Shazam! (TV series)

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Shazam!
Shazam! (TV series).jpg
Also known as The Shazam!/Isis Hour
Starring Michael Gray
Voices of Lou Scheimer
Norm Prescott
Adam West
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 28 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Norm Prescott
Lou Scheimer
Dick Rosenbloom
Production company(s) Filmation
DC Comics
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original network CBS
Original release September 7, 1974 (1974-09-07) –
October 16, 1976 (1976-10-16)
Chronology
Related shows The Secrets of Isis

Shazam! is a half-hour live-action television program that was produced by Filmation (the studio's first such program), based on the superhero Captain Marvel, also known as Shazam, of Fawcett Comics' comic book series Whiz Comics (now owned by DC Comics).[1] The program starred Michael Gray as Billy Batson, a teenage boy who can transform into the superhero Captain Marvel, originally played by Jackson Bostwick and later by John Davey, by speaking the magic word "Shazam!" With his guardian "Mentor" (Les Tremayne), Billy travels the country in a 1973 Dodge Open Road motorhome, looking for injustices to resolve.[2]

The show ran from 1974 to 1976 on CBS' Saturday morning lineup. From 1975 to 1977 it was known as The Shazam!/Isis Hour and included The Secrets of Isis, about an Ancient Egyptian superheroine resurrected in the body of a schoolteacher, as the second half of the hour. Joanna Cameron, the star of The Secrets of Isis, appeared as Isis, and her alter-ego Andrea Thomas, on three episodes of Shazam!, and John Davey likewise appeared as Captain Marvel in three episodes of Isis.

This is one of the first Filmation productions to carry the producers' wheel at the start instead of appearing at the end.

Broadcast history

After its original network run, Shazam! was brought back for reruns from January 5 through August 30, 1980. A handful of episodes appeared on Nickelodeon/[email protected]’s sister network, TV Land infrequently throughout the 2000s, originally appearing on the "Ultimate Fan Hour" in early 2004 as part of the "TV Land Kitschen" late-night primetime programming lineup. The series since early March of 2019 is available for streaming on DC Comics' streaming service.[3]

Episodes

Season 1 (1974)

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 1 "The Joy Riders" Hollingsworth Morse Len Janson,
Chuck Menville
September 7, 1974 (1974-09-07)

A young man must figure out what to do when his friends insist on stealing cars and going on joy rides.

Moral: It's important to do what you know is right, and not get conned into doing something dumb just because somebody calls you names. It often takes more courage to do what's right than to go along with the crowd.
2 2 "The Brothers" Hollingsworth Morse Len Janson,
Chuck Menville
September 14, 1974 (1974-09-14)

Chad is a blind boy who is being overly-protected by his older brother, Danny. Chad feels so useless that he decides to run away, and when his brother goes after him, Danny gets bit by a rattlesnake. Chad gains self-confidence after he is able to make it back to Billy and Mentor for help and lead them back to Danny.

Moral: Everyone needs a helping hand. People with problems or handicaps can get along almost as well as any of us. All they need is a chance to gain self-confidence.
3 3 "Thou Shalt Not Kill" Arthur H. Nadel Marianne Mosner September 21, 1974 (1974-09-21)

When a woman dies leaving instructions in her will to destroy her horse, Beckett, her niece tries to stop it. Captain Marvel and Mentor must help her save the horse while working within the law.

Moral: Today you saw how someone tried to solve their problem by breaking the law, instead of working within the law. It's important for us to remember that laws are made to help us, and that when they stop helping us, they can be changed, legally.
4 4 "The Lure of the Lost (Part 1 of 2)" Arthur H. Nadel Jim Ryan,
Bill Danch
September 28, 1974 (1974-09-28)

A woman is concerned about her brother, Gary, when he seems to have fallen in with the wrong crowd—a drug dealer named Brock. Billy and Mentor must help Gary break free of his connections with Brock.

Moral: When you're faced with a problem that you don't feel you can handle, running away isn't the answer. Try talking it over with somebody you can trust.
5 5 "The Road Back (Part 2 of 2)" Arthur H. Nadel Bill Danch,
Jim Ryan
October 5, 1974 (1974-10-05)

Continuing from where the previous episode left off, Gary and Mark are on their way to the D.A.'s office when Brock, the drug dealer, car-jacks the police car. Mark pretends to be on the good side, so that he can keep Brock informed as to what's going on.

Moral: It's important to be responsible for what we say and what we do. It's easy to get dragged into doing what is wrong, but it's even harder to get out again.
6 6 "The Athlete" Hollingsworth Morse Bill Canning October 12, 1974 (1974-10-12)

Kellie has her mind set on being a part of the all-boys Varsity Team. But there are two boys who will do anything in order to get her off the team... perhaps even by planting test answers in her locker.

