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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  • Although DC Comics tried to sue the producers for copying Superman, the show's premise is closer to that of another DC Comics character, Green Lantern, who was given a power ring by an alien…
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    Although DC Comics tried to sue the producers for copying Superman, the show's premise is closer to that of another DC Comics character, Green Lantern, who was given a power ring by an alien to become a superhero.
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  • William Katt said that at the start of the series he and Robert Culp had difficulties getting along and working with each other. Katt added they were able to use that to their advantage as…
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    William Katt said that at the start of the series he and Robert Culp had difficulties getting along and working with each other. Katt added they were able to use that to their advantage as their relationship reflected that as the one portrayed between their respective characters. Katt and Culp were able to resolve their differences and actually became good friends over the course of making the series.
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  • In March 2002, plans were reportedly underway at Disney to make a feature film of the TV series.
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