Following a dogfight with a Nazi Pilot, a United States Air Corps Major crashes on Paradise Island, mysteriously hidden in the Bermuda Triangle. The Amazon race of women there have super strength and powers so they decide to send someone back to help defeat the Third Reich. Princess Diana finds a way to ensure that she is the one chosen and that starts the saga of Wonder Woman!
In the second and third seasons, Wonder Woman moves 30 years into the present day (1970s). Wonder Woman leaves Paradise Island to return to the real world. She finds that there are still plenty of situations in the world that need her help!
Wonder Woman Tv Show Cast:
Lynda Carter .............. Diana Prince / Wonder Woman / Princess Diana
Lyle Waggoner ............. Steve Trevor / Steve Trevor Jr.
Carolyn Jones ............. Queen Hippolyte #1
Beatrice Straight ......... Queen Hippolyte #2
Debra Winger .............. Drusilla / Wonder Girl
Beatrice Colen ............ Etta Candy
Richard Eastham ........... General Phil Blankenship
Tom Kratochzil ............ Voice of I.R.A.
Saundra Sharp ............. Eve
Henry Gibson .............. Nicholas
Jennifer Darling .......... Violet Louise
Wonder Woman Trivia:
On television, Wonder Woman lost her powers if her belt was removed. This was not true in the comics.
Amazons live a long time, but did Wonder Woman ever tell her age? Well, in the first episode on CBS, "The Return of Wonder Woman", she told Steve Trevor that she would be 2,527 years old on her next birthday.
Cloris Leachman (In the Pilot), Carolyn Jones and Beatrice Straight all took their turns at the role of Diana's mother, Queen Hyppolyte.
The reason that two pilot episodes were filmed was that the first one really stunk! That accounts for the title of the second pilot "The New Original Wonder Woman". The producers wanted to be sure that the public would know that it was different from the first pilot. Actually, there was a third Wonder Woman pilot filmed in the 1960s but it was so bad that it never aired. "The third time's the charm" though and it went on to be a big success!
In the first pilot, in addition to Cathy Lee Crosby being cast as Wonder Woman, Kaz Garas played Steve Trevor and Ricardo Montalban appeared as Abner Smith.
In the comics, amazon bracelets were made of Amazonium. On television, they were made of Feminum.
In the comics, Diana would spin her lasso around herself to change into Wonder Woman. On the television show, she would simply spin (herself). They also added the "exploding circle of light" around her in the 3rd regular episode titled "Beauty on Parade". Before that, her "Diana" clothes seemed to dissolve off first, then her Wonder Woman costume would materialize giving the impression of brief nudity. That was considered to be a bit too much for prime time television in 1976!
Both pilot episodes and the first season of the television show aired on ABC. The last two years aired on CBS. The ABC episodes were set in World War II just like the comic book stories. CBS decided to update it and set the stories in current times (1970s).
In the comics, Steve Trevor had blonde hair but during the time that Lyle Waggoner (who had dark hair) was on television, they darkened the comic book charachter's hair too!
Only four people ever rode in Diana's invisible plane. They were Diana, Steve, Drusilla and a Nazi pilot. The Nazi pilot was unconcious at the time though.