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The Greatest American Hero ()


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Seasons: 3 2 1 Years: 1986 1983 1982 ... See all »

A teacher is asked to be a superhero using a special alien suit with powers he can barely understand or control.

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  • Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 4 nominations.
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Series Cast Summary

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  Ralph Hinkley (44 episodes, 1981-1986)
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  Bill Maxwell (44 episodes, 1981-1986)
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  Pam Davidson / ... (44 episodes, 1981-1986)
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  Tony Villicana (30 episodes, 1981-1983)
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  Rhonda Blake (28 episodes, 1981-1982)
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  Cyler Johnson (21 episodes, 1981-1983)
Don Cervantes ...
  Paco Rodriguez (20 episodes, 1981-1983)
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  Les Carlisle / ... (12 episodes, 1981-1983)
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  Joey / ... (5 episodes, 1983)
Deborah Mays ...
  Tammy (5 episodes, 1983)
Edward Michael Bell ...
  Principal Knight / ... (4 episodes, 1981-1983)
Robert Weaver ...
  Coach Ray Buck (4 episodes, 1981-1983)
Brandon Williams ...
  Kevin Hinkley (4 episodes, 1981)
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  Capt. Franklin / ... (4 episodes, 1981-1982)
James Whitmore Jr. ...
  Byron Bigsby / ... (3 episodes, 1981-1983)
Anthony Charnota ...
  Mike / ... (3 episodes, 1981-1983)
Eugene Peterson ...
  Clarence Carter / ... (3 episodes, 1981-1983)
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  Charley / ... (3 episodes, 1981-1983)
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  Hertzog / ... (3 episodes, 1981-1982)
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  Agent Jeff Sharp / ... (3 episodes, 1982)
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  Commander / ... (3 episodes, 1981-1983)
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  Sportscaster / ... (3 episodes, 1981-1982)
Melvin F. Allen ...
  Arnold Diggs / ... (3 episodes, 1981-1983)
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  Chaffey / ... (3 episodes, 1981-1983)
Bert Hinchman ...
  Bus Driver / ... (3 episodes, 1981-1983)
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  Dotty Parker / ... (2 episodes, 1981-1983)
Woody Eney ...
  Bobby Moody / ... (2 episodes, 1981-1983)
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  Ballentine / ... (2 episodes, 1981-1983)
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  Franz Zedlocker / ... (2 episodes, 1982)
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  Alice Davidson (2 episodes, 1981-1983)
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  Abe Figueroa / ... (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
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  Dave Tanner / ... (2 episodes, 1982-1983)
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  Blanchard / ... (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
Rod Colbin ...
  General Enright / ... (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
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  Dr. Gardner / ... (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
Dave Shelley ...
  Atkins / ... (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
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  Peter / ... (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
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  Murph / ... (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
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  Harlan Blackford (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
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  Klaus Vorman / ... (2 episodes, 1982-1983)
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  Lenny / ... (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
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  Edward McAstelli / ... (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
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  Agent Billings / ... (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
Laurence Haddon ...
  Burke / ... (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
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  Captain Reilly / ... (2 episodes, 1981)
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  Counterman / ... (2 episodes, 1982-1983)
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  Chet Kanaby / ... (2 episodes, 1981-1983)
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  Eugene Vale (2 episodes, 1982)
W.T. Zacha ...
  Greg Mathews / ... (2 episodes, 1981)
J.P. Bumstead ...
  Agent Spiegel / ... (2 episodes, 1982)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Ralph Hinkley was minding his own business, a teacher on a field trip with his high school students, when the bus he's driving mysteriously drives itself out into the desert. A startled Ralph is soon visited by aliens, who had decided to endow him with superhuman powers to fight the battle against injustice and crime. To this end, they gave him a special suit and an instruction manual. Unfortunately, Ralph managed to lose the instruction manual, and the aliens have a nasty habit of never being around when you need them. Written by Murray Chapman

Plot Keywords
Taglines What America needs is a super hero. What America got was Ralph Hinkley! See more »
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Additional Details

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Also Known As
  • Ralph Super-héros (France)
  • El gran héroe americano (Spain)
  • Titta, han flyger (Sweden)
  • Величайший американский герой (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • アメリカン・ヒーロー (Japan, Japanese title)
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Runtime
  • 60 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Ralph's surname was changed near the end of the first season from Hinkley to Hanley because of the name's negative connection with John Hinckley Jr. (the man who shot President Ronald Reagan in an assassination attempt on 3/30/1981). Ralph's last name was changed back to Hinkley in the first episode of Season 2 (The Two-Hundred-Mile-an-Hour Fast Ball (1981)) after the furor over his name subsided. Interestingly enough, the unaired 1986 "Greatest American Heroine" pilot includes a scene in which Ralph Hinkley meets the President of the United States (who was still Ronald Reagan in real-life in 1986). See more »
Movie Connections Featured in 1981 (2002). See more »
Crazy Credits Throughout the show's production, save for the original pilot, the copyright disclaimer toward the end of each episode's credits had an error, spelling the name of the United States as "THE UNTED STATES" See more »
Quotes Ralph Hinkley: It's a bird. It's a plane. It's...
[chuckles]
Ralph Hinkley: Ralph Hinkley.
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