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post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
OK, I'm not sure if this thing ever really existed. Maybe it was just the product of some strange fever-dream, or too much sugar. But, if it ever did exist, I'm sure the good folks here can help me.

I was born in '74. Sometime in my childhood (could have been anywhere between the ages of 5-10, placing this thing in the late '70's or early to mid 80's), I could swear I saw a TV show that was pretty much a live action version of Superfriends. Oddly, my recollection is that it featured senior-citizen versions of the familiar heroes (although they could have just been artificially aged in one particular episode, or maybe they weren't even old at all but just seemed so to my young mind ... like I said, my memory on this is hazy). I kind of remember it being campy, showing the heroes seated around a circular table and engaging in ridiculous dialogue without doing too much of anything. And while my mind tells me that the heroes were Superman, Batman, etc., it's conceivable that they were generic ripoffs of these archetypal characters. Every once in a blue moon I'll have an odd flash of a scene from this show dance on the tip of my memory, and I'd like to find out whether this ever happened. For all I know, this could have been just a portion of a sketch comedy show or something. I know this is all extremely vague, but it's the best I can do. Any thoughts?
post #2 of 25
Hey, I was born in '74 too, and I think this is stuck in my memory as well, but I think it was a very low budget TV special, and not a series. The only thing I can remember from it is Superman throwing a bunch of tires really quickly which all land in rapid succession around a fleeing criminal, thus trapping him. At least that's what I think I remember.

It was definitely the DC heroes. I don't know what it was called. Is this what you're remembering too? I'm sure someone here will help us out.
post #3 of 25
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Originally Posted by Chris Hill
The only thing I can remember from it is Superman throwing a bunch of tires really quickly which all land in rapid succession around a fleeing criminal, thus trapping him.
That was Superman, but I think it was during the opening of one of the old cartoons, not live action.

As far as the topic, it sounds like you could be thinking of SNL.
post #4 of 25
This was definitely live-action. That's why it stuck in my head. It may have mimicked something from the cartoon.
post #5 of 25
The tire gag has been done quite a bit (resisting the urge to fashion a pun here). Even the Ninja Turtles did it. As for the thread topic: The only thing I can say is that if it were an ongoing series I'm sure more of us would have heard of it (even if some of us are younger). Therefore, I'm thinking sketch as well.
post #6 of 25
Thread Starter 
Of course after researching this for about half an hour on Google and coming up empty, I would find my own answer about five minutes after posting this thread:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0131675/

It appears that this was a two-part special. It featured Adam West and Burt Ward returning as Batman and Robin some ten years after their own series had expired, as well as the Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman, Captain Marvel, Black Canary, Huntress and a host of others (although not Superman, because his film franchise was about to launch, nor Wonder Woman, who was already on air on another network). Apparently there was also a senior citizen character named Retired Man, who was supposedly a former mystery man type hero from the '40's who had come out of retirement. My young mind probably mistook him for an old Superman because of the cape. And it's totally bizarre, the second part seems to have been an episode focusing on a roast for Batman. Crazy concept, and it explains why I remember them sitting around a table and not really doing anything except cracking wise. According to IMDB, the show contained this classic exchange:

Aunt Minerva (?): So, you're the Flash?
Flash: That's right, the Fastest Man Alive.
Aunt Minerva: Pass.

Based on the pictures, I'm fairly certain this is what I was remembering. It looks much cheesier than I had remembered (and I remembered it being low-budget and cheesy at the time). It's amazing that something like this could stick in my mind for a quarter century, but I typically can't remember where I put my sunglasses five minutes before.

You know, I wonder if anyone has ever pitched a live action Teen Titans series? It would allow for the teen/tween drama that has served Smallville so well, provide a lot of characters to work with, and many more options than "freak of the week" storylines. Seriously, there was a run there when Wolfman's Titans were up there with the X-Men at their best. Guess this might run a little high budget/effects heavy for WB, but it's certainly a stronger premise than their ill-conceived Birds of Prey gamble.
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post #8 of 25
You forgot the pictures, morich74: http://quicksitebuilder.cnet.com/rob_63/id10.html



All hail Robin Williams as Gollum...

