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Is it Super Friends, or Superfriends? (Or even SuperFriends) - VIDEOS

by Richard Keller, posted Jun 17th 2008 10:06AM

Is it Superfriends or Super Friends. The world needs to know.Do not adjust your web browser. You are now entering the Retro Squad, where we are reviewing past episodes of classic TV shows.

Here is one of those questions that doesn't come up too much in normal conversation. Yet, it's one of those things that, once you think about it, does make you go 'hmmm'. It's about the Super Friends. Well, actually, the Superfriends. Or, is it the SuperFriends?

I've seen it written so many ways over the last 35 years(!) that it is a bit confusing. And, while it probably isn't the most earth-shattering question, it is something to take into consideration when you are writing a post about the Saturday morning show. Especially when there are fans of the show reading the post who are ready and willing to point out the mis-spelling in fine detail.

So, for the purposes of accuracy, I present the following evidence to you, the TV Squad readers, to help me determine the proper spelling.

The most obvious way to write up the title of the show would be Super Friends. That's because the first season of the show, premiering on ABC in 1973, was Super Friends. It was hard to tell as the two words were so close together on the title card that they seemed to spell SuperFriends. However, the subsequent comic book by DC Comics and the DVD release of the series were also titled Super Friends. So, that doubt was put to rest.

Here's where the confusion begins. Starting in 1976 the title of the show changed. Instead of a space between the Super and Friends the words merged into the compound noun Superfriends. From that point on the word 'Superfriends' seems to have been used in each incarnation of the series. This included the classic Challenge of the Superfriends, The World's Greatest Superfriends, and Superfriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show. The confusion has been amplified because each DVD release has had the title of Super Friends as well.

Add to that the various ways thousands upon millions of people on the Superinfohighwayweb have written Super Friends over the years, and you can see where I am unsure of how to write it up. Being the purist I'm going to go with Super Friends for the time being. Then again, writing Superfriends seems to be a cleaner version of the title. Ah, I'll just call it 'That Show with Superheroes' and leave it at that. Or, is it Super Heroes?

How would you write 'Super Friends'
I'd go with the classic 'Super Friends'20 (33.3%)
I would go with 'Superfriends'18 (30.0%)
My choice would be 'Justice League of America'22 (36.7%)

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ever wonder where they got the design for the hall of justice?

Cincinnati's Union Terminal.

http://cincymuseum.org/explore_our_sites/union_terminal/

Super Friends was made by Hanna Barbera, which was owned by Taft Broadcasting, which was based in Cincinnati, Ohio. The designers had to know about Union Terminal.

June 17 2008 at 12:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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