A teacher is asked to be a superhero using a special alien suit with powers he can barely understand or control.
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 Ralph Hinkley / ... (44 episodes, 1981-1986)
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 Bill Maxwell (44 episodes, 1981-1986)
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 Pam Davidson / ... (41 episodes, 1981-1986)
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 Tony Villicana (30 episodes, 1981-1983)
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 Rhonda Blake (28 episodes, 1981-1982)
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 Cyler Johnson / ... (21 episodes, 1981-1983)
Don Cervantes ...
 Paco Rodriguez / ... (20 episodes, 1981-1983)
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Ralph Hinkley was minding his own business, a teacher on a field trip with his high school students, when the bus he's driving mysteriously drives itself out into the desert. A startled Ralph is soon visited by aliens, who had decided to endow him with superhuman powers to fight the battle against injustice and crime. To this end, they gave him a special suit and an instruction manual. Unfortunately, Ralph managed to lose the instruction manual, and the aliens have a nasty habit of never being around when you need them. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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What America needs is a super hero. What America got was Ralph Hinkley!


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18 March 1981 (USA)  »

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Trivia

In the pilot when Ralph is taken to a mental hospital wearing his super outfit, a man tells him, "That's a bad suit, Jim!" A similar line ("Say Jim, that's a bad out-FIT!") was said to Christopher Reeve in Superman (1978) movie. See more »

Quotes

Ralph Hinkley: Bill, I've got an idea
Bill Maxwell: Good, put it to me in a letter, I'll try to get back to you by the end of the month
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits of the pilot "Greatest American Heroine", the three-note NBC theme is heard as the letters "i-n-e" appear one at a time on screen. (An in-joke as NBC was the network the series was being pitched to at the time) See more »

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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Blood Feast (2011) See more »

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Believe It or Not
Written by Mike Post & Stephen Geyer
Performed by Joey Scarbury
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The superhero who couldn't fly straight
24 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really wish this show was done today, because I just watched it on DVD, and found it incredibly entertaining, and very funny. The story begins with Ralph Hinkley(William Katt) a high school teacher, is lured out in the dessert, comes across FBI Agent Bill Maxwell(Robert Culp) and they are approached by a UFO, and is told they must work together as a team, they give Ralph a suit that has magical powers whenever he wears it. The funny part comes when Ralph loses the instruction book on how to use the suit, he keeps getting in trouble, because he does not use the power too well. But he seems to make the best out of the bad situation. I enjoyed the show, I still wish it was made today.


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