Electra Woman and Dyna Girl is a Sid and Marty Krofft live action children’s television series that debuted on ABC during the 1976-77 season (as part of Krofft Supershow’s first season). Here’s a little synopsis, Electra Woman and Dynagirl were two ladies, Lori and Judy, that were writers for Newsmaker magazine, but when trouble calls they become Electra Woman and Dyna Girl! I can just see them now in their skintight spandex, orange and yellow capes and supergal go-go boots. In a bright flash of light called an “Electra-Change” they would slide down a hidden shaft in their bachelorette pad, hop in the Electracar, and use an array of technically advanced gadgets to thwart an eclectic collection of supervillains. They are assisted by Frank Heflin, a scientist who stays at their “ElectraBase” while keeping in continual contact with the pair through their wrist devices “ElectraComs”.
The show was like an updated girly version of the 1960’s Batman series. Complete with the underground cave, the special car (which looks like a disco dune buggy), flamboyant over the top villians, and the older and younger costumed heroes (in real life Judy Strangis was only 2 years younger than Deidre Hall). The technology on the show was more like that of Star Trek and Dr. Who. Their powers were all electronics based.
This show starred Deidre Hall as Lori / ElectraWoman. Deidre is probably best known for her portrayal as Marlena Evans on the daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives. Judy Strangis as Judy / Dynagirl. Judy was a regular on Room 222 as student Helen Loomis. Norman Alden as Professor Frank Heflin. Norman provided the voice of Aquaman on the Superfriends cartoon series. Marvin Miller as the narrator.
Villains included The Sorcerer (Michael Constantine), Glitter Rock (John Mark Robinson), Ali Baba (Malachi Throne), The Pharaoh (Peter Mark Richman) & The Spider Lady (Tiffany Bolling).
Despite the show only lasting one season and aired only eight episodes, these ladies left an indelible mark on our collective consciousness. They proved that just because a show is short-lived doesn’t mean its characters can’t endure!
25 years after the original series the WB network commissioned a pilot for a new version of the show in 2001 starring Markie Post as Electra Woman and Anne Stedman as Dyna Girl. But the show was never picked up and aired.
Electra Woman and Dyna Girl Star Tidbits:
Deidre Hall’s real-life twin sister, Andrea Lovell, guest-starred on the Spider Lady episodes as Electra Woman’s Clone.
Tiffany Bolling played the Spider Lady. A year later, she played another Spider Lady, portraying entomologist Diane Ashley, who specialized in tarantulas, in the 1977 cult classic “Kingdom of the Spiders” with William Shatner.
Electra Woman and Dyna Girl lasted only one season on the Krofft Supershow.
Electra Woman and Dyna Girl merchandise included View Master Reels and a Board Game.
This show was tons of Electrafun! And if you happen to want to check it out, the complete series looks to be available on DVD! “Electra-wow!”
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