Fantastic Four (TV series)
- This article is about the TV series. For the team, see Fantastic Four.
On-screen title card.
|Original release:||September 9, 1967—September 21, 1968|
|Run time:||20 minutes|
Jo Ann Pflug
|Music composed by:||Ted Nichols|
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Alternate title card.
Fantastic Four, also known as The Fantastic Four and Fantastic 4, is an American animated action-adventure television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions for ABC's Saturday morning block. It ran from 1967 to 1968, airing nineteen episodes. It is an adaptation of the Fantastic Four comics published by the Marvel Comics Group.
The series revolves around the near faithful adaptations from the comic books, with the Fantastic Four, a superhero team (consisting of Mister Fantastic, the Invisible Girl, the Human Torch, and The Thing), who live together in their Manhattan headquarters of Baxter Building. From there, they work to defend the island as well as the world from native despots to otherworldly beings only they can defeat.
In 1973, Hanna-Barbera would find more success with adapting stories from DC Comics, although they eventually did do another cartoon based on a Marvel Comics property in 1979, again based on Fantastic Four, although wildly different from the source material, which now only revolved around The Thing, who could revert back to being human, but could only in a regressed teenage body, called Benjy Grimm, by using special rings, none of which makes any sense, yet had 26 nonsensical episodes about it.
The series was not released on VHS, and has yet to be released on DVD or even be made available to purchase through Video on Demand sites like Amazon, or even the streaming subscription service Disney+, due to the simple fact of legal ownership of the singular show versus the property as a whole, which is owned by WarnerMedia (aka the enemy), and The Walt Disney Company, respectively.
The score was composed by Ted Nichols.
|Episode||Number||Original air date|
|"Menace of the Mole Men"||1x01||September 9, 1967|
|"Diablo"||1x02||September 16, 1967|
|"The Way It All Began"||1x03||September 23, 1967|
|"Invasion of the Super Skrulls"||1x04||September 30, 1967|
|"Klaws" / "The Red Ghost"||1x05||October 7, 1967|
|Prisoners of Planet X"||1x06||October 14, 1967|
|"It Started on Yancy Street"||1x07||October 21, 1967|
|"Three Predictions of Dr. Doom"||1x08||October 28, 1967|
|"Behold, a Distant Star"||1x09||November 4, 1967|
|"Demon in the Deep"||1x10||November 11, 1967|
|"Danger in the Depths"||1x11||November 18, 1967|
|"Return of the Moleman"||1x12||November 25, 1967|
|"Rama-Tut"||1x13||December 8, 1967|
|"Galactus"||1x14||December 16, 1967|
|"The Micro World of Dr. Doom"||1x15||December 30, 1967|
|"Blastaar, the Living Bomb Burst"||1x16||January 6, 1968|
|"The Mysterious Molecule Man"||1x17||January 13, 1968|
|"The Terrible Tribunal"||1x18||September 14, 1968|
|"The Deadly Director"||1x19||September 21, 1968|
- Gerald Mohr as Mister Fantastic/Reed Richards
- Jo Ann Pflug as Invisible Girl/Sue Richards
- Jac Flounders as Human Torch/Johnny Storm
- Paul Frees as The Thing/Ben Grimm