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The Greatest American Hero

The Greatest American Hero

This show deals with a rather plain, disheveled, redheaded superhero who doesn't even know how to put on a cape and inflicts himself some tremendous blows. This series parodies the superheroes in their fight against the evil, especially with a suit that shrinks with the rain. This superhero suffers vertigo and flies in stumbles. Ralph Hinkley (Hanley, from season II) changed the conventional superhero image. Their constant whacking after flying in search of heroic feats always caused comic situations. While Ralph didn't use the powers of his suit, which he didn't know because in their clumsiness he had lost the user's manual, he was a teacher, an average man, sometimes ridiculous, but charming. A superhero with disheveled hair, innocent smile, often donning his cape askew and frequently suffering amazing falls. Ralph is aided by an FBI agent, Bill Maxwell, and his girlfriend, Pam Davidson. The series was a Stephen J. Cannell production.

Opening Theme

Episode Info

Final: 3x13 -- Vanity, Says the Preacher

William KattWilliam Katt
As Ralph Hinkley
Robert CulpRobert Culp
As Bill Maxwell
Connie SelleccaConnie Sellecca
As Pamela Davidson
Faye GrantFaye Grant
As Rhonda Blake (S02)
Michael ParéMichael Paré
As Tony Villicana (S02)


Reviews: 58
An all around good show.Rating: 1 likes, 1 dislikes

I think this person on another site really nailed it in his review when he said that this show had one of the most original concepts ever. They really had something I have yet to see in another movie or television series, and that's very unique in this day and age of constant copycats. Read more

Review posted on Tuesday, October 10th 2006 at 3:49 am

1 review available

Creator: Stephen J. Cannell
Executive Producer: Stephen J. Cannell
Co-Executive Producer: Juanita Bartlett
Supervising Producer: Jo Swerling, Jr., Frank Lupo
Producer: Alex Beaton, Frank Lupo, Babs Greyhosky
Co-Producer: Christopher Nelson (1)
Associate Producer: Christopher Nelson (1), Gary Winter

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Recurring Guests

Jesse D. Goins as Cyler Johnson (4 eps)
William Bogert as Norm Carlisle (4 eps)
Branden Williams as Kevin Hinkley (4 eps)
Don Cervantes as Paco Rodriguez (4 eps)
William Katt as Ralph Hinkley / Hanley (3 eps)
Jeff MacKay as Officer Cowan (3 eps)
Robert Culp as William 'Bill' Maxwell (3 eps)
Connie Sellecca as Pam Davidson Hinkley (3 eps)
Michael Paré as Tony Villicana (3 eps)
James Whitmore, Jr. as Norman Fackler (2 eps)

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Classification: Scripted
Genre: Action | Adventure | Super Heroes
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: ABC ( USA)
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: March 18, 1981
Ended: February 03, 1983
Believe It or Not by Joey Scarbury Lyrics
• O Super-herói Americano (Used In Brazil)
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