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The Greatest American Hero: The Complete Series

4.4 out of 5 stars 221 customer reviews

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BELIEVE IT OR NOT...He's THE GREATEST!

The complete 43 episode collection of THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO!

This 9 DVD collector's set includes all 43 episodes of this quirky, Emmy®-nominated sci-fi/action/comedy series created by legendary writer/producer Stephen J. Cannell. Co-starring Michael Pare and Faye Grant, this hit show also featured a stellar lineup of guest stars including: Joe Mantegna, Markie Post, Bob Saget, Rick Dees, June Lockhart, David Paymer, Barbara Hale, André The Giant, Dixie Carter, Don Drysdale and more. Don't miss out on the small screen's biggest hero!

William Katt stars as Ralph Hinkley, an ordinary school teacher who becomes extraordinary after an encounter with extraterrestrials which leaves him with a red 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 magic suit 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!

STARRING: WILLIAM KATT, CONNIE SELLECCA, ROBERT CULP, MICHAEL PARE, FAYE GRANT...and many more!

INCLUDES BONUS 20-MINUTE INTERVIEW WITH CREATOR STEPHEN J. CANNELL!

Episodes:

  • Pilot
  • 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
  • The Two-Hundred-Mile-an-Hour Fast Ball
  • Operation Spoilsport
  • Don't Mess Around with Jim
  • Hog Wild
  • Classical Gas
  • The Beast in the Black
  • The Lost Diablo
  • Plague
  • Train of Thought
  • Now You See It
  • The Hand-Painted Thai
  • Just Another Three Ring Circus
  • The Shock Will Kill You
  • A Chicken in Every Plot
  • The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
  • It's All Downhill from Here
  • Dreams
  • There's Just No Accounting...
  • Good Samaritan
  • Captain Bellybuster and the Speed Factory
  • Who's Woo in America
  • Liacs, Mr. Maxwell
  • Divorce Venusian Style
  • The Price is Right
  • This is the One the Suit Was Meant For
  • The Resurrection of Carlini
  • The Newlywed Game
  • Heaven is in your Genes
  • Live at Eleven
  • Space Ranger
  • Thirty Seconds Over Little Tokyo
  • Wizards and Warlocks
  • It's Only Rock and Roll
  • Desperado
  • Vanity, Says the Preacher
  • Bonus items: Interviews with Stephen J. Cannel

Special Features

None.

Product Details

  • Actors: William Katt, Robert Culp, Connie Sellecca, Michael Pare, Faye Grant
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 9
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 18, 2010
  • Run Time: 2140 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (221 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003BGZ61S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,904 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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UPDATE Feb 4, 2011 - I've discovered that this set is incomplete. Season 3, Episode 14 - The Greatest American Heroine, is missing from the set. This was a pilot that wasn't picked up but was released as the final episode of the Greatest American Hero Series. So you'll watch this whole set and miss the final episode. So I'm knocking off another star. If I knew it wasn't the complete series, as it claims, I would probably have still bought it for fifteen bucks. I'll get that much entertainment value of of it. But it's frustrating to watch a series and not get the final episode. So know what you're getting, enjoy it, and just realize you'll have to watch the final episode somewhere else.

While this video series is on Hulu (as of today, at least), it doesn't have the final episode either.

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On the plus side, I loved this show as a kid and this set was cheap. On the negative side, the packaging reflects the cheap price. The discs are in black paper sleeves, packed in a single, hokey plastic case. The plastic outer cover on my DVD box is ripped. So I'll need to glue it back down. One of the plastic "clips" that is supposed to hold the paper sleeves was broken when I opened it. No discs were damaged. But now there's only one clip to hold the cheesy sleeves in the cheesy plastic box with broken fastener system.

0 for the packaging, 5 for the show results in 3 stars rating.

I'd have paid $5 more for decent packaging.

It's not possible, from what I can tell, to get a disc out of the paper sleeve without touching the back of the disc.
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I just received my "Greatest American Hero" Complete series DVDs today. The first thing I noticed was that a one-inch chunk and a smaller piece of the cheap plastic DVD box had broken off top, near the binding. I opened it up and checked out the disks - which, I'm happy to say, were all in "new" condition - not a scratch! That's primarily what I was concerned about - I didn't care much if there was some minor damage to the packaging, as long as the disks play well.
As for the show itself, it's awesome! I was a huge fan of this show when I was 13. I recently went back and watched the whole series on Netflix (but the buffering was a pain in the rear), and I wasn't disappointed. At first I thought maybe the show would be too campy or make me want to weep with embarrassment, but upon watching it, I was pleasantly surprised! The show was entertaining, funny, had a clever script, and some poignant moments as well. They just don't make quality family shows like that anymore. I plan on starting another GAH marathon tonight! :)
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The Greatest American Hero is a charming and unlikely prospect for a successful TV series. And yet, it works spectacularly well, thanks to William Katt, Robert Culp and Connie Sellecca's believable performances; proof positive that when the ideal cast is in place anything is possible. Believe it or not - the series still holds up remarkably well.

This box set does not.The Greatest American Hero was previously released by Starz/Anchor Bay on home video in individual seasons. This set comes to us via Mill Creek - a company with a notorious reputation for shoddy DVD authoring. I have the Anchor Bay editions. They're not perfect, but they lack the incredible amount of edge enhancement and troublesome compression issues of this set. Anchor Bay's editions have eye-popping color and a good solid amount of fine detail present. This release lacks virtually all of those virtues. Colors are faded - badly. The compression issues are a disaster - blotchy color, video noise, tiling, background distortions, edge enhancement - virtually any anomaly you can think of is present. A colossal waste of time and money. These discs are a Frisbee. Fling!

Again, Anchor Bay's individual seasons are far from perfect. But they are light-years ahead of this pointless repackaged/reissued set. DO NOT BUY THIS!
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The Greatest American Hero is one of my favorite shows of all time. I've never been able to get the theme song out of my head as I sing it sometimes either out loud or under my breathe (I'm singing it right now :). Needless to say I think it's one of the best theme songs ever to any TV show. I used to watch this show all the time and I'm glad I can get all the episodes in one DVD set. The show was written well, entertaining, funny, and clever. Both William Katt and the late Robert Culp were excellent in this series. I definitely recommend this DVD set.
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This review is for the packaging and not the actual show.

I guess one should always remember that you get what you pay for and with this Mill Creek Entertainment version that couldn't be anymore truthful.

Amazon did a great job in getting this here in one day. Opened up the shipping box and proceeded to open up the box set. First thing a little piece of black plastic pops out. This was part of the plastic box that had broke off. Next I spot the discs sitting in their paper sleeves. That immediately didn't sit well as they are in my opinion horrible for protecting discs and I found that out immediately upon inspecting the discs. Out of the 9 discs, 5 are damaged with scratches. 2 are lightly scratched with them getting progressively worse looking with the final 2 looking like something had been rubbing against them causing fairly severe damage.

Will they play? Well at this point I'm not willing to even try because when I purchase new I expect new. Now I do place some of the blame on myself in that I should have read which company had made this box set and if I had I would know from past experience of purchasing Mill Creek Entertainment sets that they really skimp on the protection/packaging and I would not have purchased this particular set.

Edited to add:

Amazon quickly sent a replacement and surprise, the replacement also is damaged. This time not as bad as the scratches are light (they should play) but never will I purchase Mill Creek Entertainment sets again.

5 Stars for Amazon
2 Stars for Mill Creek Entertainment
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