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Super Friends

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Super Friends

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SuperFriends was an animated series that premiered on ABC on September 8, 1973. The series was executive produced by the creative team of William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. The series featured the adventures of DC Comics book heroes Superman, Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman. These five superheroes along with superheroes in training Wendy, Marvin, and Wonder Dog focused their abilities on putting away criminals, saving lives, and stopping terrible disasters after getting messages from their computer, the "TroubAlert."

Each episode of the SuperFriends was geared to present, not only action, but also some lesson of educational value. In the short run of the series, a number of other famous DC comic book heroes appeared: Plastic Man, The Flash, and Green Arrow.

The last new episode of the series entitled "The Watermen" was broadcast on December 22, 1973. The show continued in reruns until it was taken off the air on August 30, 1974. Two years later, however, the series was rebroadcast from February 7, 1976 to September 3, 1977. In an enduring testament to the popularity of the SuperFriends characters, they were later featured in a number of spin-offs and revivals.

In 1977, the Hanna-Barbera produced sixty-two cartoon featuring the Superfriends. These cartoons were shown on ABC as part of The All-New SuperFriends Hour. Each hour long episode featured four cartoons (one half-hour cartoon and three seven minute shorts). The hour-long show featured adventures of the original fives superheroes from SuperFriends. Wendy, Marvin, and Wonder Dog, however, did not appear. They were replaced by the shape-shifting Wondertwins Zan and Jayna and their space-monkey Gleek. The All-New SuperFriends Hour ran from September 10, 1977 to September 2, 1978 and was replaced in the next season by Challenge of the SuperFriends and SuperFriends (1978).

Challenge of the SuperFriends was one of the most popular incarnations of SuperFriends that featured the Justice League of America against the Legion of Doom. This half-hour series ran for sixteen episodes from September 9, 1978 to September 15, 1979. It was accompanied in its run by SuperFriends (1978) which also presented sixteen half-hour episodes from September 9, 1978 to September 15, 1979. These episodes featured the same characters as The All-New SuperFriends Hour in further adventures.

In 1979, Hanna-Barbera discontinued Challenge of the SuperFriends. Reruns of old SuperFriends episodes were mixed with eight new episodes and were presented under the new title The World's Greatest SuperFriends. The World's Greatest Superfriends was a hour long series that ran from September 22,1 979 to September 27, 1980.

In the 1980's, SuperFriends continued in a number of incarnations. From September 1980 to September 1984, Hanna-Barbara produced sixty-six seven minute shorts (see Superfriends (1980)). Twenty-Four of these shorts were shown in the 1980-1981 season, accompanied by SuperFriend's reruns, under the title The Superfriends Hour. In the 1981-1982 season, sixteen new shorts were presented as a part of the half-hour long Superfriends. These new shorts were, of course, accompanied by reruns. The 1982-1983 season, however, was all reruns. Although Hanna-Barbara produced twenty-four new SuperFriends shorts, ABC decided to show only reruns of the SuperFriends in a thirty minute program entitled The Best of SuperFriends. Most of the unaired shorts (called by some "The Lost Episodes"), however, would later air in syndication.

The 1984-1985 season, new half-hour SuperFriends episodes would return to ABC under the title SuperFriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show. SuperFriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show was a half-hour sixteen episode cartoon that featured Superman, Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman, and the Teen Titans Firestorm and Cyborg. In the 1985-1986 season, these same characters would appear along with Aquaman, Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman, and Samurai in the half-hour The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians. This final incarnation of Hanna-Barbara's SuperFriends offered ten new episodes. On September 30, 1986 with the end of the last episode of The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians, Hanna-Barbara's twelve year run of original SuperFriends episodes was over. The SuperFriends, however, would continue to live on in syndication.

