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Super Friends
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Genre Action
Science fiction
Based on Justice League
Gardner Fox
Written by Haskell Barkin
Dick Conway
Willie Gilbert
Donald F. Glut
Mark Jones
Elana Lesser
Dick Robbins
Cliff Ruby
Directed by Oscar Dufau
George Gordon
Charles A. Nichols
Ray Patterson
Carl Urbano
Voices of Jack Angel
Michael Bell
Wally Burr
William Callaway
Danny Dark
Shannon Farnon
Buster Jones
Stan Jones
Casey Kasem
Michael Rye
Olan Soule
Frank Welker
Louise Williams
Narrated by William Woodson
Theme music composer Hoyt Curtin
Composer(s) Hoyt Curtin
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 22 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Joseph Barbera
William Hanna
Producer(s) Gerard Baldwin
Editor(s) Jeffrey Scott
Running time 60 minutes (including commercials)
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera Productions
DC Comics
Distributor Lexington Broadcast Services Company
Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original network ABC
Picture format Color
Audio format Mono
Original release September 13, 1980 – 1982
Preceded by The World's Greatest Super Friends
Followed by Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show

Super Friends is an American animated television series about a team of superheroes which ran from 1980 to 1982 on ABC. It was produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and is based on the Justice League and associated comic book characters published by DC Comics. It was the fifth incarnation of the Super Friends series following Super Friends (1973), The All-New Super Friends Hour (1977), Challenge of the Super Friends (1978) and The World's Greatest Super Friends (1979).


With Super Friends, the series abandoned the production of half-hour episodes (which was the case for the previous two Super Friends series), in favor of the production of seven-minute shorts. Each hour long episode of Super Friends would feature a half-hour rerun from one of the previous six years along with three new shorts. Meanwhile, the second season from 1981–1982 was a shorter season due to a writers' strike.

Main characters

These new adventures featured appearances by the core group of the five classic Super Friends (Aquaman, Batman, Robin, Superman and Wonder Woman) along with Zan, Jayna & Gleek. A 1981 episode titled "Evil From Krypton" depicted the Superman's Fortress of Solitude with a somewhat crystalline exterior and without the giant key, reminiscent of its film appearances. There were also guest appearances from members previously depicted in Challenge of the Super Friends as well as the original Hanna Barbera created hero El Dorado (debuting in the second season), who was added to the show to make the Super Friends more culturally diverse.

In El Dorado's debut episode "Alien Mummy" it is revealed that he is of Mexican descent. The narrator sets the scene by describing the location as 'ancient Aztec ruins in the Mexican wilderness'. One of El Dorado's lines is "these are the mysterious ruins of my people". Black Vulcan is able to spot-weld microelectronics as demonstrated in the episode "Dive to Disaster".

Guest characters and villains

The Riddler made his only solo appearance in a short episode entitled "Around The World In 80 Riddles" again voiced by Michael Bell. Queen Hippolyta as well as Paradise Island appear in the 1980 episode "Return of Atlantis." In her first two appearances, Hippolyta was a brunette however in her last appearance, she was blonde and wore a blue toga. Gorilla Grodd appeared in the short episodes "Two Gleeks Are Deadlier Than One" and "Revenge of Doom" again voiced by Stanley Ralph Ross. In "Two Gleeks are Deadlier Than One", he and Giganta capture Gleek and replace him with a robot duplicate in order to infiltrate the Super Friends and learn what they are planning. In "Revenge of Doom", Gorilla Grodd was seen with the Legion of Doom when they got back together (after salvaging the Legion of Doom headquarters from the swamp and refurbishing it). While all 13 LOD members appear in "Revenge of Doom", only Lex Luthor, Sinestro (voiced again by Vic Perrin) and Solomon Grundy (again voiced by Jimmy Weldon) speak.

The three Phantom Zone villains, who first appeared in the 1978 episode "Terror from the Phantom Zone", later return in a "lost season" episode from 1983 titled "Return of the Phantoms". In it which they hijack an alien's time-space conveyor and go back in time to Smallville and attack Superboy (voiced by Jerry Dexter) to prevent him from becoming Superman. Fortunately, the pilot of that craft went to warn the Super Friends about what the trio would be attempting and guided Superman and Green Lantern to the proper time period to help the boy. The Super Friends version of the Phantom Zone is described as, "Far beyond the boundaries of the Milky Way. In the uncharted void of deep space. An incredible 5th dimension of space and time, lies parallel to the universe that we know. This interesting interstellar warp which holds the most sinister and ruthless criminals in the galaxy is the infamous Phantom Zone." The molecular structure of any person exiled in the Zone appears white and black. Batman's devices and the Wonder Twins' Exxor Powers are useless within the Phantom Zone.



