Series: Electra Woman And Dyna Girl
The only show from Sid & Marty Krofft Productions
with two female leads, Electra Woman and Dyna Girl
features two magazine reporters who are secretly superheroines. It was part of The Krofft Supershow
in 1976/77. A fairly open ripoff and/or parody of Batman
, the series consisted of eight stories, each divided into two 15-minute segments.
Deidre Hall and Judy Strangis play Lori and Judy, who work as writers for Newsmaker
magazine, but when trouble calls, they become Electra Woman and Dyna Girl! Electra Woman and Dyna Girl use the latest in technological gadgetry, such as the CrimeScope supercomputer and their wrist-mounted ElectraComs (supplied by their resident tech-wizard Frank, played by Norman Alden), along with their bravery and wits, to solve crimes and capture the various villains they encounter, including the Sorcerer, Glitter Rock, Ali Baba, Spider Lady, the Pharaoh, and the Empress of Evil.
In 2001, The WB
tried to revive Electra Woman and Dyna Girl
. The show wasn't picked up, but a pilot exists with Markie Post
as Electra Woman. This show takes place several years after the original and features an older, world-weary Electra Woman who's retired from the hero business after Dyna Girl ran off with her husband, but is called back on the scene by a young and idealistic fangirl who becomes the new Dyna Girl.
In 2015, a series reboot was announced, starring YouTube
comediennes Grace Helbig
and Hannah Hart
in the titular roles.
The original series provides examples of:
- Arachnid Appearance and Attire: Spider Lady.
- Catch Phrase / Verbal Tic: Dyna Girl and her "Electra-[whatever]!"
- City with No Name
- Clark Kenting: The duo do not wear masks, but just change their hairstyles.
- Cliff Hanger / Death Trap: Every episode, naturally.
- Evil Sorcerer: The Sorcerer and Ali Baba.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: As seen by this page, several of the villains are examples of this.
- Expository Theme Tune: "Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, fighting all evil things.."
- Follow the Leader: As noted, the show was pretty much "60's Batman with female leads."
- First Name Basis: The viewer never learns Lori's and Judy's last names.
- Girlish Pigtails: Dyna Girl has very long ones.
- Large Ham: Lots of scenery-chewing on display; Judy Strangis really cuts loose when Dyna-Girl is turned evil in one episode.
- Making a Spectacle of Yourself: Glitter Rock wears enormous star-shaped sunglasses.
- Making Use of the Twin: Deidre Hall's twin was used as an evil duplicate in one episode.
- The Man Behind the Man: The Empress of Evil turns out to be an android, and the real villain, her inventor, was her sidekick all along.
- Mind Control: Several episodes feature the heroines getting brain-zapped in one way or another.
- Mind-Control Music: Glitter Rock's schtick.
- Mirror Morality Machine: Ali Baba uses one of these.
- Mission Control: Frank.
- Nepharious Pharaoh: The Pharaoh.
- Non-Powered Costumed Hero
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: At one point, the Pharaoh tries to do away with the heroic duo with a basket of asps.
- Spandex, Latex, or Leather: Spandex, as befitting its status as the campiest of camp.
- Super Wrist Gadget: The ElectraComs.
- Theme Mobile: The ElectraCar
- To The Bat Noun: The heroines used the ElectraCar, among other vehicles.
- Transformation Sequence: The heroines switching to their costumes.
The 2001 pilot provides examples of:
- The Alcoholic: Electra Woman. It's Played for Laughs most of the time, but she very clearly has a drinking problem.
- Ascended Fangirl: The new Dyna Girl (conveniently also named Judy) was a girl who was rescued by Electra Woman and Dyna Girl when she was little. Now a freshman in college, she's the one who gets Electra Woman to come out of retirement and joins her as the new Dyna Girl.
- Broken Bird: Electra Woman, who has lost her sense of idealism from her younger days and is now cynical, bitter and washed-up. It's implied that her divorce hit her hard, and it didn't make it better that her ex-husband left her for the original Dyna Girl.
- The Cameo: Both The Flash and Aquaman make brief cameos. Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman are all mentioned but don't actually appear.
- Curse Cut Short: A very memorable one during the robbery:
Robber: I'm holding a gun. Big gun.
Electra Woman: *scoffs* Oh, please, I've had bigger things than that up my —
Dyna Girl: SURRENDER! Um, EVIL-DOERS!
- Darker and Edgier: The 2001 pilot, in spades. Granted, that's not really hard, since the original series wasn't even allowed to have fight scenes.
- Groin Attack: The new Dyna Girl in the 2001 pilot does this to a convenience store robber.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Judy is very clearly the sweetest, most kind-hearted person in the pilot, and unlike the original Dyna Girl is blonde.
- Hotter and Sexier: The new outfits have Power Girl-like boob windows, and there are a lot of sex jokes and innuendoes. Electra Woman has shades of a Mrs. Robinson, actively going out to seduce college guys.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Electra Woman, who is portrayed as a world-weary, cynical and self-centered washout, completely uninterested in resuming her role as a superheroine... but she does end up caring about Judy and in the end gets back into the superheroics because she can't bring herself to disappoint her new Dyna Girl.
- Morality Pet: The new Dyna Girl for Electra Woman.