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
- The series was parodied in an episode of Robot Chicken, "Yancy the Yo-Yo Boy".
- Connie Sellecca was rarely seen during the second season due to her real-life pregnancy.
- Ralph's surname was changed near the end of the first season from Hinkley to Hanley because of the name's negative connection with John Hinckley (the man who shot President Ronald Reagan in…
[show]Ralph's surname was changed near the end of the first season from Hinkley to Hanley because of the name's negative connection with John Hinckley (the man who shot President Ronald Reagan in an assassination attempt on March 30, 1981). Ralph's last name was changed back to Hinkley in the first episode of Season 2 ("The Two Hundred Mile an Hour Fastball"), after the furor over his name subsided. Interestingly enough, the unaired 1986 "Greatest American Heroine" pilot includes a scene in which Ralph Hinkley meets the President of the United States (who was still Ronald Reagan in real-life 1986).