The New Original Wonder Woman

Wonder WomanArmy Air Forces flying ace Major Steve Trevor sets off to intercept an experimental German plane at the height of World War II in 1942. The Allies have received intelligence that the Nazis have built a trans-Atlantic bomber capable of attacking American soil, and Major Trevor must either confirm and engage, or disprove and return to base. The rumors are true, but Trevor takes out the enemy by colliding with it. As the two pilots bail out via parachute, the Nazi pilot shoots Trevor…and then himself plummets into shark-infested water. Trevor’s parachute drifts over land, bringing him down safely to an uncharted island in the Bermuda Triangle.

The island is inhabited by an isolated tribe of Amazon women who have chosen to remain apart from the rest of humanity, and certainly apart from the war consuming the rest of the world. Diana, the daughter of Queen Hippolyta, is fascinated by the man in her tribe’s midst, but her mother forbids her to interfere in his destiny. Any Amazon who takes Major Trevor back to America can never return, and may surrender the near-immortality enjoyed by the Amazons remaining on Paradise Island; Hippolyta decides that tests of athleticism and endurance will determine who is best suited for this one-way mission. Diana assumes a disguise and wins the competition, only revealing her identity to her mother at the end. In her invisible plane, and with a new outfit made of a material impervious to primitive weaponry, Diana sets out to return Major Trevor to Washington. But once she begins her new life, her incredible abilities draw attention from all kinds of people…including a cadre of Nazi sympathizers operating within American borders. Worse yet, the experimental Nazi plane wasn’t the only one of its kind…

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Stanley Ralph Ross
directed by Leonard Horn
music by Charles Fox

Wonder WomanCast: Lynda Carter (Diana Prince / Wonder Woman), Lyle Waggoner (Major Steve Trevor), John Randolph (General Blankenship), Red Buttons (Ashley Norman), Stella Stevens (Marcia), Eric Braeden (Captain Drangel), Severn Darden (Bad Guy), Fannie Flagg (Amazon Doctor), Henry Gibson (Nikolas), Kenneth Mars (Colonel Von Blasko), Cloris Leachman (Queen Hippolyta), Helen Verbit (Nurse), Tom Rosqui (Cop #2), Fritzi Burr (Saleslady), Ian Wolfe (Bank Manager), Inga Neilson (Rena), Maida Severn (Teutonic Woman), Jean Karlson (2nd Amazon), Anne Ramsey (Taxi Cab Driver)

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Wonder Woman Meets Baroness von Gunther

Wonder WomanMajor Steve Trevor is implicated in a series of sabotage incidents that have set the American war effort back signficantly. Steve is determined to clear his name, as is his new secretary, Navy Yeoman Diana Prince. What Steve doesn’t know is that Diana is Wonder Woman in disguise, and she repeatedly comes to the rescue as his attempts to clear his name put him in ever greater danger. All signs point toward a captured Nazi Baroness being the prime suspect behind the attempts to tar Major Trevor with the brush of treason, but how can she frame him while she’s under lock and key?

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Margaret Armen
directed by Barry Crane
music by Charles Fox

Wonder WomanCast: Lynda Carter (Diana Prince / Wonder Woman), Lyle Waggoner (Major Steve Trevor), Richard Eastham (General Blankenship), Beatrice Colen (Etta Candy), Christine Belford (Baroness Paula Von Gunther), Edmund Gilbert (Warden), Ed Griffith (Hanson), Christian Juttner (Tommy), Bradford Dillman (Arthur Deal III), Jude Farese (Guard #1), Cletus Young (Guard #2), Ruth Warshawsky (Woman), John Brandon (Sergeant Stransky)

Wonder WomanNotes: Not only does the warden’s son, Tommy, have a Sherlock Holmes fixation, but he also seems to have no curfew and unlimited access to a top-security federal penitentiary during wartime. This was one of two hour-long specials ordered by ABC after the pilot, though these specials are now retroactively considered part of the first season (which technically didn’t begin until the fall of 1976). Richard Eastham takes over the role of General Blankenship for the remainder of the first season.

