The All-New Super Friends Hour is an American animated television series about a team of superheroes which ran from September 10, 1977 to September 2, 1978 on ABC. It was produced by Hanna-Barbera and is based on the Justice League and associated comic book characters published by DC Comics.
The popularity of TV's Wonder Woman
and The Six Million Dollar Man
spurred network interest in reviving the Super Friends
program. When it was again unveiled in 1977, more young children and teenagers 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 Super Friends
, the DC Comic book legends Superman
, Wonder Woman
return to fight for justice. However, this time, they get help from the shape-shifting super-teens Zan and Jayna (a.k.a. The Wonder Twins
), along with their space-monkey Gleek
The All-New Superfriends Hour
featured four animated shorts per program which followed a basic format each week.
The first segment of every show featured two of the heroes (For the purposes of the team-ups in the first and fourth segments, Batman and Robin were considered 'one hero'.) teaming up in a separate mini story.
The second segment featured a story with the Wonder Twins.
The third segment was considered the "primary" adventure of the week which featured the entire Super Friends roster (including the Wonder Twins) in a longer adventure.
The fourth and final segment featured a story with one of the primary lineup along with a "special guest star." The fourth segment typically featured a problem which was solved using the guest star's unique abilities.
In addition, between segments there were additional short spots with members of the Super Friends giving basic safety lessons, basic first aid advice, magic tricks, and a two part riddle featuring the week's primary plot line.
The 15 hour-long shows were later cut into half-hour installments for local syndication
in the early 1980s; episodes from the 1977 series were included in The Superman/Batman Adventures
, which aired on the USA Network
and later on the Boomerang Network
, which would air the original hour-long shows from 1977 in their full-blown entirety (save for the next-week previews) in July 2004, and again in June 2008.
The All-New Super Friends Hour lineup
List of episodes
Warner Home Video
released The All-New Super Friends Hour - Season 1, Volume 1
on January 8
containing 7 episodes (28 cartoons). However the episodes are not in the correct order, the order they originally aired on ABC.
||Release Date |
| Season 1, Volume 1
||7 (28 cartoons)
|| January 8, 2008 |