We'd heard shows before boast about 'cinematic' production values, but Tim Kring's Heroes actually meant it. Every super-charged hour boasts lavish amounts of special effects - Hiro's time-freezing abilities are particularly cool - and a classy, noirish aesthetic partly inspired by M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable. But eye-candy alone wouldn't have won Heroes its place on this list. Kring's genius was in bolting the flashy action onto a slow-burning storyline full of shadows and mystery. And having a really cute, invincible cheerleader in the cast doesn't hurt none either.
Five Years Gone (Season 1, Episode 20), which saw Hiro and Ando travel five years into the future, finding out what will happen if New York actually explodes. It climaxes with a spectacular showdown, as noble Peter and evil Sylar do battle with fire and ice.
Did You Know?
James Kyson Lee, who plays Ando, can't speak a single word of Japanese.
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