The Greatest American Hero

The Greatest American Hero: Season 2

Starz / Anchor Bay (1981)
Comedy, Adventure, Action
USA | English | Color | 18h 5min

A special-ed teacher, an FBI agent, and a UFO? That's right, you've guessed it -- The Greatest American Hero. This show was first aired in 1981, and was both a comedy and a drama. A special "power suit" that only works on him is given to the teacher by the aliens, and he is paired up with the gumshoe FBI agent who keeps them both busy with his scenarios. The suit of "unearthly powers" gives the power of strength, flight, invisibilty, flames, telekenesis, vision of events without being there, protection from bullets and fire (if he remembers to cover his head!), and some others that he must figure out as well because; HE LOST THE INSTRUCTIONS THAT CAME WITH THE SUIT! Intro Theme:
Look at what's happened to me
I can't believe it myself
Suddenly I'm up on top of the world
It should have been somebody else Believe it or not I'm walking on air
I never thought I could feel so free
Flying away on a wing and a prayer
Who could it be?
Believe it or not it's just me

Cast View all

Michael Paré Tony Villicana
Jesse D. Goins Cyler Johnson
William Katt Ralph Hinkley
Robert Culp Bill Maxwell
Faye Grant Rhonda Blake
Connie Sellecca Pam Davidson
Don Cervantes Paco Rodriguez
William Bogert Les Carlisle
Carmen Argenziano Murph
Milt Kogan Dr. Moran
Bill Quinn Harlan Blackford
Glenn R. Wilder Capt. Franklin
J.P. Bumstead Agent Spiegel
James Whitmore Jr. Byron Bigsby
Michael Cornelison Eugene Vale
Rex Ryon Cop
Chip Johnson Agent Sharp
Don Maxwell Motorcycle Cop
Blake Clark Sergeant
Ned Bellamy R.J.
Joe Mantegna Juan / Clerk at FAA
Tony Cox Circus Dwarf
Glynn Turman Captain Le Clerc
Tony Burton Curley
Gary Grubbs Doyle Casco

Crew View all

Director Arnold Laven
Ivan Dixon
Rod Holcomb
Sidney Hayers
Georg Stanford Brown
Chuck Bowman
Bruce Kessler
Robert C. Thompson
Bob Bender
Lawrence Doheny
Robert Culp
Writer Patrick Hasburgh, Stephen J. Cannell, Juanita Bartlett, Rudolph Borchert, Robert Culp, Frank Lupo, Danny Lee Cole, J. Duncan Ray
Producer Stephen J. Cannell, Juanita Bartlett, Christopher Nelson, Frank Lupo, Gary Winter, Jo Swerling Jr.
Photography Jacques Marquette, Bradley B. Six
Musician Pete Carpenter, Mike Post

Episodes View details

1 The 200 MPH Fastball 60 min | Nov 04, 1981

It's base-ball time, and The California Stars pitchers are all getting beaten-up by thugs, so it's up to Ralph and Bill to figure out why. Bill comes up with a fabulous idea--- Ralph can wear the ""suit"" under his uniform and pitch himself. When the thugs attack him, LOOK OUT!!! Now it's off to the field to test Ralph's control. Can he get it over the plate? He says that he used to pitch in high school, and as a matter of fact they called his fast ball ""the Hinkley high smoker!"" Pam says they called him ""easy hit Hinkley"", but with Bill in the catcher's mitt--- Ralph breaks Bill's hand with a 200 mp fastball. A tryout for the pitching job is scheduled, and the coach of the stars puts in their best hitter, Kyfano. They never expect our boy to be any good, but, three pitches later.-- Kyfano is out and Ralph is in! They tried to clock it, but it wouldn't register. Up to bat at negotiating the contract is Bill (should have been Pam!!), and they rip him off with a phony life insur

Guest stars: Markie Post, Bruce Kirby, Carmen Argenziano, Mike Douglas, Don Drysdale
2 Operation Spoil Sport 60 min | Nov 11, 1981

Ralph and Bill must stop World War III by defusing a corrupt military leader's plans to launch a suprise missile attack against Russia.

