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.
Last Episode03x09 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 …
The Greatest American Hero: Season 1, Episode #3 - Saturday On Sunset Boulevard
Maxwell and Hinkley discover that they are in the midst of international affairs that could gravely affect the world.
The Greatest American Hero: Season 1, Episode #4 - Reseda Rose
Hinkley and Maxwell discover a direct link between an important spy network in charge of stealing secret…
Series Fun Facts
- 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.
- The unsuccessful pilot for a spin-off series, "The Greatest American Heroine", produced in 1983 but not aired until 1986, screens as the final episode in syndication.
- Ralph's son Kevin was only seen occasionally during the first season and was phased out as the show went on.