The Greatest American Hero

Season 1 Episode 1

The Greatest American Hero (1)

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Mar 18, 1981 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • During the scene where Bill and Ralph are talking in the bathroom, the shadow of the boom mic can be seen multiple times.

    • When Ralph is wheeled into the mental hospital wearing his supersuit, a passerby says, "That's a bad outfit, Jim!", a paraphrase of the line said to Chrisopher Reeve by a pimp in the first Superman movie.

    • The bad guy that's standing closest to the wall when Ralph crashes through it gets hit by one of the concrete blocks and doesn't get hurt.

  • Quotes

    • Ralph:: Think of it this way, your one step ahead of Lois Lane. She never found out who Clark Kent really was.

    • Pam: You could at least sit on the cape.

    • Ralph (to cop who shut the car door): Hey, uh......My cape, it's stuck.

    • Cop (to Ralph): Now this can go down easy, or it can go down hard Mr. Hinkley. Either way, it's your choice.

    • Police Officer(while looking at Ralph in the suit): It looks like we've got another trend setter here. Where do we get these guys?

    • Boy: You're not doing it right! You have to take 3 steps and leap with your hands out in front of you. Like off a diving board. You're not very good at this.
      Ralph : Tell me about it kid.

    • Man who entered bathroom(to gas station attendant): Don't tell me he's a ballet dancer! Are you gonna do somethin' about this??!!

    • Tony: Hey, I ain't no Carey Grant!.

    • Kevin to Ralph about the custody battle: I love you, and I love mom.

    • Bill: We'll figure it out now, butterfingers!
      Ralph: Listen Mr. Maxwell, I'm the guy with the suit. You give me any trouble, and I'm gonna turn you into 170 pounds of dog chow!

    • Ralph: The suits' in the car, I lost the instruction book.
      Bill: Well, we got ourselves a live one here.

    • Ralph(looking in the mirror at himself wearing the suit for the first time): Oh, please......Hi sailor!

    • Bill : He was dead.
      Ralph : I noticed.
      Bill : I'll see ya kid. Enjoy the package.
      Ralph(as Bill takes off) : You jerk!!! .

    • Ralph(to the Aliens): A suit? I dont need a suit. I got plenty of suits!

    • Bill(to Tony while in the restaurant.): If you're looking for trouble, you just came across the west coast distributor.

    • Group of Skinheads: Jesus loves you my friend.
      Bill's Partner: That's terrific news.

  • Notes

    • The chair that the students toss into the hallway comes to a stop sideways in front of Ralph and the other teacher. In the next shot when the other teacher goes to pick it up, it has changed position so the seat is facing the two teachers.

    • Footage again from flying down the alley in the pilot is used again, right before Ralph crashes into the bush. The crash into the bush looks like it might be an alternate take not used in the pilot, in the scene where Ralph runs too fast and cannot stop himself before he flips headfirst in what looks like the same bush.

    • When Ralph speed-runs to catch the thugs who shot Bill, the flying sound FX are heard.

    • Joey Scarbury performs a cover version of "Rocket Man" and "Space Oddity".

    • The belt on the suit looks shiny, as opposed to the duller felt like appearance of the belt in the rest of the series. Also notice this suit's belt is the only one with a flap hanging on the outside.

    • When Ralph crash lands, he says, "Damn!"

    • Tony's girlfriend is "Love Me" Rhonda.

    • The babysitters name was Susan.

  • Allusions