The world's most popular team of DC Comics Super Heroes continue to battle their comic book foes as well as non comic book threats in shorter length episodes. There were three short 7 ... See full summary »
In the eyes of most Superman fans, this series consisted of four seasons. Season 1 (1966-1967) was a 30 minute show featuring two Superman segments sandwiched around one Superboy story. ... See full summary »
The adventures of Superman when he was a boy! Actually, as a young man...who, disguised as Clark Kent, mild-mannered journalism student at Shuster University, fights a never-ending battle for truth, justice, and...well, you know the rest... Written by
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The show was canceled following a lawsuit filed by Warner Brothers (the company that owned the Superman "family" of characters) against the Salkinds who had leased the rights in the early 1970s and made the "Superman"(Christopher Reeves) film series. The Salkinds produced the first 3 films, and sold the rights to "Cannon/Golan Globus Production" who released Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987). WB claimed that they had first shot at making a series (the show was distributed through Viacom). The case was settled and the rights officially reverted to WB and the show has not been rerun in North America since, although a DVD release of the first season did occur in 2006. See more »
I think the overall criticism of this show is too harsh. It didn't have the budget of _Lois & Clark_ or _Smallville_, but it was a lot of fun and, overall, well-done.
I actually prefer John Haymes Newton in the first season. Gerard Christopher was probably the better actor, but Newton brought a little cocky attitude--and a unique sexiness--to the role, never seen before or since in any interpretation of Superman. It added a new dimension to the character. A good example is the Newton episode where a bad guy drew a gun on Superboy and said "Freeze!" Superboy smirked and deadpanned "Good idea!" and then encased him in a block of ice with his super-breath. I think he may have come across to some people as too much of a "bad boy" for the role, but it really did work.
The Christopher episodes were fun, but they lacked something.
Overall, the show really deserves better treatment than it has received. I hope it resurfaces somewhere soon.
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