Superbook

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Superbook
Superbook DVD vol 1.jpg
Cover of the first DVD volume
アニメ 親子劇場
(Anime Oyako Gekijō)
Anime television series
Directed byMasakazu Higuchi
Written byAkiyoshi Sakai
StudioTatsunoko Productions, Production LOOSE
Licensed by
Original networkTV Tokyo (Japan)
CBN (United States)
Original run 1 October 1981 (1981-10-01) 25 March 1982 (1982-03-25)
Episodes26
Anime television series
Superbook II
Directed byMasakazu Higuchi
Written byAkiyoshi Sakai
StudioTatsunoko Productions
Licensed by
Original networkTV Tokyo (Japan)
CBN (United States)
Original run 4 April 26 September 1983 (1983-09-26)
Episodes26
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Superbook
(reboot series)
GenreChristianity
History
Science fiction
Directed byTom Bancroft
Rob Corley
Bryant Paul Richardson
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes52 (list of episodes)
Release
Original networkCBN (United States)
Original release1 September 2011 (2011-09-01) – present

Superbook, also known as Animated Parent and Child Theatre (アニメ 親子劇場, Anime Oyako Gekijō),[1] is an anime television series from the early 1980s, initially produced by Tatsunoko Productions in Japan in conjunction with the Christian Broadcasting Network in the United States and more recently solely produced by CBN for global distribution and broadcast.[2][3]

The series chronicled the events of the Bible's Old and New Testaments in its 52-episode run. The first 26 episodes aired from October 1, 1981 to March 25, 1982. The series returned as Superbook II (パソコントラベル探偵団, Pasokon Toraberu Tanteidan, lit. Personal Computer Travel Detective Team) with 26 episodes to air from April 4, 1983 to September 26, 1983. Between both series in the first run was the companion series The Flying House. The Christian Broadcasting Network is producing a new Superbook series and has released 4 seasons.[4] CBN is distributing the first season for free on their Superbook Kid's Website.[5]

Plot[edit]

The first series (Anime Oyako Gekijo) began at the home of a young boy named Christopher "Chris" Peepers (Sho Azuka in Japanese) who discovers the ancient bible named Superbook (Time/Space Travel Book) that book can speaks and sends him, his friend Joyeux "Joy" Quantum (Azusa Yamato), and his clockwork toy figure namely Gizmo the Crusader Robot (Zenmaijikake) back in time to the early events of the Old Testament. Somehow Gizmo was transform form a toy into a real life robot that can walk and talk for the duration of the adventure, but he is still needs to be wound up regularly.

In the first episode, Chris and Joy were cleaning the attic for Chris's father (a somewhat eccentric college professor) when they noticed an old book glowing. The children tried to open the book, but were unable to open it, no matter how hard they pulled. The book promptly opened on its own, shining a blinding light around Chris's bedroom, and started to speak before whisking the children and Gizmo back in time to the Garden of Eden to experience the story of Adam and Eve.

In Superbook II (Pasokon Travel Tanteidan), which took place two years after the first series, the book fell onto a computer keyboard, giving anybody the ability to see into the past from Christopher's home via the monitor. Ruffles his poodle has managed her to get lost into time, which prompting Gizmo and Christopher's little brother, (rewritten as his cousin in the English dub) named Uriah "Uri" Peepers (Yuu Azuka in Japanese) to search for her. Chris and Joy kept watch and control of the computer from the present. The older children also had a hard time trying to keep what happened a secret from Chris's parents. In this series Gizmo appeared as a fully fledged functioning robot in the present day rather than as a toy in the second series, but still needed to be wound up on a regular basis. Gizmo also had a built in computer keyboard and a monitor in his chest in order for Gizmo and Uri to stay in contact with Chris and Joy in the present day as well as transporting to other places in time or returning to the present.

The first series of Superbook featured stories chiefly from the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament), although a few episodes dealt with the life and ministry of Jesus Christ and the final episode was about the conversion of Paul of Tarsus. The episodes in the first series are chiefly one-shot stories, with no overarching "plot" aside from Chris and Joy learning life lessons from their travels in the Superbook. However, some condensation or editing of stories was necessary in order to fit them into half-hour episodes and make them suitable for young viewers. Also, some additional edits were necessary for the English versions to make the episodes conform to American broadcast standards.

The episodes in Season Two focused solely on Old Testament stories. Season Two covered some stories featured in Season One (for example, the stories of Abraham, Joseph and King David) in more detail, while also covering some stories not included in the first series (i.e. the fall of Sodom and Gomorrah). In Season Two, the overarching plot concern was Uri and Gizmo's quest to find the missing Ruffles. Likewise The Flying House, which originally aired in Japan between the two Superbook series, was a more in-depth look at the life of Jesus and other events from the Christian Scriptures (New Testament). Additionally, unlike season 1 (and by extension the aforementioned Flying House series), interaction between the modern day characters and the Biblical characters in season 2 is minimal; each episode is mostly a straightforward adaptation of the Biblical stories shown, occurring while Uri and Gizmo are searching for Ruffles.

Characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Original series[edit]

The main cast of the original series includes:

  • Christopher "Chris" Peepers (Sho Asuka) – The main hero of the series the son of Professor Peepers and the owner of Gizmo, Chris is a somewhat lazy type of boy who doesn't like school and goes to sometimes ridiculous extremes to get out of doing housework or homework.
  • Joyeux "Joy" Quantum (Azusa Yamato) – Christopher's next door neighbor and Gizmo's best friend.
  • Uriah "Uri" Peepers (Yuu Asuka) – Chris's cousin, the new owner of Gizmo, and the son of Fred's younger brother inventor Kenneth "Ken" Peepers.
  • Professor Frederick "Fred" Peepers (Professor Asuka) – Christopher's father. An eccentric and absent-minded scientist.
  • Gizmo the Crusading Robot (Zenmaijikake) – The name of two characters depending on the season. In Season one, he is an advanced toy figure that can become a real life robot. Then in season two, Gizmo became a real life sized robot built by Uri's father.
  • Ruffles Peepers (Kikyomu) – Chris and Uri's small Yorkshire Terrier poodle.
  • Superbook - A Ancient bible book that can talk and has the powers to send Chris, Joy, and Gizmo back to the Old Testament era.

New series[edit]

  • Christopher "Chris" Quantum – A skilled skate-boarder, video gamer and lead guitarist in a garage band.
  • Joyeux "Joy" Pepper – Next-door neighbor and classmate of Chris Quantum at Valleyview Middle School.
  • Gizmo the Crusading Robot – Created by Crispin Quantum to protect both Chris and Joy, but they end up protecting him instead.
  • Crispin Quantum – a brilliant scientist.
  • Phoebe Quantum – reads voraciously and enjoys a good comedy film.

