18 June 2009

The Justice League: A Super Friendly Tour (Part 8)

Super Friends - The Lost Episodes

By 1983, Hanna-Barbera had created a neat little syndication package of the earlier Super Friends series, typically aired on weekday afternoons. Not wishing to compete with the syndication programming, ABC dropped the series from the Saturday morning line-up. Super Friends was canceled.

However, for some reason that makes no sense to anyone, Hanna-Barbera continued to produce new episodes of the Super Friends. In total, 24 of the so-called "Lost Episodes" were animated but not aired in the United States that season. These include an episodes "The Kryptonite Syndrome," featuring the one and only appearance of Robin sans Batman.

Three episodes were aired when Super Friends returned to Saturday morning ABC television the following year but the remainder of the episodes did not air until packaged with the Superman/Batman Adventures show in 1995.

Availability: Ironically, these Lost Episodes will find their way to DVD before the other Super Friends shorts.

Up Next: Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show

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