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The Incredible Hulk 

A fugitive scientist has the curse of becoming a powerful green monster under extreme emotional stress.

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Kenneth Johnson
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Bill Bixby ...  Dr. David Banner / ... 82 episodes, 1977-1982
Jack Colvin ...  Jack McGee 82 episodes, 1977-1982
Lou Ferrigno ...  The Incredible Hulk / ... 82 episodes, 1977-1982
Charles Napier ...  Hulk / ... 49 episodes, 1979-1982
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Storyline

Dr. David Banner is a brilliant scientist but, one day, a laboratory experiment that he is working on goes terribly awry. Since that time, whenever he is under extreme stress, his body undergoes a transmogrification and he morphs into the Incredible Hulk. The Hulk is about seven feet tall, hugely muscular and powerful, and has bright green skin. After destroying whatever threatens Dr. Banner, he morphs back to normal human form with only amnesia and tattered clothing as evidence of what just transpired. As you can well imagine, this situation is quite troubling for Dr. Banner and causes him a great amount of problems. All the while, he is pursued by Jack McGee, an investigative reporter who believes that the Hulk is a deadly menace whose exposure would enhance his career. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Don't make me angry. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De Hulk See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(87 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

When the show was established as a hit, Producer 'Kenneth Johnson (I') was rumored to be considering creation of a female version of the Hulk. The character would be used on the series with the intent of possibly spinning her off into her own series (as Johnson had done with the The Six Million Dollar Man (1974)/The Bionic Woman (1976)). Their plan was to take David's sister, a character already established by early episodes, and have her receive an emergency blood transfusion from him. Due to the show's cancellation, this story never came to pass. However, Marvel Comics learned of this development and created She-Hulk so they would own the rights to any such character. The character's comic-book origins turned out to be similar to the plan in the comics. The blood transfusion is still the reason for her mutation, but she is Dr. Banner's cousin rather than his sister. See more »

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In Death in the family when the hulk is fighting the bear some of the green makeup gets on the bear in a few shots. See more »

Quotes

David Banner: Damn! Car, you're making me angry, now if you get me angry, you know what I'm gonna do? I'm gonna turn you into a tin sandwich!
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Alternate Versions

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An excellent, well-written sci-fi/drama
10 February 2001 | by 4-KaneSee all my reviews

I've been a fan of THE INCREDBLE HULK since 1979 (when I was only seven years old), and it is one of only two TV shows that matter the most to me (the other is UNSOLVED MYSTERIES).

Of all the comic book characters who have made the transition to television, THE HULK is one of the most effective ones. I don't remember what made start watching this excellent sci-fi/ drama, but I surmise that it may be due to the writing because it has many well-written episodes.

"Prometheus" is one of my favorites because of its science fiction approach. That's the two-hour episode where the Hulk is mistaken for an alien. The problem came after he was exposed to a meteor that crashed to the Earth. He is affected by its radiation, which enables him to revert only partially to David Banner. In other words, our hero gets stuck in mid-transformation!

My other favorite episodes include: "The First," "Married," "Mystery Man," "The Snare," "The Psychic," "Equinox," "The Harder They Fall," and "Interview With The Hulk." In addition, The 1977 pre-series pilot (simply titled "The Incredible Hulk") was a perfect way to start off the saga.

Another significant episode is "Proof Positive" because the Hulk's nemesis, newspaper reporter Jack McGee, is the primary focus. Plus, Dr. David Banner (played by the late Bill Bixby) is hardly even in this episode. And the only shots of him are distant to the point where you can't quite make out his face (meaning that a stunt double portrayed him in this episode). But the Hulk (Lou Ferrigno) still appears in this story. (I mean, what's a HULK episode without the Hulk in it at all?)

A big gripe that many fans have about the HULK series is that a wrap-up episode was never made (because of the show's sudden cancellation). Still, it is a great show. And what pleases me is that THE INCREDIBLE HULK is now generating new fans, especially those who born after the series ended its primetime run.


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