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The All-New Superfriends Hour: Season One, Vol. 1

The All-New Superfriends Hour: Season One, Vol.1

by Suzanne 1/14/08

If you were a child in the 70's, you probably watched one of the "Super Friends" shows. I know I did. By the time this incarnation came along, though, I was in high school, so I didn't watch it.

If you're an adult, you probably won't find this series very interesting, unless you were a big fan back then, or you just love any type of cartoons, or you just really love Superman, Batman, or Wonder Woman. Or maybe if you're high :)

But otherwise, it's definitely aimed at small kids, so they would probably be the only ones to enjoy it. The original Super Friends just had the regular Justice League characters, as I recall, but in this one they added some additional characters created just for the TV show, Wonder Twins Zan and Jayna. They probably hoped this would "bring in the teens", but it would have been way too lame for real teens to enjoy. They also had a monkey...that's never a good sign. For some reason, most of the kids' shows back then had some silly animal pet. I guess they were all trying to be like "Scooby Doo".

This show only lasted one year, 1977-1978. As I said, it's great for kids, but anyone older would probably not be interested. Still, it's not only fun for kids but has many great educational messages.

For the grown-up kids who want to watch this set to remind themselves of their childhood, or anyone watching it with an interest in TV history, there are some great extras in the set. The feature "One-Dimensional Goodness" talks about the show in context of the 1970's and what the TV networks told them they had to do (to make cartoons safer for children). Another feature talks about the guest stars that were introduced on the show, like Hawkman and Hawk Girl, The Atom, and the Green Lantern (All members of the Justice League in the comics). These are both fascinating to watch, so if you are a fan of these shows, it is worth it to get this set just for those features.

I only hope that one day they come out with MY Super Friends from 1973. It seems like they've come out with all the other types except that one.


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