Retired superhero Commander USA shows horror and science fiction movies along with a weird collection of visitors.




1989   1988   1987   1986   1985  




Series cast summary:
Jim Hendricks ...  Commander USA 85 episodes, 1985-1989
Alan Kalter ...  Announcer 85 episodes, 1985-1989


Retired superhero Commander USA shows horror and science fiction movies along with a weird collection of visitors.

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Jim Hendricks played a character on Junction City, Kansas radio called Uncle Willie. He originally wanted Uncle Willie to be the host of Groovie Movies, but management wanted a superhero type host. So Jim created Uncle Willie as Commander USA. The trench coat, cigar, and his mannerisms and way he talked are all carryover from the Uncle Willie radio show. Commander USA never says what his real name is, but Jim Hendricks has clued that it is Willie. See more »


Commander USA: HOLY CATS!
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Featured in The Color of Money (1986) See more »

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I'd Give Anything To Have The Old USA Network Back!
23 April 2012 | by See all my reviews

It makes me said to think of what The USA Network was, and what it's become today. So many AWESOME shows, and films were shown on that channel back in the middle 80's through early 90's, and Commander USA's Groovy movies was a HUGE part of that.

I loved The Commander's goofy antics and lame jokes, as well as all of the great, cheesy, brilliant, and hilarious films he showed. I saw "C.H.U.D" (1984) for the 1st time on Commander USA in 1987. Something I never forgot. He also showed GREAT films like "The Children", "It's Alive", "Friday the 13th Part 3", "They Still Call Me Bruce", "The Death of Bruce Lee", "Student Bodies" and so many more.

Sure, The USA Network played a lot of these films on Saturday Nightmares, and Up All night as well, but it didn't mattered, as they didn't show the same movie EVERY day.

Now adays, all The USA Network shows is Law & Order and NCIS. I swear that's 18 hours of their daily programming. The other 6 hours is paid programming, except for Monday when the show WWF wrestling.

I'd kill to have the 80's programming back! I wish this would be released on DVD! I'd buy it in a heartbeat because you can't put a price on my memories! I'd love to relive these days again! I'd kill for television like this again! "Commander USA! Soaring Super Hero. Legion of decency, retired"

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