The Greatest American Hero

ABC (ended 1983)



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This show was first aired in 1981, and was both a comedy and a drama. A special "power suit" that only works on him is given to the teacher by the aliens, and he is paired up with the gumshoe FBI agent who keeps them both busy with his scenarios. The suit of "unearthly powers" gives the power of strength, flight, invisibilty, flames, telekenesis, vision of events without being there, protection from bullets and fire

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  • Faye Grant

    Faye Grant

    Rhonda Blake

    Robert Culp

    Robert Culp

    Bill Maxwell

    William Katt

    William Katt

    Ralph Hinkley (Hanley)

    Michael Paré

    Michael Paré

    Tony Villicana

    Jesse D. Goins

    Jesse D. Goins

    Cyler Johnson

    Connie Sellecca

    Connie Sellecca

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    • Join the Greatest American Hero fan page! Live chat Dec 20th Details on page above.

      The show was Great! They kept it real. There was no faking it. It was a cool show that ended too early.

      SJC picked all the right people for the parts. They had a great chemistry that I don't think can ever be duplicated.

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      We'd love to see you. We want to keep the show alive in out hearts and if you want the skinny on William Katt, that is the place to be.

      There will never be another show like it. It was original. I mean he was a regular guy with a super suit given to him from aliens, paired with an FBI agent to help the world. and he stepped up to the plate did what he had to do.moreless
    • A great flashback from the 80s

      I stumbled a couple of weeks ago over this show and think it is hilarious. Of course, it is an 80s show and that has to be taken into account. If you want special effects like Heroes, wrong show for you. Sure, the show is somewhat cheesy and old but go ahead and take a close look.

      Its pretty much above average. The cases and problems he faces and solves are clever and often funny. Above average. The writers put a lot of love in the show. William Katt plays one of the most unusual and interesting heroes ever.

      He is not like Superman, he is a normal guy that has gotten this suit that gives superpowers and mastering is not that easy. Him flying is one of the most funny things ever. And seeing him grow, getting more used to it from season to season is a very nice development.

      I wish they would have played this show when I was a kid here on TV, I am quite sure I would have liked it better than Knight Rider or some other shows that made it to europe.

      The only bad thing that I can say is that the DVD version is missing some of the original soundtracks but thats not a problem of the show itself. I wished there were more episodes...moreless
    • Greatest American Hero is about a normal guy like you and me. Hes hardworking and good at what he does. On a class field trip he gets lost and he ends up meeting a guy named Bill and they end up seeing aliens who give them a special suit and book to use.moreless

      First time I saw this show I must of been five or six years old. I was pulled in. It was like a ordinary guy being a superman of all things. Many years later im still a fan of this show. It might have to do with me being a fan of what Stephen J. Cannell has done for Tv shows in the 1980s. I have to say this has to be a trendsetter for those who are normal and want to be something extra ordinary. And do those special things that seperate you from the rest. This is right up there with believing in yourself and doing it when it matters most. Many years later I have these all on dvd. But there missing some of the original songs from the series. Something is better then nothing I guess. There has been talk of a big screen movie on and off. I know the A-Team movie is coming. I cant wait. I guess will all see what happens from here. Ill keep my fingers crossed for a GAH movie.moreless
    • I tought this show was ahead it's time.

      I tought this show was ahead of it's time. One of the first super hero shows that was also funny. I did'nt remember this show that well because I was so little at the time. As soon as I start watching on dvd I remembered alot of it and how funny it was.The first season was really good because he was saving people from other people. The second season was pretty much the same. Which I tought was also great. Then they were'nt even sure if it was going to come back for a thrid season,and it did. I belive it had different writers. Which it turned out to be really awful. But all in all I really liked this show, they could have stopped after season two if they wanted to. They did'nt, which thats what I think the main reason for this show being cancelled. But this show dose have really big following now of all ages.moreless
    • The Greatest American Hero" is one of the greatest American TV shows - and people who try to take it too seriously are missing the point.

      Bill reminds me of my mentor when I was training to be an investigative news reporter in Augusta.

      I love the premise of show - and while it can be cheesy - it's the way America should be and was written in a time of relative innocence.

      Wish our country had true GAH "Hero"

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    altruistic behavior, outrageous situations, relationship woes, underdogs, superhero escapism