Classic TV: ‘Electra Woman and Dyna Girl’

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Airing in 1976 on the Saturday morning “Krofft Supershow,” “Electra Woman and Dyna Girl” was, frankly, a little after my time. I was a high-schooler by that point and not watching a lot of Saturday morning cartoons or live-action shows like this one.

But there must be a reason why there’s an “Electra Woman and Dyna Girl” magnet on my refrigerator.

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Well, two reasons: Stars Deidre Hall and Judy Strangis.

The show – just 16 episodes of about 15 minutes each – was a campy and dreadfully cheap female knock-off of the 1960s “Batman” series. Hall – later to win fame in “Days of Our Lives” – and Strangis – who had starred in the school sitcom “Room 222” – played the title roles as do-gooders who, with help from colorful spandex costumes, their inventive assistant Frank (Norman Alden) and oodles of spirit, fought dire super villains like Ali Baba (Malachi Throne, with a henchman played by the wonderful Sid Haig) and Glitter Rock.

The shows were cheaply made – shot on video, with shoestring special effects – and filled with exclamations like “Electra wow!” from Dyna Girl.

Yet Hall and Strangis made an indelible impression on kids, especially boys, and teens (ahem) who saw the show. There’s a reason clips fill You Tube to overflowing and website after website is devoted to the duo.

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Hall, with an amazing pile of blonde hair, was gorgeous. But Strangis, fresh-faced and pigtail-wearing, was a girl that all of us could fall in love with.

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