Like the great film, it's made with a great deal of visible affection both in front of and behind the camera.
A terrific literary drama and character piece that shows how the process of creating art can be seen differently by those doing it and those looking at it from the outside.
The success of this show can be attributed largely to the casting of Lynda Carter who was believable as Wonder Woman. Without her, the show probably would never have gained the popularity that it did.During the '70s live action show the 6 million Dollar Man, was a success due to the interesting usage of special effects. Wonder Woman might have been conceived encouraged by this cultural background. The show's quality was par with most other top shows of the time. It was made to appeal to wide range of audiences, so the plot wasn't so complex, but prominently featured super powers of Wonder Woman. Lynda Carter was absolutely believable as Wonder Woman, and there was no other actor of the time who could have played the role asides from her.The show is a sweet relic from the '70s along with the likes of the Incredible Hulk, Bionic Woman etc.. It was made in pre-cable TV era when science fiction type program wasn't as ubiquitous as today, and nicely filled the niche. It was an interesting and dramatic show that brought excitement to the audience. It would probably be difficult to make another Wonder Woman series with as much believability if they can't find a second Lynda Carter to fill the role.
Lynda Carter really made this series spin: stunningly beautiful - but strangely not intimidating in her WW outfit. Each episode ends with Lynda giving a winning smile to camera.What also made this programme fun were the 70s fashions and technology (big hair, flares, jaunty hats, IRAC etc), the hammy acting, and the dodgy continuity. Often the edges of sets are visible in the corner of the picture, and stunt doubles look nothing like the actual actors. Average-build actors suddenly become hulking great brutes with a wig shoved on their heads. Also, Washington DC looks suspiciously sunny and has rather too many tall palm trees... No wonder many of the stories started with Diana taking a trip to the LA Office.Diana Prince's conversion into Wonder Woman, her jumping, super strength, bullet deflection and lasso throwing were all very convincing on screen. Other effects were a bit iffy - but hey - WW is meant to be a comic book character - so don't take the show too seriously!
At least CBS let this one stay on the air for a bit, unlike the other cool and fun comic book show "The Amazing Spider-man" that they gave the ax to after one season because they did not want to be known as the superhero station. This show had one really good thing going for it and that was a perfectly cast Linda Carter in the title role. Nothing more fun to watch for a boy than to see her running in slow motion let me tell you. It also helps that it usually had a relatively good story line to go along with it. Though one thing I can not remember is how the show progressed. I know some of the episodes were like supposed to be set during World War II or something and others were supposed to take place in the 70's, I kind of think the World War II episodes came later. The show like many superhero shows during its day or any day for that matter did not really have any super villains for the most part, but I do remember a sort of alien movie and some really strong alien giving Wonder Woman a tough go of it. All in all a good superhero show that had a relatively good run during the 1970's.
I must say that I agree with almost everything I read in regards to the show. Originally I was more fond of the '70's version but after just finishing watching season three on DVD I now see the value of the WWII episodes.While I used to think that Lynda was a bit more relaxed and confident on screen it hit me;Lynda's naiveté and sense of bewilderment was much more interesting and believable even if it was due to her lack of experience as an actor.Her innocence of the way "Man's World" functioned was so evident on her face you could almost believe she had grown up as a princess on a hidden island populated by females only.The scene of her coming into the store and then being summarily thrown out by a "SISTER" was priceless and yet when confronted with obvious danger her inner warrior was in play instantly(i.e. the little old lady in the theater pulling out a machine gun).Thru out the season Diana showed her growing confidence and sometimes frustration with the Nazi party and the way they manipulated their women.The episodes featuring Drusilla/Wonder Girl perfectly conveyed her "big sister"protectiveness especially in the 2 part Feminum Mystique episode when she rallied her sisters to reclaim Paradise Island.I'll have more comments on another comment page.But lastly,I thought the same thing about Lynda as Hippolyta if the movie ever gets made.Til next time,Hola!