Flash Gordon film serials staring Buster Crabbe:
Flash Gordon (1936)
Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars (1938)
Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940)
Fun Fact: First published January 7, 1934, the strip was inspired by and created to compete with the already established Buck Rogers adventure strip.
Flash Gordon TV series (1954-1955)
staring Steve Holland ran for 39 episodes.
Fun Fact: The first 26 episodes had the distinction of being filmed in West Berlin, Germany less than a decade after the end of World War II. This is notable, given that some episodes show the real-life destruction still evident in Germany several years after the war.
The New Adventures of Flash Gordon animated TV series (1979-1980)
staring Robert Ridgely ran for 32 episodes.
Fun Fact: NBC was unhappy with the serial nature of the first season, as it clashed with their re-run style (details can be found on a documentary included on the DVD), so the second season was much changed and also aimed at a younger audience. Each episode included two stand-alone stories, often featuring a young dragon named Gremlin, introduced for comic relief. Unfortunately, this decision led to a decline in ratings and the show was canceled thereafter.
Flash Gordon film (1980) staring Sam J. Jones.
Fun Fact: Sam J. Jones was a Playgirl centerfold model.
Flash Gordon: The Greatest Adventure of All animated TV movie (1982)
staring Robert Ridgely
Defenders of the Earth animated TV series (1986)
staring Lou Richards ran for 65 episodes.
Fun Fact: The series' introductory theme song lyrics were written by Marvel Comics' Stan Lee, who also wrote some "Defenders of the Earth" comic-book stories.
Flash Gordon animated TV series (1996)
staring Toby Proctor ran for 26 episodes.
Fun Fact: This Flash Gordon was voted "A Major Suck Ass" by me.
Flash Gordon TV series (2007)
starring Eric Johnson ran for 21 episodes.
Fun Fact: Advertisements featured a cover version of Queen's "Flash's Theme" (from the 1980 film) performed by the band Louis XIV. The song was not present in any episode of the show.
Dork Note: Flash Gordon is one of the five properties I would buy if I was super-mega-ultra rich.