[[caption-width-right:325:Captain Marvel and his alter ego Billy Batson, keeping it real in TheSeventies.]]

-> [[TheChosenOne Chosen from among all others]] by the [[TheChooserOfTheOne Immortal Elders]] [[Literature/TheBible Solomon]], [[ClassicalMythology Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles]], [[CrossoverCosmology Mercury]], [[KidHero Billy Batson]] and his [[NoNameGiven mentor]] [[AdventureTowns travel the highways and biways of the land]] on a never-ending mission: to right wrongs, to develop understanding, and to seek justice for all! In time of dire need, young Billy has been granted the power by the Immortals to summon awesome forces at the [[ByThePowerOfGrayskull utterance of a single word]]!


->A word which [[TransformationSequence transforms him in a flash]] into the mightiest of mortal beings: CAPTAIN MARVEL!

Based upon the Fawcett/DC comic book character [[Comicbook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]], '''Shazam!''' was {{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.


* AdaptationDistillation: The wizard Shazam does not appear in this series nor is he mentioned in the OpeningNarration's back story (instead, the six Immortal Elders speak with and confer their various powers to Billy directly). This would make the magic word "SHAZAM!" a case of GrandfatherClause and an ArtifactTitle, were it not the [[FunWithAcronyms initials of the Immortals]].
** None of Captain Marvel's RoguesGallery appeared in the show, most likely to keep the violence to a minimum. Instead, Cap would help out normal people with various problems usually caused by [[TooDumbToLive their own poor choices]].
* AdventureTowns
* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: A staple of children's shows at the time. But you knew that, right? And Knowing Is... well, you know.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Danny in "The Brothers"
* ByThePowerOfGrayskull: "SHAZAM!"
* TheChosenOne: Billy
** TheChooserOfTheOne: The Immortal Elders
* {{Crossover}}: After ''Isis'' debuted, she and Cap would occasionally appear in each other's series.
* {{Expy}}: Mentor for Uncle Dudley.
* OpeningNarration
* NoNameGiven / EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Mentor
* [[PlotRelevantAgeUp Series-Relevant Age-Up]]: Billy goes from a 10-year-old to a teenager in this series.
* 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.
* SeventiesHair: Billy's carrying around one '''huge''' coif, while Jackson Bostwick's Cap rocks the Seventies Shag.
* SigilSpam: It's probably not supposed to be quite so noticable, but Mentor's Winnebago has Captain Marvel's "lightning bolt" insignia plastered on it rather prominently.
* StockFootage: It's {{Filmation}}. Duh.
* TransformationSequence