Biblical[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Original series[edit]

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
1261 October 1981 (1981-10-01)25 March 1982 (1982-03-25)TV Tokyo (Japan)
CBN (United States)
2264 April 1983 (1983-04-04)26 September 1983 (1983-09-26)

Series 1 (1981–82)[edit]

NOTE: The official English dub episode title is listed first, followed by a translation of the Japanese title, Japanese titles in Romaji, and, if necessary, a note about the characters and/or events portrayed in the episode.[1][6]

No.
overall
No. in
series
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"How It All Began"
"Adam and Eve"
Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai
Jean Chalopin
Bernard Deyries
Eric Marais
Paul Marais
Didier Lejeune
1 October 1981 (1981-10-01)
This is the first episode of Superbook. Chris and Joy discover a book that takes them back in time particularly during Biblical times. This is the story about Creation and how Adam and Eve were sent out from the Garden of Eden by God after Eve ate the forbidden fruit after being tempted by the Serpent and convinced Adam to do the same.
22"My Brother's Keeper"
"Cain and Abel"
Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai
Nicolas Chritien
Sylvie Riverie
8 October 1981 (1981-10-08)
It tells the story of how Cain murdered his brother Abel after God found more favor in the latter's offering.
33"The Flood"
"Noah's Ark"
Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai15 October 1981 (1981-10-15)
It tells the story of Noah building the ark; the flood that killed everyone except Noah's family and the animals in the ark; and God's promise of not destroying the world with a flood once again (via the rainbow).
44"The Test"
"Abraham and Isaac"
Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai22 October 1981 (1981-10-22)
It tells the story of how God made Abraham the father of all nations and that his descendants (the nation of Israel) would one day take possession of the land of Canaan and bring blessing to all nations on earth; the promise of God of giving him a son; and how he passes the test of faith given to him by God.
55"Here Comes the Bride"
"Rebekah"
Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai29 October 1981 (1981-10-29)
It tells the story of how Abraham's servant found Rebekah in the town of Haran to become Isaac's wife.
66"Double Trouble"
"Jacob and Esau"
Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai5 November 1981 (1981-11-05)
It tells the story of how Jacob deceived his father Isaac to be able to steal his twin brother Esau's rightful blessings with the help of his mother, Rebekah.
77"A Dream Come True"
"Joseph"
Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai12 November 1981 (1981-11-12)
It tells the story of how Joseph, the vizier of Egypt, was reunited with his brothers (who had sold him into slavery) and his father, Jacob.
88"The Miracle Rod"
"Moses"
Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai19 November 1981 (1981-11-19)
It tells the story of Moses, the Ten Plagues, and the exodus of the Israelites out of slavery from Egypt.
99"Those Amazing Trumpets"
"Joshua and the Fall of Jericho"
Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai26 November 1981 (1981-11-26)
It tells the story of Joshua the new leader of the Israelites and the fall of Jericho and the conquest of Canaan.
1010"Pitchers of Fire"
"Gideon"
Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai3 December 1981 (1981-12-03)
It tells the story of Gideon and how he led his people to victory using pots as weapons of war with the help of God.
1111"Muscleman"
"Samson and Delilah"
Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai10 December 1981 (1981-12-10)
It tells the story of Samson's birth, the story of his betrayal by Delilah and how he regains his strength to fulfil one last mission by God.
1212"The First Christmas"
"The Birth of Jesus"
Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai17 December 1981 (1981-12-17)
The birth of Jesus.
1313"Miracles of Love"
"The Life and Ministry of Jesus"
Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai24 December 1981 (1981-12-24)
It narrates numerous events in Jesus' life such as: The finding of the lost 12-year-old Jesus at the temple in Jerusalem; The baptism of Jesus by John The Baptist; The wedding at Cana; The healing of the paralytic in the bed; The Sermon at the Mount; The multiplication of the loaves; and Jesus walks on the water and helps Peter to do the same.
1414"The Best News Yet"
"The Death and Resurrection of Jesus"
Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai31 December 1981 (1981-12-31)
The death and resurrection of Jesus.
1515"Mother's Day"
"Ruth, Naomi and Boaz"
Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai7 January 1982 (1982-01-07)
It tells the story of how Ruth became the wife of Boaz; and her mother Naomi.
1616"The Patience of Job"
"Job"
Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai14 January 1982 (1982-01-14)
It tells the story of how Satan challenges Job about his character, integrity and faith in God.
1717"Big Fish and Little Fish"
"Jonah and the Whale"
Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai21 January 1982 (1982-01-21)
It tells the story of how Jonah was swallowed by a whale after trying to avoid God's order of preaching repentance to the people of Nineveh.
1818"The First King"
"Samuel and Saul"
Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai28 January 1982 (1982-01-28)
It tells the story of the prophet Samuel and his anointing of Israel's first king, Saul.
1919"The Giant Killer"
"David"
Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai4 February 1982 (1982-02-04)
It tells the story of David. It includes the killing of Goliath; his anointment as the next King of Israel by Samuel; his friendship with Jonathan; and how he eludes King Saul's attempts on his life.
2020"Superbrain"
"King Solomon"
Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai11 February 1982 (1982-02-11)
It tells the story of how Solomon is anointed as the next King of Israel; how God granted him great wisdom; the building of the temple where the Ark of the Covenant was placed; and the meeting between him and the Queen of Sheba.
2121"A True Prophet"
"Elijah and King Ahab"
Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai18 February 1982 (1982-02-18)
It tells the story of how Elijah was challenged to prove God's existence over the existence of Baal by setting fire to stone.
2222"Flaming Chariots"
"Elisha"
Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai25 February 1982 (1982-02-25)
It tells the story of how Elisha helped cure General Naaman of Syria and how he helped the Israelites win the war against the Syrians.
2323"The Lion's Den"
"Daniel"
Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai4 March 1982 (1982-03-04)
It tells the story of how Daniel escapes death after being placed in the lion's den by King Darius.
2424"Nehemiah and the Walls of Jerusalem"Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai11 March 1982 (1982-03-11)
It tells the story of how Nehemiah led the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem and the purification of the Israelite people.
2525"The Beauty Queen"
"Esther"
Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai18 March 1982 (1982-03-18)
It tells the story of Queen Esther and how she stood up for her people as well as her adopted father (cousin) Mordecai.
2626"The Mighty Convert"
"Paul of Tarsus"
Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai25 March 1982 (1982-03-25)
It tells the story of the conversion of Saul into becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ and his rise as the Apostle Paul.

