Time to binge-watch!
Best known for: A qualitative choke-job so massive that the idea of celebrating "Heroes" today seems absurd.
Why: For 22 episodes between September 2006 and May 2007, "Heroes" was good enough that it could have been Top 5 in a gallery like this. Tim Kring's story of ordinary people discovering their powers had a complex mythology, a slew of likable characters, a stable of smart and clever writers and all indications where that it knew where it was going. Then came the finale, "How to Stop an Exploding Man," just months after series-peak "Company Man," and suddenly nobody liked "Heroes" anymore. The strike-shortened second season and increasingly desperate third season only made matters worse. But just for a minute, let's flash back and remember that moment when Hiro Nakamura was enthusiastic and lovable, when saving Claire Bennet meant saving the world, when we were intrigued by Noah Bennet's glasses, when we were intrigued by Matt Parkman's mind-reading, when The Brothers Petrelli weren't mopey pills. It's tempting to throw out the "Heroes" baby with the "Heroes" bathwater, but let's rise above that temptation and respect what the show did well, before it started doing it badly.
- Daniel Fienberg