Launched in September 2006, The CW has been around for almost 16 years. The network’s original goal was to appeal primarily to young female audiences by airing reality shows such as America’s Next Top Model, but they realized it was not an effective way to promote their program. Since then, The CW has been attracting both men and women, and its audience is currently said to be split in two.
Although The CW is criticized by mainstream audiences for its shoddy effects and failure to include proper diverse representation, it still has some of television’s most unforgettable series. Recently, the network has suffered multiple cancellations, such as batman and Riverdalebut it still offers series like all american and the next Babylon 5 restart and Gotham Knights series. For now, let’s take a look at The CW’s eight best TV series.
8 Gossip Girl
The success of the Gossip Girl as a television series in the early 2000s was truly unmatched. Based on the novel series of the same name, the plot is narrated by an unknown blogger called “Gossip Girl”, who is about the upper-class teenager and her messy drama life in New York City. In the same way of Pretty little Liarsthe blogger’s identity is concealed throughout the series and serves as the driving force behind the storyline. Gossip Girl ran for six seasons and, due to its popularity, saw many other adaptations around the world. Despite some toxicity surrounding the wealthy group of friends, the series makes you realize how lonely you probably tend to feel. In 2021, a Gossip Girl reboot aired, this time streaming on HBO Max, ultimately continuing the story with an all-new cast.
seven The Vampire Diaries
The CW loves its supernatural concepts and The Vampire Diaries is just a popular example. Again based on a book of the same name, the story follows Elena Gilbert, played by Nina Dobrev, and the Salvatore brothers as they face many dangers involving the tangled history of vampires, werewolves, witches and many fantastic beings. The series attracted the largest audience with the series premiere – nearly 4.8 million, per tv guide — and it retained its greatest popularity until the arrival of Arrow. Even though The Vampire Diaries ended after its eighth season in 2017, the universe continued in other media, such as the television series The originals and The Legacy. The Vampire Diaries has a lot of emotionally damaged characters who keep getting hurt over and over again, and you can’t help but enjoy the vampire drama.
6 the flash
Set in the same universe as Arrow, the flash is a DC Comics character and tells the story of Barry Allen, a crime scene investigator who suddenly gains superhuman abilities to fight criminals and other supervillains. The producers had no plans to fully develop the series, but after the success of the pilot episode, the flash has since lasted eight seasons. What’s likable about the TV show is how it humanizes its own characters. For example, despite having the power of super speed, Barry still manages to be late. DC cities usually have their own distinct vibe, but in the flash the city simply loves him and supports him to catch thieves.
iZombie is a television series also loosely based on a comic book and with a slightly grittier premise than usual: human forensic scientist turned zombie Olivia Moore eats the brains of victims to solve crimes. The show ran for five seasons with the last one airing in 2019. The show is full of great characters, such as Ravi Chakrabarti, who instead of panicking upon discovering that zombies exist, he immediately starts looking for a cure for his friends and tests it on itself. iZombie also delivers perfectly iconic lines and the humor is immaculate. It’s one of the shows that once you’ve watched and loved, you won’t be able to recreate the same feeling watching it the second time around.
4 Black Lightning
Running for four seasons, Black Lightning is yet another superhero TV series that The CW picked up and expanded upon. It has Cress Williams as the titular Jefferson Pierce character, a retired superhero who is now the school principal and is forced to return to his previous job when he gets mixed up in his personal and professional life. Black Lightning officially part of Arrowverse during the third season as part of a DC crossover event. Despite how good the series was, The CW once again handled the cancellation unprofessionally, given how the cast discovered the news from Twitter. It was The CW’s first superhero production that was canceled without any sort of conclusion – and that’s saying a lot.
3 The 100
The 100 is a post-apocalyptic science fiction television series loosely based on a novel of the same name. Starring Eliza Taylor and Bob Morley in the lead roles, the plot follows a group of delinquents who return to Earth from a space habitat a century after a nuclear disaster. Not only do they have to get used to the new way of life, but they also have to learn to coexist with the people who survived on the ground.
As the longest running American fantasy television series, Supernatural managed to run for 15 seasons. Starring Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles in the lead roles as the Winchester brothers, the plot centers on the two as they carry on the family legacy by hunting all manner of supernatural beings, such as demons and ghosts. Due to its large audience, you’re bound to have two sides that are completely divided over their opinions on the show. A party really enjoyed everything Supernatural turned off, and the other just rolled around with all his mistakes because he wanted to know how the story was going to end. Although running a TV show for 15 seasons comes with the risk that the stories will become stale, Supernatural still remains one of the most enjoyable series on the network.
1 Joan the Virgin
Based on a Venezuelan telenovela Juana the virgin, Joan the Virgin is a satirical romantic comedy-drama that received critical acclaim for its performances and overall storyline. Starring Gina Rodriguez in the lead role, the plot follows a 22-year-old Latina virgin who accidentally becomes pregnant following artificial insemination by her gynecologist. The TV series is amazing in every way: it has canonical gay characters, found family, cutting-edge comedy (as well as parts of comedy-drama), and themes of sexual achievement. On top of that, it’s very emotionally compromising, and even violent in some seasons.