HANNA-BARBERA SUPERFRIENDS CHRONOLOGY

[THE SUPERFRIENDS 1973-1974] [THE ALL-NEW SUPERFRIENDS HOUR 1975-1975]
[CHALLENGE OF THE SUPERFRIENDS 1978-1979] [THE SUPERFRIENDS 1978-1979]
[THE WORLD'S GREATEST SUPERFRIENDS 1979-1980]
[THE SUPERFRIENDS HOUR SHORTS - 1980-1981 / 1981-1982]
[THE SUPERFRIENDS LOST EPISODES 1982-1983]
[SUPERFRIENDS: THE LEGENDARY SUPER POWERS SHOW 1984-1985]
[SUPER POWERS TEAM: GALACTIC GUARDIANS 1985-1986]


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THE SUPERFRIENDS (1973 - 1974)

DC Comic book legends Superman, Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman and Aquaman, along with their new comrades Marvin, Wendy and Wonder Dog, are called to "fight injustice, right that which is wrong and serve all mankind."  In their quest, they contend with supernatural creatures and other powerful forces in Hanna-Barbera's first assemblage of famed crime-fighters from the pages of DC Comics.  This hour-long animated series, narrated by Ted Knight, aired on the ABC television network from Saturday September 8, 1973 to August 30, 1974.  It was later rebroadcast in the middle of the following season from February 7, 1976 to September 3, 1977.  Several spin-off series followed.  [top]

FEATURED SUPERFRIENDS

  • Aquaman
  • Batman
  • Robin
  • Superman
  • Wonder Woman
  • Wendy
  • Marvin
  • Wonder Dog
  • EPISODES

  • THE ANDROIDS
  • THE BALLOON PEOPLE
  • THE BAFFLES PUZZLE
  • DR. PELAGIN'S WAR
  • THE FANTASTIC FRERPS
  • GULLIVER'S GIGANTIC GOOF
  • THE MENACE OF THE WHITE DWARF
  • THE MYSTERIOUS MOLES
  • THE PLANET SPLITTER
  • THE POWER PIRATE
  • PROFESSOR GOODFELLOW'S G.E.E.C.
  • THE SHAMON 'U'
  • TOO HOT TO HANDLE
  • THE ULTRA BEAM
  • THE WATERMEN
  • THE WEATHER MAKER
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    THE ALL-NEW SUPERFRIENDS HOUR (1977 - 1978)

    Even though Hanna-Barbera's first superheroes cartoon series failed, the amazing popularity of TV's Wonder Woman and The Six Million Dollar Man spurred network interest in reviving the "Superfriends" program.  When it was again unveiled in 1977, more young children and teenager than before tuned in, making The All-New Superfriends Hour a huge ratings success.  The success prompted the ABC television network to plan a new and even more innovative series for the fall of 1978.  In this particular incarnation of the Superfriends, the DC Comic book legends Superman, Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman and Aquaman return to fight for justice.  However this time they get help from the shape-shifting super-teens Zan and Jayna, along with their space-monkey Gleek.  The All-New Superfriends Hour, featured four animated shorts per program and aired from Saturday September 10, 1977 until September 2, 1978.  [top]

    FEATURED SUPERFRIENDS

  • Aquaman
  • Batman
  • Robin
  • Superman
  • Wonder Woman
  • Zan
  • Jayna
  • Gleek
  • EPISODES - THE LEAGUE OF JUSTICE (one per program)

    EPISODES - SUPERFRIENDS (three per program)

  • ALASKA PERIL
  • ANTIDOTE
  • ATTACK OF THE GIANT SQUID
  • ATTACK OF THE KILLER BEES
  • BRAIN MACHINE
  • CABLE CAR RESCUE
  • CHEATING
  • THE COLLECTOR
  • DANGEROUS PRANK
  • THE DAY OF THE RATS
  • DOCTOR FRIGHT
  • DRAG RACE
  • THE ENERGY MASS
  • THE ENFORCER
  • THE FIFTY-FOOT WOMAN
  • FIRE
  • FLOOD OF DIAMONDS
  • FORBIDDEN POWER
  • FROZEN PERIL
  • GAME OF CHICKEN
  • HANDICAP
  • HITCH-HIKE
  • INITIATION
  • INVASION OF THE HYDRONOIDS
  • THE INVISIBLE MENACE
  • JOY RIDE
  • THE MAN BEASTS OF XRA
  • THE MARSH MONSTER
  • THE MONSTER OF DOCTOR DROID
  • PREJUDICE
  • PRESSURE POINT
  • THE PROTECTOR
  • RAMPAGE
  • RIVER OF DOOM
  • THE RUNAWAYS
  • SECRET FOUR
  • THE SHARK
  • SPACE EMERGENCY
  • STOWAWAYS
  • THE TIBETIAN RAIDERS
  • TIGER ON THE LOOSE
  • TIME RESCUE
  • VANDALS
  • VOLCANO
  • THE WHIRLPOOL
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    CHALLENGE OF THE SUPERFRIENDS (1978 - 1979)

