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Shazam! The Complete Live-Action Series

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By uttering a single magic word young Billy Batson transforms himself into the world's mightiest mortal Captain Marvel. The acronym of the first letters of the names of the six elders who train Billy with their respective special gifts: Solomon wisdom; Hercules strength; Atlas stamina; Zeus power; Achilles courage; and Mercury speed in a word SHAZAM! Now the entire series is available in this 3-disc set featuring every exciting episode of this classic television show!

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The television version of Shazam! departs from the comic book and radio versions of the character in some aspects. The eponymous wizard Shazam does not appear in the series; teenage Billy instead speaks directly to the elders that empowered him via a communication device (who appear as animated characters: Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury.) Instead of being based in any one particular city, Billy and Mentor (Les Tremayne) traveled through 1970s California in an RV. In an era before cell phones, Mentor would make phone calls from the RV on a type of mobile phone, asking a "mobile operator" to dial the number.

There were no supervillains and violence was downplayed. Billy, as both himself and as Captain Marvel, would help people out of difficult situations of their own making. As in many Filmation shows and cartoons, moral messages were contained within each episode, crystallized at the end of each episode by Billy learning a new moral lesson from either Mentor or his empowering elders.

As in other media, when he spoke the magic word "Shazam!", Billy is struck by a magic lightning bolt and is transformed via animation and special effects into the World's Mightiest Mortal, Captain Marvel.

 

