One of my favorite parts of any Superman show ever is in Lois and Clark: the New Adventures of Superman. Basically, Superman violates a really stupid injunction against saving people using his powers, so he is temporarily sent to prison. But when the Metropolis police take mugshots of him, everyone in the room (including the police) uses it as a photo op with Superman like
Happy Anniversary, Lois and Clark!(TV: October 6th | Comics: October 9th)
Lois, I have loved you from the moment I saw you. I love your humor, your passion, the way you just dive right in, even when you shouldn’t. Because you refuse to just watch the world. You demand that it be a better place, and, because of you, it is. And, today, I want to give you as much of the world as I can. So, I give you my heart, my soul, our future.
Clark, you’re my best friend. Until I met you, I never had a best friend. And falling in love with you has been so easy, I don’t know why I fought it so long. You have such gentle grace and such quiet strength and mostly such incredible kindness. I’ve never known anyone with as pure a heart, and, so, today, I give you my love, and my honor and our life together.
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman is a live-action Superman TV show from the 90s. The same Superman story we all love, Kal-El of Krypton was sent to Earth as an infant and grows up with the Kents (though in this show, Jonathan Kent is still alive and well). It stars Dean Cain as Clark Kent/Superman and Teri Hatcher as Lois Lane.
It’s sort of different from other Superman shows in that the relationship between Lois and Clark is at the forefront. It’s almost a love triangle (but not quite) with Clark, Lois, and Superman. Clark is also very different from most portrayals. Most of the time, Clark Kent is considered the secret identity, the person he pretends to be when he needs information. But in this show, he is Clark. Superman is just his job.
Anyway, the real charm of Lois & Clark is in its… 90s-ness. It’s silly, and corny, and never quite takes itself seriously. The plots are cartoony, but fun. A five part arc revolves around a frog-eating clone of Lois Lane running around while the real Lois has amnesia and thinks she’s a lounge singer. The special effects are delightfully bad. Everyone writes their reports for the Daily Planet on their big clunky computers. The internet barely exists.
The real reason I love Lois & Clark is it’s just… fun to watch. It’s stupid and it’s amazing and laugh-out-loud ridiculous. I 100% recommend it.