Live Action, Original Superheroes on TVby alden-ash | created - 29 Mar 2012 | updated - 28 Nov 2016 | Public
What if you were given superpowers (on a typically low budget)? These are shows with characters not originally appearing in comic books.
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1. The Secret World of Alex Mack (1994–1998)
TV-Y7 | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
She's Alex Mack. One minute she's walking home...the next there's a crash and she's drenched in some weird chemical! Then she gets powers...
5. M.A.N.T.I.S. (1994 TV Movie)
95 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A brilliant, wheelchair-bound scientist invents a form of exo-skeleton called the Mechanically Augmented Neuro Transmitter Interception System (M.A.N.T.I.S.) that turns him into a superhero... See full summary »
8. No Ordinary Family (2010–2011)
TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Comedy, Drama
The Powells are a typical American family living in Pacific Bay, California, whose members gain special powers after their plane crashes in the Amazon.
10. Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman (1989 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 96 min | Action, Sci-Fi
The Bionic Woman and the Six Million Dollar Man reunite, with a few younger bionic assistants, and try to catch a bionic spy.
12. The Bionic Woman (1976–1978)
TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
After fully recovering from her nearly fatal bout of bionic rejection, Jaime Sommers, the first female cyborg, is assigned to spy missions of her own.
13. The Six Million Dollar Man (1973 TV Movie)
TV-PG | 90 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi
After an astronaut and test pilot is catastrophically mutilated in a test plane crash, he is rebuilt and equipped with nuclear powered bionic limbs and implants.
15. The Return of the Six-Million-Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman (1987 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 98 min | Action, Sci-Fi
Ten years after his retirement from the government, Colonel Steve Austin must again team up with Jaime Sommers to stop a terrorist group. Complicating matters for Austin are his estranged ... See full summary »
16. Chuck (2007–2012)
TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Comedy, Drama
When a twenty-something computer geek inadvertently downloads critical government secrets into his brain, the C.I.A. and the N.S.A. assign two agents to protect him and exploit such knowledge, turning his life upside down.
19. Jake 2.0 (2003–2004)
60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
Jake Foley is a computer technician for the N.S.A., who secretly longs for a chance to work in the field. Circumstance puts him in a top secret laboratory, in the middle of a shoot-out ... See full summary »
21. Exo-Man (1977 TV Movie)
95 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A professor, who has been paralyzed in an attack by mob hitmen, builds a suit that enables him to walk and fight crime.
22. Heat Vision and Jack (1999 TV Short)
30 min | Short, Action, Adventure
Astronaut on the run with special powers and his talking motorcycle must deal with a malevolent artificial life form that's possessing people and turning them into dust, as well as NASA's hitman and real life actor Ron Silver.
23. Lab Rats (2012–2016)
TV-Y7 | 22 min | Action, Comedy, Family
A scrawny 14-year-old, having discovered his inventor stepdad has three bionic, super-powered teens living cloistered in a secret lab beneath their home, brings them out into the world.
25. Limitless (2015–2016)
TV-14 | 42 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
An average twenty-eight-year-old man who gains the ability to use the full extent of his brain's capabilities is hired by the F.B.I. as a consultant.
26. Heroes Reborn (2015–2016)
TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
A year ago, a terrorist attack in Odessa, Texas, left the city decimated. Blamed for the tragic event, those with extraordinary abilities are in hiding or on the run from those with nefarious motives.
27. Heroes Reborn: Dark Matters (2015– )
5 min | Sci-Fi
Five years after the public became aware of the existence of evolved humans - or "EVOs." Said public is not entirely supportive of these EVOs. In fact, few people fall into the middle ground.
The Magical World of Disney (1954–1991)
Unrated | 96 min | Adventure, Drama, Family
When a man is exposed to an alien gas, he acquires the ability to heal instantly and survive any injury or toxin.
29. The Man with the Power (1977 TV Movie)
93 min | Sci-Fi
A man whose father was an alien from another planet inherits his father's supernatural powers. He is assigned to guard a beautiful Indian princess who is on a state visit to America.
The Greatest American Hero (1981–1983)
The Greatest American Heroine
TV-14 | 46 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
The aliens tell Ralph to find a suitable replacement for himself when his secret identity is revealed to the world. Much to Bill's disgust he selects a woman to be his successor.
31. Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad (1994– )
TV-Y7 | 20 min | Animation, Family, Action
Typical teenager Sam Collins (Matthew Lawrence) and his friends secretly fight virus monsters by transporting themselves into the computer.