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Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Review

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The New Adventures are released in anticipation of a really new Superman adventure.

★★★★

The first and best series of the addictive ’90s take on Superman, starring Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher in the title roles, no doubt gains a release thanks to the double-whammy of the new film and Hatcher’s re-found fame. This was the series that was most loyal to its comic book source, had the best Jimmy (Michael Landes — recently in Love Soup — was replaced the following season for looking too similar to Cain), more characters (including Lois’ sister and Cat, both later cut), and thankfully kept the love story away from the mush-fest it became. The title was a giveaway — this was Lois’ show more than Clark’s, and Teri Hatcher, who’d previously slummed around in bit-parts in forgettable films, got to show she could sing, dance and work her infinite wardrobe and immaculate hair with class. Cain, a former sportsman, had little more to do than look fit, and his mild-mannered reporter ‘disguise’ was surely the least convincing of any of the Supes, but the running plot throughout this series — the battle for Lois’ affections between Clark and nemesis Lex Luthor (a delicious John Shea) was enough to distract from that flaw — albeit temporarily.