|This article is written from the Real World perspective|
|Fantastic Four (TV Series)|
|Beginning date||September 24, 1994|
|End date||February 24, 1996|
|Number of Episodes||26|
|Original Channel||First-run syndication|
|Previous Series||Iron Man|
The Fantastic Four was the third series to air in the Marvel Animated Universe. The series premiered on September 24, 1994 and ended February 24, 1996. There were two seasons, with thirteen episodes per season, for a total of twenty-six episodes.
Fantastic Four debuted alongside the animated Iron Man series as part The Marvel Action Hour, comprising the second half. Before the episode Stan Lee would have a short segment speaking about the characters, situations, and inspirations.
During the first season critics and fans were disappointed with the show's more silly dialogue, crude animation, and claimed the opening song was more annoying than anything else. Though fans believed that the second season had improved in every area. The Johnny Storm actor was replaced, Thing had less campy dialogue, a more heroic theme featuring no lyrics, and the writing became generally more mature. However, ratings still dropped, probably from the poor first season, and the series was not picked up for a third season.
Fantastic Four comic writer Tom DeFalco parodied the series in Fantastic Four Volume 1 #396. In it, the Scott Lang version of Ant-Man, who was then a member of the team, found a fictional series based on the Fantastic Four and ridiculed Thing for being desperate for money. DeFalco reportedly got into some trouble for it.
|Fantastic Four series|
|Pre-MAU||Fantastic Four (1967) • Fantastic Four (1978) • Fred and Barney Meet the Thing|
|Post-MAU||Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes|