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Writers:
Bill Danch (1981)
Paul Dini (1981)
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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
12 September 1981 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
The adventures of a high school for superheroes while the Marvel Family fights evil with the power given to them by the wizard, Shazam. Full summary »
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1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

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Maylo McCaslin ... Dirty Trixie (14 episodes, 1981)

Barry Gordon ... Captain Marvel Jr. / ... (12 episodes, 1981)

Dawn Jeffory ... Mary Batson / ... (12 episodes, 1981)
Burr Middleton ... Billy Batson / ... (12 episodes, 1981)
Norm Prescott ... Mr. Sampson / ... (12 episodes, 1981)
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Series Directed by
Arthur H. Nadel (unknown episodes, 1981)
 
Series Writing credits
Bill Danch (unknown episodes, 1981)
Paul Dini (unknown episodes, 1981)
Coslough Johnson (unknown episodes, 1981)
Fred Ladd (unknown episodes, 1981)
Robby London (unknown episodes, 1981)
Paul J. Nadel (unknown episodes, 1981)
Dennis O'Flaherty (unknown episodes, 1981)
Tom Ruegger (unknown episodes, 1981)

Series Produced by
Arthur H. Nadel .... producer (unknown episodes, 1981)
Norm Prescott .... executive producer (unknown episodes, 1981)
Lou Scheimer .... executive producer (unknown episodes, 1981)
 
Series Original Music by
Ray Ellis (unknown episodes, 1981)
Norm Prescott (unknown episodes, 1981)
Dean Andre (unknown episodes)
 
Series Cinematography by
R.W. Pope (unknown episodes, 1981)
 
Series Film Editing by
Ron Fedele (unknown episodes, 1981)
Joe Gall (unknown episodes, 1981)
Hector C. Gika (unknown episodes, 1981)
 
Series Production Management
Joe Mazzuca .... vice president in charge of production (unknown episodes, 1981)
Joseph Simon .... production manager (unknown episodes, 1981)
 
Series Art Department
Bob Arkwright .... storyboard supervisor (unknown episodes, 1981)
Sylvia Brinkkord .... storyboard artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Barry Caldwell .... storyboard artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Victor Dal Chele .... storyboard artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Carl Dorese .... storyboard artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Paul Fennell .... storyboard artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Eddie Fitzgerald .... storyboard artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Rich Fogel .... storyboard supervisor (unknown episodes, 1981)
Bob Forward .... storyboard artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Sharon Forward .... storyboard artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Karl Geurs .... storyboard director (unknown episodes, 1981)
Warren Greenwood .... storyboard artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Mike Hazy .... storyboard artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Steve Hickner .... storyboard artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Charles M. Howell IV .... storyboard artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Mike Joens .... storyboard supervisor (unknown episodes, 1981)
Robert Lamb .... storyboard artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Lonnie Lloyd .... storyboard supervisor (unknown episodes, 1981)
Don Manuel .... storyboard artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Michael Randall .... graphics (unknown episodes, 1981)
David Russell .... storyboard artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Ernie Schmidt .... storyboard artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Bruce Strock .... storyboard artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Michael Swanigan .... storyboard artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
George Turner .... storyboard artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Byron Vaughns .... storyboard artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Wendell Washer .... storyboard artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Gary Gunther .... camera operator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Roncie Hantke .... camera operator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Robert Jacobs .... camera operator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Dan Larsen .... camera operator (unknown episodes, 1981)
David J. Link .... camera operator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Craig Littell-Herrick .... camera operator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Jeffery Mellquist .... camera operator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Lin-Z Rogers .... camera operator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Warren Taylor .... camera operator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Dean G. Teves .... camera operator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Steven Wilzbach .... camera operator (unknown episodes, 1981)
F.T. Ziegler .... camera operator (unknown episodes, 1981)
 
