The Incredible Hulk (1982)

NBC (ended 1984)


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The Incredible Hulk (1982)

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The Incredible Hulk (1982) was an animated series produced by Marvel Productions, as a companion piece to their successful Spider-Man And His Amazing Friends series, hot on the heels of that show's success. After the Hulk's well-received appearance in the first season episode "Spidey Goes Hollywood", the second season of Amazing Friends was paired up with thirteen episodes of The Incredible Hulk, which were shown under the names of The Incredible Hulk And The Amazing Spider-Man for the 1982-1983 season, and The Amazing Spider-Man And The Incredible Hulk for the 1983-1984 season. The series was also shown by itself in syndication. The show took its inspiration from the Hulk's adventures in the 1960's comic, Tales To Astonish, when Bruce Banner still worked under General Ross' command at Gamma Base, and the world was unaware that he was the Hulk. Through a series of five stock transformation scenes, Saturday morning audiences would see the helpless scientist Bruce Banner transform in the Hulk week after week, while also trying to rid himself of his savage alter-ego. Supporting characters included Rick Jones, the teenager inadvertently responsible for Banner becoming the Hulk; Betty Ross, Bruce's fiance and prominent scientist on Gamma Base (similar to her role in the 1996 Hulk animated series); her father, General Ross, in command of Gamma Base; Major Ned Talbot, the general's semi-competent right-hand man; and two characters specially created for the show, Rio the owner of a nearby desert restaurant and his daughter Rita, whom Rick has a crush on. In order to keep Banner's identity a secret, the show's creators had his clothes "magically" restore themselves with no explanation (although this did happen at least once in a comic published after this series was shown) when the Hulk reverted back to Banner. Even though the Hulk was portrayed in his most famous child-like brute incarnation, ironically the actual comics of the time had just given the Hulk Banner's mind, ending the savage Hulk's reign in the strip.moreless
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  • great saturday morning show

    this was my favorite show to watch on saturday mornings when i was young. back before all the live action shows took over. when this show was paired up with spider man and his amazing friends it was a complete knock out. the animation was great as well as the stories were well written.
  • A great, if somewhat unsatisfying show.

    The main problem with the series was a distinct lack of actual Hulk adversaries aside from the Leader. Everything else was well-thought out though, with the show capturing the spirit of the late 1960s comics upon which it was based quite well. Bob Holt's performance as the Hulk himself was also superlative.

    On another note...while I do agree with most of what TVMichigan says in the other show review, there is one small fundamental problem. He's describing the 70s/80s live-action show, not the 1982 cartoon which is what this episode guide is about!moreless
  • David Banner: "Mr. McGee, don't make me angry. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry." Basically don't make David mad or he'll turn into 'The Hulk.' We knew when David got mad, he'd turn green. That's what made this show so great.moreless

    This is my favorite SciFi (comic book) show. I've been a fan of the show since it debuted and had the great privilege of meeting Lou Ferrigno who played the Hulk. Don't worry, I didn't make him angry HA HA.

    David Banner's goal was to try and find a cure for his 'problem.' His problem was anytime he'd become angry, he'd turn into a green creature called 'The Hulk.' Since his contact with gamma radiation during his days of practicing science, he's been followed by an investigating reporter from the National Register newspaper named Jack McGee.

    What made this show so great was, there were times that David came in close contact with McGee, I mean very close. McGee even came inches away from catching 'The Hulk,' but each time The Hulk got away. As David continued to dodge McGee, at times he seemed to get side tracked from finding a cure for his problem.

    This show is past due for the seasons to come out on DVD instead of ‘special collectors editions.'

    'The Incredible Hulk' currently airs on the SciFi Channel once a month during an 8-hour block. Click on each day of the SciFi calender to see when it will air next.

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