Moral: Everyone should be given a chance to prove his or her abilities. Don't put someone down just because they're different from you. Don't put a girl down just because she's a girl. When a person's talents are wasted, it's a loss to all of us.
7 7 "The Treasure" Robert Douglas Bill Danch,
Jim Ryan
October 19, 1974 (1974-10-19)

Two men have been digging up Indian artifacts in the desert and selling them. An Indian chief and his grandson, Johnny, try to get them to stop, but are unsuccessful. Billy and Mentor offer their help to keep these priceless treasures where they belong.

Moral: The desert and traditions of other people have much to teach us and must be preserved for future generations to see and to know.
8 8 "The Boy Who Said 'No'" Hollingsworth Morse Rik Vollaerts October 26, 1974 (1974-10-26)

Mentor is hit over the head and robbed. Young Larry Burns knows that it was Ron Craig who robbed Mentor, but is threatened that he'd better keep quiet, or else... Billy and Mentor know that Larry knows who the robber was, and when Ron is seen looking for Larry, it becomes obvious that Ron is the guilty person. Knowing he's been found out, Ron forces Larry's father to take him out of town on his helicopter.

Moral: Some day you may see somebody do something wrong. If you don't know what to do about it, just remember that when a problem has you stumped, it's a good idea to talk with a grown-up you can trust. It could save you a lot of trouble in the long run!
9 9 "The Doom Buggy" Robert Douglas Jack Mendelsohn,
Jack Kaplan
November 2, 1974 (1974-11-02)

Don has dropped out of school to be a mechanic. But when he and Billy get lost in the desert, he sees that he doesn't know as much as he thought he did.

Moral: If you close your mind to learning, sooner or later you're going to have it opened and be surprised at just how much you've shortchanged yourself. So if you ever think about dropping out of school, you're only hurting yourself.
10 10 "The Brain" Hollingsworth Morse Donald F. Glut November 9, 1974 (1974-11-09)

Jim "The Brain" Carter is a new kid in town and is having a tough time finding friends. He's been playing tricks on them in order to get them to like him. They also are put off by his incessant book-reading. Billy and Mentor suggest that Jim try to do things that the rest of the guys are interested in. Tough guy Greg decides to make Jimmy try something dangerous in order to prove that he's good enough to hang around them. When Greg is in danger, Jim uses Morse Code (learned from books!) to call for help.

Moral: We all want to be liked, but scary, daredevil stunts aren't the way to go about it. If a person can't like you for who you are, then maybe they aren't worth having as friends.
11 11 "Little Boy Lost" Arthur H. Nadel Arthur H. Nadel November 16, 1974 (1974-11-16)

Howard is a boy who hasn't spoken since his friend was almost killed. His father won't let him have a puppy, so he runs away. Billy finds Howard stuck on some rocks in high tide, and is able to call his father using a note found in the boy's pocket. On their way home, Howard and his father stop at an old ghost town, where a puppy has fallen down into a mine shaft. His father is soon stuck too while trying to save the pup. Howard is able to go find Billy and Mentor, and when his dad is saved, Howard is suddenly able to speak.

Moral: If you don't communicate, you'll never solve your problems, and the most important communication for all of us, is with the ones we love. Remember, there are times when everyone needs help, even you.
12 12 "The Delinquent" Robert P. Chenault Marianne Mosner November 23, 1974 (1974-11-23)

Norm is a loner attending an outdoor summer camp. Although he can't swim, he decides to take a canoe ride. His canoe capsizes and begins to call for help. Billy and Mentor are camping nearby and hear the cries for help. Billy transforms into Captain Marvel and saves Norm. Billy then learns about Norm from the camp counselor and decides to help. Billy must teach him to believe in himself.

Moral: Before we can like others, we must first like ourselves.
13 13 "The Braggart" Arthur H. Nadel Len Janson,
Chuck Menville
November 30, 1974 (1974-11-30)

After Alan tells a story about beating up a big guy using karate, his friends start to doubt that anything he's been telling them is true. Alan makes a big mistake and says that he's been inside the rhino exhibit at the zoo, and now he has to prove it, otherwise he has to find some new friends.

Moral: Honesty is the best policy.
14 14 "The Past Is Not Forever (Part 1 of 2)" Robert Douglas Paolo Orsini December 7, 1974 (1974-12-07)

Poor Jackie is being accused of robbing the gas station he works at because he has a criminal record. Plus it was done using the keys. Tough guy Vinnie doesn't want Jackie hanging around his sister, Mellie.

