Episode Lengths: 60 minutes
“Super Friends” was the first season of the SuperFriends series.
SuperFriends debuted on the ABC Network on September 8, 1973 on Saturday mornings in the 9:00 AM timeslot for 60 minutes.
It was narrated by Ted Knight and it featured well known DC characters Superman, Batman and Robin, Wonder Woman and Aquaman. Superman, Batman and Aquaman had each previously appeared in their own animated series produced by Filmation.
In addition to the superheroes, eager young hero trainees Wendy Harris, Marvin White, and Wonder Dog (who interestingly could 'reason' and 'talk') were along for adventures. Inspired by the Scooby-Doo gang, the trio—or at least its human members—were depicted as detectives and/or superheroes in training.
Conflicts are often ultimately resolved with the antagonists persuaded to adapt more reasonable methods to achieve their aims with the assistance of the heroes. Natural disasters triggered by human (or alien) activity were often shown, and environmental themes featured strongly in the program.
This first run of Super Friends, consisting of sixteen one hour episodes that were rerun several times, concluded on August 24, 1974. At this point, the series was cancelled and did not appear on the fall lineup for 1974.
However, interest in superheroes among ABC's prime time viewers, especially with the success of The Six Million Dollar Man (January 18, 1974 – March 6, 1978) and the live-action Wonder Woman series (November 7, 1975 – September 11, 1979) caused the network to pursue reviving the Super Friends. To begin with, the original sixteen episodes of the series were rebroadcast as a mid-season replacement, running from February 7, 1976 to September 3, 1977. These episodes were edited to half-hour versions. In the meantime, Hanna Barbera began production on a revamped version of the show.
|“||To fight Injustice. To right that which is wrong. And to serve all mankind!||”|
— Source, Narrator
This series aired in reruns the following season in 1974, this time at 11:00 AM. The series was dropped from the Saturday morning schedule in 1975, but returned in the fall 1977. This time, it only ran for a half hour. The 16 existing episodes were now divided in half and ran in 2 parts. They would later air this way in syndication weekday afternoons in the 1980’s.
- In the first season, the Trouble Alert was known as the TroubAlert.
- In the first season, the Hall of Justice was known as the Hall of the Justice League
- Narrator – voiced by Ted Knight (1973)
Cast in all Episodes
- Superman – voiced by Danny Dark (1973 - 1985)
- Batman – voiced by Olan Soule (1973 - 1982)
- Robin – voiced by Casey Kasem (1973 - 1985)
- Aquaman – voiced by Norman Alden (1973 - 1977)
- Wonder Woman – voiced by Shannon Farnon (1973 - 1979)
- Marvin White – voiced by Frank Welker (1973)
- Wendy Harris – voiced by Sherry Alberoni (1973)
- Wonder Dog – voiced by Frank Welker (1973)
- Plastic Man – voiced by Norman Alden (1 episode: Professor Goodfellow's G.E.E.C. 1973)
- The Flash – voiced by Ted Knight (1 episode: Too Hot to Handle 1973)
- Green Arrow – voiced by Norman Alden (1 episode: Gulliver's Gigantic Goof 1973)
|Ep #||Episode Name||Air Date|
|1||The Power Pirate||September 8, 1973|
|2||The Baffles Puzzle||September 15, 1973|
|3||Professor Goodfellow's G.E.E.C.||September 22, 1973|
|4||The Weather Maker||September 29, 1973|
|5||Dr. Pelagian's War||October 6, 1973|
|6||The Shamon U||October 13, 1973|
|7||Too Hot to Handle||October 20, 1973|
|8||The Androids||October 27, 1973|
|9||The Balloon People||November 3, 1973|
|10||The Fantastic FRERPs||November 10, 1973|
|11||The Ultra Beam||November 17, 1973|
|12||The Menace of the White Dwarf||November 24, 1973|
|13||The Mysterious Moles||December 1, 1973|
|14||Gulliver's Gigantic Goof||December 8, 1973|
|15||The Planet-Splitter||December 15, 1973|
|16||The Watermen||December 22, 1973|
Warner Home Video released Super Friends: Season One, Volume One on DVD in Region 1 on January 5, 2010.
Warner Home Video released Super Friends: Season One, Volume Two on DVD in Region 1 on July 20, 2010.
|Title||Type||Ep #||Release Date|
|Super Friends: Season One||Volume 1||16||January 5, 2010|
|Super Friends: Season One||Volume 2||16||July 20, 2010|
Super Friends Season 1 is available in two official DVD releases from amazon.com.
- Super Friends entry at TV.com (episode titles)
- Super Friends entry at the Internet Movie Database (IMDB)