Super Friends (alternately spelled as "SuperFriends") is the collective name attributed to a series of animated programs produced by Hanna-Barbera between 1973 and 1985. Over the course of a decade, the series ran through several iterations including title changes such as, the All-New Super Friends Hour, Challenge of the Super Friends, the World's Greatest Super Friends, Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show, and Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians.
The Super Friends functioned as a child-friendly version of the Justice League of America. They headquartered themselves inside of the Hall of Justice, a centrally located fortress set within the confines of Metropolis. The heroes routinely monitored global catastrophes with the aid of an automated warning system called the Trouble Alert (or TroubAlert).
- Danny Dark as the voice of Superman
- Olan Soule as the voice of Batman (seasons 1-4)
- Adam West as the voice of Batman (seasons 5-6)
- Norman Alden as the voice of Aquaman
- Shannon Farnan as the voice of Wonder Woman
- Casey Kasem as the voice of Robin
- Sherry Alberoni as the voice of Wendy Harris (season 1)
- Frank Welker as the voice of Marvin White (season 1)
- Michael Bell as the voice of Zan (seasons 2-4)
- Liberty Williams as the voice of Jayna (seasons 2-4)
- Mark L. Taylor and Olan Soule as the voice of Firestorm (Ronnie Raymond) and Martin Stein (seasons 5-6)
- Ernie Hudson as the voice of Cyborg (Victor Stone) (season 6)
- Atom (Ray Palmer)
- Flash (Barry Allen)
- Green Arrow (Oliver Queen)
- Green Lantern (Hal Jordan)
- Hawkman (Katar Hol)
- Hawkwoman (Shayera Hol)
- Plastic Man
- Rima, the Jungle Girl
- Colonel Wilcox
- Commissioner Gordon
- Jonathan Kent
- Lois Lane
- Martha Kent
- Perry White
- Abin Sur
Super Friends Episodes
Super Friends (1973)
|"The Power Pirate"||September 8, 1973|
|"The Baffles Puzzle"||September 15, 1973|
|"Professor Goodfellow's G.E.E.C."||September 22, 1973|
|"The Weather Maker"||September 29, 1973|
|"Dr. Pelagian's War"||October 6, 1973|
|"The Shamon U"||October 13, 1973|
|"Too Hot to Handle"||October 20, 1973|
|"The Androids"||October 27, 1973|
|"The Balloon People"||November 3, 1973|
|"The Fantastic Frerps"||November 10, 1973|
|"The Ultra Beam"||November 17, 1973|
|"The Menace of the White Dwarf"||November 24, 1973|
|"The Mysterious Moles"||December 1, 1973|
|"Gulliver's Gigantic Goof"||December 8, 1973|
|"The Planet-Splitter"||December 15, 1973|
|"The Watermen"||December 22, 1973|
The All-New Super Friends Hour
Challenge of the Super Friends
The World's Greatest Super Friends
|"Rub Three Times for Disaster"||September 22, 1979|
|"Lex Luthor Strikes Back"||September 29, 1979|
|"Space Knights of Camelon"||October 6, 1979|
|"The Lord of Middle Earth"||October 13, 1979|
|"Universe of Evil"||October 20, 1979|
|"Terror at 20,000 Fathoms"||October 27, 1979|
|"The Super Friends Meet Frankenstein"||November 3, 1979|
|"The Planet of Oz"||November 10, 1979|
Super Friends (1980-83)
Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show
|"The Bride of Darkseid, Part I"||September 8, 1984|
|"The Bride of Darkseid, Part II"||September 15, 1984|
|"The Wrath of Brainiac"||September 22, 1984|
|"Reflections in Crime"||September 29, 1984|
|"No Honor Among Thieves"||October 6, 1984|
|"Mr. Mxyzptlk and the Magic Lamp"||October 13, 1984|
|"The Case of the Shrinking Super Friends"||October 20, 1984|
|"The Mask of Mystery"||October 20, 1984|
|"Darkseid's Golden Trap, Part I"||November 3, 1984|
|"Darkseid's Golden Trap, Part II"||November 10, 1984|
|"The Case of the Dreadful Dolls"||November 17, 1984|
|"The Royal Ruse"||November 24, 1984|
|"The Village of Lost Souls"||December 1, 1984|
|"Curator"||December 8, 1984|
|"The Island of the Dinasoids"||December 15, 1984|
|"Uncle Mxyzptlk"||December 22, 1984|
Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians
|"The Seeds of Doom"||September 14, 1985|
| "The Ghost Ship"|
"The Bizarro Super Powers Team"
|September 21, 1985|
|"The Darkseid Deception"||September 28, 1985|
|"The Fear"||October 5, 1985|
|"The Wild Cards"||October 12, 1985|
"The Case of the Stolen Powers"
|October 19, 1985|
|"The Death of Superman"||November 2, 1985|
|"Escape from Space City"||November 9, 1985|
- The title of this franchise has been known by several alternate spellings, including: Super Friends, SuperFriends and also as Super-Friends.
- Although they were commonly known as the Super Friends, the team also referred to themselves as the Justice League of America. Each member of the team had a Justice League communicator device with the JLA banner emblazoned upon it.
- Many episodes of the series included public service announcements tacked onto the conclusion of each episode. These epilogues traditionally featured only one or two Super Friends and warned younger viewers against societal ills such as talking to strangers and smoking.
- The Super Friends franchise spawned a DC Comics comic series aptly titled, The Super Friends. The series ran for forty-seven issues and was collected into a trade paperback in 2001, with a cover illustration by Alex Ross (based upon original concept art by Alex Toth). Although the Super Friends comic series took place outside the accepted DC Comics continuity of the time period, it is noted for introducing several canon DC Characters, namely the members of the Global Guardians.
- Cartoon Network produced a series of Super Friends lampoon shorts as a means of marketing their action/adventure line-up. In one animated short, Aquaman and Wonder Woman meet the Powerpuff Girls.
- The Super Friends have also been lampooned on popular programs such as South Park, the Family Guy, Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law and Robot Chicken.
- Wendy and Marvin, originally characters created specifically for the Super Friends, recently made their canon comic book debut in the pages of Teen Titans (Volume 3) #34.
- Late actor Ted Knight (no relation to Starman (Ted Knight)), more popularly known for his roles in the movie Caddyshack and the television sit-com Too Close for Comfort provided the voice of the Narrator on the Super Friends.
- In the third chapter of the Secret Origins pilot movie of the Justice League animated series, the Flash issues a nod to older fans by referring to the newly formed Justice League as a "bunch of Super Friends".
- Despite the fact that the series focused on high-flying heroes and evil, diabolical menaces, there has never been an overt scene of direct physical violence.
- Super Friends article at Wikipedia
- Super Friends article at Don Markstein's Toonopedia
- Super Friends entry at the Internet Movie Database (IMDB)
- The All-New Super Friends Hour entry at the Internet Movie Database (IMDB)
- Challenge of the Super Friends entry at the Internet Movie Database (IMDB)
- The World's Greatest Super Friends entry at the Internet Movie Database (IMDB)
- Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show entry at the Internet Movie Database (IMDB)
- Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians entry at the Internet Movie Database (IMDB)