The Superhero craze has taken over both television and film in recent years, but 17 years ago creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar hit on television gold by bringing to life the coming-of-age story of Superman himself, Clark Kent. Smallville won 3 Primetime Emmys as well as several other awards, and for good reason — it was fantastic. Although fans weren’t as enthused with the later seasons as they were with the beginning, the show held a major fanbase for ten seasons before ending on May 13, 2011. The show took us right from the beginning in the pilot when baby Kal-El lands on Earth before quickly jumping to teenage Clark played by Tom Welling, who begins to deal with controlling his powers, befriending Lex Luthor and falling in love with Lana Lang. There’s a lot to miss from this iconic show, but here are 10 things we miss the most about Smallville.
10. The Town Of Smallville
The story of Superman is a well-known one and until Smallville his identity as Clark Kent wasn’t given the full shake it deserves. While everyone knows Clark as the mild-mannered, bumbling reporter of “The Daily Planet” in Metropolis, he has his roots in Smallville as a corn-fed farmboy. Smallville was the perfect backdrop for the awkward teenage Clark who just wanted to fit in, date Lana Lang and help his parents Jonathan and Martha who were expertly portrayed by John Schneider and Annette O’Toole.
You couldn’t help but love Smallville as its quaintness and small-town life was disrupted again and again by kryptonite infections and a young man learning to be a superhero in their midst. All these years later, the origin story is being tried out yet again with Superman’s fellow Justice League member Batman in Gotham, a show that is also already very successful, thanks in part to the previous success of this show.