of this show. First of all, they're using
the "real" Wonder Woman. They're not trying to give us some
alternate version of the character we already liked in the first
place. Wonder Woman looks just like she did in the comics and is
the same basic character in personality. It's slightly comedic,
which makes it kind of hokey in a fun way. This show is
definitely not idiotic like the earlier "Batman" TV series and
certainly not a spoof of the beloved Wonder Woman character from
comics. This is by all intents and purposes a good-time superhero
show for young and old.
The pilot episode was much goofier than the rest of
The camp was toned down greatly by the first episode of the regular
series and pretty much disappeared completely. The first season
on ABC, as you might know, had Wonder Woman in the WWII era
(1942). The show moved to CBS for Seasons 2 and 3. For
these last two seasons, Wonder Woman was brought into present-day (then
the 1970s) to fight crime. Both formats of the series had their
charms. I am glad, though, that they modernized it after the
first season. There was only so much they could do with
Nazis. I do wish, though, that they would've done some things to
bring back certain good things about the first season. For
instance, it would've been neat to see Etta Candy in the 1970s,
thirty-some years older than she was as we knew her. They
could've worked her in as a guest star for a few episodes here and
there. Especially since she was Diana's buddy. That
would've been neat to see.
Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman
as Steve Trevor [Season 1]
Lyle Waggoner as Steve Trevor, Jr.
[Seasons 2 and 3]
Blankenship [pilot only]
Richard Eastham as General
Blankenship [only appeared in Season 1; not the pilot]
Normann Burton as Joe Atkinson [Season 2;
for 10 episodes]
Beatrice Colen as Etta
Candy [only appeared in Season 1; not the pilot]
as Queen [pilot only]
as Queen [Season 1; for 3 episodes]
Beatrice Straight as Queen [Seasons 2
Debra Winger as
Girl/Drusilla [only appeared in Season 1; for 3 episodes]
Tom Kratochvil as I.R.A.C. (voice)
[Seasons 2 and 3]
Saundra Sharp as Eve [Season 2]
"The Man Who Could
Not Die" Special Cast:
Bob Seagren as Bryce Candall
John Durren as Dale Hawthorn
James Bond III as T. Burton Phipps III
Brian Davies as Joseph Reichman
Robert Sampson as Dr. Akers
John Aprea as Dupris, Reichman's thug
Fun Fact #1: Wonder
Missing Season: Contrary to popular belief, the
live-action "Wonder Woman" TV show starring Lynda Carter actually had
four seasons, not three. In 1975, the television pilot aired,
called "The New Original Wonder Woman". After the pilot, the
first three episodes of the television series were shown from
1975-1976. These first four efforts all had the official title of
"The New Original Wonder Woman" and were shown on TV as specials.
The series was picked up again from 1976-1977. Since
there were so few shows in the first actual season, the pilot and first
three episodes are lumped together with the 1976-1977 season and
generally considered the "first season" of Wonder Woman. What
became known as the second season of the show (1977-1978) was actually
the third, and what became known as the third season of the show
(1978-1979) was actually the fourth.
"The New Original Wonder
Woman") included these episodes:
Fun Fact #2: Wonder
Woman's Identity Crisis: Everyone knows the show as
"Wonder Woman", but when it first began the pilot and the first three
episodes were called "The New Original Wonder Woman". Sound
odd? In 1974, a "Wonder Woman" TV movie was made starring Cathy
Lee Crosby, professional tennis player. This show was nothing
like the Wonder Woman we know and love. Wonder Woman was blonde,
skinny, and wore a disco-like outfit. Those are just a few of the
differences from the "real" Wonder Woman. The TV movie, although
quite good, proved to
be a dud. In 1975, a TV pilot and series was proposed, this time
featuring the classic version of the Wonder Woman character.
Lynda Carter got the role this time (she actually lost out to Cathy Lee
Crosby the first time around. Can you imagine that?). So
this TV pilot wouldn't be confused with the earlier bomb, it was called
"The New Original Wonder Woman" to state that it was a "new" and
completely separate show featuring the "original" Wonder Woman.
The pilot and early episodes were called "The New Original Wonder
Woman". When the second season started in 1977, its official name
New Adventures of Wonder Woman", but everyone considered
this to be the legitimate Wonder Woman show and it was always referred
to by fans as "Wonder Woman".
Episode 1 "Wonder Woman Meets Baroness Von Gunther"
Episode 2 "Fausta: The Nazi Wonder Woman"
Episode 3 "Beauty on Parade"
Fun Fact #3: Steve
Trevor's Middle Name: His middle name is Leonard. We
learn this in the pilot episode from 1975.
Fun Fact #4: Wonder
Woman's Different Costumes: The costume Wonder Woman wore
in her first season (1975-1977) is different from the costume she wore
in her second and third seasons. These are often referred to by
fans as the ABC and CBS costumes.
Fun Fact #5: Etta Candy:
by Beatrice Colen, did
not appear in the pilot episode, but did appear in all episodes of the
"first" season from 1975-1977.
Fun Fact #6: General
Blankenship: General Phil Blankenship, Steve Trevor's
boss, was first played by John Randolph in the pilot episode, then by
Richard Eastham in the "first" season on ABC.
Fun Fact #7: Comic Book
Villains: The only villains from the comic books that
appeared in the series were Baroness Von Gunther and Fausta
Grabels. Respectively, they were in the first and second episodes
of the regular series "Wonder Woman Meets Baroness Von Gunther" and
"Fausta: The Nazi Wonder Woman". I'm not sure why they
didn't use more villains from the Wonder Woman comics. The first
season could've used more intriguing villains. The second and
third seasons were set in present-day, so they could get away with more
sci-fi type of villains and did on many occasions.
Fun Fact #8: The Queen:
called Hippolyte in the
series. However, this is what she is called in the comics and in
actual Greek mythology. I refer to her many times as Queen
Hippolyte in these pages.
Cloris Leachman was the first to play the Queen in the pilot episode
Carolyn Jones played Queen in Season 1 for these episodes:
#4 "The Feminum Mystique Part 1"
#5 "The Feminum Mystique Part 2"
#13 "Wonder Woman in Hollywood"
Beatrice Straight played Queen in these episodes from Seasons 2 and 3
Season 2 Episode 1 "The Return of Wonder Woman"
Season 2 Episode 4 "The Bermuda Triangle Crisis"
Fun Fact #9: Diana
Prince's Age: As Diana Prince, Wonder Woman passes herself
off as being 25 years old.
Fun Fact #10: Wonder
Woman's Age: In the pilot episode, Wonder Woman does not
know her age. However, in the first episode of Season 2 ("The
Return of Wonder Woman") she tells us that she is 2,526 years
old. Since this was in 1977, we can assume that she was 2,491
years old back in 1942 when the first season's adventures took place.
Fun Fact #11: Wonder
She was in just three episodes of the first season, but is remembered
fondly by fans.
From her very first appearance, Drusilla (in her mortal identity)
passes herself off as 15 years old.
Season 1 Episode 4 "The Feminum Mystique
Part 1"-- Wonder Girl is chloroformed.
Season 1 Episode 5 "The Feminum Mystique
Part 2"-- Wonder Girl is chloroformed.
Girl does not use her lasso even once!