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Batman
120 episodes (1966-68) 30m


All involved delighted in hamming it up in this over-the-top rendition of the Batman tale. Do-gooder millionaire Bruce Wayne gets his kicks from dressing up in tights, hanging around with similarly wardrobed boy wonder Robin, and fighting crime in Gotham City - which has far more than its fair share of surreal villains. Camp classic.





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Shazam!
28 episodes (1974-76) 30m


Live-action kids' version of the Captain Marvel saga. A teenager travels around in an RV with his 'Mentor' and each episode gets a cryptic message from the elders. He then works out what they were trying to tell him, turns into Captain Marvel (not necessarily in that order) and helps out someone in need. OK for its day.





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Wonder Woman
57 episodes (1974-79) 60m


The first (and best) 12 episode WW series was true to the comic books, with the hero leaving her Amazon home to help the US fight WWII. The more popular 1977-79 series brought the story into the modern day. Episodes tended to swing back and forth between the sci-fi and fantasy genres, but were generally of a high standard.





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Dungeons & Dragons
27 episodes (1983-85) 30m


Based on the controversial role-playing game, anti-violence campaigners had it in for this animated children's show right from the start. A group of kids take a magical roller coaster ride and end up in the Realm of Dungeons & Dragons. There they encounter the Dragon Master, who takes them under his wing and gives them some cool medieval clothes and magical tools of the hero trade.





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Swamp Thing
72 episodes (1990-93) 60m


Based on the DC Comics character, after being doused with chemicals and set alight Alec Holland is dumped in a Louisiana swamp by his evil nemesis Dr Anton Arcane. Although Swamp Thing would never take a human life, he manages to make a few pretty uncomfortable with his amazing control of plant matter.





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The Tick
9 episodes (2001-02) 30m


Tongue-in-cheek comic book hero, the 'Big Blue Bug of Justice', sets out to protect society even when it doesn't really need protecting. With practically no knowledge of humankind, he teams with a couple of other superhero wannabes to generally be very funny. Got a rough ride on the scheduling front and deserved much better.





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Birds of Prey
13 episodes (2002-03) 60m


The Batman connection is alive and well in this short-lived drama about a trio of rather attractive female metahumans who become the protectors of New Gotham. One is the caped crusader's daughter, another his protégé and a young runaway completes the trio. Good series that never had a chance to get a full head of steam up.





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Blade: The Series
12 episodes (2006) 60m


Based on the film series, which in turn took its cue from the Marvel comics, Blade is a bad-ass action hero with a vampire complex he works hard to keep under control. He forms an alliance of necessity with a bodacious babe who also has her fair share of vamp troubles. They take on a powerful bloodsucker from the House of Chthon for a dozen episodes.


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