Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #6: Super Friends
Ahhh! Saturday Mornings with Cereal and Super Friends. This made for a perfect combination, even if the show wasn’t very good. The Theme song was very good. The Super Friends Theme starts out with a type of roll call as a strong beat is placed. The images shown are of each character highlighted in the middle, then placed into their spot under the Super Friends Marquee. It then introduces each of the 4 main Superheroes, showing them in action, including the 3 Junior Superheroes, who are really just super sleuths. Narrating this theme with a powerful and effective voice is Ted Knight, who also did narrating duties for the show as well.
As we said, the show was not very good. It always started out in the Hall of Justice, with someone of authority calling in a major crime or natural disaster that required the Super Friends. During the episodes, which were way longer than they should have been (46 minutes), our heroes do more mystery solving than actual hero work. The 3 Junior Super Friends are mostly there for comic relief, and can easily be compared to the Scooby Doo gang. Marvin looks and acts like Shaggy, but sometimes acts like Fred. Wendy has the good looks of Daphne, with the book smarts of Velma. And of course, Wonder Dog is exactly like Scooby Doo. In later years, these 3 were replaced by 2 Purple Wonder Twins and a monkey. Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Batman & Robin seem to take second fiddle, even though they are the main heroes, because the Junior Super Friends hog all the spotlight, and are usually instrumental in solving the case.
Originally Aired on TV: September 8, 1973
Theme Song Written By: Hoyt S. Curtin
Theme Song Narrated By: Ted Knight
In the Great Hall of the Justice League, there are assembled the world’s four greatest heroes created from the cosmic legends of the universe!
Superman! Wonder Woman! Batman! Aquaman! And the three Junior Super Friends, Wendy, Marvin and Wonderdog!
Their mission: To fight injustice, to right that which is wrong, and to serve all mankind!