The Greatest American Hero

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Episode Guide

    • Train of Thought
      Season 2 - Episode 11
      1/27/82
      10
      Ralph suffers amnesia when he gets knocked out while trying to stop a hijacked train.
    • Operation Spoil Sport
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      11/11/81
      9.5

      Ralph and Bill must stop World War III by defusing a corrupt military leader's plans to launch a suprise missile attack against Russia.

    • The Greatest American Hero (2)
      The Greatest American Hero (2)
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      3/18/81
      9.4
      Bill has Ralph use his new supersuit to thwart a Presidential assassination plot.
    • 4/29/81
      9.3
      Ralph takes advice from his childhood hero The Lone Ranger after he almost kills a busload of people by accident while busting some crooks.
    • The Greatest American Hero (1)
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      3/18/81
      9.3
      Odd couple Ralph Hinkley (a liberal school teacher) and Bill Maxwell (a conservative FBI agent) are approached by aliens who give them a suit that grants superpowers to the wearer, with the caveat that it must be used for the common good.
    • Dreams
      Season 2 - Episode 17
      3/17/82
      9.2
      An act of kindness backfires when Ralph uses the suit to help a coworker with a personal project. This leads his other co-workers to take daring chances for their own shots at success. Soon, he must don the super suit not only to prevent them from ruining their lives, but also to save Bill from a vengeful, recently paroled killer.moreless
    • Train of Thought
      Train of Thought
      Season 2 - Episode 9
      1/13/82
      9.2
      Ralph crashes head first into a train, and gets amnesia. Pam and Bill have to convince him that the suit really works.
    • The Beast in Black
      The Beast in Black
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      12/9/81
      9.1
      Ralph finds a window into the Fourth Dimension while scouting an old house. Bill gets possessed by a woman's spirit, and Ralph must return her through that window.
    • Divorce Venusian Style
      Season 3 - Episode 1
      10/29/82
      9.1
      Ralph and Bill get into a fight and Ralph quits the partnership and leaves the suit with Bill, but Ralph gets caught in the crossfire with some Neo-Nazi and is seriously wounded and the Nazis get possession of the suit.
    • Don't Mess Around With Jim
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      11/18/81
      8.9
      Ralph and Bill are kidnapped by a tycoon.
    • The Newlywed Game
      Season 3 - Episode 5
      1/6/83
      8.7
      On the way to Ralph's bachelor party, he and Bill are kidnapped and Ralph is persuaded to fly a mission for the president.
    • Lilacs, Mr. Maxwell
      Season 2 - Episode 22
      4/28/82
      8.7
      Bill falls in love with a female FBI agent, and wants to tell her about the suit. She turns out to be a spy, and is ordered to kill him.
    • Live at Eleven
      Season 3 - Episode 7
      1/20/83
      8.6
      Ralph tries to make the connection between terrorists who tried to steal plutonium, and a TV news anchor who plans to run for President.
    • The Best Desk Scenario
      Season 1 - Episode 9
      5/13/81
      8.5
      Ralph becomes vice-principal of Whitney High, Pam becomes a partner at her law firm, and Bill - well, he gets the shaft. In the middle of a mid-life crisis, Bill is so depressed after being passed over for promotion that he decides to quit the FBI but not before one last adventure with Ralph. Mission: rescue Pam from the mob connections of the law partner who just promoted her.moreless
    • 11/12/82
      8.5
      Pam is ready to break up with Ralph after he always puts the suit first. Bill gives them tickets to a tropical island to keep them together. Once there, they discover Bill's true plan-to use the suit to find a missing experimental aircraft.
    • Now You See It...
      Now You See It...
      Season 2 - Episode 10
      1/20/82
      8.4
      While practicing flying in the desert with Bill, Ralph gets a vision of a plane crash. It's the suit showing it to him, and Bill can only see it when he touches Ralph. They rush to the scene to find no plane, and figure out that it must be something that hasn't happened yet, and they're supposed to prevent it. We come to find out that Pam is on that plane, and it's been hijacked. To make matters worse, the plane has an experimental cloaking device that makes it invisible to radar, and the Air Force would rather shoot it down than have the plane in enemy hands.moreless
    • The Good Samaritan
      Season 2 - Episode 19
      3/31/82
      8.4
      Tired of using the suit to fight crime, Ralph decides to branch out. He tries to intervene in a battle between an old man fighting for his home and the city taking it away, but Bill has him on the hunt for bank robbers.
    • Here's Looking at You Kid
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      4/1/81
      8.4
      Someone has stolen a secret gunsight. Bill again hopes to use the super suit to help solve the case. This time, however, Ralph has his own problems, he's unexpectedly turning invisible. To add to his worries, he's also scheduled to meet Pam's parents (Lockhart,Hastings) for the first time.
    • Saturday on Sunset Boulevard
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      4/8/81
      8.3
      Bill reluctantly recruits Ralph's students to help him track down a Russian defector.
    • The Hit Car
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      3/25/81
      8.3
      After years of tracking Johnny the mobster, Bill thinks he has a chance to convict him. An ex girlfriend has agreed to testify but only if Bill personally drives her to the courthouse. They're attacked several times along the route, with Bill receiving repeated injuries. They arrive only to find out that the ditsy girlfriend is not as helpful as they thought she would be.moreless
    • The Shock Will Kill You
      Season 2 - Episode 13
      2/10/82
      8.3

