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The Greatest American Hero 3 Seasons 1983

Season 3
4.1 out of 5 stars (227) IMDb 7.3/10

The Greatest American Hero Season 3

Starring:
William Katt, Robert Culp
Original air date:
February 4, 1983

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1. Divorce Venusian Style

Ralph is critically wounded when he rescues agent Maxwell from a band of neo-Nazis.

CC TV-PG October 29, 1982 48 minutes
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2. The Price is Right

At a high school reunion, Ralph is reunited with an old friend who is now a famous quarterback.

CC TV-PG November 5, 1982 47 minutes
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3. This is the One the Suit Was Meant For

Ralph and Pam - who decide to become engaged - discover that Maxwell's gift of a tropical island vacation is a trick to use Ralph and his super suit in recovering a stolen super-secret military aircraft .

CC TV-PG November 12, 1982 48 minutes
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4. Newlywed Game

The biggest day in the lives of Ralph and Pam - their wedding day is made even more complicated when the President sends Ralph on a secret mission to the North Pole.

CC TV-PG November 19, 1982 48 minutes
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5. Live at Eleven

Ralph and Maxwell become embroiled in a bizarre scheme when a disgruntled news anchorman plots the terrorist takeover of a nuclear power plant to launch his political career.

CC TV-PG November 26, 1982 48 minutes
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6. Thirty Seconds Over Little Tokyo

Ralph and Maxwell battle sinister forces that have taken a young scientist's uncle as hostage in exchange for an advanced weapon that could dramatically shift the world's balance of power.

CC TV-PG December 3, 1982 46 minutes
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7. Heaven is in Your Genes

The fake death but real kidnapping of Maxwell leads Ralph on a wild chase to a tropical island, where a demented scientist plans to use Maxwell in his genetic engineering experiments -the last of which created a hideous monster.

CC TV-PG December 10, 1982 48 minutes
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8. Resurrection of Carlini

Hinkley find himself involved in a bizarre and nightmarish escapade when he investigates murder attempts on three well known magicians who are planning on performing three of the late great Carlini's tricks at the magic Castle on Halloween.

CC TV-PG December 17, 1982 47 minutes
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9. Space Ranger

Ralph's unusual new student creates international chaos when his class project of building a radio telescope for tracking orbiting satellites brings the CIA and KGB down on the school.

CC TV-PG January 7, 1983 47 minutes
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10. Wizards and Warlocks

Ralph and Bill play a real life game of dungeons and dragons to save the life of a Middle Eastern shiek.

CC TV-PG January 14, 1983 48 minutes
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11. It's Only Rock 'N Roll

Ralph and Bill find themselves protecting a rock star after an attempt has been made on his life.

CC TV-PG January 21, 1983 46 minutes
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12. Desperado

Ralph, Pam and Bill try to save a beautiful stallion from an obsessed rancher.

CC TV-PG January 23, 1983 47 minutes
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13. Vanity Says the Preacher

Bill is given a Man of the Year Award by a small South American country only to return there to re-live his past and future.

CC TV-PG February 4, 1983 48 minutes
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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Adventure, Comedy
Director Ivan Dixon
Starring William Katt, Robert Culp
Supporting actors Connie Sellecca, Dean Santoro, Jeremy Kemp, James McIntyre, Kurt Grayson, Jason Bernard, Robert Gray, Al W. Coss, Joe Clarke, Frank Doubleday, Eugene Brezany, Wayne Storm, Shane Dixon
Season year 1983
Network Cannell Productions
Producers Juanita Bartlett, Stephen J. Cannell, Babs Greyhosky, Frank Lupo, Christopher Nelson, Gary Winter
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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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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