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My Hero - Season One

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My Hero: Season 1 (DVD)

George Sunday's life took an unexpected turn when he met and fell in love with Janet Dawkins, a nurse from Earth. The thing is, George is also Thermoman, from the planet Ultron, who dashes from one catastrophe to another as he juggles his two jobs: superhero and health food shop owner. Keeping George's identity secret is very difficult for the young couple, but luckily Janet's parents and colleagues just think he is an idiot

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What's it like to be a man of steel--with feet of clay? That's the cheeky premise behind the popular BBC comedy series My Hero, featuring an alien, Thermoman, also known as George Sunday, mild-mannered proprietor of a rather unhealthy-looking British health-food store. George has relocated to England because he's become smitten with earthling Janet, a British tourist he scooped from doom as she hurtled over the Grand Canyon. But life on earth--and in England, no less--can be dodgy to decipher for the best of us, let alone an alien. The series combines elements of The Incredibles, Smallville with a little more levity, Fawlty Towers, and a smidge of Mork & Mindy for good measure. The result is a cracking-good ensemble comedy with lots of very silly exploits. The ever-earnest George accomplishes one mission by hiding nuclear weapons from some serious bad guys; when Janet innocently inquires where, he's a tight-lipped superhero to the end: "I can't say. It's a secret. But if I were you, I wouldn't use the bathroom for a while." The disc includes cast biographies, some background info on Thermoman, and an interview with Irish star Ardal O'Hanlan. --A.T. Hurley

Special Features

Interviews: Interview with Ardal O'Hanlon Other: Behind the scenesInterviews: Interview with Ardal O'Hanlon Other: Behind the scenesInterviews: Interview with Ardal O'Hanlon Other: Behind the scenesInterviews: Interview with Ardal O'Hanlon Other: Behind the scenesInterviews: Interview with Ardal O'Hanlon Other: Behind the scenes

Product Details

  • Actors: Ardal O'Hanlon, Emily Joyce
  • Directors: John Stroud (II)
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 7, 2007
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EHQU12
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,382 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "My Hero - Season One" on IMDb

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My local PBS station shows this program (eight months a year, they don't show any of their normal programming during pledge months). I admit that I enjoy some of the other programs fairly well ("As Time Goes By," "Keeping up Appearances") but this one is a scream.

There is still some 'settling in' of the actors into their characters' quirks and focus but this show hit the ground running. Far more interested in American Culture than older Brit-Coms, they actually make fun of President George W. Bush. But "Friends" this is not.

It's a show that is about character. Particularly one George Sunday: Enthusiastic superhero, health food store proprietor (he opened the shop because it was a perfect cover for his superhero work as nobody ever much visits), and all around silly-person. His loving girlfriend/wife Janet is smart, sexy and rock solid. She's the perfect foil for George's flights of in-human behavior.

Her parents, Ella and Stanley, hate George from the word go and are amazingly funny folks who Janet can barely stomach. Next door neighbor Tyler looks like a human pincushion and talks like the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's were VERY good to him. He just happens to instantly recognize George as Thermoman. I admit to having a soft spot for Tyler. He tries so hard, and could have been a one-note character, but he is endearing as well.

George's cousin Arne (another space alien who was stricken from the ranks of superheroes for charging folks for their rescues) and Dr. Piers Crispin (Janet's boss and her mother's idea of a 'catch' for her confounding daughter) are as close as the series get to bad guys.

But they're wimps compared with resident Bad Girl -- Mrs. Raven (the incomparable Geraldine McNulty).
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I don't know why this serioes hasn't yet taken N. America by storm, but it is one of my all-time favorites. I have yet to see an episode that didn't have me laughing uncontrollably, which is saying something, since I'm kind of negative and critical by nature. :>)

Ardal O'Hanlan is perfect as Thermoman (and just as clueless as in Father Ted), and for sheer 'feel-good' TV watching, this can't be beat.

Worth watching; worth buying!
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As a huge Father Ted fan, I followed the hilarious Ardal O'Hanlon to My Hero. While it doesn't quite reach the heights of Father Ted, it certainly doesn't disappoint in any way. This is a fun, laugh-out-loud funny show, and the only question for me is whether I'll buy this first series or wait until the inevitable box set of the show's whole run comes out.
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Finaly BBC's Black Horse My Hero comes to dvd

There's something so offbeat and totally original about My Hero

The cast is great, the writing and story development is smart and funny!

It's Laugh Out Loud funny and once you get a taste of it. You'll get hooked!

Fans of Other Great BBC Shows: Red Dwarf,Coupling,The Office, Bean, and Father Ted will love this this Unique Sitcom

10/10
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This has to be one of my all time favorite British comedies.

George Sunday seems to be a not too bright human but in reality he's a clueless alien from the planet Ultron trying to figure out human nature.

If you don't like or understand British Comedies this show isn't for you BUT if you have a quirky sense of humor you will love this show!
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Excellent program. O'Hanlan, a great comic actor in his own right, plays Thermoman, an Ultronian sent to Earth to fight disasters that threaten mankind. But Thermoman saves Janet, an English nurse who happens to fall into the Grand Canyon, and falls in love with her.

In this season of the Britcom George Sunday (Thermoman's secret identity) moves in with Janet and hilarity ensues as George tries to get used to the Earth way of doing things and Janet tries to get used to having a guy around who "sniffs out danger" and can't wear wool hats. Lots of fun!
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I remember the first time i ever saw this programme. It was about a year ago when i decided to watch the entire British Comedy line up that my local PBS station shows. They broadcast shows from "Are You Being Served?" to "The Last Of The Summer Wine" to "My Hero" and "Red Dwarf." I remember that I almost pee-ed my pants watching "My Hero" from laughing so hard. This is an AMAZING show that i cannot wait to be able to view when ever i want. As soon as i saw this up for sale I pre-ordered it. I hardly ever pre-order anything, that is how you know that this series is a good one and well worth your time!!!
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SPOILERS follow.

Straight out of BBC and via certain PBS channels comes MY HERO, an affable, off-the-wall comedy series about that strange visitor from that distant planet, Thermoman (Ardal O'Hanlon). He hails from the planet Ultron and has only recently arrived on Earth. He's not built like a regular guy: he has six toes on each foot for added balance, double jointed knee-caps for extra maneuverability, and a larger than normal navel, of unknown purpose but of which lint content could be used to stuff a duvet. Able to literally sniff out trouble and utilizing restrooms as his means of egress, Thermoman plies his superhero trade on a daily basis and has become one of the busiest caped crusaders around as he rapidly flies around the globe staving off catastrophe after catastrophe. Consequently, he doesn't really have much time for romance. So imagine his surprise when he falls in love with the lovely Janet Dawkins (Emily Joyce), a vacationing 29-year-old British lass he rescues from a fall in the Grand Canyon.

The smitten superhero follows her to Northolt, England, where she works as a nurse in the Northolt Health Centre. He introduces himself to her in his civilian guise of George Sunday, owner of a modest, often unpatronized health store. What then follows is his fish-out-of-water wooing of the down-to-earth Janet, who actually prefers to be with a regular bloke but is, nevertheless, charmed, if non-plussed, by the eccentric Mr. Sunday. The rest of the very brief first season goes on to unveil the various pitfalls and domestic annoyances of a working girl in love with a clueless superhero from the stars.

No, MY HERO is definitely not one of those cerebral comedy shows. It doesn't have multiple intricate plotlines going on per episode.
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