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9 January 1967 (USA) See more »
He's the country's unique crime fighter. In reality he's a mild-mannered filling station attendant, but when law and order break down, he takes a magical pill which sends him flying after the gangsters. Starring Stephen Strimpell, Dick Gautier and John McGiver as Barton J. Reed. New comedy, in color.
Stanley Beamish, the weakling proprietor of a Washington gas station, is also a top-secret super agent... See more »
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Actor Michael Pataki Dies
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’50’s Sci-Fi Writer Myles Wilder Dies
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Typical 60s Batman ripoff. See more (19 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 5 of 12)
Stephen Strimpell ... Stanley Beamish / ... (17 episodes, 1967)

Dick Gautier ... Hal Walters (17 episodes, 1967)
Paul Smith ... Harley Trent (17 episodes, 1967)

John McGiver ... Barton J. Reed (17 episodes, 1967)
Paul Frees ... Narrator (17 episodes, 1967)

Series Directed by
Jack Arnold (9 episodes, 1967)
Arthur Lubin (3 episodes, 1967)
Series Writing credits
Budd Grossman (11 episodes, 1967)
William Raynor (3 episodes, 1967)
Myles Wilder (3 episodes, 1967)

Series Produced by
Jack Arnold .... executive producer / producer (17 episodes, 1967)
Byron Chudnow .... associate producer (17 episodes, 1967)
Budd Grossman .... producer (16 episodes, 1967)
Series Original Music by
Gerald Fried (17 episodes, 1967)
Series Cinematography by
Walter Strenge (15 episodes, 1967)
Series Film Editing by
Tony Martinelli (10 episodes, 1967)
Danford B. Greene (4 episodes, 1967)
Robert L. Kimble (3 episodes, 1967)
Series Art Direction by
Howard E. Johnson (14 episodes, 1967)
John T. McCormack (2 episodes, 1967)
Series Set Decoration by
John McCarthy Jr. (17 episodes, 1967)
John M. Dwyer (16 episodes, 1967)
Series Makeup Department
Larry Germain .... hair stylist (17 episodes, 1967)
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist (17 episodes, 1967)
Series Production Management
John Morrison .... unit manager (8 episodes, 1967)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Burt Astor .... assistant director (16 episodes, 1967)
Series Art Department
Robert M. Anderson .... property master (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
David H. Moriarty .... sound (3 episodes, 1967)
James T. Porter .... sound (3 episodes, 1967)
Edwin J. Somers Jr. .... sound (3 episodes, 1967)
Earl Crain Jr. .... sound (2 episodes, 1967)
Elbert W. Franklin .... sound (2 episodes, 1967)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vincent Dee .... costume supervisor (16 episodes, 1967)
Series Editorial Department
Richard Belding .... editorial supervisor (17 episodes, 1967)
Robert Brower .... color coordinator (17 episodes, 1967)
Series Music Department
Gerald Fried .... composer: theme music (17 episodes, 1967)
Stanley Wilson .... music supervisor (17 episodes, 1967)

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30 min
Color (Technicolor)
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This CBS mid-season replacement series and a similarly themed one on NBC called "Captain Nice" (1967) both debuted the same evening, 9 January 1967, in successive time slots. Both shows aired their last episode on 28 August 1967. Neither was renewed for a second, full season.See more »
Barton J. Reed:Yes. I'm afraid it's a 'Purple Alert.'See more »
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Referenced in Contact High (2009)See more »


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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Typical 60s Batman ripoff., 25 November 2005
Author: James Collier from Canada

Mr. Terrific is a show with many fathers. Batman, whose campy TV show had been burning up the airwaves, naturally inspired copycats. Another DC comic book character was also a big influence - the mildly obscure 40s hero Hourman. Rex "Tick Tock" Tyler, a pharmacist, invented a drug called Miraclo which would give him super powers for one hour. Unfortunately, following all these formulas left the series very formulaic. His powers were the standard Superman set - he could fly, was bulletproof, and could lift houses. It was not a super hero show, though. Instead of super villains, the hero battled spies. His 1 hour power pill was almost guaranteed to wear off just as he needed his powers most, leaving him to find some way of getting at his 10 minute booster pill. Plus, there was Dick Gautier's character, a Lothario of a best friend, who had to both be kept in the dark and rescued on occasion, and the hero's mother - ditto. After cancellation, they combined a couple of the episodes into a made-for-TV movie. All the elements are there - the spies, the pill problems, the hero's friends. If you see the movie, you've seen the show. Not a bad program, fitting in well with the late Sixties brand of screwball comedy. If you like Gilligan's Island, or imagined Get Smart with super powers, you would like it. But you'd like The Greatest American Hero better. Same idea, better execution.

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