The Incredible Hulk (1978–1982)
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The Incredible Hulk 

A troubled scientist's accidental overexposure to gamma radiation curses him with the tendency to change into a bestial green brute under extreme emotional stress.




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Episode complete credited cast:
... Dr. David Banner
... Dr. Elaina Marks
... Jack McGee
... The Incredible Hulk
... Mrs. Maier
... Mr. Bram
Eric Server ... Policeman
... Ben
Terence Locke ... Young Man (as Terrence Locke)
June Whitley Taylor ... Woman
George Brenlin ... Man at Lake
Jake Mitchell ... Jerry
William Larsen ... Minister
... Girl at Lake
Eric Deon ... B.J.


David Banner, a research scientist who is haunted by the death of his wife whom he couldn't save in a car accident is researching how to tap the hidden reserves of incredible strength all humans have. While investigating episodes of people who have displayed such strength under times of great stress, he discovers that each one coincided with a solar flare spike of gamma radiation. Convinced by the link, Banner decides to put it to the test when he deliberately doses himself with gamma radiation. Unknown to him however, the machine was modified to give a far higher dose than he anticipated. While there was no immediate effect, that soon changes when on the way home, he forced to change a tire in the rain. He injures himself and the result anger and frustration transforms him into a massively powerful green giant, the Hulk. He eventually changes back and, now he must investigate what did this thing and face the consequences. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <>

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A scientist is exposed to a massive dose of gamma rays - and becomes a superhuman beast...


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4 November 1977 (USA)  »

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Der unglaubliche Hulk  »

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Did You Know?


Another homage to the "Incredible Hulk" television series can be found in the Edward Norton movie version. While 'Bruce' sits in his tiny room in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, the television set is broadcasting an episode of "The Courtship of Eddie's Father", a show that Bill Bixby starred in from 1969-1972. See more »


When the Hulk spots his reflection in the lake and runs his hand through it, the make-up on his hand washes off. See more »


Dr. Elaina Marks: I always liked your mother.
Dr. David Banner: She always liked you.
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Edited into The Incredible Hulk: Married (1978) See more »

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Excellent comicbook adaption
30 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

The original Hulk movie brings the gamma-ridden powerhouse from the pages of Marvel Comics to the screen with -gasp! - intelligence. Rather than focussing on the epic action and destruction of the comicbook, which it hasn't the budget for anyway, the movie concentrates on creating believable characters and as realistic a plot as possible. It suceeds admirably, thanks to a superb central performance from Bill Bixby and some assured direction from Kenneth Johnson. And no comic fan can argue that Lou Ferrigno isn't the Incredible Hulk. He bursts from the four-color pages with absolute fury and destroys whatever he comes across.

The cast all perform well, with none of the over-the-top clowning you get in so many comicbook adaptions. It's got some great 70's locations and a wonderful theme tune as well. Of the six Hulk movies around, this remains the best, and with another intelligent superhero flick, X-Men (2000) demolishing the box-office, hopefully people will take a look at the last good Marvel film. Yeah, Blade was a Marvel character but Blade, in reality, is complete and utter shash.

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