With the sacrificial death of Green Arrow in the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover event, fans of the Arrowverse said their final goodbyes to the character who started it all after eight seasons. For fans of Oliver Queen’s vigilante alter ego, Arrow gave them a proper live action adaptation, and it became one of The CW’s most beloved series until its series finale in January 2020 (spoilers for that are coming up right now!).
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It’s unclear what Arrow fans will be watching now that Stephen Amell has retired. They could watch the other Arrowverse shows like The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow to keep themselves occupied, but it’s possible they’d prefer to watch something that would help them forget about Oliver Queen’s death.
Fans who miss their favorite DC Comics-inspired Greg Berlanti production (when they’re not watching their other favorite Greg Berlanti production) can stream a variety of shows, from lighthearted comic book fun to intense action adventure stories, to help fill the void. These are nine shows that, if they haven’t already, Arrow viewers will enjoy.
1. Daredevil (Netflix)
Only a few live-action superhero series have lasted as long as Arrow. In that respect, it differs significantly from the Marvel comics-based series, which was unfairly and prematurely canceled after only three seasons on Netflix due to its complexity, cleverness, and brutality.
While Daredevil introduces a protagonist with a tragic past, Arrow introduces a vigilante vigilante who uses his day job as a cover for his nightly vigilantism. Because he was blinded by a chemical accident, lawyer Matt Murdoch (Charlie Cox) from Hell’s Kitchen has superhuman senses that come in handy when dealing with the criminal underbelly. This one-of-a-million comic book TV show brings its source material to the real world in the most refreshing way possible by combining courtroom drama, martial arts thriller, and an overall gorgeously dark and shockingly graphic action spectacle. You can watch it on Netflix by clicking here.
2. Supernatural (Netflix, The CW)
The CW’s fantasy procedural, which is currently in its fifteenth and final season, was not cancelled too soon. It stars Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki as brothers Dean and Sam Winchester, who have vowed to carry on their father’s legacy by hunting and killing anything that goes “bump in the night” with an angel named Castiel’s assistance.
Despite beginning as a more straightforward horror drama, Supernatural, like its fellow CW series Arrow, has been known to shamelessly indulge in its own campiness (it reached its zenith with a Scooby-Doo crossover episode). Although it has become a beloved TV series, the secret to its enduring success is its camera-winking, B-movie cheesiness. You can watch it on Netflix or The CW.
3. Titans (DC Universe)
The Green Arrow/Arrowverse crossover episodes are always a treat to see because they take place in a shared universe. For better or worse, how about a series in which heroes form a team instead of waiting for a pow wow to get together with their costumed colleagues?
A group of young vigilantes, including Robin (Brenton Thwaites), Starfire (Anna Diop), and Beast Boy (Ryan Potter), band together to fight the evils of the world in Titans, an adaptation of DC’s Teen Titans series. The third season of this DC Universe exclusive (which has yet to debut) is just what you’re looking for if you grew up loving the animated Teen Titans series but now crave something with a far more mature edge than that. You can watch it on DC Universe by clicking this link.
4. Riverdale (Netflix, The CW)
A number of successful CW comic book adaptations have resulted in multiple spin-off series that exist in the same shared universe as the original. Another attempt was made by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa to give the iconic Archie comic book a mature edge by adapting it into the primetime teen soap opera Riverdale.
K.J. Apa, Lili Reinhart, Cole Sprouse, Veronica (Camila Mendes) and other characters’ daily struggles have inspired other CW series Katy Keene, starring Lucy Hale, and another eerie spin-off that found a home on Netflix, which I will mention later. None, on the other hand, has had the same cultural impact as the central series. Currently in its fourth season, Riverdale is a gripping drama full of surprises that will keep you engrossed. You can watch it on Netflix or The CW.
5. The Walking Dead (Netflix)
We can all agree that Stephen Amell’s Oliver Queen has done a lot for archery, along with Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye in the MCU and Katniss in The Hunger Games. The crossbow was popularized by Norman Reedus’ Daryl Dixon on The Walking Dead, especially for hunting down the dead, before Arrow made bows and arrows cool again.
