Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle on here. That DVD was actually part of a two pack that went along with another PBS 2014 documentary that is the subject of today’s blog, Superheroes: Pioneers of Television (trailer).
The theme for Pioneers of Television is that it documents five of the original live action TV series that were a nationwide hit back when there were only a handful of TV stations available in all homes. Ryan Seacrest narrates this feature that is just under an hour as the documentary shifts from focusing on the following series: Adventures of Superman (1952-58), Batman (1966-68), Wonder Woman (1975-79), The Incredible Hulk (1978-82) and Greatest American Hero (1981-83).
I do not recall watching any episodes of the old Wonder Woman show, so it was a very appreciated learning experience hearing interviews from star Lynda Carter and other cast and crew members. It seemed like it borrowed a lot of the campy nature of the Batman series, but also paved the way as one of the first shows with a strong female lead. I do recall seeing a few episodes of The Incredible Hulk as a kid and recall being petrified of Banner going green and morphing into the Hulk. The documentary pulls archived interviews from the late Lou Ferrigno who portrayed Hulk, and Bill Bixby who was his lesser half, Bruce Banner. They share some interesting anecdotes on how they got casted and production problems that lead them to rely on Ferrigno’s natural strength instead of Hollywood effects.
There is not a whole lot in the way of extra features on the disc, with only two bonus scenes of interview snippets from Adam West and Burt Ward. It was enlightening learning some more info on a lot of these shows I was only faintly familiar with as a kid, but obviously I probably would have gotten more out of this if I was a generation or two older and grew up with these shows. Since it attempts to cover several shows in under an hour there is only so much detail they dedicate to each series, but the time allotted to each show seemed about right with my familiarity with the series covered. Pioneers of Television is a nice supplementary piece that came packaged with A Never-Ending Battle, and all together made for a nice bundled value of the $20 I believe I paid for it at Target.
Past TV/Web Series Blogs
2013-14 TV Season Recap
2014-15 TV Season Recap
2015-16 TV Season Recap
Angry Videogame Nerd Vol 8
Angry Videogame Nerd Vol 7
Mortal Kombat: Legacy - Season 1
RedvsBlue - Seasons 1-13
Seinfeld Final Season
Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle