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Deidre Hall in Electra Woman and Dyna Girl

December 21, 2011

Electra Woman and Dyna Girl are two cult '70s icons who've proven that just because a show is short-lived doesn't mean its characters can't endure.

From the fecund minds of Sid and Marty Krofft grew these cute and campy superheroines in orange and red caped costumes (with matching tights and knee-boots, of course) whose eponymous series debuted on ABC during the 1976-77 season (as part of Krofft Supershow's first season).

The young and beautiful Deidre Hall took the reins as Electra Woman. Judy Strangis embodied her sidekick, Dyna Girl. Their somewhat mild-mannered alter-egos, Lori and Judy, worked as journalists--a convenient profession for detecting and tracking criminals and their activities. Their gadget-laden Electrabase was run by inventor Frank Heflin (Norman Alden) who helped the girls in their constant battles against a bevy of bad guys including The Sorcerer, Ali Baba, Glitter Rock, and The Spider Lady.

Sounds like just the kind of premise that would be right at home on seventies primetime television, right? ... Right?

Only eight episodes saw the light of screen. Electra Woman and Dyna Girl didn't even survive one TV year!

But even so, their brief exposure on the American public left them emblazoned on our collective consciousness. At least, we think that's the case--as merchandising seems to be pretty strong.

Conversely, though, a 2001 remake pilot for The WB, starring Markie Post and Anne Stedman never saw the light day. (This could be due in part to the fact that the costumes and scenarios were every bit as cheesy as they were in the '70s, and in an era where Smallville and Buffy were on the rise, that just wasn't gonna fly for a semi-sophisticated teen action audience).

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