Super Friends is an American animated television series about a team of superheroes, which ran from 1973 to 1986 on ABC as part of its Saturday morning cartoon lineup. It was produced by Hanna-Barbera and was based on the Justice League of America (JLA) and associated comic book characters published by DC Comics.
Thank you wikipedia for boring me with that information. Now we all grew up with our friends the Super Friends; Batman, Superman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Apache Chief, The Green Lantern, The Flash, and my personal favorite Hawkman. Kids today don’t have it like we did. I don’t know if you’ve watched cartoons recently, but they are crazy trippy. If you’ve seen any recent Pokemon episodes you know how gay those have become.
The original Super Friends focused on the far-fetched schemes of mad scientists and aliens, who were invariably revealed as being well-intentioned, and simply pursuing their goals through unlawful or disreputable means. Typically, at the end of each story, a peaceful and reasonable discussion would be performed by the heroes to convince the antagonists to adopt more reasonable methods.
Justice League was cool and all, but the show didn’t get kids around the nation pumped like Power Rangers did. Boys around the nation were jumping on their beds doing karate kicks, pretending they were ninjas. Now how long has it been since you’ve thought about Ivan Ooze?
You probably didn’t notice, as a kid, the template that all episodes followed, at least not as acutely as you would now.
The formula was this: 1) Rita Repulsa creates a monster out of clay, zaps him with electricity, monster turns alive and beams to Angel Grove. 2) Power Rangers suit up but are defeated by monster. 3) Power Rangers step back a moment and examine the monster, find a weakness, exploit the weakness, and defeat it. 4) Monster gets real big. 5) Power Rangers assemble their big robot and defeat big monster.
The saying, “Don’t change what isn’t broken” applies in this instance. Even though the show is painfully repetitive and predictable, it entertained kids around the world.
Production of Power Rangers episodes involves extensive localization of and revision of original Super Sentai source material in order to incorporate American culture and conform to American television standards. Rather than making an English dub or translation of the Japanese footage, Power Rangers programs consist of scenes featuring English-speaking actors spliced with scenes featuring either Japanese actors dubbed into English or the action scenes from the Super Sentai Series featuring the Rangers fighting monsters or the giant robot battles with English dubbing.