The finale of the television series about Dr. David Banner, a scientist who transforms into a mighty, larger-than-life creature called the Hulk when he gets angry. Desperately attempting to... See full summary »
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 <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
When the show was established as a hit, Producer 'Kenneth Johnson (I') was rumored to be considering creation of a female version of the Hulk. The character would be used on the series with the intent of possibly spinning her off into her own series (as Johnson had done with the The Six Million Dollar Man (1974)/The Bionic Woman (1976)). Their plan was to take David's sister, a character already established by early episodes, and have her receive an emergency blood transfusion from him. Due to the show's cancellation, this story never came to pass. However, Marvel Comics learned of this development and created She-Hulk so they would own the rights to any such character. The character's comic-book origins turned out to be similar to the plan in the comics. The blood transfusion is still the reason for her mutation, but she is Dr. Banner's cousin rather than his sister. 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 »
Damn! Car, you're making me angry, now if you get me angry, you know what I'm gonna do? I'm gonna turn you into a tin sandwich!
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In the opening sequence, the lit up gamma ray display can be seen with the word "anger" on it, which is zoomed out to show the full word is "danger". See more »
I grew up watching this show very faithfully every Friday night during
its run on CBS from 1978 to 1982. It may have been altered from the
comic book, but I couldn't care less. This was my favorite show. Bill
Bixby, God rest his soul, was so terrific as Dr. David Banner I can't
imagine another actor playing that part. Lou Ferrigno was almost the
closest thing we would have to a real, breathing Hulk on this Earth.
You'd think it was the real deal if you watched enough episodes of this
classic. And Jack Colvin, another treasured loss to mourn since his
passing in 2005, was so perfect in his role of hyperactive nosy tabloid
reporter Jack McGee. He never caught the Hulk or even found out the
truth that Banner was still alive at all during the series run. One of
a number of disappointments in my life watching this show. Another one
was that Banner never got his cure that he so hungered for. He came
close sometimes, but never did. And Hulk never did a chance to speak
any during the show. It would've been so cool to hear the big green
dude say a few words. Instead he would roar and often cry. What a
shame. This show fares tons better than the 2003 Ang Lee movie, which
would have been better probably if Bill Bixby had not died and maybe
did a nice cameo. It did have a short scene with Lou Ferrigno and Stan
Lee as security guards which was okay, but too darn short. I think that
the show also fared better than the three reunion movies that later
aired on NBC in 1988, 1989, and 1990. They promised some more, but they
never came to be due to Bill Bilxby's needless and tragic cancer death
in 1993. In closing, all I can say is that this show will always rock.
And The Hulk is still the man. Love him.
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