/ack, fabfunk, beat me to it....
post #9 of 25
It's the DCU's equivalent of the Star Wars Holiday Special, minus a Bea Arthur number, and a Carrie Fisher solo.

Carrie Fisher Solo.

Ha.
post #10 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thanks Fabfunk and UberNeumann, you guys nailed it. It's far more wretched than I could have imagined. The JLA unaired pilot in UberNeumann's link looks every bit as horrific. I'm ashamed that I enjoyed this when I was 5 (although relieved that even my rose-colored memory of it allowed for a certain cheese factor and realized how ridiculous the "Roast" concept was).
post #11 of 25
I think this is what I was remembering. I was unsure of Superman, but I definitely remember Batman and some other Justice League characters. I'm thinking that it was The Flash who threw the tires now-- that bit was definitely in there.
post #12 of 25
I didn't remember this one at all, although I remember the Saturday morning live action incarnation of Captain Marvel. I went to imdb and ran through the cast--it looks like the show was career suicide for all of the actors that played the heroes. Several of them made a few films after that--some look like they threw in the towel right away. This must have really been something.
post #13 of 25
Now I want to see it.
post #14 of 25


Is that beam shooting out of his crotch?
post #15 of 25
Thanks for bringing up a traumatic childhood experience. I've had nightmares about that ever since I saw it. I remember it fairly well, as I was 12 in '79. I was so pissed off at the time because they made a 70's variety-show joke out of it, and yet strangely used characters that only the fan-boys of the time would know.

Best special effect: The flash would just stand still in that running pose, and then they would cut to the same scene without him in it. Not even a pretense of bad 70's special effects for him.

And like Dave, now I want to see it (again) as well.
post #16 of 25
I vaguely recalled this from my childhood. I used to think I imagined this. Then I saw it a few weeks ago on eBay and picked it up for like $6.

It's two episodes, each about 45 minutes long. The video quality is terrible, but good enough that you can make out how bad the production values were on this.

The first episode centers on a group of "Arch Villains" seated in a secret hideout. IIRC the villains are; Solomon Grundy, Sinestro, Mordu, Weather Wizard, The Riddler, and some evil doctor. They watch all the proceedings via a "magic portal" in the floor. Basically, the evil doctor starts a "doomsday device" and then they proceed to tell the heroes that they have like, 30 minutes to find and defuse it. The rest of the episode follows the ridiculous antics of the heroes [bumbling would be an understatement] as they make their ways to the hidden lair.

The second episode takes place in the heroes' hideout and is hosted by Ed McMahon [I wish I was kidding]. It's a Hero Roast, and Ed introduces several roasters, including the show's villains. The heroes just sit there and takes all this abuse, not even trying to apprehend the bad guys. Adam West pretty much ad libs all his lines, and keeps making himself laugh.

It's hilarious to watch the first time, if for nothing else other than the shock value. Otherwise, I'd kinda wish it WAS something I had only imagined.
post #17 of 25
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Originally Posted by boots013
The second episode takes place in the heroes' hideout and is hosted by Ed McMahon [I wish I was kidding]. It's a Hero Roast, and Ed introduces several roasters, including the show's villains.
This is the best one as it features the original character, Ghetto Man, a shuckin' and jivin' superhero who struts out in a fur-lined coat and platform boots and proceeds to make jokes about living in the projects. If memory serves, Batman gives him a black power fist salute.
I'm pretty sure that segmant alone is why we will never, ever see a legitimate DVD release.
post #18 of 25
Charlie f00kin Callas as Sinestro?!?!?!!?

That is truly genius.