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The Nazi Wonder Woman

Wonder WomanWonder Woman has come to the attention of the Third Reich. Fausta Grables launches an audacious plan to infiltrate America and kidnap Wonder Woman to learn the secrets of her power…and part of her plan is to use Major Steve Trevor as bait. Once the Nazi operatives have Wonder Woman and take her back to Germany, Major Trevor launches a rescue operation, daring to go behind enemy lines without authorization from General Blankenship. But Wonder Woman doesn’t need rescuing – and now Major Trevor is stuck deep in Nazi territory in need of rescue himself.

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Bruce Shelly & David Ketchum
directed by Barry Crane
music by Artie Kane

Wonder WomanCast: Lynda Carter (Diana Prince / Wonder Woman), Lyle Waggoner (Major Steve Trevor), Richard Eastham (General Blankenship), Beatrice Colen (Etta Candy), Bo Brundin (Colonel Kesselman), Colby Chester (Horst), Jeff Cooper (Major Charlie Scott), Keene Curtis (Mueller), Bill Fletcher (Nazi), Lynda Day George (Fausta Grables), Christopher George (Rojak), Mary Rings (Peasant Girl), Gene Biegouloff (Soldier #1), Kenneth Smedberg (Soldier #2), Angelo Gnazzo (Cabbie), Larry Ellis (M.C.), Ron Lombard (Radioman)

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Beauty On Parade

Wonder WomanA string of sabotage incidents at Fort Russell, Maryland, a vital point in the supply chain for the U.S. war effort, points toward a high-level security breach. Major Trevor believes that a top-secret project is the target, and he and Diana quickly realize that a traveling beauty contest – supposedly to raise the morale of American troops – could be providing perfect cover for the saboteurs. Diana goes undercover, joining the beauty contest, but it’s almost too late before she and Trevor realize that the secret project isn’t the target. President Eisenhower, due to arrive soon at Fort Russell, is the target, and they may be too late to stop someone from assassinating him.

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Ron Friedman
directed by Richard Kinon
music by Artie Kane

Wonder WomanCast: Lynda Carter (Diana Prince / Wonder Woman), Lyle Waggoner (Major Steve Trevor), Richard Eastham (General Blankenship), Beatrice Colen (Etta Candy), Anne Francis (Lola Flynn), Dick Van Patten (Jack Wood), William Lanteau (Colonel Flint), Bobby Van (Monty Burns), Jennifer Shaw (Susan), Lindsday Bloom (Tina), Christa Helm (Rita), Paulette Breen (Mitzie), Linda Carpenter (Betsy), Eddie Benton (June), April Tatro (Betty Lou), Derna Wylde (Rosalie), Wayne Grace (Captain), Henry Deas (Stagehand), Bill Adler (Sentry), John David Yarbrough (Lieutenant)

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The Feminum Mystique – Part 1

Wonder WomanMajor Trevor and Diana are present when Nazi agents attempt to hijack an experimental fighter plane, the XPJ-1. Unknown to everyone except Trevor and General Blankenship, the XPJ-1 can be destroyed by remote control; while they see to that, Diana transforms into Wonder Woman and rounds up other Nazis operating under cover at the airfield. Some of the Nazis, including Captain Radl, witness Wonder Woman in action – specifically, her bullet-deflecting bracelets. Diana is amazed when her younger sister, Drusilla, is waiting for her at her apartment, bearing a message from their mother to return to Paradise Island. Diane introduces a disguised Drusilla to General Blankenship, who offers her a tour of Valley Forge, a destination that the General and Drusilla never reach thanks to Captain Radl. Drusilla transforms into a new guise – Wonder Girl – to try to save General Blankenship, but she becomes a hostage instead.

