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ElectraWoman and DynaGirl


ElectraWoman and DynaGirl, fighting all evil deeds. Each writes for a magazine, hiding the life she leads. So began the catchy theme song for ElectraWoman and DynaGirl, a popular but short-lived segment of The Krofft Supershow. Sid and Marty Krofft, best known for strange (some would say hallucinogenic) live-action Saturday mornings kids' shows, created a ninety-minute variety show for ABC, premiering it on September 11, 1976. Leading its mixture of segments was a pair of female crime fighters.

At its ElectraHeart, ElectraWoman and DynaGirl was a campy female version of the 1960s Batman series. ElectraWoman (not-yet soap star Diedre Hall) was really Lori, while DynaGirl (Judy Strangis) was Judy, her pigtail-wearing teen sidekick. During the day, they were reporters for NewsMaker magazine, but whenever they got a call from Frank Heflin (Norman Alden), the electrical genius at their Electrabase, they rushed off to fight crime. The girls' gadgets included giant-sized wrist-mounted Electra-Comps that fired rays like the ElectraBeam and ElectraDe-gravitator, and they traveled to fight crime in an ElectraCar or ElectraPlane.

The villains they faced were a silly lot, whose aims never seemed too evil. The Sorcerer and his beauteous sidekick Miss Dazzle used hypnosis to rob Fort Knox of its gold, while Glitter Rock kidnapped a prince and tried to take over the world with disco. The Empress of Evil and her partner Lucretia, the sinister Ali Baba, the greedy Pharoah, and the curvy Spider Lady were other dastardly doers that ElectraWoman and DynaGirl faced.

Eight half-hour episodes of ElectraWoman and DynaGirl were produced and aired during the 1976–1977 season, and then the heroines went away. Though costumes, puzzles, lunchboxes, and some other licensing was released, television would be the only medium that the costumed heroines would appear in. Diedre Hall had just begun starring on the soap opera Days of Our Lives in 1976, but Strangis all but disappeared from Hollywood. Despite its short life, the series achieved a kind of cult celebrity. In the late 1990s, episodes were released on video, and an ElectraWoman action figure was released (DynaGirl was never available, however).

In 2000, the Kroffts and Warner Bros. Television filmed a half-hour Electra Woman and Dyna Girl (note spaces now in title) TV pilot starring Markie Post as the retired and now-alcoholic Electra Woman, who is brought out of retirement by Judy Bennett (Anne Stedman), a reporter who wants to become the new Dyna Girl. The WB chose not to pick up the series, and it appears that hope is lost—for now—for any revival. ElectraBummer! —AM

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