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    Default Noncomic Superhero Shows Appreciation

    These days, it sometimes seems that you can't find a streaming service or network that doesn't have an offering from The Big Two, or one of the larger independents. Once upon a time, that was most definitely not the case. Every now and then, Superman, Batman or Wonder Woman would get an outing, but it was rare. Which is not to say there weren't Superhero shows out there, it's just they didn't follow a lot of the superhero conventions, and the definitely did not use comic characters, which were largely regarded as kid stuff at the time.

    So this is the place to celebrate those early superhero pioneers from the noncomic sources.

    My personal example is The Six Million Dollar Man.

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    Adapted from Martin Caidin's novel Cyborg, the show followed astronaut Steve Austin's many espionage and sci-fi adventures after having a good chunk of his carcass replaced with bionics following a nasty test flight mishap. For five years, beginning 1973, Lee Major's depiction of Steve Austin became the superhero every American Boy wanted to be.

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    I remember liking Manimal as a kid. Haven't seen it since and its reportedly terrible as it pops up all the time in worst shows of all time but my 12 year old self loved it at the time.

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    As a kid I dug me some Greatest American Hero...


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    Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters:


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    Quote Originally Posted by TriggerWarning View Post
    I remember liking Manimal as a kid. Haven't seen it since and its reportedly terrible as it pops up all the time in worst shows of all time but my 12 year old self loved it at the time.
    and about 10 years after his series , manimal came back to team up with nightman for one episode in malibu marvel superhero tv show.

    non-comic superhero show , there's

    misfits of science
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRZWKfeN1u4

    automan
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDkooA-80L0

    mutant x
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQr75_lls7U

    the 4400
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQfmJ9yUN5Yh

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frontier View Post
    Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters:

    Just off of how they look, I see a female Cyborg ripoff, Kite Man ripoff, and maybe a Flash ripoff?

    Also Stretch looks nothing like the toy I had in the 90s...

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    Disney Zorro (although Zorro comics did exist by then, he was based on the pulps)


    Green Hornet
    If not counting comic strips -The Phantom, Flash Gordon, Popeye

    M.A.N.T..I.S.


    Dark Angel (Max Guevara).


    The whole Buffyverse and Highlander likely count depending how the op is somewhat nebulously defining superhero)
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    Most of the Hanna Barbera Adventure Heroes


    Blue Falcon


    Thunder Cats


    The Man of Action U.
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    How has no one mentioned...Heroes?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Riv86672 View Post
    How has no one mentioned...Heroes?

    I mean I remember one season of Heroes. Anything after that doesn't really exist to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riv86672 View Post
    How has no one mentioned...Heroes?
    Hey, I was just getting started ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by KabutoRyder View Post
    I mean I remember one season of Heroes. Anything after that doesn't really exist to me.
    ^^^Same here, but I know it was a big deal.

    Quote Originally Posted by Güicho View Post
    Hey, I was just getting started ....
    ^^^well then...proceed!

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    Alphas on SyFy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ra-El View Post
    Alphas on SyFy.
    I enjoyed Alphas quite a bit.

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    THE CAPE! --- sorry, just kidding

    Also, it wasn't "an early superhero pioneer" as the OP suggests this thread is about. That show was more jumping onto a bandwagon.

    Early ones I can think of:
    -- Man from Atlantis:

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