|Also known as||Super Friends I|
|Created by||E. Nelson Bridwell|
Julius Schwartz (consultants)
|Written by||Jack Cole|
|Directed by||Charles A. Nichols|
|Creative director||Iwao Takamoto|
|Voices of||Sherry Alberoni|
|Narrated by||Ted Knight|
|Theme music composer||Hoyt Curtin|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||16|
|Executive producers||William Hanna|
|Running time||60 minutes (including commercials)|
|Production companies||Hanna-Barbera Productions|
National Periodical Publications
Warner Bros. Television Distribution
|Original release||September 8 –|
December 22, 1973
|Followed by||The All-New Super Friends Hour|
Super Friends is a 1973 animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera and National Periodical Publications. It is based on the Justice League comic books, and is the first incarnation of the Super Friends series. Wendy Harris, Marvin White, and Wonder Dog from the show also appeared in the HBO Max original series Jellystone!.
Super Friends first aired on ABC on September 8, 1973, featuring DC superheroes Superman, Batman and Robin, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman. Superman, Batman and Aquaman had each previously appeared in their own animated series produced by Filmation, and voice talent from these prior programs was brought over to work on the new show. Shortly before the Super Friends series was developed, Superman and Wonder Woman also guest-starred in two episodes of The Brady Kids, while Batman and Robin appeared in two episodes of The New Scooby-Doo Movies.
In addition to the superheroes, a trio of sidekicks was introduced, each being new characters not drawn from the comic books: Wendy Harris (voiced by Sherri Alberoni), Marvin White (voiced by Frank Welker), and Wonder Dog, none of whom had any special abilities (save Wonder Dog’s unexplained intelligence and ability to talk). Wendy and Marvin were depicted as detectives and/or superheroes in training.
Each episode would begin with the heroes responding to an emergency detected by the massive TroubAlert computer that was situated within the Hall of Justice which served as the headquarters of the team. Colonel Wilcox, a U.S. Army official, was a recurring character who would work as a government liaison to the Super Friends during emergencies.
As such conflicts are often ultimately resolved with the antagonists persuaded to adapt more reasonable methods to achieve their aims with the assistance of the heroes. Natural disasters triggered by human (or alien) activity were often shown, and environmental themes featured strongly in the program.
Some guest stars from the broader Justice League were featured during this season including the Flash, Plastic Man, and Green Arrow.
Plastic Man made his animated debut in a cameo appearance in the episode "Professor Goodfellow’s G.E.E.C." voiced by Norman Alden. Superman calls him in to extract a mouse from a computer system.
Green Arrow appeared in the episode "Gulliver's Gigantic Goof" and was voiced by Norman Alden. He was referred to as a "Staunch member of the Justice League of America."
This first run of Super Friends, consisting of sixteen one-hour episodes that were rerun several times, concluded on August 24, 1974. At this point, the series was cancelled and did not appear on the fall lineup for 1974.
Warner Home Video (via Hanna-Barbera Productions, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Family Entertainment) released Super Friends! - Season One, Volume One on DVD in Region 1 on January 5, 2010. Volume One was a 2 disc set of the first eight episodes of the series at a retail price of $26.99. the Season One, Volume One set of the original 1973 series of Super Friends was presented in its original, uncut hour-long version, just as they originally aired on ABC. On July 20, 2010 they released Volume Two which was also a 2 disc set and contained the remaining eight episodes of the series.
Main article: List of Super Friends episodes