Type
Scripted
Premiered
Mar. 18, 1981
Status
Canceled/Ended
Runtime
60 min.
Country
USA
Network
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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  • ABC officially canceled the series before the last four produced episodes were aired. The "lost episodes" were sold along with the rest of the series as part of its package for syndication,…
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    ABC officially canceled the series before the last four produced episodes were aired. The "lost episodes" were sold along with the rest of the series as part of its package for syndication, and later DVD collections.
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  • Ralph's son Kevin was only seen occasionally during the first season and was phased out as the show went on.
  • In the pilot when Ralph is taken to a mental hospital wearing his super outfit, a man tells him, "That's a bad suit, Jim!" A similar line ("Say Jim, that's a bad out-FIT!") was said to
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    In the pilot when Ralph is taken to a mental hospital wearing his super outfit, a man tells him, "That's a bad suit, Jim!" A similar line ("Say Jim, that's a bad out-FIT!") was said to Christopher Reeve in Superman movie.
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