The BEST Episodes of The Adventures of Superboy (1988)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 27, 2021

Network: Syndication

Based on the DC Comics character Superman's early years as Superboy. It was renamed The Adventures of Superboy at the start of the third season. The series was brought to the screen by executive producers Ilya and Alexander Salkind, who were the producers of the first three Superman movies and the 1984 Supergirl movie.

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Who is Superboy?

#1 - Who is Superboy?

Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 1, 1992

An intelligent computer that can retrace events on a given incident arrives at the Bureau, and Lana uses it to discover who Superboy is. All clues seem to point to Clark.

star 9.75
4 votes
Directors: Robert Weimer
Writers: Stan Berkowitz
Test of Time

#2 - Test of Time

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 1, 1990

Two aliens from another world have come to Earth, and alter time, accelerating Superboy's presence. They test him, observing his reactions and using the results to determine if the entire human race on Earth can be conquered so they'll know how to take over the world and re-establish their race.

star 9.66
32 votes
Directors: David Hartwell
Writers: David Gerrold
The Bride of Bizarro (2)

#3 - The Bride of Bizarro (2)

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 13, 1990

After Luthor threatens to create explosive Bizarro duplicates of everyone in the city if Superboy doesn't appear at his lair by midnight, Bizarro once again agrees to kill Superboy in exchange for a Bizarro-bride. When Luthor creates a Bizarro duplicate of Lana Lang, Bizarro is prepared to uphold his end of the bargain, and this time Superboy may not be able to escape.

star 8.86
7 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: Andrew Helfer, Michael Carlin
Stand Up and Get Knocked Down

#4 - Stand Up and Get Knocked Down

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 18, 1989

TJ finds his friend Michael dead outside of the Bonkerz comedy club. TJ wants to find out what happened to him, so he goes to the club's amateur night. Before he goes on stage he discovers that the club owner, Dexter, killed Michael and is a drug deler. He tells a waitress, Angel, to take TJ a coke loaded with a potent drug to kill him. Luckily, she doesn't use the entire vial, and TJ only becomes sick. Clark and TJ are taken by Dexter and tied up with Angel. Small patches, taht are loaded with deadly drugs are attached to all three and Clark only has two minutes to act before TJ and angel will die. He breaks free and turns to Superboy, then removes the patches from Tj and Angel. TJ goes crazy. Dexter tries to run him down with his limo, but is stopped by Superboy.

star 8.50
6 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: David Patrick Columbia, Toby Martin
Wish for Armageddon

#5 - Wish for Armageddon

Season 3 - Episode 23 - Aired May 4, 1991

Superboy has dreams about being involved in provoking the Russians into warfare, and finds that they are actually real when he sees reports about it on the news. It turns out that Superboy was tricked into signing a contract that places him under the control of a immortal man that is trying to bring about Armaggedon, so he'll be released from a lifelong curse.

star 8.50
6 votes
Directors: Bob Wiemer
Writers: Gerard Christopher
Bodyswap

#6 - Bodyswap

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 22, 1991

Superboy saves a vacationing family from disaster as their car heads toward collision with a tree. He then proceeds to steal their car. Needless to say, Superboy is not quite himself. Later, Luthor confronts Lana in a parking building. He claims that he is not really Luthor, but Superboy. He explains that a scientist named Deland lured him to a lab promising information about his past, but instead of that, he found his mind transferred to Luthor's body. Lana doesn't believe him, and escapes ""Luthor"". That night, ""Superboy"" arrives at Lana's apartment wanting to take their relationship to a deeper level. Back at Deland's lab, the real Superboy is captured by Luthor and taken to prison so he can take Luthor's place in the electric chair. Lana breaks him free, and explains she knew the real Superboy would never come on to her like that. The two hatch a plan to get Luthor back in his rightful body.

star 8.40
5 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: Paul Schiffer
To Be Human (1)

#7 - To Be Human (1)

