Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman: Season 1 (1993 - 1994)

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Season 1
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman

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Smart, jocular writing and romantic charm give Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman its wings, while the human elements give it heart.

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Critic Ratings: 13

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User Ratings: 17

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Air date: Sep 12, 1993

In the series pilot, Clark Kent (Dean Cain) becomes embroiled in a story involving Lex Luthor (John Shea) and a plot to sabotage a space launch. Lois: Teri Hatcher. Dr. Baines: Kim Johnston Ulrich. Dr. Platt: Kenneth Tigar. Jimmy: Michael Landes. Perry: Lane Smith.

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Air date: Sep 26, 1993

A probe into alien threats to national security leads to the Daily Planet---and a search for Superman. Jonathan: Eddie Jones. Trask: Terence Knox. Thompson: Joseph Campanella. Martha: K Callan. Newcomb: George Murdock. Lois: Teri Hatcher. Cat: Tracy Scoggins. Perry: Lane Smith.

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Air date: Oct 3, 1993

Perry White orders the Daily Planeteers to draw out Superman (Dean Cain), but Lex (John Shea) may be one step ahead. Floyd: Roy Brocksmith. Jules: Miguel A. Nunez Jr. Monique: Mary Crosby. Lois: Teri Hatcher. Perry: Lane Smith. Jimmy: Michael Landes. Albert: Tony Jay.

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Air date: Oct 10, 1993

More than one "invisible man" terrorizes Metropolis; and Lois feels invisible to Superman, whose visibility as a celebrity has its price. Morris: Leslie Jordan. Barnes: Jim Beaver. Helene: Patrika Darbo. Murray: Jack Carter. Superman: Dean Cain. Lois: Teri Hatcher. Luthor: John Shea.

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Air date: Oct 17, 1993

Lois kills a story exposing a fight scandal because its publication could get her father, a sports surgeon, killed. Dr. Lane: Denis Arndt. Lois: Teri Hatcher. Menken: Matt Roe. Garrison: Joe Sabatino. Allie: John La Motta.

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Air date: Oct 24, 1993

The duo goes undercover at a nightclub to stamp out a fiery reign of terror by arsonists torching a downtown area. Toni: Jessica Tuck. Johnny: Michael Milhoan. Lois: Teri Hatcher. Clark: Dean Cain. Lex: John Shea. Toots: Audrey Landers.

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Air date: Oct 31, 1993

Problem children escape from an orphanage where the overseer has been using them as guinea pigs to test a drug that ups their IQ. Aymee: Courtney Peldon. Phillip: Scott McAfee. Dr. Carlton: Michael Cavanaugh. Clark: Dean Cain.

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Air date: Nov 14, 1993

In Smallville, a farmer unearths a glowing meteorite that draws a deranged UFO inspector (Terence Knox) to the area and acts as a deadly poison to Superman (Dean Cain). Jonathan: Eddie Jones. Irig: Jerry Hardin. Martha: K Callan. Lois: Teri Hatcher. Carol: L. Scott Caldwell. Maisie: Sharon Thomas.

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Air date: Nov 21, 1993

As a heatwave brings a power shortage, Superman (Dean Cain) lands behind bars for causing it with his superpowers. Judge Diggs: Rosalind Cash. Mayor: Sonny Bono. Dr. Saxon: Richard Fancy. Dr. Goodman: Elaine Kagan. Lois: Teri Hatcher.

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Air date: Nov 28, 1993

Love is in the air in Metropolis, where a perfumer (Morgan Fairchild) prepares to spray a dangerous pheromone over the city and throw residents into uninhibited romantic frenzies. Lois: Teri Hatcher. Lex: John Shea. Perry: Lane Smith. Jimmy: Michael Landes. Cat: Tracy Scoggins. Clark: Dean Cain. April: Courtney Taylor.

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Critic Reviews for Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Season 1

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4)

Cain demonstrates just the right mix of boyish good looks and self-effacing humor. Hatcher projects a proper spunkiness bordering on reckless stupidity that makes her a believable Lois Lane.

