After a severely injured test pilot is rebuilt with nuclear-powered bionic limbs and implants, he serves as an intelligence agent.
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Lee Majors ...  Col. Steve Austin / ... 99 episodes, 1974-1978
Richard Anderson ...  Oscar Goldman 99 episodes, 1974-1978
Martin E. Brooks ...  Dr. Rudy Wells 45 episodes, 1975-1978
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When ace test pilot Colonel Steve Austin's test plane crashed, he was nearly dead. Deciding that "we have the technology to rebuild this man", the government decides to do just that, fitting him with cybernetic components which give him superhuman strength and speed. Austin becomes a secret agent/operative, fighting injustice where it is found. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Former U.S. Air Force pilot and N.A.S.A. Public Relations man Martin Caidin's 1971 novel "Cyborg" was the source material for this show. See more »

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Although Austin's legs and right arm are bionic, nothing was done to reinforce his back and spine. As a result, most of his displays of bionic strength (lifting and throwing heavy objects, etc.) would either be impossible or would have caused crippling if not fatal injury. (Note: there was at least one mention during the course of the series that his back was in fact steel reinforced). See more »

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[Opening narration, version 2]
Harve Bennett: Steve Austin, astronaut. A man barely alive.
Oscar Goldman: Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to make the world's first bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man. Better than he was before. Better... stronger... faster.
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Alternate Versions

Several early episodes, now syndicated as two-part stories, were original broadcast as 90-minute TV movies. Most retain their original titles, except for the first two episodes of the series, "The Moon and the Desert," which were originally part of the original Six Million Dollar Man TV-movie. Several later two-hour episodes of the series have also been reedited into two-parters, such as "Lost Island." See more »

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Referenced in Spider-Man 3 (2007) See more »

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You Gotta Love This!
30 August 2000 | by Shield-3See all my reviews

This is one of the ways you can tell you're getting old: when someone says the name "Steve Austin." Do you think of a bald wrestler rolling around on the mat groping other guys, or Lee Majors moving in slow motion and squinting? I think of the latter.

"The Six Million Dollar Man" is one of the first shows I remember watching as a child. I watched the shows, I played with the toys, I wanted to BE Steve Austin. Lee Majors (along with Clint Eastwood) proved that some people look so cool when they squint. I look like I need my prescription checked when I do it, but I'm not Lee Majors. Steve Austin could handle anything they threw at him, not just because of his bionics, but because he was smart, he never gave up and always kept his cool. I still want to be like him when I grow up.

Recently, I've seen some episodes on the Sci-Fi Channel. Sure, the 1970s fashions are a little jarring (polyester rules!), and sometimes the plots are juvenile, but overall the show holds up pretty well. It could be very intelligent when it wanted to be, funny when it was called for, and always exciting and fun. It reminds me of a time when six million dollars was a lot of money, and American technology could produce wonders like a functional cyborg.

Yeah, I'll take Lee Majors over the bald wrestling guy any day. After all, how many wrestlers could take on spies, terrorists, aliens, Bigfoot, a killer Venus probe and Sonny Bono and live to tell the tale?


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18 January 1974 (USA) See more »

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Cyborg See more »

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