Series 2 (1983)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
series
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
271"Where, Oh Where..."Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai4 April 1983 (1983-04-04)
The series premiere wherein Ruffles gets sucked into the newly "computerized" Superbook. Uri and Gizmo start their search by going back into Ancient times. God tells Abram, who was later renamed as Abraham, that he is going to become the "father of many nations, but his numerous descendants would become a great, special, and powerful nation that would take possession of Canaan and would bless all the nations of the world ." Abraham also rescues Lot and the southern kings from their captors, the northern kings. Abraham is praised by Melchizedek, the king of Salem, but does not take anything from Bera, the king of Sodom.
282"Hot Dog"
"Sodom and Gomorrah"
Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai11 April 1983 (1983-04-11)
The Lord tells Abraham that He is going to destroy the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. However, the Lord promises to spare Abraham's nephew Lot, who is still living in the wicked city of Sodom. During the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Lot and his daughters escape from Sodom. Lot's wife dies by being turned into a pillar of salt after looking back while Sodom is being destroyed.
293"The Test of Faith"Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai18 April 1983 (1983-04-18)
Three travelers (two of them angels while another God Himself) visit Abraham and Sarah that tell them that they are going to have a son and they are going to name him Isaac. Some time later, God tells Abraham to offer Isaac as an offering to God on the mountain of Moriah. But upon seeing his faith, God stops him and gives him a ram to do otherwise. God then tells Abraham that his descendants will become too numerous to count, they will be set apart to God, they will become a great and powerful nation, they will be enslaved and oppressed in a foreign land but freed by God, they will take possession of Canaan and the cities of their enemies, the Savior of the world will come from them, and all the nations of the world will be blessed by them.
304"Love at First Sight"Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai25 April 1983 (1983-04-25)
Abraham tells his servant to find a wife for Isaac in Haran. At that place, the servant finds Rebekah. Later, Isaac and Rebekah fall in love upon seeing each other and get married.
315"Father's Pet"Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai2 May 1983 (1983-05-02)
The story of Jacob and his twelve sons particularly Joseph, who happens to be his father's favorite. Also, it narrates how Joseph was sold by his brothers as a slave in Egypt.
326"All About Dreams"Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai9 May 1983 (1983-05-09)
The story of the rise of Joseph as he becomes vizier of Egypt from being a slave. Also, it narrates how Joseph was put into prison and how he interpreted dreams for his fellow prisoners and the Pharaoh.
337"The Hostage"Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai16 May 1983 (1983-05-16)
The interpretation of Joseph's dream comes true as Egypt experiences seven years of prosperity and seven years of famine. Joseph, the current vizier of Egypt, meets his brothers when they ask Egypt for food and he asks them to bring Benjamin with them next time.
348"The Family Reunion"Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai23 May 1983 (1983-05-23)
Joseph reveals his identity to his brothers. Also, he gets reunited with his father, Jacob. But everything happened after Joseph made a plan to test his brothers by placing a silver cup in Benjamin's sack and accusing him of theft. It ends with Jacob and his family settling in the land of Goshen in Egypt, Jacob's death, and the brothers' oath to bring Joseph's bones to buried when they leave Egypt and go to the land of Canaan.
359"A Gift From Heaven"Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai30 May 1983 (1983-05-30)
A new Pharaoh comes to power and out of fear enslaves the Israelites. When the slavery only increases the Israelite population, the cruel Pharaoh gives a terrible order to his men that all Israelite babies are to be drowned in the Nile River. The Pharaoh's daughter finds a Israelite baby placed in a basket and names him Moses. Miriam offers her services to become the nurse of the baby. Moses grows up as a part of the royal family but later escapes from Egypt into the land of the Midianites after murdering an Egyptian, who happens to have beaten an Israelite slave. Moses settles in Midian as a shepherd and marries a woman named Zipporah (the daughter of Jethro the Midianite) and has two sons named Gershom and Elizar. Years pass while Moses is in Midian and the old Pharaoh dies and his son succeeds him, while only making the Israelites work even harder.
3610"The Burning Bush"Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai6 June 1983 (1983-06-06)
God talks to Moses in the burning bush in the land of Midianites and gives him instructions to return to Egypt and talk to the new Pharaoh to free the Israelites. He takes Aaron with him. The new Pharaoh becomes stubborn as he refuses to follow Moses. Also, Moses clashes with the Pharaoh's magicians. Then, plagues starts to happen to Egypt as the river turns into blood, frogs come up on the land, gnats infest everything, flies are everywhere, the cattle die, boils come on the Egyptians' skin, hailstones (mixed with fire) come hurling down, locusts eat the crops, and darkness covers all Egypt. But in each of these, Israel is not affected by the Nine Plagues.
3711"No More Plagues"Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai13 June 1983 (1983-06-13)
The Pharaoh remains stubborn despite the Nine Plagues and Moses' pleadings to free the Israelites. Finally, the Pharaoh agrees to let the Israelites go after many first born sons were killed (including his) by the Angel of Death, the Tenth and Final Plague. Again, Israel is safe from the Angel of Death because they obeyed God's instructions through Moses. The episode also includes the parting of the Red Sea when the Pharaoh and his chariots chased the Israelites after changing his mind.
3812"So You Want To Go Back To Egypt!"Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai20 June 1983 (1983-06-20)
The story of journey of the Israelites towards the Promised Land that includes the following: the grumbling of the Israelites after experiencing hunger; the provision of manna by God to the Israelites; the second grumbling of the Israelites experiencing thirst; the water out of the rock; the victorious battle of the Israelites against the Amalekites; the golden calf; and the Ten Commandments given by God to Moses and the Israelites.
3913"Snakes and a Donkey"
"Joshua"
Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai27 June 1983 (1983-06-27)
Moses appoints Joshua as the new leader of the Israelites as they continue their journey towards the Promised Land – the bronze serpent, Balaam and the ass and the blessing of Moses. It also includes the Battle of Jericho, the enormous walled city that Joshua eventually defeats and conquers. In the end, the Israelites finally reach the land of milk and honey and kill all the people living in the Promised Land – the Canaanites, Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Jebusites, Hivitites, Girgushites, and other heathen "ites" who do evil in the land of milk and honey.
4014"Worth Fighting For"
"Othniel"
Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai4 July 1983 (1983-07-04)
Israel falls into idolatry and the Israelites worship other gods instead of the true God, thus The Lord God allows the Canaanites (one of the Israelites’ ancient and many enemies) to conquer Israel and enslave its people. Othniel, the first of many Judges, was sent by God to deliver them from Chushan-Rishathaim, the king of the Canaanites and the ruler of Mesopotamia. It narrates how he led them to a successful battle by calling out to God and how he was rewarded with the hand of Achsah, the daughter of Caleb, for his victory.
4115"The Good Left Arm"
"Ehud and King Eglon"
Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai11 July 1983 (1983-07-11)
After the Israelites once again fall into idolatry, they are conquered by King Eglon of the Moabites (another of the Israelites’ many enemies). Ehud, a judge sent by God, leads the Israelites and delivers them from the Moabites. He also kills King Eglon (who was a very fat man) with a double-edged sword by concealing it on his right thigh being left handed.
4216"Stick In The Mud"
"Deborah and Barak"
Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai18 July 1983 (1983-07-18)
Deborah, a prophetess and a female judge, is sent by God to deliver Israel from the Canaanites. She summoned Barak to become the commander of her army and led the Israelites to overcome the armies from Canaan led by King Jabin and Sisera, their military commander.
4317"That's A Promise"
"Jephthah's vow"
Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai25 July 1983 (1983-07-25)
Jephthah, a judge sent by God, was tasked with leading the Israelites and delivering them from the Ammonites. Before the battle, he made a vow to God about sacrificing the first thing to meet him should he return in triumph. It turned out to be his daughter and his only child. Later, he fights and defeats the jealous Ephraimites.
4418"Just Rewards"
"Eli and Samuel"
Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai1 August 1983 (1983-08-01)
This tells the story of how Samuel became a judge and prophet of God. Hannah prayed to God and asked for a child. She gave birth to a son and called him Samuel. She offered him to be of service to God and he undergoes training under Eli, who is a judge in Israel. One important part in this story is when God speaks to Samuel and tells him of the judgment about to come on Eli's house because of his two corrupt sons. It also tells the story of how the Israelites were able to recapture the Ark of the Covenant from the Philistines.
4519"A Wonderful Gift"
"Saul is anointed king of Israel"
Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai8 August 1983 (1983-08-08)
Samuel warns the Israelites about their practice of idolatry and tells them to turn to God to help them in their battle against the Philistines (the Israelites’ most bitter and hated enemies). After their obedience to Samuel, the Israelites defeated the Philistines. Also, he selects Saul and anoints him to become the first King of Israel after the people asked Samuel for a king. Then, King Saul leads the Israelites after their war against the Philistines begins once again.
4620"The Mighty Little Shepherd"Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai15 August 1983 (1983-08-15)
Samuel selects another king of Israel with God's guidance after he becomes displeased with King Saul. He particularly selects Jesse's youngest son, David, who works as a shepherd. Also, King Saul calls for David to play the harp for him and became friends with the king's children, Jonathan and Michal.
4721"The Bigger They Come"Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai22 August 1983 (1983-08-22)
The Israelites and the Philistines go into war which particularly features the battle between David and Goliath, the giant from Gath who is the champion of the Philistines. David kills Goliath and gains popularity among the Israelites.
4822"Faithful and True"Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai29 August 1983 (1983-08-29)
King Saul becomes jealous of David's greater popularity among the Israelites. Then David leads the Israelites to another big victory against the Philistines and acquires Michal's hand in marriage as a reward. King Saul tries to kill David but his best friend, Jonathan, helps him escape from the palace.
4923"David the King"Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai5 September 1983 (1983-09-05)
King Saul continues to harbour feelings of envy towards David so he and his soldiers continue to pursue him. But in the end, the king and his son, Jonathan, are killed in their battle against the Philistines. After their death, David becomes the king of Israel and rules them for thirty-three years. While ruling, King David captures the city of Jerusalem, once held by the Jebusites. King David, however, commits the sin of adultery with Bathsheba and the sin of pride with the census. But God is merciful and makes a promise to David that one from his line will reign as king forever and his kingdom will have no end.
5024"In All His Glory"
"King Solomon"
Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai12 September 1983 (1983-09-12)
The story of King Solomon and his great wisdom. It also narrates how he makes judgement about two women arguing and claiming to be the mother of a baby; and when the Queen of Sheba visits him.
5125"The Wicked Queen"
"Athaliah and Joseph"
Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai19 September 1983 (1983-09-19)
Athaliah (the daughter of Ahab and Jezebel, the sister of Ahaziah and Joram, her brothers, the sons of Ahab and Jezebel) was Queen of Judah and she was known for her wickedness. Queen Athlaiah practiced idolatry, she had her husband King Jehoram of Judah lead the nation of Judah to evil and cruelty, and ordered the death of the entire extended family of her son King Ahaziah of Judah to put a stop on the worship of God. However, one grandson named Joash was rescued and raised in secret by the priest Jehoiada. After six years, Jehoiada led a revolt to overthrow Queen Athaliah and the seven-year-old Joash became the new King of Judah.
5226"A Matter of Time"
"The Prophets, Hezekiah and Isaiah"
Masakazu HiguchiAkiyoshi Sakai26 September 1983 (1983-09-26)
The story of King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah. It narrates how the Israelites were able to free themselves from the Assyrians and the miraculous recovery of King Hezekiah from his illness and Hezekiah's rash display of the wealth in Jerusalem to the Babylonian ambassadors. The prophet Isaiah tells Hezekiah because he has done this, the Babylonians will one day conquer Jerusalem and take everyone and everything away. Also, it is the final episode as Uri and Gizmo find Ruffles.