Also, an actual quote from the telecast:

"The NAACP says you guys have got to integrate and the "Green" Lantern doesn't count!"
- Ghetto Man

However, I give you the silver lining...The Bust of the Huntress!!!!!

post #19 of 25
This is one of the bootlegs you'll always see at the Comic Conventions, Dragon*Con, etc. Usually it's packaged with that JLA unaired pilot--I've never been brave enough to spend the $$ for it. Although seeing Charles Emerson Winchester III as Martian Manhunter might just be worth it.
post #20 of 25
Thread Starter 
I guess this thing puts into perspective my gripes about "bad" comic-book translations such as The Hulk or Batman & Robin.
post #21 of 25
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Originally Posted by Martianman
Usually it's packaged with that JLA unaired pilot--I've never been brave enough to spend the $$ for it. Although seeing Charles Emerson Winchester III as Martian Manhunter might just be worth it.
That's been on UK TV. It's stunningly awful.
post #22 of 25

I just saw a ad for this on the back of Batman Streets of Gotham #18, I guess they've re-released it. Now onto a different subject but keeping with the thread, I'm trying to figure out a what the name of a show or mini series was from the early 80's.

 

From what I can remember, which isn't much...

 

1.  It was either a sci-fi or superhero show

2. The hero had some kind of ship that he flew around in (I think)

3. He had a partner (Posibly a woman)

4. It might have been a parody (I seem to remember it being funny or cheesy, not sure if it was on purpose)

5. the villain had a bird theme

6. the one thing I definitly remember was that the villain was stealling peoples hair/wigs to hatch these big eggs he had.

 

I realize this isn't much to go on, which is probably why people never know what I'm talking about (I've been accused of using drugs on more than a few occasion). I seem to remember watching only a few episodes which is why I think this might have been a mini series, or a show that got cancelled. I've tried to find anything about this show on google, but have come up empty handed.

post #23 of 25

DUDE!!! i was jsut sittin here saying the same thing. I was scanning youtube for the classic cartoons and the awesome toys that my kids claim were never made .. when i came across the clip of the old Captain Marvel tv show episodes ( shazam ) WHEN I HAD THE SAME FLASHBACK.. it had to have been early 80's maybe 1979 or so .. but yes .. it was a superfriends or hall of justice type of deal .. they had the good side and bad side.. just like the legion of doom

and i remember i skit sequence of maybe .. Hawkman fighting Soloman Grundy ?

 

but .. unfortunatly as for the NAME of the show ..im still searching .but rest assured your not alone .if anything we can be dillusional together .. lol

post #24 of 25
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Originally Posted by SuperSeanski View Post

I just saw a ad for this on the back of Batman Streets of Gotham #18, I guess they've re-released it. Now onto a different subject but keeping with the thread, I'm trying to figure out a what the name of a show or mini series was from the early 80's.

 

From what I can remember, which isn't much...

 

1.  It was either a sci-fi or superhero show

2. The hero had some kind of ship that he flew around in (I think)

3. He had a partner (Posibly a woman)

4. It might have been a parody (I seem to remember it being funny or cheesy, not sure if it was on purpose)

5. the villain had a bird theme

6. the one thing I definitly remember was that the villain was stealling peoples hair/wigs to hatch these big eggs he had.

 

I realize this isn't much to go on, which is probably why people never know what I'm talking about (I've been accused of using drugs on more than a few occasion). I seem to remember watching only a few episodes which is why I think this might have been a mini series, or a show that got cancelled. I've tried to find anything about this show on google, but have come up empty handed.

 

Pretty sure you're thinking of Buck Rogers after it got REALLY bad at the end.  The villain was named Hawk, and he had a ship that looked like a bird and feathers instead of hair.  If I remember correctly halfway through the season he and Buck became friends and started working together against the most evil villain of all...cancellation.

 

And I'm not gonna lie, I had the action figure.

 

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post #25 of 25

A-Pathetic, I agree with your assessment.  Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: Time Of The Hawk.  Barbara Luna from the Mirror Mirror ep of Star Trek, plays...Kourri (sp?) Hawk's wife.  Season 2 was ok but nothing special.  Colonel Deering even got a demotion to...Space Stewardess, complete with a mini dress!

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