The World's Greatest SuperFriends

ABC (ended 1980)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 8

    The Planet of Oz

    Aired 11/10/79

  • S 1 : Ep 7

    The SuperFriends Meet Frankenstein

    Aired 11/3/79

  • S 1 : Ep 6

    Terror at 20,000 Fathoms

    Aired 10/27/79

  • S 1 : Ep 5

    Universe of Evil

    Aired 10/20/79

  • S 1 : Ep 4

    The Lord of Middle Earth

    Aired 10/13/79

  • Cast & Crew
  • Frank Welker

    Additional Voices

  • Michael Bell

    Zan, Gleek

  • Olan Soule


  • Casey Kasem


  • Vernee Watson-Johnson

    Additional Voices

  • show Description
  • Follow the adventures of Batman, Robin, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Zan, Jayna, and Gleek! The World's Greatest Superfriends premiered on ABC Saturday, September 22, 1979 with the episode Rub Three Times for Disaster; the first of eight 30-minute episodes. This incarnation of the Superfriends followed the very successful run of Challenge of the Superfriends, which featured The Legion of Doom. In that series, the Superfriends battled the same foes in each episode. In The World's Greatest Superfriends, there is a different enemy in each episode. Stanley Jones reprises his role of Lex Luthor in the second episode of this series in a nice bit of continuity. The Wonder Twins and their space monkey Gleek also return after taking a hiatus during the last series. Other highlights of this series: the formation of Super Robin in The Superfriends Meet Frankenstein, the loss of Superman's memory and his thinking he's the Black Knight in Space Knights Of Camelon, and the chilling battle with the Evil Superfriends in Universe of Evil.moreless

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (9)

    • (Last scene after the Wonder Twins return from vacation) Zan: Anything exciting happen while we were gone? Aquaman: Nothing special, Zan. Superman: Just a nice, sunny weekend. The Others: Riiiiiiiiiight!!!

    • Luthor: They've (the sun creatures) destroyed my hovercraft! Orville: And we're surrounded by fire! We wouldn't be in this mess if it weren't for those no good SuperFriends! Luthor: Of course...the SuperFriends! You're a genius, you idiot! With this radio control switch, I'll free the SuperFriends. Let them destroy those cursed sun creatures! (Presses a green button to set his plan in motion)

    • Malhavoc: Fools! You think you've escaped me, but you've only succeeded in sealing your fate. That passage you've entered is the cave of the three deadly tasks. No one can survive it (evil laugh).

    • Superman: She's ready to blow. I just hope I can squeeze her shut. (Talking about Mount Vesuvius)

    • Evil Superman: Before you run out of gas, Batman, let me fill up your tank!

    • Evil Superman: I think your gold needs some more mining. Police Officer: More mining? Evil Superman: That's right. I'm going to make it all MINE! HA HA HA!!! Get it?

    • (aboard a fighter jet that goes off course) Robin: Batman! What are you doing? We're off course! Android Batman: Wrong, Robin, we're right on course; for a rendezvous with a submarine in the Pacific. Robin: I don't understand, Batman. Android Batman: Perhaps this will help you understand. (Android Batman ejects Robin out of the jet.)

    • Android Batman: Thanks, fool! We won't be needing you any longer. Aquaman: Batman! What's the matter with you? Batman?

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    Notes (14)

    • This is the fifth SuperFriends series.

    • No music is heard when the title card appears for this episode.

    • The Wonder Twins and Gleek only appear briefly in this episode.

    • Inspiration from Earlier Episodes This episode borrows quite a bit from Challenge of the SuperFriends. The idea of having Lex Luthor make a deal with fiery beings from another world came from The Fearians, in which Captain Cold bargains with the titular alien race from Venus. Later on in the episode, Lex Luthor uses elaborate disguises to lure the SuperFriends to the same spot in order to trap them, just like The Swamp of the Living Dead. Finally, like in Swamp of the Living Dead, Luthor is betrayed by his newfound allies and frees the doomed SuperFriends so that they can sort out the fine mess that he created.

    • Strangely enough, this is the only episode of any SuperFriends series in which Jimmy Olsen is seen. But of course, he was being impersonated by Orville.

    • Stanley Jones returns as the voice of Lex Luthor in this episode. Mr. Jones supplied the voice of Lex during the entire run of Challenge of the SuperFriends.

    • This episode is very loosely based on the novel trilogy, "Lord of the Rings" by J.R.R. Tolkien.

    • No evil counterparts of Zan and Jana are shown, but it's likely they do exist. The evil Superman seemed to know who they were, and an evil version of Gleek does appear in the episode.

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    Trivia (25)

    • Only Jayna changes when the Wonder Twins activate their powers in this episode. She's first seen as a Pegasus (flying horse) early on, then changes into an elephant when the twins, Superman, and the Sultan are trapped in the world of the magic lamp.

    • When the Sultan tells Superman and the Wonder Twins that they need to push a ruby loose to escape the magic lamp, notice that their reflections from the gem don't display a reverse image a mirror or any reflective surface should. Superman's "S" and Jayna's "J" insignia are still forward in the ruby's reflection.

    • At the end of the last scene after the Wonder Twins return from Exxor, Aquaman's right glove is missing.

    • When Orville tells Lex to smile when he's about to change his image, Luthor tells him to shut up. Notice the collar of his outer shirt turns green then back to lavender.

    • In one shot during Superman's battle with Lex Luthor, his "S" chest logo is backward. After the sun creatures contributed to his defeat, the logo is inverted with a yellow "S" inside a red shield instead of the traditional red "S" inside the yellow shield.

    • When Superman uses his chill breath to extinguish the fire engulfing the village, he's able to do so despite the fact there are flames behind him. Note that he accomplished this without turning around.

    • Goof: We see the other Superfriends gather around Superman (Batman included) then the next second you see Batman ride up on his horse.

    • Batman expressed some concern that the explosive impact from the laser lances in his joust with Superman might finish him, yet he comes out pretty well unscathed even though Superman is much stronger and the explosion actually did restore his memory. I know Batman's a great superhero, but he is human and should have been more seriously injured. And what about their horses? If anything, their being closest to the explosion should have resulted in their certain deaths.

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    Allusions (3)

    • The title of this episode is a take on the Jules Verne novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea with the episode's character Captain Nemoy based on the book character Captain Nemo.

    • The little creatures that capture the three heroes near the end seem curiously like the Jawas from Star Wars.

    • Superman: Somewhere over the rainbow.
      Superman quotes this line at the end. The whole episode is based on Lyman Frank Baum's 1900 fairy tale novel, "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" as well as the 1939 musical film adaptation. His quote is a reference to where the tornado took him, Aquaman and Wonder Woman.

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • World's Greatest SuperSeries !!! :D

    By French_Paul_1988, Nov 17, 2014

  • There were many incarnations of the Superfriends, but smack in the middle was "The World's Greatest Superfriends," which I think was the greatest of them all.

    By Captain59, Mar 29, 2006