Moral: Making one mistake isn't the end of the world. We often get a second chance. Just make sure you don't mess it up, or let others mess it up for you.
15 15 "The Gang's All Here (Part 2 of 2)" Robert Douglas Paolo Orsini December 14, 1974 (1974-12-14)

Vinnie is out on bail and ready to get even with that rat-fink Jackie. Billy tries to talk to Vinnie, but ends up being bound and gagged. Vinnie and Jackie's confrontation at the oil refinery almost takes one of their lives.

Moral: In the end, fighting doesn't prove anything. It makes more sense to work together, and iron out our differences in a constructive, rather than a destructive way.

Season 2 (1975)

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
16 1 "On Winning" Hollingsworth Morse Barry Greenfield,
Frank Granville
September 6, 1975 (1975-09-06)

Corky feels that he's no match for his big brother, whether it be motorcycling, fishing... you name it. He also feels that his dad doesn't care for him as much as his older brother. But when Corky runs away and his dad is almost killed trying to find him, Corky realizes how much his dad loves him.

Moral: Winning isn't the important thing. What is important, is to do the very best you can. And a parent's love is a very special kind of love, its so big, that no matter how many brothers or sisters you have, there's more than enough love for everyone.
17 2 "Debbie" Arnold Laven Michael Pressman September 13, 1975 (1975-09-13)

Debbie's parents have warned her not to ride with Tom on his motorcycle, because he is reckless. It's Billy's job to help Debbie to realize that when her parents don't let her do certain things, it's because they love her. Debbie realizes this when Tom and his buddy swipe a six-pack of beer from a gas station, and almost get mangled by a large truck.

Moral: When a parent sets rules and regulations, it really is a form of expression of their love and concern. Sometimes the hardest thing for them to say is "no." But we can be sure that if they say "no", that most of the time there's a good reason for it.

Note: This is the first televised episode with John Davey as Captain Marvel.
18 3 "Fool's Gold" Hollingsworth Morse Olga Palsson Simms September 20, 1975 (1975-09-20)

A group of boys have been harassing an old prospector, whom they see as a mean old man. But things change when one of the boys is hurt and the man lends a helping hand. Because they've been playing around in his mine, it caves in on the old prospector. Captain Marvel punches right through the rock to save him! And in the end, the boys and prospector become friends.

Moral: There are some things even more precious than gold, things like respect and understanding. Respect means more than being polite. It means knowing we've learned from each other. There's a lot we can learn, if we only listen.

Note: This is the last episode with Jackson Bostwick.
19 4 "Double Trouble" Arnold Laven Michael Sutton September 27, 1975 (1975-09-27)

Captain Marvel robs a gas station! Or is it an impostor in an incredibly realistic mask? Now there's a warrant for Captain Marvel's arrest, and so the real Captain Marvel turns himself in. With Marvel in jail, the crooks decide to rob the Iverson Mine's payroll. Meanwhile, Mentor finds the crooks' mask, costume and cape, which proves Marvel's innocence.

Moral: Respecting the law is just another way of saying that we respect each other. Laws have been made for the good of everyone, and when someone breaks the law, they're saying "I don't care about you." When you respect the law, you respect yourself.

Note: From this point on, John Davey is Captain Marvel.
20 5 "Goodbye, Packy" Arnold Laven Bill Danch,
Jim Ryan
October 4, 1975 (1975-10-04)

Kathy's pet wolf, Packy, is getting too old to be held in captivity any longer. He's becoming wild and hard to control. When it comes time to turn him loose, Kathy takes Packy and runs away. Trouble ensues when they hide in a conveniently placed hot-air balloon.

Moral: Having a pet carries responsibilities. Some animals are born to be free. To deprive them of that right is selfish, so we all must understand and respect the laws of nature... for our sake, as well as for our animal friends.
21 6 "Speak No Evil" Arnold Laven Arthur H. Nadel,
Olga Simms
October 11, 1975 (1975-10-11)

Three boys break into their school and accidentally start a fire. They get away before they are seen, but one of the boys' dogs is seen at the school. When the boy confesses, the two other boys find out and chase him into a dangerous electrical plant.

Moral: Don't ever be afraid of being called a name. As long as you're sure what you're doing is right, there's no word... no name... that can harm you.
22 7 "The Odd Couple" Hollingsworth Morse Sid Morse October 18, 1975 (1975-10-18)

Dan is too proud to accept help from Captain Marvel when his airplane runs out of gas in the middle of nowhere. Dan learns that everybody needs help once in a while when a fierce forest fire breaks out, and Captain Marvel needs help from Isis in order to put it out. Guest starring Joanna Cameron as Isis.

