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The story of the Marvel Cinematic Universe on television has been tumultuous and featured a lot of teeth-gnashing, starting with Agents of SHIELD on ABC back in 2013 and expanding with a bunch of series on Netflix (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders) and cable, before settling into the current Disney+ situation we have now. If we’re being honest, there have been a lot more low points for the MCU’s TV shows than high points. But when the MCU has been good on TV, it’s been really good.
The range of quality among TV series in the MCU spans the full spectrum from absolutely embarrassing to best-of-the-decade good–sometimes even over the course of a single show. And the passage of time has also changed our perspective on some of the older series in particular. Some of those shows on Netflix, for example, actually hold up very well next to the newer and more expensive series on Disney+, which have tended to be pretty messy.
Another flashy new MCU limited series, Secret Invasion, has now wrapped up. Let’s take a look at our rankings of the MCU on TV and see how the Samuel L. Jackson series stacks up. Oh, and just so you know: every single one of these series is now on Disney+.