The Incredible Hulk

CBS (ended 1982)
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  • Dr. David Banner was a research scientist trying to find a way to tap into the hidden strength that all humans possess. Then, one night in his labratory, an experiment went wrong, causing him to be overexposed to gamma radiation. Now, whenever angered or distressed, the mild-mannered scientist finds himself transforming into a powerful seven-foot green creature known as The Incredible Hulk. The creature is guided by David's personality, dealing with whatever distresses David. But unfortunately, David has no control over the creature's actions. Nor can he remember what he had done during his Hulkish states. He travels around the country in search of a cure, while taking various odd jobs under different aliases. During this odyssey, he tries to avoid the pursuit of investigative reporter Jack McGee, who suspects the Hulk of murder, and who is determined to discover the creature's true identity.moreless

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  • S 5 : Ep 7

    A Minor Problem

    Aired 5/12/82

  • S 5 : Ep 6


    Aired 5/5/82

  • S 5 : Ep 5


    Aired 11/13/81

  • S 5 : Ep 4


    Aired 11/6/81

  • S 5 : Ep 3


    Aired 10/16/81

  • Cast & Crew
  • Bill Bixby

    Dr. David Banner

  • Ted Cassidy

    Narrator (uncredited)

  • Lou Ferrigno

    The Hulk

  • Jack Colvin

    Jack McGee

  • William Windom

    Sgt. Jack Keeler

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  • Quotes (374)

    • David: (to Donald Blake) For two years now, two years, this change of mine hasn't occured, and you know why? Because I've stayed away from people like you.

    • Martin Tendelli: (to Matt Murdock) This green maniac and Belson must be working together somehow.

    • Matt Murdock: Why are you so alone? David: We're both alone.

    • David: (to Matt) I feel somehow we're alike.

    • (Fisk's gang corners Daredevil; one of them, Jay, picks up an axe) Jay: This time we finish the job. You see what I mean? Daredevil: No, I don't see at all.

    • Jasmine: Who do you work for? David: I'm a doctor. I work for myself. I'll bill you later.

    • (McGee asks to come inside Elaina's home for an interview) Elaina: I'm afraid not. To be quite honest with you, I don't particularly like your newspaper, or its reputation. (Seeing a reflection of David's tattered state in Elaina's bedroom mirror) McGee: Yeah, well yeah. "Reputation's" a very important thing. Uhh, I won't bother you, since you're, uh, otherwise "involved."

    • Elaina: David? David: Mmhmm? Elaina: Look, I think we should put this particular interview off for today. David: No, no, we're going to do it. So...why don't you bring them in while I go buy a doughnut? Elaina: Why don't I go bring them in while you go buy a doughnut?

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    Notes (278)

    • This is the only Hulk reunion TV-movie to feature Jack McGee (Jack Colvin).

    • Besides being the first come-back TV Movie from the original series, this film also served as a possible pilot for a potential new series revolving around Thor. (The series was never made.)

    • The first of three post-series Hulk TV-movies.

    • After the introduction of Thor and Daredevil, there were plans to introduce several more Marvel Comic superheroes in subsequent Hulk installments. They included Iron Man and She-Hulk. Scripts for them were said to have been written, but were never filmed because the proposed storylines were reportedly weak.

    • Rex Smith (Matt Murdock / Daredevil) will be recognised by many from starring as Jessie Mach in the short-lived but generally well remembered "super-motorcycle" series 'Street Hawk' (1985).

    • Hulk creator Stan Lee has a cameo appearance as the Jury Foreman.

    • This TV-movie was used as a pilot for a proposed Daredevil series that was never launched.

    • In the comics, the character Wilson Fisk, the enemy of Daredevil and Spider-man, is also known as the Kingpin. In this TV-movie, however, he is not referred to by that nickname.

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    Trivia (145)

    • Alias: David Banion

    • Just before Banner leaves the lab to go down to the lobby in the second transformation sequence, he gets a coffee, walks to the window, and peeks through the shutters. Any explanation as to why he does this?

    • In Banner's final transformation sequence at the abandoned factory, you can see the movie crew reflected in the car door as Josh Lambert pulls the car into gear.

    • The combined strength of the Hulk and Thor couldn't prevent a helicopter from taking off. But in the 1980 episode "The Lottery," the Hulk successfully grounded a helicopter without any assistance.

    • During the first half of the movie, David has a beard, yet he transforms into a clean-shaven Hulk.

    • When David watches the creature on videotape, he states that he's never seen the creature before; however, he has actually seen the creature through flashbacks, newspaper clippings and hypnosis

    • When David is strapped to a chair in the booth, he is asked by the doctor if there is anybody that he should contact. David said there is no one in his family left alive. However, during the series, the episode Homecoming, David's sister and father are introduced.

    • After the series ended, Banner continues runs across mercenaries. But doesn't seem like the writer got a bit lazy with the whole "For the cause we pray for" bit? I mean, we never hear once in this whole film just what this organization's agenda even is!

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    Allusions (27)

    • The scene where Hulk meets the little girl at the lake is a reference to the infamous deleted (but later restored) scene from Frankenstein where Frankenstein's monster sees a girl at a lake.

    • One of the businesses that Jason owns is called "Argonauts", which is a reference to "Jason and the Argonauts" of mythology.

    • The title of this episode is, The Beast Within," which is an allusion to the book by Graham Greene, "The Man Within."

    • The episode's title is a play on the 1941 W.C. Fields movie Never Give A Sucker An Even Break.

    • The episode is titled, "Earthquakes Happen." This is an allusion to the common saying "s--t happens." Which means no matter how well you plan, things can go wrong.

    • The title of this episode, "The Waterfront Story," which is an allusion to the movie, "On the Waterfront" starring Marlon Brando.

    • The episode title is a play on the 1977 novel "The Amityville Horror," which was later made into a movie.

    • The movie that Ricky first watches on TV is "The Wolf Man", a story about a man who is inadvertantly transformed into a werewolf, and struggles to control his monster alter-ego, much like David Banner.

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  • Fan Reviews (22)
  • The Hulk Adventures!

    By Reaganfan, Aug 01, 2012

  • The Incredible Hulk is about a man named David Banner. He accidently overdoses on gamma radiation and when ever he becomes angry, he becomes the Hulk. After the Pilot he is believed to be dead and a reporter named Mcgee has been trying to pursue the Hulk.

    By Hulkisawesome, May 14, 2011

  • David working as a waiter in Chicago, was it Chicago?:) He is helping 2 woman starting a business but his photo is taken by a reporter and David has to stop the presses ! Very good episode and first time we see some character development for Mr. Mc

    By steventje_69, Feb 06, 2009

  • I dressed up as The Hulk once for Halloween.

    By tcwjra, Dec 01, 2006

  • Trucks, cars, chases and fun for everyone

    By revbucky, Jul 03, 2008