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Adventures of Superman
Adventures of Superman-Cast.jpg
Premiere September 19, 1952
Finale April 28, 1958
Based on the copyrighted feature appearing in "Action Comics" and "Superman" magazines
Network/Provider First-run syndication
Style 30-minute superhero drama
Company Superman Inc.[1]
Distributor Motion Pictures for Television (1952–1954)
Flamingo Films (1954-1964)
Wolper Productions (1964-1965)
Television Programs International (1965-1972)
Warner Bros. Television (1972- )
Seasons 6
Episodes 104
Origin USA
Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a locomotive. Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. "Look, up in the sky!" "It's a bird!" "It's a plane!" "It's Superman!" Yes it's Superman, strange visitor from another planet who came to Earth with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men. Superman, who can change the course of mighty rivers, bend steel with his bare hands, and who, disguised as Clark Kent, mild mannered reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper, fights a never ending battle for truth, justice, and the American way.

Adventures of Superman is a superhero drama that aired in first-run syndication. George Reeves starred as Superman, the last son of Krypton. Phyllis Coates played Lois Lane for the first season, but was replaced by Noel Neill for the rest of the run. In the third season the series switched from black and white to color, and was one of the first shows to make the switch. Because of the expense of producing television shows in color at the time, however, the number of episodes in each season from Season Three onward was subsequently cut from 26 to 13 to ease the impact on the show's production budget.

Motion Pictures for Television originally syndicated Adventures of Superman. Warner Bros. Television, which assumed distribution of the show in 1972, has continued syndicating the show to the present due to sister company DC Comics' ownership of the Superman franchise.



Actor Character Duration
Main Cast 1 2 3 4 5 6
George Reeves Clark Kent / Superman * * * * * *
Phyllis Coates Lois Lane *
Noel Neill * * * * *
Jack Larson Jimmy Olsen * * * * * *
John Hamilton Perry White * * * * * *
Robert Shayne Inspector Bill Henderson * * * * * *
Bill Kennedy The Announcer * * * * * *


Season  Premiere Finale #
Season One September 19, 1952 August 10, 1953 26
Season Two September 18, 1953 March 13, 1954 26
Season Three April 23, 1955 October 15, 1955 13
Season Four February 18, 1956 June 16, 1956 13
Season Five March 8, 1957 May 31, 1957 13
Season Six February 3, 1958 April 28, 1958 13


DVD Releases

Title Release Discs
Season Sets  (Region 1)
The Complete First Season October 18, 2005 purchase 5
The Complete Second Season January 17, 2006 purchase 5
The Complete Third and Fourth Season June 20, 2006 purchase 5
The Complete Fifth and Sixth Season November 14, 2006 purchase 5


  1. Superman Inc. at the Internet Movie Database

External links

The Superman Franchise
Animated TV Shows
The New Adventures of SupermanThe Batman/Superman HourSuper FriendsThe All-New Superfriends HourChallenge of the SuperfriendsThe World's Greatest SuperfriendsSuper Friends: The Legendary Super Powers ShowThe Super Powers Team: Galactic GuardiansSupermanSuperman: The Animated SeriesJustice League UnlimitedLegion of Super HeroesDC Super Hero GirlsJustice League ActionDC Super Hero GirlsMy Adventures with Superman
Live Action TV Shows
Adventures of SupermanSuperboyLois & Clark: The New Adventures of SupermanSmallvilleSupergirlKryptonSuperman & Lois
Motion Pictures
SupermanSuperman IISuperman IIISupergirlSuperman IV: The Quest for PeaceSteelSuperman ReturnsMan of SteelBatman v Superman: Dawn of Justice