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The Greatest American Hero 3 Seasons

Season 2
4.1 out of 5 stars (236) IMDb 7.4/10

The Greatest American Hero Season 2

Starring:
William Katt, Robert Culp

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1. Two Hundred Mile-per-Hour Fastball

When America's national pastime and national security are endangered, FBI agent Bill Maxwell sends superhero Ralph Hinkley into the thick of a major league pennant race to become baseball's hottest overnight sensation.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: November 4, 1981
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2. Operation: Spoilsport

When an automatic missile system goes haywire at the hands of an ultra-militant general, Ralph Hinkley and Bill Maxwell are summoned by the aliens to another eerie encounter, and launched on a heart-stopping race to halt the explosive start of World War 3.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: November 11, 1981
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3. Don't Mess Around with Jim

When Ralph tries to deliver the will of a dead man who is alive, he finds himself in the middle of a close encounter of the strange kind.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: November 18, 1981
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4. Hog Wild

Ralph tries to save himself and a town from rampaging motorcycle gang.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: November 25, 1981
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5. Classical Gas

The kids' big break could be ruined if Ralph can't stop terrorists from releasing nerve gas at their concert.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 46 minutes Release date: December 2, 1981
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6. The Beast in the Black

Will Ralph's suit protect Bill from a real estate agent-- or his ghost?

TV-PG CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: December 9, 1981
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7. The Lost Diablo (Note Tape Show)

A class field trip turns in to a nightmare for Ralph and Bill when they are trapped in more ways than one, while searching for a lost gold mine.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: December 16, 1981
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8. Plague

Ralph and Bill have to save mankind from a deadly plague virus that a fanatical right wing military group hopes to unleash on a unsuspecting world.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: January 6, 1982
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9. Train of Thought

Ralph suffers amnesia when he gets knocked out while trying to stop a hijacked train.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: January 13, 1982
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10. Now You See It

Ralph gets tied up in time while trying to save Pam from an air crash before it happens.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: January 20, 1982
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11. The Handpainted Thai

Bill and Ralph uncover a devious plot to threaten the Western World when a band of hypnotized ex-war prisoners are drawn into service by the sinister Gen. Vin Chow.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: January 27, 1982
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12. Just Another 3-Ring Circus

Ralph becomes a human cannonball to investigate the disappearance of a Polish clown.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: February 3, 1982
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13. The Shock Will Kill You

Ralph puts on the "jammies" to keep the space shuttle from crashing. The trouble is he becomes electrified and releases a space monster who is headed for L.A.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: February 10, 1982
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14. A Chicken in Every Plot

Ralph, Pam, and Bill find out how the suit will do against voodoo, when they find themselves pitted against the evil president of a small island country in the West Indies.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: February 17, 1982
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15. The Devil in the Deep Blue Sea

Piracy, drug smuggling, a corrupt warden of a penal colony-- and maybe even a sea serpent, are the ingredients to this tropical punch.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: February 24, 1982
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16. It's All Downhill from Here

Hinkley and Pam's Squaw Valley vacation turns serious when they call in Bill to help a Czechoslovakian down hill racer and his girlfriend defect with secret information.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: March 3, 1982
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17. Dreams

When Ralph uses the suit to help his associates realize their dreams, it complicates all their lives.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: March 17, 1982
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18. There's Just No Accounting

Ralph's suit proves no match for the I.R.S., when a satchel of money from a kidnapping turns up in Ralph's living room.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: March 24, 1982
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19. The Good Samaritan

Ralph's good deeds get complicated when two convicts escape and Bill thinks he's the target.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: March 31, 1982
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20. Captain Bellybuster and the Speed Factory

Ralph teams up with a hamburger helper -- Captain Bellybuster to bust a drug ring.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: April 7, 1982
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21. Who's Woo in America

Ralph's Mom is going to marry a con man who is smuggling a micro-chip that corrupt oilmen have killed for .

TV-PG CC Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: April 14, 1982
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22. Lilacs, Mr. Maxwell

Love is blind, even for Bill Maxwell, who finds himself falling for a beautiful foreign agent. Will love or the deadly, Mr. David stop Bill's heart first?

