The Greatest American Hero TV Show
The Greatest American Hero TV Show
What Happened to The Greatest American Hero?

The Greatest American Hero is a television show which aired on ABC on March 18th, 1981 and ran until February 3rd, 1983. The series began with a two-hour pilot movie which tells the story of mild-mannered teacher Ralph Hinkley, portrayed by William Katt. The character’s last name was changed to “Hanley” immediately following the shooting of then president Ronald Reagan by an assassin named John Hinkley Jr

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During a high school field trip, Ralph encounters a group of aliens who bestow upon him a red suit with super powers, which will allow him to fight crime. The aliens instruct Ralph to work with FBI agent Bill Maxwell, portrayed by Robert Culp. Hours earlier, Maxwell’s partner had been murdered and the aliens took the opportunity to help avenge his death by having him work together with Ralph to bring the killer to justice. Having a suit with super powers can be a great asset!

What Happened to The Greatest American Hero?
Lost Instructions – Are You Kidding Me?

The incredible red suit Ralph is given came with a set of written instructions, which he promptly loses. He’s now on his own to figure out how the outfit works and this creates a number of very funny situations.

Here are the lyrics to The Greatest American Hero theme song

Look at what’s happened to me
I can’t believe it myself
Suddenly I’m up on top of the world
It should have been somebody else

Believe it or not, I’m walkin’ on air
I never thought I could feel so free
Flyin’ away on a wing and a prayer
Who could it be?

Believe it or not it’s just me
Just like the light of a new day
It hit me from out of the blue
Breaking me out of the spell I was in
Making all of my wishes come true

Believe it or not, I’m walkin’ on air
I never thought I could feel so free
Flyin’ away on a wing and a prayer
Who could it be?

Believe it or not it’s just me
This is too good to be true
Look at me falling for you
Believe it or not, I’m walkin’ on air

I never thought I could feel so free
Flyin’ away on a wing and a prayer
Who could it be?
Believe it or not it’s just me

The Greatest American Hero Cast

William Katt – Ralph Hinkley/Ralph Hanley
Robert Culp – Bill Maxwell
Connie Sellecca – Pam Davidson
Faye Grant – Rhonda Blake
Michael Paré – Tony Villicana
Jesse D. Goins – Cyler Johnson
William Bogert – Les Carlisle

The Greatest American Hero TV Show Questions and Answers

Is The Greatest American Hero show on Netflix?

No, sorry…it isn’t

Is The Greatest American Hero show going to have a reboot?

Not at this time. ABC was going forward with the idea in 2020 but interest in superhero shows on network TV has declined since then. Perhaps they will reboot someday!

How strong is The Greatest American Hero?

He can run up to 70 MPH on land and in the air he can out-fly a 747 jet! He has also been shot, bombed and hit with rocket fire…without injury!

Who was The Greatest American Hero?

A fun and quirky character who used his superpowers for good. The show was quintessential 80s camp tv

What other powers did The Greatest American Hero?

Well, for starters he was a very gifted school teacher (before he became a superhero). Other powers include telekinesis (communicating with his mind, not his voice), the ability to breathe under water and he’s also fire-proof!

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