The Greatest American Hero

Season 1 Episode 7

My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Apr 29, 1981 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Ralph takes advice from his childhood hero The Lone Ranger after he almost kills a busload of people by accident while busting some crooks.

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  • Amazing!!!!! Has to be one of my all-time favorite episodes ever!!!!

    This episode is amazing!!!! There is a bunch of character development in Ralph as he realizes what the suit is for and that it is his responsibility. "With great power comes great responsibility," and all that. I mean come on he meets the Lone Ranger!!! that's Ralph's hero and well The Lone Ranger "bonds" with Ralph and stuff and ahhh!!!!!! It's amazing!!!! There are some hilarious lines and is a must see episode!!! You must see it!!moreless
  • The Greatest American Hero meets the Lone Ranger! Nuff said!

    It's a very special episode to me, since I didn't watch it when I watched the series on tv but now that I got the series on DVD. It was wonderful to see the real actor that plays the Lone Ranger interacts with Ralph, and seeing Ralph telling him that he grew up with him and that the Lone Ranger is his hero. It's wonderful since I grew up watching the Greatest American Hero and I can't say that he is my ultimate hero (Superman is), but certainly the character of Ralph Hinkley is one of the heroes of my childhood and I still enjoy to watch the series. If you are fan of the series, you have to watch this episode.moreless
Jack Ging

Jack Ging

Tracy Winslow

Guest Star

John Hart

John Hart

Lone Ranger

Guest Star

Ferdy Mayne

Ferdy Mayne

Abe Figueroa

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Bill: Ok, here's the scenario. I get out of the car and walk east. You open the hood, I come over to give you a hand. One of us goes to make a phone call, we fake a call to the auto club, we move the car and play another scene. Ok?
      Pam: (teasingly) Is this really what you do for a living?
      Bill: Oh, that's cute. That's what my mother used to say. Every job I ever had.

  • NOTES (3)

    • DVD note: When originally aired this episode played the song by the same name as this episode's title during the final "riding-off-into-the-sunset" scene, which was changed on the DVD version of the episode. Several of the background songs in many of the DVD episodes have been changed from their originally aired versions.

      Update: I can conferm the above as true. I have a VHS recording of this episode that I made in 1988 during its syndicated run and a cover version of "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys" is played over the final scene.

    • Ironic that Ralph's hero is a cowboy. William Katt's father Bill Williams(real last name was also Katt) played the cowboy hero Kit Carson in the TV show "The Adventures of Kit Carson" in the early 1950s. Would have been cool if Bill Williams played the cowboy in this episode, after all, William Katt got to work with his mom in the episode "Who's Woo in America."

    • One of the most well written, acted and dramatic episodes of the show. This and 'Don't mess around with Jim' should be at the top of the list.

      Ralph wants to ditch the suit after a near fatal accident is caused by his crime fighting. Meanwhile, Bill's best friend and mentor on the force has turned bad and wants Bill to back him up. Something which Maxwell just cannot do.

      At the same time Bill's hero is turning sour, Ralph's hero is coming to town. The Lone Ranger played by original actor Hart. Ralph has already told Pam and Bill that he is giving up the suit but after speaking with his childhood idol, the real man not his character, Ralph realizes what it means to be a hero and why he cannot refuse.

      Maxwell has to deal with his friend in his own way and the only choice is to go after him and stop him from theft and possible murder. A very poignant moment for this ultimately corny show. Definitely an A+ episode.



    • The character of the Lone Ranger has to do with a man who faced tragedy to become a hero. Interestingly enough, Ralph seems to use a 'near tragedy' to give up being a hero.