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Smallville

WB
Tuesday 9:00–10:00 p.m.
Cast:Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, Kristin Kreuk, John Schneider, Annette O'Toole

Smallville creators insisted that the adolescent Clark Kent would never wear tights or fly. Instead of focusing on the super feats of the budding superhero, the show looks at his psyche as his otherworldly powers begin to bud. He pines for the luminous Lana Lang (Kreuk), who's dating the high school quarterback. Lex Luther, who also lives in Smallville, hasn't yet sprouted his evil ways and actually hangs out with Clark. Think Dawson's Creek crossed with The X-Files. Smallville emerged as one of the critical favorites of the season.