Before Christopher Reeve flew through the sky in Richard Donner’s classic film, before Dean Cain romanced Teri Hatcher’s Lois Lane, and before Henry Cavill donned a computer-generated red cape, George Reeves brought the comic book character of Superman to life in the 1950s TV series, Adventures of Superman. If you really want to appreciate the achievements of modern-day superhero TV shows and movies, do yourself a favor and revisit this classic television series which has origins that reach back before the advent of color TV. It’s also an absolute necessity for the Superman completists among you.
Running for six seasons and 104 episodes from 1952 to 1958, Adventures of Superman took the title hero out of the radio recording studio and onto television screens in living rooms across the nation. Known for a grueling filming schedule, a bargain-basement effects budget, and tumultuous personal issues for cast members, Adventures of Superman nonetheless became a surprise hit, thanks in part to the popularity of the Superman comics and the fact that it was eventually filmed and broadcast in color. In concert with “Superman Week” here on Collider, we’ve put together a selection of some must-watch episodes of the series that you simply need to see; it’ll certainly make you appreciate just how far the Man of Steel has come in 60 years.