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The Greatest American Hero - Season Two (1981)

William Katt , Connie Sellecca , Arnold Laven , Bob Bender  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (199 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: William Katt, Connie Sellecca, Robert Culp, Dixie Carter, William Bogert
  • Directors: Arnold Laven, Bob Bender, Bruce Kessler, Chuck Bowman, Georg Stanford Brown
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: April 5, 2005
  • Run Time: 1085 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (199 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007LPSEU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,645 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Greatest American Hero - Season Two" on IMDb

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Believe it or not, he's walking on air! William Katt is back as reluctant flying crime fighter Ralph Hinkley, who would know exactly how to use the red superpower suit given to him by aliens if he hadn't lost its instruction manual. In this season, Ralph pitches in the World Series, prevents World War III, suffers amnesia, joins the circus, battles bad bikers, voodoo vengeance, a fast-food mascot and much more, all with the help of his attorney girlfriend Pam Davidson (Connie Selleca) and FBI agent Bill Maxwell (Robert Culp). Who could it be? Believe it or not, he's THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO!

This collection features all 22 Second Season episodes with such guest stars as Markie Post, Joe Mantegna, Barbara Hale, Keenan Wynn, Dixie Carter, Don Drysdale and more, plus all-new Extras that include revealing and fun career-retrospective interviews with creator Stephen J. Cannell and music composer Mike Post.

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95 of 99 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The world's least likely superhero February 15, 2005
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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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still The Greatest American Hero February 22, 2005
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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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and entertaining May 16, 2005
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Cheese
Cheesy show, but nostalgic, and great for families. Good price on Amazon.
Published 29 days ago by K. Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
Great series... I loved it.
Published 1 month ago by Juan B. Palima
4.0 out of 5 stars This was good.
This was good.
Published 1 month ago by CerBrany
1.0 out of 5 stars I got sent the crappy version without the extras
Not as advertised. I got sent the crappy version without the extras.
Published 1 month ago by Davee A. Rains
4.0 out of 5 stars Cheese never gets old
I remembered liking this cheesy show when it first came out. I watched it with my 13-year-old boy and he got a kick out of it, cheesiness and all.
Published 2 months ago by Peter H. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories!
I really missed this show. Ah, memories! Katt is a great actor!

Also includes the pilot for the spin-off series that was never picked up.
Published 2 months ago by Michael B Esworthy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The show holds up well--a good ensemble cast and clever scripts.
Published 3 months ago by Cary D. Ser
3.0 out of 5 stars Believe it or not - a fun series gets revitalized on DVD
The Greatest American Hero is just one of those series you have to run with, despite its implausibility. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Nick Zegarac
5.0 out of 5 stars great memories!
i remember this show when it originaly aired in the 80`s!my family would`nt miss it!now,i can relive those great tv memories with this dvd set,that includes the pilot!
Published 6 months ago by festes gene kyle
1.0 out of 5 stars Product delivered not product shown
I ordered season two from primetime deals,it is NOT the product shown....the one I was sent is packaged very cheaply.... Read more
Published 7 months ago by EZ
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I've got the individual seasons and The Greatest American Heroine is included in the Season 1 set. No idea why they wouldn't include it in the complete collection.
Jul 9, 2011 by J. Blount |  See all 2 posts
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