First Telecast: September 8, 1973 Last Telecast: December 22, 1973

Episodes: 16 Color Episodes (16 one-hour episodes)

Follow-up Shows: The All-New SuperFriends Hour, SuperFriends (1978), Challenge of the SuperFriends, The World's Greatest SuperFriends, SuperFriends (1980), SuperFriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show, and The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians.moreless
Shannon Farnon

Shannon Farnon

voice of Wonder Woman

Frank Welker

Frank Welker

voice of Marvin White / Wonder Dog

Danny Dark

Danny Dark

voice of Clark Kent / Superman

Olan Soule

Olan Soule

voice of Batman

Casey Kasem

Casey Kasem

voice of Robin / TroublAlert Computer

Ted Knight

Ted Knight

voice of the Narrator

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  • ".. gathered together .A.."

    10
    1973 ... my favorite show as a kid - aired when I was three years, four months, three weeks old



    If I had to choose which incarnation of SUPER FRIENDS to watch, this would be the one - I don't care about the other flashier versions to come along over the next 15 years - the first version is the one I love. ".. cosmic reaches of the universe .." I think 'the voice' says :)



    Give me Wendy, Marvin and Wonder Dog over Zan, Jana and Gleek any day!



    In one of the Justice League: Unlimited episodes they pay tribute to the original opening credits of Super Friends, 1973, with Superman, Aquaman, Batman and Wonder Woman sitting around a table - and Aquaman wasn't a full time member of JLU so they had to do that with purpose - the view was from above.



    Thank you H&B. SF'73: RIPmoreless
  • This was an excellent series!

    7.0
    This was definately my favorite Saturday morning cartoon when I was growing up; actually it was probably my all - time favorite cartoon when I was a kid. I'd love to see the reruns and watch them with my kids. I just recently discovered Justice League, so I'll be watching that now, but I love to see this classic come back!
  • 33 years and still a classic.

    10
    Wow, it is hard to believe that it\'s been almost 33 years since the start of the Superfriends or as it most known today the Justice League. If we were to compare this series to the recent incarnation, I think that we would see so many difference\'s, some more obvious than others.



    Let me just say that without this series, I don\'t think we would have ever gotten the modern Justice League. So many of the writers and animator\'s grew up watching this show and it\'s spin-off\'s that it helped them make there new version a classic on it\'s own.



    So if you get the chance to see this show either on tv or DVD then do so. Yes the stories are totally unbelievable and the animation is rough, but the characters are strong and enjoyable. Way to go Hanna-Barbera, excellent work.moreless
  • Incredibly Stupid!!!

    1.0
    Without a doubt Superfriends were the dumbest cartoons ever. It was no wonder because Hanna Barbera created it as a Scooby Doo clone with the Justice League. Sure Wendy was barely tolerable but Marvin and Wonder Dog? Marvin was barely a teenager but he's a total retard with that big stupid M on his shirt. It is a wonder that he was not killed in school. As for the Superfriends they had the dumbest villians and had the dumbest cases ever. From Dr Goodfellow to King Plasto watching this show was like hitting your head with a hammer. Thank God this travesty lasted only one season then they wisely retooled it but it was still barely watchable.moreless
  • Bad idea all the way around.

    3.0
    The idea of two non superpowered kids and their intelligent dog was questionable at best but trying to have the idea work over 45 minutes was a disaster. Even in episodes where the concept was interesting (a computer that eliminates all work and then promtly goes haywire, an alien stealing power, a scientist trying to change the Gulf Stream to heat his own country, another scientist trying to stop money being \'wasted\' on space travel, and an enviromentaist who is going too far) there are long dull periods which usially involved some improbable chase.



    Adding to the problem was the fact that Marvin and Wendy came off as not all that bright and tended to get themselves into situations way over their heads. Then there was the question of why did the Superfriends keep these guys around. As lame as they were at least the later Zan and Jana had super powers but Marvin and Wendy had nothing.moreless
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    I rather enjoyed both the character nods to an older piece of DC animated history and where they fit into the story. As for the Blue Beetle thing, it's nothing we didn't see coming.

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    Comic Book & Graphic Novels, multiple universes, saving the world, Superheroes, town under attack