The Best Episodes of Super Friends
Last Updated: Jul 9, 2018
Super Friends first aired on ABC on September 8, 1973, featuring well-known DC characters Superman, Batman and Robin, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman as part of its Saturday morning cartoon lineup. It was produced by Hanna-Barbera and was based on the Justice League of America (JLA) and associated comic book characters published by DC Comics. The name of the program (and the JLA members featured with the Super Friends) have been variously represented (as Super Friends and Challenge of the Super Friends, for example) at different points in its broadcast history.
#1 - Wanted: The Superfriends
Season 3 - Episode 1
Lex Luthor forms a criminal gang called "The Legion of Doom" and uses a dream-machine to make the Super Friends commit crimes. When the Super Friends are forced to turn themselves into police headquarters, the guards reveal themselves to be Bizarro and Cheetah who send the Super Friends to the sun while the Legion of Doom uses the Super Friends' own Justice League satellite with Luthor's mutation device to turn women into Cheetah clones and men into Bizarro clones and commit profitable robberies. The Super Friends return to Earth to reverse the damage done and retake The Hall of Justice.
#2 - Gulliver's Gigantic Goof
Season 1 - Episode 14
Using his micro-wave reducer, mad Dr. Hiram Gulliver shrinks all adults- including the Superfriends- to two inches tall to help the population problem (by saving resources)... and also to rule over them (he will remain full-sized to watch over the mini population of the world). The Green Arrow joins the Superfriends to stop him and to return things to normal.
#3 - Mr. Mxyzptlk and the Magic Lamp
Season 8 - Episode 6
In this episode a small-time thief named Benny finds an ancient lamp during a robbery. Batman and Apache Chief apprehend the crook...but observing from a distance is Mxyzptlk. He decides to get into the act by playing the part of a genie...who zaps the crook away...and from that point forward the two go on a crime spree. Batman gets the last laugh on Mxyzptlk, though.
#4 - The Wrath of Brainiac
Season 8 - Episode 3
Brainiac develops android duplicates of Superman and Wonder Woman in an attempt to seek revenge on the Superfriends. He enlists the reluctant help of Darkseid, who was tricked into following the android Wonder Woman right into Brainiac's star-ship. Darkseid and Brainiac hatch a plan to capture all the Superfriends...but, not long after their capture, it does not take long for the two egotistical villains to be at each other's throats. Darkseid and his gang whisk away with Wonder Woman through their stargate but it's Brainiac who indirectly has the last laugh on Darkseid.
#5 - Reflections in Crime
Season 8 - Episode 4
Mirror Master traps Superman in the 6th dimension: the dimension behind mirrors. As he tries to warn him teammates through mirrors, he is too late as Batman & Robin are trapped as well. The Super Friends erroneously assume that they can only be trapped by mirrors and so Firestorm is caught by another highly reflective surface. The final Super Friend, Samurai uses invisibility to trick Mirror Master into thinking that he is caught. Samurai then grabs the portal device & releases his friends. Mirror Master is lost in a mirror maze & is caught.
#6 - Battle of the Gods
Season 3 - Episode 28
At the start of the episode the Super Friends are involved in an intense outer space battle. Moments into the battle Wonder Woman gets a telepathic message from Aphrodite to help save the planet from a disturbance. Afterward all of the Super Friends show up and Aphrodite praises them on their great work and good will. An envious Hera gets into an argument with Aphrodite on Mount Olympus which triggers the wrath of Zeus. Hera criticizes Aphrodite for praising "mortals" such as the Super Friends and she suggests to Zeus that the Super Friends are not as powerful as Aphrodite claims. Zeus then creates a contest in which each of the Super Friends must do battle with mythological demons in an effort to prove they are worthy of Aphrodite's praise. Batman and Robin must battle a Sphinx and solve its riddle, Aquaman has to fight a demon that protects the golden fleece, Superman battles a minotaur, and Wonder Woman has to battle Medusa. The Wonder Twins get mixed up in all of this when they see Medusa in the shadows and mistake her for Wonder Woman...and once they look her in the eyes they turn to stone. Gleek manages to escape Medusa's clutches and ends up aiding Wonder Woman in removing Medusa's necklace. By episode's end the Super Friends prove to be worthy of Aphrodite's praise.
