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The COMPLETE FIRST SEASON of THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO!
This critically acclaimed series, which is a perfect blend of superhero action and sharp-witted comedy, centers on a normal high school teacher with a super-poweredsuit he doesn't know how to operate! With the help of his friends and through some trial and error, his mission is to travel around the world to fight crime and save the day!
Ralph Hinkley (William Katt) is an ordinary school teacher who becomes extraordinary after an encounter with extraterrestrials leaves him with a power suit that transforms him into a superhero! But when he loses the suit's instruction manual, Ralph must learn by trial and error to control the capabilities and powers of his red magic outfit to fight the battle against injustice and crime. With the help of his attorney girlfriend Pam Davidson (Connie Sellecca) and FBI agent Bill Maxwell (Robert Culp), the world's most unlikely flying crime fighter gets tangled in one outrageous adventure after another in this quirky sci-fi/action/comedy series. Created by legendary writer/producer Stephen J. Cannell, this complete first season collection includes all 8 acclaimed episodes from this multi-EmmyÂ®-nominated series which co-stars Michael Pare and Faye Grant.
STARRING: WILLIAM KATT, CONNIE SELLECCA, ROBERT CULP, MICHAEL PARE, FAYE GRANT...and many more!
- The Hit Car
- Here's Looking at You, Kid
- Saturday Night on Sunset Boulevard
- Reseda Rose
- My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys
- Fire Man
- The Best Desk Scenario
Top Customer Reviews
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".Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This chump found it extremely difficult to land the babes so God gave him a suit and he can flyPublished 3 months ago by Van
This is a must have! It's fun, oringinal and family friendly. This was a great show in the 80s and still has all the chemistry to be just as great today. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Billie
Very entertaining, but I forgot that at least the early episodes used the D word.Published 3 months ago by Janie M. Brushaber
One of the DVDs was for a different season than the one I purchased. So, it was missing the episodes from the DVD not being the correct one. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Theresa Bradford
Delivered on time & the used DVDs were in great shape as described.Published 6 months ago by Heather