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Adventures of Superman: Season 2 (1953)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Subtitled, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 17, 2006
  • Run Time: 683 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BT96FA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,641 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Adventures of Superman: Season 2" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 26 episodes on five discs
  • Commentary by Noel Neill and Jack Larson on two episodes
  • Documentary: The First Lady of Metropolis profiling Noel Neill
  • Stamp Day for Superman: special episode promoting savings bonds with a new introduction by Jack Larson

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Adventures of Superman, The Complete Second Season (DVD)

Adventures of Superman - The Complete Second Season pretty much follows the formula laid out in the first season, building on what made the groundbreaking show so popular. For many fans, season two is the best of the series and it is easy to see why. Each episode has that strong "mini-serial-crime-movie" feel and was again scripted and shot to appeal to adults as well as younger audiences. This would all change once season three, the first color Superman season, rolled around and the producers would strictly tailor the show for children. The biggest difference viewers will notice in this season is the new Lois Lane. Fans had to say goodbye to the wonderfully tough Phyllis Coates, replaced by the perkier Noel Neill who would play the sassy and smart journalist for seasons to come. For many young girls growing up in the 1950s Noel Neill's Lois Lane, the first liberated woman presented to the TV audience in the children's market, was the ultimate role model. Highlights of season two include "Panic in the sky" (the episode many feel is the series best--where Superman saves Metropolis from an asteroid that also erases his memory), "Semi-Private Eye" (where Jimmy Olsen poses as a private eye to stalk the bad guys), and "The Defeat of Superman" (where Superman loses his powers thanks to a dose of Kryptonite). --Rob Bracco

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238 of 241 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars George Reeves, in Super Second Season! November 11, 2005
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"The Adventures of Superman - The Complete Second Season" is an essential for fans of the original series, it's star, the unforgettable George Reeves, and anyone who would enjoy seeing a series 'at the top of it's game', when it was a genuine national phenomena!

The back story is truly amazing; the first season, filmed in 1951, had taken two full years to finally reach the entire country (television, at that time, was still in it's infancy, and just beginning to spread throughout the nation, as the FCC issued licenses for new stations, from coast to coast). "The Adventures of Superman", syndicated and sponsored by Kellogg's, was a fresh, exciting series that many of the new stations picked up to help promote themselves, and sell televisions...and the series began an astonishing climb to a level of popularity that no one involved had ever anticipated.

Certainly, none of the cast was prepared for what happened; in the two-year hiatus, Phyllis Coates, the 'Lois Lane' of the first season, assuming the series was finished, took on other acting assignments, and was no longer available when the call went out for the second season to be filmed (her role was filled by the 'Lois Lane' of the 40s movie serials, Noel Neill, 33, who saw the role toned down considerably from the aggressive, feisty newspaperwoman of the first season). Jack Larson, 20, who had felt misgivings about the role of Jimmy Olsen from the beginning (only agreeing to the part when his agent joked that "nobody will ever see it, anyway") discovered himself typecast in the role, and his privacy lost...a situation even more acute for the series' star, George Reeves, now 39.
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5.0 out of 5 stars High hopes for the Second Season of a classic show November 8, 2005
The second season of the Adventures of Superman is now slated for release on January 17, 2006. In this season Noel Neill takes over as Lois Lane. (Neill played Lois in the Superman movie serials.) There are 26 black and white episodes, just like the first season, but this second season was a bit less violent than the first.

Here are the episodes in season 2:

<LI>Five Minutes to Doom

<LI>The Big Squeeze

<LI>The Man Who Could Read Minds

<LI>Jet Ace

<LI>Shot in the Dark

<LI>The Defeat of Superman

<LI>Superman in Exile

<LI>Ghost for Scotland Yard

<LI>The Dog Who Knew Superman

<LI>The Face and the Voice

<LI>The Man in the Lead Mask

<LI>Panic in the Sky

<LI>The Machine That Could Plot Crimes

<LI>Jungle Devil

<LI>My Friend Superman

<LI>The Clown Who Cried

<LI>The Boy Who Hated Superman

<LI>Semi-Private Eye

<LI>Perry White's Scoop

<LI>Beware the Wrecker

<LI>The Golden Vulture

<LI>Jimmy Olsen, Boy Editor

<LI>Lady in Black

<LI>Star of Fate

<LI>The Whistling Bird

<LI>Around the World with Superman

And special features should be:

<li>Documentary: "The First Lady of Metropolis" profiles Noel Neill. Featuring Jack Larson, Leonard Maltin and others.

<li>Commentary on 2 key episodes by Noel Neill and Jack Larson

<li>"Stamp Day For Superman": Special episode promoting savings bonds with a new introduction by Jack Larson.

I'm giving the release 5 stars based on the fact that the first season was very well done, and I have high hopes that the second season DVD set will surpass all our expectations.
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We are treated to more of the same GREAT STUFF as was presented in the first season; however, Noel Neill replaced Phyllis Coates as Lois Lane and we see a true diversity of themes. Whereas the first season had focused on mobsters and crime, the second toned down the violence and added a wide range of themes to the growing Superman universe. In the process, the second season was more kid-friendly at the expense of some of the film-noir ambience.

All and all, this is a great addition and companion to the first season.

SEASON TWO has just been released. I pre-ordered it from Amazon prior to its release and and I have just completed viewing the 5 disks of the second season. The quality is the same as the first season -- almost unbelievably good. Episode 12, "Panic In The Sky" on the second disk, is a standout that also has an interesting and informative commentary track narrated by Noel Neill and Jack Larson.

If there is a difference between the first and second season, it is probably caused by several obvious differences;

---1] LOIS LANE:

Noel Neill is much lighter and more of a kid-viewer-friendly sidekick for Clark Kent, whereas Pyllis Coates was much more Kent's equal and rival. My daughter, watching parts of many of these shows -- but whole shows of none -- as she sort of flits in and out seeing parts of many and whole shows of none, stated that in "The Defeat Of Superman" if Phyllis Coates were still Lois then she would have been the one who got hit with the Kryptonite bullet instead of Superman. That's it exactly. Many of the crooks in the first season were literally mauled by Lois Lane, wildcat, as they tried with great difficulty to subdue her.
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