Defenders of the Earth

Jim 1980s

Aired: 1986 Syndicated

DAD #1: Flash Gordon / unknown

DAD #1’S JOB: Crimefighter

KIDS #1: Rick Gordon

WHERE’S MOM #1?: Dead

STAND-IN "MOM" #1: Unknown

DAD #2: Mandrake/ unknown

DAD #2’S JOB: Crimefighting Magician

KIDS #2: Kshin

WHERE’S MOM #2?: Dead – Dad’s dead too

STAND-IN "MOM" #2: Unknown

DAD #3: Lothar / unknown

DAD #3’S JOB: Crimefighting Magician’s Sidekick

KIDS #3: Lothar, Jr. (L.J.)

WHERE’S MOM #3?: Unknown

STAND-IN "MOM" #3: Unknown

DAD #4: The Phantom / Unknown

DAD #4’S JOB: Crimefighter

KIDS #4: Jedda

WHERE’S MOM #4?: Unknown

STAND-IN "MOM" #4: Unknown

This cartoon easily snags the "Most TV Single Dads in a Single Series" award. FOUR- count ‘ em – FOUR crimefighting Single Dad superheros teamed up with their kids on this short-lived syndicated series. Basically, a great way for Creators Features Syndicate to turn their comic strip characters into television stars in one swoop.

Update: Alert Viewer Bianca fills us in with details about Rick Gordon’s mom – – "I just wanted to let you know that under your Defenders of the Earth listing, the Mom#1 info should be ‘dead’ (you have ‘unknown’). Rick Gordon’s mom died in one of the first episodes if not the first episode. Ming the Merciless killed her on the planet Mongo, I think while trying to transfer information out of her brain to find out where Flash was or to get some other type of information that she wouldn’t tell him."

A tap on the Avery Brooks Memorial Communicator goes to Bianca the Gordon info. Thanks, Bianca!