      A space shuttle is about to crash, and only Ralph can save it. He does so, but ends up supermagnetized, perhaps permanently. Worst of all, a strange creature aboard the shuttle heads towards Los Angeles, electricuting all who get in its way.

    • There's Just No Accounting...
      There's Just No Accounting...
      Season 2 - Episode 18
      3/24/82
      8.2
      Bill convinces the parents of a kidnap victim to pay the ransom, certain that Ralph can recover it when he saves their little girl. Ralph finds himself being audited by an overzealous IRS agent who's convinced he took the ransom money. Meanwhile, Ralph and Bill keep getting shot at in drive-by shootings, but by who?moreless
    • Reseda Rose
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      4/15/81
      8.0
      Ralph and Bill try to unravel a case involving secret military plans, a Russian submarine, and the kidnapping of Rhonda's mother.
    • Plague
      Plague
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      1/6/82
      8.0

      A psycho military cult leader tries to spread the smallpox virus.

    • The Beast in the Black
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      12/18/81
      8.0
      Will Ralph's suit protect Bill from a real estate agent -- or his ghost?
    • Fire Man
      Season 1 - Episode 8
      5/6/81
      7.9

      Tony is hired to repossess cars, and unknowingly takes a car filled with arson equipment. He gets pulled over, and blamed for setting fires. The real arsonist must be found in order to clear his name, and free him from jail.

    • Heaven is in Your Genes
      Season 3 - Episode 6
      1/13/83
      7.8
      Ralph must rescue Bill who has been kidnapped by a crazed scientist, who wants to experiment on him to find out what makes him such a successful agent.
    • Desperado
      Season 3 - Episode 12
      7.8
      Ralph and Pam come across some horse rustlers who steal a herd of wild mustangs, but Ralph stops them from capturing on the prize stallion, Desperado.
    • The Hand-Painted Thai
      The Hand-Painted Thai
      Season 2 - Episode 11
      1/27/82
      7.8
      Years ago, prisoners of war were brainwashed to respond to a code phrase. Now, someone is using them to commit acts of sabotage. Bill and Ralph investigate, but Bill inadvertently falls under a hypnotic trance, leaving the heroics up to Ralph.
    • The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
      Season 2 - Episode 15
      2/24/82
      7.7

      Ralph and Bill hunt for the sea creature "Carrie" in the Bermuda Triangle, thinking that the monster may be responsible for all of the boats that disappear there. They undercover a stolen boat ring, and never find the creature.

    • 4/7/82
      7.7

      Bill receives hot tips on a speed factory working out of a fast food chain, and a newspaper reporter publishes pictures of Ralph flying.

    • 11/4/81
      7.7
      The California Stars pitchers are all getting beaten-up by thugs, so it's up to Ralph and Bill to figure out why.
    • The Price is Right
      Season 3 - Episode 2
      11/5/82
      7.7
      One of Ralph's high school classmates is now a pro football star, but gamblers kidnap his wife to force him to throw a game. Ralph dons the suit to save his pal, but to do so, Ralph must take his place in a big game.
    • Classical Gas
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      12/2/81
      7.5
      Ralph's students start a band, and a promoter lands them a spot on a big ticket concert while trying to get Pam to go out with him.
    • Just Another Three Ring Circus
      Just Another Three Ring Circus
      Season 2 - Episode 12
      2/3/82
      7.3

      Ralph takes a job at the circus as a human cannonball while trying to help Bill bust a crime ring that involves a phony dating service.

