The Six Million Dollar Man: Season 4, Episode 7

The Bionic Boy (7 Nov. 1976)

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In special two-hour show of "The Six Million Dollar Man", Andy Shefield has been injured in a landslide that also killed his controversial father. OSI chooses the youth to receive atomic/... See full summary »



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Episode credited cast:
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jack Bannon ...
Dr. Melville
Woody Chambliss ...
Mr. Savannah
Nick David ...
Joe Hamilton
Judy Grant
George Martin ...
Dr. Penny
Kerry Sherman ...
Colleen Lightfoot
Valerie Sheffield
Andy Sheffield


In special two-hour show of "The Six Million Dollar Man", Andy Shefield has been injured in a landslide that also killed his controversial father. OSI chooses the youth to receive atomic/bionic implants that will restore his paralyzed legs. The result is superhuman strength in those legs. Andy immediately uses this new power to do what he can to restore the good name of his father. Once he gets in over his head, Colonel Steve Austin comes to his aid. Written by <>

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7 November 1976 (USA)  »

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Writer Tom Greene, had written in a part for Frank Gifford, then a football great. In the story, Steve Austin (The Six Million Dollar Man), wants to help Andy, the Bionic Boy, regain the strength in his now bionic legs, so he has Andy's hero (Gifford) fly out to his home in Utah to surprise him and give him the confidence he needs to walk again. Greene wanted to make sure all the football jargon in his script was accurate, so he turned to his then five year old nephew Dana Greene, for just the right dialogue (Dana was already a fanatical sports fan!). When Gifford read the script he was so impressed with the football "speak" that he asked Greene if he played football in school! (Greene only played on the sidelines, that is, playing trumpet in the James Monroe High School Marching Band). Twenty years later Dana continues his interest in sports and has become a popular sports announcer, currently doing Sports on the ABC News affiliate in Salt Lake City. (Greene named the Bionic Boy "Andy" after Dana's older brother). See more »


In the "seen through the windshield" view of Steve's first coming into the outskirts of downtown Konab, Steve's car is shown to not have a rear-view mirror, but just a mounting-button glued to the windshield. Yet in other views of the car, it has a mirror attached to the windshield. See more »


References Jaws (1975) See more »

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Decent 2 Hour Bionic Episode, But Lacking in Action
31 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't know why the IMDb listed this episode separate from the Six Million Dollar Man series, but I will say that the Bionic Boy is a good story. It has Steve Austin going to a small town and helping a teenage boy named Andy played by Vincent Van Patten learn how to adjust to his new Bionic Implants in his legs. It's a good story in that we see a boy's dream come true in meeting his football hero, Frank Gifford and getting to play football again. It's also a delight to see Knots Landing's Joan Van Ark as Andy's older sister. The only gripe I have about this episode is that this is a story with no real villains or attempted kidnappings. But I guess it's okay to get away from that once in a while. We also see Greg Evigan, future star of BJ and the Bear as a high school football jock and Andy's rival.

On the plus side, the Bionic Boy is a special 2 hour episode along with the Thunderbird Connection in season four of the Six Million Dollar Man series. And a good recommended episode.

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