#7 - The Mysterious Moles
Season 1 - Episode 13
Important research projects have been closed down, and the Super Friends are called in to find and restore disappearing air conditioning units. The Super Friends' mission leads then into a strange new subterranean world discovered by a pair of spelunkers. They are forced to fight the creatures of that world, animated trees and rocks.
#8 - Darkseid’s Golden Trap (2)
Season 8 - Episode 10
Darkseid catches onto the trick and plots an elaborate scheme to expose Superman to the gold kryptonite that he won. El Dorado, Batman, and Superman travel to the Moon of Games to confront Kalibak about which star has Darkseid imprisoned Black Vulcan, Wonder Woman, and Firestorm. El Dorado hatches a plan with the help of Batman. Darkseid shows up unexpectedly, as El Dorado had feared, and Darkseid throws the gold kryptonite at Superman...but did it work?
#9 - Invasion of the Earthors
Season 2 - Episode 3
The Super Friends match wits and skills in an underground adventure against the mysterious mining monsters known as the Earthors.
#10 - Too Hot to Handle
Season 1 - Episode 7
An alien from the plant Solar Terrarium moves the Earth out of its orbit and closer to the sun so his people can move from their own freezing planet. However, this causes destructive heat waves. The Super Friends are told by the government's leading scientist that a strange new wave of magnetism is drawing the Earth from its orbit toward the sun. They must discover what's causing the increased magnetic pull and stop it. The alien is stopped by the Super Friends and guest hero The Flash.
#11 - The Watermen
Season 1 - Episode 16
A strange spacecraft has been forced to land on Earth after a meteor hit the fuel tank of the craft. In an attempt to return from the planet Sagittarius, the craft begins gathering silicon from sea water to fuel the ship. Aliens from the water planet steal the silicon from Earth's oceans, upsetting the ecological balance and creating a red tide and famine among ocean creatures. The Super Friends stop them and help them find a new source of silicon.
#12 - The Balloon People
Season 1 - Episode 9
A family of aliens from the planet Balunia leave their polluted planet for a home on Earth. After their flying saucer lands, the balloon people are befriended by the Super Friends. However, the news reports of these unusual guests prompt ambitious scholar Noah Tall to devise a plan to capture the balloon people. When they're kidnapped, the Super Friends must rescue them.
#13 - The Planet-Splitter
Season 1 - Episode 15
Eccentric, ingenious scientist Dr. Laban has stolen the largest diamonds in the world to power his "planet splitter," a device capable of splitting a planet in half, intending to tow half of it to Earth as a second moon. While the Super Friends guard the remaining diamonds in the world, Wendy and Marvin follow Dr. Laban to his secret laboratory, where Laban tells him of his plan.
#14 - The Fantastic FRERPs
Season 1 - Episode 10
King Plasto steals raw plastic powder to create Frerp, a special plastic which he uses to confound the Super Friends. The king has been intercepting every shipment of the powder on its way to the government space research station because he intends to use the raw powder for his own means. The Super Friends set out to end his reign of terror.
#15 - Swamp of the Living Dead
Season 3 - Episode 19
The Legion of Doom makes a deal with an old swamp sorceress and her demon - An equivalent amount of the power of good in exchange for an equivalent amount of the power of evil. In order to gain that power of evil, the Legion decides to give the demon the Super Friends as the power of good. The Super Friends are captured and put to sleep in coffins. However in the Legion of Doom's greed for more power, they capture the demon believing he would give them an infinite source of power and pays the price for it when he uses his powers to escape. Offended by this, he summons his legion of zombies to attack them. This forces the Legion of Doom to free the captive Super Friends and the old swamp sorceress tells them of a tactic to defeat the zombies in exchange for letting the Legion of Doom go. However, feeling the balance of power must be balanced for her performing a positive spell, she turns on both factions and reveals that she and the entity were the same being.
#16 - The Demons of Exxor
Season 3 - Episode 4
The Wonder Twins agree to help Exxor defeat Darkon, a conqueror who has taken over Exxor and made its inhabitants his slaves. With the Wonder Twins captured by Darkon, Batman & Robin must free the twin heroes as the other Super Friends tackle Darkon and his troopers.