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Episode Guide

Season 1: 1974

No Ep Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
1 1 "The Joy Riders" Hollingsworth Morse Len Janson,
Sidney Morse
September 7, 1974
A young man must figure out what to do when his friends insist on stealing cars and going on joy rides. Moral: It's important to do what you know is right, and not get conned into doing something dumb just because somebody calls you names. It often takes more courage to do what's right than to go along with the crowd.
2 2 "The Brothers" Hollingsworth Morse Len Janson,
Chuck Menville
September 14, 1974
Chad is a blind boy who is being overly-protected by his older brother, Danny. Chad feels so useless that he decides to run away, and when his brother goes after him, Danny gets bit by a rattlesnake. Chad gains self-confidence after he is able to make it back to Billy and Mentor for help and lead them back to Danny. Moral: Everyone needs a helping hand. People with problems or handicaps can get along almost as well as any of us. All they need is a chance to gain self-confidence.
3 3 "Thou Shalt Not Kill" Arthur H. Nadel Marianne Mosner September 21, 1974
When a woman dies leaving instructions in her will to destroy her horse, Beckett, her niece tries to stop it. Captain Marvel and Mentor must help her save the horse while working within the law.
4 4 "The Lure of the Lost (Part 1 of 2)" (Unknown) (Unknown) September 28, 1974
A woman is concerned about her brother, Gary, when he seems to have fallen in with the wrong crowd — a drug dealer named Brock. Can Billy and Mentor help Gary break free of his connections with Brock? Moral: When you're faced with a problem that you don't feel you can handle, running away isn't the answer. Try talking it over with someone you trust.
5 5 "The Road Back (Part 2 of 2)" (Unknown) (Unknown) October 5, 1974
Continuing from where the previous episode left off, Gary and Mark are on their way to the D.A.'s office when Brock, the drug dealer, car-jacks the police car. Mark pretends to be on the good side, so that he can keep Brock informed as to what's going on. Can Captain Marvel save the day once again? Moral: It's important to be responsible for what we say and what we do. It's easy to get dragged into doing what is wrong, but it's even harder to get out again.
6 6 "The Athlete" (Unknown) (Unknown) October 12, 1974
Kellie has her mind set on being a part of the all-boys Varsity Team. But there are two boys who will do anything in order to get her off the team... perhaps even by planting test answers in her locker. Moral: Everyone should be given a chance to prove his or her abilities. Don't put someone down just because they're different from you. Don't put a girl down just because she's a girl. When a person's talents are wasted, it's a loss to everyone.
7 7 "The Treasure" (Unknown) (Unknown) October 19, 1974
Two men have been digging up Indian artifacts in the desert and selling them. An Indian chief and his grandson, Johnny, try to get them to stop, but are unsuccessful. Billy and Mentor offer their help to keep these priceless treasures where they belong. Moral: The desert and traditions of other people have much to teach us and must be preserved for future generations to see and to know.
8 8 "The Boy Who Said 'No'" (Unknown) (Unknown) October 26, 1974
Mentor is hit over the head and robbed. Young Larry Burns knows that it was Ron Craig who robbed Mentor, but is threatened that he'd better keep quiet, or else... Billy and Mentor know that Larry knows who the robber was, and when Ron is seen looking for Larry, it becomes obvious that Ron is the guilty person. Knowing he's been found out, Ron forces Larry's father to take him out of town on his helicopter. Moral: Some day you may see somebody do something wrong. If you don't know what to do about it, just remember that when a problem has you stumped, it's a good idea to talk with a grown-up you can trust. It could save you a lot of trouble in the long run!
9 9 "The Doom Buggy" Robert Douglas Jack Kaplan,
Jack Mendelsohn
November 2, 1974
Don has dropped out of school to be a mechanic. But when he and Billy get lost in the desert, he sees that he doesn't know as much as he thought he did. Moral: If you close your mind to learning, sooner or later you're going to have it opened and be surprised at just how much you've shortchanged yourself. So if you ever think about dropping out of school, you're only hurting yourself.
10 10 "The Brain" (Unknown) (Unknown) November 9, 1974
Jim "The Brain" Carter is a new kid in town and is having a tough time finding friends. He's been playing tricks on them in order to get them to like him. They also are put off by his incessant book-reading. Billy and Mentor suggest that Jim try to do things that the rest of the guys are interested in. Tough guy Greg decides to make Jimmy try something dangerous in order to prove that he's good enough to hang around them. When Greg is in danger, Jim uses Morse Code (learned from books!) to call for help, and thankfully, that help is Captain Marvel! Moral: We all want to be liked, but daredevil stunts aren't the way to prove it. If a person can't like you for who you are, then maybe they aren't worth having as friends.
11 11 "Little Boy Lost" (Unknown) (Unknown) November 16, 1974
Howard is a boy who hasn't spoken since his friend was almost killed. His father won't let him have a puppy, so he runs away. Billy finds Howard stuck on some rocks in high tide, and is able to call his father using a note found in the boy's pocket. On their way home, Howard and his father stop at an old ghost town, where a puppy has fallen down into a mine shaft. His father is soon stuck too while trying to save the pup. Howard is able to go find Billy and Mentor, and when his dad is saved, Howard is suddenly able to speak! Moral: If you don't communicate, you'll never solve your problems. There are times when everyone needs help.
12 12 "The Delinquent" Robert Chenault Marianne Mosner November 23, 1974
Norm is a loner attending an outdoor summer camp. Although he can't swim, he decides to take a canoe ride. His canoe capsizes and begins to call for help. Billy and Mentor are camping nearby and hear the cries for help. Billy transforms into Captain Marvel and saves Norm. Billy then learns about Norm from the camp counselor and decides to help. Billy must teach him to believe in himself. Moral: To like others, we must first like ourselves.
13 13 "The Braggart" Arthur H. Nadel Len Janson,
Chuck Menville
November 30, 1974
After Alan tells a story about beating up a big guy using karate, his friends start to doubt that anything he's been telling them is true. Alan makes a big mistake and says that he's been inside the rhino exhibit at the zoo, and now he has to prove it, otherwise he has to find some new friends. See Captain Marvel wrestle a lion! Moral: Honesty is the best policy.
14 14 "The Past Is Not Forever (Part 1 of 2)" (Unknown) (Unknown) December 7, 1974
Poor Jackie is being accused of robbing the gas station he works at because he has a criminal record. Plus it was done using the keys. Tough guy Vinnie doesn't want Jackie hanging around his sister, Mellie. Hmm... Could Vinnie have set Jackie up so he won't be able to see Mellie anymore? Moral: Making a mistake isn't the end of the world. We all get a second chance. Just make sure you don't mess it up, or let others mess it up for you.
15 15 "The Gang's All Here (Part 2 of 2)" (Unknown) (Unknown) December 14, 1974
Vinnie is out on bail and ready to get even with that rat-fink Jackie. Billy tries to talk to Vinnie, but ends up being bound and gagged. Vinnie and Jackie's confrontation at the oil refinery almost takes one of their lives... almost, thanks to Captain Marvel. Moral: In the end, fighting doesn't prove anything. Work together and iron out differences in a constructive way, rather than a destructive way.

Season 2: 1975

No Ep Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
16 1 "On Winning" (Unknown) (Unknown) September 6, 1975
Corky feels that he's no match for his big brother, whether it be motorcycling, fishing... you name it. He also feels that his dad doesn't care for him as much as his older brother. But when Corky runs away and his dad almost gets killed trying to find him, Corky realizes how much his dad loves him. Moral: A parent's love shows no rivalry. Winning isn't the important thing... it's that you do the best you can.
17 2 "Debbie" (Unknown) (Unknown) September 13, 1975
Debbie's parents have warned her not to ride with Tom on his motorcycle, because he is reckless. It's Billy's job to help Debbie to realize that when her parents don't let her do certain things, it's because they love her. Debbie realizes this when Tom and his buddy swipe a six-pack of beer from a gas station, and almost get mangled by a large truck. Moral: When a parent sets rules and regulations, it really is a form of expression of their love and concern. Sometimes the hardest thing for them to say is "no." But we can be sure that most of the time there's a good reason for it.
18 3 "Fool's Gold" (Unknown) (Unknown) September 20, 1975
A group of boys have been harassing an old prospector, whom they see as a mean old man. But things change when one of the boys is hurt and the man lends a helping hand. Because they've been playing around in his mine, it caves in on the old prospector. Captain Marvel punches right through the rock to save him! And in the end, the boys and prospector become friends. Moral: There are things more precious than gold. Things like respect and understanding. Respect means more than being polite. It means knowing we've learned from each other. There's a lot we can learn, if we only listen.
 

