April 19, 1978 - July
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
/ Peter Parker - Nicholas Hammond
Jonah Jameson - Robert F. Simon
Barbara - Michael Pataki
Conway - Chip Fields
- Ellen Bry (second season)
In 1977, the character was brought to television by
executive producers Dan Goodman and Charles Fries as a
two-hour film. The Spider Man film did so well in the
ratings that CBS commissioned the producers to develop it
into a short-run series for the spring of 1978.
The Amazing Spider Man series fast-forwarded a bit from
the origin story, picking up Peter Parker's life as a
college student and as a photographer for the Daily Bugle.
Unfortunately, with a limited TV budget, Spider-Man usually
followed the route of TV's The Incredible Hulk, downplaying
the colorful supervillains of the comic books in favor of
non-supernatural, human antagonists.
The series did well, but did not become a full-time
series because network executives at CBS thought having two
full-time superhero series (The Incredible Hulk and Wonder
Woman) was enough. Seven more episodes were filmed and aired
as individual specials between the fall of 1978 and the
summer of 1979. An additional character, photographer Julie
Mason, was added for these episodes.
Known To Be In Existence
THE CAPTIVE TOWER
Air Date: 9-5-78
Guests: David Sheiner, Todd Susman, Fred Lerner, Warren Vanders,
Barry Cutler, Ed Sancho-Bonet
Synopsis: When $10 million is stolen from the safe of a newly
constructed, computer controlled building, the thieves program the
computer to lock down the building. Spider-Man must free the
occupants and catch the thieves.
Air Date: 7-5-79 (2-hour episode)
Guests: Benson Fong, Rosalind Chao, Richard Erdman, Hagan Beggs,
John Milford, Myron Healy
Synopsis: In order to keep his job, Min Lo Chan, China's Minister of
Industrial Development, ventures to America in search of three U. S.
Marines that can clear his name. Standing in his way is a wealthy
American industrialist whose plans for a large steel contract hinge
on Chan's failure.
CURSE OF RAVA
Air Date: 4-19-78
Guests: Theodore Bikel, Adrienne LaRussa, Byron Webster David Ralphe
Synopsis: A religeous cult from Kalistan protests when a statue of
their god, Rava, is on display at the museum. Spider-Man must face
the cult leader, Mandak, who has telekinetic powers.
DEADLY DUST, PART 2
Air Date: 4-12-78
Guests: JoAnna Cameron, Robert Alda, Randy Powell, Simon Scott, Anne
Bloom, Steven N. Anderson, Sid Clute, Herbert S. Braha, Richard
Synopsis: In protest of plutonium being stored at the university, a
small group of students steal it and build an atomic bomb to prove
that it can be done. After an "entrepreneur" learns the
location of the bomb and steals it, Spider-Man must track it down
and disable it.
ESCORT TO DANGER
Air Date: 5-3-78
Guests: Alejandro Rey, Barbara Luna, Madeline Stowe, Harold Sakata,
Michael Marselios, Lachelle Price, Bob Minor, Donna Hansen
Synopsis: When the daughter of the President of Tavilia participates
in the Miss Galaxy Pageant, she is kidnapped by a rival family in
order to force the president to relinquish power to them.
Air Date: 12-30-78
Guests: Marlyn Mason, Peter MacLean, Paul Carr, Peggy McCay, Del
Synopsis: A widow is haunted by the spirit of her late husband, who
tells her to donate his estate to a private organization which
investigates paranormal phenomenon. Jameson, being a friend of the
family and knowing Parker is a graduate student in physics, asks
Parker to investigate.
A MATTER OF STATE
Air Date: 9-12-78
Guests: Nicolas Coster, John Crawford, Michael Santiago, James
Synopsis: During the theft of some NATO defense plans at the
airport, Julie Masters inadvertently takes a picture of one of the
thieves. When they go after Julie, Spider-Man must protect her while
trying to recover the stolen plans.
Air Date: 2-7-79
Guests: Geoffrey Lewis, Charles Haid, Kenneth O'Brien, Jennifer
Billingsley, Milt Kogan, Ed Walsh, Davis Roberts, Livia Genise, Chip
Johnson, Wendy Oates
Synopsis: Parker suspects he is being used to frame an innocent
person when he develops an incriminating photograph he didn't take.
He is then jailed for contempt when he doesn't turn the photo over
to the police.
PILOT MOVIE (2-HOUR)
Air Date: 4-19-77
Guests: Hilly Hicks, Lisa Eilbacher, Dick Balduzzi, Jeff Donnell,
Robert Hastings, Barry Cutler, Thayer David, Ivory Francis
Synopsis: Graduate student and part time photographer, Peter Parker
acquires spider-like abilities after being bitten by a radioactive
spider. He then uses his new abilities to foil the plan of a cult
leader who uses a mind control machine to force good people to rob
banks for him.
Air Date: 2-21-79
Guests: Gaven O'Herlihy, Wil Seltzer, Allan Arbus
Synopsis: When a Sorgenson Chemical representative discovers a mind
control drug works, he uses it on the students developing it.
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