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Adventures of Superman

All Episodes

  • Ended
  • Syndication
  • 1952-09-19T19:30:00Z
  • 25 mins
  • 1 day, 20 hours, 32 mins
  • United States
  • English
  • Comedy, Drama, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Announcer: "The Adventures of Superman. Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings at a single bound!" Voices: "Look up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman!" Announcer: "Yes, it's Superman, strange visitor from another planet who came to Earth with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men. Superman, who can change the course of mighty rivers, bend steel in his bare hands; and who, disguised as Clark Kent, mild-mannered reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper, fights a never ending battle for truth, justice, and the American way."

118 episodes

A series retrospective featuring Jack Larson (Jimmy Olsen), Leonard Maltin (Movie Historian/Critic), Gary H. Grossman (Author of Superman: Serial to Cereal), Paul Levits (DC Comics President), Allan Asherman (DC Comics Historian), Dan Didio (DC Comics Editor), Mike Carlin (Superman Comic Editor), and Alex Ross (Superman Comic Artist).

The 1951 Theatrical Feature, later to be televised as the 2-part episode "The Unknown People". Clark Kent and Lois Lane visit the world's deepest oilwell in Silsby, when strange humanoid creatures appear and terrorize the townspeople. Convinced the mole men are peaceful beings, Superman must save them from a vengeful mob determined to kill the armed visitors.

Original Kellogg's Cereal TV commercials starring Adventures of Superman cast members.

Special 4 Pony Express Days

  • no air date — 25 mins

George Reeves Played many parts before donning Superman's signature red and blue as television's first Man of Steel. 1940's "Pony Express Days" features the young actor in the role of William "Buffalo Bill" Cody, and stands as yet another example of Reeves' talen, energy and charisma.

Profiling Noel Neill and the Character of Lois Lane.

Special Episode promoting Savings Bonds with a new introduction by Jack Larson (Jimmy Olsen).

Special 7 The Color Era

  • no air date — 25 mins

A documentary on the transition from filming the series in black and white to color (although all the seasons aired in black and white).

The special effects of "Adventures of Superman".

Excerpts from the new documentary produced by Bryan Singer and Kevin Burns.

Jack Larson celebrates his series character along with co-star Noel Neill and Author/Historians Jim Beaver, Gary Grossman, Michael J Hayde and Jan Henderson.

1x01 Superman on Earth

  • Series Premiere

    1952-09-19T19:30:00Z — 25 mins

Journey with Superman from Krypton to Metropolis, as he joins that Daily Planet staff and meets the fiery Lois Lane.

1x02 The Haunted Lighthouse

  • 1952-09-26T19:30:00Z — 25 mins

A terrified Jimmy Olsen calls for help, and Superman speeds to an isolated island where strange things happen in the fog-shrouded night. Commentary available by TV Producer/Author Gary H. Grossman.

1x03 The Case of the Talkative Dummy

  • 1952-10-03T20:30:00Z — 25 mins

As Superman hunts for kidnapped armored-car drivers and a stolen fortune, Jimmy, locked inside a falling safe, hurtles to his doom.

1x04 The Mystery of the Broken Statues

  • 1952-10-10T20:30:00Z — 25 mins

Lois Lane is kidnapped while on the trail of a suave but deadly criminal mastermind and a hidden priceless gem.

1x05 The Monkey Mystery

  • 1952-10-17T20:30:00Z — 25 mins

Searching for stolen defense secrets, Clark Kent encounters a brutalized woman, a slain organ-grinder -- and a monkey dressed as Superman.

1x06 Night of Terror

  • 1952-10-24T20:30:00Z — 25 mins

Superman races to find Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen who wait, helplessly bound, as a sadistic hit man prepares to execute them.

1x07 The Birthday Letter

  • 1952-10-31T20:30:00Z — 25 mins

Superman is implicated in the abduction of a young girl who is thought to have information concerning hidden counterfeit plates.

1x08 The Mind Machine

  • 1952-11-07T20:30:00Z — 24 mins

Bravely testifying against a mobster, Lois Lane will die unless Clark Kent finds the weapon that will soon destroy her mind.

1x09 Rescue

  • 1952-11-14T20:30:00Z — 25 mins

Trapped in a mine filling with deadly gas, Lois Lane is beyond the reach of rescuers -- and Clark Kent doesn't know!

1x10 The Secret of Superman

  • 1952-11-21T20:30:00Z — 25 mins

An insane scientist, using powerful experimental truth drugs on Perry White, Lois Lane and Clark Kent, learns Superman's true identity.

