Adventures of Superman (TV series)

Adventures of Superman
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Also known as
  • Superman
  • The Adventures of Superman
Based on
Developed by
Narrated by
Theme music composerLeon Klatzkin
Opening themeAdventures of Superman Theme (Superman March)
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes104 (list of episodes)
Running time22–25 minutes
Production companiesMotion Pictures for Television
National Comics Publications
DistributorMotion Pictures for Television
Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original networkSyndication
Picture format
  • Black-and-white (through 1954)
  • Color (from 1955)
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 19, 1952 (1952-09-19) –
April 28, 1958 (1958-04-28)
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Adventures of Superman is an American television series based on comic book characters and concepts that Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster created in 1938. The show was the first television series to feature Superman and began filming in 1951 in California on RKO-Pathé stages and the RKO Forty Acres back lot. Cereal manufacturer Kellogg's sponsored the show. The first and last airdates of the show, which was produced for first-run syndication rather than for a network, are disputed, but they are generally accepted as September 19, 1952, and April 28, 1958.[1] The show's first two seasons (episodes 1–52, 26 titles per season) were filmed in black and white; seasons three through six (episodes 53–104, 13 titles per season) were filmed in color.

George Reeves played Clark Kent/Superman, with Jack Larson as Jimmy Olsen, John Hamilton as Perry White, and Robert Shayne as Inspector Henderson. Phyllis Coates played Lois Lane in the first season, with Noel Neill stepping into the role in the later seasons. Superman battles crooks, gangsters, and other villains in the fictional city of Metropolis while masquerading "off duty" as Daily Planet reporter Clark Kent. For nearly all of the series' episodes, Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen, Clark's colleagues at the office, found themselves in dangerous situations that only Superman's timely intervention can resolve.

The opening theme is known as The Superman March. In 1987, selected episodes of the show were released on VHS. In 2006, the series became available in its entirety on DVD to coincide with the DVD release of Superman Returns, the first Superman feature film to emerge after almost two decades without such a movie. The feature film Hollywoodland, released in 2006, dramatized the show's production and the death of its star, George Reeves.

  1. ^ "Adventures of Superman". Archived from the original on September 21, 2015. Retrieved September 21, 2015.

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