Ever wondered what Superman was like before he became the hero? If so, Smallville is the show for you. Focusing on Clark Kent’s high school years in the first four seasons, Smallville takes place in the fictional town of the same name. With a "no tights, no flights" rule set by the series developers, the first season mostly dealt with Clark coming to terms with his alien origins; every week there was a different villain, normally one who derived powers from kryptonite exposure. Many villains from the original comic book series are eventually introduced into the show, including Lex Luthor, Clark’s friend turned enemy, Brainic, and an interpretation of Doomsday. It is not until the tenth season that Clark finally realizes the hero he can and is meant to be. Lana Lang is Clark Kent’s love interest in the series (the equivalent of Lois Lane), although initially he cannot physically be close to her because of the kryptonite necklace Lana wears around her neck. Although the show focuses on Clark’s struggle to realize his true powers and responsibility, it also shows how he has very human problems and worries. The love triangles, secrets, broken and repaired friendships, and betrayals helped to strip the character of the young Superman down to its "bare essence", as the show’s creators wanted. Smallville became the longest-running North American science fiction series by the time its tenth season ended and has accumulated many nominations and wins, from Emmys to Teen Choice Awards. The show even gained the approval of Superman star Christopher Reeve, who guest-starred in two episodes.