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The adventures of a superpowered teen and his scientist friend.




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Complete series cast summary:
Derek McGrath ...  Dr. Benjamin Jeffcoate / ... 72 episodes, 1988-1991
Jerry O'Connell ...  Andrew Clements / ... 72 episodes, 1988-1991
Wanda Cannon ...  Stephanie Clements / ... 72 episodes, 1988-1991
Marsha Moreau Marsha Moreau ...  Erin Clements / ... 72 episodes, 1988-1991
Christopher Bolton ...  Kirk Stevens / ... 43 episodes, 1989-1991
Elizabeth Leslie Elizabeth Leslie ...  Ruth Schellenbach 22 episodes, 1988-1991


Teenager Andrew Clements gains superpowers after accidentally getting in the way of Dr. Benjamin Jeffcoate's scientific experiment. Andrew uses his superpowers to help people, but must hide them from his family and friends. Written by Dorothy Nelder <dnelder@umd.umich.edu>

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All superheroes have to start somewhere.







Release Date:

9 October 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mi identidad secreta See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Derek McGrath (Dr. Benjamin Jeffcoate) and Jerry O'Connell (Andrew Clements) are the only actors to appear in all 72 episodes of the series. See more »


Referenced in Doc: My Secret Identity (2002) See more »

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Great forgotten show, sucked at the end though
20 April 2005 | by Raz_DakSee all my reviews

I remember "My Secret Identity" with Jerry O'Connell. This was a really cool show from the late 80s and very early 1990s that revolved around a 13 year old kid named Andrew Clements that gets superpowers from his nerdy next door neighbor's plant growing laser beam. The series seemed to revel in it's campy setting, and there were plenty of injokes for comic book fans. Jerry O'Connell did this show after "Stand By Me" but before "Sliders", "Jerry Maguire" or any of his really big hits from the mid 90s to the present, so he was a recognizable 13 year old name but not a huge, elite name at the time. And while he was no longer "the fat kid" like he was in "Stand By Me", he didn't yet look like some big studly jock, so the character of Andrew Clements had a very believable dorky aspect to him.

Andrew like most 13 year olds, just loves the idea of having superpowers. He's not like many heroes who hates having the powers and the responsibility of being a hero. For Andrew it's the greatest thing in the world to be a superhero, he even calls himself "Ultraman", but in a move that grounded the series in some mode of reality...he never goes public with his powers, only him and Dr. Jeffcoat (whome he calls Dr. J in a very dated reference now) know about the powers...ala "The Greatest American Hero". I think what ruined the series was when Andrew moved from middle school to high school and sprouted into this big, 5'10+ hulking guy. Jerry O'Connell blossomed into this huge athlete and no longer came across as the uber geek anymore during the 1990-1991 final season. That best friend he had was just plain annoying, it seemed like Andrew lost some of his friendship with Dr. J and hung out more with his new high school pal. The magic was just gone as a result of the kid getting older and losing his innocence. But watch the 1988-1990 part of the series, especially the first season, it was a very different and unique series about a middle school boy that is as excited as ever about getting superpowers.

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