Reboot[edit]

Plot[edit]

Set in the 23rd century AD, a boy called Chris, who always has problems, travels with his friends Joy and Gizmo who travel with Superbook to the Biblical times from the Old testament and New testament.

Episodes[edit]

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
1131 September 2011 (2011-09-01)29 March 2013 (2013-03-29)CBN
21324 June 2013 (2013-06-24)19 September 2014 (2014-09-19)
3136 November 2014 (2014-11-06)17 March 2017 (2017-03-17)
41324 June 2017 (2017-06-24)TBA
513 ()TBA

Series 1 (2011–13)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
series
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"In The Beginning"
"The Story of Creation"
Bryant Paul RichardsonLen Uhley
Sean Roche
1 September 2011 (2011-09-01)
The new trio – Chris, Joy, and Gizmo – find themselves at the Creation of the Earth and witness the glory of Heaven, the fall of Lucifer, Adam and Eve, and even the fall of man. Superbook then brings them back home before Satan the Devil, starts making Earth his kingdom and they apologize for sneak peeking at their father's, a brilliant scientist's, work. (Superbook takes the Chris, Joy, and Gizmo to these biblical places to teach them wise lessons that they will use in life).
22"The Test"
"Abraham and Isaac"
Bryant Paul RichardsonMichael Merton
Sean Roche
25 March 2013 (2013-03-25)
Chris, Joy, and Gizmo are transported to the time of where Abraham's faith in God tested. Superbook then brings the kids home and they learn to keep their faith strong no matter what happens.
33"Jacob and Esau"
"The Stolen Birthright"
Bryant Paul RichardsonDavid Ehrman
Sean Roche
25 March 2013 (2013-03-25)

Chris, Joy, and Gizmo are transported to the time of Isaac in his old age and they witness Jacob trick Esau out of his birthright, an elderly Isaac blessing Jacob instead of Esau, Jacob fleeing from Esau and Jacob reuniting with his brother Esau. Superbook then teleports the kids back home where they learn to forgive others and to never deceive someone.

Note: Ruffles makes a cameo appearance at the end of this episode
44"Let My People Go!"
"The Story of Exodus"
Bryant Paul RichardsonCydne Clark
Steve Granat
Sean Roche
1 April 2011 (2011-04-01)
Chris, Joy and Gizmo are teleported back in time to the period the Israelites where enslaved at the Egyptians' hands, how God chose Moses to save Israel, confrontation of Moses to the Pharaoh, the Ten Plagues, the Passover, and the aprting of the Red Sea. Superbook takes them back home and they learn to follow the Lord completely.
55"The Ten Commandments"
"Moses and the Law"
Bryant Paul RichardsonCydne Clark
Steve Granat
Sean Roche
1 September 2011 (2011-09-01)
Joy, Chris, and Gizmo are taken back in time to the exodus of the Israelites and they witness the Israelites' food: manna and the Israelites’ many journeys, the golden calf, and even the Lord God's laws. Superbook brings them home and they learn to honor God by keeping his laws.
66"A Giant Adventure"
"David and Goliath"
Tom Bancroft
Robert O. Corley
Brian Cochran
Sean Gaffney
Sean Roche
24 December 2012 (2012-12-24)
Gizmo, Joy, and Chris are transported to the time when they witness Samuel's prophecy and David killing Goliath. Superbook teleports the kids back home where Chris has the courage to play guitar in front of a large crowd just as David had the courage to face a large enemy.
77"Roar!"
"Daniel and the Lion's Den"
Bryant Paul RichardsonMark Steele
Sean Roche
1 January 2013 (2013-01-01)
When Chris finds it difficult to stand up for a boy harassed by a school bully, he, Joy, and Gizmo are transported to the time of Daniel who was under the reign of King Darius. They witness three shrewd advisers planning to get rid of Daniel, King Darius agreeing to their plan, Daniel being thrown into the lion's den, and ultimately Daniel being spared from his fate. Chris then learns that it is important to stand up for the right even at the risk of your life and confronts the school bully to stop picking on the school boy.
88"The First Christmas"
"The Birth of Jesus"
Bryant Paul RichardsonLen Uhley
Sean Roche
25 December 2012 (2012-12-25)
At Christmas Eve, when Chris thinks that the holiday of Christmas time is just about getting presents, Joy, and Gizmo are taken to the birth of Jesus by His parents, Mary and Joseph, and witness the shepherds arriving at the manger and the three wise men from the East coming to greet the new King with gifts. Chris then learns that Christmas isn’t about getting. Instead, it is about giving and whate God gave to the world: His only Son.
99"Miracles of Jesus"
"Miracles I"
Bryant Paul RichardsonN/A27 March 2013 (2013-03-27)

When Chris starts to believe that a magician called Miraculo the "Miracle Maker" actually has real powers given by God, he, Joy, and Gizmo are teleported to the time where baby Jesus has grown up and is performing miracles so that the world will know he is the Savior and the Messiah. The kids witness Jesus healing a paralyzed man, Jesus teaching parables to other people, Jesus calming the storm, and Jesus casting demons out of a possessed man. Chris then understands that true miracles only come from the Lord.

Satan the Devil appears in every scene and is watching Jesus. He declares that he and Jesus are far from through and that their battle has only begun.
1010"The Last Supper"Bryant Paul RichardsonSean Gaffney
Sean Roche
28 March 2013 (2013-03-28)

When Chris starts hanging out with his cool friends and ignoring the less cool Joy, he and Joy and Gizmo are taken to the time when Jesus was about to be put to death on the cross. They witness the last supper between Jesus and his disciples and Judas's betrayal of Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. Chris returns home and then learns that Joy is just as awesome as his cool friends.

