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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Shortly after the first season ended in late Spring of 1981, the show's theme song "Believe It or Not", performed by Joey Scarbury was released as a single. The song became one of that Summer's biggest hit songs, reaching Number Two on the Pop Charts in August, and spending eighteen weeks in the Top 40. See more »

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Ralph Hinkley: It's a bird. It's a plane. It's...
[chuckles]
Ralph Hinkley: Ralph Hinkley.
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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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Believe It or Not
Written by Mike Post & Stephen Geyer
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Title Explains It All
12 February 2004 | by (Las Vegas, NV) – See all my reviews

This was a beautifully done show that actually was well liked and had a really good writing script. Its almost a wonder how this hasn't made it into syndication, but shows such as 'Married With Children' and others like it have. This actually gives someone the impression of what it must feel like to suddenly end up a super hero and have no clue as to how to completely control the use of super powers. On top of that, it had an inventive way of explaining why the hero had to wear the funny and odd looking suit everywhere. The writers even included embarrassment when the hero was in the suit in public. This shows more towards reality than anything.

The story opens where an alien ship comes in contact with a man from earth. The man receives a suit that gives him super powers which he has no idea how to use or control completely. He then goes around fighting crime as a superhero. It sounds so simple and almost dumb to those who have never seen or heard of it before. Yet, add a good cast and script writers, anything can become a hit.

Hopefully, this ends up on DVD for future people to enjoy. Will be great to add to any collection.


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