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The Greatest American Hero 

The Pilot episode of the series. School teacher Ralph Hinkley meets FBI agent Bill Maxwell on a field trip to the desert, where they are met by a UFO that gives them a mission and a red ... See full summary »

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The Pilot episode of the series. School teacher Ralph Hinkley meets FBI agent Bill Maxwell on a field trip to the desert, where they are met by a UFO that gives them a mission and a red costume with amazing powers. The new team must then use those powers to thwart a conspiracy. Written by Preston Halcomb

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Scenes from the Super Friends episode "Planet of Oz" appear in this episode with added dialogue. See more »

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During the pilot, Pam is wearing a pair of high heels. When she, Ralph, and Bill are captured, you can see that she has switched into a pair of sneakers. A few minutes later, when the three break out of their cell, she is back in a pair of heels. See more »

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Bill Maxwell: If I'm not supposed to run this show, then why did our friends from the twilight zone put me aboard?
Pam Davidson: Comic relief?
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References All in the Family (1971) See more »

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Space Oddity
Written by David Bowie
Performed by Joey Scarbury
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One of my favorite TV shows growing up as a teen in the USA
11 July 2016 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Even though this was one of my favorite TV shows to watch I didn't actually see every single episode that they produced. It also wasn't until after 2006 that I find out about "Greatest American Heroine", a spin-off.

Fans of this show know that Ralph loses the owner's manual to the alien superhero suit at the beginning of season 1. Much later the aliens give him a 2nd copy of the owner's manual but he manages to lose that one also. I loved that final scene where the 3 of them are looking at the desert ground trying to find the miniaturized owner's manual.

One of my favorite episodes is where he's trying to multi-task, helping more than one person out. Towards the end of the episode he remembers yet another task he didn't manage to complete but he just too tuckered out to do it and he collapses in exhaustion on the floor.

I also loved the skiing episode where amazed amateurs ask him if he's on the US Olympic skiing team.

I forgot that Faye Grant played one of his teenage students on this show. I really thought she did a good job on the original TV mini-series, "V". Wow, I'm pretty forgetful, HUH?!


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