The BEST Episodes of Super Friends
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Sep 1, 2020
Network: ABC (US)
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 - History of Doom
Season 3 - Episode 32 - Aired Dec 23, 1978
The Earth is shown to be in ruins and there is no life of any kind. Three aliens visit the Earth and investigate the ruins of the Hall of Justice, reviewing historical records of the Justice League of America's conflicts against the Legion of Doom as well as the Legion's individual origins. When they can no longer review anymore data due to a computer malfunction, they find the Hall of Doom to discover that the destruction of Earth was inadvertently caused by Lex Luthor and the Legion of Doom in a final attempt to destroy the Super Friends using a solar flare. When the force field was turned on around Earth, it reacted by destroying the Earth. The aliens reverse the damage and sabotage Luthor's plan to prevent the earth from being destroyed again by moving the Moon into the flare's path, leaving Luthor and the Super Friends both mystified.
#2 - Revenge of Bizarro
Season 5 - Episode 24 - Aired Nov 1, 1980
Bizarro takes revenge on the JLA by turning members into 'Super Bizarro slaves' and exposing Superman to Red Kryptonite. The Red Kryptonite's horrible effects cause Superman to grow extra arms and legs. Now Superman's only chance to stop Bizarro and return to normal is Blue Kryptonite.
#3 - Secret Origins of the Superfriends
Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired Oct 28, 1978
Lex Luthor has discovered the origins of Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern and proposes for the Legion of Doom to travel back in time and prevent them from existing. Cheetah cheats in a tournament and becomes Wonder Woman, Lex Luthor becomes Green Lantern and the Legion of Doom alter baby Kal-El's spaceship away from Earth. However after taking the other more obscure Super Friends prisoner, Batman finds a tape of the plan carried out and uses the Justice League computer to find gaps in it's memory, confirming that history was altered. They travel back in time and rectify Luthor's meddling and gain back their teammates.
#4 - Mr. Mxyzptlk and the Magic Lamp
Season 8 - Episode 6 - Aired Sep 22, 1984
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.
#5 - Universe of Evil
Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 20, 1979
In a parallel universe, the Super Friends are super villains. When Mount Vesuvius erupts in both worlds, Superman and his evil counterpart are blown into opposite worlds. While Superman has to fight his evil comrades and find a way back to his own world, his evil counterpart battles the real heroes and begins his plan to conquer the Earth.
#6 - Invasion of the Gleeks
Season 5 - Episode 14 - Aired Oct 11, 1980
A group of Exxorian monkeys arrive on Earth to invade the Planet. The monkeys want to destroy the Super Friends by putting Gleek under their control. The Wonder Twins must use their powers to help Gleek and the Super Friends.
#7 - The Bizarro Super Powers Team
Season 9 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 14, 1985
Bizarro #1, the weird yet funny Superman doppelganger from Htrae (Bizarro World), uses his duplicator ray to create Bizarro versions of Wonder Woman, Firestorm and Cyborg. These "opposite clones" are then called upon to protect Bizarro World from its many enemies. Unfortunately, the prankish Mr. Mxyzptlk plans to harness the powers of the three Bizarro superheroes in order to wreak havoc upon the earth, in an endless series of nasty pranks and practical jokes specially designed to drive everyone as crazy as HE is! Until the Real Wonder Woman uses the duplicator ray on Mr. Mxyzptlk to create Mr. Kltpzyxm, causing the Bizarro Super Powers team to go back to Bizarro World and stop him, and making Mr. Mxyzptlk accidentally say his name backwards and go back to the 5th dimension.
#8 - The Power Pirate
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 8, 1973
Anthro, an alien from the planet Traum, is stealing Earth's energy resources to power his planet- until the Super Friends stop him. Disguising himself as an inspector from Scotland Yard, he enlists the help of the Super Friends to help him steal the Earth's energy to take back to Traum.