Satan the Devil is shown possessing Judas and watching as Judas betrays Jesus to the Pharisees and Sadducees who hate the Lord very much.
1111"He Is Risen!"
"The Resurrection of Jesus"
Bryant Paul RichardsonN/A29 March 2013 (2013-03-29)

When Chris begins arguing with his mom Phoebe over visiting his relatives, he, Joy, Gizmo, and, surprisingly, Phoebe are taken to the time Jesus is killed and resurrected. They witness Jesus praying at the garden of Gethsemane, Judas betraying Jesus, Jesus taken to Pilate, Jesus is crucified on the cross and Jesus rising from the dead. They stay just in time to see that Jesus has conquered the grave and appeared to Mary Magdalene. Later, Chris returns home and apologizes to his mother and their relationship is restored while his mom has no memory of the travel in time.

Satan the Devil is seen watching Judas betray Jesus in the garden and is seen gloating over Jesus' death not knowing his reign over Earth had ended.
1212"The Road to Damascus"
"The Conversion of Saul"
Bryant Paul RichardsonTim Hodge
Sean Roche
27 December 2012 (2012-12-27)
When a bad teen comes into Chris' life and Chris doesn't believe that there is hope for such a punk such as the kid, he, Joy, and Gizmo travel back to the time where the disciples of Jesus are being persecuted by sinister Saul of Tarsus. They witness Saul hunting down all Christians, Saul going to Damascus, Jesus appearing to Saul in a blinding light and Ananias restoring Saul's sight. Chris then learns that if an evil man like Saul can be changed that a rebellious teen can surely be changed and so Chris befriends the young kid.
1313"Revelation"
"The Final Battle"
Bryant Paul RichardsonSean Gaffney
Sean Roche
29 March 2013 (2013-03-29)
When Chris accidentally burns down his family's house and thinks that there is no forgiveness for something that big, Superbook takes he and his friends to the time of Revelation, but to test the faith of Chris, Joy and Gizmo, Superbook takes Chris to the field of Armageddon where Satan the Devil is rallying his Demonic minions for the final battle and Superbook takes Joy and Gizmo to the island of Patmos where John, an old disciple of Jesus Christ, is learning about the future. Meanwhile, Satan the Devil One finds Chris and takes on the form of Lucifer, a fallen angel evicted from God's presence. Satan (as Lucifer) tries to deceive Chris by telling him that the world is corrupt and God is to blame while in the meantime Chris forms suspicions in his mind about his new friend. Meanwhile, Joy and Gizmo talk to John about the future and John tells them Jesus is showing him these secrets to confirm his faith even while John is still on the island. Soon, John tells the kids about the Holy Spirit and explains that Jesus gave it to His disciples and to them and they must use it by keeping their faith in Jesus Christ to the bitter end. Then they are taken to Armageddon. Meanwhile, Satan (still disguised as Lucifer) tries to convince Chris that God and all parents are the problem of the world and then Lucifer (Satan) offers him a "solution": to eat the fruit off of a tree from the ground – really the tree of evil that would darken Chris’ heart. Just as Chris is about to take the poisonous fruit, he sees through the deception and knows that the "angel" before him is the Devil the Enemy. Because of extreme anger, Satan's cover is blown and he reveals his true form. Then, Joy and Gizmo arrive and Satan causes massive ugly trees to appear out of the ground to separate Chris from his friends. Immediately, Satan transforms into a gigantic snake and attacks Chris, Joy and Gizmo. When the trio tries to escape, Satan's Demonic army appears and surrounds them. The monstrous Satan gloats that he has won. Suddenly, Jesus and His Angel army appears and beats Satan's army to death while Jesus finally defeats Satan for all eternity. Chris then learns that everything can be made new.

Series 2 (2013–14)[edit]

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
141"Jonah"Bryant Paul RichardsonCory Edwards29 June 2013 (2013-06-29)
Joy witnesses Sharon Myers stealing a bike and reports it to the principal. To Joy’s surprise, Principal Travis offers Sharon mercy instead of demanding justice. As Joy questions why Sharon shouldn’t be punished, Superbook transports her, Chris, and Gizmo to meet up with a prophet named Jonah. Jonah is running away from God because he doesn't think the people of Nineveh deserve God's mercy. Through Jonah's experiences, Joy realizes that mercy is a great gift to give as well as to receive.[7]
152"Joseph and Pharaoh's Dream"Bryant Paul RichardsonCory Edwards29 August 2013 (2013-08-29)
Chris has a very precise plan for how he is going to get what he wants; and he can't handle it when things don't go according to his own plan. Superbook transports him back to ancient Egypt. As he watches Joseph rise from prisoner to governor of Egypt and gain a long lost bond with his brothers, Chris learns to forego his own plans and trust a little more in God's plans instead.[8][9]
163"The Fiery Furnace"
"Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego"
Bryant Paul RichardsonCory Edwards27 August 2013 (2013-08-27)
Chris wrestles with making a moral decision between right and wrong, a decision Joy warns could get him in big trouble. Superbook takes him and his friends back to Babylon during the reign of Nebuchadnezzar to meet Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, 3 men who chose to obey God and trust Him for their protection no matter the cost.[10]
174"Rahab and the Walls of Jericho"Bryant Paul RichardsonCory Edwards18 July 2013 (2013-07-18)
At school, Joy is not getting along with Becky (a new student). Suddenly, Superbook sends Joy, Chris, and Gizmo to a time where Israelite spies team up with Rahab. Joy learns that those who seem like enemies can get along and find common ground.[11]
185"Esther: For Such a Time as This"Bryant Paul RichardsonSindy McKay17 August 2013 (2013-08-17)
At school, Joy has to choose between standing up for Bonnie (a girl in a wheelchair) or going with the crowd. Suddenly, Superbook sends Joy, Chris, and Gizmo to a time when Queen Esther chooses to stand up for the Israelite people. This encourages Joy when she faces Janice and the Girls' Leadership Club.[12]
196"John the Baptist"Bryant Paul RichardsonLen Uhley9 January 2014 (2014-01-09)
When Chris is faced with a challenge between choosing to act truthfully or to take the easy and more "fun" pathway, Superbook whisks the kids back to meet John the Baptizer. During an exciting journey that takes the kids from witnessing John preach and baptize on the Jordan River, all the way through to his incarceration and ultimate death at the hands of Herodias and King Herod, Chris comes to understand what it means to live truthfully and point others toward in the direction of being more like Jesus. When Chris returns home, he applies what he's learned. Although it doesn't change the boy he is trying to help, Chris himself is that much stronger, for the effort he's putting in and for the experience of meeting John the Baptizer firsthand.[13]
207"Paul and the Shipwreck"Bryant Paul RichardsonCydne Clark
Steve Granat
11 October 2013 (2013-10-11)
After an disaster at South America, At a disaster relief effort, Joy has to choose between finishing her mission or giving up. Suddenly, Superbook sends Joy, Chris, and Gizmo to a time when Paul chooses to focus on his mission, no matter the circumstances. This encourages Joy when she returns to face her relief project.[14]
218"Job"Tom BancroftSean Roche24 June 2014 (2014-06-24)
During the worst week of his life, Chris loses his grandpa. He feels as if he cannot go on. He wants to give up on doing what is right. Suddenly, Superbook sends Chris, Joy, and Gizmo to a time when Job is tested by God.[15]
229"Noah and the Ark"Bryant Paul RichardsonLen Uhley9 November 2013 (2013-11-09)
When Gizmo catches Chris and Joy skipping school to hang out with a bad role model (Pearce, the leader of an extreme skateboarding team), Superbook sends them back to a time when the world was fraught with evil. So evil, in fact, that God vows to destroy the world, saving only Noah "The only righteous man on earth", his family and a menagerie of animal species. As they witness the Flood, and Noah's unwavering faith in God, our heroes see how their bad behavior paralleled the world's descent into sin. Heartened by Noah's example and God's covenant with Mankind to never again destroy the world with a flood, they return to the present and reject Pearce's dangerous influence.[16]
2310"Gideon"Bryant Paul RichardsonCydne Clark
Steve Granat
27 August 2014 (2014-08-27)
When Joy is called to leadership in a difficult situation, she has to choose between taking the challenge or running scared. Superbook sends Joy, Chris, and Gizmo to a time when Gideon overcomes a difficult battle with the Midianites. This adventure encourages Joy to walk with God and conquer the task at hand.[17]
2411"Peter's Denial"Bryant Paul RichardsonLen Uhley10 March 2014 (2014-03-10)
Chris is desperate to play with some of the cooler kids in school in an afternoon pick-up basketball game. Just as he demonstrates his Quantum Corkscrew jump shot, Joy runs in to excitedly announce that she's been elected Chess Club President. Realizing how "uncool" that sounds to the guys he's trying to impress, Chris pretends he doesn't know her. Gizmo promptly arrives with Chris' sneakers, but there will be no game for him today. Instead, Superbook sends the trio back in time to meet the disciple Peter, who ends up denying Jesus three times. Later, after seeing the risen Jesus forgive Peter on the shores of Galilee, Chris realizes that like Peter, he was acting out of fear when he refused to acknowledge Joy's friendship. Once the kids return to the present, Chris takes a pass on the pick-up game and heads off with his true friends to celebrate Joy's accomplishment.[18]
2512"The Prodigal Son"Bryant Paul RichardsonLen Uhley27 August 2014 (2014-08-27)
Aaron (a friend of Chris) gets in trouble with his father. He hides. Chris begins to wonder if what Aaron did can be forgiven. Superbook sends Joy, Chris, and Gizmo to a time when Jesus tells stories. One story shows us that no matter what we do, God will always accept us back into His family with open arms when we say we are sorry.[19]
2613"Elijah and the Prophets of Baal"Tony Bancroft
Bryant Paul Richardson
David Baldwin19 September 2014 (2014-09-19)
Chris is hooked on becoming the most powerful “god” in the online 3D game, “Battleverse of the Gods!" Suddenly, Superbook sends them to a time when Elijah battles the prophets of Baal. He shows the believers of Baal that there is only one true God.[20]

