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  • TV-G
  • 1973
  • 9 Seasons
  • 7.3  (2,089)

Super Friends is an American action-adventure cartoon starring numerous superheroes from DC Comics. Produced by animation studio Hanna-Barbera, the program aired on Saturday mornings during the early 1970s. The stars of Super Friends were those featured on the DC Comic Justice League of America. The animated team was comprised of Superman (voiced by Danny Dark), Batman (radio and movie actor Olan Soule), Robin (disc jockey and voice actor Casey Kasem), Aquaman (Norman Alden), and Wonder Woman (Shannon Farnon). Joining the superhumans as heroes-in-training were the intelligent Wendy (Sherry Alberoni), her clumsy brother Marvin (Frank Welker), and their talking pet named Wonder Dog. The shows for the initial season of Super Friends were narrated by Ted Knight. The Super Friends worked out of the Hall of Justice. In each 60 minute episode the team was called upon to assist in nabbing a criminal or averting an oncoming environmental disaster. The messages came from the Trouble Alert, a massive computer doubling as a communications device and video monitor. Many of the requests came from their government liaison Colonel Wilcox. Due to government regulations against violence in cartoons, the Super Friends held their fists and relied more on their wits and the ability to coerce the evil-doers to halt their plans. In some instances, the superheroes solved the problem by taking suggestions from Wendy or Marvin. And when their powers couldn't solve a dilemma, the team relied on other heroes like Flash, Green Arrow, and Plastic Man to assist. All episodes ended with a moral for the viewing audience. Produced by Lewis Marshall and Iwao Takamoto, Super Friends premiered on the American network ABC in September of 1973 and ran for 16 episodes. Though canceled in 1974, various incarnations of the series continued to air on ABC throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

