The Incredible Hulk: Season 1, Episode 1

The Incredible Hulk (4 Nov. 1977)

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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:
Jack Colvin ...
Susan Batson ...
Mrs. Maier
Mario Gallo ...
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 ...
Olivia Barash ...
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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The heavyhearted theme song played at the end of the show is "The Lonely Man", and was composed by Joseph "Joe' Harnell (I)'. See more »


When the Hulk spots his reflection in the lake and runs his hand through it, the make-up on his hand washes off. See more »


Dr. David Banner: [turns to Elaina in agitation]
Dr. David Banner: When the metamorphosis happens, I don't have any control over it; I don't even know what it DOES! I could have killed you.
Dr. David Banner: [gives a start of horror]
Dr. David Banner: Maybe that's why I was wounded. Maybe I tried to kill somebody last night - maybe I DID kill somebody.
Dr. Elaina Marks: Listen to me! David Banner is NOT a killer.
Dr. David Banner: We're not talking about David Banner.
Dr. Elaina Marks: Yes, we ARE!
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excellent pilot
24 April 2013 | by (Midian) – See all my reviews

This brings back memories, growing up in the seventies this was one of those series I never missed. Being a grown up and having children myself nostalgia came back.

This pilot is an excellent example how The Incredible Hulk still stands up to today. Just look at all those flicks still going on were the Hulk is involved. Here we have the original series and it still stands the time. I have seen The Six Million Dollar man and Wonder Woman but so far Wonder Woman fails a bit to todays standards. Here we do have excellent performances by Bill Bixby (Dr. Banner) and Susan Sullivan (Dr.Elaina Marks). Sadly Bill isn't no longer with us as is the journalist Jack McGee (Jack Colvin) eager to search out what is going on with the green monster that kills.

Once the Hulk comes on screen we do see some excellent changes from Dr. Banner to the Hulk (Lou Ferrigno) done with the good old latex and with some camera effects. But it works. Okay, maybe the hair of the Hulk looks a bit funny but still...

But just have a closer look to the camera work here used. Shots are done in first person POV. A thing we see a few years later used in the slasher era. But we also have slo-motion that works. Once Dr. Banner is set to give himself some radiation the camera is attached to the device and that also looks great. I was also surprised how good it all looked. Guess they could spend a lot of money making this series.

For many this was the best episode throughout the whole series. Editing and score are fantastic and yes, the scene at the lake did remind me of Frankenstein and the child. Still very watchable and with all the fuss going on about the Hulk a must see.

Gore 0/5 Nudity 0/5 Effects 3/5 Story 4/5 Comedy 0/5

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