"The Super Friends Hour"

The beginning of the 80s were certainly odd for the Super Friends. Leaving behind two seasons of full-hour episodes, Hanna-Barbera returned to the shorts format and continued it for three years. The series consisted of reruns from previous seasons followed by three new episodes featuring the core group in team-ups with other superheroes previously featured in former versions. This way Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Batman and Robin were eventually joined by Black Vulcan, Samurai, Apache Chief, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, The Atom, and even Rima - The Jungle Girl. Zan, Jayna and their pet monkey Gleek were also featured in these shorts.

Featured SUPERFRIENDS: Superman, Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Zan, Jayna and their pet-monkey Gleek, Apache Chief, The Flash, Samurai, Black Vulcan, The Atom, Green Lantern, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Rima The Jungle Girl.

Featured VILLAINS: Bigfoot, ice demon, makeup monster, energy creature, the cicle gang, radiactive sea monsters, Yuna The Terrible, the Rock And Roll Space Bandits, Martians, crude-oil monster, Vampirus, evil Exxorian monkeys, Mr. Mxyzptlk, moon creature, evil circus animals, The Riddler, termites from Venus, Ocina, ROMAK, Bizarro, etc.

Number of Episodes: 24 episodes (newly produced 7-minute shorts shown along with reruns from previous seasons).

Broadcast Network: ABC.
Running Time: 60 minutes.
Broadcast History: Premiered on September, 1980 and ran through September, 1981.
Executive Producers: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera.
Producer: Don Jurwich.
Directors: Ray Patterson, Carl Urbano.
Creative Producer: Iwao Takamoto.
Recording Director: Don Jurwich.
Musical Director: Hoyt Curtin.
Musical Supervisor: Paul DeKorte.
Animation Supervision: Bill Keil, Jay Barbry, Bob Boe.
Background Supervisor: Al Gmuer.
Production Manager: Jayne Barbera.
Distributors: ABC-TV / LBS Communications Inc. / Warner Bros. Television.
1980 Hanna-Barbera Productions / DC Comics.
DANNY DARK [Superman].
OLAN SOULE [Batman].
SHANNON FARNON [Wonder Woman].
MICHAEL BELL [Zan / Gleek].
JACK ANGEL [Samurai / Flash / Hawkman].
BUSTER JONES [Black Vulcan].
MIKE RYE [Apache Chief / Green Lantern].
MICHAEL BELL [Bizarro / The Riddler].

BIGFOOT: Apache Chief and a tribe of Super powered indians are captured by alien creatures resembling the lengendary Bigfoot. Batman and Robin try to help but are also captured, after they escape and defeat the creatures, the Super Friends learn that they were merely trying to seek information to repair their spacecraft. Superman, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman have cameos.

ICE DEMON: While on a skiing vacation, the Wonder Twins literally bump into a pair of wreckless teenagers and wind up in an ice cave inhabited by an ice demon. Luckily, Clark Kent and Lois Lane are nearby, and only Superman can save everybody.

MAKEUP MONSTER: A disgruntled make up man on the set of a movie discovers a formula that allows him to make himself up into any powerful monster he chooses. With the formula, he wrecks the movie studio and only the Super Friends dare to challenge him.

JOURNEY INTO BLACKNESS: Superman spots a black hole approaching Earth and tries to get rid of it, but he is pulled into it since it's absorbed Kryptonite. Batman and Samurai try to stop it but are also pulled in. Our three heroes wind up on a planet in the center of the black hole and have to battle a creature made of infinite energy.

CYCLE GANG: The Wonder Twins try to rescue a boy and his grandfather when their car is about to fall off a cliff, but their rescue is hindered by a troublesome cycle gang who caused the car to wind up there. Luckily, Wonder Woman is nearby and ready to give a hand.

DIVE TO DISASTER: A navy submarine is speeding out of control. Aquaman and Black Vulcan respond to the call, but in addition to trying to stop the sub, our heroes have to deal with a leak of radiation that mutates the sea cretures into giant monsters. Superman and Wonder Woman have cameos.

