The BEST Episodes of The Adventures of Superboy (1988)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: May 12, 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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Test of Time

#1 - 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
Bodyswap

#2 - 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
A Change of Heart (2)

#3 - 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 8.40
5 votes
Directors: David Nutter
Writers: Paul Stubenrauch
Mine Games

#4 - 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 8.25
4 votes
The Kryptonite Kid

#5 - 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 8.25
4 votes
Directors: Thierry Notz
Writers: Andrew Helfer, Michael Carlin
The Basement

#6 - 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 8.25
4 votes
Directors: Hugh Martin
Writers: Toby Martin
Darla Goes Ballistic

#7 - Darla Goes Ballistic

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 3, 1991

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

star 8.25
4 votes
Directors: John Huneck
Writers: Sherman Howard
Bizarro... The Thing of Steel

#8 - 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
A Change of Heart (1)

#9 - 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 8.00
6 votes
Directors: David Nutter
Writers: Paul Stubenrauch
Superstar

#10 - 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
Johnny Casanova and the Case of Secret Serum

#11 - 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
Werewolf

#12 - 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 7.80
5 votes
Directors: Bryan Spicer
Writers: Toby Martin
Jackson and Hyde

#13 - 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 7.80
5 votes
Directors: John Huneck
Writers: Toby Martin
The Woman Called Tiger Eye

#14 - 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
People vs. Metallo

#15 - People vs. Metallo

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 6, 1991

Court is in session for the trial of Metallo, but he turns the tables when kryptonite is smuggled into the courtroom, giving him strength to overtake it, and Superboy. He puts Superboy on trial while on the stand, subdued by the green rock, and it will take the teamwork of everyone in the room to bring Metallo down.

star 7.67
3 votes
Writers: Andrew Helfer, Michael Carlin
Standoff

#16 - Standoff

Season 3 - Episode 24 - Aired May 11, 1991

Clark, his friends, and innocent bystanders are holed up in a building as hostages, and Clark must find a way to rescue them without revealing his identity.

star 7.67
3 votes
Directors: John Huneck
Writers: Joseph Gunn
Know Thine Enemy (1)

#17 - Know Thine Enemy (1)

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 17, 1991

Lex Luthor has plans to bring about the end of the world by detonating a network of ""dirty bombs"" that will wipe out the population with a cloud of radiation. And he has a plan to get Superboy out of the way as well. Superboy is drawn to an old lair of Luthor's by a hypersonic signal. There he finds Lana has followed him and they discover a computer program, created by Luthor, known as a ""psycho-disc"". The program allows the user to live out Luthor's life in a virtual reality type environment. Superboy activates the program and becomes Luthor in the VR world. He sees how Luthor lived with an abusive father, and a mother who refused to stand up for herself. The only person Luthor ever loved was his sister Lena. Meanwhile, back in the real world, Lana learns that if Superboy is not removed from the VR world soon, he will be trapped in a never ending loop of Luthor's memories. Lana becomes a part of the program herself, hoping to rescue Superboy.

star 7.67
3 votes
Directors: Bryan Spicer
Writers: J. M. DeMatteis
Know Thine Enemy (2)

#18 - Know Thine Enemy (2)

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 24, 1991

Lana appears in Luthor's VR world just as Superboy, believing he is Luthor, is about the kill ""his"" parents with a bomb. She convinces Superboy that he is not Luthor and none of what is happening is real. As soon as he acknowledges this, the program shuts down. Back at Luthor's lair, Darla now sees how truly crazy Lex is, and shoots him in the shoulder. She activates a hypersonic signal and Superboy follows it to the new lair. Meanwhile, Lana learns that Luthor's sudden death wish came about because his beloved Lena died in a car crash one week ago. However, he utilities were turned off the day before she died, and no body was ever found. Lana goes in search of Lena, who she believes is still alive somewhere. Luthor unleashes his android double to kill Superboy. The two fight as the countdown to destruction continues. Minutes before the bombs are to go off, Lana arrives with now 23-year-old Lena. Can Lena stop her brother from destroying the world?

star 7.67
3 votes
Directors: Bryan Spicer
Writers: J. M. DeMatteis
To Be Human (2)

#19 - To Be Human (2)

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 26, 1992

Bizarro now has a normal human appearance and is calling himself Bill Zarro. He has no super-powers in this form. He is working with Dr. Lynn to improve his mental skills when Chaos interrupts a TV broadcast. He announces that he has Superboy and will throw him off the highest building in Capitol City at midnight. Dr. Lynn recognizes Chaos. She says he was once a brilliant scientist, but a laboratory accident left him disfigured and now he blames the world for his problems. Bill Zarro now has to make a choice. He can be reverted back to the way he was before the process was performed. He can become ""Bizarro"" again, but the process cannot be reversed again once this is done. Will he give up his humanity to save Superboy?

star 7.67
3 votes
Directors: John Huneck
Writers: J. M. DeMatteis
Rites of Passage (1)

#20 - Rites of Passage (1)

Season 4 - Episode 21 - Aired May 10, 1992

Jackson investigates a phenomena which causes Superboy to lose control of his powers.

star 7.67
3 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: Andy Helfer, Michael Carlin
Rites of Passage (2)

#21 - Rites of Passage (2)

Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired May 17, 1992

Before his powers are lost forever, Clark tries to get the crystal and complete the "Rites of Passage".

star 7.67
3 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: Andy Helfer, Michael Carlin
Nick Knack

#22 - 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

#23 - 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
Superboy... Lost

#24 - Superboy... Lost

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 15, 1990

When Superboy tries to intercept a meteor that is approaching Earth, he is injured, resulting in amnesia. In the forest, a mother and son find him and nurse him back to health, while he rediscovers who he truly is. All the while, the mother and son are in hiding, trying to avoid death, courtesy of the boy's father.

star 7.50
4 votes
Writers: Michael Maurer
The Jewel of the Techacal

#25 - The Jewel of the Techacal

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 8, 1988

Lana's father, an archeologist, comes to the university with what he thinks is a cursed relic. Lex Luthor then steals the jewel in order to seel it to the highest bidder.

star 7.48
88 votes
Directors: Reza Badiyi
Writers: Fred Freiberger