1x11 No Holds Barred

  • 1952-11-28T20:30:00Z — 25 mins

When a crooked wrestling promoter paralyzes honest athletes, Superman steps in to reverse the damage and rescue an innocent captive.

1x12 The Deserted Village

  • 1952-12-05T20:30:00Z — 24 mins

As Clark Kent pursues the monster killing the few people left in Lois Lane's hometown, the girl reporter becomes its next victim.

1x13 The Stolen Costume

  • 1952-12-12T20:30:00Z — 25 mins

After a burglar steals Superman's costume from Clark Kent's closet, a mobster threatens to reveal the Man of Steel's secret identity. Commentary available by TV Producer/Author Gary H. Grossman.

1x14 Treasure of the Incas

  • 1952-12-19T20:30:00Z — 25 mins

Lois and Jimmy follow a trail of murder that could lead to ancient riches -- or to their own deaths.

1x15 Double Trouble

  • 1952-12-26T20:30:00Z — 25 mins

Unwittingly involved in a hunt for stolen radium, Jimmy is kidnapped and locked in a deathtrap by a fanatical doctor.

1x16 Mystery in Wax

  • 1953-01-02T20:30:00Z — 25 mins

Lois Lane, chloroformed while investigating strange disappearances, is held prisoner in Madame Selina's wax museum of the living dead.

1x17 Runaway Robot

  • 1953-01-09T20:30:00Z — 25 mins

Captive Lois Lane will be murdered by gangsters unless inventor Horatio Hinkle uses his unique radio-controlled robot to rob banks.

1x18 Drums of Death

  • 1953-01-16T20:30:00Z — 24 mins

Aided by his ace reporters, Perry White flies to Haiti to search for his sister, the prisoner of a voodoo cult.

1x19 The Evil Three

  • 1953-01-23T20:30:00Z — 25 mins

Perry White and Jimmy Olsen face death at the hands of three crazed murderers in a crumbling bayou hotel. Commentary available by Producer/Writer Chuck Harter.

1x20 The Riddle of the Chinese Jade

  • 1953-01-30T20:30:00Z — 25 mins

Lois Lane is held hostage by the armed criminal who has stolen a priceless antique and left two people to drown.

1x21 The Human Bomb

  • 1953-02-06T20:30:00Z — 25 mins

On a windswept narrow ledge high above the ground, Lois Lane is chained to a dynamite-wielding daredevil ready to die.

1x22 Czar of the Underworld

  • 1953-02-13T20:30:00Z — 25 mins

A killer sabotaging the filming of a crime exposé stalks Clark Kent and Inspector Henderson on a Hollywood studio soundstage.

1x23 Ghost Wolf

  • 1953-02-20T20:30:00Z — 25 mins

After discovering human footprints that turn into wolf tracks, Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen are trapped in a raging forest fire.

1x24 Crime Wave

  • 1953-02-27T20:30:00Z — 25 mins

While hunting down an anonymous crime-boss, the Man of Steel is lured into a lighting-powered deathtrap that stops his heart. Commentary available by Producer/Writer Chuck Harter.

1x25 The Unknown People (1)

  • 1953-08-10T19:30:00Z — 25 mins

Clark Kent and Lois Lane visit the world's deepest oil well in Silsby, when strange humanoid creatures appear and terrorize the townspeople.

1x26 The Unknown People (2)

  • 1953-08-10T19:30:00Z — 25 mins

Convinced the Mole Men are peaceful beings, Superman must save them from a vengeful mob determined to kill the armed visitors.

2x01 Five Minutes to Doom

  • Season Premiere

    1953-09-18T19:30:00Z — 26 mins

Beat the clock: The race is on to stop an innocent Death Row inmate's date with the electric chair.

2x02 The Big Squeeze

  • 1953-09-25T19:30:00Z — 26 mins

A powerful ally: the Man of Steel assists an ex-con blackmailed into returning to his criminal past.

2x03 The Man Who Could Read Minds

  • 1953-10-03T20:30:00Z — 26 mins

Swami says: send for Superman! Jimmy and Lois suspect a nightclub mind reader is linked to a theft ring.

2x04 Jet Ace

  • 1953-10-10T20:30:00Z — 26 mins

Look up! Superman rescues a pilot on a test flight gone wrong and later frees him from kidnappers seeking military secrets.

2x05 Shot in the Dark

  • 1953-10-17T20:30:00Z — 26 mins

An amateur shutterbug snaps some incriminating photos, one of which suggests Clark is you-know-who!

2x06 The Defeat of Superman

  • 1953-10-24T20:30:00Z — 26 mins

Superman is rendered powerless by a kryptonite trap. This sounds like a job for...Lois and Jimmy?

