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"The Greatest American Hero" (1981) More at IMDbPro »TV series 1981-1983

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The Greatest American Hero: :  -- A teacher is asked to be a superhero using a special alien suit with powers he can barely understand or control.
The Greatest American Hero: :  -- 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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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3
Release Date:
18 March 1981 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A teacher is asked to be a superhero using a special alien suit with powers he can barely understand or control. Full summary »
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Awards:
Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 4 nominations See more »
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Cast

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William Katt ... Ralph Hinkley / ... (44 episodes, 1981-1986)

Robert Culp ... Bill Maxwell (44 episodes, 1981-1986)

Connie Sellecca ... Pam Davidson / ... (41 episodes, 1981-1986)
Don Cervantes ... Paco Rodriguez (23 episodes, 1981-1983)

Faye Grant ... Rhonda Blake (22 episodes, 1981-1982)

Michael Paré ... Tony Villicana (21 episodes, 1981-1983)

Jesse D. Goins ... Cyler Johnson / ... (19 episodes, 1981-1983)
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Series Directed by
Arnold Laven (7 episodes, 1981-1983)
Ivan Dixon (6 episodes, 1981-1983)
Rod Holcomb (6 episodes, 1981-1982)
Bruce Kessler (5 episodes, 1981-1983)
Robert C. Thompson (4 episodes, 1981-1982)
Lawrence Doheny (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
Gabrielle Beaumont (2 episodes, 1981)
Chuck Bowman (2 episodes, 1982-1983)
Robert Culp (2 episodes, 1982-1983)
Sidney Hayers (2 episodes, 1982)
Christian I. Nyby II (2 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Writing credits
Stephen J. Cannell (36 episodes, 1981-1986)
Frank Lupo (10 episodes, 1981-1983)
Patrick Hasburgh (7 episodes, 1982-1983)
Juanita Bartlett (5 episodes, 1981)
Babs Greyhosky (5 episodes, 1982-1986)
Rudolph Borchert (3 episodes, 1982-1983)
Danny Lee Cole (2 episodes, 1982-1983)
Robert Culp (2 episodes, 1982-1983)
J. Duncan Ray (2 episodes, 1982-1983)

Jeff Ray (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Stephen J. Cannell .... executive producer (44 episodes, 1981-1986)
Christopher Nelson .... associate producer / producer / ... (33 episodes, 1981-1986)
Juanita Bartlett .... co-executive producer (30 episodes, 1980-1983)
Frank Lupo .... producer / supervising producer (25 episodes, 1981-1986)
Jo Swerling Jr. .... supervising producer / co-executive producer (19 episodes, 1981-1986)
Gary Winter .... associate producer (11 episodes, 1982-1983)
Alex Beaton .... producer (8 episodes, 1980-1981)
Babs Greyhosky .... producer (7 episodes, 1982-1986)
 
Series Original Music by
Pete Carpenter (44 episodes, 1981-1986)
Mike Post (44 episodes, 1981-1986)

Garry Schyman (unknown episodes)
 
Series Cinematography by
Jacques R. Marquette (20 episodes, 1981-1983)
Héctor R. Figueroa (7 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Film Editing by
Michael T. Elias (7 episodes, 1982-1983)
John Elias (6 episodes, 1981-1983)
Rod Stephens (6 episodes, 1981-1982)
Gloryette Clark (4 episodes, 1981-1982)
Edilberto Cruz (2 episodes, 1981)
Patrick M. Ryan (2 episodes, 1981)

John Carrol (unknown episodes)
Mario Di Mambro (unknown episodes)
Dave Goldson (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting by
Reuben Cannon (26 episodes, 1981-1983)
 
Series Art Direction by
John D. Jefferies Sr. (26 episodes, 1981-1983)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Lowell Chambers (14 episodes, 1981-1982)
Sam Gross (7 episodes, 1981)
Robert L. Zilliox (3 episodes, 1983)
Richard J. DeCinces (2 episodes, 1982)
 
Series Costume Design by
Jean-Pierre Dorléac (26 episodes, 1981-1983)
Kent Warner (20 episodes, 1981-1983)
 
Series Makeup Department
John Inzerella .... makeup artist (27 episodes, 1981-1986)
Suzan Bagdadi .... hair stylist (26 episodes, 1981-1983)
 
Series Production Management
Ronald R. Grow .... unit production manager / production manager (20 episodes, 1981-1982)
Michael J. Maschio .... executive production manager / production manager / ... (7 episodes, 1982-1983)
Larry Powell .... unit production manager (5 episodes, 1982-1983)
Gary Winter .... post-production supervisor (2 episodes, 1982)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stephen Sassen .... second assistant director / first assistant director (23 episodes, 1981-1983)
Beau Marks .... first assistant director (9 episodes, 1981-1982)
Bob Bender .... first assistant director (5 episodes, 1981-1982)
Chip Chalmers .... second assistant director (5 episodes, 1982-1983)
Lindsley Parsons III .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1981)
Richard W. Abramitis .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1982)
Christopher Hibler .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1982)
 
Series Art Department
George Tuers .... property master (20 episodes, 1981-1982)
Pat Moudakis .... property master (7 episodes, 1982-1983)