Series 3 (2014–17)[edit]

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overall
No. in
series
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
271"Ruth"Tony Bancroft
Bryant Paul Richardson
Erin Zimmerman13 January 2015 (2015-01-13)
Chris' mom forgets that he has a trip planned to the lake and volunteers him to help his Great Aunt Isobel do yard work for the weekend. Superbook takes Chris, Joy, and Gizmo to meet someone who gave up everything to show kindness to her family. They meet Ruth, a young woman from Moab whose husband died, leaving her alone with her also-widowed mother-in-law, Naomi. Then a kindhearted relative steps in to change their lives forever.[21]
282"The Tower of Babel and The Day of Pentecost"Bryant Paul RichardsonSean Roche20 August 2015 (2015-08-20)
Chris and Joy struggle to communicate with a new student in their school who just moved from India. Suddenly Superbook takes Chris, Joy and Gizmo back in time when God created multiple languages.[22]
293"The Birth of John the Baptist"Craig Grasso
Bryant Paul Richardson
Sean Roche6 November 2014 (2014-11-06)
Phoebe, (Chris' mom), is babysitting two-year-old Charlie for her friend, Mrs. Peterson. Joy has a hard time with the tyke, and she doesn't want to help take care of him – “No way. Not now. Not ever!” Superbook appears and takes Chris, Joy, Gizmo and Charlie to witness the birth of John the Baptist.[23]
304"Isaac and Rebekah"Robert KirbysonNate Ehram
David Erhman
3 August 2015 (2015-08-03)
Chris neglects to listen to his father and follow the directions. Suddenly, Superbook takes them to spend time with Eliezer and learn the value of following instructions.[24]
315"Naaman and the Servant Girl"Bryant Paul RichardsonSean Roche11 December 2014 (2014-12-11)
Joy is upset because she’s in charge of a big service project. She has done all the leadership work but finds no one is doing her bidding with the follow-up details. Superbook whisks the kids off to meet Naaman’s servant girl and follow Naaman’s story through to his amazing cure of leprosy.[25]
326"Samuel and the Call of God"Jerry Yu ChingSean Gaffney11 December 2015 (2015-12-11)
Chris believes he is too young to be called by God to help Jason (the boy from "The Road to Damascus"). Suddenly, Superbook takes them back to a time when the young Samuel is called by God.[26]
337"David and Saul"Bryant Paul RichardsonLen Uhley4 February 2016 (2016-02-04)
Chris vows to take revenge on some teens, but Superbook whisks the trio off to meet David, who has become a great warrior and foe to an angry and jealous King Saul. Chris watches as David shows mercy to Saul. After seeing David’s act of mercy, Chris decides against vengeance, and leaves judgement to God.[27]
348"Nehemiah"Robert Kirbyson
Bryant Paul Richardson
David Ehram
Nate Ehram
26 May 2016 (2016-05-26)
When Chris is asked to tutor two poor students who are also class clowns, he doubts he’s the guy for the job. Superbook then whisks Chris, Joy and Gizmo away to ancient Jerusalem. They meet Nehemiah, who is mocked and threatened as he rebuilds the walls of Jerusalem. Chris learns to do the job God gives you.[28]
359"Elisha and the Syrians"Jerry Yu ChingMark Edward Edens26 September 2016 (2016-09-26)
Joy is embarrassed by a video of her eating that was posted online by a girl named Barbara. Joy plans to get even by posting an embarrassing video of Barb taking a tumble during cheer leading practice. Before she can upload the video, Superbook takes the kids back in time to witness miracles performed by the prophet Elisha as he narrowly escapes harm from Syrian soldiers sent to capture him.[29]
3610"Lazarus"Jerry Yu Ching
Bryant Paul Richardson
Nate Ehram17 March 2017 (2017-03-17)
Joy hears of a little girl who was too shy to come to the amusement park. Superbook appears and sends Joy, Chris, and Gizmo to the meet Jesus as He delays going to see His friend Lazarus who was sick. By delaying, Jesus is able to perform an even greater miracle – raising him from the dead! Joy learns that God’s timing is always right. Joy, Chris and Gizmo visit the shy girl and create a series of amusement park rides even more wonderful than the real thing.[30]
3711"King Solomon"Jerry Yu Ching
Bryant Paul Richardson
David Baldwin28 November 2016 (2016-11-28)
Chris faces a challenge he never imagined when his father leaves him in charge of an important project. When he is unsure of what to do, Superbook takes the kids back to ancient Jerusalem where they meet King Solomon. There, Solomon encourages Chris to share his burdens with the Lord and to pray for wisdom.[31]
3812"Nebuchadnezzar's Dream"
"Daniel and King Nebuchadnezzar's Dream"
Jerry Yu Ching
Bryant Paul Richardson
Mark Edward Edens
(screenplay)
27 February 2017 (2017-02-27)
When Joy is swamped by over-scheduled responsibilities and projects, Superbook takes the kids back to Babylon to meet Daniel in King Nebuchadnezzar's palace. Daniel faces certain death unless God reveals to him the meaning of the king's dream. God answers Daniel's prayer and the king richly rewards Daniel. When Joy and the kids return home, they are inspired by Daniel's example to seek God in prayer for the solution to her problem.[32]
3913"The Good Samaritan"Bryant Paul RichardsonMark Edward Edens
Sean Roche
13 February 2015 (2015-02-13)
While a “starving” Joy is looking forward to pizza, Chris is concerned about a girl and her brother who have nothing to eat. Superbook whisks the kids to time when Jesus told the parable of the Good Samaritan.[33]