2x07 Superman in Exile

  • 1953-10-31T20:30:00Z — 26 mins

Beware of Superman! A nuclear incident leaves him glowing with radioactivity and lethal to anyone he's near.

2x08 A Ghost for Scotland Yard

  • 1953-11-07T20:30:00Z — 26 mins

Man or spirit? A magician believed dead may have resurfaced in a vendetta against his earthly foes.

2x09 The Dog Who Knew Superman

  • 1953-11-14T20:30:00Z — 26 mins

The nose knows. A dog rescued from a well by Superman keeps showing up at Clark Kent's office.

2x10 The Face and the Voice

  • 1953-11-21T20:30:00Z — 26 mins

Looks like him. Sounds like him. But he isn't Superman! A lookalike Man of Steel goes on a crime spree.

2x11 The Man in the Lead Mask

  • 1953-11-28T20:30:00Z — 26 mins

Surgically altered fingerprints. Lead masks to block x-ray vision. Will these foil the police and Superman?

2x12 Panic in the Sky

  • 1953-12-05T20:30:00Z — 26 mins

Destination: Earth! Superman saves Metropolis from a plummeting asteroid -- and loses his memory in the process. Commentary available by Jack Larson (Jimmy Olsen) and Noel Neill (Lois Lane).

Meet Mr. Kelso, the computer that plans split second bank heists...and may know superman's secret, too.

2x14 Jungle Devil

  • 1953-12-19T20:30:00Z — 26 mins

The superhero saves a lost expedition, defeats a fearsome beast and uses his grip to turn coal into diamonds.

2x15 My Friend Superman

  • 1953-12-26T20:30:00Z — 25 mins

Burger, fries and friendship. Not everyone believes a diner owner who boasts of being pals with Superman.

2x16 The Clown Who Cried

  • 1954-01-02T20:30:00Z — 26 mins

What kind of clown would rob a kids' charity telethon? An imposter clown, that's who!

2x17 The Boy Who Hated Superman

  • 1954-01-09T20:30:00Z — 26 mins

Clark is temporary guardian of a crime-connected youth who secretly plots revenge against the reporter.

2x18 Semi-Private Eye

  • 1954-01-16T20:30:00Z — 26 mins

Sam Spade. Philip Marlowe. Jimmy Olsen? He poses as a trench-coated private eye to stalk kidnappers. Commentary available by Jack Larson (Jimmy Olsen) and Noel Neill (Lois Lane).

2x19 Perry White's Scoop

  • 1954-01-23T20:30:00Z — 26 mins

Stop the presses! Frustrated by Daily Planet's reporters, Perry White decides to cover a murder story himself.

2x20 Beware the Wrecker

  • 1954-01-30T20:30:00Z — 26 mins

A terrorist bombs Metropolis' transportation systems. His method: armed, radio-controlled toy airplanes.

2x21 The Golden Vulture

  • 1954-02-06T20:30:00Z — 26 mins

Avast, ye scurvy mates! A salvage-boat captain who fancies himself a pirate holds Lois and Jimmy captive.

2x22 Jimmy Olsen, Boy Editor

  • 1954-02-13T20:30:00Z — 26 mins

Great Caesar's ghost! Jimmy Olsen replaces Perry White for a day -- with dizzy and dangerous results.

2x23 Lady in Black

  • 1954-02-20T20:30:00Z — 26 mins

Noises. Unusual people. Jimmy is sure something strange is going on at the apartment of his mom's friend.

2x24 Star of Fate

  • 1954-02-27T20:30:00Z — 26 mins

A mystery from Egypt's past: the antidote to an ancient poison is under the base of the Great Pyramid.

2x25 The Whistling Bird

  • 1954-03-06T20:30:00Z — 26 mins

The bird has the word. A pet parakeet that knows an inventor's secret formula is mysteriously birdnapped.

2x26 Around the World with Superman

  • 1954-03-13T20:30:00Z — 25 mins

Paging Dr. Superman! His x-ray vision helps a surgeon restore a girl's sight, then he flies her on a world tour.

3x01 Through the Time Barrier

  • Season Premiere

    1955-04-23T20:30:00Z — 26 mins

An inventor's time contraption whisks the Daily Planet staff to 50,000 B.C. One problem: how to get back!

3x02 The Talking Clue

  • 1955-04-30T19:30:00Z — 26 mins

Sound and fury. Bank robbers have a sudden interest in a young audiophile's collection of recorded sounds.

3x03 The Lucky Cat

  • 1955-05-07T19:30:00Z — 26 mins

Ladders, black cats, Friday the 13th. All harmless -- but someone intends real harm to an anti-superstition society.

