5. Gotham (Fox)

A boy is becoming a bat. A kitten is becoming a cat. A butler became a pin cushion. Season 3 ended with multiple characters on ice or sleeping with the Fishes. With the Court of Owls manipulating many elements throughout the season, “Heroes Rise” became the show's most ambitious arc juggling disparate, yet ultimately interconnected stories. The series succeeded by giving each character agency and individual goals rather than minor impetuses to bring them into contact with Jim Gordon or Bruce Wayne. With Ra's Al Ghul and an ever-evolving criminal underground on the horizon, “Gotham” is primed for a strong fourth season.

4. Riverdale (CW)

In the hands of anyone but Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, this would have likely been a train wreck. But when you love something and understand its core, you can reshape it in all manners and still maintain its essence, appealing to open-minded fans of the original and drawing in new audiences. It twists, and almost everything fans know about Archie comics by mixing in a fair amount of Twin Peaks' corrupted small town atmosphere into the idyllic world of perpetual high school. With a talented cast and clever writing, the show delivered captivating television with a depth far greater than its central murder mystery.

3. Arrow (CW)

For all of its strengths, “Arrow” often has trouble maintaining momentum over the course of a season for the Big Bad. While Season 5 began strong enough, once Prometheus was unmasked, the show kicked into high gear, and never slowed down. This season had the most riding on it, as it had to pay off every clue dropped over the years about Oliver's backstory, given that the show is dropping its trademark flashbacks next season. The show's strongest season more than met the challenge as viewers got closure, character growth and, a near-complete cast reunion for the finale before embarking on an uncertain future.

2. iZombie (CW)

With the core cast now all aware of zombies' existence, and Liv's status, the show was free to expand its scope, bringing in zombie corporation Fillmore Graves, zombie truthers and a mayoral election with an undead candidate. The show remains a showcase for Rose McIver's range, as she melds eclectic murder victims into her performance each episode. With the entire team keeping a lot fewer secrets from each other, trust replaces suspicion, and as the characters' stories branch out within or outside of the zombie community, the actors are allowed to stretch their skills and keep the show fresh.

1. Legion (FX)

Fox shattered the mold for superhero television, and that is exactly what this show needed to succeed. Half the time, viewers aren't sure what they are watching because David doesn't know what he's seeing either, and therein lies the magic. Character and atmosphere take center stage as viewers work to unravel the narrative, never certain if the moment that is emotionally breaking them is false, and if reality will be better or worse if it is. Stunning visuals, intelligent writing that challenges the audience and highly-skilled cast make for a rewarding, boundary-pushing series. Absolutely nailing the strangest X-Man is commendable in its own right, and raises the standards of any studio offering a half-hearted translation of any other character.