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1983 Shorts
- The Lost Episodes -
Did not air in the USA
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Original Channel: ABC
Originally Aired: 1983
Number of Episodes: 24
Production
Created by:
Written by: Haskell Barkin
Dick Conway
Willie Gilbert
Donald F. Glut
Mark Jones
Elana Lesser
Dick Robbins
Cliff Ruby
Directed by: Oscar Dufau
George Gordon
Charles A. Nichols
Ray Patterson
Carl Urbano
Creative Director: Iwao Takamoto
Produced by: Hanna-Barbera
DC Comics
Executive Producers: Joseph Barbera
William Hanna
Chronology
Previous Series:
The Best of the Super Friends re-runs only (1982)
Next Series:
SuperFriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show (1984)
Introduction for 1983 Superfriends Shorts(00:31)
1983 Shorts, Introduction
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Series Summary

Episode Length: 7 minutes

In 1983, Hanna-Barbera did produce a third set of 7 minute shorts. There were 24 in total.

Unfortunately, they did not air in the USA. The series did air in other countries like Australia, appearing uninterrupted.

Because of this, they have been dubbed the "Lost Episodes".

Hanna-Barbera and Warner Bros. had created a syndication package of the earlier Super Friends series (co-distributed by LBS Communications), and these were picked up by various stations across the United States and were typically broadcast on weekday afternoons. Not wishing to compete with the syndication programming, ABC dropped the series from the 1983–1984 Saturday morning television line-up, and for the second time in its run, Super Friends was cancelled.

Three of these lost episodes were aired when Super Friends returned to Saturday morning ABC television the following year.

What did air in the USA were shows like the Monchichis, Rubik the Amazing Cube, and The Littles.

The only Super Hero shows found on Saturday mornings that year were all reruns shows. The final season of Spiderman and His Amazing Friends and the animated adventures of the Incredible Hulk reruns on NBC, and on CBS, Ruby-Spears' Plastic Man, which was later replaced by Filmation’s Tarzan series.

In the mid 1990’s, the SuperFriends returned to syndication in the form of the The Superman/Batman Adventures package, these lost episodes were part of this show and its American audience was finally exposed to Super Friends adventures they had never seen before.


Notes


Cast


SuperFriends Cast


Also starring

Junior SuperFriends:




Episode List:

    Ep #         Episode Name                        Air Date    
1     Mxyzptlk's Revenge         Roller Coaster         Once Upon a Poltergeist         September 10, 1983    
2     Warpland         Two Gleeks Are Deadlier Than One         Bulgor the Behemoth         September 17, 1983    
3     The Krypton Syndrome         Invasion of the Space Dolls         Terror on the Titanic         September 24, 1983    
4     Revenge of Doom         A Pint of Life         Day of the Dinosaurs         October 1, 1983    
5     Return of the Phantoms         Bully for You         Superclones         October 8, 1983    
6     Prisoners of Sleep         An Unexpected Treasure         The Malusian Blob         October 15, 1983    
7     Attack of the Cats         One Small Step for Superman         Video Victims         October 22, 1983    
8     Playground of Doom         Space Racers         The Recruiter         October 29, 1983    


See Also


DVD / Media info

The 1983 SuperFriends Shorts are available on DVD at amazon.com, under the name: Super Friends: The Lost Episodes



Previous Series:
The Best of the Super Friends – re-runs only (1982)
Next Series:
SuperFriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show (1984)
SuperFriends Series
Season 1 (1973)   Season 2 (1977)   Season 3 (1978)   Season 4 (1979)   Season 5 (1984)   Season 6 (1985)
1980 Shorts   1981 Shorts   1983 Shorts   


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