Download this episode via Amazonteleplay by Jimmy Sangster
story by Barbara Avedon & Barbara Corday
directed by Herb Wallerstein
music by Artie Kane

Wonder WomanCast: Lynda Carter (Diana Prince / Wonder Woman), Lyle Waggoner (Major Steve Trevor), Richard Eastham (General Blankenship), Beatrice Colen (Etta Candy), John Saxon (Captain Radl), Carolyn Jones (Queen Hippolyta), Charles Frank (Peter Knight), Paul Shenar (Lt. Wertz), Kurt Kreuger (Major Hemmschler), Debra Winger (Drusilla), Curt Lowens (General Ulrich), Erica Hagen (Dalma), Pamela Shoop (Magda), Kurt Grayson (Harris), Jay Fenichel (Tommy), Brad Rearden (Joey)

Wonder WomanNotes: This is the first TV appearance for a 21-year-old Debra Winger, whose first movie appearance had debuted in theaters only days earlier. Though this first appearance of Wonder Girl would seem like it has “spinoff” written all over it, Drusilla would make only one further appearance after this two-parter; this was probably for the best for Winger’s career, as she would go on to be nominated three times for the Oscar for Best Lead Actress just a few years later, starting with 1983’s An Officer And A Gentleman.

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The Feminum Mystique – Part 2

Wonder WomanDrusilla, in her Wonder Girl guise, is in the hands of Nazi Captain Radl, who forces her to reveal the secret location of Paradise Island, home of her fellow Amazons. With no idea where her sister is, Wonder Woman remains in her Diana Prince guise. When Major Trevor intercepts Nazi orders involving an uncharted island, Wonder Woman must return home to protect her homeland and save her people. But how easily will the Nazis give up their new obsession with feminum, the metal from which her armbands are forged?

Download this episode via Amazonteleplay by Jimmy Sangster
story by Barbara Avedon & Barbara Corday
directed by Herb Wallerstein
music by Artie Kane

Wonder WomanCast: Lynda Carter (Diana Prince / Wonder Woman), Lyle Waggoner (Major Steve Trevor), Richard Eastham (General Blankenship), Beatrice Colen (Etta Candy), John Saxon (Captain Radl), Carolyn Jones (Queen Hippolyta), Charles Frank (Peter Knight), Paul Shenar (Lt. Wertz), Debra Winger (Drusilla), Erica Hagen (Dalma), Pamela Shoop (Magda), Rayford Barnes (Lt. Weil), Kurt Grayson (Harris), Jay Fenichel (Tommy), Newell Alexander (Destroyer Commander)

Notes: This is the first appearance appearance of Wonder Woman’s invisible jet since the pilot; transparent set pieces and a “sky” background take the place of the less-than-convincing shot-on-video effects of the pilot movie.

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Wonder Woman vs. Gargantua

Wonder WomanA Nazi defector is questioned by Major Trevor as Diana and General Blankenship watch from the other side of a false mirror; he has valuable information that he’s not unloading until the United States can guarantee his safety. But his fellow Nazis are already planning to recapture him before he can talk, and they’ve prepared for any interference from Wonder Woman by training a giant gorilla to react to her with hostile aggression on sight. She may be an expert at dealing with Nazis, but can Wonder Woman tame the heart of a trained, conditioned primate?

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by David Ketchum and Tony DiMarco
directed by Charles R. Rondeau
music by Artie Kane

Wonder WomanCast: Lynda Carter (Diana Prince / Wonder Woman), Lyle Waggoner (Major Steve Trevor), Richard Eastham (General Blankenship), Beatrice Colen (Etta Candy), Robert Loggia (Hans Eichler), Gretchen Corbett (Erica Belgard), John Hillerman (Conrad Steigler), Tom Reese (Carl), Herb Voland (Dr. Osmond), Jerry Fitzpatrick (Circus Guard), Jim Driskill (Sergeant Henderson), Curtis Credel (Corporal Rogers), John Zenda (Soldier), Mickey Morton (Gargantua)

Wonder WomanNotes: Mickey Morton (1927–1993) was a fixture in 1970s and ’80s genre productions:- he had donned a Wookiee suit to play Chewie’s wife Malla in the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special, and played Solomon Grundy in the lamentable 1979 TV special Legends Of The Superheroes. John Hillerman’s best known role was ahead of him, starring as Higgins in Magnum P.I. from 1980 through 1988.

