After the total misfire that was Iron Fist and the enjoyable but muddled The Defenders, the pressure was on The Punisher to put Marvel's Netflix subfranchise back on track.
Thankfully, the series - starring Jon Bernthal's ultra-violent vigilante - actually did just that. It had some issues, sure, but, all in all, it was arguably the best of these shows since Jessica Jones season 1, thanks to its terrific central character, strong themes of grief and loss and thrilling, gore-filled action.
Like the best Marvel-Netflix series, another big part of why it worked so well was its cast. These shows are often criticised for being too slow, but the gradual pacing allows the characters room to move and grow. Even a show about a loner like Frank Castle is driven by its great character dynamics. That said, some of the cast didn't shift their weight as much as they could have done.
Counting the adult characters who appeared in over half the episodes (along with one big exception who couldn't be leave out), there were 10 main characters in The Punisher.