    Challenge of the Superfriends aired on the ABC television network from September 9, 1978 until September 15, 1979.  The plots for this series were, at the time of its initial airing, the best effort to portray comic book heroes in animated television shorts.  This new Superfriends show portrayed the battles between the thirteen supervillains of the Legion of Doom and the eleven superheroes of the Justice League of America.  The Legion of Doom dwelled in a murky swamp and launched their attacks for global conquest from a sinister looking craft called the Hall of Doom.   Challenge of the Superfriends was narrated by the voice talents of William Woodson.  The show's main theme and original music was composed and arranged by John Beal.  Additional music was supplied by Hoyt S. Curtin, Paul DeKorte and Fred Werner.  Character designs for this particular Superfriends series were created by Andre Le Blanc and the legendary Alex Toth, while color key was arranged by Nancy Massie.  This superior show unfortunately only lasted one season.  [top]

    FEATURED SUPERFRIENDS

  • Aquaman
  • Apache Chief
  • Batman
  • Black Vulcan
  • Flash
  • Green Lantern
  • Hawkman
  • Robin
  • Samurai
  • Superman
  • Wonder Woman
  • EPISODES

  • WANTED: THE SUPERFRIENDS
  • INVASION OF THE FEARIANS
  • THE WORLD’S DEADLIEST GAME
  • THE TIME TRAP
  • TRIAL OF THE SUPERFRIENDS
  • MONOLITH OF EVIL
  • THE GIANTS OF DOOM
  • SECRET ORIGINS OF THE SUPERFRIENDS
  • REVENGE ON GORILLA CITY
  • SWAMP OF THE LIVING DEAD
  • CONQUERORS OF THE FUTURE
  • THE FINAL CHALLENGE
  • FAIRY TALE OF DOOM
  • DOOMSDAY
  • SUPERFRIENDS, REST IN PEACE
  • HISTORY OF DOOM
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    THE SUPERFRIENDS (1978 - 1979)

    Special thanks goes to Will Rodgers (thevoiceman@webtv.net) and his superb research on what he considers "The Superfriends Lost Episodes: 1978".

    The Superfriends ran as an hour-long show on ABC during the 1978-79 season.  In addition to the 16 episodes of Challenge of the Superfriends, Hanna Barbera also animated another 16 episodes of The Superfriends, featuring the established core group of superheros of the previous year.  In fact, these episodes actually aired during the first half-hour of The Superfriends show, followed by an episode of Challenge of the Superfriends.  These episodes initially had no special title to them.  Therefore in syndication, the All New Super Friends Hour intro has been used for them.  The last 6 episodes of this run seem to be missing from the Superfriends archive and have not returned to the TV airwaves in reruns.  Where the Challenge of the Superfriends series introduced the DC super villains as the Legion of Doom, these episodes feature must less menacing antagonists.  The last episode of this series introduced Superman's impish foe Mr. Mxyzptlk.  [top]

    FEATURED SUPERFRIENDS

  • Aquaman
  • Batman
  • Robin
  • Superman
  • Wonder Woman
  • Zan
  • Jayna
  • Gleek
  • EPISODES

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    THE WORLD'S GREATEST SUPERFRIENDS (1979 - 1980)

    In 1979, for whatever reason, ABC and/or Hanna-Barbera decided to discontinue the superior line-up forged by Challenge Of The Superfriends, and return to the campy format of previous years.  The familiar five DC Superheroes were back along with Zan, Jana and Gleek.  This latest hour-long incarnation of The Superfriends featured several new episodes, but mostly comprised of reruns of The All-New Superfriends Hour which aired during the 1977-78 season.  The World's Greatest Superfriends premiered on Saturday September 22,1979 and lasted until September 27,1980.  [top]

    FEATURED SUPERFRIENDS

  • Aquaman
  • Batman
  • Robin
  • Superman
  • Wonder Woman
  • Zan
  • Jayna
  • Gleek
  • EPISODES

  • LEX LUTHOR STRIKES BACK
  • THE LORD OF MIDDLE EARTH
  • THE PLANET OF OZ
  • RUB THREE TIMES FOR DISASTER
  • SPACE KNIGHTS OF CAMELON
  • THE SUPERFRIENDS MEET FRANKENSTEIN
  • TERROR AT 20,000 FATHOMS
  • UNIVERSE OF EVIL
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    THE SUPERFRIENDS HOUR SHORTS (1980 - 1982)

    Special thanks goes to Will Rodgers (thevoiceman@webtv.net) and his superb research on what he considers "The Superfriends Shorts".

