10 user 1 critic
The adventures of a superpowered teen and his scientist friend.




3   2   1  
1991   1990   1989   1988  
2 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »


Learn more

More Like This 

Out of This World (1987–1991)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The series revolves around Evie Ethel Garland, who is the daughter of Troy and Donna Garland. However, Troy is an alien from the planet Antereus. As a benefit of her half-alien parentage, ... See full summary »

Stars: Donna Pescow, Maureen Flannigan, Burt Reynolds
Small Wonder (1985–1989)
Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Father Ted Lawson creates a robot, VICI (played by Tiffany Brissette). The family--Ted, Joan and Jamie--keep VICI's identity secret, and pretend that she is their daughter. Harriet, their ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Christie, Marla Pennington, Jerry Supiran
Major Dad (1989–1993)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A hard-nosed, conservative Marine impulsively proposes to the liberal reporter doing a story on him and agrees to help her raise her three teenage daughters.

Stars: Gerald McRaney, Shanna Reed, Nicole Dubuc
Growing Pains (1985–1992)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The misadventures of a family with a home business father and a journalist mother.

Stars: Alan Thicke, Joanna Kerns, Kirk Cameron
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Two best friends solve weird mysteries together every day and discover the secrets of their strange small town.

Stars: Bill Switzer, Daniel Clark, Deborah Odell
Perfect Strangers (1986–1993)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A high strung and cynical man's life is never the same when his naive but good-natured cousin comes to America to live with him.

Stars: Bronson Pinchot, Mark Linn-Baker, Melanie Wilson
Mr. Belvedere (1985–1990)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The humourous adventures of an English housekeeper working for an American family.

Stars: Christopher Hewett, Bob Uecker, Ilene Graff
Webster (1983–1989)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

The post-retirement season is suddenly disrupted for football player George Papadapolis and his wife Katherine when Webster, the orphaned son of a former teammate, moves in. Laughter, and life lessons, in every episode.

Stars: Emmanuel Lewis, Alex Karras, Susan Clark
My Pet Monster (TV Series 1987)
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An ordinary monster doll comes to life when his shackles are released by a magic key.

Stars: Hadley Kay, Michael J. Reynolds, Robert Cait
Family Ties (1982–1989)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Chronicles liberal ex-hippies Steven and Elyse Keaton, their conservative son Alex, daughters Mallory and Jennifer, and later, youngest child Andrew.

Stars: Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter
The Edison Twins (1982–1986)
Family | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The Edison kids are a pair of sibling prodigies who have many adventures where their vast knowledge of science comes in very handy.

Stars: Andrew Sabiston, Marnie McPhail, Sunny Besen Thrasher
Family | Game-Show | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Contestants pursue the international thief as junior detectives who must answer questions about geography.

Stars: Greg Lee, Lynne Thigpen, Rockapella


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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


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

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


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 »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Super Boy
7 March 2017 | by hellraiser7See all my reviews

Comic book stories sometimes by their nature are wish fulfillment fantasies because it's always that notion that one day we will have are chance to become and do something great.

This show is one that has flown under the radar and it's another childhood gem of mine. Yeah, sometimes like most comic book stories it's not perfect but the show does gain some altitude.

It was unique for it's time because we never really had many live action shows let alone comics on the young populace having superpowers at the time; but have now became common place with shows like the movies "Cronicle", "Power Rangers", the graphic comic and upcoming TV series "Runaways", and many more. To me watching this show was almost a dream come true as we saw a young boy having superpowers and getting to use them. Let alone seeing this take place in Canada which is cool, so we have a little insight into the country.

The effects on the powers are solid and practical, mainly the one that stands out is the super speed where he can run as fast as "The Flash". And we get to see some decent action where he gets to use them. I even like the theme song which I think is very good, it's really catchy and memorable.

However I think what really gives the show power is the character Andrew himself. What really made the show unique from most superhero shows at the time, was that it really did focus on the identity behind the superhero hence the title of the show and made the superhero alter ego secondary; sort of like if you make a Superman story more about Clark Kent than Superman. I personally thought that was a interesting idea as I never got enough insight as to the personal life of a superhero.

Jerry O Connell whom I think is an underrated actor is really solid in the role. I like that he's a comic book collector/fan and how well he knows his comics, he's a big fan of a "Superman" comic called "Ultraman" which is ironic considering that was the name of Superman's alternate counterpart; that's also cool because I'm a comic book collector/fan myself and "Superman" is my fifth favorite comic book series. This I feel gives his character a reliability factor because he's sort of a common geek that does love these things but also has to deal with contemporary reality himself.

I also like that there is a light spin on the whole super powered motif where we see the character actually have fun and not get all mopey about the consequences or any other grief it could bring him which I feel is drama I've seen too many times already. This gives it a bit of a emphasis factor because if I was in the same situation yeah I think I would be psyched to be able to do all those things.

Andrew is a good natured person and has a clear conscious, he doesn't misuse his powers in anyway even though he could he's knows he shouldn't it wouldn't be right. But I like how he has this fun charisma and energy. Ambitionous as he is constantly wondering what more he can do and what he wants the most from life. And most importantly he cares about the well being of others.

Really like his back and forth with the Doctor which I feel really powers the show. The Doctor is sort of Andrew's mentor and uncle figure as he is constantly training and figuring out the extent of Andrew's abilities, while also worry about Andrew misusing his powers or something going wrong that could hurt him. Though it's funny as the Doctor is getting some uninteional grief from Andrew though most of that unintentional grief is really coming from himself and his own insecurity.

The show has some good messages on how people are capable of becoming and doing more with themselves. But also about heroism how you don't really need superpowers to be a hero. It's true Andrew has superpowers but in most episodes he doesn't really need to use them (except when the situation calls for it) because he's pretty much already a hero as it is as he is constantly helping people with social issues or anything else mostly as himself.

But the series does fly into some turbulence. One thing is Andrew doesn't get to kick enough ass. We never really get to see him utilize his powers nearly enough. Most of the time it's just for tacked on situations, not to say it's not life or death but it's not exactly a high Jepardy factor; which makes the show not that exciting. The comedy and drama focused on highly is also it's weakness you could say the show has a bit of an identity crisis, like it's more of one but not enough of the other. Last the third season was no doubt the weak point of the series, it tried flying a different direction but it was the wrong direction which sadly grounded the series.

I wouldn't mind a revival, though they could make it a bit more like "Static Shock" where the Doc does have his experiment go haywire but not just zap Andrew but create this wave that has affected the teenage populace. Have Andrew kick more ass or try to reason with others that have and misused their superpowers. Not to say we should do that super powered villain of the week thing just sometimes. It's a idea worth a test flight at least.

My Secret Identity flies.

Rating: 3 stars

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 10 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Comedy Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular comedy titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed