Birdman (segments)

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This article is about the TV series. For the character himself, see Birdman.
Birdman
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Created by: Alex Toth
Network: NBC
Production company: Hanna-Barbera
Distributor: Taft Broadcasting
Original release: September 9, 1967January 20, 1968


Starring: Keith Andes
Don Messick
Producer(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Music composed by: Ted Nichols
Writer(s): Neal Barbera
Phil Hahn
Jack Hanrahan
Director(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
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Birdman is an American animated superhero action series of segments as part of Birdman and the Galaxy Trio, produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions for NBC's Saturday morning programming. It ran from 1967 and 1968, airing 20 episodes that spanned one season. It led to the whimsical Adult Swim spin-off, Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law in the 2000s.

Birdman, who receives his powers from the sun, battles supervillains who try and take over the world.

The entire series has been released on DVD.

Production

Development

Music

The music was composed by Ted Nichols.

Episodes

Episode Number Air date
"X, the Eliminator" / "Morto the Marauder" 1x01 September 9, 1967
"The Ruthless Ringmaster" / "Birdman Versus the Mummer" 1x02 September 16, 1967
"The Quake Threat" / "Avenger for Ransom" 1x03 September 23, 1967
"Birdman Versus Cumulus, the Storm King" / "Serpents of the Deep" 1x04 September 30, 1968
"Nitron, the Human Bomb" / "Mentor, the Mind Taker" 1x05 October 7, 1967
"The Purple Moss" / "The Deadly Trio" 1x06 October 14, 1967
"The Brain Thief" / "Birdman Versus the Constrictor" 1x07 October 21, 1967
"Number One" / "Birdman Meets Birdgirl" 1x08 October 28, 1967
"Birdman Meets Reducto" / "Vulturo, Prince of Darkness" 1x09 November 4, 1967
"The Chameleon" / "The Incredible Magnatroid" 1x10 November 11, 1967
"Hannibal, the Hunter" / "The Empress of Evil" 1x11 November 18, 1967
"The Wings of FEAR" / "Birdman Meets Birdboy" 1x12 November 25, 1967
"The Menace of Dr. Millenium" / "Birdman Versus Dr. Freezoids" 1x13 December 2, 1967
"The Deadly Duplicator" / "Professor Nightshade" 1x14 December 9, 1967
"Train Trek" / "Birdman Meets Moray of the Deep" 1x15 December 16, 1967
"Birdman and the Monster of the Mountains" / "The Return of Vulturo" 1x16 December 23, 1967
"The Revenge of Dr. Millenium" / "The Ant Ape" 1x17 December 30, 1967
"Birdman Versus the Speed Demon" / "The Wild Weird West" 1x18 January 6, 1968
"The Pirate Plot" / "Skon of Space" 1x19 January 13, 1968
"Murro the Marauder" / "Morto Rides Again" 1x20 January 20, 1968

Cast

Legacy

Birdman took a comedic turn in the late 1990s, when Cartoon Network aired the act break short "Coffee Break," and then doubled their efforts with the Adult Swim sequel/spin-off spoof series Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, from 2000 to 2007. In 2018, it was brought back for the one-off special, Harvey Birdman: Attorney General. Then astonishingly in 2020, Adult Swim launched the second spin-off, Birdgirl.

Birdman was also a guest star in several episodes of Space Ghost Coast to Coast, as an associate of fellow superhero Space Ghost.

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