YUNA THE TERRIBLE: The Super Friends battle Yuna the Terrible, a female barbarian and her male warriors that a group of archaeologists accidentally released from a tomb in Stonehenge. Superman has a brief cameo.

ROCK AND ROLL SPACE BANDITS: When the Super Friends are temporarily imobilized in space, the Wonder Twins are left to contend with alien invaders called the Rock and Roll Space bandits who use their electric guitars to hypnotize people and cause destruction.

ELEVATOR TO NOWHERE: Wonder Woman and the Atom are summoned to the lab of Dr. Wells for something urgent, but our heroes are tricked by the evil scientist who has decided to use them as unexpected test subjects for his time machine, which takes them into various time periods.

ONE SMALL STEP FOR MARS: Superman and Green Lantern deal with three renegade aliens from Mars who have come to Earth to cause trouble and steal aircraft to invade their home planet. Batman, Wonder Woman and Aquaman have cameos.

HAUNTED HOUSE: The Wonder Twins enter an old haunted house to find two missingteens, but they are all captured by an old caretaker who thinks everyone is out to get him. Luckily, Batman and Robin are nearby.

THE INCREDIBLE CRUDE OIL MONSTER: The Super Frineds contend with a monster made of crude oil that was created when an oil clean up invention is washed overboard and blended with crude oil.

THE VOODOO VAMPIRE: The Super Friends deal with Vampirus, the Voodoo Vampire from Africa who rises from her coffin and seeks victims. Batman and Robin are turned into voodoo vampires who in turn, do the same thing to Superman and Aquaman, leaving only Wonder Woman and Black Vulcan to stop them.

INVASION OF THE GLEEKS: The Super Friends and Wonder Twins deal with an army of evil Exxorian monkeys who have arrived on Earth to conquer and destroy the Super Friends as well as put Gleek under their power. Only the leader speaks in human English.

MXYZPTLK STRIKES AGAIN: In a rather comical episode, Mr. Mxyzptlk returns to pester the Super Friends with his magical typewriter in which he can put them into any story he chooses.

THE MAN IN THE MOON: The Super Friends contend with a moon creature that's bigger than the Earth, using the Atom's knowledge of atomic energy, Apache Chief is able to increase his power a thousand times so he can fight the moon creature.

CIRCUS OF HORRORS: The Super Friends and Wonder Twins find themselves dealing with a circus being taken over by evil animals, namely, the leader being a talking female tiger, an elephant, and a polar bear.

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 RIDDLES: The Super Friends are menaced by the Riddler who sprays them with Stupid Spray, which will cause their intelligence to regress to 2 year old level unless the Super Friends can solve the Riddler's clues.

TERMITES FROM VENUS: The Super Friends deal with alien termites from Venus who wind upon Earth and begin eating away at the planet.

ERUPTION: When a volcano erupts near a small town, Batman and Robin aid the Wonder Twins in rescuing the townspeople.

RETURN OF ATLANTIS: When the lost city of Atlantis arises, Aquaman is captured by Ocina and her warriors who plan to conquer the Earth, but they have to battle another female army, Wonder Woman and Rima and the Amazons of Paradise Island.

THE KILLER MACHINES: The Super Friends battle ROMAK, a self thinking computer who is able to control all electronic devices, inlcuding the Hall of Justice computers, the Batmobile, and even Batman and Robin's utility belt devices.

GARDEN OF DOOM: The Wonder Twins are accidentally shrunk into a vegetable garden by a shrinking ray being tested by a pair of scientists in the greenhouse at Metroplis University. With the Twins facing all sorts of dangers, only Wonder Woman stands a chance of saving them.

REVENGE OF BIZARRO: Bizarro decides to get revenge on the Super Friends by turning the other heroes into Bizarros who think with a Bizarro brain and he exposes Superman to Red Kryptonite, which causes him to grow extra arms and legs. Superman's only chance is to expose Bizarro to his weakness, Blue Kryptonite.

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