Mar. 18, 1981
60 min.
ABC TV Network

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The Greatest American Hero

The series was a superhero drama-comedy. Ralph Hinkley was a schoolteacher for 'special students', and was determined to get through to them. The novelty of the show was based on his inability to properly learn to use the super suit, and even learn of its capabilities, other than by trial and error, because he lost the instruction manual in the desert.

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03x09 Thirty Seconds Over Little Tokyo Aired: Feb. 03, 1983

A young Chinese scientist has invented a deadly particle "ray gun" weapon. A local gang kidnaps his uncle, hoping to obtain the gun. Bill's plan …

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The show had 3 seasons and 44 episodes air between 1981 and 1983.

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  • William Katt's real life mother, Barbara Hale, played Ralph's mother Paula Hinkley in a few episodes.
  • Bill was kidnapped a total of eight times and was shot five times. Pam was kidnapped six times.
  • According to Stephen J. Cannell, the emblem on the suit (and also on the clothing of the aliens) was inspired by the square-handled scissors on Cannell's desk.
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