TV-PG CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: April 28, 1982
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By Wayne Klein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 15, 2005
Format: DVD
Although it's now fashionable to watch a superhero struggle with his or her abilities in movies and TV, it wasn't always the case. William Katt played Ralph Hinkley an ordinary guy who is left a gift from aliens from outer space-a suit that gives its wearer the ability to fly, super strength, invisibility and much more. Suddenly, he had all these super powers but lost the owner's manual to tell him how to use it correctly. Ralph ends up flying into walls and generally having as many mishaps as a superhero could possibly have. Befriended by FBI agent Bill Maxwell (Robert Culp) Hinkley partners with him and decides to fight for good. These first eight episodes (including the two hour pilot ) made up the first season of the series. The two hour pilot soars with nice comedic touches by Katt, Connie Selleca and the perfect straight man in Culp. In fact, Culp plays it so seriously that it comes off almost as a parody of a government agent.

With an exceptionally good transfer, "The Greatest American Hero" looks almost as if it was invulnerable to the ravages of time. The transfers look very nice with solid blacks and color reproduction. Considering the show is twenty five years old, there are few of the flaws that one might expect. The image is occasionally soft but and has some minor analog imperfections (such as dust, dirt particularly during the effects shots) on the whole, Anchor Bay has done a meticulous job in transferring this series to DVD. The sound while limited by the technology of the time (it was broadcast in mono) has good presence with the dialogue very clear. Some minor background hiss crops up from time to time. Although the box says this is in stereo it sounds like mono to me.

We get a pilot for a spin off entitled "The Greatest American Heroine".
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Schoolteacher Ralph Hinkley (William Katt) is taking his class on a field trip to the desert when their bus breaks down. Hiking back to get help, he finds FBI agent Bill Maxwell (Robert Culp). His car also mysteriously dies just as a flying saucer appears. Not to worry, they come in peace. In fact, they want to help create peace on earth by giving Ralph a suit that will give him super powers. Teaming up with Bill, he sets out to right the wrongs of the world. Rounding out the trio is Pam Davidson (Connie Sellecca), Ralph's girlfriend. Just one little problem. Ralph lost the instruction book so has no idea how to control his powers.

Okay, I admit it. It sounds cheesy and stupid. But, if you'll buy the premise, it works and it works well. The show is entertaining and sticks to it's premise well. You do also have to get beyond the special effects. Many of them, especially Ralph flying, look bad by today's standards. But if you'll remember it was a TV show from 1981, you'll do just fine.

Collected here, we have the 8 episodes that were the first season, including the two-hour series premier. During the episodes, not only does Ralph struggle with his new powers, but also with how to deal with them in his life. And he truly struggles, most noticeably in "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys."

And there is also lots of humor. Great one-liners and slapstick as Ralph tries to figure things out. I especially appreciate his constantly struggle changing out of his street clothes into his suit. I can identify with that. But the humor also comes from the characters. Ralph is idealistic and Bill is cynical. Bill also has little use for Pam, even when she provides a vital piece of information. The three leads have great chemistry and pull things off admirably.
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If you don't know much about this particular series, it is not completely surprising. This series had some rough starts and a rough run overall. The show is about a school teacher named Ralph Hinkley who inherits a super-suit from aliens. With help from Bill Maxwell, an FBI agent, and his girlfriend Pam Davidson, he is able to use his suit to "capture the bad guys" with amazing abilities.

The show was intended to be a kind of comic book comedy. Ralph loses the instruction manual when he first receives the suit so he has to figure out how to use it as he goes along. Of course, the flying ability was originally one of the most "comical" of his powers.

The nice thing about the show was that it is family oriented. There is little to no foul language (Sometimes Ralph and Bill say "Damn", but that's about the strongest word in the series) and silly violence when Ralph throws the crooks around.

You never know what kind of powers Ralph will inherit from the suit, so anything could happen as the writers went along and continued to think up new ideas on what Ralph could do.

There were two big problems about the show. The first was that it became a major target for DC comics Warner Bros to sue over the similarity to Superman. That was an ongoing battle worthy of a comic book story in itself. The other problem was a tragic coincidence. Right when the show was beginning, that was when President Reagan had an attempted assasination by a real life man named "Hinkley". So the producer decided to briefly change Ralph's last name to HANLEY. But after a while it went back to HINKLEY. Ralph had some kind of temporary identity crisis.

Robert Culp is hilarious as Bill Maxwell and really is the best character on the show.
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