Thursday, February 27, 2014

Making Sense of the Super Friends DVD Releases

The good news for fans of the Super Friends series is that they are now all out on DVD. However, wading through the various Super Friends can be a bit of a chore as not all the DVD release names make a lot of sense, and the show in its original airing kept changing its name. That being the case I'm listing the DVD sets in two orders: alphabetically and in proper viewing order to help you with this mess.

In all versions the core DC Comics characters are Superman, Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman. Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman, Atom, and Rima the Jungle Girl sometimes appeared, particular in the Challenge season. Firestorm becamse a regular with the second last season and Cyborg with the last. Most seasons were had multiple short stories per episodes. However, the first season was full length and the Legion of Doom part of the Challenge of the Super Friends season was half the episode.

ALPHABETICAL
 
All-New Super Friends Hour Volume One: This is the first half of the second season, which aired in 1977 (four years after the first season) which was also called All-New Super Friends Hour. In some ways Super Friends as most people know it began here, with the introduction of Jan, Zayna, Gleek, Apache Chief, Samurai, Black Vulcan. As the first season was also split in two, view this third.
 
All-New Super Friends Hour Volume Two: The second half of the above. View this fourth.

Challenge of the Super Friends: Attack of the Legion of the Doom: single disc release that was later replaced by the season set. Skip this one entirely in favour of the season set.

Challenge of the Super Friends: The First Season: The name notwithstanding, this was part of the third season overall, airing in 1978, the only season to use this name. This was actually half of the hour long Challenge of the Super Friends show, the portion of the show dealing with the heroes' fights with the Legion of Doom. No Jayna, Zan, or Wonder Twins. View this fifth.

Challenge of the Super Friends: United They Stand: Another single disc release that was later replaced by the season set. Skip this one entirely in favour of the season set.


Super Friends! Season One Volume One: The first half of the original 1973 series, with hour long (minus commercials) adventures. This was the only season to have Marvin, Wendy and Wonder Dog as regular characters. View this first.

Super Friends! Season One Volume  Two: The second half of the above. View this second.

Super Friends! The Complete Season Five: A Dangerous Fate: This was the fifth season, with episodes airing in 1980 under the title Super Friends. As some earlier seasons are split in half, view this eighth

Super Friends! The Complete Season Six: Legacy of Super Powers: This was the sixth season, with episodes airing in 1981 under the title Super Friends. This was the first season to feature El Dorado as a recurring character. As some earlier seasons are split in half, view this ninth.

Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show: This is the eighth season, which was also called Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show, the name reflecting an attempt to tie the show into a toy line. Firestorm became a regular character with this season. This season aired in 1984. View this eleventh.

Super Friends: The Lost Episodes: This is considered the seventh season, intended for 1983 but airing later, some as part of the Superman/Batman Adventures in 1995. The series title in considered to be Super Friends. View this tenth.

Super Friends Volume Two: This collects the half of each episode of the hour long third season from 1979 (Challenge of the Super Friends) that features Jan, Zayna, and Gleek instead of the Legion of Doom. View this sixth.

Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians: This is the ninth and final season, which was also called Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians, the name reflecting a further attempt to tie the show into a toy line. Cyborg became a regular character with this season. Despite the absence of the word "Friends" in the shows title, this is otherwise obviously a season of the Super Friends This season aired in 1985. View this twelfth.

World's Greatest Super Friends! The Complete Season Four: And Justice For All. This set collects the fourth season of Super Friends (World's Greatest Super Friends) from 1979. View this seventh.

VIEWING ORDER
  1. Super Friends! Season One Volume One
  2. Super Friends! Season One Volume Two
  3. All-New Super Friends Hour Volume One
  4. All-New Super Friends Hour Volume Two
  5. Challenge of the Super Friends: The First Season
  6. Super Friends Volume Two
  7. World's Greatest Super Friends! The Complete Season Four: And Justice For All
  8. Super Friends! The Complete Season Five: A Dangerous Fate
  9. Super Friends! The Complete Season Six: A Legacy of Super Powers
  10. Super Friends: The Lost Episodes
  11. Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show
  12. Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians

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