My TiVo recorded a episode from the first season of Shazam!, which I used to watch faithfully as a kid. In 1974. Which, for the mathematically impaired, was thirty years ago. Between this and Cyndi Lauper. . . .

While some shows from my childhood have stood the test of time, this one has not. My word, it was lame.

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  1. Mark Hasty says:

    Isis was hot.

  2. I vaguely remember it. It was on Saturday mornings, right?

  3. Rob A. says:

    Watched an episode the other night too, eager to recapture my youth.

    Awful. Just awful. Maureen Dowd awful.

    Isis was hot though.

  4. Steven says:

    Yup, I remember it as being pretty lame, but I would watch almost anything that had super heroes in it.

    Speaking of lame Saturday morning fare, anyone remember “Ark 2”

  5. Don Baker says:


    I was up late a few weeks ago and caught an episode of “Shazam” as well…you’re right, embarrassingly bad, but quite nostalgic! As I recall, they changed the actors who played “Captain Marvel” about midway through the series.

    I’m sure that these actors are proud to have this on their resume. I looked him up, the actor who played Billy Batson at last report ran a flower shop somewhere in L.A.

    Roll Tide!

    Don Baker

  6. James Joyner says:

    As it turns out, there was only one season of Shazam! and then two more of the Shazam!-Isis Hour. They changed actors after the first year for some reason.