Officer Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) wakes up in a zombie-infested world and searches for his family after a coma. The popular AMC series is based on a popular comic book and plays out like a George A. Romero film over the course of 10 (and soon to be 11) seasons, beginning with Officer Rick’s (Andrew Lincoln) search for his family. Fear the Walking Dead’s spin-off series does not have the same amount of crossbow action, but if you enjoy watching the drama of regular people in an undeniably stressful situation, look no further than this show. You can watch it on Netflix by clicking here.
6. The Boys (Amazon Prime)
Oliver Queen is the kind of costumed vigilante to aspire to be with a strong moral code and impressive self-made skill. Those “heroes” in the world of The Boys, none of whom would be expected to appear in the Arrowverse, do not fit that description.
The Boys, an Amazon Prime original series based on Garth Ennis’ comic book series, is set in a world where superheroes are more concerned with maintaining a clean public image than they are with saving lives. In this scathing satire (which will have a second season soon) that uses comic book tropes to poke fun at the current state of celebrity, vengeful ex-CIA operative Billy Butcher (Karl Urban) and his band of powerless underground vigilantes are hellbent on exposing the ones wearing capes for what they really are. You can watch it for free with Amazon Prime by clicking here.
7. Burn Notice (Hulu, Amazon Prime)
In the same way that Oliver Queen defends Starling City in Arrow, someone taking the law into their own hands and bringing their own brand of justice to right wrongs is extremely satisfying. Burn Notice’s main character, ex-secret agent Michael Weston (Jeffrey Donovan), is similar to Green Arrow in that he uses his expert spy skills to defeat evil, but he does not do so out of loyalty to his hometown. His actions are driven by desperation rather than choice.
After being “burned,” a slang term meaning “fired and cut off” in the world of espionage, Michael Weston is relocated against his will to Miami and forced to work as a private investigator until he can figure out who burned him and reclaim his former job. Burn Notice, which also stars Gabrielle Anwar and Bruce Campbell as Weston’s colleagues and friends, is a hoot at how it imagines how a James Bond-type would live if he were forced into early retirement. You can watch it on Hulu or Amazon Prime Video.
8. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix)
In my previous post, I mentioned that Arrow is one of the few CW shows based on comic books that have given rise to a shared universe (Riverdale), and that one of the spin-offs from that series has found a home on Netflix. But the fact that Kiernan Shipka from Mad Men stars in the titular enchanted teenager in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (which is not made for network television) is a good reason is because this series really lives up to its name.
Expecting something more along the lines of Melissa Joan Hart’s ABC sitcom, you’ll be sorely let down by this adaptation of the Archie spin-off comic. This Sabrina Spellman is more prone to demonic possession and run-ins with Satanist groups than Melissa Joan Hart’s Sabrina Spellman was in the Melissa Joan Hart sitcom. Even though it has only three seasons and is the darkest of the Riverdale universe, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina takes the horror genre in a new direction by telling the story from the perspective of a heroine who thought high school would be her worst nightmare. You can watch it on Netflix by clicking here.
9. Spartacus (Sling, Starz)
When you’re done with your latest episode of Arrow, why not switch things up and fight crime in the gladiator ring? As Steven DeKnight’s bloodiest project to date, his 2011 series “Spartacus: Resurrection” retold the story of an ancient arena warrior who led a revolt against the Roman Empire.
What’s the connection between Arrow and Starz’s Spartacus, which ran for three seasons? It’s worth noting that after Andy Whitfield passed away from cancer, Stephen Amell was in talks to take over as the series’ lead actor, and that several actors from Spartacus went on to star in recurring roles on The CW’s The Flash and The Legends of Tomorrow (Amanda Waller). The show is also one of the most engrossing historical dramas I’ve seen recently. Sling or Starz have it available for streaming.
I’m curious what everyone has to say. Is this list of shows appropriate for an Arrow fan, or is it a heinous offense? Let us know what you think in the comments below, and stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more information on the Arrowverse and other streaming options.