Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman was a ‘90s romantic dramedy that also happened to be a superhero show. Starring Dean Cain as Clark Kent/Superman and Teri Hatcher as Lois Lane, the show debuted 30 years ago on September 12, 1993. It would go on to run for four seasons through June 1997.

The series began with Clark, a star reporter for the Smallville Press, moving to Metropolis to pursue a career with the Daily Planet. Soon after securing the exciting new job, he meets Daily Planet ace Lois Lane, and while he excels at human interest pieces, she lives for exposés and hard-hitting stories.

It doesn’t take long for Clark to fall for the intrepid reporter, though his feelings aren’t reciprocated. Initially, Lois thinks Clark is a simple, small town guy, and she happens to have a huge crush on his Superman alter ego. But, his charm wins her over and the pair fall in love, then she discovers his identity as Superman, and eventually they get married.

As the title implies, the show was more focused on the relationship between Clark and Lois, than on his super-heroics. That’s not to say that he didn’t face plenty of bad guys, like business mogul Lex Luthor (John Shea). But instead, it followed Lois and Clark’s romance and journalistic pursuits, as well as their coworkers – editor Perry White (Lane Smith), photographer Jimmy Olsen (Michael Landes, then Justin Whalin) and gossip columnist Cat Grant (Tracy Scoggins).

The series gestated from a concept that then-DC Comics President Jenette Kahn had been working on for a Superman universe TV series called Lois Lane’s Daily Planet. When she started collaborating with TV producer Deborah Joy LeVine and media executive Leslie Moonves, they reworked the show to put the emphasis on Lois and Clark’s romance with the superhero content used to add the action. They also used John Byrne’s more modern take on the Man of Steel, by establishing Clark was his real personality and Superman as the alter ego.