Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Saturday Morning's Forgotten Heroes: Isis (1975)

With the success of Shazam!, Filmation ramped up its live-action output in 1975. We have previously discussed Ghost Busters & Uncle Croc's Block, which were both cancelled after 1 season. Now, it's time for Isis.

CBS & Filmation paired Isis with the returning Shazam! in a 1-hour block, with the Kroffts' Far Out Space Nuts blocking Ghost Busters from making this a 90-minute package from the studio. As it is, the Ghost Busters, despite the poor ratings, served as a lead-in to Fat Albert, which occupied the noon slot back then.

Joranna20 uploaded the open, which explains the basis for the show in a neat, tidy package, and the first portion of the episode, "Bigfoot".



Isis, while a daytime series, opened the door for a pair of primetime heroines a year later, as ABC spun The Bionic Woman off from The Six Million Dollar Man, and, on their 3rd try, green-lighted Wonder Woman.

The series is available on DVD, if you can find it.

Rating: A.

4 comments:

R.A.M.'67 said...

A single disc, 7-episode set called The Secrets of Isis came out just this Tuesday from Classic Media. It's definitely cheaper than what the asking prices are for the [out-of-print] complete series set from BCI, new AND used copies!

The "Bigfoot" episode is fun, but nothing's quite as enjoyable as the show where Isis surrounds the guy in the bad bear suit with a circle of flames!

hobbyfan said...

Thanks for the heads-up. I have to try to chase that one down.

magicdog said...

Loved watching this show! It was paired with Shazzam on Saturday mornings and I recall they did a crossover for one ep.

Like Shazzam it was full of hokey plots tied to a lesson of the week (ie. teens doing dumb things that lead to trouble) but it was all good in the end.

I used to wish I could call on the Zephyr Winds to carry me anywhere!

hobbyfan said...

That was the formula du jour for Filmation back then, even with Fat Albert.

Considering how DC has messed up Isis in recent years, a reboot needs work......