A lot of people found themselves walking out of Avengers: Infinity War asking why the DC cinematic universe can't pull off something as impressive as what they just saw. There's no shortage of compelling stories to be told within the Justice League and beyond, but the stories we have seen so far just can't compare with the interwoven drama Marvel has delivered.
At least, not in the DC Cinematic Universe. If you look to what DC is doing on the television instead of the movie theater, you'll find a collection of interwoven stories that will keep you entertained for quite a long time.
Welcome to the Arrowverse
The CW is home to five DC Universe superhero shows collected in what is affectionately referred to as The Arrowverse. The name comes from the first CW superhero show, Arrow. Each of the superhero shows to follow have either spawned from an episode of Arrow or had characters from Arrow introduced at a later date. As a result, you have some shows that are deeply connected and others that seem to only interact with the larger Arrowverse during hyped-up crossover episodes.
Honestly, how do you go wrong with Space Nazis as bad guys?
Any fan of sci-fi shows is familiar with the concept of a crossover episode. Historically, these episodes have been largely cosmetic and not really had anything to do with the larger plot of what is happening in the individual shows. But the Arrowverse moved beyond the cosmetic and created an annual multi-episode event across the shows for a deeply entertaining unified event. The most recent, and easily the most impressive, was called Crisis on Earth-X . Not only was is a great collection of episodes (honestly how do you go wrong with Space Nazis as bad guys) but also gave everyone watching a great reason to watch all of the shows involved in the Arrowverse.
If you've never watched any of the shows in the Arrowverse, get started with the namesake and watch Arrow. In Season 2, Episode 8 of Arrow you'll see The Flash introduced and can start watching that show. Supergirl starts on its own, but integrates into the Arrowverse later on. Legends of Tomorrow combines characters from The Flash and Arrow, starting last and making the most sense if you watch the other shows.
The CW is also home to a fantastic new superhero show called Black Lightning, and while it hasn't been officially confirmed as part of the Arrowverse there's quite a bit of speculation regarding its eventual union with the other shows.
If you'd rather take a look at just Crisis on Earth-X to see if it was good enough for you to invest your time in all of these shows, here are the episodes you need to watch:
- Supergirl: Season 3, Episode 8
- Arrow: Season 6, Episode 8
- The Flash: Season 4, Episode 8
- Legends of Tomorrow: Season 3, Episode 8
Go forth and enjoy the DC Universe that is actually fun to watch!
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