Challenge of the SuperFriends

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In this continuation of the Super Friends franchise, eleven of the greatest DC heroes and newcomers gather to battle the Legion of Doom. Led by Lex Luthor, the 13-member Legion contains some of the vilest villains in the universe. Each week the villains gather and come up with some new scheme to conquer the planet, or the solar system, or the galaxy! The Super Friends inevitably defeat them, only for the Legion to escape at the last moment and return the next week.Each week would feature two 30-minute segments. The first featured the Legion of the Doom. The second segment featured adventures revolving around the five core members--Superman, Batman & Robin, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman--and their alien sidekicks Jan, Zayna, and Gleep.The series is best known for introducing three minority superheroes--Samurai, Black Lighting, and Apache Chief--to introduce some cultural diversity to the program.

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S1E29 - Super Friends, Rest in Peace

The Legion of Doom discovers a cache of noxium, a compound containing all the elements capable of destroying the Super Friends.

Air Date: 16 Dec 1978 11:00 (CDT)

S1E30 - Journey Through Inner Space

Aquaman is exposed to a radioactive substance that turns him into a prehistoric sea creature from which he evolved. In order to cure him, Superman and Wonder Woman, inside the Supermobile, are shrunk down to microscopic size and sent within the creature's veins to attempt to give it another dose of radiation in the hopes that it will reverse the effects of the radiation and return Aquaman to normal. In the meantime the rest of the Super Friends have to do whatever they can to limit the creature's destructive nature all over the city.

Air Date: 16 Dec 1978 11:00 (CDT)

S1E31 - The History of Doom

Investigating the destruction of Earth, aliens trace the responsibility to the Legion of Doom and undo the damage by turning back time.

Air Date: 23 Dec 1978 11:00 (CDT)

S1E32 - The Rise and Fall of the Super Friends

The Super Friends are visited by Mister Mxyzptlk, who comes complete with a script for a movie that he wants the Super Friends to star in whether they want to or not. The imp uses his Fifth Dimensional magic to cause the Super Friends to act out the script...but Superman is not affected by it. He nonetheless goes along with everything in an elaborate plot to trick Mxyzptlk into saying his name backwards — by using his heat vision to change the last word on the script. 

Air Date: 23 Dec 1978 11:00 (CDT)