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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All of the montage scenes featuring David and Laura Banner were shot on the first day of filming: May 23rd, 1977. The color yellow was featured prominently to identify the character of Laura. See more »


In her interview B.J.'s mother displays burn marks/skin grafts and discusses being burned in the accident but her flashbacks to the accident show no burns to her face. 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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Edited into The Death of the Incredible Hulk (1990) See more »

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Ang Lee pay attention
16 October 2005 | by (United States) – 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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