All the post-cancellation accolades Daredevil keeps receiving have to be bittersweet for fans of Marvel’s Man Without Fear. And the latest recognition for the Hero of Hell’s Kitchen might be especially biting, since it shows just how strongly the show’s third and final season resonated with the fans themselves.
Season 3 of Daredevil just picked up Rotten Tomatoes’ first-ever Golden Tomato Awards Fans’ Choice winner for Favorite TV Show of 2018, outflanking other genre favorites including Season 3 of The Good Place, Season 1 of Cobra Kai, Season 5 of BoJack Horseman, and the debut season of The Haunting of Hill House.
It also earned more fan votes than out-of-genre hits like Patrick Melrose, Better Call Saul, Atlanta: Robbin’ Season, Killing Eve, and Outlander — all of which finished in the top 10 but came up short to last season’s quest to keep Wilson Fisk out of power while keeping Bullseye from becoming a monster.
Despite the show having the most uncertain of futures — if it even has a future at all — Marvel was quick to pick up on the news, celebrating the recognition on Twitter:
Rotten Tomatoes may have a Daredevil fan or two on staff as well. In announcing yet another Matt Murdock win, the site paid tribute to the incredible prison escape gauntlet that Matt had to fight his way through — while drugged, no less — in last year’s “Blindsided” episode. “Join us in raising a glass and re-watching the sixth episode’s badass ten-minute, no-cut fight scene to celebrate,” RT gushed (and we’re sure Matt’s happy to overlook the fact that the fight scene actually took place in the season’s fourth episode, not the sixth).
Daredevil already had earned a Golden Tomato award on the critical side of the equation earlier this month, taking home Rotten Tomatoes’ top honor as last year’s best-reviewed superhero show. Where all this after-the-fact praise from both fans and critics leaves the show in the eyes of Disney as it rolls out a new family-friendly streaming service is impossible to know — but Daredevil fans, and even some of the stars themselves, aren’t giving up on finding Karen, Matt, and Foggy a new place to call home.