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Debra Winger as Wonder Girl

Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman & Debra Winger as Wonder Girl

Wonder Woman Series Overview

About The Show: Wonder Woman could have been titled “The show That No One Wanted”. It’s original pilot starred Cathy Lee Crosby, set in modem times, but response was poor. Over a year later ABC tried again with Lynda Carter, Miss World-USA for 1973, and the show was dated during World War II. This version, titled The New, Original Wonder Woman, was more interesting and truer to the comic, and while the ratings were good, it was erratically shown by ABC who used it as filler material for The Bionic Woman, which was temporarily off the air while Lindsay Wagner was recuperating from injuries received in a car accident.

When it was canceled, the production company went to CBS, where it was picked up and had a successful two year run under the title The New Adventures of Wonder Woman. In this third version, Wonder Woman (still Lynda Carter) was again set in modem times. The CBS was by far the best of the three, and has remained the most popular.

Premise: Wonder Woman, under the guise of Diana Prince, leaves her home on Paradise Island – located in the Bermuda Triangle – to fight crime and evil. The first twelve episodes are set in the World War II era, where she battles Nazis and other bad guys. She works with Steve Trevor, U.S. Army flying ace who meets Wonder Woman when he is shot down over Paradise Island. Wonder Woman takes him back to the US, and remains with him under her secret identity of secretary Diana Prince.

Introducing Debra Winger as Wonder Girl

Debra Winger as Wonder Girl

Three episodes featured Wonder Girl [Drusilla], Wonder Woman’s teenage amazon little sister. This Wonder Girl bore little resemblance to her comic book counterpoint, other than the fact she was Diana’s ‘little sister’ raised on Paradise Island. Wonder Girl was portrayed by Debra Winger.

In “The Feminum Mystique,” Drusilla was established as a exuberant 15-year old girl who was enthralled with life in the United States. Initially sent to bring her sister Diana back home, the young amazon found an immediate liking to ice cream and boys. When it appeared as if an American officer was kidnapped, Dru wanted to help as only Wonder Woman could. Remembering how her mother taught Diana her spinning transformation into Wonder Woman, Drusilla likewise concentrated and spun into a smaller scale Wonder Woman – Wonder Girl.

Wonder Girl proved popular enough for a return visit. In “Wonder Woman in Hollywood,” Drusilla visited her sister in Hollywood, where a movie was being filmed about the US Armed Forces. Drusilla becomes enamoured with Jim Ames [Robert Hays], a supposed war hero who isn’t the hero he seems to be.

The Feminum Mystique, part one and two (airdates: part one, Nov. 6, 1976; part two, Nov. 8, 1976). Wonder Woman must come to the rescue when Nazi scientist Professor Radl kidnaps Diana’s sister Dusilla, also known as Wonder Girl. Holding her prisoner, he hopes to find the secret of the bulletproof metal used in the bracelets of the Amazon Wonder Woman and her younger sister.

Guest cast: John Saxon as Radl, Charles Frank as Peter Knight, Paul Shenar as Wertz, Pamela Shoop as Magda, Erica Hagen as Dalma, Kurt Kreuger as Henimschler, Curt Lowens as Gen. Ulrich. Writers: Jimmy Sangster, Barb Avedon and Barb Corday. Director: Herb Wallerstein.

Wonder Woman In Hollywood (airdate: Feb. 16, 1977). Heroes of the US armed forces are brought home to Hollywood to film a movie about their exploits, but the men are being kidnapped by ruthless Nazi agents. Wonder Woman’s sister Drusilla visits, and becomes starstruck.

Guest cast: Harris Yulln as Mark Bremer, Robert Hays [Starman] as Jim Ames, Christopher Norris as Gloria Beverly, Charles Cyphers as Kurt, Alan Bergmann as the director. Writer: Jimmy Sangster. Director: Stuart Margolin.


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