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 2, Episode #9 - Train of Thought
Ralph suffers amnesia when he gets knocked out while trying to stop a hijacked train.
The Greatest American Hero: Season 2, Episode #11 - The Handpainted Thai
Bill and Ralph uncover a devious plot to threaten the Western World when a band of hypnotized ex-war prisoners…
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 shows theme song was sung by Joey Scarbury and released as a single, which peaked at #2 on the Billboard Charts during the summer of 1981.
- William Katt's real life mother, Barbara Hale, played Ralph's mother Paula Hinkley in a few episodes.