Super Friends (1973 TV series)

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Super Friends
Super Friends.jpg
The opening title screen for the first Super Friends series
Also known as Super Friends I
Genre Animation / Action / Adventure / Science fiction
Created by E. Nelson Bridwell
Carmine Infantino
Julius Schwartz (consultants)
Written by Jack Cole
Gardner Fox
Mort Weisinger
Directed by Charles A. Nichols
Creative director(s) Iwao Takamoto
Presented by Hanna-Barbera
(Warner Bros. Television)
DC Comics
Voices of Sherry Alberoni
Norman Alden
Danny Dark
Shannon Farnon
Casey Kasem
Ted Knight
Olan Soule
John Stephenson
Frank Welker
Narrated by Ted Knight
Theme music composer Hoyt Curtin
Composer(s) Hoyt S. Curtin
Will Schaefer
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 16
Production
Executive producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Producer(s) Iwao Takamoto
Running time 60 minutes (including commercials)
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera
National Periodical Publications
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Audio format Mono
Original run September 8, 1973 – August 30, 1974
Chronology
Followed by The All-New Super Friends Hour
External links
Website

Super Friends is a 1973[1] animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera and National Periodical Publications. It is based on the Justice League comic books, and is the first incarnation[2] of the Super Friends series.

Main characters[edit]

Super Friends first aired on ABC on September 8, 1973,[3] featuring the 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, and voice talent from these prior programs was brought over to work on the new show. Shortly before the Super Friends series was developed, Superman and Wonder Woman also guest-starred in two episodes of The Brady Kids, while Batman and Robin appeared in two episodes of The New Scooby-Doo Movies.

In addition to the superheroes, a trio of sidekicks was introduced, each of whom were new characters not drawn from the comic books: Wendy Harris (voiced by Sherri Alberoni), Marvin White (voiced by Frank Welker), and Wonderdog, none of whom had any special abilities (save Wonderdog’s unexplained ability to reason and “talk”). Wendy and Marvin were depicted as detectives and/or superheroes in training. These characters were a nod of sorts to the JLA's human friend Snapper Carr from the Justice League Of America comic book, who was meant to be a viewpoint character the readers could relate to.[citation needed]

Format and episode formula[edit]

Each episode would begin with the heroes responding to an emergency detected by the massive TroubAlert computer that was situated within the Hall of Justice which served as the headquarters of the team. Colonel Wilcox, a U.S. Army official, was a recurring character who would work as a government liaison to the Super Friends during emergencies.

As such 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.

Guest stars[edit]

Some guest stars from the broader Justice League were featured during this season including the Flash, Plastic Man, and Green Arrow.

Plastic Man made his animated debut in a cameo appearance in the episode "Professor Goodfellow’s G.E.E.C." voiced by Norman Alden. Superman calls him in to extract a mouse from a computer system.

Green Arrow appeared in the episode "Gulliver's Gigantic Goof" and was voiced by Norman Alden. He was referred to as a "Staunch member of the Justice League of America."

Episodes[edit]

Cast[edit]

Cancellation[edit]

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.[4]

DVD release[edit]

Warner Home Video released Super Friends: Season One, Volume One on DVD in Region 1 on January 5, 2010. Volume One was a 2 disc set of the first eight episodes of the series at a retail price of $26.99.[5] On July 20, 2010 they released Volume Two which was also a 2 disc set and contained the remaining eight episodes of the series.

Episodes[edit]

References[edit]

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