Director: Rod Holcomb
Writer: Frank Lupo
Guest stars: John Anderson, Robin Riker
3 Don't Mess Around with Jim 60 min | Nov 18, 1981

Ralph and Bill are kidnapped by a tycoon that actually had his own suit given to him years ago by the aliens. The suit corrupted this man to use it for personal fortune, and he did not lose the instruction book. The aliens did not like the way he was using the suit, and they took it away from him.

Director: Robert C. Thompson
Writer: Stephen J. Cannell
Guest stars: Stan Lachow, Joseph Wiseman, Luke Andreas
4 Hog Wild 60 min | Nov 25, 1981

A motorcycle gang steals the super-suit, and tries to use it to take over a town. It only works on Ralph, so they must force HIM to do their dirty work while holding Bill captive.

Director: Ivan Dixon
Writer: Stephen J. Cannell
Guest stars: Gregory Sierra, Kerrie Cullen, Marianne Muellerleile, Dennis Burkley, Paul Koslo, Tony Burton
5 Classical Gas 60 min | Dec 02, 1981

Ralph's students start a band, and a promoter lands them a spot on a big ticket concert while trying to get Pam to go out with him.

Director: Bruce Kessler
Writer: Frank Lupo
Guest stars: Edward Winter, Edward Winter, George Loros
6 The Beast in Black 60 min | Dec 09, 1981

Ralph finds a window into the 4th dimension while scouting an old house. Bill gets possesed by a woman's spirit, and Ralph must return her through that window.

Director: Arnold Laven
Writer: Juanita Bartlett
Guest stars: Christine Belford, Rae Allen, Jane Merro, Jeff MacKay
7 The Lost Diablo 60 min | Dec 16, 1981

Bill has a treasure map, and takes Ralph and his class out to the desert to find the lost Diablo Gold Mine that vanished a long time ago, and are met with resistance from the local thieves.

Director: Lawrence Doheny
Writer: Juanita Bartlett
Guest stars: Michael O'Leary, John Miranda, Gary Grubbs, Fred Downs, Bill Quinn
8 Plague 60 min | Jan 06, 1982

A psycho military cult leader tries to spread the small-pox virus.

Director: Arnold Laven
Writer: Rudolph Borchert
Guest stars: Arthur Rosenberg, Jeff Cooper, Arthur Rosenberg
9 A Train of Thought 60 min | Jan 13, 1982

Ralph crashes head first into a train, and gets amnesia. Pam and Bill have to convince him that the suit really works.

Director: Lawrence Doheny
Writer: Frank Lupo
Guest stars: Jean LeClerc, David Tress, Dave Shelley, Frank McCarthy, F. William Parker
10 Now You See It... 60 min | Jan 20, 1982

While practicing flying in the desert with Bill, Ralph gets a vision of a plane crash. It's the suit showing it to him, and Bill can only see it when he touches Ralph. They rush to the scene to find no plane, and figure out that it must be something that hasn't happened yet, and they're supposed to prevent it. We come to find out that Pam is on that plane, and it's been hijacked. To make matters worse, the plane has an experimental cloaking device that makes it invisible to radar, and the Air Force would rather shoot it down than have the plane in enemy hands.

Director: Robert C. Thompson
Writer: Patrick Burke Hasburgh
Guest stars: Jon Cypher, Jon Cypher, Chris Lofton, Richard Beauchamp, Matthew Faison
11 The Hand-Painted Thai 60 min | Jan 27, 1982

Years ago, prisoners of war were brainwashed to respond to a code phrase. Now, someone is using them to commit acts of sabotage. Bill and Ralph investigate, but Bill inadvertently falls under a hypnotic trance, leaving the heroics up to Ralph.

