Smallville is a live-action Superman television series created by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar alongside Tollin/Robbins Productions . It is a one-hour, prime-time drama, which chronicles the adventures of a young Clark Kent (Tom Welling) and his journey to becoming Superman. The series, initially broadcast by The WB, premiered on October 16, 2001. After Smallville's fifth season, The WB and UPN merged to form The CW. It concluded on May 13, 2011 after ten seasons, with 217 episodes in total.
The series' early years pit Clark against numerous Meteor Freaks, people mutated by Kryptonite into superpowered monsters, while also having him deal with his turbulent romance with Lana Lang (Kristen Kreuk) and friendship with Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum).
Two new main characters were introduced to the Superman mythos in the show: Chloe Sullivan (Allison Mack), Clark's pseudo-sidekick, and Lionel Luthor (John Glover), Lex's rich and powerful father. Although Lex Luthor's father had previously appeared in the comics, this was the first time his character was fully fleshed out and given the name Lionel.
Later in the series' run, more prominent figures from the Superman mythology appeared such as Lois Lane (Erica Durance), Perry White, Jimmy Olsen, Supergirl (Laura Vandervoort), and Connor Kent, as well as famous supervillains like Doomsday, General Zod, Brainiac, Metallo, and Darkseid. Various heroes from the DCU also appeared. The series wrapped up its ten year run with the appearance of Superman saving the planet from the Apokolips.
In 2019, Tom Welling and Erica Durance reprised their roles for the Arrowverse adaptation of the crossover event Crisis on Infinite Earths, during which it was revealed that, per the Arrowverse's use of the Multiverse, the Earth of the series' universe is designated as Earth-167, a reference to Alfred Gough and Miles Millar's shared birth year of 1967.
- The Kents
- Lana Lang
- Pete Ross
- Lionel Luthor
- Whitney Fordman
- Jason Teague
- Jimmy Olsen
- Kara Zor-El
- Doomsday/Davis Bloome
- Major Zod
- Justice League
- The Martian Manhunter
- Impulse/Kid Flash
- Black Canary
- Doctor Fate
- Speedy (Mia Dearden)
- Blue Beetle
- Booster Gold
- Batman (Season 11)
- Legion of Super-Heroes
- Cosmic Boy
- Saturn Girl
- Lightning Lad
- Brainiac 5
- Batgirl/ Barbara Gordon (Season 11)
- Jay Garrick [The Flash] (Season 11)
- Wonder Woman (Season 11)
- Ms. Martian (Season 11)
- Jor-El & Lara
- Perry White
- Franklin W. Stern
- Ron Troupe
- Catherine Grant
- Emil Hamilton
- Dan Turpin
- Maggie Sawyer
- Sam Lane
- Lucy Lane
- Bibbo Bibbowski (Season 11)
- Angela Chen (Season 11)
- Meteor Freaks
- Lex Luthor
- Brainiac/Milton Fine
- General Zod
- Mister Mxyzptlk
- Silver Banshee
- Bruno Mannheim
- Amanda Waller
- The Suicide Squad
- Granny Goodness
- Gordon Godfrey
- The Female Furies
- Otis Berg (Season 11)
- Cyborg Superman (Season 11)
- Prankster (Season 11)
- Mr. Freeze (Season 11)
- Brain and Monsieur Mallah (Season 11)
- Black Flash (Season 11)
- Kirt Niedrigh (Season 11)
- Felix Faust (Season 11)
- Hades (Season 11)
- Season 1 - Introduces Clark Kent and and his friends (Pete Ross and Chloe Sullivan) and parents, his situation in Smallville involving his discovery of his alien heritage and his arrival during the meteor shower of 1989. It focuses on his friendship with future enemy Lex Luthor and his romance with childhood crush Lana Lang. Clark already has super-strength and speed at the start of the series but also discovers his first extra power of X-Ray Vision. Clark also discovers he has a weakness to the meteor rocks (aka Kryptonite) scattered around the town.
