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1980 Shorts
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Original Channel: ABC
Originally Aired: 9/13/1980 to 11/01/1980
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 World’s Greatest Super Friends (1979)
Next Series:
1981 Shorts

thumb|300px|left|1980 Introduction


Series Summary

1980 shorts, Episode Lengths: 7 minutes

This incarnation of the Super Friends ran during the Fall of 1980 on the ABC Network.

The format was changed again. This time around, we find ourselves with seven-minute shorts. So for the next couple of years, viewers would be treated to 3 new episodes weekly and a rerun from one of the previous six years.

These new adventures featured appearances by the core group of the five classic Super Friends (Superman, Batman and Robin, Wonder Woman and Aquaman) along with the illustrious Wonder Twins (Zan, Jayna and their pet monkey Gleek). There were also guest appearances from members previously depicted in Challenge of the SuperFriends series. Occasionally, a DC Villain, namely a couple of former members of the Legion of Doom would resurface to menace our heroes, but for the most part, our heroes would continue to deal with non comic villains and threats.


Overview

The 1980 timeslot ran for a full hour, combining a new 30-minute episode of this run (three new stories) with 30-minute reruns from one of the previous 4 seasons.

The SuperFriends were joined this year on ABC by Plastic Man in his second and final season on the The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show by Ruby-Spears who also produced the fantasy action cartoon, Thundarr the Barbarian, which also aired on ABC that year. Batman fans got their final year of double dose when Filmation's 1977 Batman series played in reruns one last time before vanishing into obscurity. On NBC as part of the 90 minute rerun series, you were treated to Batman and the Super 7. We also saw the Godzilla Dynomutt Hour on NBC while on CBS, Filmation served up the Tarzan/Lone Ranger Adventure Hour and Hanna-Barbera featured a short lived Super Heroish monster cartoon called the Drak Pack.

Still, the SuperFriends managed to hold their own.


Notes

  • Another aspect of this season was that there were new health and safety tips as well as crafts that were made, this time being hosted by Black Vulcan, Samurai, Apache Chief, and the Wonder Twins as well as the original five heroes.


Cast


SuperFriends Cast


Also starring

Junior SuperFriends:



Episode List:

    Ep #         Episode Name                        Air Date    
1     Bigfoot         Ice Demon         Makeup Monster         September 13, 1980    
2     Journey Into Blackness         Cycle Gang         Dive to Disaster         September 20, 1980    
3     Yuna the Terrible (episode)         Rock and Roll Space Bandits         Elevator To Nowhere         September 27, 1980    
4     One Small Step for Mars         Haunted House         The Incredible Crude Oil Monster         October 4, 1980    
5     The Voodoo Vampire         Invasion of the Gleeks         Mxyzptlk Strikes Again         October 11, 1980    
6     The Man in the Moon         Circus of Horrors         Around the World in 80 Riddles         October 18, 1980    
7     Termites from Venus         Eruption         Return of Atlantis         October 25, 1980    
8     The Killer Machines         Garden of Doom         Revenge of Bizarro         November 1, 1980    


See Also


DVD / Media info

For a DVD set of SuperFriends Shorts (Parts 1-3) check out I Miss My TV Show, an incredible website for old and rare cartoons.


External links


References

  1. The series featured edited episodes of various seasons of the SuperFriends, as well The New Adventures of Superman, The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure and The Batman/Superman Hour.



Previous Series:
The World’s Greatest Super Friends (1979)
Next Series:
1981 Shorts
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