Jul 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Cain, Hatcher and everyone else here strike just the right tone of playfulness. It's the writing that sends this parody into orbit, however. Lois & Clark is a series that flies.

Jul 10, 2018 | Full Review…

This comic-book show is the smartest, most human hour of programming that Sunday night now has to offer.

Jul 10, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The core of this hilarious serial is Teri Hatcher's brilliant take on Lois.

Sep 10, 2018 | Full Review…

If you're brand new to the show, its campiness may make the biggest impression on you, but overlook that and you'll have a lot of fun with the story, the characters, and the great writing.

Jul 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Silly and fun and often over the top and ridiculous. It popped in glorious bright colours on the screen and it wasn't ashamed to be garish or celebrate the fact that Superman himself was a symbol of hope...

Jul 10, 2018 | Full Review…

In this way, it's actually the first on-screen representation to take Superman's changes from the 1980s into account, modernizing Clark Kent in a way that made him less of an archetypical screwball and more of a realistic human.

Jul 10, 2018 | Full Review…

It may not have been a perfect adaptation of Superman, but it was a charming romance and a lot of fun.

Jul 10, 2018 | Full Review…

We're well aware that this show has fans. But have you watched it lately? It has aged about as well as a bottle of Zima.

Jul 10, 2018 | Full Review…

A beguiling romantic adventure. The set design, particularly the Daily Planet's newsroom, is vivid and the special effects more than passable. But most of the credit goes to the casting.

Jul 10, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Though it'll always be 'the television Superman', the first (and best) series is frequently super.

Jul 10, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Lois & Clark was pure popcorn entertainment: perfectly-cast and perfectly-pitched, with a healthy dollop of romance and humour. The colours weren't muted, they were big and bold.

Jul 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman: Season 1

  • Sep 07, 2020
    Best serie of superman ! He is littlerey how rees superman was ! Nice polite and most of all happy to help people ! Unlike man of stell or moody emu superman we have to day 2020 ! How did hollowood fuck up superman so hard ?
  • Jul 25, 2020
    This is probably the best season. Michael Landes is a great Jimmy and Cat is a blast. The entire cast has fantastic chemistry and Lane Smith is the best Perry White ever.
  • Mar 10, 2020
    loved it, it was a fresh take on superman that was cheesy but good
  • Jan 01, 2020
    For it's first season, this show was probably the best version of Superman on-screen up till then and ever since (yes, I'm including the original 70's movies with Reeve and recent doom-and-gloom entries with Cavil). It's mostly a confluence of multiple factors. Superman with his powers creates complications for writing seeing as he could easily defeat just about any nemesis in a battle for brute strength. For this reason (and the limited special effects budget and capabilities), Lois & Clark focused on the detective work done by our news-writer duo. This worked fairly well and gave the superb cast a possibility to shine. Everyone felt fleshed out and real, even our more obvious sidekick-characters like Cat, and Lex Luthor, who in this incarnation of the story is a sociopathic criminal mastermind, rather than a buffoon. There are plenty of opportunities thru-out for Clark to delve into the ethical dilemmas he is faced with as well as to show that being a hero isn't really about having super-powers. Unfortunately, the network apparently felt pressured into changing the show into a cartoony parody in the later seasons, so they could serve up the dumb action they thought most viewers wanted. The foolish decision to rid the show of Luthor and have Lois and Clark hook up came pretty soon after the writers changed, removing the romantic tension and narrative hook that made this series so worthwhile in the first place. That's not to say season 1 was perfect. While the practical effects for Superman look great, the computer effects (thankfully used sparingly) are quite jarring now. The villains outside Luthor vary from believable to slightly cartoony even here. Luthor (played by John Shea) steals the show every time he gets the chance. As per features of the show, rather than shortcomings, the focus on the romance between Lois and Clark, as well as crime-busting might put off some viewers who are more interested in seeing Superman perform fantastic stunts using his powers. All in all an A for the effort, B+ for execution.

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