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The Pluto File

Wonder WomanWord reaches Washington that a mercenary known internationally as “the Falcon” has arrived in America, either to stop or to steal the word of Professor Warren, who had devised a way to artificially induce earthquakes – an ability that, when weaponized, could end World War II in mere days. But for such a renowned hired gun, the Falcon is remarkably easy to track: his most recent stop was in India, where he unwittingly became a carrier of bubonic plague, leaving a trail of infected victims in his wake. When he realizes his own time is running out, is there any way for Wonder Woman to reason with the Falcon, a man who has nothing left to lose?

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Herbert Bermann
directed by Herb Wallerstein
music by Artie Kane

Wonder WomanCast: Lynda Carter (Diana Prince / Wonder Woman), Lyle Waggoner (Major Steve Trevor), Richard Eastham (General Blankenship), Beatrice Colen (Etta Candy), Robert Reed (The Falcon), Hayden Rorke (Professor Warren), Albert Stratton (Benson), Michael Twain (Frank Willis), Kenneth Tigar (Dr. Barnes), Jason Johnson (James Porter), Peter Brandon (Dr. Norris), Sean Kelly (Bobby), Gary Oakes (Sergeant Evans), Mikki Jamison-Olsen (Camilla Moret), Brigid O’Brien (Customs Agent)

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Last Of The Two-Dollar Bills

Wonder WomanMajor Trevor is waiting to intercept Nazi spy Wotan, a dangerous master of disguise whose arrival on American soil has been tipped off by an informant. Diana ducks out of sight to become Wonder Woman, discovering that Wotan himself has an oddly hypnotic effect on her, and he manages to get away. While Major Trevor focuses his search for Wotan on obvious targets within Washington, Wotan is planning to plant doubles in strategic positions to undermine the American economy.

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Paul Dubov & Gwen Bagni
directed by Stuart Margolin
music by Artie Kane

Wonder WomanCast: Lynda Carter (Diana Prince / Wonder Woman), Lyle Waggoner (Major Steve Trevor), Richard Eastham (General Blankenship), Beatrice Colen (Etta Candy), James Olson (Wotan), Barbara Anderson (Maggie Robbins), David Cryer (Hank Miller), John Howard (Dr. Diderich), Richard O’Brien (Frank Wilson), Dean Harens (Secret Service Man), Victor Argo (Jason), Don Eitner (Dentist), Michael Van Wagner (S.S. Colonel), Naomi Grumette (Customer)

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Judgment From Outer Space – Part 1

Wonder WomanA UFO lands just outside of Washington, bearing Andros, a visitor from a peaceful league of alien worlds. As humans grows closer to the secret of splitting the atom and taking its first steps into space, these other worlds are becoming uneasy that the people of Earth will export war to the rest of space. Andros has been sent to survey Earth to see if the human race is worthy of survival, and he’s not impressed with the welcome he receives from Washington. A Nazi spy posing as a Swedish reporter alerts the Axis to Andros’ presence, and capturing him – and harnessing his power over such natural forces as weather – becomes a top priority. Andros has found a kindred spirit in Wonder Woman, who is also an outsider in human society, but when he is kidnapped by the Nazis, she may be powerless to convince Andros’ people not to destroy Earth.