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 19, 1992

After a year of ""normal"" life, Bizarro Lana explodes one afternoon leaving Bizarro devastated. Superboy finds Bizarro mourning Bizarro Lana and offers him hope...hope of being made into a normal human being. Superboy takes Bizarro to Dr. Lynn, who has developed a process that can use Superboy's brainwaves to correct Bizarro's imperfect mind. The transfer works, but soemthing causes the machines to overload. Superboy is left disoriented and weak. Meanwhile, Chaos, an insane terrorist is bombing parts of the city and wreaking havoc. Chaos is spotted by Superboy driving down a Capitol City street shooting at random pedestrians. As Superboy flies over, Chaos fires at him, and in his weakened state, Superboy is injured by the blast and falls to the street. Chaos drags Superboy away to dispose of him once and for all.

star 8.25
4 votes
Directors: John Huneck
Writers: J. M. DeMatteis
A Change of Heart (2)

#8 - A Change of Heart (2)

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 13, 1991

Adam threatens to kill Lana unless Tommy helps him develop a weapon to kill Superboy.

star 8.17
6 votes
Directors: David Nutter
Writers: Paul Stubenrauch
The Beast and Beauty

#9 - The Beast and Beauty

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 19, 1988

A Superboy impersonator is robbing banks and jewelry stores to get a million dollars so he can marry Florida's beauty queen. The real Superboy is arrested for his acts and when the beauty queen, Jennifer Jenkins, refuses to marry the Superboy imposter, Hugo, she is kidnapped and the real Superboy is the only one who can save her. The Fixer- Lex Luthor is taking bets on Shuster's basketball team who are playing against Florida State University in their next game. He blackmails Shuster's star player into losing the game and Superboy takes over the job of the referee to stop Luthor and save Shuster from his scandal.

star 8.14
7 votes
Directors: Jackie Cooper
Writers: Bernard M. Khan, Toby Martin
Bizarro... The Thing of Steel

#10 - Bizarro... The Thing of Steel

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 11, 1989

While Professor Peterson is testing his new duplicating ray, Superboy arrives to see his progress. The ray is struck by lightning, and Superboy steps in front of it to stop the ray from hitting the Professor. The result of the ray is Bizarro, an imperfect duplicate of Superboy who possesses all of his powers, but a very limited intelligence. Bizarro wreaks havoc at a shopping mall and eventually takes Clark's place at the Shuster costume party under the name Kent Clark. Meanwhile, Superboy determines that he must destroy Bizarro with kryptonite. After Bizarro causes a disruption at the costume party and stops Lana on the road, Superboy uses the kryptonite on him only to discover it has no effect. Bizarro throws the rock back at Superboy and flies away with Lana in his arms. Superboy lies on the street, writhing in pain.

star 8.00
5 votes
Directors: Ken Bowser
Writers: Mark Jones
Mine Games

#11 - Mine Games

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired Apr 21, 1991

After a botched attempt to rescue Lana from Luthor, Superboy and Luthor end up trapped in a lead coated mine with a chunk of kryptonite, and they are forced to put aside their differences to find a way out.

star 8.00
5 votes
The Kryptonite Kid

#12 - The Kryptonite Kid

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 20, 1991

A young scientist, who has been infected with kryptonite during a lab explosion, plans to use his powers to harm Superboy.

star 8.00
5 votes
Directors: Thierry Notz
Writers: Andrew Helfer, Michael Carlin
Darla Goes Ballistic

#13 - Darla Goes Ballistic

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 3, 1991

Darla drinks an experimental formula which gives her strange and erratic powers.

star 8.00
5 votes
Directors: John Huneck
Writers: Sherman Howard
A Change of Heart (1)

#14 - A Change of Heart (1)

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 6, 1991

Superboy investigates a wave of violence, however he himself is accused of murder.

star 7.86
7 votes
Directors: David Nutter
Writers: Paul Stubenrauch
Superstar

#15 - Superstar

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Mar 3, 1990

Superboy becomes involved with a singer who has lost herself, and is also being watched by a former singer who's now disabled and claims her voice is being used by the star, and plans revenge.

star 7.83
6 votes
Directors: Kenneth Bowser
Writers: Toby Martin
The Battle with Bizarro

#16 - The Battle with Bizarro

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 18, 1989

Bizarro takes Lana to a closed furniture store and decides it will be their new home together. Meanwhile, Superboy is saved from the kryptonite by Andy, and he and the professor determine that Bizarro will only be affected by Bizarro Kryptonite. Upon learning of Bizarro's whereabouts, Superboy goes to confront him while Prof. Peterson works on duplicating the kryptonite. Superboy and Bizarro battle in a carnival area and eventually Bizarro begins to smoke. He is unstable, and will likely explode if he is not stopped by the Bizarro kryptonite soon. Prof. Peterson arrives at the carnival with the Bizarro white kryptonite, but did he make it in time?