#17 - The Case of the Shrinking Superfriends
Season 8 - Episode 7
Lex Luthor invents a shrinking ray and uses it on the Hall of Justice. The older members of the Justice League had earlier flown off to fight a mission in space...leaving behind the junior members like Robin, The Wonder Twins and Gleek, and Firestorm. Luthor succeeds in shrinking the Hall of Justice and it's up to the now miniature Superfriends to save the day before the senior members of the group return from space.
#18 - The Androids
Season 1 - Episode 8
A misguided scientist uses androids to try to sabotage the space program, but the Super Friends stop him. As the Super Friends watch the launch of Apollo 20, neither they nor the government know that the astronauts aboard have been replaced by androids. Apollo 20 crashes to Earth. Dr. Rebos threatens to sabotage the manned launch to Mars unless the government calls a complete halt to its space program.
#19 - The Mask of Mystery
Season 8 - Episode 8
Lex Luthor uses a clumsy fan of the Superfriends to destroy them. The fan Sidney Wanamaker, a school mate of Firestorm's alter-ego, Ronald Raymond, creates his own secret identity...called Captain Mystery. He taps into the Hall of Justice files and shows up to help the Superfriends but winds up causing more harm than good. Luthor notices this and kidnaps Captain Mystery and intends on using him in his plot. It's up to the Superfriends to rescue Captain Mystery and capture Lex Luthor.
#20 - Professor Goodfellow's G.E.E.C.
Season 1 - Episode 3
Professor Goodfellow invents the G.E.E.C. (Goodfellow's Effort-Eliminating Computer), which is capable of running everything in the world, freeing people from all physical labor, brainwork and responsibility. When it begins to malfunction, the Super Friends have to convince him that it's not natural for people to be inactive all the time. It takes all the combined efforts of the Super Friends to repair the computer and return the world to its normal state.
#21 - The Royal Ruse
Season 8 - Episode 14
Darkseid uses a royal princess from Tyron-7 to lure the Super Friends into a trap. He promised her that if she delivered the Super Friends that her planet would be spared from his wrath. However, as things are more apt to do, the plan does not necessarily follow that path and soon the princess learns that she was a pawn in Darkseid's ultimate plot: To banish Tyron-7 into the negative universe. A projector turns the Super Friends to stone and it's up to the princess and her father to free the Super Friends and stop Darkseid.
#22 - The Curator
Season 8 - Episode 16
Remlar, a villain from another galaxy, travels the universe in search of buildings and people to put on display in an intergalactic museum. Superman, Firestorm, and Samurai must figure out a way to stop Remlar and return the historical monuments and people to their rightful place.
#23 - No Honor Among Thieves
Season 8 - Episode 5
Lex Luthor disrupts Darkseid's quiet time on Apokolips with a plan to destroy the Superfriends. One by one the Superfriends are lured into traps and zapped to Darkseid's palace. Luthor plans on stealing the powers from the Superfriends. In order to do this he needs the omega beams from Darkseid. Once Luthor has gained the powers of the Superfriends he quickly sets his sights on taking control of Darkseid's palace. The wily Darkseid, though, was prepared for a double-cross from Luthor. Suddenly, Luthor is powerless and the Superfriends are free...they regain their powers and they set out to stop Darkseid's latest plan. They thwart his plan but he escapes into his stargate. Afterward, Luthor is put in prison stripes.
#24 - Terror at 20,000 Fathoms
Season 4 - Episode 6
The evil Capatin Nimoy plots to use nuclear warhead missiles to sink continents below the sea where he plans to rule. Nimoy is aided by an android duplicate of Batman to help him out, but with Superman and Wonder Woman away on a space mission, the SuperFriends are aided by Superman's tiny Kandorian friends from the bottle city of Kandor.
#25 - The Ultra Beam
Season 1 - Episode 11
A pair of scientists, believing that gold is the root of all evil, set out to destroy it with a blue beam until the Super Friends stop them. A blue ray emitting an ultra-beam has been extracting tiny electrical particles called quarks, turning all the gold remaining in the earth into a useless residual metal. The Super Friends tour various mining regions hoping to find an answer to this phenomenon when they see the mysterious blue jet and the ultra-beam.