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The World's Greatest Super Friends (1979)
4) THE WORLD'S GREATEST SUPERFRIENDS (1979 - 1980)
Original Channel: ABC
Originally Aired: 9/22/1979 to 11/10/1979
Number of Episodes: 8
Production
Created by:
Written by: Jeffrey Scott
Bob Kane
William M. Marston
Joe Shuster
Jerry Siegel
Directed by: Charles A. Nichols
Ray Patterson
Creative Director: Iwao Takamoto
Produced by: Hanna-Barbera
DC Comics
Executive Producers: Joseph Barbera
William Hanna
Chronology
Previous Series:
Challenge of the SuperFriends (1978)
Next Series:
1980 Shorts

thumb|300px|left|Season 4, Introduction


Series Summary

Episode Lengths: 60 minutes


By the year 1979, the Super Friends were going strong on the ABC Network Saturday mornings. After an amazing year with the Challenge of the SuperFriends series, Hanna-Barbera decided to get back to basics and make eight new episodes with the established core group along with Zan, Jayna and Gleek. They also went back to an hour length format as well.

The World's Greatest Super Friends premiered in the fall of 1979. It ran from September 22, 1979 to November 10, 1979 on ABC.

The Superfriends also were back in the 8:00 am timeslot followed at 9:00 by fellow DC hero, Plastic Man in his own show, the Plastic Man Comedy Adventure Show.

This particular incarnation of Super Friends relied heavily on folklore and classic fairy tales for plots (i.e. Aladdin, Camelot, the Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Frankenstein, and the Wizard of Oz). The series also borrowed from (then) contemporary politics, as the main villain Kareem Azar in "Rub Three Times For Disaster" is almost a carbon copy of the late Iranian religious leader Ayatollah Ruholla Mussaui Khomenei (1900–1989).

No more Legion of Doom, and fewer heroes this time, although Lex Luthor does return for one episode.

The majority of the season consisting of repeats of the second incarnation, The All-New Super Friends Hour from 1977.

Notes


Intro and Cast

From the Opening:

It's the World's Greatest SUPERFRIENDS!

Batman and Robin!

Superman!

Wonder Woman and Aquaman!

the Wonder Twins!

Banded together to protect the universe from the forces of evil; the SUPERFRIENDS!

Dedicated to truth, justice and peace, for all mankind!

the World's Greatest SUPERFRIENDS!



Super Friends Cast


Junior SuperFriends:


Also starring



Episode List:

    Ep #         Episode Name        Air Date    
1     Rub Three Times for Disaster         September 22, 1979    
2     Lex Luthor Strikes Back         September 29, 1979    
3     Space Knights of Camelon         October 6, 1979    
4     The Lord of Middle Earth         October 13, 1979    
5     Universe of Evil         October 20, 1979    
6     Terror at 20,000 Fathoms         October 27, 1979    
7     The Superfriends Meet Frankenstein         November 3, 1979    
8     The Planet of Oz         November 10, 1979    


See Also


DVD / Media info

For a DVD set of The Worlds Greatest SuperFriends series check out I Miss My TV Show, an incredible website for old and rare cartoons. (This links to a website that no longer exists.)

External links



Previous Series:
new SuperFriends / Challenge of the SuperFriends (1978)
Next Series:
1980 Shorts
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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