star 7.80
5 votes
Directors: David Nutter
Writers: Mark Jones
Johnny Casanova and the Case of Secret Serum

#17 - Johnny Casanova and the Case of Secret Serum

Season 2 - Episode 25 - Aired May 12, 1990

A potion stolen from a mob boss makes a man less attractive, but full of charm, and Lana falls in love with him. Meanwhile the mob is still after the man.

star 7.80
5 votes
Directors: David Nutter
Writers: Ilya Salkind, Mark Jones
The Basement

#18 - The Basement

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 27, 1991

Lana goes to investigate reports of a ghost in a family's basement. What she finds is a little girl. But this is no ordinary little girl. She quickly slaps a device on Lana's neck and through it and an identical device on her own neck, she transforms herself into an exact duplicate of Lana. She reveals that she is an alien from a world where the beings have no identities of their own. They take the identities of others to survive. The alien has Lana's physical appearance, but not her memories. So she activates the device once again to transfer Lana's knowledge and memories to herself. The device malfunctions, however, and the connection is broken before the alien can absorb all of Lana's memories. She does catch a glimpse of Superboy, however, and wants to get closer to him so she can take his identity and his powers. The alien heads to the Bureau and convinces everyone there that she is really Lana. She then returns to the basement to finish Lana off.

star 7.80
5 votes
Directors: Hugh Martin
Writers: Toby Martin
Werewolf

#19 - Werewolf

Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 23, 1991

Clark and company try to help a young woman, who has led them on a goose chase looking for a werewolf that she'd spotted. Meanwhile, she has a secret of her own.

star 7.71
7 votes
Directors: Bryan Spicer
Writers: Toby Martin
The Woman Called Tiger Eye

#20 - The Woman Called Tiger Eye

Season 2 - Episode 26 - Aired May 19, 1990

After collecting several special crystals, a woman uses Superboy to fuse them together so she can use its power to control everyone.

star 7.67
6 votes
Writers: Michael Maurer
Jackson and Hyde

#21 - Jackson and Hyde

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired Apr 20, 1991

Jackson takes an elixir that makes him stronger, and transforms his behavior. As a result, he is now being blamed for the beating deaths of two people. Little does anyone know, there's a second person who's also taking the elixir.

star 7.67
6 votes
Directors: John Huneck
Writers: Toby Martin
Nightmare Island

#22 - Nightmare Island

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 4, 1989

Andy, Clark and Lana are deserted on an island when Andy's motorboat sinks into the ocean. On the island Clark turns into Superboy and is stripped of his powers by a dwarf-like alien. The alien kidnaps Lana and it is up to a powerless Superboy and Andy to rescue her.

star 7.67
6 votes
Directors: David Nutter
Writers: Mark Jones
Special Effects

#23 - Special Effects

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 5, 1991

While Clark and Lana investigate a murder by a group of monsters at a production studio, they run into Andy McAlister. Together, they find that a fellow director is actually responsible, and is blackmailing the monsters to commit the murders.

star 7.60
5 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: Elliot Anderson
Nick Knack

#24 - Nick Knack

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired Apr 14, 1990

A demented electronic's genius who was imprisoned because of Superboy escapes. He uses his genius to develop a mechanical suit which he uses to suck away Superboy's powers. Wearing the suit, he is almost as powerful as Superboy.

star 7.50
6 votes
Directors: David Nutter
Writers: Mark Jones
The Haunting of Andy McAlister

#25 - The Haunting of Andy McAlister

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired Apr 21, 1990

Andy, Clark and Lana visit Andy's uncle's mansion for the weekend, only to become trapped in a wall containing a world with ghosts from the wild west. A group of outlaws seek revenge against Andy's ancestor who put them there. Superboy, now without powers in this world, must simply get them back on the other side of the wall to get rid of the ghosts.

star 7.50
6 votes
Directors: David Nutter
Writers: Andrew Helfer, Michael Carlin