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The Death of Superman
10. The Death of Superman
October 26, 1985
The unthinkable has happened: Superman is dead, the victim of Kryptonite poisoning. Injured in the mishap which felled Superman, a weakened Firestorm is captured by Darkseid, who wants the Galactic Guardian to reveal the details of the Man of Steel's demise. Meanwhile, several members of the Super Powers Team gather at the Fortress of Solitude, where they come across evidence indicating that Superman is still alive--but if this is true, why has he allowed the other Team members to fall into Darkseid's clutches?
The Death of Superman
10. The Death of Superman
October 26, 1985
The unthinkable has happened: Superman is dead, the victim of Kryptonite poisoning. Injured in the mishap which felled Superman, a weakened Firestorm is captured by Darkseid, who wants the Galactic Guardian to reveal the details of the Man of Steel's demise. Meanwhile, several members of the Super Powers Team gather at the Fortress of Solitude, where they come across evidence indicating that Superman is still alive--but if this is true, why has he allowed the other Team members to fall into Darkseid's clutches?
Escape from Space City
9. Escape from Space City
October 19, 1985
The evil Darkseid's latest project involves the capture and takeover of Star City, a gigantic orbiting earth colony. To this end, he replaces the satellite's kidnapped inventor Mr. Moko with a robot lookalike that even fools Moko's daughter, Kiri. Meanwhile, Batman, Firestorm and Samurai must steer clear of Darkseid's minions Kalibak and DeSaad and their robot army, long enough to allow Superman, Wonder Woman and Aquaman to seek out and destroy the control equipment hidden in Darkseid's headquarters!
Escape from Space City
9. Escape from Space City
October 19, 1985
The evil Darkseid's latest project involves the capture and takeover of Star City, a gigantic orbiting earth colony. To this end, he replaces the satellite's kidnapped inventor Mr. Moko with a robot lookalike that even fools Moko's daughter, Kiri. Meanwhile, Batman, Firestorm and Samurai must steer clear of Darkseid's minions Kalibak and DeSaad and their robot army, long enough to allow Superman, Wonder Woman and Aquaman to seek out and destroy the control equipment hidden in Darkseid's headquarters!
The Case of the Stolen Powers
8. The Case of the Stolen Powers
October 12, 1985
While languishing in prison with the Penguin as his cellmate, evil necromancer Felix Faust conjures up a spell which enables him to steal the special powers of Superman. No sooner has this happened than the Penguin appropriates these powers for himself, and as result the Super Powers Team now works for him! In order to thwart the Penguin and emerge as the real villain of the piece, Faust absorbs all of Superman's powers, but Firestorm creates a kryptonite crown on Faust's head, weakening him and Wonder Woman uses her Magic Lasso to force him to give up Superman's powers and return them to the man of steel!
The Case of the Stolen Powers
8. The Case of the Stolen Powers
October 12, 1985
While languishing in prison with the Penguin as his cellmate, evil necromancer Felix Faust conjures up a spell which enables him to steal the special powers of Superman. No sooner has this happened than the Penguin appropriates these powers for himself, and as result the Super Powers Team now works for him! In order to thwart the Penguin and emerge as the real villain of the piece, Faust absorbs all of Superman's powers, but Firestorm creates a kryptonite crown on Faust's head, weakening him and Wonder Woman uses her Magic Lasso to force him to give up Superman's powers and return them to the man of steel!
Escape from Space City
7. Escape from Space City
October 30, 1985
In "Escape from Space City," the well-intentioned plans of an eccentric billionaire nearly kill him, his daughter and the Superfriends.
Brainchild/ The Case of the Stolen Powers
6. Brainchild/ The Case of the Stolen Powers
July 11, 2011
First, in "Brainchild," Brainiac kidnaps Cyborg and transforms him into an android. Later, it's "The Case of the Stolen Powers" when the Penguin transfers Superman's abilities to himself.
The Wild Cards
5. The Wild Cards
October 9, 1985
Darkseid teams with the Joker to turn the Superfriends into a deck of "The Wild Cards."
The Darkseid Deception
4. The Darkseid Deception
September 21, 1985
Little does Wonder Woman suspect that the man she assumes to be her mortal boyfriend Steve Trevor is actually the evil Darkseid, who has rearranged his molecular structure in order to impersonate Steve. It's all part of a master plan to steal the deadly TC7 satellite and transform everyone on earth into hideous mutants. The Galactic Guardians set out to rescue the real Steve and thwart Darkseid--a task made doubly difficult when Wonder Woman herself is kidnapped!
The Darkseid Deception
4. The Darkseid Deception
September 21, 1985
Little does Wonder Woman suspect that the man she assumes to be her mortal boyfriend Steve Trevor is actually the evil Darkseid, who has rearranged his molecular structure in order to impersonate Steve. It's all part of a master plan to steal the deadly TC7 satellite and transform everyone on earth into hideous mutants. The Galactic Guardians set out to rescue the real Steve and thwart Darkseid--a task made doubly difficult when Wonder Woman herself is kidnapped!
The Bizarro Super Powers Team
3. The Bizarro Super Powers Team
September 14, 1985
Bizarro #1, the weird yet funny Superman doppelganger from Htrae (Bizarro World), uses his duplicator ray to create Bizarro versions of Wonder Woman, Firestorm and Cyborg. These "opposite clones" are then called upon to protect Bizarro World from its many enemies. Unfortunately, the prankish Mr. Mxyzptlk plans to harness the powers of the three Bizarro superheroes in order to wreak havoc upon the earth, in an endless series of nasty pranks and practical jokes specially designed to drive everyone as crazy as HE is! Until the Real Wonder Woman uses the duplicator ray on Mr. Mxyzptlk to create Mr. Kltpzyxm, causing the Bizarro Super Powers team to go back to Bizarro World and stop him, and making Mr. Mxyzptlk accidentally say his name backwards and go back to the 5th dimension.
The Bizarro Super Powers Team
3. The Bizarro Super Powers Team
September 14, 1985
Bizarro #1, the weird yet funny Superman doppelganger from Htrae (Bizarro World), uses his duplicator ray to create Bizarro versions of Wonder Woman, Firestorm and Cyborg. These "opposite clones" are then called upon to protect Bizarro World from its many enemies. Unfortunately, the prankish Mr. Mxyzptlk plans to harness the powers of the three Bizarro superheroes in order to wreak havoc upon the earth, in an endless series of nasty pranks and practical jokes specially designed to drive everyone as crazy as HE is! Until the Real Wonder Woman uses the duplicator ray on Mr. Mxyzptlk to create Mr. Kltpzyxm, causing the Bizarro Super Powers team to go back to Bizarro World and stop him, and making Mr. Mxyzptlk accidentally say his name backwards and go back to the 5th dimension.
The Ghost Ship / The Bizarro Super Powers Team
2. The Ghost Ship / The Bizarro Super Powers Team
September 18, 1985
First, in "The Ghost Ship," Superman loses his powers when Dardseid lures him too far from the sun. Next, Mxyzptlk helps the Bizarros create their own team of reverse superheroes: "The Bizarro Super Powers Team."
The Seeds of Doom
1. The Seeds of Doom
September 7, 1985
After single-handedly capturing Superman's perennial nemesis Lex Luthor, the bionic Cyborg is invited to join the Justice League of America--but surprisingly turns down the offer. Anxious to have someone his own age as a fellow Team member, the nuclear-powered Firestorm seeks out Cyborg to learn the reason for his reticence. But it will take the intervention of Darkseid and his Parademons, to say nothing of some horrific-looking sea pods, to make Cyborg change his mind.
The Seeds of Doom
1. The Seeds of Doom
September 7, 1985
After single-handedly capturing Superman's perennial nemesis Lex Luthor, the bionic Cyborg is invited to join the Justice League of America--but surprisingly turns down the offer. Anxious to have someone his own age as a fellow Team member, the nuclear-powered Firestorm seeks out Cyborg to learn the reason for his reticence. But it will take the intervention of Darkseid and his Parademons, to say nothing of some horrific-looking sea pods, to make Cyborg change his mind.
Description

