The Adventures of Superman

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  • TV-G
  • 1952
  • 6 Seasons
  • 7.7  (3,490)

The classic American television series "The Adventures of Superman" was one of the first and most popular adaptations of the comic book characters originally created by cartoonists Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel. With George Reeves playing the role of Superman and his alter-ego Clark Kent, Noel Neill as Lois Lane, John Hamilton as Perry White and Jack Larson as cub reporter Jimmy Olson, the show was known for its well-written plots and ahead of its time special effects. All episodes were filmed in color except for the first two seasons, and the shows usually revolve around Clark Kent's newspaper colleagues getting into dangerous situations from which only the legendary "Man of Steel" can rescue them. Some of the colorful, larger than life villains from the comic book also make appearances. The show opened each episode with the now famous dramatic theme music which even to this day is always associated with Superman. The stirring ode is officially called "The Superman March." The show's enduring popularity has meant that all subsequent Superman TV shows and movies have been profoundly influenced by it. George Reeves was an experienced actor who played the Superman role seriously and with style. The special effects were way ahead of their time, although they may look primitive in comparison with what is possible today. Yet any technical limitations are transcended by the ensemble acting that gave the impression that everyone involved respected and enjoyed performing the material. The action is fast-paced and the dialog both believable and even witty. "The Adventures of Superman" originally ran from 1952 through 1958. However it remained in constant syndication, meaning it was seen by viewers on a regular basis for decades later. The show is no 50's museum piece, but remains a beloved classic experienced and remembered by American television viewers of all generations. A number of books and documentaries have been created about the series and an almost cultish fascination with the program still endures decades after it was originally released.

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All That Glitters
13. All That Glitters
April 28, 1958
After losing consciousness, Jimmy fantasizes that he and Lois have powers like Superman.
The Perils of Superman
12. The Perils of Superman
April 21, 1958
A mobster plots revenge against the Daily Planet employees.
The Brainy Burro
11. The Brainy Burro
April 14, 1958
In Mexico, Clark is accused of robbing a bank. The crime was actually commited by two criminals and a donkey who can read minds.
Three in One
10. Three in One
April 7, 1958
Three circus performers use their abilities in various crimes to frame Superman.
Superman's Wife
9. Superman's Wife
March 31, 1958
To flush out a criminal gang a policewoman poses as Superman's wife.
The Gentle Monster
8. The Gentle Monster
March 24, 1958
Professor Pepperwinkle creates a robot that uses a kryptonite power source and almost kills Superman.
The Big Forget
7. The Big Forget
March 17, 1958
An anti-memory vapor, developed by Professor Pepperwinkle, is stolen and used to commit crimes.
The Superman Silver Mine
6. The Superman Silver Mine
March 10, 1958
A prospector who discovers some silver is kidnapped by his evil twin who wants the silver for himself.
The Atomic Captive
5. The Atomic Captive
March 3, 1958
A nuclear scientist has become contaminated by radiation and placed himself in exile. Foreign agents want to capture him and Lois wants to interview him.
The Mysterious Cube
4. The Mysterious Cube
February 24, 1958
A fugitive hides in a concrete cube for seven years so he can not be prosecuted for his crimes.
Divide and Conquer
3. Divide and Conquer
February 17, 1958
After averting an assassination plot Superman is put in jail. He must divide himself in two to foil a second assassination attempt.
The Magic Secret
2. The Magic Secret
February 10, 1958
A criminal, who has a kryptonite ray gun, attempts to lure Superman into a trap by kidnapping Lois and Jimmy.
The Last Knight
1. The Last Knight
February 3, 1958
A man wearing armor kidnaps Lois and Jimmy.
Description

The classic American television series "The Adventures of Superman" was one of the first and most popular adaptations of the comic book characters originally created by cartoonists Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel. With George Reeves playing the role of Superman and his alter-ego Clark Kent, Noel Neill as Lois Lane, John Hamilton as Perry White and Jack Larson as cub reporter Jimmy Olson, the show was known for its well-written plots and ahead of its time special effects.

All episodes were filmed in color except for the first two seasons, and the shows usually revolve around Clark Kent's newspaper colleagues getting into dangerous situations from which only the legendary "Man of Steel" can rescue them. Some of the colorful, larger than life villains from the comic book also make appearances. The show opened each episode with the now famous dramatic theme music which even to this day is always associated with Superman. The stirring ode is officially called "The Superman March."

The show's enduring popularity has meant that all subsequent Superman TV shows and movies have been profoundly influenced by it. George Reeves was an experienced actor who played the Superman role seriously and with style. The special effects were way ahead of their time, although they may look primitive in comparison with what is possible today. Yet any technical limitations are transcended by the ensemble acting that gave the impression that everyone involved respected and enjoyed performing the material. The action is fast-paced and the dialog both believable and even witty.

"The Adventures of Superman" originally ran from 1952 through 1958. However it remained in constant syndication, meaning it was seen by viewers on a regular basis for decades later. The show is no 50's museum piece, but remains a beloved classic experienced and remembered by American television viewers of all generations. A number of books and documentaries have been created about the series and an almost cultish fascination with the program still endures decades after it was originally released.

The Adventures of Superman is a series that is currently running and has 6 seasons (104 episodes). The series first aired on September 19, 1952.

Where to Watch The Adventures of Superman

The Adventures of Superman is available for streaming on the Syndicated website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Adventures of Superman on demand at Amazon, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    September 19, 1952
  • IMDB Rating
    7.7  (3,490)