Series 4 (2017–present)[edit]

No.
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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
401"Peter and Cornelius"
"Salvation for All!"
Tony Bancroft
Bryant Paul Richardson
Erin Zimmerman24 June 2017 (2017-06-24)
Joy and Chris are running late for school. If Chris gets one more ticket by the school's strict, letter-of-the-law student Hall Monitor, he'll find himself in after-school detention. When Chris enlists Gizmo's help to try to camouflage their way into school, his plan doesn't work. He and Joy get caught. Chris begs for mercy, knowing full well this thorn-in-his-side won't budge. The Hall Monitor has no interest in giving Chris special treatment over anyone else. Chris' attitude about how unlikable this guy is-even though Chris is in the wrong and the guy is just doing his job-prompts Superbook's arrival. Chris thinks he can escape to a place where he is king of his own world. Only this time, Superbook brings the Hall Monitor back with them! Superbook brings them back to a time when Peter needed to learn that God doesn't have favorites.[34]
412"Miracles of Jesus 2"
"Jesus Feeds the Hungry"
Minoru OkazakiKate Fawkes
Nick Butterworth
22 November 2018 (2018-11-22)
Superbook takes the kids back to the wedding of Cana. The wedding feast is nearly ruined when they run out of wine, but Jesus miraculously changes water into wine. Superbook then takes the kids to witness Jesus feeding over five thousand people by multiplying a few fish and five loaves of bread into a feast.[35]
423"Paul and Silas"Masakazu HiguchiJimmy Hibbert21 August 2017 (2017-08-21)
Joy is down in the dumps because she's due to have her tonsils out. Superbook whisks the kids away to Philippi, where they encounter Paul and Silas preaching and being arrested for casting out a demon. Joy watches Paul's behavior as he and Silas sing praises to God in prison! Paul and Silas are miraculously freed from prison by an earthquake, then share the Gospel with the jailer and his family. They believe and are baptized as believers in Jesus! Joy returns home and vows to try and be joyful even in the most dire circumstances, like Paul and Silas![36]
434"Solomon's Temple"
"Building the Temple"
Masakazu HiguchiRoger Stennett23 February 2018 (2018-02-23)
Chris realizes that he won't be able to attend the National Competition Finals with his Rampaging-Robots team and the robot he designed! Superbook appears and whisks the kids away to Ancient Israel where they meet King David's son, Solomon, who will build the Temple of the Lord his father designed. Chris is amazed and a little confused how King David could design and prepare such an amazing structure, only to have someone else build it.Chris learns that it is the Lord’s plan that succeeds, and that being a part of His plan is the best plan of all. After returning home, Chris accepts that while he can't attend the competition, he can still give his team the game winning plan and strategy, which they use to win the championship trophy.[37]
445"Peter's Escape"Jerry Yu Ching
Bryant Paul Richardson
Len Uhley14 October 2017 (2017-10-14)
Chris and Gizmo send Joy on a round-the-world Holo-9 Virtual tour to 'help' her with her school geography project. As Joy sees scenes of hardship, she is overwhelmed by the state of the human condition. Joy wonders how anyone can help and make a difference. In response, Superbook transports her, Chris and Gizmo back in time to meet Peter, Rhoda, Mary and other followers of Jesus, so that they may witness how the power of prayer can lead to miraculous changes.[38]
456"Jesus Heals the Blind"
"Miracles of Jesus 3/Miracles III"
Osamu TezukaLen Uhley17 November 2017 (2017-11-17)
Joy and Chris go to see a Christmas pageant that Chris' dad is running lights for. Chris recognizes the church as the one his grandfather took him to. This causes him to wonder why they no longer go to church as a family. Superbook arrives to take Joy, Chris, and Gizmo back in time to watch Jesus heal three blind men. They discover that some people are too blind to see Jesus as the Messiah.[39]
467"Joshua and Caleb"
"Caleb and Joshua"
TBATBA27 April 2018 (2018-04-27)
Chris gets his big break to start on the soccer team. His excitement quickly fades when he finds out some teammates are willing to cheat to win. Even worse, they want Chris to help them! Chris is in a bad spot! Superbook whisks the kids back to meet Caleb, Joshua and the ten other spies sent out by Moses to explore the land of Canaan the Lord has promised the Israelites. The land of Canaan is just as God described, an abundant land flowing in milk and honey! Yet, ten of the spies can only see the giants in the land. The kids watch how Caleb and Joshua choose to follow and obey God, rather than fear the giants. When the kids return home, an inspired Chris gathers the courage to stand up to his cheating teammates, follow the Lord and do the right thing.[40]
478"Elijah and the Widow"TBATBA25 May 2018 (2018-05-25)
Phoebe sends Chris out shopping for a list of items that she wants him to pick up at many different specialty shops. When Chris secretly decides he knows better and can get everything in a "one-stop-shop," Superbook whisks the kids away. They spend time with Elijah in Cherith's Ravine and travel with him to Zarephath. God miraculously provides food for a widow and her son, and Elijah's obedience ultimately brings the widow's dead son back to life. Chris learns a miraculous lesson of obedience through Elijah. Back home, Chris applies what he's learned and shops for the items in all the places his mom instructed. Only when he gets home does he learn she was sending him on a wild goose chase, to keep him busy all afternoon because she was planning a surprise birthday party for him.[41]
489"Teach Us to Pray"
"How Do you Pray"
TBATBA9 August 2018 (2018-08-09)
Chris' Grandma is moving out of the house she lived in for years. Her husband, Chris' Grandpa, recently passed away and the home is just too big for one person. When Chris asks about how his Grandpa used to pray, Grandma has to excuse herself and sobs in the other room. Superbook then whisks the kids away and receives a lesson from Jesus on how to pray. When Chris returns he discovers a prayer card that has fallen from Grandpa's Bible and realizes Grandpa prayed the exact same words Jesus taught to His followers in the Lord's Prayer. Chris asks his Grandma to pray together - and they begin to say The Lord's Prayer. Grandma explains the meaning of each line to Chris and tells him it is the perfect outline for ALL prayer.[42]
4910"Jeremiah"TBATBA16 October 2018 (2018-10-16)
When Chris encounters some bullies stealing money from a blind man in the monorail station he knows he should stand up to them but is afraid of what will happen if he does. Superbook whisks the kids away to Jerusalem 600 B.C.. There, they meet the great prophet, Jeremiah, who faces humiliation, degradation, and possible death, when he's thrown into a cistern as punishment for calling the Jews out for failing to follow the Covenant God has made with them. His life is filled with so much pain and suffering that Jeremiah sometimes curses his own birth. Yet, still he perseveres when God tells him to speak to his people. In his darkest hour, the eunuch, Ebed-melech, beseeches the king on Jeremiah's behalf and the prophet is ultimately saved. The kids are whisked home and Chris gathers the strength, from his friendship with Jeremiah, to stand up, face-to-face, against the bullies in the monorail station, in much the way Jeremiah stood up against all odds to the sinners in his day.[43]
5011"The Temptations in the Wilderness"TBATBATBA
5112"Disciples on a Mission"TBATBATBA
5213"Philip"TBATBATBA

Series 5[edit]

No.
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No. in
series
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
531"Isaiah and Hezekiah"TBATBATBA
542"Nicodemus"TBATBATBA
553"Zacchaeus"TBATBATBA
564"The Calling of the Twelve Disciples"TBATBATBA
575"Cain and Abel"TBATBATBA
586"Samson and Delilah"TBATBATBA
597TBATBATBATBA
608TBATBATBATBA
619TBATBATBATBA
6210TBATBATBATBA
6311TBATBATBATBA
6412TBATBATBATBA
6513TBATBATBATBA

Explorer (2016–present)[edit]

In 2016, Superbook began releasing DVDs which contained two previously released episodes per DVD. There are also special features on each DVD, such as how to draw a character in the Superbook artwork style, music videos, and/or informational videos explaining where the events of the stories may have taken place or how they relate to Jesus Christ.

