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“The Greatest American Hero” Television Intro

The Greatest American Hero is an American Tv series which aired for three seasons from 1981 to 1983 on ABC. It premiered as a two hour movie pilot on March 18, 1981. It starred William Katt as teacher Ralph Hinkley (later Hanley), Robert Culp as FBI Agent Bill Maxwell, and Connie Sellecca as lawyer Pam Davidson. The show chronicles Ralph’s adventures after he is given a red suit from a group of aliens, which provides him superhuman abilities. The series was produced by producer Stephen J. Cannell Joel Colon helped design the costumes. The show is typical of Cannell’s style of character-driven quirky drama, where the plot is secondary to the relationships among the characters.
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25 Responses to ““The Greatest American Hero” Television Intro”

  1. mephatboi says:

    @debb17055 ive never seen a min of jersey shore and dont ever plan to…

  2. debb17055 says:

    @mephatboi I don’t know about you, but if I hear tthe name Kim K or Jersey Shore it is an automatic channel changer.

  3. thebugle2 says:

    HAHA Brilliant!! Always wanted to grow up be his side-kick! He didn’t stick around long enough….and i never grew up!!….Believe it or not, it’s just me!!

  4. SuperTeddy369 says:

    oh how do I remember this show, it was good for its time period

  5. narutogurl2 says:

    @mephatboi Oh no, trust me, I agree with you. And I actually really hate Naruto. How I got this username is a long and tragic story.

  6. mephatboi says:

    @narutogurl2 yeah beats the crap u got now (like naruto)

  7. Wesleech says:

    @NightcrawlerZERO That would be perfect.

  8. NightcrawlerZERO says:

    @Wesleech and Bruce Campbell is the only option to play Bill Maxwell.

  9. narutogurl2 says:

    Oh 80s. Why was I not alive when you were around?

  10. Wesleech says:

    Movie remake required. (a good one) not the shit they been throwing at us for the past 5 years. This one has promise to be some what entertaining. It has an actual original premise.

  11. moppies2008 says:


  12. noblex68 says:

    This is may the 21st 2011 theme song.

  13. TheGoldcountry says:

    @DaveWollenberg I’m glad somebody remembers that- this was one of the few TV themes that were actual hits

  14. TheGoldcountry says:

    @DaveWollenberg I’m glad somebody remembers that- this was one of the few TV themes that were actual hits

  15. ChristineCAlb says:

    Always loved this song. I also liked how Mr. Katt’s character was always flying into a wall. LOL

  16. DaveWollenberg says:

    @KiraJenLove I meant how it ranked for the whole year. God bless ya, for takin’ time to talk to me.

  17. KiraJenLove says:

    @DaveWollenberg – actually, “Believe it or Not” made it to #2.

  18. KiraJenLove says:

    @classicphile – actually, the main theme “Believe it or Not” is still there – the ones that have been replaced, sadly, are some of the mid-show tunes such as “Eve of Destruction” on the episode “Operation Spoilsport”, or “Brass in Pocket” from the episode “Classical Gas”. Admittedly, those were substituted with shoddy replacements that didn’t even fit with the context. For example, after the “replacement” plays in “Operation Spoilsport”, Ralph even tells Bill that it was “Eve of Destruction”!

  19. cpantherboi says:

    great show, a real classic!!!

  20. kbf1978 says:

    this show and theme song is 30 years old, when i watch or hear it, i’m in a world void of cell phones, computers, 24 hour cable/satelite news etc., how did we ever get along! WE DID!! this was a fun show show, a great theme song, network tv will never be like this again

  21. tgoswitz says:

    Wow!!! I’m back in the 80′s! So Corny it’s a thing of beauty! LOL

  22. classicphile says:

    Great theme. And excellent show. I used to watch this when it originally aired (I was 12 years old in 1981). They have released the series on DVD, but unfortunately, due to copyright issues, the original theme was not included. Instead, they dubbed another theme, a bad one, over it.

  23. 14DaveHunter says:

    RIP Robert Culp and Stephen J. Cannell.

  24. DaveWollenberg says:

    Billboard’s #11 hit of ’81. God bless! Hugs to ya, for postin’ it!

  25. formerx says:

    Joey Scarbury

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