Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad

Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad

The main character, Servo
Developed by James Rowley
Jymn Magon
Mark Zaslove
Starring Matthew Lawrence
Glen Beaudin
Troy Slaten
Rembrandt Sabelis
Kevin Castro
Robin Mary Florence
Jayme Betcher
John Wesley
Diana Bellamy
Kelli Kirkland
Tim Curry
Voices of Tim Curry
Kath Soucie
Narrated by Gary Owens (Opening Narration)
Composer(s) Goro Awami
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 53 (List of episodes)
Running time 20 minutes
Production company(s) Tsuburaya
DIC Entertainment
All American Television
Distributor Cookie Jar Entertainment (previously)
DHX Media (currently)
Original network First run syndication (1994–1995)
ABC (1994)
Original release September 12, 1994 – April 11, 1995

Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad is an American television series. It was produced by Tsuburaya Productions, Ultracom and DIC Entertainment, with distribution by All American Television, and ran for one season from September 12, 1994 to April 11, 1995 in syndication, as well as on ABC. It was an adaptation of the Japanese tokusatsu series Denkou Choujin Gridman, or Electronic Warrior Gridman, which was produced by Tsuburaya Productions. The series was originally going to be named PowerBoy, but it was renamed Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad to avoid confusion with Saban Entertainment's Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.[1]

The series development mirrored the creative construct established earlier with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The master toy licensee, in this case Playmates Toys, funded the series, interpolated American development via toy licensing rights, and did a commercial buy-in on the Fox network, where Haim Saban had established a kids block of time with other programs such as Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, Big Bad Beetleborgs, the 1994 version of Spider-Man, and the 1992 X-Men cartoon. Playmates called upon the development team at DIC--which, coincidentally, was in league with Pangea Corporation, which assisted in the development of DIC's New Kids on the Block and Playmates's earlier phenomenon, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. DIC, Pangea, and Playmates's marketing group created an ensemble of character names, traits and profiles, which were spun into a most ambiguous series offering. More than anything else, this was a quick-to-market slam-dunk to capitalize on the upsurge in popularity of imported Japanese monster-robot shows which could be adapted with new, regionalized live-action footage.


As revealed in the first installment, "To Protect And Servo:"
High school student Sam Collins is the head of a band called Team Samurai. During a recording session, Sam is zapped by a power surge and disappears, only to reappear seconds later with a strange device attached to his wrist which, at the time, is unremovable. Later after his friends Amp, Sydney, and Tanker leave, one of his video game programs, dubbed Servo, is subject to a power surge and zaps Sam again just after he has remarked, "Cool battle armor! This time, the zap pulls him into the digital world and turns him into his creation. As Servo, he roams the digital world and fights monsters called Mega-Viruses.

Meanwhile, another student from Sam's school, named Malcolm Frink, is designing monsters on his home computer when Kilokahn (an escaped military artificial-intelligence program that was presumed destroyed in the power surge) visits Malcolm via computer screen. Kilokahn strikes a Faustian deal with Malcolm and turns his digital monster into a Mega-Virus monster that is not only capable of corrupting electronics, but is also capable of affecting the real world.

Sam (now as Servo) must enter the digital world and stop Malcolm's and Kilokahn's Mega-Viruses. Sometimes, when Servo was unable to handle a virus by himself, he would call on the help of his friends using his Arsenal Programs. The Arsenal Programs could fight the viruses solo, transform (with the help of other Programs) and attach to Servo as armor. Since Team Samurai consisted of only 3 people at any one time (excluding Sam), only 3 vehicles were available at any one time. When Servo linked up with these Programs as armor, he changed his name to either Phormo or Synchro (when he combined with Drago or Xenon, respectively).


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Team Samurai


Supporting characters

Arsenal Programs

Xenon Program

In an odd occurrence, Xenon fought Servo in "Que Sera Servo" when a Mega-Virus monster put Servo under a spell and the latter obeyed only Kilokahn, until Amp was able to break the virus' hold by using Syd's belt to reboot him

When Borr, Tracto, and Vitor combine with Servo, they form Servo's upgrade known as Synchro, which is armed with a pair of shoulder drill missiles.

Drago Program

When Drago combines with Servo, they form Servo's upgrade known as Phormo, which is armed with a pair of laser gauntlets.

Home Media release

In 1995, Buena Vista Home Video (under the DIC Toon Time Video label) released the series on three VHS cassettes each containing two episodes. On February 19, 2013, Mill Creek Entertainment released Superhuman Samurai Syber Squad- Volume 1 on DVD in Region 1 for the very first time.[2] The 3-disc set features the first 28 episodes of the series. On October 1, 2013 Mill Creek Entertainment released Superhuman Samurai Syber Squad- Volume 2 on DVD containing the remaining 25 episodes.

Online distribution

Recently, five episodes of Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad (new episodes were added and old episodes were removed on Wednesdays) were available on Jaroo, which was an online video site then operated by Cookie Jar Entertainment, with which DIC later merged.[3][4] In or after 2013, Cookie Jar was taken over by DHX Media. The Jaroo site closed down as a result, but DHX Media mentioned that it planned to re-locate the site, and its shows, for on-line distribution.

As of February 2016, the series could be streamed through the Pluto TV app on the "After School Cartoons" channel 370. [5]


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  5. Pluto TV Retrieved 13 February 2016. Missing or empty |title= (help)
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