The World's Greatest SuperFriends

ABC (ended 1980)


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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.

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  • 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.

    Although there were only eight episodes in this series of the Superfriends, I think it had the best writing. Although Challenge of the Superfriends was cool, I grew tired of seeing our heroes fight the same criminals over and over again. All the plots pretty much followed the same template of the Legion of Doom causing trouble, catching the Superfriends off guard, and eventually falling to the Superfriends in the end. But The World's Greatest Superfriends had fresh stories and ideas, different villains each time, and was even a little darker.

    By far, my favorite episode is "Universe of Evil." This is a bone-chilling episode that shows how super powers can be manipulated in the hands of the bad guys. The Super Enemies in the evil universe were downright ruthless, although deliciously entertaining. When I saw this for the first time as an eight year old, I was fascinated buy this darker side of the Superfriends. I couldn't get Batman's red batsuit out of my mind. The best part about the episode is nobody really wins. The two Supermans go back to their respective universes, but nothing changed. The writers left this wide open for a sequel episode. In fact, when my wife watched it with me recently, she thought the ending was only half-way through the episode. It's a true shame we didn't see if Superman was true to his word to go back to "clean up" the evil universe, but makes a golden opportunity for some fan fiction.

    Another of my favorite episodes is "The Superfriends Meet Frankenstein." Again, we see a darker episode with the frightening creature created from the powers of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. I had nightmares about that guy! Being a fan of Robin, it was great to finally see the Boy Wonder step out of the shadows and save the day as Super Robin!

    Each episode was unique and had its own flavor, and as a great nod to continuity, Stanley Jones reprised the role of Lex Luthor from Challenge of the Superfriends. I really believe The World's Greatest Superfriends brought the greatness of the writers and producers to the pinnacle of the franchise in these eight episodes. Hopefully, they will be released on DVD, because they really are the World's Greatest!

  • On dvd
    Does anyone think this show will be released on dvd. I hope it will be.
  • more DVDs coming in 07
    Warner Bros. confirmed in the recent chat that in2007 they will release another 2 Superfriend...

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