No.
overall
No. in
series
TitleOriginal air date
11"Explorer Volume 1"2016 (2016)
Includes special editions of "Roar!" and "The Ten Commandments," 2 Bible Background and 2 Signposts videos, a music video, and a video on how to draw Moses.
22"Explorer Volume 2"2016 (2016)
Includes special editions of "A Giant Adventure" and "Gideon," 2 Bible Background and 2 Signposts videos, a music video, and a video on how to draw David.
33"Explorer Volume 3"2016 (2016)
Includes special editions of "Jonah" and "Paul and the Shipwreck" plus special features.
44"Explorer Volume 4"2016 (2016)
Includes special editions of "The Test!" and "Miracles of Jesus" plus special features.
55"Explorer Volume 5"2016 (2016)
Includes special editions of "Joseph and Pharaoh's Dream” and “Let My People Go” plus special features.
66"Explorer Volume 6"2016 (2016)
Includes special editions of "Noah and the Ark" and "Rahab and the Walls of Jericho" plus special features.
77"Explorer Volume 7"2016 (2016)
Includes special editions of "The Prodigal Son" and "The Road to Damascus" plus special features.
88"Explorer Volume 8"2017 (2017)
Includes special editions of "Esther!"—For Such a Time as This" and "The Fiery Furnace!" plus special features.
99"Explorer Volume 9"2017 (2017)
Includes special editions of "Elijah and the Prophets of Baal" and "John the Baptist" plus special features.
1010"Explorer Volume 10"2017 (2017)
Includes special editions of “In the Beginning” and “Jacob and Esau” plus special features.
1111"Explorer Volume 11"2017 (2017)
Includes special editions of “Job” and “The Good Samaritan” plus special features.
1212"Explorer Volume 12"2018 (2018)
Includes special editions of “Ruth” and “The Birth of John the Baptist,” plus special features.
1313"Explorer Volume 13"2018 (2018)
Includes special editions of “Isaac and Rebekah” and “Tower of Babel and the Day of Pentecost,” plus special features.
1414"Explorer Volume 14"2018 (2018)
Includes special editions of “Samuel and the Call of God” and “Peter's Denial,” plus special features.
1515"Explorer Volume 15"2018 (2018)
Includes special editions of “David and Saul” and “King Solomon,” plus special features.
1616"Explorer Volume 16"2018 (2018)
Includes special editions of “Naaman and the Servant Girl” and “Lazarus,” plus special features.
1717"Explorer Volume 17"2018 (2018)
Includes special editions of “Nehemiah” and “Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream,” plus special features.

Voice cast[edit]

Original series

New series

VHS/DVD releases[edit]

Superbook Series I and Series II were released on various VHS volumes by Tyndale Entertainment. The entire series was available over 26 VHS Volumes. Superbook was released for the first time on DVD late 2005 to early 2006. The three DVD volumes features 4 episodes each from Series I.[citation needed]

Episode 6 of the new 3D animated Superbook series was the first to be released on DVD in 2009.[44][self-published source?] Episode 1 of the new Superbook series was released in November 2010 on DVD.[45][self-published source?]. New Superbook episodes are released as part of CBN's Superbook DVD Club.[46]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Superbook Classic - Fan Site". www.cbn.com.
  2. ^ "Superbook - Animation Series - History". www.cbn.com.
  3. ^ Red, Isah. "'Superbook' airs on GMA 7". Manila Standard. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Superbook". CBN.com. 2016-07-20. Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  5. ^ Inc., CBN,. "All Videos". Superbook.
  6. ^ 『アニメ親子劇場』形式:30分 全26話 制作:1981年 放映:1981年10月~1982年3月 (in Japanese). Tatsunoko Productions. Archived from the original on 17 October 2012. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  7. ^ Inc., CBN,. "Jonah Hears God". Superbook.
  8. ^ ""Superbook" Joseph and the Pharaoh's Dream (TV Episode 2013)" – via www.imdb.com.
  9. ^ Inc., CBN,. "Joseph Shares His Dreams". Superbook.
  10. ^ Inc., CBN,. "The Fiery Furnace". Superbook.
  11. ^ Inc., CBN,. "Rahab and Jericho". Superbook.
  12. ^ Inc., CBN,. "For Such a Time as This". Superbook.
  13. ^ Inc., CBN,. "John the Baptist". Superbook.
  14. ^ Inc., CBN,. "The Shipwreck". Superbook.
  15. ^ Inc., CBN,. "Job". Superbook.
  16. ^ ""Superbook" Noah and the Ark (TV Episode 2013)" – via www.imdb.com.
  17. ^ Inc., CBN,. "Gideon". Superbook.
  18. ^ ""Superbook" Peter's Denial (TV Episode 2014)" – via www.imdb.com.
  19. ^ Inc., CBN,. "The Prodigal Son". Superbook.
  20. ^ Inc., CBN,. "Elijah and the Prophets of Baal". Superbook.
  21. ^ Inc., CBN,. "Ruth". Superbook.
  22. ^ Inc., CBN,. "Tower of Babel and the Day of Pentecost". Superbook.
  23. ^ Inc., CBN,. "The Birth of John the Baptist". Superbook.
  24. ^ Inc., CBN,. "Isaac and Rebekah". Superbook.
  25. ^ Inc., CBN,. "Naaman and the Servant Girl". Superbook.
  26. ^ Inc., CBN,. "Samuel". Superbook.
  27. ^ Inc., CBN,. "David and Saul". Superbook.
  28. ^ Inc., CBN,. "Nehemiah". Superbook.
  29. ^ Inc., CBN,. "Elisha and the Syrians". Superbook.
  30. ^ Inc., CBN,. "Lazarus". Superbook.
  31. ^ Inc., CBN,. "King Solomon". Superbook.
  32. ^ Inc., CBN,. "Nebuchadnezzar's Dream". Superbook.
  33. ^ Inc., CBN,. "The Good Samaritan". Superbook.
  34. ^ Inc., CBN,. "Peter and Cornelius". Superbook.
  35. ^ Inc., CBN,. "Miracles 2". Superbook.
  36. ^ Inc., CBN,. "Paul and Silas". Superbook.
  37. ^ Inc., CBN,. "Building the Temple". Superbook.
  38. ^ Inc., CBN,. "Peter's Escape". Superbook.
  39. ^ Inc., CBN,. "Jesus Heals the Blind". Superbook.
  40. ^ Inc., CBN,. "Caleb and Joshua". Superbook.
  41. ^ Inc., CBN,. "Elijah and the Widow". Superbook.
  42. ^ Inc., CBN,. "Teach Us to Pray". Superbook.
  43. ^ Inc., CBN,. "Jeremiah". Superbook.
  44. ^ "First episode of the New Superbook Released on DVD!". CEGAnMo.com. 2009-06-19. Retrieved 2009-06-19.
  45. ^ "Another Episode of the New Superbook Coming to DVD in November". CEGAnMo.com. 2010-10-19. Retrieved 2010-10-19.
  46. ^ "Superbook DVD Club". CBN. 2012-12-05. Retrieved 2012-12-05.

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