#9 - The Case of the Shrinking Superfriends
Season 8 - Episode 7 - Aired Sep 29, 1984
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.
#10 - The Rise and Fall of the Superfriends
Season 3 - Episode 31 - Aired Dec 23, 1978
The Super Friends are visited by Mr. Mxyzptlk who comes complete with a script for a movie that he wants the Super Friends to star in. The imp uses his 5th dimensional mind control to cause the Super Friends to act out the script...but Superman is not affected by the mind control but he nonetheless goes along with everything in an elaborate plot to trick Mxyzptlk into saying his last name backwards. In one scene a zombie Lois Lane shows up in a wedding dress wearing a kryptonite wedding ring.
#11 - Space Knights of Camelon
Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 6, 1979
While protecting a prehistoric planet from a meteor, Superman ends up hit by the meteor's nuclear core, crash lands on the medieval planet of Camelon, and loses his memory. A bunch of rebels led by Logan take him in as their black knight in a plan to overthrow King Arthur 7. It's up to the Super Friends to help Superman remember and defeat the rebels.
#12 - Return of Atlantis
Season 5 - Episode 21 - Aired Oct 25, 1980
Hundreds of miles of the coast of North America, a routine Trans-Atlantic trip turns into a nightmare when a ship gets caught between some jagged rocks and takes on water. Aquaman was in the area assists by using his telepathy to summon two giant Manta Rays to seal the whole as he pushes the ship out of danger. As he attempts to head back to the Hall of Justice, a larger island arises from the sea. Aquaman recognizes it as the Lost Island of Ancient Atlantis (not to be confused with Aquaman's home in modern Atlantis) that has thought to been destroyed thousands of years ago. Upon checking out the island, Aquaman is captured by female Atlantean Warriors who seek world domination. The U.S. Coast Guards who were on the ship Aquaman saved send a distress call to Wonder Woman and Rima about an island moving towards shore. Meanwhile the Atlantean Warriors arrive at Washington D.C. and attacks the Army. Wonder Woman and Rima arrive and are confronted by Ocina, Queen of Atlantis, and are offered to join the group of Warriors. When the two heroes refuse they are captured and put in the water dungeon where Aquaman is. Wonder Woman uses her telepathic mind line to summon help from her mother Hippolyta and The Amazons of Paradise Island. The Amazons of Paradise Island travel to Washington DC to fight an epic battle against these femme fatales.
#13 - Mxyzptlk’s Flick
Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 3, 1981
The mischievous imp Mxyzpltk returns to star the Super Friends in "Mxyzpltk's Flick."
#14 - Alien Mummy
Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 3, 1981
While accompanying Professor Naska and his students on a field trip to Ancient Aztek ruins in Mexico, El Dorado is attacked by Alien Invaders. When El Dorado scares them off, an angered Alien Mummy attacks El Dorado and the others. Meanwhile at the Hall of Justice, Superman and Wonder Woman receive a U.F.O. alert and head out to Mexico. When the two Super Friends arrive see The Alien Mummy has El Dorado and the others have been put under mind control. When Superman and Wonder Woman confront the Alien Mummy, he turns both of them into golden statues. Wonder Woman's attempt to communicate telepathically with El Dorado was a success when he breaks free of the Alien Mummy's mind control and distracts the Alien Mummy with a hologram Beast. Meanwhile he transports himself to find his Super Friends turned to gold. El Dorado brings them back to the Alien Mummy who gets his power source broken by Superman's X-Ray vision which returns everyone to normal. El Dorado leads the Alien Mummy into his spacecraft and Superman sends him off.
#15 - The Evil from Krypton
Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 10, 1981
Zy-Kree, an escapee from the Phantom Zone (who is very similar to General Zod in both appearance and back story) seeks revenge on Superman by turning the Earth's sun red and thus depowering the man of steel. It is up to Green Lantern and Aquaman to help their friend defeat the evil Kryptonian who has the same powers as Superman.
