The Incredible Hulk (1978–1982)

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A fugitive scientist has the curse of becoming a powerful green monster under extreme emotional stress.


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Dr. David Banner is a brilliant scientist but, one day, a laboratory experiment that he is working on goes terribly awry. Since that time, whenever he is under extreme stress, his body undergoes a transmogrification and he morphs into the Incredible Hulk. The Hulk is about seven feet tall, hugely muscular and powerful, and has bright green skin. After destroying whatever threatens Dr. Banner, he morphs back to normal human form with only amnesia and tattered clothing as evidence of what just transpired. As you can well imagine, this situation is quite troubling for Dr. Banner and causes him a great amount of problems. All the while, he is pursued by Jack McGee, an investigative reporter who believes that the Hulk is a deadly menace whose exposure would enhance his career. Written by Tad Dibbern <>

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Distributed by Universal, which held on to the film rights to the character for the next thirty years. They distributed the films Hulk (2003) and The Incredible Hulk (2008). The Avengers (2012) and Iron Man 3 (2013) are the only films featuring the Banner of Hulk character that Universal Pictures has not been involved in. See more »


In Death in the family when the hulk is fighting the bear some of the green makeup gets on the bear in a few shots. See more »


Agent Banner: It's my job to protect her! Don't make me angry.
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Referenced in Goof Troop: The Incredible Bulk (1992) See more »

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Bill Bixby Was The Heart Of This Show.
30 July 2013 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

I remember watching this series growing up, and feeling so bad for poor David Banner, who was played to perfection by the late Bill Bixby; without him, this series would not have worked, and would likely be forgotten. He was able to convey the melancholy plight of this man remarkably well, and was aided immeasurably by Joe Harnell's haunting and poignant piano theme "The Lonely Man", which suited his performance perfectly. The sight of David walking away alone on another road, duffel bag over his shoulder, as he hitchhikes or walks into the next episode is so powerful it can make the viewer cry, yet Bixby portrayed David with dignity and respect to balance out the pathos.

It should be mentioned that Hulk actor Lou Ferrigno was highly effective in his performance and huge body made him perfect casting. Creator Kenneth Johnson was inspired to present this premise seriously, and ground the plots and action in reality. The contribution of these men should not be overlooked! A great pity this series was canceled without proper closure, but it is available on DVD, so can be viewed and appreciated by all.

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