- Season 2 - Introduces the 2nd of Clarks extra powers that of Heat Vision, Red Kryptonite, and discovering his Kryptonian heritage. Clark's best friend Pete Ross discovers Clark's secret.
- Season 4 - Introduces Lois Lane for the rest of the series. Clark encounters a new hero Bart Allen also known as Impulse, Clark discover the crystal of knowledge which leads him to the arctic after stoping a second meteor shower. Also Clark's other friend Chloe Sullivan finds out about Clarks secret.
- Season 5 Introduces Brainiac, The Fortress of Solitude, Clark meets Aquaman, a new form of kryptonite and the rise of Zod.
- Season 6 Introduces The Phantom Zone, Phantom wraths, the debut of Oliver Queen aka: Green Arrow into the series. Clark's first team up with the Justice League and an encounter with Martian Manhunter.
- Season 7 - Introduces Kara Zor-El, Clark's cousin from Krypton, as his new ally. This season also includes Bizarro in several episodes and the return of Brainiac.
- Season 8 - Lana and Lex have left, and it takes place more in Metropolis now. Clark works at The Daily Planet alongside Lois, The news becomes aware of an anonymous hero known only as the Red-Blue Blur saving people while a threat of a serial killer known as Doomsday is also at large plaguing the city.
- Season 9 - Introduces a younger Zod, a clone from his time as a Major. The S-Shield featured more prominently in this season including on Clark's chest. Clark adopts a black outfit, calling himself simply The Blur.
- Season 10 - The final season of Smallville. This season features the return of Lex Luthor, as well as the appearance of Darkseid. Chloe Sullivan is no longer a regular in this season, appearing only as a recurring guest star. And the real Superman costume finally appears.
- Season 11 - A 2012 comic book continuation of the TV series.
Upon Smallville's launch, a series of paperback novels was launched, along with a series of young adult novels. These stories chronicled some of Clark's adventures that took place during the first few seasons. Both series died out before too long. See Smallville novels for information on both series.
There have additionally been comic book adaptations of Smallville. During the first few seasons, a comic series simply titled "Smallville" ran stories taking place concurrently with the show. It also had special features including episode guides and interviews with the actors.
Additionally, one online comic story was made in conjunction with Stride Gum, entitled "Smallville: Visions".
After the show's final season ended, Smallville Season 11, a new regular comic series, continued the story from the TV series.
Additionally, there were a few different web cartoon series. One series was an animated comic book featuring the Justice League, Smallville Legends: Justice & Doom. There was a series based on the character of Green Arrow/Oliver Queen from the show, "Oliver Queen Chronicles". Kara Zor-El also got her own webseries, Smallville Legends: Kara and the Chronicles of Krypton, which expanded on her origins.
|Superman Television Series (V)|
|Live-Action||Adventures of Superman • The Adventures of Superboy • The Adventures of Superpup • Superboy • Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman • Smallville • Supergirl (Arrowverse appearances) • Krypton • Superman & Lois
Undeveloped series: Metropolis
|Animated||'Superman' Fleischer cartoons • Superman (1988 Animated Series) • Superman: The Animated Series • Krypto the Superdog • Legion of Super-Heroes |
Justice League series: Super Friends • Justice League Unlimited • Young Justice • Justice League Action
|Webisodes and other shorts||The Adventures of Seinfeld & Superman • Chloe Chronicles • Smallville Legends: Kara and the Chronicles of Krypton • Super Best Friends Forever • Superman of Tokyo • World's Funnest|
|Smallville Television Series|
|Seasons||1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8 • 9 • 10|
|Webisodes||Chloe Chronicles • Smallville Legends: Kara and the Chronicles of Krypton|
|Print Media||Novels • Comic Books (Smallville • Visions • Season 11 (Alien • Lantern) )|
|Characters||Clark Kent • Lana Lang • Chloe Sullivan • Pete Ross • Whitney Fordman • Lex Luthor • Lionel Luthor • Martha and Jonathan Kent • Lois Lane • Kara Zor-El • Davis Bloome • Oliver Queen • Jason Teague|