#16 - Bazarowurld
Season 6 - Episode 11 - Aired Oct 17, 1981
Then, Bizarro lures Superman to "Bizarroworld" in an attempt to drive him insane.
#17 - Palette’s Perils
Season 6 - Episode 14 - Aired Oct 24, 1981
Wonder Woman and El Dorado respond to a series of art gallery robberies in Metropolis. They confront John Palette, a painter whose invention can turn paintings of his design into real life monsters that can steal for him.
#18 - Two Gleeks Are Deadlier Than One
Season 7 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 17, 1983
Wonder Woman and Green Lantern think the Legion of Doom will strike since the entire Justice League is going to meet in the Hall of Justice the next day. Jayna and Zan are put in charge of security during the night. Giganta sets a trap and captures Gleek with bananas and takes him to Gorillia Grodd miles away on the outskirts of Metropolis. Because so many Justice League members were going to meet in one place, they tried to take precautions but a mechanical duplicate of Gleek arrives at the Hall of Justice to use his killer laser eyes on the Justice League and help Grodd and Giganta take over the Hall of Justice. However the Super Friends then reveal they used androids, knowing such a meeting would probably cause an attack by villains.
#19 - The Krypton Syndrome
Season 7 - Episode 7 - Aired Sep 24, 1983
Superman travels through a time warp and is taken back to the hours leading up to Krypton's explosion. He saves the planet by stopping the solar flares using the Super-Mobile core and then returns to the present to find Earth a very different place. Robin confronts him and has no idea who Superman is and then remarks that the Justice League was defeated by the Legion of Doom, he is the only one alive. He soon realizes that by saving Krypton that it erased his time on Earth and that nobody had ever heard of Superman before. He goes back into the time warp and makes sure Krypton explodes by removing the Super-Mobile Core because he figures that Earth would need a person like Superman to protect it.
#20 - Darkseid's Golden Trap (1)
Season 8 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 6, 1984
At an intergalactic auction, Darkseid and his crew set their eyes on gold kryptonite. It's the only chunk of gold kryptonite, which can permanently strip away all of the powers that Superman enjoys on Earth. known to be in existence. Black Vulcan, Wonder Woman, and Firestorm infiltrate the auction under disguise as ice creatures. They plan on bidding high and taking the gold kryptonite before it can fall into enemy hands, but Darkseid soon realizes their plan.
#21 - Superfriends: Rest in Peace
Season 3 - Episode 30 - Aired Dec 16, 1978
The Legion of Doom unearths a crystal called "Noxium", created by one time member Dr. Natas. The Crystal can kill all of the Super Friends using emulations of their weakness such as Kryptonite, Yellow Power or lethal energy only to find out too late they were in hiding and had really killed off their clones.
#22 - The Bride of Darkseid (2)
Season 8 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 8, 1984
With her free will removed, Wonder Woman leads the Super Friends into a trap after they arrive at Darkseid's palace to save her. Firestorm's duo persona allows him to free himself and the Super Friends from Darkseid's clutches.
#23 - The Lord of Middle Earth
Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 13, 1979
What starts off as a camping trip for the Wonder Twins turns into a nightmarish adventure in Middle Earth when the Super Friends must battle a black magic sorcerer named Mal Havok who has taken over the troll kingdom. Mal Havoc uses his magic to turn the Super Friends into trolls. With their powers reduced, Batman and Wonder Woman accompany the troll king on a mission to free Middle Earth of the evil sorcerer.
#24 - Darkseid's Golden Trap (2)
Season 8 - Episode 10 - Aired Oct 6, 1984
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?
#25 - Doomsday
Season 3 - Episode 28 - Aired Dec 9, 1978
The Legion of Doom deserts Sinestro, Black Manta and Cheetah after a failed mission and the three villains decide to kill the Legion of Doom for betrayal. Until the Super Friends find out this is just a ploy to get them distracted.