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The Greatest American Hero 

The Pilot episode of the series. School teacher Ralph Hinkley meets FBI agent Bill Maxwell on a field trip to the desert, where they are met by a UFO that gives them a mission and a red ... See full summary »

Director:

Rod Holcomb

Writers:

Stephen J. Cannell (created by), Stephen J. Cannell
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
William Katt ... Ralph Hinkley
Robert Culp ... Bill Maxwell
Connie Sellecca ... Pam Davidson
Michael Paré ... Tony Villicana
Faye Grant ... Rhonda Blake
Richard Herd ... Adam Taft
G.D. Spradlin ... Nelson Corey
Ned Wilson Ned Wilson ... Col. Shackleford
Bob Minor ... John Mackie
Edward Michael Bell Edward Michael Bell ... David Knight (as Edward Bell)
Jesse D. Goins ... Cyler Johnson
Don Cervantes Don Cervantes ... Paco Rodriguez
Robert Weaver Robert Weaver ... Coach Ray Buck (as Robby Weaver)
Brandon Williams Brandon Williams ... Kevin Hinkley
Hank Salas ... Brother Michael
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Storyline

The Pilot episode of the series. School teacher Ralph Hinkley meets FBI agent Bill Maxwell on a field trip to the desert, where they are met by a UFO that gives them a mission and a red costume with amazing powers. The new team must then use those powers to thwart a conspiracy. Written by Preston Halcomb

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Certificate:

TV-14
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 1981 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

The symbol on Ralph's costume is symmetrical, avoiding the problem in the old "Adventures of Superman" series when the "S" symbol appeared reversed when the film was "flopped" to change Superman's direction of flight. Unfortunately, Ralph wore his wristwatch when he flew, so in many reused composite flying shots, the watch jumps from his left to right wrist. See more »

Goofs

During the pilot, Pam is wearing a pair of high heels. When she, Ralph, and Bill are captured, you can see that she has switched into a pair of sneakers. A few minutes later, when the three break out of their cell, she is back in a pair of heels. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
John Mackie: Hey, guys, come on please, man. All I wanna do is go back to my car, huh? Look, I don't want any trouble.
Brother Michael: Jesus loves you, my friend.
John Mackie: That's terrific news.
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Alternate Versions

As originally broadcast, the pilot episode included the song "Rocket Man" on the soundtrack. For the 2005 DVD, due to licensing issues, the song has been replaced by a version of "Believe it or Not". See more »


Soundtracks

America the Beautiful
(uncredited)
Music by Samuel A. Ward
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