Series Animation Department
Francesca Allen .... layout artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Barry Anderson .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
John Allan Armstrong .... animation director (unknown episodes, 1981)
Tom Baron .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Rex Barron .... layout artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Maxwell Becraft .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Carole Beers .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Barbara Benedetto .... background artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Michael V. Bennett .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Munir Bhatti .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Alan Bodner .... background artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Sheila Brown .... background artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Jim Brummett .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Kent Butterworth .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Emil Carle .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Bill Carney .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Pat Clark .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Richard Coleman .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Gary Conklin .... background artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Tom Cook .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Franco Cristofani .... layout artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
James Davis .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
James A. Davis .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Alberto De Mello .... character design supervisor (unknown episodes, 1981)
Jeff Etter .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Todd Falk .... layout artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Ben Farish .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Rick Farmiloe .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Marcia Fertig .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Kevin Frank .... character designer (unknown episodes, 1981)
Ed Friedman .... animation director (unknown episodes, 1981)
Bob Fuentes III .... layout artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Kennetha Gaebler .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Rene Garcia .... layout artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Sergio Garcia .... layout artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Joyce Gard .... checking supervisor (unknown episodes, 1981)
Michael Gerard .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Tim Gula .... character designer (unknown episodes, 1981)
Carl Hall .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Marsha Hanes .... background artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Ed Haney .... layout artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Karen Haus .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Russ Heath .... layout artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Tenny Henson .... layout artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Wes Herschensohn .... layout artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Brett Hisey .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Richard Hoffman .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
David Hoover .... layout artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Alex Ignatiev .... layout artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Mary Jorgensen .... layout artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Vern Jorgensen .... background artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Lou Kachivas .... animation director (unknown episodes, 1981)
Sam Kai .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Erna Kaluza .... layout artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Les Kaluza .... layout supervisor (unknown episodes, 1981)
Ervin L. Kaplan .... color director (unknown episodes, 1981)
Ellen Kashan .... background artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Mel Keefer .... character designer (unknown episodes, 1981)
Diane Keener .... key assistant animation supervisor (unknown episodes, 1981)
Selby Kelly .... animation director (unknown episodes, 1981)
John Koch .... layout artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Marsh Lamore .... animation director (unknown episodes, 1981)
Romeo Lopez .... layout artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Briz Lotz .... layout artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Steve Lubin .... layout artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Carol Lundberg .... character design supervisor (unknown episodes, 1981)
Tim Maloney .... background artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Stephen Marsh .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Alla Marshall .... paint supervisor (unknown episodes, 1981)
Lorenzo Martinez .... layout artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Linda McCall .... layout artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Burt Medall .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Marija Miletic Dail .... animation director (unknown episodes, 1981)
Larry Miller .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Gale Morgan .... layout artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Skip Morgan .... layout artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Thomas Morgan .... layout artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Frank Nakielski .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Dennis Neil .... layout artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Judith Niver .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Greg Nocon .... layout artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Jane Nordin .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Bill Nunes .... layout artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Michael O'Connor .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Tom O'Loughlin .... background artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Stephanie O'Shaughnessy .... layout artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Rolando Oliva .... background artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Eduardo Olivares .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Jack Ozark .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Don Peters .... background artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Rocco Pirrone .... layout artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Doris A. Plough .... assistant animation supervisor (unknown episodes, 1981)
Virgil Raddatz .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
William Recinos .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
John Remmel .... xerography supervisor (unknown episodes, 1981)
Craig Robertson .... background artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Irma Rosien .... assistant layout supervisor (unknown episodes, 1981)
Sonja Ruta .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Louise Sandoval .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Jesse Santos .... layout artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Don Schloat .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Ernie Schmidt .... animation director (unknown episodes, 1981)
Don Schweikert .... background artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Bart Seitz .... layout artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Desmond Serratore .... layout artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Yung Shin .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Larry Silverman .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Karlis Smiltens .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Hank Smith .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Kamoon Song .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Alex Stefanescu .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Janice Stocks .... character designer (unknown episodes, 1981)
Mike Stribling .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Bruce W. Timm .... layout artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Michael Toth .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Bob Tyler .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Dardo Velez .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Pete von Sholly .... layout artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Curt Walstead .... layout artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Neal Warner .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Don Watson .... background artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Sherilan Weinhart .... layout artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
David West .... layout supervisor (unknown episodes, 1981)
Gwen Wetzler .... director in charge of animation (unknown episodes, 1981)
Sherry Wheeler .... layout artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Larry White .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Jim Willoughby .... layout supervisor (unknown episodes, 1981)
Thomas Woodington .... background artist (unknown episodes, 1981)
Woody Yocum .... animator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Lou Zukor .... animation director (unknown episodes, 1981)
 
Series Editorial Department
Paul Galloway .... film transfer (unknown episodes, 1981)
George Mahana .... supervising film editor (unknown episodes, 1981)
Bill Moore .... editorial consultant (unknown episodes, 1981)
 
