Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (506)

  • Superman: Oh, one more thing. If you ever need to find me, all you have to do is look up.

  • Cat: (whistles at Clark) Who's the new tight end? Lois: Why don't you throw your usual forward pass and find out.

  • Person 1 in Crowd: What the hell is that? Person 2 in Crowd: Is it a bird? Person 3 in Crowd: Is it a plane? Person 4 in Crowd: (with binoculars) No, just a guy in a pair of tights and a cape!

  • Perry: Jimmy, never underestimate the need for a good obituary.

  • Lois: (regarding Cat Grant) What do men see in her, anyway? Don't they realize she's just looking for another notch on her garter belt? Jimmy: Pathetic. (a beat) Have you actually seen this garter belt?

  • Cat: Poor Lois... all work and no personality.

  • Lois: Kent is a hack from Smallville. I couldn't make that name up.

  • Lois: And let's get something straight. I did not work my buns off to become an investigative reporter for the Daily Planet just to babysit some hack from nowheresville. And one other thing. You're not working with me, you're working for me. I call the shots, I ask the questions. You are low man, I am top banana, and that's the way I like it. Comprende? Clark: You like to be on top. Got it.

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Notes (175)

  • During the hiring process for Ma Kent, all the the actresses wore simple farm dresses. K Callan attracted the attention of the crew by wearing a pink track suit for a more "modern" Martha.

  • Dean Cain was the first actor seen for the role of Clark/Superman. Deborah Joy Levine rejected him because she thought he looked too young.

  • Deborah Joy Levine's original script for "The Pilot" started with Clark in New Guinea participating in a fire ceremony while Lois was working on a story in Utah.

  • This was Persis Khambatta's final acting role before her death on August 18, 1998.

  • Two versions of this episode aired. The first, the two-hour premiere, aired in September 1993; and the second was the two-part version which aired that December. The two-part version has several scenes that were not in the original version aired in September. Finally, the version aired in the U.K. and now available on Columbia House video features scenes not seen in any version originally aired on ABC.

  • In the DVD release, it lists that Season 1 had 21 episodes, counting both parts of the Pilot as one episode.

  • Gerard Christopher, who played Clark Kent/Superboy in Superboy reportedly tried out for Superman, but the producers wanted an unknown in the role instead. Kevin Sorbo originally tried out for the part of Clark Kent/Superman. He was also in the top five choices along with Dean Cain.

  • Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman was released on: August 25th, 1994 in Germany November 27th, 1994 in Sweden December 28th, 1996 in Croatia January 7th, 1998 in Finland December 2nd, 1998 in Romania

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Trivia (237)

  • When Clark listens to the actress from outside the theater, the words she is heard saying are from the end of the paragraph she starts when Clark is entering.

  • Goof: When Clark goes to the theatre, the side entrance is shown, but it is spelled wrong. It is spelled as "enterance".

  • Goof: When Clark flies home to the farm, when he lands his shirt is one colour, when he goes inside it's another colour.

  • Two versions of this episode aired. The first, the two-hour premiere, aired in September 1993; and the second was the two-part version which aired that December. The two-part version has several scenes that were not in the original version aired in September.

  • Polygraph machines are based on the theory that someone who is lying and fearful of being exposed will have a higher heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure and galvanic skin response. Clark must therefore be able to exert conscious control all these autonomic functions to disguise his extraterrestrial origins at will. If he couldn't do so, the machine would have actually been more likely to react to his responses about Superman regardless of what he said, strictly because of his alien physiology.

  • Mr Thompson has a folder labled "Smallville 1966", so we get our first indication of when Clark's ship landed on Earth.

  • Goof: Cat tells Clark she has some pinot noir chilling, and then pours a couple of glasses of a white wine. Pinot noir is a red wine, and is not generally chilled.

  • Lois first mentions the novel which will become so important in the third season episode "Double Jeopardy".

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Allusions (206)

  • Jimmy: (to Lois Lane) Still going where no reporter has gone before. An allusion from the tagline of Star Trek's opening monologue: "To boldly go where no man has gone before".

  • Lois: (after Clark calls her a snob) Well, coming from Mr Greenjeans that's really.... Mr Greenjeans is a character from the children's TV show Captain Kangaroo. Mr Greenjeans was a farmer and handyman who wore overalls in green.

  • Costumes: Blue suit with red and white stripes above red briefs ; All red satin with full head cowl. Comic fans may recognise these as nods to Marvel's Captain America and Daredevil. The first suit is very close to the Captain's - with Superman's yellow replacing the white and the lack of a star on the chest. (Captain America was created not long after Superman.) The all-red, head-concealing suit is close to Daredevil's, only lacking his trademark "horns".

  • Lois: You really do read minds.
    In the 1978 movie Superman when Superman takes Lois Lane flying for the first time, we hear a small interior monologue where she asks the question, can you read my mind?

  • A furniture warehouse exhibits the name "Bessolo," and later in the episode, Lois refers to the street on which that warehouse is located as "Bessolo Blvd." The name has to be an allusion to George Reeves, who's real name was George Bessolo.

  • Title: Strange Visitor (From Another Planet) The title is a reference to the opening narration for the radio serial and the opening of the George Reeves TV series: Adventures of Superman, strange visitor from another planet who came to Earth with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men."

  • Lex's falcon is named Faust. Dr Faustus is a well known fictional character who sells his soul to the Devil in order to get the woman he wants.

  • Lex Luthor: Have you read The Art Of War? Written by Sun Tzu, The Art of War is one of the oldest and most famous studies of strategy and has had a huge influence on military planning, business tactics, and beyond.

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