History Series / Shazam

14th Mar '18 11:57:46 AM Saveelich
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Based upon the Fawcett/DC comic book character [[Comicbook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]], '''Shazam!''' was Creator/{{Filmation}}'s first foray into live-action children's programming in TheSeventies. The program ran three seasons on Creator/{{CBS}} and was considered successful enough to launch a spin-off, ''[[Series/TheSecretsOfIsis Isis]]''.

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Based upon the Fawcett/DC comic book character [[Comicbook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]], '''Shazam!''' ''Shazam!'' was Creator/{{Filmation}}'s first foray into live-action children's programming in TheSeventies. The program ran three seasons on Creator/{{CBS}} and was considered successful enough to launch a spin-off, ''[[Series/TheSecretsOfIsis Isis]]''.
18th Jan '18 5:18:16 AM DarkStorm
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* MediumBlending: The Elders are represented as six cartoon figures that Billy stands in front of and speaks to.



** Possibly justified by the RV having Captain Marvel's logo on it, connecting them to Captain Marvel without explicitly revealing that Billy ''is'' Captain Marvel.



* ThemeMusicPowerUp

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* ThemeMusicPowerUpThemeMusicPowerUp: When Billy becomes Captain Marvel, his {{leitmotif}} invariably kicks in from the moment he says Shazam.



* TitlePlease
* TransformationSequence

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* TitlePlease
TitlePlease: Like many early live-action kid shows, the episode titles weren't known until a later VCR or DVD release.
* TransformationSequenceTransformationSequence: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzdAedP7_po Yes.]] It's far more drawn out than the instantaneous comic counterpart is said to be.
21st Oct '16 4:21:26 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* SecretIdentity: No one, except Mentor, should know Billy and Captain Marvel are the same person. But in the TV universe, either his identity isn't especially a secret or TheyJustDidntCare. In one episode, a girl knows that Captain Marvel will be able to give Billy a message, even though there's no way she should know that the two have a connection of any sort. But how could people not figure it out? Captain Marvel appears everywhere (and only where) Billy and Mentor appear.

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* SecretIdentity: No one, except Mentor, should know Billy and Captain Marvel are the same person. But in the TV universe, either his identity isn't especially a secret or TheyJustDidntCare.no one cares. In one episode, a girl knows that Captain Marvel will be able to give Billy a message, even though there's no way she should know that the two have a connection of any sort. But how could people not figure it out? Captain Marvel appears everywhere (and only where) Billy and Mentor appear.
24th Aug '16 9:14:12 PM starjammer05
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** It's a period thing. During the time Native rights activism and cultural pride was at a high point and counter-culturalism was on the down-swing from the late 60's. So having a young Native character who was disdainful of white authority was a common stereotype. It usually gave the white protagonists the chance to show how good/fair/just/enlightened/whatever they were by treating the Native concerns seriously, while also giving an easy VillainBall to the white "developers" who were always out to bulldoze the Native culture to make a quick buck.

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** It's a period thing. an artifact of the time period. During the that time Native rights activism and cultural pride was were at a high point and counter-culturalism was on the down-swing from the late 60's. So having a young Native character who was disdainful of white authority was a common stereotype. It usually gave the white protagonists the chance to show how good/fair/just/enlightened/whatever good or fair or just or enlightened or whatever they were by treating the Native concerns seriously, while also giving an easy VillainBall to the white "developers" guys who were always out to bulldoze the Native culture to make a quick buck.
24th Aug '16 9:10:12 PM starjammer05
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** It's a period thing. During the time Native rights activism and cultural pride was at a high point and counter-culturalism was on the down-swing from the late 60's. So having a young Native character who was disdainful of white authority was a common stereotype. It usually gave the white protagonists the chance to show how good/fair/just/enlightened/whatever they were by treating the Native concerns seriously, while also giving an easy VillainBall to the white "developers" who were always out to bulldoze the Native culture to make a quick buck.
19th Aug '16 7:16:44 PM starjammer05
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* CoconutSuperpowers: Being a low-budget 1970's children's live-action show, this was a given.
27th Mar '16 7:54:43 AM DarkStorm
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It's probably noteworthy that Filmation also produced ''[[WesternAnimation/HeroHigh The Kid Super Power Hour]]'', which featured animated adventures of Captain Marvel [not a continuation of this series, although it did keep the show's theme music as the Marvel Family's {{Leitmotif}}] as well as the extended Marvel family.

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It's probably noteworthy that Filmation also produced ''[[WesternAnimation/HeroHigh The Kid Super Power Hour]]'', which featured animated adventures of Captain Marvel [not (not a continuation of this series, although it did keep the show's theme music as the Marvel Family's {{Leitmotif}}] {{Leitmotif}}) as well as the extended Marvel family.



** On the other hand, Mentor could be Shazam under a different name -- given how he can apparently hear/talk to the Elders himself, the way he can [[StealthHiBye appear and vanish as if by magic]], and that he [claims to have] taught archery to Cupid.

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** On the other hand, Mentor could be Shazam under a different name -- given how he can apparently hear/talk to the Elders himself, the way he can [[StealthHiBye appear and vanish as if by magic]], and that he [claims (claims to have] have) taught archery to Cupid.



* AdventureTowns

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* AdventureTownsAdventureTowns: Every episode



* WrongParachuteGag: There is a dramatic version in which a boy incorrectly packs a parachute by himself without telling any adults about it. As a result, a skydiver takes the pack and takes off for a dive before the boy confesses. They are too late to stop the dive and everyone watches in horror knowing that his parachute won't open. Fortunately, Billy Batson transforms into the FlyingBrick SuperHero, Captain Marvel, and flies up to open the parachute pack himself.

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* WrongParachuteGag: There is a dramatic version in which a boy incorrectly packs a parachute by himself without telling any adults about it. As a result, a skydiver takes the pack and takes off for a dive before the boy confesses. They are too late to stop the dive and everyone watches in horror knowing that his parachute won't open. Fortunately, Billy Batson transforms into the FlyingBrick SuperHero, Captain Marvel, and flies up to open the parachute pack himself.
18th Dec '15 10:52:45 PM Doug86
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Based upon the Fawcett/DC comic book character [[Comicbook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]], '''Shazam!''' was {{Creator/Filmation}}'s first foray into live-action children's programming in TheSeventies. The program ran three seasons on Creator/{{CBS}} and was considered successful enough to launch a spin-off, ''[[Series/TheSecretsOfIsis Isis]]''.

It's probably noteworthy that Filmation also produced ''[[HeroHigh The Kid Super Power Hour]]'', which featured animated adventures of Captain Marvel [not a continuation of this series, although it did keep the show's theme music as the Marvel Family's {{Leitmotif}}] as well as the extended Marvel family.

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Based upon the Fawcett/DC comic book character [[Comicbook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]], '''Shazam!''' was {{Creator/Filmation}}'s Creator/{{Filmation}}'s first foray into live-action children's programming in TheSeventies. The program ran three seasons on Creator/{{CBS}} and was considered successful enough to launch a spin-off, ''[[Series/TheSecretsOfIsis Isis]]''.

It's probably noteworthy that Filmation also produced ''[[HeroHigh ''[[WesternAnimation/HeroHigh The Kid Super Power Hour]]'', which featured animated adventures of Captain Marvel [not a continuation of this series, although it did keep the show's theme music as the Marvel Family's {{Leitmotif}}] as well as the extended Marvel family.



* StockFootage: It's {{Creator/Filmation}}. Duh.

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* StockFootage: It's {{Creator/Filmation}}.Creator/{{Filmation}}. Duh.
25th Jun '15 6:16:34 PM kchishol
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* WrongParachuteGag

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* WrongParachuteGagWrongParachuteGag: There is a dramatic version in which a boy incorrectly packs a parachute by himself without telling any adults about it. As a result, a skydiver takes the pack and takes off for a dive before the boy confesses. They are too late to stop the dive and everyone watches in horror knowing that his parachute won't open. Fortunately, Billy Batson transforms into the FlyingBrick SuperHero, Captain Marvel, and flies up to open the parachute pack himself.
25th Jun '15 6:15:21 PM kchishol
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* WrongParachuteGag
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