3x04 Superman Week

  • 1955-05-14T19:30:00Z — 26 mins

No dinners, no hoopla...just Kryptonite. Two thugs have their own way of celebrating Superman Week.

3x05 Great Caesar's Ghost

  • 1955-05-21T19:30:00Z — 26 mins

He claims to be Caesar. But who's really behind the strange apparition vexing Perry White?

3x06 Test of a Warrior

  • 1955-05-28T19:30:00Z — 26 mins

Great Horse faces his tribe's test of valor -- with help from a spirit named Superman!

3x07 Olsen's Millions

  • 1955-06-04T19:30:00Z — 26 mins

Gee, thanks! An elderly woman rewards Jimmy $1 million because she thinks he rescued her cat.

3x08 Clark Kent, Outlaw

  • 1955-09-10T19:30:00Z — 26 mins

Clark Kent is the man on the inside, posing as an ace safecracker to get the goods on a crime ring.

3x09 The Magic Necklace

  • 1955-09-17T19:30:00Z — 26 mins

Wear the necklace and it protects you from harm. Bullets even bounce off Clark when he wears it!

3x10 The Bully of Dry Gulch

  • 1955-09-24T19:30:00Z — 26 mins

His town. His way. But a bogus gunslinger who rules a Western town is no match for the Man of Steel.

3x11 Flight to the North

  • 1955-10-01T19:30:00Z — 26 mins

Good ol' boy Sylvester is mistaken for Superman.

3x12 The Seven Souvenirs

  • 1955-10-08T19:30:00Z — 26 mins

Is something hidden inside them? Items purchased at a Superman souvenir store may be clues to a crime.

3x13 King for a Day

  • 1955-10-15T19:30:00Z — 26 mins

A royal performance: Jimmy poses as a prince of Burgonia to help thwart an assassination plot.

4x01 Joey

  • Season Premiere

    1956-02-18T20:30:00Z — 26 mins

A day at the races: Superman fight track corruption and the Daily Planet's racehorse gallops to victory.

4x02 The Unlucky Number

  • 1956-02-25T20:30:00Z — 26 mins

Guess the number of jelly beans in the jar. With superman's help, it's possible to win a fixed contest.

4x03 The Big Freeze

  • 1956-03-03T20:30:00Z — 26 mins

They'll stop him cold! Thugs think a freezer will keep Superman on ice during a rigged election.

4x04 Peril by Sea

  • 1956-03-10T20:30:00Z — 26 mins

Criminals aboard a submarine aim to torpedo Perry White and his seaside cottage to smithereens.

4x05 Topsy Turvy

  • 1956-04-21T20:30:00Z — 26 mins

Which way is up? An invention that causes the illusion of being upside-down is stolen for villainous use.

4x06 Jimmy the Kid

  • 1956-04-28T20:30:00Z — 26 mins

Who's that guy? Hoodlums kidnap Jimmy and put a tough-talking lookalike in his place at the Daily Planet.

4x07 The Girl Who Hired Superman

  • 1956-05-05T19:30:00Z — 26 mins

Villains have Superman right where they want him when he attends a party for a visiting foreign dignitary.

4x08 The Wedding of Superman

  • 1956-05-12T19:30:00Z — 26 mins

Superman pops the question, Lois says "yes". Is it a dream come true for the smitten femme reporter?

4x09 Dagger Island

  • 1956-05-19T19:30:00Z — 26 mins

Three brothers, one fortune. Its finders keepers as the trio hunt for a hidden family inheritance.

4x10 Blackmail

  • 1956-05-26T19:30:00Z — 26 mins

A $500,000 heist -- and Inspector Henderson is the fall guy when some of the dough is planted on him.

4x11 The Deadly Rock

  • 1956-06-02T19:30:00Z — 26 mins

Mobsters use Kryptonite to capture the Man of Steel -- or at least a man they think is Superman!

4x12 The Phantom Ring

  • 1956-06-09T19:30:00Z — 26 mins

How do you stop thieves who have the power of invisibility? That's the new challenge facing Superman!

4x13 The Jolly Roger

  • 1956-06-16T19:30:00Z — 26 mins

Shiver me timbers! Pirates hold Clark, Lois and Jimmy on a deserted isle the U.S. Navy intends to destroy.

5x01 Peril in Paris

  • Season Premiere

    1957-03-08T20:30:00Z — 26 mins

Good intentions gone bad. Superman helps a woman escape from behind the Iron Curtain...and inadvertently becomes a jewel smuggler.

5x02 Tin Hero

  • 1957-03-15T20:30:00Z — 26 mins

A nose for news: A meek bookkeeper is an ace crime reporter -- with an occasional assist from Superman.