  • Norman Alden - N/A (credit only)
  • Michael Ambrosini -
  • Jack Angel - Hawkman, Samurai, Flash (Barry Allen), J. S. Snyder (in "The Make-Up Monster") Spike (in "Cycle Gang"), Gramps (in "Cycle Gang"), Submarine Captain (in Dive To Disaster"), Mayor Summers (in "An Unexpected Treasure")
  • Marlene Aragon - Hippolyta (in "Return of Atlantis")
  • Lewis Bailey -
  • Jered Barclay -
  • Michael Bell - Zan, Riddler (in "Around the World In 80 Riddles"), Gleek, Bobby (in "Cycle Gang"), Rom-Lok (in "Return of the Phantoms"), Exorian Monkey Leader (in "Invasion of the Gleeks")
  • Arthur Burghardt -
  • Greg Burson -
  • Wally Burr - Atom
  • Bill Callaway - Aquaman, Bizarro, Alien Time Traveler (in "Return of the Phantoms")
  • Kathy Carver - Rima (in "Return of Atlantis"), Ocina (in "Return of Atlantis")
  • Ted Cassidy - Novarian Leader (in "Bigfoot")
  • Melanie Chartoff -
  • Philip Lewis Clarke -
  • Henry Corden -
  • Regis Cordic - Bud (in "The Make-Up Monster"), Space Genie (in "Three Wishes")
  • Peter Cullen - Slarum Leader (in "Day of the Dinosaurs")
  • Danny Dark - Superman
  • Takayo Doran -
  • Jerry Dexter - Superboy (in "Return of the Phantoms"), Eric
  • Jeff Doucette -
  • Patty Dworkin -
  • Richard Erdman -
  • Fernando Escandon - El Dorado
  • Al Fann -
  • Shannon Farnon - Wonder Woman
  • Aileen Fitzpatrick -
  • Ruth Forman - N/A (credit only)
  • Pat Fraley -
  • Peggy Frees -
  • Brian Fuld -
  • Joan Gerber - Giganta (in "Two Gleeks are Deadlier Than One")
  • Nicholas Guest - Jor-El (in "The Krypton Syndrome")
  • Phil Hartman -
  • Bob Hastings -
  • Bob Holt - Holmes (in "Haunted House"), Logar (in "Return of the Phantoms")
  • John Hostetter -
  • Erv Immerman - Bat Computer
  • Jane James -
  • Joyce Jameson -
  • David Jolliffe -
  • Buster Jones - Black Vulcan
  • Stanley Jones - Lex Luthor, Hul (in "Return of the Phantoms")
  • Casey Kasem - Robin
  • Zale Kessler -
  • Morgan Lofting -
  • Allan Lurie -
  • Joyce Mancini -
  • Larry D. Mann -
  • Kenneth Mars - Warlord (in "The Warlord's Amulet")
  • Bill Martin - Technos (in "Day of the Dinosaurs")
  • Ross Martin -
  • Amanda McBroom -
  • Chuck McCann - Colossus (in "Colossus")
  • Chuck McClennan -
  • Julie McWhirter - Witch (in "The Witch's Arcade")
  • Don Messick -
  • Pat Parris -
  • Richard Paull -
  • Vic Perrin - Sailor ("Return of Atlantis")
  • Barney Phillips -
  • Patrick Pinney -
  • Tony Pope -
  • William Ratner -
  • James Reynolds -
  • Andy Rivas -
  • Mike Road -
  • Renny Roker -
  • Paul Ross -
  • Stanley Ralph Ross - Brainiac (in "Superclones"), Gorilla Grodd (in "Two Gleeks are Deadlier Than One"), Chief (in "Bigfoot")
  • Dick Ryal -
  • Michael Rye - Apache Chief, Green Lantern, Bulgor the Behemoth (in "Bulgor the Behemoth"), Romac (in "The Killer Machines")
  • Rick Segall -
  • Michael Sheehan -
  • Olan Soule - Batman, Repair Man
  • Andre Stojka - Coal Miner (in "Prisoners of Sleep")
  • Robert Strom -
  • Lee Thomas -
  • Matthew Tobin -
  • Janet Waldo - Hawkgirl
  • Janis Ward -
  • Vernee Watson -
  • Jimmy Weldon - Solomon Grundy
  • Frank Welker - Mister Mxyzptlk, Dr. Wells (in "Elevator to Nowhere"), Elephant (in "Circus of Horrors")
  • Louise Williams - Jayna
  • Jeff Winkless - Sinestro (in "The Revenge of Doom"), Surgeon (in "A Pint of Life")
  • William Woodson - Narrator, Volti Guard (in "Day of the Dinosaurs")
  • Lynnanne Zager -
  • Marian Zajac -

Reruns, cancellation, and lost episodes

For the 1982–1983 season, ABC continued to run a half-hour of reruns called The Best of the Super Friends, but none of the seven minute shorts were rebroadcast. By 1983, Hanna-Barbera had a syndication package of the earlier Super Friends episodes, distributed by LBS Communications and run from 1983–1986. These episodes were picked up by various stations across the US and were typically broadcast on weekday afternoons. Not wishing to compete with the syndicated programming, ABC dropped the series from the 1983–1984 Saturday morning line-up, and Super Friends was canceled for the second time. However, during this period of time, Hanna-Barbera continued to produce new episodes of Super Friends.

In total, 8 episodes (24 cartoons) of the "lost episodes" were made, but not aired in the US that season. The series did appear in Australia uninterrupted. One of these episodes were aired when Super Friends returned to Saturday morning ABC television the following year. The remainder of the episodes finally aired in syndication in 1995 as part of the Superman/Batman Adventures show on USA Network. The series also aired on Cartoon Network and Boomerang.

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