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WATCH: A Super Friends retrospective

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Aug 2, 2018

There is no shortage of animated content based on the universe of DC Comics these days, but that wasn't always the case. There was a time when serious animated films (The Death of Superman) weren't coming out every few months, and the silly, hypnotic fun of Teen Titans Go! to the Movies wasn't anywhere close to our local movie theaters. Where did we turn for our animated DC goodness?

From 1973 to 1986, there was one very special place to do so. On Saturday mornings, fans could tune in to the ABC/Hanna-Barbera production known by many different names, but usually one name always had dominance — Super Friends.

With 109 episodes, the show featured Batman, Superman, Robin, Wonder Woman, and an ever-expanding (and shrinking) group of heroes that appeared alongside them. The Wonder Twins were created for this show, and some Hanna-Barbera originals were added over the years also. Wonder Dog, in all his glory, was created for this show as well— though he didn't make it to Season 2. All talk and no powers made him a dull dog.

Without the pioneering efforts of Super Friends, we may be looking at a very different animated DC landscape today. This was the show that had fun while it fought evil, and even taught kids some crafting tips along the way. Take a look at our retrospective above (or below) and revel in all of the Super Friendship!