    • A Chicken In Every Plot
      Season 2 - Episode 14
      2/17/82
      7.2
      Scenario: When an old FBI buddy invites Bill to his Caribbean retreat, Maxwell takes Ralph, Pam and the students along. Unfortunately, they find themselves involved in a voodoo plot to take over the island's government.
    • Who's Woo in America
      Season 2 - Episode 21
      4/14/82
      7.2
      Ralph's mother is re-marrying to a man who planted a much wanted micro-chip in her engagement ring.
    • Hog Wild
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      11/25/81
      7.1
      A motorcycle gang steals the super-suit, and tries to use it to take over a town. It only works on Ralph, so they must force HIM to do their dirty work while holding Bill captive.
    • The Lost Diablo
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      12/16/81
      7.1
      Bill has a treasure map, and takes Ralph and his class out to the desert to find the lost Diablo Gold Mine that vanished a long time ago, and are met with resistance from the local thieves.
    • A Chicken in Every Plot
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      12/2/81
      7.0
      Ralph, Pam, and Bill find out how the suit will do against voodoo, when they find themselves pitted against the evil president of a small island country in the West Indies.
    • Space Ranger
      Season 3 - Episode 8
      1/27/83
      6.9
      Ralph's finds that his newest student is wanted by the CIA and KGB after tapping into a Soviet satellite.
    • It's All Downhill From Here
      Season 2 - Episode 16
      3/3/82
      6.9
      Ralph skis like a pro with the suit on, and stands in at the Olympics for a Russian skiier so the man can defect to America, and hand over top secret information that he stole.
    • The Resurrection of Carlini
      Season 3 - Episode 4
      11/19/82
      6.9

      A magician killed performing his greatest trick seemingly returns from the grave to murder his three rivals. Ralph must use his suit to out trick the would-be killer.

    • It's Only Rock and Roll
      Season 3 - Episode 11
      6.8
      After receiving a bomb threat, Bill is put in charge of protecting Dak Hampton, the lead singer of a rock n. roll group.
    • Wizards And Warlocks
      Season 3 - Episode 10
      6.4
      Bill is called upon to find a missing Middle Eastern prince, but it turns out that the prince is involved in a game of Wizards & Warlocks. Ralph and Bill try to unravel the mystery of the game and find the prince before the potential kidnappers do.
    • Thirty Seconds Over Little Tokyo
      Season 3 - Episode 9
      2/3/83
      6.4
      Ralph and Bill find themselves trying to protect a Japanese man after a gang tries to kidnap him.
    • Vanity, Says the Preacher
      Season 3 - Episode 13
      6.4
      Bill accepts an invitation to be honored as Man of the Year by a Latin American country where years before he was instrumental in helping them establish a democratic government.
    • The Greatest American Heroine
      The Greatest American Heroine
      Season 4 - Episode 14
      3.7
      Ralph is exposed with the suit, and lets all the attention inflate his ego. The greenguys return with the order that he must give up the super-powered costume to make the world forget, and he must also pick someone to carry on.
    • Who's Woo in America
      Season 2 - Episode 22
      4/28/82
      0.0
      Ralph's Mom is going to marry a con man who is smuggling a micro-chip that corrupt oilmen have killed for.
    • The Handpainted Thai
      Season 2 - Episode 13
      2/10/82
      0.0
      Bill and Ralph uncover a devious plot to threaten the Western World when a band of hypnotized ex-war prisoners are drawn into service by the sinister Gen. Vin Chow.
    • Just Another Three Ring Circus
      Season 2 - Episode 14
      2/17/82
      0.0

      Ralph becomes a human cannonball to investigate the disappearance of a Polish clown.

    • Dreams
      Season 2 - Episode 18
      3/24/82
      0.0
      When Ralph uses the suit to help his associates realize their dreams, it complicates all their lives.
    • 4/14/82
      0.0
      Ralph teams up with a hamburger helper -- Captain Bellybuster to bust a drug ring.
    • There's Just No Accounting
      Season 2 - Episode 20
      4/7/82
      0.0
      Ralph's suit proves no match for the I.R.S., when a satchel of money from a kidnapping turns up in Ralph's living room.
    • The Lost Diablo
      Season 2 - Episode 10
      1/20/82
      0.0
      A class field trip turns into a nightmare for Ralph and Bill when they are trapped in more ways than one while searching for a lost gold mine.
    • Don't Mess Around With Jim
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      11/25/81
      0.0
      When Ralph tries to deliver the will of a dead man who is alive, he finds himself in the middle of a close encounter of the strange kind.
    • Hog Wild
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      12/9/81
      0.0
      Ralph tries to save himself and a town from a rampaging motorcycle gang.
    • The Plague
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      12/16/81
      0.0
      Ralph and Bill have to save mankind from a deadly plague virus that a fanatical right wing military group hopes to unleash on an unsuspecting world.
    • Classical Gas
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      1/6/82
      0.0
      The kids' big break could be ruined if Ralph can't stop terrorists from releasing nerve gas at their concert.
    • Now You See It
      Season 2 - Episode 9
      1/13/82
      0.0
      Ralph gets tied up in time while trying to save Pam from an air crash before it happens.
    • Lilacs, Mr. Maxwell
      Season 2 - Episode 12
      2/3/81
      0.0
      Love is blind, even for Bill Maxwell, who finds himself falling for a beautiful foreign agent. Will love or the deadly Mr. David stop Bill's heart first?