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YMMV / Spider-Man (1967)

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  • Ear Worm: "Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can..."
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  • Fridge Brilliance: Peter Parker's normal voice was typically high-pitched, like most teenagers, but his voice in the Spider-Man costume was unsettlingly deeper and more adult (read: more typically "heroic"; helped by Paul Soles being a few years shy of 40 when he began voicing the webhead). Why does he do this? Because he had a secret identity he was trying desperately to protect, so putting on a deeper voice as Spider-Man would ensure that Peter's friends, family and acquaintances wouldn't recognize him as Spider-Man. Notably, Soles is the only Spidey voice actor to date who actually did this.
  • Genius Bonus: In the episode "The Witching Hour," Jameson reads an incantation that sends the reader, if receptive, into a trance in which he acts as a medium for demonic spirits. The incantation is in Latin, and means (approximately) "Come forth from the great inferno." The translation might not be perfect, but that the writers even tried to come close is noteworthy.
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  • Harsher in Hindsight: The climactic fight in "The Menace of Mysterio" feels rather prophetic today as the superhero and supervillain's fight drifts into the set of a Western and dominates the action. In the real world, the Western would fade as a dominant genre while the Super Hero one is now on top as Hollywood's big blockbuster movie material.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Contrast the casting of a grown man as Spider-Man with complaints made during the 21st century about people like Drake Bell and Robbie Daymond sounding too young to voice the web-slinger.
    • Similarly, compare the casting of a grown man as Spider-Man with complaints made during the 21st century about a 27-year-old, 28-year-old and 19-year-old being cast as a live-action high school-age Peter Parker.
    • The episode "Home" has Spider-Man encounter a race of Human Aliens with spider powers like his, when the 1978 Japanese live-action television series would have Takuya Yamashiro gain his spider powers by receiving a blood transfusion from Garia, an alien from the planet Spider.
  • Memetic Mutation: Since the series became viewable on Netflix, people started watching the series and made a multitude of image macros based on it.
    • Most of them point out the incredibly cheap and poorly done animation. Many can be found with a quick search for "60s Spider Man" on Google.
    • "...and I'm just sitting here masturbating."
    • A screenshot showing Spider-Man pointing at an imposter is a common meme, often found with Hypocritical Humor screenshots. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse spoofs this scene after the credits, with Spider-Man 2099 as the "imposter", drawn in the same style as the '67 cartoon.
    • Spider-Man getting his face clobbered by pretty much everybody.note 
    • This photo of multiple villains ended up becoming the face of the already-existing "Me and the boys" meme.
  • Narm: The sounds the Green Goblin's glider makes are rather unfortunate. For whatever reason, in episode 2, it sounds like you'd expect it would, but in episode 32 it sounds like flatulence.
  • Nightmare Fuel: "Revolt in the Fifth Dimension," an episode intended for the final season, was never aired by ABC (which aired the season 1 episode "Sting of the Scorpion/Trick or Treachery" in its place) due to the network considering it to be too creepy for kids. They weren't too far off the mark; the episode itself is one hell of a trip and features an entire world getting destroyed.
  • Seasonal Rot: For many fans, the series began to decline considerably in quality after the first season, particularly because of Spider-Man's traditional rogues gallery being phased out in favor of original villains (many of whom inexplicably had green skin) and many of the later episodes consisting of recycled footage from older episodes.
  • Snark Bait: It's very hard to watch without laughing at, for some. It works for some people, though.
  • Special Effects Failure: Frequently in the second and third seasons. The final season episode "Conner's Reptiles" has a shot where the cel showing the Lizard slides onto the frame, for example.
  • Tear Jerker: When Spidey discovers that his Uncle Ben died at the hands of the burglar he refused to stop.
    Spider-Man: Yes, Uncle Ben is dead, and in a sense, it's really I who killed him, because I didn't realize in time that with great power, there must also, always be great responsibility!
  • Uncanny Valley: Some of the villains' designs from the first season; close-ups of Doctor Octopus and the Green Goblin in particular (of course, this may have been the point). Every original villain from season two onward as well, some going straight into downright-Nightmare Fuel territory.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • The show had other racial caricatures that, by today's standards, are incredibly racist. "One-Eyed Idol" has the savage Aborigine guide in employ of the Great White Hunter gunning for Spider-Man, "The Fantastic Fakir" features almost every Sim Sim Salabim trope in existence (complete with a villain whose entire theme is rope tricks), and the "Super Swami"... is actually racist in so many ways it's hard to nail down just what nationality he's supposed to be.
    • Sexist, too - women are usually either seen in subservient domestic positions or featured as crazed villains. Then again, Peter and Betty do seem to have a largely platonic working relationship (which is more than the comic of the time could say).
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: The show was meant for a young audience, but a few times, death was actually mentioned, and someone actually was allowed to spout the word "Hell" at least once.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: With the second season's vast dependence on stock footage taken from a completely different science fiction cartoon, the plots became very strange, involving mole men, aliens trying to escape the Earth, and NYC's skyline constantly depicted as being filled with menacing purple clouds.

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