SuperFriends (1980)

ABC (ended 1983)
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  • S 3 : Ep 24

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    Aired 10/22/83

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    One Small Step for Superman

    Aired 10/22/83

  • S 3 : Ep 22

    Attack of the Cats

    Aired 10/22/83

  • S 3 : Ep 21

    Superclones

    Aired 10/8/83

  • S 3 : Ep 20

    Bully for You

    Aired 10/8/83

  • Cast & Crew
  • Michael Bell

    voice of Zan / Gleek

  • Olan Soule

    voice of Batman

  • Casey Kasem

    voice of Robin

  • Jack Angel

    voice of Samurai

  • Michael Rye

    voice of Apache Chief

  • show Description
  • After a slow start with the original series in 1973, the SuperFriends was becoming one of the most popular animated series on Saturday mornings during that decade thanks to subsequent series, including The All-New SuperFriends Hour (1977), Challenge of the SuperFriends with an additional half-hour series sans the villainous Legion of Doom (1978), and The World's Greatest SuperFriends (1979). The success of these series lead to more of the SuperFriends' continuing popularity into the next decade beginning with this one in 1980. The basic format for this one was three shorts between 7 and 8 minutes each in a half-hour segment in which our familiar superheroes battled various villains, monsters, alien creatures or beings, all for the sake of saving lives and averting catastrophe. Of course, the primary superheroes of this series are Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Batman and Robin, the stars of the previous SuperFriends series. And it's certain each short would feature at least one of them in action. Secondary heroes are the same as it was for The All-New SuperFriends Hour, including Green Lantern, Hawkman and Hawkgirl, Rima the jungle woman, the Flash, and the Atom, all of whom are established characters in DC Comics. Other superheroes who had been created for the previous series appear here as well, including Black Vulcan, Apache Chief, Samurai, El Dorado, and junior SuperFriends, Zan and Jayna, better known as the Wonder Twins, along with their long-tailed blue space monkey Gleek. Like The All-New SuperFriends Hour, it was a guarantee the trio would appear in at least one of the three shorts of this series. While the first 2 seasons of the series had aired on ABC, the third season was missing from the U.S. Saturday morning schedule altogether. It did air in international markets, but had first aired in the U.S. in syndication, eventually being part of The Superman/Batman Adventures, a compilation of SuperFriends and 1960's Filmation shorts featuring Superman, Batman and Robin, Aquaman and other Justice League members, which originally aired on the USA Network. Eventually, the third season has recently come out on DVD as SuperFriends: The Lost Episodes, which is now available for purchase for the viewing pleasure of those who are big fans of the series. This series ran from September, 1980 to September, 1983, eventually being replaced by SuperFriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show the following year, which itself was replaced by The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians in 1985, which would be the last of the various SuperFriends series.moreless

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  • Quotes (4)

    • Technician: Superman! What are you doing here? Superman: There isn't time for questions. I've got to have your latest, fastest rocket! Technician: Sorry, Superman, but we just fired our only rocket to Mars. It will take months to build another. Superman: In that case, I've got no choice but to build it myself! (utilizing his super speed, he builds a rocket from three pieces in two seconds)

    • Green Lantern: Just my luck! That creature's got yellow laser eyes--the only color I'm defenseless against.

    • Robin: Holy Mindbenders, Batman! Listen to this. As your IQ drops to below 22, you'll need Mya help to Tya your shoe! Wonder Woman: I can't make any sense out of that at all. Batman: I think I may have the solution. (cuts to Batman's big screen computer) As your IQ drops to below 22 doesn't mean a drop in intelligence, but a drop below the 22nd parallel. Robin: Of course, Batman. And when the Riddler said "you'll need Mya help," he means the ancient civilization of the Mayans in Central America. Superman: There's no time to waste. Let's go!

    • Wonder Woman (as she looks at the paper when the Stupid Spray takes effect): That silly Riddler. This is no antidote, it's just paper. Batman: No. It's another Riddler clue. You're probably so dumb now, you need a simple clue. So find the highest mountain there is and climb until you're blue. Wonder Woman: Climb until we're blue. I got it! We'll paint ourselves blue and climb a mountain. (Laughs) Batman: It's no good. We're too stupid now to figure out riddles. Maybe Bat Computer figure it out. (cuts to the SupeFriends at the BatJet) Narrator: The SuperFriends struggle to decipher the clue. Batman: Let's see. I think this is how the computer works. (inserts Riddler's clue into the Bat Computer) Bat Computer: Riddler analysis complete. The highest mountain on Earth is Mount Everest. You must climb to the top where the air is too thin to breathe. Wonder Woman: Come on, Superman, I'll race you to the mountain. (They take off)

    Notes (11)

    • This episode also features the character Lois Lane.

    • This is a rare short in which Samurai doesn't utilize the power of wind. However, he does change into fire and becomes invisible.

    • From this episode on, Apache Chief can grow beyond his usual giant height of 50 feet (15.24 meters).

    • Only appearance of The Riddler in this series.

    • This episode also features the character Rima the Jungle Girl.

    • This is a rare instance in which a villain (Mxyzptlk) appears even though his particular nemesis (Superman) doesn't.

    • This short is a rare one in which Robin appears without Batman.

    • This episode reunites all thirteen members of the Legion of Doom. Although they all appear in this episode only Lex Luthor, Sinestro, and Solomon Grundy have speaking dialogue.

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    Trivia (9)

    • Goof: When Batman is about to use electrical tape in an effort to neutralize the star creature, his chest insignia is briefly inverted. That is, a yellow bat inside a black oval.

    • Goof: Just before Zan takes the form of water when the twins first utilize their powers, his Z-insignia is reversed.

    • Goof: How is heck is Black Vulcan able to utilize his powers underwater? The moment he dived in, he should have completely shorted out.

    • Goof: Technically, the aliens' rock music shouldn't have overpowered the SuperFriends since sound does not travel in space.

    • If the Riddler was at the BatCave, then he should have known it would be close to Wayne Manor and he should have just as easily figured out Batman and Robin's secret identities.

    • Goof: When Robin is captured, he's encased in a giant cocoon. When he gets his hand free to use the Bat-solvent from his utility belt, he's not wearing his trademark green glove. The instant the cocoon dissolves, the glove instantly reappears.

    • Goof: How the heck is Black Vulcan able to utilize his electric powers underwater? The moment he dived in, he should have shorted out.

    • Goof: How is Flash able to run in outer space, let alone be able to breathe?

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    Allusions (2)

    • The villainous Dr. Wells may be a reference to H.G. Wells, who was the author of the novel The Time Machine.

    • The IBN building may be a reference to the IBM computer company.

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