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.
Drawn into Mxyzptlk's dimension, Batman and Superman must find a way to escape in "Mxyzptlk's Revenge."
Three kids ride a condemned rollar coaster that gradually falls apart.
Finally, Apache Chief helps the spirit of an Indian find his final resting place in "Once Upon A Poltergeist."
Superman and Batman are pulled into a space warp where they come across a strange planet inhabited by aliens known as Zoons. The leader of the group, Super Frog, plans on keeping who he sees as invaders as prisoners. He then turns Superman into an eagle and Batman into a real bat. The aliens' headquarters is referred to as the Hall of Zoon. Fortunately Batman and Superman are able to warp into their own galaxy and the effects wear off...Batman remarks that Superman would have made a great eagle.
Wonder Woman and Green Lantern think the Legion of Doom will strike since the entire Justice League is going to meet in the Hall of Justice the next day. Jayna and Zan are put in charge of security during the night. Giganta sets a trap and captures Gleek with bananas and takes him to Gorillia Grodd miles away on the outskirts of Metropolis. Because so many Justice League members were going to meet in one place, they tried to take precautions but a mechanical duplicate of Gleek arrives at the Hall of Justice to use his killer laser eyes on the Justice League and help Grodd and Giganta take over the Hall of Justice. However the Super Friends then reveal they used androids, knowing such a meeting would probably cause an attack by villains.
A writer turns into the creature he created after a lightning bolt electrocutes an electrical tower nearby. Apache Chief and Superman are on hand to stop the behemoth from continuing his destructive ways.
Superman travels through a time warp and is taken back to the hours leading up to Krypton's explosion. He saves the planet by stopping the solar flares using the Super-Mobile core and then returns to the present to find Earth a very different place. Robin confronts him and has no idea who Superman is and then remarks that the Justice League was defeated by the Legion of Doom, he is the only one alive. He soon realizes that by saving Krypton that it erased his time on Earth and that nobody had ever heard of Superman before. He goes back into the time warp and makes sure Krypton explodes by removing the Super-Mobile Core because he figures that Earth would need a person like Superman to protect it.
Space dolls try to take over the world but run out of batteries
Two divers find the Titanic which contains "Thinking algae". Then the Titanic comes alive.
Batman and Robin foil some building constructors' plans to revive the Hall of Doom, which was destroyed in a previous encounter with the Super Friends, and turn it into a Museum. When Batman figures something is wrong, the building constructors reveal themselves to be Lex Luthor, Soloman Grundy, Sinestro and the rest of the Legion of Doom. The Legion of Doom proceed with their salvage operation, restoring the Hall of Doom to its initial deadly condition. When the Legion of Doom attacks Metropolis, Superman and Wonder Woman attempt to stop them only to get crystallized by Lex Luthor's Crystallization Ray. With the Super Friends defeated, the Legion of Doom take over the Hall of Justice to make their demands. Meanwhile Superman and Wonder Woman are able to move again thanks to Superman's X-Ray vision and are off to stop the Legion of Doom. Batman & Robin must find a way to reverse the polarity of Luthor's Crystallization Ray to transform Superman and Wonder Woman back to normal so the Legion of Doom's raid on Fort Knox can be put to an end.
Then, when a boy with a rare blood type needs "A Pint of Life," Aquaman and the Wonder Twins race to find the boy's father in the jungle.
The Hall of Justice, with Wonder Woman and Samurai inside, gets swallowed up into the Earth. After tumbling through layers of rock, the Hall of Justices comes to a stop at a strange forgotten world beneath our own. When Wonder Woman and Samurai explore the strange subterranean world, they are attacked by pre-historic creatures called Slarums. Technos saves the two Super Friends and offers to show them the world of the Volti. During the tour Technos gets mad because the two Super Friends asked him why the Volti have not helped the Slarums and as a result, Technos imprisons them. Wonder Woman and Samurai escape and head over to the Hall of Justice to contact the other Super Friends only to be met by Slarums. Wonder Woman, Samurai, and the Slarums decide to pay the Volti a visit to unite the two races and lift the Hall of Justice back to the surface.
The three Phantom Zone villains are freed by an alien who doesn't realise they are criminals. In this episode they force the alien to travel back in time with them in an attempt to alter Superboy's life...hoping that he will never grow up to become Superman. Meanwhile, in the future, Superman and Green Lantern learn of the plot from the alien and travel back in time to save Superman's own past and capture the Phantom Zone villains.
Then, in "Bully For You," a hapless boy turns into a bully when he finds Batman's utility belt.
After obtaining living cells from Aquaman and El Dorado's skin, Brainiac creates clones of the two heroes. Brainiac programs the Aquaman and El Dorado clones to their counterparts bring them back to Brainiac's Laboratory. After attempting to rob a ship, the clones are apprehended. The next day in court the clones say the Super Friends have turned against the people. The real El Dorado and Aquaman tricks Brainiac to free them and the hero transport to the Metropolis courthouse. There they clear up the situation and incarcerate Brainiac.
While investigating a strange electrified spiked metal pod, Superman and Batman unwittingly unleash the cloud-like prisinor inside, (named sleep) and are then trapped in a dream world. They have nightmares. Superman dreams that everything he touches turns to kryptonite. Wonder woman tries to save them by wrapping her golden lasso around her waist and entering the dream world. She instructs a minor to wake her in five minutes by tugging on the lasso. It works. Superman then breathes the creature into his lungs and blows him back into the pod.
Next, in "An Unexpected Treasure," two teenagers endanger their lives when they take an abandoned flying saucer for a ride.
Space shuttle astronauts unwittingly load an alien chemical blob into their cargo bay (assuming it to be space junk). The blob starts eating metal and the astronauts call for help. Batman, Robin and Back Vulcan zip out there and rescue the astronauts. Assuming the blob burned up in the atmosphere, they return to earth, but then the blob reappears and after some failed attempts, they figure out the creature has a problem with sugar.
When two scientists are accidentally transformed into cat people, Batman must thwart the "Attack of the Cats."
Next, the Super Friends help a boy to walk again in "One Small Step for Superman."
Bizarro creates trouble by zapping several of the Superfriends into an arcade game reminiscent of Pac-Man and Bizarro is in control of the hungry muncher.
Giant children arrive on earth to play.
The Wonder Twins and Gleek are on weekend patrol duty when the Justice League patrol craft is invaded by space racing punks. After the Wonder Twins decide to teach them to respect the law, the space racing punks decide to retreat by dematerializing. Unfortunately, they take Jayna along with them and hold her hostage. At the Hall of Justice, Wonder Woman and The Flash notice there are three spacecrafts violating lightspeed in the Saturn sector and decide to check it out. When they arrive they see the space punks have hit a space mining ship. Wonder Woman and The Flash save the two space miners and The Wonder Twins saves the out of control Space Ship.
Superman and Wonder Woman are abducted by a race of alien beings and are forced to play intergalactic football which is referred to as space ball in this episode. By the end of the episode the heroes teach the aliens that the key to success is to work together.