Kenneth Milfred .... set dresser (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
'Fast' Eddie Mahler .... sound mixer (19 episodes, 1981-1983)
Jack C. May .... director of post production sound / director of sound post-production / ... (18 episodes, 1981-1982)
Louis C. Williman .... sound mixer (7 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Special Effects by
John Coles .... special effects (20 episodes, 1981-1982)
Al Di Sarro .... special effects (7 episodes, 1982-1983)

Frank Ceglia .... special effects technician (unknown episodes)
Ken Speed .... special effects assistant (unknown episodes)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Alex Funke .... visual effects director of photography (8 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Stunts
Dennis Madalone .... stunt coordinator (27 episodes, 1981-1983)

Kenny Bates .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Tony Brubaker .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Gene LeBell .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Tony Snegoff .... stunt rigger (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Blair .... key grip (19 episodes, 1981-1983)
Michael Schuyler .... gaffer (19 episodes, 1981-1983)
Steve Stafford .... camera operator (16 episodes, 1982-1983)
John Kiser .... camera operator (12 episodes, 1981-1982)
Jack N. Green .... camera operator (7 episodes, 1981)
Sal Orefice .... gaffer (7 episodes, 1981)
Bob Rust .... key grip (7 episodes, 1981)

John Burnett .... second assistant camera: second unit (unknown episodes)
Jim Marquette .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Michael R. Marquette .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Stan McClain .... assistant camera: aerial unit (unknown episodes)
David Morton .... electrician (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Victoria Tarazi .... casting assistant (15 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
David Rawley .... costume supervisor / wardrobe: men (21 episodes, 1981-1982)
Gregory B. Peña .... daily set costumer (8 episodes, 1981)
Marie Brown .... wardrobe: women (6 episodes, 1981)
Lorry Richter .... costume supervisor (4 episodes, 1982-1983)
 
Series Editorial Department
Jimmy Giritlian .... assistant editor (1 episode, 1981)
Dave Goldson .... assistant editor (1 episode, 1981)
Rod Stephens .... additional editor (1 episode, 1981)
Gary Winter .... post production supervisor (1 episode, 1982)
 
Series Music Department
Stephen Geyer .... lyricist: theme music / composer: theme music / ... (43 episodes, 1981-1983)
Mike Post .... composer: theme music (43 episodes, 1981-1983)
Joey Scarbury .... singer: theme music / singer: main title theme (43 episodes, 1981-1983)
John Caper Jr. .... music editor / music coordinator / ... (29 episodes, 1981-1986)

Andy D'Addario .... music scoring mixer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Transportation Department
Ronald Stinton .... transportation coordinator (22 episodes, 1981-1982)
Marlo Hellerstein .... transportation coordinator (5 episodes, 1982-1983)
 
Series Other crew
Rosemarie Abelson .... production coordinator / staff coordinator (27 episodes, 1981-1983)
Joan Etchells .... production accountant (27 episodes, 1981-1983)
Patrick Hasburgh .... staff consultant / creative consultant / ... (23 episodes, 1981-1983)
Grace Curcio .... assistant to producers / assistant to producer / ... (21 episodes, 1981-1986)
Suzi Alter .... script supervisor (14 episodes, 1981-1982)
Ralph Alderman .... location manager (12 episodes, 1981-1986)
Jimmy Giritlian .... coordinator of composite flying (11 episodes, 1981-1982)
Rosemarie Clemente-Johnstone .... script supervisor (7 episodes, 1981)
W. Paul Henley .... location manager (4 episodes, 1981-1982)
Joanna Guzzetta .... location manager (4 episodes, 1981)
Stephen Dorsch .... script supervisor (3 episodes, 1983)
Jane Wilson .... production coordinator (3 episodes, 1983)
Pamela Alch .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 1982)

Daniel Cameron .... security officer (unknown episodes)
 

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60 min | USA:30 min (43 episodes)
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Trivia:
According to Stephen J. Cannell, the emblem on the suit (and also on the clothing of the aliens) was inspired by the square-handled scissors on Cannell's desk.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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14 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
The "Katt" was Cool!, 22 July 2005
Author: happipuppi13 from Phx. Arizona ("Arizona Smells Funny"!- Homer Simpson)

I'll keep the review simple,10 stars! Loved it! Have nothing bad to say about this show! (Heck,I still have the 45rpm record of the theme song with the original picture sleeve and Joey Scarbury's album!)

I wasn't too crazy about the fact (at the time) that I had to watch the debut at a local hospital(visiting my grandmother ). I was still 12 when the show debuted and had looked forward to it's premiere and I certainly wasn't disappointed!

William Katt,a dramatic actor who got no respect from critics in the forgotten yet wonderful 1978 dramatic/surfing film "Big Wednesday",didn't get much more respect here but..to all of us who watched this show,he was cool and the "greatest". I'm sure he was just glad to be working...and with "I Spy" vet Robet Culp yet! Not to mention Connie Selleca. (Ralph must've used some smooth line to land her!)

Even though the "green screen" effects are obvious,it doesn't take away from the action one bit. I'll never forget watching Ralph stop a nuclear missile from being launched by simply holding it down with his hands! Pretty darn great effect for that time,not to mention just for TV! It makes me glad to see this come out on DVD,despite the fact there's no conclusion to the series.

I agree,it was unfair to call this kiddie-TV. This is a kind of satirical look at what would really happen if someone on earth got to be a hero. Wheather they asked to be or not. Not surprisingly,choose an earthling....lose the instruction manual! Get the DVD,you wont be sorry (unless you have no sense of humor.)

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