The Incredible Hulk (1978–1982)
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The Incredible Hulk 

A troubled scientist's accidental overexposure to gamma radiation curses him with the tendency to change into a bestial green brute under extreme emotional stress.




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Episode complete credited cast:
Mrs. Maier
Mr. Bram
Eric Server ...
Charles Siebert ...
Terence Locke ...
Young Man (as Terrence Locke)
June Whitley Taylor ...
George Brenlin ...
Man at Lake
Jake Mitchell ...
William Larsen ...
Girl at Lake
Eric Deon ...


David Banner, a research scientist who is haunted by the death of his wife whom he couldn't save in a car accident is researching how to tap the hidden reserves of incredible strength all humans have. While investigating episodes of people who have displayed such strength under times of great stress, he discovers that each one coincided with a solar flare spike of gamma radiation. Convinced by the link, Banner decides to put it to the test when he deliberately doses himself with gamma radiation. Unknown to him however, the machine was modified to give a far higher dose than he anticipated. While there was no immediate effect, that soon changes when on the way home, he forced to change a tire in the rain. He injures himself and the result anger and frustration transforms him into a massively powerful green giant, the Hulk. He eventually changes back and, now he must investigate what did this thing and face the consequences. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <>

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A scientist is exposed to a massive dose of gamma rays - and becomes a superhuman beast...


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4 November 1977 (USA)  »

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The casting department sought Arnold Schwarzenegger for the role of the Hulk, but the producers felt that he wasn't tall enough. See more »


Right after the Hulk begins to change back to David Banner for the first time (by the side of the lake), Banner has both his jacket and shirt back on, even although they were ripped when he changed into the hulk. See more »


Jack McGee: [holding a footprint of the Hulk] There's a girl and her father over at the lake who say that they saw the thing that made this.
Dr. Elaina Marks: Did they? Well what was it, Bigfoot?
Jack McGee: Sounds more like the Jolly Green Giant. Only I wouldn't call him too jolly. Big hulk, about seven feet tall. Greenish tinge to the skin. Pretty mean looking.
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Edited into The Incredible Hulk: Of Guilt, Models and Murder (1978) See more »

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Ang Lee pay attention
16 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

Dr. David Banner still having recurring dreams of his wife's death via car accident eleven months later is studying the reserve of strength that the average human could conceivably be capable of. Fed up with hearing that people in other similar crash could save their loved ones while he, himself, could not, he chooses to use gamma radiation on himself. However he gets a larger dose then he thought that he was going to get and thus the incredible Hulk was born. This pilot for the subsequent TV series captures the sad melancholy feel that the series later would later do so well. It's everything that Ang Lee film SHOULD have been and more.

My Grade: A-

DVD Extras: Intro by Lou Ferrigno; Commentary with Director/Writer Ken Johnson; a featurette on the Ang Lee travesty; a preview of the Hulk game (the crappy one, not the glorious "Ultimate Destruction"); An except from the Hulk novelization; Trailers for "Fast & the Furious: Tricked out Edition", "Hulk", the "Monk" pilot, & "Taken"

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