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Title:
Crime fighting heroes of television : over 10,000 facts from 151 shows, 1949-2001
Author:
Terrace, Vincent, 1948-
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Publication Information:
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
vii, 218 pages ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780786413959
Format :
Book

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Summary

Superheroes and characters who fight crime by extraordinary means have populated the television airwaves from the beginning. This broad-ranging reference contains a trove of information on shows featuring such characters, from Superman in its various incarnations to programs like The A-Team. Excluded are regular police and detective shows. Entries on 125 network and syndicated series broadcast from 1949 to 2001, plus 26 pilot films, deliver information about story premises, characters, and myriad elements that add flavor and interest to the shows, as well as cast listings and broadcast data. A handy index of performers is included as well as an appendix listing the crime fighting machines that appear in the programs.


Author Notes

New Yorker Vincent Terrace has worked as a research contributor for ABC television and written more than 20 books on the performing arts


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Booklist Review

The emphasis is on heroes--even superheroes--"who fight crime by extraordinary means" on 125 network and syndicated series broadcast from 1949 to 2001. Arrangement is alphabetical by program name. Networks and dates are provided, but the bulk of each entry is a detailed description of the program's premise, characters, and overall story arc. Although it has little real reference value, this book should appeal to TV trivia buffs. RBB.


Table of Contents

Prefacep. 1
The A-Teamp. 5
Acapulco H.E.A.T.p. 7
The Adventures of Sinbadp. 8
The Adventures of Superboy (pilot)p. 10
The Adventures of Supermanp. 10
The Adventures of Superpup (pilot)p. 13
Airwolfp. 13
Aliasp. 15
The Amazing Spider-Manp. 16
Angelp. 17
Automanp. 19
The Avengersp. 20
Batgirl (pilot)p. 23
Batmanp. 23
BeastMasterp. 26
The Bionic Womanp. 29
Black Scorpionp. 30
Buck Rogers in the 25th Centuryp. 33
Buffy, the Vampire Slayerp. 34
Captain America (pilot)p. 40
Captain Midnightp. 40
Captain Nicep. 41
Captain Scarlet and the Mysteronsp. 43
Captain Video and His Video Rangersp. 45
C.A.T. Squad (pilot)p. 47
Chameleon in Blue (pilot)p. 48
The Championsp. 48
Charmedp. 49
Cleopatra 2525p. 53
Command 5 (pilot)p. 54
Commando Cody, Sky Marshal of the Universep. 55
Conanp. 56
Condor (pilot)p. 56
Dangerous Curvesp. 57
Dare Devil (pilot)p. 58
Dark Angelp. 58
Dark Avenger (pilot)p. 61
Dark Justicep. 61
The Dragon (pilot)p. 62
The Dream Teamp. 63
18 Wheels of Justicep. 64
Electra Woman and Dyna Girlp. 65
Exo-Manp. 65
The Flashp. 66
Flash Gordonp. 67
Forever Knightp. 68
Freedomp. 69
The Gemini Manp. 70
Generation X (pilot)p. 71
Ghost Writerp. 71
The Great Merlini (pilot)p. 73
The Greatest American Herop. 73
The Green Hornetp. 75
Hercules: The Legendary Journeysp. 77
Here Comes Tobor (pilot)p. 79
Highlanderp. 79
Highlander: The Ravenp. 81
The Highwaymanp. 82
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Seriesp. 83
Human Targetp. 85
Hunter (1968)p. 86
I-Man (pilot)p. 86
I Spyp. 87
The Immortalp. 87
The Infiltrator (pilot)p. 89
Invincible (pilot)p. 90
The Invisible Avenger (pilot)p. 90
The Invisible Man (1958)p. 91
The Invisible Man (1975)p. 92
The Invisible Man (2000)p. 93
The Invisible Woman (pilot)p. 94
Isisp. 95
It Takes a Thiefp. 96
Jack of All Tradesp. 96
Janep. 97
Kimbar of the Jungle (pilot)p. 98
Knight Riderp. 99
Kung Fup. 101
Kung Fu: The Legend Continuesp. 102
La Femme Nikitap. 103
Level 9p. 106
Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Supermanp. 107
The Lone Gunmenp. 109
The Lone Rangerp. 111
Los Luchadores (The Wrestlers)p. 113
The Magicianp. 114
Mandrake (pilot)p. 114
Manimalp. 115
Mann and Machinep. 116
M.A.N.T.I.S.p. 117
The Masterp. 118
The Mighty Morphin Power Rangersp. 119
Mr. Terrificp. 122
Model by Day (pilot)p. 124
Modesty Blaise (pilot)p. 124
Mutant Xp. 124
My Secret Identityp. 126
The New Avengersp. 127
The New Ghost Writer Mysteriesp. 128
NightManp. 129
Once a Herop. 130
The Othersp. 132
The Owl (pilot)p. 133
The Phantom (pilot)p. 133
Poltergeist: The Legacyp. 133
Probep. 135
Profilerp. 135
The Queen of Swordsp. 137
Relic Hunterp. 139
RoboCopp. 140
Rocky Jones, Space Rangerp. 141
Rod Brown of the Rocket Rangersp. 142
Sablep. 143
The Saintp. 143
Scarecrow and Mrs. Kingp. 144
The Seal (pilot)p. 146
The Secret Adventures of Jules Vernep. 147
Secret Agent Manp. 148
The Secret World of Alex Mackp. 149
The Sentinelp. 152
Shazam!p. 153
Sheenap. 154
Sheena, Queen of the Junglep. 155
The Six Million Dollar Manp. 156
Smallvillep. 158
Space Patrolp. 160
Special Unit 2p. 162
Stingrayp. 163
Street Hawkp. 164
Super Forcep. 165
The Super Human Samurai Syber Squadp. 166
Superboyp. 167
Tarzanp. 169
Team Knight Riderp. 170
Thievesp. 172
Things That Go Bump (pilot)p. 173
Thor (pilot)p. 174
The Tickp. 174
Time Traxxp. 176
Tom Corbett, Space Cadetp. 179
Trackerp. 181
Ultramanp. 183
V.I.P.p. 185
Viperp. 188
V.R. Troopersp. 190
The Wild Wild Westp. 191
Witchbladep. 193
Wonder Womanp. 195
Wonderbugp. 199
Xena: Warrior Princessp. 199
Zorrop. 202
Appendix A Superheroes by Namep. 207
Appendix B Superheroes by Mortal Namep. 208
Appendix C Crime Fighting Machines by Showp. 210
Performer Indexp. 211

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