Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman

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ABC (ended 1997)

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Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman was a phenomenal television success. A much more lavish version of the popular Superman television series which had first aired forty years earlier, Lois & Clark focused more on the Man of Steel's early adult years in Metropolis. With the unknowing help of Lois Lane (Teri Hatcher), Clark Kent (Dean Cain) created Superman there in Metropolis after finding work at the world-famous Daily Planet newspaper, where he meets fellow reporter Lois Lane. After Superman's debut, Lois becomes infatuated with Superman and continues to reject Clark's romantic overtures due to past bad experiences with men. The rest of the first season Daily Planet staff includes Perry White, the chief editor, society columnist Catherine Grant (Tracy Scoggins), and cub reporter/photographer Jimmy Olsen (Michael Landes/Justin Whalin). Other major characters in the series include archvillain Lex Luthor (John Shea) and Superman's adoptive parents, Martha (K Callan) and Jonathan Kent (Eddie Jones). In a salute to the original Superman series, Phyllis Coates guest starred as Lois's mother, Ellen Lane in the last episode of the season. Coates had, of course, been the original Lois in the first Superman series. Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman began to play up the romantic aspects of the series as the season progressed. By the end of the second season Lois had finally realised that Clark Kent and Superman were the same person so it came as no surprise to her when he finally revealed his true identity and proposed marriage. Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman went where few shows care to go - it allowed the relationship between the two title characters to grow and develop naturally, as it might in real life. The real ratings problems began in the third season, when the network insisted on a fake wedding. Nicknamed the "ARRGGGHH" by the fans, the non-wedding arc included a clone, a kidnapping, and even amnesia. It would have been bearable if the famous couple had ended up together, but the network, afraid of the Remington Steel curse, refused to allow it, which set up some interesting season rewrites, because the original intent was to allow the marriage to occur. Lois & Clark ended in 1997 with a cliffhanger, canceled by a network that did its best to bury the successful series in order to bring back The Wonderful World Of Disney. By the end of the last season, Lois and Clark had come a long way from the prickly, anything for a story, but marshmallow-hearted woman and the naive farm boy from Kansas. The Ice Queen had softened, the farm boy had grown up. Both had fallen in love, married, and were discussing children. The last episode was unsatisfying due to its lack of a conclusion, but the series is still popular today. Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman left a lasting mark on the face of a mythos where Clark Kent was real, Superman was the disguise, and Lois Lane was essential to his make-up. It left wonderful recurring villains, such as Tempus, and a timeless love story that makes one believe in true love.

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Lane Smith

Lane Smith

Perry White

Eddie Jones

Eddie Jones

Jonathan Kent

Michael Landes

Michael Landes

Jimmy Olsen

Teri Hatcher

Teri Hatcher

Lois Lane

Dean Cain

Dean Cain

Clark Kent/Superman

Tracy Scoggins

Tracy Scoggins

Catherine "Cat" Grant

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Introducing Dean Cain!

    10
    This show is why I love Dean Cain, and Terry Hatcher for that matter. I love how the show focused more on Clark then Superman. Because Clark was the person, Superman was just the persona. I liked that they really went with that.

    Plus, I loved the relationship and banter with Clark in Lois in this one more then the others.
  • Great love story

    8.0
    filled with non stop action!
  • Great Show

    10
    This is one of my favorite shows. I love how the game of cat and mouse was played with Lois and Clark's relationship. A great site to find more LnC pictures, wallpapers, and etc.. is http://folc4evernaday.com
  • the show follows clark kent(dean cain)early adult years as superman.

    9.0
    this show is way before my time(born in 1990)but for some odd reason i like.

    the acting is really good and dean cain has proven he is superman.some may say reeve is superman but for me those movies where to old and when i see movies form that time.i think they look horrible and the acting is awful.sorry reeve(r.i.p) but he didnt do superman for me.far as tom sure tom did some great work on smallville as superman but tom never let go sometimes playing superman.so for me when i came across this show and i saw dean.i watch a couple of eps and i was like dean cain is the only superman.

    i prefer this show to the movies and smallville.just b/c dean played superman so much better.

    the writing in this show is so much more closer to the real story of superrman than smallville.

    the only thing i wish this show had was better special effects like smallville.

    so the acting is good,the writing stays true to the real story of superman,and dean cain sure can play superman like its no one else business.

    the only thing i hate where the special effects didnt look to hot sometimes.

    the show lasted for a good 4 seasons.

    i say give this show a shot:)the acting good,the writing is clever and dean cain plays his ass off as superman.dean cain even wheres the superman suit in the show:)

    dean cain is superman for me.moreless
  • A cute show...

    8.5
    I enjoyed this show. If you were wondering why it was cancelled, read on.



    the show lasted four seasons. Its first two seasons had descent ratings while its third had great and its fourth had dissmal. Why? Well, the original concept of the show was a story that involved the two characters Lois and Clark. Superman was sort of a side problem that had to be dealt with (albeit creativly) by the writers. At its core it was a romance with a bit of scifi. the paradigm shifted in the third season with the faux wedding. the show became scifi with a bit of romance. Because the core audience that the show had accumulated expected one thing and got another, this turned them off. The ratings slipped, and the execs made poor decisions like changing its time slot and then its day.



    This show was doomed to have so-so ratings and a short life span. Romances expire after the pursuit is settled, and so not only did the paradigm shift contribute to its downfall, but the realization that the 'chase' was over.moreless
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  • THE NEW SUPERMAN MOVIE IS FINALLY HERE! BRANDON ROUTH STEPS INTO THE MOVIE ROLE MADE MOST FAMOUS BY CHRISTOPHER REEVE. IF YOU WERE THERE TO SEE SUPERMAN THE MOVIE OR SUPERMAN II IN THE MOVIE THEATERS, YOU'RE AWARE OF THE EXCITEMENT THE NEW MOVIE IS GENERATING AND PROBABLY CAN'T WAIT TO SEE HIM AGAIN ON THE SILVER SCREEN.

    It's a Movie! It's a TV Show!
    It's Superman!

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    characters with double lives, ruthless businessman, epic adventure, unrequited love, relationship woes