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Wonder Woman (1975 TV Series)

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Wonder Woman (1975 TV Series)
Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Language English
Channel ABC (Pilot + Season 1), CBS (Season 2 + 3)
Genre Action/Crime
Broadcast 1975-1979
No. of Seasons 3
No. of Episodes 59 (plus made-for-TV movie pilot)
Main Cast
Character Actor
Diana Prince/Wonder Woman Lynda Carter
Major Steve Trevor Lyle Waggoner

Wonder Woman is the 1970s television adaptation of the DC Comics superheroine, starring actress Lynda Carter as the titular character. The series premiered in the US on ABC in November of 1975, with a made-for-TV movie entitled The New Original Wonder Woman. Reception was positive, and led to one thirteen-episode season on ABC. Both the pilot movie and the first season took place during World War II, and featured Wonder Woman defending the American homefront against a variety of Nazi saboteurs. Wonder Woman is aided in these adventures by the War Department's Major Steve Trevor (Lyle Waggoner), a brave but somewhat dimwitted intelligence agent who remains unaware that his secretary, Yeoman Diana Prince, is actually Wonder Woman's secret identity.

Due to the inherently high costs of a period piece, ABC declined to renew the series for another season. The show was to be continued by rival network CBS under a readjusted premise - instead of WWII, events would now take place in present day (that is, the 1970s). Wonder Woman and her alter-ego Diana Prince now fought for the Inter-Agency Defense Command, a CIA-like organization dedicated to combating domestic crime as well as foreign espionage and terrorism. Diana's direct superior at the IADC remained a Trevor - specifically Steve Trevor, Jr. (still played by Waggoner), and the pair would engage in many adventures for another two seasons until 1979.

The character of Wonder Woman would not fully return to live action media until 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

The following weapons were used in the television series Wonder Woman:



Smith & Wesson Model 10

In the television film "The New Original Wonder Woman", Paradise Island's tie-breaking "Bullets and Bracelets" challenge is conducted with a pair of Smith & Wesson Model 10 revolvers.

Smith & Wesson Model M&P Revolver with 5" Barrel - .38 Special
Contestant VIII, one of the two finalists, aims the S&W Model 10.
Contestant VIII fires the S&W Model 10.
Contestant XXXIII, the other finalist, readies her own S&W.
Contestant XXXIII fires the S&W.

Colt Detective Special

In "The New Original Wonder Woman", Wonder Woman encounters a gang of bank robbers who shoot at her with Colt Detective Specials. Detective Specials are also wielded against her by a Nazi spy ring later on.

Colt Detective Special 1st Gen with Round Butt - .38 Special
The robbers open fire on Wonder Woman.
Nazi agent Ashley Norman (Red Buttons) and a confederate take aim at Wonder Woman.
The agents find their revolvers empty.

Colt New Service

In the television film "The New Original Wonder Woman", Wonder Woman performs "Bullets and Bracelets" as a Vaudeville act. One challenger fires two shots from a Colt New Service, both of which Wonder Woman deflects.

Colt New Service Revolver - .45 ACP. The Army adopted a version of the New Service, the Colt M1917, with plain wooden grips and a lanyard ring in WWI.
The challenger fires the Colt New Service.
After Wonder Woman has deflected the shots, the challenger wonders if the gun has been tampered with.

Walther P38

True to stereotype, Nazi agent Ashley Norman is initially armed with a Walther P38 in the television film "The New Original Wonder Woman".

Walther P38 WWII dated with black grips - 9x19mm
Ashley Norman (Red Buttons) threatens Wonder Woman with the P38 in the television film "The New Original Wonder Woman".
Ashley Norman (Red Buttons) holds his P38 on a hostage in the television film "The New Original Wonder Woman".

Remington 1866 Derringer

When exposed as a Nazi double-agent, Steve's secretary Marcia (Stella Stevens) turns a Remington 1866 Derringer on Wonder Woman in "The New Original Wonder Woman".

Remington 1866 Derringer - .41 R.F. Caliber. Polished Steel with yellow pearl grips
Marcia (Stella Stevens) aims the derringer at Wonder Woman.
Marcia realizes the derringer will be useless against Wonder Woman's bulletproof bracelets.
"I was Nuremberg judo champ!" Marcia sets the derringer aside as she prepares to fight Wonder Woman hand-to-hand.


Winchester Model 1892

In the television film "The New Original Wonder Woman", Wonder Woman's first Vaudeville challenger is a Marine, who takes a single shot at Wonder Woman with a Winchester Model 1892 carbine.

Winchester 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine - .32WCF/.38-40/.44-40/.25-20.
The Marine readies the Winchester.
The Marine fires the Winchester.

Submachine Guns


The final challenger in the Vaudeville "Bullets and Bracelets" act is the Teutonic Woman (Maida Severn) and her Thompson Submachine Gun (equipped with a fifty-round drum). The gun appears to be an M1928A1 model in most shots, though an M1928 (or possibly M1921A1) is substituted in closeups.

M1928A1 Thompson with 50-round drum magazine - .45 ACP
M1928 "Tommy Gun" or "Chicago typewriter" with 50-round drum magazine - .45 ACP, made famous through countless classic gangster movies.
The old woman (Maida Severn) prepares to fire the Thompson while the act's host Ashley Norman (Red Buttons) looks on nervously. Note the horizontal foregrip
The old woman fires the Thompson, while Wonder Woman (Lynda Carter) deflects them with her bulletproof bracelets.
A closeup of the Thompson. Note the sudden appearance of a vertical foregrip, which the M1928A1 specifically excludes.

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