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Stephen Kandel
directed by Alan Crosland
music by Artie Kane

Wonder WomanCast: Lynda Carter (Diana Prince / Wonder Woman), Lyle Waggoner (Major Steve Trevor), Richard Eastham (General Blankenship), Beatrice Colen (Etta Candy), Tim O’Connor (Andros), Kurt Kaszner (General Von Dreiberg), Janet MacLachlan (Sakri), Scott Hylands (Paul Bjornsen), Archie Johnson (General Zachary Kane), Vic Perrin (Gorel), Patrick Skelton (Gormsby), Fil Formicola (Sergeant)

Wonder WomanNotes: Written by Stephen Kandel (who brought the character of Harry Mudd to classic Star Trek), this two-parter is top-heavy with science fiction royalty. Tim O’Connor had already appeared in The Outer Limits, The Twilight Zone, and Search, but was still two years away from his signature genre role as Dr. Huer in Buck Rogers In The 25th Century. Vic Perrin could be heard in every episode of The Outer Limits as the control voice instructing viewers not to adjust their televisions. Janet MacLachlan guest starred in the original Star Trek and The Six Million Dollar Man. Scott Hylands appeared in Earth II and Project UFO, and would go on to guest star on The X-Files before landing a regular role in the 21st century reboot of V.

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Judgment From Outer Space – Part 2

Wonder WomanAndros is in the hands of Nazi agents who take him across the Atlantic to Germany. Major Trevor is assigned to join up with an RAF unit in England to launch a rescue mission, while Wonder Woman speeds across the ocean in her invisible jet. She is the first to try to mount a rescue, but finds Andros uncooperative, apparently not convinced that the Nazis are in the wrong since he has been treated well. It’s only when the Nazis promise to unleash their cruelty upon Wonder Woman that Andros learns of their true nature. Major Trevor is captured before he can attempt a rescue, and Wonder Woman is already in captivity. Now the only help can come from Andros and his people…assuming they haven’t already decided to destroy this primitive, savage world.

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Stephen Kandel
directed by Alan Crosland
music by Artie Kane

Wonder WomanCast: Lynda Carter (Diana Prince / Wonder Woman), Lyle Waggoner (Major Steve Trevor), Richard Eastham (General Blankenship), Beatrice Colen (Etta Candy), Tim O’Connor (Andros), Kurt Kaszner (General Von Dreiberg), Janet MacLachlan (Sakri), Scott Hylands (Paul Bjornsen), Vic Perrin (Gorel), Hank Brandt (Graebner), Christiane Schmidtner (Lisa Engel), George Cooper (Gen. Clewes), Erik Holland (Nazi Grau), Ted Roter (Berghoff)

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Formula 407

Wonder WomanMajor Trevor and Diana are assigned to fly to Buenos Aires on a top secret mission to meet with Professor Moreno, inventor of a chemical formula that makes rubber nearly impervious to physical attack. Despite Argentina’s official neutrality in the war, Moreno has quietly promised to hand the formula over to the United States. But German spies have also learned of the formula, and an undercover team of Nazis arrives in Buenos Aires at the same time – with intelligence that’s so up-to-date that they know Trevor is there for the same reason. Some of the Nazis quickly make their presence known, and Wonder Woman appears to fight them off. But other Nazi agents are already in Professor Moreno’s home, without announcing their true identities or intentions…and they’re more than happy to add Trevor and Wonder Woman to the list of prizes they hope to take back to Germany.

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Elroy Schwartz
directed by Herb Wallerstein
music by Artie Kane

Wonder WomanCast: Lynda Carter (Diana Prince / Wonder Woman), Lyle Waggoner (Major Steve Trevor), Richard Eastham (General Blankenship), Beatrice Colen (Etta Candy), Nehemiah Persoff (Professor Moreno), Maris Pavan (Maria), John Devlin (Major Keller), Peter MacLean (Schmidt), Charles Macaulay (Ambassador McCauley), Maria Grimm (Lydia Moreno), Armando Silvestre (Antonio Cruz), Curt Lowens (S.S. General), Gary Cashdollar (Otto Dietrich)

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The Bushwhackers

Wonder WomanTexas rancher J.P. Hadley, an old school friend of General Blankenship, calls the General for help when local law enforcement proves completely ineffective in rounding up cattle thieves who are having a serious impact on the Hadley ranch’s operations. The General sends Major Trevor to Texas, and Wonder Woman follows in her invisible jet. Before Trevor can even meet Hadley, the cattle rustlers are trying to keep him from offering any help, but they haven’t counted on Wonder Woman’s presence. Worse yet, someone inside Hadley’s ranch is giving them information on everything Trevor and Wonder Woman plan to do.

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Skip Webster
directed by Stuart Margolin
music by Artie Kane

Wonder WomanCast: Lynda Carter (Diana Prince / Wonder Woman), Lyle Waggoner (Major Steve Trevor), Richard Eastham (General Blankenship), Beatrice Colen (Etta Candy), Roy Rogers (J.P. Hadley), Henry Darrow (Lampkin), Lance Kerwin (Jeff Hadley), Tony George (Emmett Dawson), David Clarke (Sheriff Bodie), Christoff St. John (Linc), Christelle Pierrette Gaspart (Babette), Justin Randi (Freddie), David Yanez (Charlie), Carey Wong (Sen), Rita Gomez (Maria), Murray MacLeod (The Man)

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Wonder Woman In Hollywood

Wonder WomanHollywood calls on the War Department to seek Major Steve Trevor’s expertise in a filmed re-enactment of the war exploits that made him famous. Somewhat to Trevor’s dismay, General Blakenship is more than happy to loan him out as both advisor and actor. Diana accompanies him to Hollywood. At the same time, Drusilla is sent from Paradise Island to summon Diana for an important anniversary celebration among the Amazons, but delivering the message is no simple matter. Someone is trying to kidnap some of Trevor’s co-stars, who also happen to be war heroes, and studio boss Mark Bremer seems remarkably unconcerned about what’s going on…because he’s a German agent planning to take Trevor and his fellow war heroes back to Berlin for trial. Wonder Woman and Wonder Girl must combine forces if they’re to stop the fiendish plot.

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Jimmy Sangster
directed by Bruce Bilson
music by Artie Kane

Wonder WomanCast: Lynda Carter (Diana Prince / Wonder Woman), Lyle Waggoner (Major Steve Trevor), Richard Eastham (General Blankenship), Beatrice Colen (Etta Candy), Harris Yulin (Mark Bremer),
Robert Hays (Corporal Jim Ames), Chirstopher Norris (Gloria Beverly), Charles Cyphers (Kurt), Alan Bergmann (Director), Carolyn Jones (Queen), Debra Winger (Drusilla), Ross Bickell (Lt. Bill Rand), David Himes (Sht. Harry Willard), Barry Van Dyke (Freddy), Danil Torppe (George), Eric Boles (Roger), Alex Rodine (Destroyer Captain), June Whitley Taylor (Receptionist), Carmen Filpi (Guard)

Wonder WomanNotes: This is the final World War II-era Wonder Woman TV episode, and as such it’s the last we see of Richard Eastham as General Blankenship and Beatrice Colen as Etta Candy. Technically, it’s also the last time we see Major Steve Trevor, but fear not, the second season – set in the 1970s, contemporary with the show’s airdates – introduces us to American intelligence agent Steve Trevor, who looks exactly like his father. This is also the second and final appearance of Debra Winger as Drusilla, and is loaded with some extremely young familiar faces, such as Robert Hays (Airplane!, Wonder WomanStarman) and Barry Van Dyke (Galactica: 1980, Diagnosis Murder). The first season finale also marks the end of Wonder Woman on ABC; though the shift to the 1970s era would probably have happened anyway, ABC’s cold feet at renewing the chronically expensive series gave CBS time to step in and outbid them.

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