Superman Sunday: ABC’s “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”

Teri Hatcher and Dean Cain in "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman." (Photo credit: ABC TV)

Before Tyler Hoechlin and Bitsie Tulloch became Superman & Lois on the CW, there was Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher as Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, who made their debut on Sunday, September 12, 1993.

Besides Superman, the strange visitor from another planet named Krypton and his never-ending battle for “Truth, Justice and the American Way”, the series focused on the romantic tension between the Man of Steel’s alter-ego Clark Kent and fellow “Daily Planet” reporter Lois Lane.  Clark likes Lois, who loves Superman, who is also Clark Kent, who has yet to tell Lois that he and Superman are one and the same.  The series also starred John Shea as Lex Luthor, who is both the arch-nemesis of Clark/Superman and rival for Lois’ affections.

For four super-seasons, viewers watched the relationship between Lois & Clark evolved until they finally tied the knot in the fall of 1996.  The series ended on a cliff-hanger in 1997 with the couple receiving the child they have always wanted: a child that was left for them by someone who knows that Superman is Clark Kent.   

Cain and Hatcher remained part of the Superman legacy with both making guest appearances on Smallville (2001-07, WB; 2007-11, CW) with Cain as Dr. Curtis Knox in season seven’s “Cure” and Hatcher as the mother of Lois Lane (Erica Durance).  They also had recurring roles on Supergirl with Cain as Dr. Jeremiah Danvers and Hatcher as the evil Daxam queen Rhea.

Episodes of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman can be found on HBO Max.

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