5x03 The Town That Wasn't

  • 1957-04-19T20:30:00Z — 26 mins

You can't locate it on a map. What's the secret behind a tiny, mysterious, out-of-the-way town?

5x04 The Tomb of Zaharan

  • 1957-03-22T20:30:00Z — 26 mins

She's the one. Members of a bizarre cult believe Lois is their ancient queen returned to life.

5x05 The Man Who Made Dreams Come True

  • 1957-03-29T20:30:00Z — 26 mins

A bogus seer aims to make his own crooked dream come true - a plan to usurp the rule of a dotty monarch.

5x06 Disappearing Lois

  • 1957-04-05T20:30:00Z — 26 mins

She'll get all the dirt. Lois goes undercover, posing as a housemaid to get a story on a notorious criminal.

5x07 Money to Burn

  • 1957-04-12T20:30:00Z — 26 mins

Hot news: The arson suspect in a big warehouse fir is...Perry White!

5x08 Close Shave

  • 1957-04-26T20:30:00Z — 26 mins

A shave, a haircut, a new you, maybe a new life. A barber has an unusual influence on others.

5x09 The Phony Alibi

  • 1957-05-03T19:30:00Z — 26 mins

Dialed in: An inventor's new creation gives crooks the ability to zoom themselves through telephone lines.

5x10 The Prince Albert Coat

  • 1957-05-10T19:30:00Z — 26 mins

Oops! A boy gives his grandpa's coat to charity, unaware it holds the man's life savings. Can Superman save the savings?

5x11 The Stolen Elephant

  • 1957-05-01T19:30:00Z — 26 mins

And some kids just want a pony. A boy thinks the stolen circus elephant he finds is his birthday gift.

5x12 Mr. Zero

  • 1957-05-24T19:30:00Z — 26 mins

He's not from around here: A pint-sized Martian has a power that may be useful to crooks.

5x13 Whatever Goes Up

  • 1957-05-31T19:30:00Z — 26 mins

Jimmy Olsen: Scientist. The anti-gravity fluid he creates with his chemistry set draws interest from military men...and criminals.

6x01 The Last Knight

  • Season Premiere

    1958-02-03T20:30:00Z — 26 mins

A gentlemen's society of armored knights holds many secrets (and holds jimmy and Lois captive, too).

6x02 The Magic Secret

  • 1958-02-10T20:30:00Z — 26 mins

Ready, Aim...A crimelord kidnaps Lois and Jimmy, using them as bait to lure our hero into the line of fire of a Kryptonite ray gun.

6x03 Divide And Conquer

  • 1958-02-17T20:30:00Z — 26 mins

Are half powers better than none? To be in two places at one time, Superman rearranges his molecular density.

6x04 The Mysterious Cube

  • 1958-02-24T20:30:00Z — 26 mins

Safe from justice? A killer hides inside a bunker made of a strange material even Superman can't penetrate.

6x05 The Atomic Captive

  • 1958-03-03T20:30:00Z — 26 mins

The bomb explodes, a mushroom cloud rises...and Lois and Jimmy are stranded on the test site.

6x06 The Superman Silver Mine

  • 1958-03-10T20:30:00Z — 25 mins

The kids can wait. Crooks attempt to claim a silver mine for themselves and keep it from becoming a summer camp.

6x07 The Big Forget

  • 1958-03-17T20:30:00Z — 26 mins

An anti-memory vapor can be useful to villains...and perhaps to Clark Kent when he needs to conceal his heroics.

6x08 The Gentle Monster

  • 1958-03-24T20:30:00Z — 26 mins

It means no harm. And may bring death to Superman. A newly created robot is powered by Kryptonite.

6x09 Superman's Wife

  • 1958-03-31T20:30:00Z — 26 mins

Sorry, Lois. Superman unexpectedly marries a gorgeous blonde policewoman. But why?

6x10 Three In One

  • 1958-04-07T20:30:00Z — 26 mins

Superman Arrested! While he's out of the way, three circus performers use their respective skills in a heist.

6x11 The Brainy Burro

  • 1958-04-14T20:30:00Z — 26 mins

Jimmy and Lois: bank robbers. They're accused of a theft committed by thugs and a mind-reading burro.

6x12 The Perils of Superman

  • 1958-04-21T20:30:00Z — 26 mins

Lois is tied to railroad track! Crooks in lead masks vow vengeance against the Daily Planet staff.

6x13 All That Glitters

  • 1958-04-28T19:30:00Z — 26 mins

What if? After a whack to the head, Jimmy dreams he and Lois have the same powers as the Man of Steel.