As I'm going down t.v. memory lane, the one aspect of television I used to love most was Saturday mornings. I used to get up at 7:00am just so I wouldn't miss Superfriends. Sitting there in my pjs, eating some Frosted Flakes cereal, I'd watch cartoons up until noon, before I had to go out and play.
One of my favorites was a live action, Batman knockoff by Sid and Marty Krofft called Electra Woman and Dyna Girl.
Starring Deidre Hall (as Electra Woman) and Julie Strangis (as Dyna Girl), the duo posed as magazine writers when they weren't down in their "Electra Base" and working with Professor Frank Heflin (portrayed by character actor Norman Alden. Of course, this was way before Hall landed her gig on Days of Our Lives as Dr. Marlena Evans. Strangis, I found out, was the sister of producer Sam Strangis who, funny enough, used to work on the old Batman series. Norman Alden also had some ties to the "super hero" world, having voiced Aquaman in some of the original Superfriends (you remember, the show I would get up at 7:00 am to watch)
Anyway, the "camp" factor was high with this one and it was an all too obvious "homage" to the original Batman series in quite a few ways.
- Experienced crime-fighter with young sidekick who used advanced gadgets to thwart evil.
- All their crime fighting gear was prefixed by "Electra" (instead of Bat), such as the "Electra Car", "Electra Base", "Electra Coms", etc.
- Dyna-Girl's exclamations were "Electra insert situation here!", instead of "Holy insert situation here!" (a la Robin). She even smacked her fist into her palm, like Robin.
Even though the show only lasted for sixteen episodes, it's still a cult classic to this day. I'm surprised Hollywood hasn't tried to make a movie out of the idea.
Honorable Mentions: The Electric Company, Emergency, Eight is Enough
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