The Incredible Hulk (1978–1982)
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The Incredible Hulk: Death in the Family 

Dr. David Banner tries to find out why, when he is under stress or pressure, he turns into a giant, green, violent monster.


Alan J. Levi


Kenneth Johnson

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Bixby ... Dr. David Banner
Jack Colvin ... Jack McGee
Lou Ferrigno ... The Incredible Hulk
Laurie Prange Laurie Prange ... Julie Griffith
Dorothy Tristan ... Margaret Griffith
John McLiam ... Michael
Mills Watson ... Sheriff
William Daniels ... Dr. John Bonifant
Gerald McRaney ... Denny Kayle
Victor Mohica Victor Mohica ... Rafe
Robert Phillips ... Phil
Ann Weldon Ann Weldon ... 1st Nurse
Linda Wiser Linda Wiser ... 2nd Nurse
Roger Aaron Brown ... Lab Technician
Janet Adams Janet Adams ... 3rd Nurse


When David makes his way to a hospital that has a machine that might be able to help him with his problem--turning into the Hulk. He meets a young woman who's crippled and collapses. He brings her to her house and David can't help but notice that the treatment her doctor is giving her is strange. And when David starts asking questions, her step-mother tries to get rid of him. Written by

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Driven by rage. Pursued by an investigative reporter. Wanted for a murder he didn't commit. See more »







Release Date:

27 November 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Return of the Incredible Hulk See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Did You Know?


This episode featured a longer opening narrative that included more detail about the creature's origin and Elana's death. See more »


When the Hulk throws the bear backwards and the camera pans left, just before the scene cuts to another angle, one can see a man sitting on an egg crate on the lake shore wearing Speedos. He is not a character from the scene and must be part of the production crew. There is also an extra with a blue ripped shirt sitting with a strand of rope. See more »


Michael: [refering to the Hulk] Are you real, or did you come out of this bottle?
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Edited from The Incredible Hulk: The Incredible Hulk (1977) See more »

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Well written and entertaining followup to the pilot TV movie
26 September 2006 | by ODDBearSee all my reviews

It's been a few weeks since David Banner escaped his former life and he's on the road hoping to find a cure for his illness which makes him change into the raging Hulk. On the way he encounters a would be heiress who's lost the use of her legs due to psychological trauma when her father died and she narrowly escaped. David also uncovers a devious plot involving the girl's stepmother.

The second TV movie leading up to the series. David transforms into the Hulk several times and has some memorable clashes, particularly the one with the grizzly bear. The film is well written by series creator Kenneth Johnson but it does feel a bit stretched. But no matter, it's still loads of fun for a fan. Bill Bixby is, as always, very appealing as Banner and equally good is Lou Ferrigno as the Green Giant.

As said, the film feels a bit stretched but it's always entertaining and probably gave a good promise for the series to come.

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