Adventures of Superman - Episode Guide

Season 1

Rescue

Episode: 1x09 | Airdate: Nov 14, 1952

Crime Wave

Episode: 1x24 | Airdate: Feb 27, 1953

The Unknown People: Part I

Episode: 1x25 | Airdate: Aug 10, 1953

The Unknown People: Part I

Clark Kent and Lois Lane travel to Silsby, Texas, site of the deepest well ever drilled. But when they arrive, the well is being shut down and the oil company manager present isn't saying why. Meanwhile, two short beings with large heads and furry hands come up from the well to explore. Luke Benson leads a mob of townspeople wanting to kill the "unknown people." Despite Superman's efforts to calm things down, the mob has tracked the two creatures to the top of a dam, trying to kill them. What the mob doesn't know is the creatures cause things they touch to glow in the dark -- and may be radioactive.

[Episode 25 and 26 together were originally the movie "Superman and the Mole-Men" (1951). Information from http://fandom.wikia.com/:

"Superman and the Mole Men is a 1951 black and white film which later aired as two episodes of the Adventures of Superman TV series called "The Unknown People."

It was the first theatrical feature film based on the Superman characters (although two live action Superman films had already been shown in cinemas, they appeared in a serial format). With an original screenplay by "Richard Fielding" (a pseudonym for Robert Maxwell & Whitney Ellsworth), it was shot in 12 days on a studio back lot. It served as a trial run for the syndicated TV series Adventures of Superman, with George Reeves and Phyllis Coates reprising their film roles as Superman and Lois Lane, respectively."]

The Unknown People: Part II

Episode: 1x26 | Airdate: Aug 10, 1953

The Unknown People: Part II

One of the "unknown people" is shot while atop a dam near Silsby, Texas. Superman catches him before he falls into water and takes him to the Silsby hospital. Superman, in his Clark Kent identity, assists a doctor who operates on the creature. The doctor discovers his patient has all the organs and internal body structure as humans. Meanwhile, the Luke Benson-led mob tries to kill the other visitor from the center of the Earth. That creature escapes, later bringing up more of his people along with a weapon. Superman races to defuse an explosive situation.

[Episode 25 and 26 together were originally the movie "Superman and the Mole-Men" (1951). Information from http://fandom.wikia.com/:

"Superman and the Mole Men is a 1951 black and white film which later aired as two episodes of the Adventures of Superman TV series called "The Unknown People."

It was the first theatrical feature film based on the Superman characters (although two live action Superman films had already been shown in cinemas, they appeared in a serial format). With an original screenplay by "Richard Fielding" (a pseudonym for Robert Maxwell & Whitney Ellsworth), it was shot in 12 days on a studio back lot. It served as a trial run for the syndicated TV series Adventures of Superman, with George Reeves and Phyllis Coates reprising their film roles as Superman and Lois Lane, respectively."]

Season 2

Jet Ace

Episode: 2x04 | Airdate: Oct 10, 1953

The Face and the Voice

Episode: 2x10 | Airdate: Nov 21, 1953

After plastic surgery, a gangster poses as Superman.

Semi-Private Eye

Episode: 2x18 | Airdate: Jan 16, 1954

Jimmy learns a tough lesson when he tries to solve a crime by himself.

Perry White's Scoop

Episode: 2x19 | Airdate: Jan 23, 1954

A corpse, clad in a diver's suit, winds up on the main street of Metropolis.

Beware the Wrecker

Episode: 2x20 | Airdate: Jan 30, 1954

Superman hopes to reveal the identity of an enemy responsible for several disasters.

The Golden Vulture

Episode: 2x21 | Airdate: Feb 6, 1954

Jimmy and Lois become the prisoners of a modern-day pirate.

Jimmy Olsen, Boy Editor

Episode: 2x22 | Airdate: Feb 13, 1954

Jimmy makes up a big news story when he takes over his chief's job for a day.

Lady in Black

Episode: 2x23 | Airdate: Feb 20, 1954

Jimmy is baffled by clever art thieves, but Superman arrives to solve his problems.

Star of Fate

Episode: 2x24 | Airdate: Feb 27, 1954

An ancient Egyptian box holds a hidden needle that contains a hypnotic poison.

The Whistling Bird

Episode: 2x25 | Airdate: Mar 6, 1954

An agent working for a foreign power steals a parakeet that knows the formula for a new explosive.

Season 3

Through the Time Barrier

Episode: 3x01 | Airdate: Apr 23, 1955

The reporters, Perry and a mobster travel through time.

The Talking Clue

Episode: 3x02 | Airdate: Apr 30, 1955

The Inspector's son unknowingly aids two crooks in cracking a safe.

The Lucky Cat

Episode: 3x03 | Airdate: May 7, 1955

An anti-superstition society encounters mishaps.

Superman Week

Episode: 3x04 | Airdate: May 14, 1955

Drugged Jimmy reveals the location of kryptonite.

Great Caesar's Ghost

Episode: 3x05 | Airdate: May 21, 1955

Murder-witness Perry begins to hallucinate.

Test of a Warrior

Episode: 3x06 | Airdate: May 28, 1955

Superman helps an Indian complete a rite.

Olsen's Millions

Episode: 3x07 | Airdate: Jun 4, 1955

Swindlers target Jimmy after he inherits big money.

Clark Kent Outlaw

Episode: 3x08 | Airdate: Sep 10, 1955

Clark infiltrates a gang of diamond thieves.

The Magic Necklace

Episode: 3x09 | Airdate: Sep 17, 1955

A hood searches for a supposedly magic necklace.

Flight to the North

Episode: 3x11 | Airdate: Oct 1, 1955

A mountain man named Superman causes confusion when he comes to Metropolis.

The Seven Souvenirs

Episode: 3x12 | Airdate: Oct 8, 1955

A man with a plan lures Superman into turning an alloy into pure radium.

King for a Day

Episode: 3x13 | Airdate: Oct 15, 1955

Jimmy Olsen is mistaken for the king of a tiny Balkan country.

Season 4

Joey

Episode: 4x01 | Airdate: Feb 18, 1956

Blackmail

Episode: 4x10 | Airdate: May 26, 1956

Season 5

Tin Hero

Episode: 5x02 | Airdate: Mar 15, 1957

The Phony Alibi

Episode: 5x09 | Airdate: May 3, 1957

The Phony Alibi

Ed Crowley's gang has just robbed the Wentworth Jewelry Store. Schultzy Garfield pulled off the heist. Unfortunately, the authorities are unable to catch him as he is driving more than one hundred and twenty miles per hour out on Highway 201. This is truly a job for Superman, who has received a call about the incident from Inspector Bill Henderson as Daily Planet reporter Clark Kent. Acting as an impervious road block, the Man of Steel halts Garfield's getaway car, allowing the police to take him into custody. Another crime has been halted by Superman. Little does the caped hero realize that his encounters with the Crowley Mob are only just beginning.

Mr. Zero

Episode: 5x12 | Airdate: May 24, 1957

Season 6

Superman's Wife

Episode: 6x09 | Airdate: Mar 31, 1958

During a robbery probe, Superman proposes to a blonde.

Specials

Stamp Day for Superman

Episode: S02 Special | Airdate: Jan 1, 1954

The Superman production company donated this special 18 minute episode to the US Treasury to help promote school stamp day savings plans to children. This is the only episode of the series that has entered the public domain. It features all of the hallmarks that made the original 1950s Superman series so memorable.