Continuing what I started yesterday with 1970s TV female superheroes, I have to discuss Isis, whose Saturday morning show predates Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman. As far as I can tell, it was the first weekly live action female superhero show on US television.

Isis originally aired on CBS from 1975 to 1977 as half of the Shazam/Isis Hour then went into syndication as The Secrets of Isis.

The opening pretty much sums up the show’s premise - high school science teacher Andrea Thomas finds amulet that transforms her into the Egyptian goddess Isis. She has a broad range of powers, usually invoked through a rhyme like "Oh zephyr winds which blow on high / Lift me now so I can fly." You can find episodes on YouTube or get the DVDs from Netflix but be warned the show has not aged well at all.

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If Isis sounds familiar, it may be because DC has a revamped version of Isis with the woman who was transformed named Adrianna Tomaz. Isis was also in the last season of Smallville where (obviously a spoiler) the amulet took over Lois Lane. I haven’t read any of the comics or watched Smallville so I don’t know a lot about those versions.

Of course rebooting Isis would look like a "we can't do Wonder Woman so let's do this instead" move. But since the amulet is supposed to work for descendents of Hatshepsut, it's a good excuse to have a female superhero who looks like this.

(Isis image from here, Gina Torres image from here.)