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.
When chasing a burglar in Gotham City, Batman and Robin are captured by Pack and Stardust, Bounty Hunters from Orion. Batman attempts to call for help using the Justice League beeper, but he did not realize the Bounty Hunters know help is coming and are ready to ambush them. Wonder Woman and Green Lantern come to save Batman and Robin but instead gets captured and imprisoned as well. The Bounty Hunters tries to take their captives to The Orion Territorial Prison but on the way the Super Friends make a break and go after the Bounty Hunters.
Then, the Wonder Twins are in danger when an evil genie offers them "Three Wishes."
Wonder Woman receives a distress call from a scientist at a research center that is under attack from a giant. Scorpio, a mutant who is half scorpion and half man due to a failed growth serum experiment, learns of Wonder Woman's presence and orders another attack from his bug army to steal the rest of the growth serum. Wonder Woman and The Flash goes after the bugs to save Robin while Batman and the scientist must create an antidote to return the bugs back to normal.
The mischievous imp Mxyzpltk returns to star the Super Friends in "Mxyzpltk's Flick."
Wonder Woman arrives to help a sheriff from the hills of West Virginia and investigate why a giant Cobra is creating sink holes. Shortly after, Wonder Woman and the Sheriff are captured by a giant mechanical cobra. Diamond Jack invents the mechanical Cobra to change coal into diamonds. Superman and The Atom rush to the aid of Wonder Woman and help her defeat Diamond Jack and his mechanical cobra.
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.
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.
Next, "The Creature From The Dump" threatens Gotham City.
Later, an eerie ray transforms airplanes into gigantic screeching birds in "The Aircraft Terror."
After saving a Killer Whale, Aquaman notices the water is on fire and radios Wonder Woman for help who then tells Superman. Meanwhile Aquaman, with the help of his Whale friend helps move a ship from the path of the flaming water. Superman arrives stops the flames with a concrete road and his super breath. The Super Friends find out that a group of Lava Men are the ones who are causing the trouble. Solderath, King of the Lava Men, wreaks havoc on the surface world because he feels the Lava Men have been living underground for too long while the humans occupy the surface. While the Wonder Woman fights the Lava Men, Superman stops a fire ball over the North Pole and Aquaman stops a giant whirlpool from draining the ocean. When the three Super Friends rejoin each other they defeat the Lava Men and return them back to the center of the Earth.
Then, Bizarro lures Superman to "Bizarroworld" in an attempt to drive him insane.
Finally, Samurai and the Super Friends intervene when a 13th-century warlord escapes his own time to wreak havoc on present-day Japan in "The Warlord's Amulet."
First, the Super Friends fight "The Iron Cyclops" that threatens Metropolis.
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.
Lastly, when the gigantic "Colossus" plays with the planets of the galaxy as if they were toys, Apache Chief devises a plan to stop him.
First, a space satellite returns to Earth with a deadly "Stowaway From Space."
Then, Batman, Robin and Aquaman aid two scientists trapped by underwater pirates in "The Scaraghosta Sea."
In an Arcade, The Wonder Twins and Gleek encounter a witch who shrinks them. As Zan and Jayna elude danger, they call Wonder Woman for help. Now Wonder Woman and the Wonder Twins must stop the witch before she shrinks all of the customers.