Moral: There are a lot of things we can do by ourselves, but it's kind of foolish and maybe even dangerous to try to do something when we don't know how.

Season 3 (1976)

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
23 1 "The Contest" Hollingsworth Morse J. Michael Reaves September 11, 1976 (1976-09-11)

Glen steals the answer to a contest in which the winner gets a new motorcycle. Now the person who convinced him to cheat needs a big favor—the keys to a van which contains an experimental solar-powered gyroscope.

Moral: Just about anything worthwhile has to be worked for, and earned. If it's worth having, it's worth waiting for.
24 2 "Bitter Herbs" John Peyser Ray Goldstone September 18, 1976 (1976-09-18)

Yale is a teenage boy who wants to join a club called "The Overlanders." The leader of the club does not want Yale to join because he's Jewish, but soon the racist gets what he deserves when a mountain lion attacks him.

Moral: It's not a person's race, religion or looks that is important. What is important is the person's character.
25 3 "Ripcord" Henry J. Lange, Jr. Arthur H. Nadel September 25, 1976 (1976-09-25)

Young Bill is a little too anxious to grow up. He wants to be a skydiver, just like his big brother Larry. Bill decides to pack Larry's parachute himself, without any help.

Moral: Sometimes there are things that a kid wants to do but he's too young for. Be patient. We grow up a lot sooner than we think.
26 4 "Finders Keepers" Hollingsworth Morse Susan Dworski October 2, 1976 (1976-10-02)
When two girls find stolen money, they are kidnapped, along with Mentor, by the thieves. Captain Marvel calls on Isis to help him rescue them. Guest starring Joanna Cameron as Isis.
27 5 "The Sound of a Different Drummer" John Peyser Len Janson October 9, 1976 (1976-10-09)

Curtis is a black man who would rather play his violin than play baseball. "Whoever heard of a black violinist?" his friends exclaim. After pressure from the teammates to play baseball, Curtis runs away, and unknowingly ends up in the middle of a missile testing range. Guest starring Maury Wills.

Moral: Treat others the same way you'd like others to treat you. If you give respect, you'll get it back.
28 6 "Out of Focus" Hollingsworth Morse Paolo Orsini October 16, 1976 (1976-10-16)
When two thieves think a young filmmaker named Jim may have caught their theft on film, they attempt to take his film from him. Jim does not want to turn the film over to the police, hoping to enter it in a film festival. Captain Marvel and Isis team up to help Jim understand that winning at any cost is wrong. Guest starring Joanna Cameron as Isis.

Home media

The pilot episode, "The Joy Riders", was released as Warner Bros. Television Commemorative DVD Volume 8: Shazam, part of a DVD series designed to promote 50 years of Warner Bros. Television and to promote other TV shows that were not yet released on DVD. It was included with the release of the third season of Wonder Woman in 2005 in North America. Meanwhile, the rights to The Secrets of Isis remained with Filmation's successors Entertainment Rights, Classic Media, and DreamWorks Classics; that series was released on DVD in its entirety in 2007, including the three episodes featuring Captain Marvel.

On October 23, 2012, Warner Bros. released Shazam!—The Complete Series on DVD via the Warner Archive burn on demand service.[4][5][6] Paul Mavis, reviewing the set for DVD Talk, wrote: "Essential viewing for fans of Filmation's house style, for comic book/superhero fans, and for lovers of 1970s Saturday morning TV."[7]

The series is also available at the iTunes Store.[8]

References

  1. ^ "The History of DC Comics on TV". IGN. Retrieved 2010-10-09.
  2. ^ Fuller, Devin (5 April 2019). "Shazam Is Back. Wait, Who Is He Again?". Retrieved 30 April 2019 – via NYTimes.com.
  3. ^ "The Original Shazam! TV Series is Heading to DC Universe". CBR. 28 February 2019. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Shazam! DVD news: Announcement for Shazam!—the Complete Series". TVShowsOnDVD.com. 2007-05-25. Archived from the original on 2012-09-21. Retrieved 2012-09-07.
  5. ^ Lambert, David. "Shazam! – Delivery Date Delay for DVDs of The World's Mightiest Mortal". TVShowsOnDVD.com website. TVShowsOnDVD.com. Archived from the original on 2012-09-02. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
  6. ^ "Shazam! The Complete Live-Action Series". 23 October 2012 – via Amazon.
  7. ^ "Shazam! The Complete Live Action Series". DVD Talk.
  8. ^ "Shazam!, The Complete Series". iTunes Store (US). Retrieved March 26, 2019.

External links

  • Shazam! on IMDb
  • Shazam! at TV.com
  • Official Jackson Bostwick/SHAZAM! Site
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