The All-New SuperFriends Hour

ABC (ended 1978)
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  • Welcome to The All-New SuperFriends Hour at a lackluster start in 1973, the familiar SuperFriends team of Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Batman and Robin returned 4 years later in this series which featured four episodes in under one-hour airings following this format: The first was a 7-minute short that featured at least two of the core superheroes teamed to combat various villains seeking to carry out diabolical plots. The second was a 4 1/2-minute short that featured the Wonder Twins from planet Exxor, alien teenage superheroes Zan and Jayna who utilize special changing powers by touching their fists to activate and spring into action to help kids and teenagers in danger. Helping them out is the blue space monkey Gleek, who has a long tail that comes in handy every now and then. The threesome were an effective replacement of original Junior SuperFriends Wendy, Marvin, and WonderDog. The third episode was the main, full-length episode of the hour as the SuperFriends and the Wonder Twins teamed up against various villains and dangers that usually were a threat to the world. These were at least 22 minutes long. The fourth episode was a rescue mission that teamed at least one of the regular superheroes with another DC Comics superhero. This guest cast included Hawkman and Hawkgirl, Green Lantern, Rima the jungle woman, the Atom and the Flash. Other heroes (not from DC Comics) created for this and subsequent SuperFriends series are Black Vulcan, Samurai, and Apache Chief for more ethnic variety. These shorts were 6 minutes long. In between episodes, there were a number of fun segments for kids. There were magic tricks, decoder games, arts and crafts to make objects out of household items, as well as the more serious health and safety tips. The All-New SuperFriends Hour premiered on September 10, 1977 on ABC and ran one season before being replaced by Challenge of the SuperFriends which aired with another SF series that featured the main cast and the Wonder Twins in a half-hour series similar to the third episodes of this series. Subsequent SuperFriends series aired after these until the final series The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians in 1985.moreless

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 60


    Aired 12/16/77

  • S 1 : Ep 59

    The Ghost

    Aired 12/9/77

  • S 1 : Ep 58


    Aired 12/9/77

  • S 1 : Ep 57

    The Protector

    Aired 12/9/77

  • S 1 : Ep 56

    Cable Car Rescue

    Aired 12/2/77

  • Cast & Crew
  • Danny Dark

    Superman / Additional Voices

  • Olan Soule

    Batman / Additional Voices

  • Casey Kasem

    Robin / Additional Voices

  • Shannon Farnon

    Wonder Woman / Additional Voices

  • Norman Alden

    Aquaman / Additional Voices

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • Goof: When Zan is first seen at the tennis court, his chest insignia is inverted; That is, a purple "Z" inside a yellow triangle.

    • Barko: And so, by virtue of my own design, I am ruler of the world! (The Neanderthals cheer) Robin: (Whispering) I think Barko is wacko! Batman: (Yelling) You'll never get away with this, Barko! The SuperFriends will stop you! Barko: If the SuperFriends dare to go near my time tunnel, which is hidden beneath this fortress, it will automatically self-destruct. And as for you, Batman and Robin, you are about to take a short trip--straight down! (Pulls a cord and the Dynamic Duo fall down a trap door into a cage)

    • Jayna: See any weird women, Zan? Zan: Only you, super sis. Jayna: As a wonder brother, you could be a lot more wonderful.

    Notes (22)

    • First appearance of Exxor's Wonder Twins, Zan, Jayna, and their space monkey Gleek, Junior SuperFriends created specifically for this and subsequent SuperFriends series.

    • Comic book superhero Black Lightning was orignally meant to be used for this SuperFriends series, but once Hanna-Barbera learned they had to pay creator Tony Isabella royalties for use of the character, they created Black Vulcan instead.

    • First appearance of Black Vulcan, an ethnic superhero created specifically for this and subsequent SuperFriends series.

    • First appearance of Hawkman and Hawkgirl.

    • First appearance of Rima.

    • First appearance of the Atom.

    • This is the only Wonder Twins short in which Jayna and Zan don't take the forms of an eagle and water, respectively.

    • First appearance of Apache Chief, an ethnic superhero created particularly for this and subsequent SuperFriends series.

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    Trivia (100)

    • Goof: Batman's chest insignia is reverse-colored (a gold bat inside a black oval) on two occasions; First, before he and Wonder Woman leave the Hall of Justice, and second, when he contacts her via radio when they try to carry out their first plan to stop Dr. Cranum.

    • Goof: In the titlecard, Zan and Jayna's letter insignias are backward.

    • Goof: Robin's "R" insignia is missing at the very end of this episode.

    • Goof: The "A" logo on the Aqua Scooter changes from red to blue, then back to red during this episode.

    • Goof: Batman's chest insignia is inverted (a gold bat in a black oval) when he and Aquaman capture the Hydronoids' leader.

    • Goof: Aquaman's right glove is missing then reappears when he contacts Batman after spotting the Hydronoids' spacecraft.

    • Goof: When Robin sees Wonder Woman freeing Superman, who was encased in ice, his right glove is missing before it reappears.

    • Goof: When Batman contacts Superman via radio, it looks like Superman is speaking when Batman tells him the creature escaped into the swamp.

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    Allusions (3)

    • The title and idea for this episode comes from an old silent serial from 1921 called The Secret Four.

    • The title of this episode is a take on the French novel and eventual U.S. movie series Planet of the Apes.

    • The time tunnel machine used in this episode looks similar to the same named technology used in the late 1960's TV series The Time Tunnel, which starred James Darren and Robert Colbert as the time travellers lost in time as a result of using the experimental machine.

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • I don't need Superfriends to be happy!

    By GeorgeJobson, Jun 18, 2007

  • The Wonder Twins were okay. I actually thought this show was pretty good, but what made it mediokre is the amazingly dumb-talking monkey, Gleek (the Lame).

    By mi11ke04, Jun 12, 2005