Lois & Clark:
The New Adventures of Superman

Premiering in September of 1993, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman was a phenomenal success for ABC. A much more lavish version of the popular Superman television series which had first aired forty years earlier, Lois & Clark focused more on the Man of Steel’s early adult years in Metropolis. There, disguised as reporter Clark Kent, he finds work at the Daily Planet newspaper. It is also there that he meets fellow reporter Lois Lane, who is infatuated with Superman and rebukes all of Clark’s romantic overtures.

The rest of the Daily Planet staff includes Perry White, the chief editor, society columnist Catherine “Cat” Grant, and cub reporter Jimmy Olsen. Other major characters in the series include archvillain Lex Luthor and Superman’s adoptive parents, Martha and Jonathan Kent. In a salute to the original Superman series, Phyllis Coates guest starred as Lois’s mother, Ellen Lane. Coates had, of course, been the original Lois in the first Superman series.

L&C began to play up the romantic aspects of the series as the season progressed. By the end of the second season Lois had finally realized that Clark Kent and Superman were the same person so it came as no surprise to her when he finally revealed his true identity and proposed marriage. Unfortunately, the honeymoon was brief.

L&C was renewed for a third and fourth season. However, ABC renegged on the contract for the fifth season and the series went off the air in 1997.