Robot 6

Set those DVRs: PBS airing superhero-themed Pioneers of Television

Adam West takes a break on the set of "Batman"

PBS’s Pioneers of Television series celebrates “the visionaries who shaped a fledgling medium,” and Tuesday night’s episode is all about superheroes. Covering every decade from the ’50s to the ’80s, it digs into The Adventures of Superman, Batman, Wonder WomanThe Incredible Hulk and The Greatest American Hero. Interviews include Adam West, Burt Ward, Julie Newmar, Lynda Carter, Lou Ferrigno and William Katt. Hopefully they make Julie Newmar and William Katt team up.

To promote the episode, PBS has put a ton of content from it on its website. There’s a preview of the episode, mini-essays about some of the showsexcerpts from some of the interviewsprofiles of the actors and a terrific photo gallery. It’s a great way to kill some time while waiting for the real thing to air.

(via DC Women Kicking Ass)



What, no “Isis and Shazam?!?”

I hope George Sprott gets a mention, though I imagine CKCK trashing its entire early video library back in the 1980s will hurt his chances.

This looks awesome. I have vivid memories watching these air as a child in the early 80’s and it’ll be awesome to see them again. (Does this mean in 10 years, I’ll finally get a Ninja Turtles documentary?)

I’m sure they’ll also include the hannah barbara cartoon superheroes of the early 60s and disney’s Zorro show with that killer theme song

Leave a Comment


Browse the Robot 6 Archives