Remember Electra Woman and Dyna Girl?
'Electra Woman and Dyna Girl', starring Judy Strangis and Deidre Hall- Airdate September 11, 1976. Source: (ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
In 1976, the pair of female superheroes, Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, hit the TV airwaves. One of the many campy sci-fi television shows from the creative minds of Sid and Marty Krofft, Electra Woman and Dyna Girl may have been a flash-in-the-pan, short-lived series, but in many ways, it was ahead of its time. Do you remember Electra Woman and Dyna Girl?
Who were Electra Woman and Dyna Girl?
Electra Woman and Dyna Girl were spandex-wearing, crime-fighting, superheroes, played by Deidre Hall and Judy Strangis. In the show, the two women were reporters at a news magazine, giving them access to breaking news crime as it occurred. When any one of several costumed villains struck in the city, the mild-mannered reporters quickly became Electra Woman and Dyna Girl and set off to fight the criminals using technically advanced tools and gadgets.
They were Aided by an Eccentric Scientist/Inventor
Electra Woman and Dyna Girl didn’t work alone. They were aided by a brilliant scientist and inventor, Frank Heflin, played by Norman Alden, who created all the electrical-based gadgets and gizmos that the duo used to thwarts the bad guys. The eccentric inventor was a bit of a hermit. He preferred to stay in the confines of the “ElectraBase” and did all his work on his state-of-the-art computers.
Did Electra Woman and Dyna Girl Have Apple Watches?
Frank Heflin gave Electra Woman and Dyna Girl each a bulky, square wristwatch-looking gadget, called ElectraComs. These groovy, 1970s ElectraComs seemed to be prototypes of today’s Apple Smart Watches. They could communicate with others, either by voice or facetime. They had GPS navigation. The wearer could adjust the temperature in the room using the ElectraComs. With the ElectraComs, the crime fighters were tapped into a network of information from Heflin's “CrimeScope” computer. Too bad today’s Smart Watches can’t make us 10,000 times faster, levitate objects, or change our clothes really, really fast.
Electra Woman and Dyna Girl Were Female Versions of Batman and Robin
It is hard to deny the similarities between Electra Woman and Dyna Girl and better-known caped crime fighters, Batman and Robin. Both pairs keep their superheroes identities secret, both are helped by stay-at-home old men, both have a plethora of gadgets at their disposal, and both drive around in supped up crime-fighting cars. Dyna Girl even tossed out witting comments, such as “Electra Yikes!” and “Electra Wow!”, as counterparts to Robin’s “Holy” quips.
Electra Woman’s Deidre Hall went on to Soap Opera Stardom
Electra Woman and Dyna Girl only aired for one 16-episode season in 1976. But that same year, Deidre Hall landed the role of Dr. Marlena Evans on the soap opera, Days of Our Lives. Hall has been playing this character ever since…more than forty years. In typical soap opera fashion, Hall’s character has been killed and revived several times, had amnesia, been kidnapped and brainwashed, and married and divorced. Hall was twice named the best soap actress.
Electra Woman and Dyna Girl were Created by the Kings of Saturday Morning TV
During the 1970s, Sid and Marty Krofft were the kings of Saturday morning children’s television. They created and produced several memorable live-action TV shows that gave animated cartoons, long the staple of Saturday morning children’s shows, a run for their money. Among these shows were Land of the Lost, H.R. Pufnstuf, and Lidsville. They created Electra Woman and Dyna Girl to show strong, yet sexy, female superheroes and the potential of technology.
Electra Woman and Dyna Girl got a 2016 Reboot
In 2016, two YouTube celebrities, Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart, appeared in a reboot of Electra Woman and Dyna Girl. Like the original series in the 1970s, the 2016 version of Electra Woman and Dyna Girl only ran for one season.
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