25. “Tempus Fugitive,” Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
Season Two, Episode 18
Original Airdate: March 26, 1995
Written By: Lee Hutson, Jack Weinstein
Directed By: James Bagdonas
Starring: Dean Cain as Clark Kent/Superman
Teri Hatcher as Lois Lane
Justin Whalin as Jimmy Olsen
K. Callan as Martha Kent
Eddie Jones as Jonathan Kent
Lane Davies as Tempus
Terry Kiser as H.G. Wells
Don Swayze as Jesse James
Joshua Devane as Frank James
Synopsis: Lois and Clark need to travel to 1966 with the help of H.G. Wells and his time machine to prevent a villain from the future who wants to destroy the baby Superman. The villain tells Lois about Clark’s most important secret — his secret identity.
Why It’s on the List: This is the one I had the hardest time with. On the list, off the list, on the list, off the list. “Replace it with a Battlestar episode? No, I have to give other shows a chance. Is it too silly to be on the list? Isn’t silly good sometimes? What about that episode of The Golden Girls where Rose is horny at the wedding and Sophia curses her ex-fiance’s socks to always fall down to his ankles? That’s a good one.” These are the thoughts that were running through my mind. And I still feel a little funny about it, because this is the lone duck in the 25. It’s the only one that isn’t on par in terms of quality to the others. It doesn’t even come near to #1. So, why? Because this was the first TV show I ever truly loved, and campiness aside, the first two seasons are still one of the best love stories ever told.