    Aftwer two solid seasons of producing full half-hour long episodes of the Superfriends in various incarnations Hanna-Barbera returned to producing shorts in 1980.  The Superfriends Hour featured reruns from the previous six seasons, along with three new 7-minute long shorts.  Abc would continue this format for the next three years.  These new adventures featured regular appearances by the core group of five Superfriends, Zan, Jayna & Gleek.  We were also treated to cameos by Justice League members who appeared on Challenge of the Superfriends.  We also saw special appearances by brand new characters, such as Atom, El Dorado, Hawkgirl & Rima.  [top]

    SHORTS [1980-1981]

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    SHORTS [1981-1982]

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    THE LOST SUPERFRIENDS EPISODES (1983 - 1984)

    Special thanks goes to Will Rodgers (thevoiceman@webtv.net) and his superb research on what he considers "The Superfriends Shorts: Part III".

    During the 1982-1983 season, ABC continued to run a half-hour long show entitled The Best of the Superfriends.  This show consisted of reruns of shows from the previous nine seasons.  These episodes were mostly half-hour long episodes (not shorts) featuring the core group of five Superfriends.  By the time the 1983-1984 season rolled around, older Superfriends series were well into sydication, and could be viewed on weekday afternoons.  Therefore in its ultimate stupidity, ABC decided to drop the Superfriends from the 1983-1984 Saturday morning television line-up.  However, during this time Hanna-Barbera continued to produce new episodes of the Superfriends.  In fact, 24 of these so-called "Lost Episodes" we animated but not aired in the United States that season.  Three of these episodes were aired when the Superfriends returned to Saturday morning ABC television the following year.  The remainder of the episodes finally aired in syndication year later as part of the Superman/Batman Adventures.  [top]

    EPISODES

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    SUPERFRIENDS: THE LEGENDARY SUPER POWERS SHOW (1984 - 1985)

    After three consecutive seasons of shorts, Hanna-Barbera's next effort at showcasing DC Comic book characters in animated shorts was perhaps it's most disappointing.  These half-hour long stories contained the now-familiar superheroes Superman, Batman, Robin and Wonder Woman, along with the new Teen Titans Cyborg and Firestorm.  In addition to this core group of six, episodes during this season featured cameos by old and new Superfriends.  The half-hour long Superfriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show premiered on the ABC television network on Saturday September 8, 1984 and lasted one full season until August 31, 1985.  [top]

    FEATURED SUPERFRIENDS

  • Batman
  • Cyborg
  • Firestorm
  • Robin
  • Superman
  • Wonder Woman
  • EPISODES

  • THE BRIDE OF DARKSEID (PART I)
  • THE BRIDE OF DARKSEID (PART II)
  • THE CASE OF THE DREADFUL DOLLS
  • THE CASE OF THE SHRINKING SUPERFRIENDS
  • THE CURATOR
  • DARKSEID'S GOLDEN TRAP (PART I)
  • DARKSEID'S GOLDEN TRAP (PART II)
  • THE ISLAND OF THE DINASOIDS
  • THE MASK OF MYSTERY
  • MR. MXYZPTLK AND THE MAGIC LAMP
  • NO HONOR AMONG SUPER-THIEVES
  • REFLECTIONS IN CRIME
  • THE ROYAL RUSE
  • SUPER BRAT
  • THE WRATH OF BRAINIAC
  • THE VILLAGE OF LOST SOULS
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    THE SUPER POWERS TEAM: GALACTIC GUARDIANS (1985 - 1986)

    In the fall of 1985 the final version of Hanna-Barbera's Superfriends premiered.  This superior show returned a more conventional, consistent and authentic line-up for the Justice League of America, with a strong focus the Teen Titans Cyborg and Firestorm.  The Superfriends were once again headquartered at the Hall of Justice in Metropolis, and battled such familiar foes as Lex Luthor, Scarecrow and Darkseid.  Second only to Challenge of the Superfriends, Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians was one of the most faithful TV adaptations of DC Comic superheroes.  Except where noted as a short, each episode was 30 minutes long.  The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians lasted only one season until the end of the Hanna-Barbera's 12-year run of the Superfriends on September 30, 1986.  [top]

    FEATURED SUPERFRIENDS

  • Aquaman
  • Batman
  • Cyborg
  • Firestorm
  • Flash
  • Green Lantern
  • Hawkman
  • Robin
  • Samurai
  • Superman
  • Wonder Woman
  • EPISODES

  • The Bizarro Super-Powers Team (short)
  • Brain Child (short)
  • The Case of the Stolen Super-Powers (short)
  • The Darkseid Deception
  • The Death of Superman
  • The Ghost Ship (short)
  • Escape From Space City
  • The Fear
  • The Seeds of Doom
  • The Wild Cards
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    LONG LIVE THE SUPERFRIENDS!!!

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