Series Other crew
Toni Christiansen .... film coordinator (unknown episodes, 1981)
June Gilham .... film coordinator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Arthur H. Nadel .... executive vice president/creative affairs (unknown episodes, 1981)
Erika Scheimer .... assistant production coordinator (unknown episodes, 1981)
Robert W. Wilson .... production controller (unknown episodes, 1981)
 

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
The biggest ratings colossal failure in the history of NBC, 15 August 2007
Author: rcj5365 from Durham, North Carolina

Filmation,a studio that was well known for its cheesy animated cartoons and live-action programming was one of the best that came out of the mid-1960's all the way toward the late 1980's. In the mid-1960's Filmation was responsible for bringing a variety of shows based on superheroes(Superman,Batman,Aquaman and The Lone Ranger);movies based on novels(Isaac Asimov's Fantastic Voyage which was also based on the Oscar winning 1966 science fiction film of the same title not to mention bringing Jules Verne's classic novel Journey To The Center Of The Earth to television as well which was also based on the 1959 film of the same title and also bring Franklin Dixon's classic Hardy Boys novels to Saturday Morning television)and not to mention one of the biggest hits ever to grace Saturday Mornings---The Archies. During the 1970's,Filmation brought us "Sabrina,The Teenage Witch", "The Groovie Ghoulies","Fat Albert","Waldo Kitty",and the musical group "The Osmonds",not to mention animated versions of TV favorites as well including "Star Trek","Lassie","My Favorite Martian","The Brady Bunch"(The Brady Kids), and"Gilligan's Island",not to mention the live-action fiasco of "Shazam!","The Secrets Of Isis","Space Academy"(which featured Lost In Space's Jonathan Harris and Star Trek's James "Scotty" Doohan),"The Young Sentinels","Ark II","The Real Ghostbusters",and "Jason of Star Command". During the late 1970's Filmation resurrected several shows based on Alex Raymond's Flash Gordon not to mention new episodes featuring "Tarzan", "The Lone Ranger",and "The Legend of Zorro." This was also the same studio that gave us also from the 80's "He-Man and the Masters Of The Universe","She-Ra:Princess of Power",and "Bravestarr". Filmation also resurrected two of the biggest stars of Terrytoons(Mighty Mouse and Heckle And Jeckle)during the early part of the 1980's after a 20-year hiatus from Saturday Morning television.

However,Filmation wanted to try something big here which basically copied Hanna-Barbera and the Kroffts with their own live-action/animated children show and when it premiered on NBC-TV on September 12,1981,"The Kid Superpower Hour" was one of the biggest colossal failures ever conceived in the history of the Peacock network. The reason? This was an odd combination of live-action sketches(done live in front of an audience)and cartoons that featured a rock and roll septet whose members(actually actors)served as hosts and performers and provided the voices for the animated segment of "Hero High," which was a cartoon segment featuring the characters in their teenage years. This was a blatant attempt by Filmation of ripping off their most successful show "The Archies",but actually it was basically a copy-cat formula with one exception...the kids in this segment had superpowers. In all perspective,"The Kid Superpower Hour" was a carbon copy format of Hanna-Barbera's classic late-1960's children show "The Banana Splits",not to mention plagiarizing Sid and Marty Krofft's "The Krofft Supershow" in the process.

While "Hero High" was not that great,the one segment from this that was a winner featured the characters of Billy Batson and Captain Marvel in the animated version of "Shazam!" which was very faithful to the comics and followed the exact comic book formula. This segment featured the familiar Saturday Morning superhero(and was also based on Filmation's live-action version of the same title). Here Captain Marvel was joined by two other members of his superhero entourage "family" (Billy's sister Mary and Marvel's "foster child" Freddy)battle wrongdoers and save the world from the forces of evil. Scam artist Uncle Dudley tried to convince others that he was just as strong as his kin,while Tawky Tawny was a tiger who assisted Captain Marvel. "Shazam!" was based on the DC Comics characters and the only thing that was great during the entire segment of the show. Most kid viewers didn't care for the live-action part of the show and that was part of the problem especially with some of the actors who portrayed them.Unfortunably,some of the viewers who tuned into this fiasco of a disaster thought the show was neither "super" nor a "power hour" with the exception of the animated version of "Shazam!" After 13 episodes,the program was cancelled on September 11,1982. After this show ended after a season of poor ratings and lack of viewership,the show that replaced it went onward to become one of the second longest-running show of the 1980's and well into the early part of the 1990's...The Smurfs.

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