayne is kidnapped, Superman must go undercover as Batman to find him.

    Director: Curt Geda

    Writer: Bob Goodman

  • World's Finest (2)
    9.0/10 565 votes

    #5 - World's Finest (2)

    Season 2 Episode 17 - Aired 1997-10-04

    Lois Lane becomes romantically tied to Bruce Wayne and is kidnapped by the Joker in an attempt to lure superman to his death.

    Director: Toshihiko Masuda

    Writer: Steve Gerber

  • World's Finest (3)
    9.0/10 568 votes

    #6 - World's Finest (3)

    Season 2 Episode 18 - Aired 1997-10-04

    Lois ends her romance with Bruce Wayne when she discovers that he is Batman. Lex Luthor tries to end his alliance with the Joker, but the Joker turns the tables and kidnaps Lex and steals a powerful aircraft to attack Metropolis.

    Director: Toshihiko Masuda

    Writer: Stan Berkowitz

  • The Late Mr. Kent
    9.0/10 555 votes

    #7 - The Late Mr. Kent

    Season 2 Episode 22 - Aired 1997-11-01

    Clark Kent is thought to be dead after an automobile accident. Superman must nevertheless save an innocent man from execution and find the real culprit.

    Director: Kenji Hachizaki

    Writer: Stan Berkowitz

  • Legacy (1)
    8.9/10 443 votes

    #8 - Legacy (1)

    Season 3 Episode 12 - Aired 2000-02-05

    Superman is stripped of his memory and is adopted by Darkseid in an effort to take over Earth.

    Director: Curt Geda

    Writer: Rich Fogel

  • Brave New Metropolis
    8.7/10 514 votes

    #9 - Brave New Metropolis

    Season 2 Episode 12 - Aired 1997-09-27

    Lois stumbles into a parallel world where Superman and Lex Luthor work together as dictators of Metropolis.

    Director: Curt Geda

    Writer: Stan Berkowitz

  • Apokolips... Now! (1)
    8.6/10 466 votes

    #10 - Apokolips... Now! (1)

    Season 2 Episode 25 - Aired 1998-02-07

    Superman teams up with Orion, an escapee from Apokolips, to take on Darkseid as he prepares to attack Earth.

    Director: Dan Riba

    Writer: Rich Fogel

  • The Demon Reborn
    8.4/10 442 votes

    #11 - The Demon Reborn

    Season 3 Episode 11 - Aired 1999-09-18

    Superman and Batman team up against an aging Ra's Al Ghul who sees Superman as the key to his continued immortality.

    Director: Dan Riba

    Writer: Rich Fogel

  • The Last Son of Krypton (1)
    8.3/10 769 votes

    #12 - The Last Son of Krypton (1)

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 1996-09-06

    Jor-El, a Kryptonian scientist and Council Member, rescues his son Kal-El from the dying planet by launching the baby to Earth.

    Director: Dan Riba

    Writer: Alan Burnett, Paul Dini

  • Mxyzpixilated
    8.3/10 536 votes

    #13 - Mxyzpixilated

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 1997-09-20

    The Man of Steel is challenged to a battle of wits by Mxyzptlk, a playful yet pixilating imp from the fifth dimension.

    Director: Dan Riba

    Writer: Paul Dini

  • In Brightest Day...
    8.3/10 432 votes

    #14 - In Brightest Day...

    Season 3 Episode 7 - Aired 1999-02-06

    Superman teams up with Kyle Rayner the new Green Lantern in order to stop Sinestro.

    Director: Butch Lukic

    Writer: Hilary Bader

  • Stolen Memories
    8.2/10 549 votes

    #15 - Stolen Memories

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 1996-11-02

    Brainiac, once Krypton's all-knowing planetary computer, comes to Earth as part of his information-gathering trek across the galaxy. But, as Superman discovers, Brainiac's intent after gathering the world's knowledge is to destroy the Earth.

    Director: Curt Geda

    Writer: Rich Fogel

  • Identity Crisis
    8.2/10 497 votes

    #16 - Identity Crisis

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 1997-09-15

    Superman encounters Bizarro, an imperfect genetic double of The Man of Steel, who tries to take Superman's place as Metropolis' hero.

    Director: Curt Geda

    Writer: Bob Goodman

  • Ghost in the Machine
    8.2/10 431 votes

    #17 - Ghost in the Machine

    Season 2 Episode 14 - Aired 1997-09-29

    Lex Luthor is forced to build a new body for Brainiac who has downloaded himself into LexCorp's computers.

    Director: Hiroyuki Aoyama

    Writer: Rich Fogel

  • The Last Son of Krypton (3)
    8.1/10 684 votes

    #18 - The Last Son of Krypton (3)

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 1996-09-06

    Superman thwarts a plot by Lex Luthor to sell the LEXO-SKEL SUIT 5000 to Kaznian terrorists, via their agent John Corben.

    Director: Bruce Timm, Dan Riba

    Writer: Alan Burnett, Paul Dini

  • The Way of All Flesh
    8.1/10 566 votes

    #19 - The Way of All Flesh

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 1996-10-19

    Thanks to the orchestrations of Lex Luthor, terrorist John Corben becomes Metallo, a skin-covered cyborg with a Krytonite heart. Luthor then sets the supervillain on a quest to kill Superman.

    Director: Kenji Hachizaki

    Writer: Stan Berkowitz

  • Speed Demons
    8.1/10 541 votes

    #20 - Speed Demons

    Season 2 Episode 4 - Aired 1997-09-13

    The Flash teams up with Superman to counter Mark Mardon, a.k.a. "The Weather Wizard," who holds Metropolis hostage with the threat of unleashing a killer hurricane.

    Director: Toshihiko Masuda

    Writer: Rich Fogel

  • Little Girl Lost (2)
    8.1/10 431 votes

    #21 - Little Girl Lost (2)

    Season 2 Episode 28 - Aired 1998-05-02

    When Superman is captured by Granny Goodness and her Female Furies, Supergirl follows them to the planet Apokolips to rescue him.

    Director: Curt Geda

    Writer: Sarah Dyer, Evan Dorkin

  • The Last Son of Krypton (2)
    8.0/10 705 votes

    #22 - The Last Son of Krypton (2)

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 1996-09-06

    Young Clark Kent discovers his true identity; and, as an adult, presents himself to Metropolis as Superman.

    Director: Curt Geda, Scott Jeralds

    Writer: Alan Burnett, Paul Dini

  • Little Girl Lost (1)
    8.0/10 445 votes

    #23 - Little Girl Lost (1)

    Season 2 Episode 27 - Aired 1998-05-02

    Superman rescues and brings home the sole survivor of the lost Kryptonian colony of Argos, the rambunctious Kara aka Supergirl.

    Director: Curt Geda

    Writer: Alan Burnett, Paul Dini, Sarah Dyer, Evan Dorkin

  • The Main Man (1)
    7.9/10 549 votes

    #24 - The Main Man (1)

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 1996-11-09

    Intergalactic bounty hunter Lobo is employed to capture the Man of Steel, but thanks to a double-cross by the rare-species-collecting Preserver, both Superman and Lobo end up trapped in the Preserver's personal zoo.

    Director: Dan Riba

    Writer: Paul Dini

  • Blasts from the Past (1)
    7.8/10 475 votes

    #25 - Blasts from the Past (1)

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 1997-09-08

    Superman decides to release Mala, a Kryptonian criminal, from the Phantom Zone, but when Mala proves too power-hungry for this world, Superman tries to send her back. Mala escapes with the Phantom Zone Projector and releases Krypton's most notorious traitor, Jax-Ur.

    Director: Dan Riba

    Writer: Bob Goodman