Super Friends is an American action-adventure cartoon starring numerous superheroes from DC Comics. Produced by animation studio Hanna-Barbera, the program aired on Saturday mornings during the early 1970s.

The stars of Super Friends were those featured on the DC Comic Justice League of America. The animated team was comprised of Superman (voiced by Danny Dark), Batman (radio and movie actor Olan Soule), Robin (disc jockey and voice actor Casey Kasem), Aquaman (Norman Alden), and Wonder Woman (Shannon Farnon). Joining the superhumans as heroes-in-training were the intelligent Wendy (Sherry Alberoni), her clumsy brother Marvin (Frank Welker), and their talking pet named Wonder Dog. The shows for the initial season of Super Friends were narrated by Ted Knight.

The Super Friends worked out of the Hall of Justice. In each 60 minute episode the team was called upon to assist in nabbing a criminal or averting an oncoming environmental disaster. The messages came from the Trouble Alert, a massive computer doubling as a communications device and video monitor. Many of the requests came from their government liaison Colonel Wilcox.

Due to government regulations against violence in cartoons, the Super Friends held their fists and relied more on their wits and the ability to coerce the evil-doers to halt their plans. In some instances, the superheroes solved the problem by taking suggestions from Wendy or Marvin. And when their powers couldn't solve a dilemma, the team relied on other heroes like Flash, Green Arrow, and Plastic Man to assist. All episodes ended with a moral for the viewing audience.

Produced by Lewis Marshall and Iwao Takamoto, Super Friends premiered on the American network ABC in September of 1973 and ran for 16 episodes. Though canceled in 1974, various incarnations of the series continued to air on ABC throughout the 1970s and 1980s.Super Friends is a series that is currently running and has 9 seasons (263 episodes). The series first aired on January 1, 1973.

Where to Watch Super Friends

Super Friends is available for streaming on the ABC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Super Friends on demand at HBO Max, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    January 1, 1973
  • IMDB Rating
    7.3  (2,089)