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In October of 2001, We Needed a Hero and Thus, He Came… His Name Was Superman

It was a dark time in America, back in late 2001.

Think the unthinkable. The two Biggest Towers in America fell to their doom to dark forces outside of the United States. Real Estate Conman, Donald Trump, who two years later, would become a Reality TV Show Host, lamented at the time, that he “now has the largest tower in New York.”

It was a dark time, a dark place. We needed a hero. And we got it.

Smallville premiered on October 16, 2001 and it was a television show that gave small hope to a devastated nation.

The Pilot episode of the series was written by series creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, and directed by David Nutter. The Smallville Pilot introduced the characters of Clark Kent, an orphaned alien with superhuman abilities, and his friends and family who live in the fictitious town of Smallville, Kansas.

While that may sound different now, at the time it was a no-brainer. The concept was to put Superman into a trying time in American History. This worked for ten seasons.

And fans of the series loved every minute they could get.

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