Note: This is the last episode with Jackson Bostwick.

19 4 "Double Trouble" Arnold Laven Michael Sutton September 27, 1975
The first episode with John Davey, Captain Marvel robs a gas station! Or is it an imposter in an incredibly realistic mask? Now there's a warrant for Captain Marvel's arrest, and so the real Captain Marvel turns himself in. With Marvel in jail, the crooks decide to rob the Iverson Mine's payroll. Meanwhile, Mentor finds the crooks' mask, costume and cape, which proves Marvel's innocence. Can Marvel stop those bad guys before they get away with all that loot? Moral: Respecting the law is just another way of saying that we respect each other. Laws have been made for the good of everyone, and when someone breaks the law, they're saying "I don't care about you." When you respect the law, you respect yourself.
20 5 "Goodbye, Packy" (Unknown) (Unknown) October 4, 1975
Kathy's pet wolf, Packy, is getting too old to be held in captivity any longer. He's becoming wild and hard to control. When it comes time to turn him loose, Kathy takes Packy and runs away. Trouble ensues when they hide in a conveniently placed hot-air balloon. Moral: Having a pet carries responsibilities. Some animals are born to be free. To deprive them of that right is selfish, so we all must understand and respect the laws of nature... for our sake, as well as for our animal friends.
21 6 "Speak No Evil" Arnold Laven Arthur H. Nadel,
Olga Simms
October 11, 1975
Three boys break into their school and accidentally start a fire. They get away before they are seen, but one of the boys' dogs is seen at the school. When the boy confesses, the two other boys find out and chase him into a dangerous electrical plant. Moral: Don't ever be afraid of being called a name. As long as you're sure what you're doing is right, there's no word... no name... that can harm you.
22 7 "The Odd Couple" Hollingsworth Morse Sidney Morse October 18, 1975
Dan is too proud to accept help from Captain Marvel when his airplane runs out of gas in the middle of nowhere. Dan learns that everybody needs help once in a while when a fierce forest fire breaks out, and Captain Marvel needs help from Isis in order to put it out. Moral: There are a lot of things we can do by ourselves, but it's kind of foolish and maybe even dangerous to try to do something when we don't know how.

Season 3: 1976

No Ep Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
23 1 "The Contest" (Unknown) (Unknown) September 11, 1976
Glen steals the answer to a contest in which the winner gets a new motorcycle. Now the person who convinced him to cheat needs a big favor — the keys to a van which contains an experimental solar-powered gyroscope. Moral: Just about anything worthwhile has to be worked for, and earned. If it's worth having, it's worth waiting for.
24 2 "Bitter Herbs" (Unknown) (Unknown) September 18, 1976
Yale is a teenage boy who wants to join a club called "The Overlanders." The leader of the club does not want Yale to join because he's Jewish, but soon the racist gets what he deserves when a mountain lion attacks him! Moral: It's not a person's race, religion or looks that is important. What is important is the person's character.
25 3 "Ripcord" (Unknown) (Unknown) September 25, 1976
Young Bill is a little too anxious to grow up. He wants to be a skydiver, just like his big brother Larry. Bill decides to pack Larry's parachute himself, without any help. We can all guess what happens next... Moral: Sometimes there are things that a kid wants to do but he's too young for. Be patient. We grow up a lot sooner than we think.
26 4 "Finders Keepers" Hollingsworth Morse Susan Dworski October 2, 1976
When two girls find stolen money, they are kidnapped, along with Mentor, by the thieves. Captain Marvel calls on Isis to help him rescue them.
27 5 "The Sound of a Different Drummer" John Peyser Len Janson October 9, 1976
Curtis is a black man who would rather play his violin than play baseball. "Whoever heard of a black violinist?" his friends exclaim. After pressure from the teammates to play baseball, Curtis runs away, and unknowingly ends up in the middle if a missile testing range. Can Captain Marvel save him in time? Moral: Treat others the same way you'd like others to treat you. If you give respect, you'll get it back.
28 6 "Out of Focus" Hollingsworth Morse Paolo Orsini October 16, 1976
When two thieves think a young filmmaker named Jim may have caught their theft on film, they attempt to take his film from him. Jim does not want to turn the film over to the police, hoping to enter his film in a film festival and win. Captain Marvel and Isis team up to help Jim understand that winning at any cost is wrong.

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