Director: Bruce Kessler
Writer: Stephen J. Cannell, Frank Lupo, Patrick Burke Hasburgh
Guest stars: James Saito, James Shigeta, John Fujioka, Kurt Grayson, Hilary Labow
12 Just Another Three Ring Circus 60 min | Feb 03, 1982

Ralph takes a job at the circus as a human cannonball while trying to help Bill bust a crime ring that involves a phony dating service.

Director: Chuck Bowman
Writer: Stephen J. Cannell
Guest stars: Catherine Campbell, Alex Rodine
13 The Shock Will Kill You 60 min | Feb 10, 1982

A space shuttle is about to crash, and only Ralph can save it. He does so, but ends up supermagnetized, perhaps permanently. Worst of all, a strange creature aboard the shuttle heads towards Los Angeles, electricuting all who get in its way.

Director: Rod Holcomb, Patrick Burke Hasburgh
Writer: Stephen J. Cannell
Guest stars: Rod Colbin, Donn Starr, Leonard Lightfoot, Ray Girardin
14 A Chicken In Every Plot 60 min | Feb 17, 1982

Ron O'Neill, John Hancock, Thalmus Rasulala, Lincoln Kilpatrick Scenario: When an old FBI buddy invites Bill to his Caribbean retreat, Maxwell takes Ralph, Pam and the students along. Unfortunately, they find themselves involved in a voodoo plot to take over the island's government.

Director: Rod Holcomb
Writer: Jeff Ray, Danny Lee Cole
Guest stars: Ron O'Neill, John Hancock, Thalmus Rasulala, Lincoln Kilpatrick
15 The Devil in the Deep Blue Sea 60 min | Feb 24, 1982

Ralph and Bill hunt for the sea creature ""Carrie"" in the Bermuda Triangle thinking that the monster may be responsible for all of the boats that disappear there. They undercover a stolen boat ring, and never find the creature.

Director: Sidney Hayers
Writer: Frank Lupo
Guest stars: Glynn Turman, Jeremy Kemp
16 It's All Downhill from Here 60 min | Mar 03, 1982

Ralph skis like a pro with the suit on, and stands in at the Olympics for a Russian skiier so the man can defect to America, and hand over top secret information that he stole.

Director: Sidney Hayers
Writer: Patrick Burke Hasburgh
Guest stars: Sandra Kearns, William Lucking, Norbert Weisser, Michael Billington
17 Dreams 60 min | Mar 17, 1982

An act of kindness backfires when Ralph uses the suit to help a coworker with a personal project. This leads his other co-workers to take daring chances for their own shots at success. Soon, he must don the super suit not only to prevent them from ruining their lives, but also to save Bill from a vengeful, recently paroled killer.

Director: Bruce Kessler
Writer: Stephen J. Cannell
Guest stars: Johnny Crear, Michael Baselon, Fred Stuthman, Robbie Weaver, Nick Pellegrino
18 There's Just No Accounting... 60 min | Mar 24, 1982

Bill convinces the parents of a kidnap victim to pay the ransom, certain that Ralph can recover it when he saves their little girl. Ralph finds himself being audited by an overzealous IRS agent who's convinced he took the ransom money. Meanwhile, Ralph and Bill keep getting shot at in drive-by shootings, but by who?

Director: Ivan Dixon
Writer: Frank Lupo
Guest stars: James Whitmore Jr., Jerry Douglas, Marc Alaimo
19 The Good Samaritan 60 min | Mar 30, 1982

Tired of using the suit to fight crime, Ralph decides to branch out. He tries to intervene in a battle between an old man fighting for his home and the city taking it away, but Bill has him on the hunt for bank robbers.

Director: Bruce Kessler
Writer: Rudolph Borchert
Guest stars: Keenan Wynn, Dennis Lipscomb, Carmen Argenziano, Bill Quinn
20 Captain Bellybuster and the Speed Factory 60 min | Apr 06, 1982

Bill recieves hot tips on a speed factory working out of a fast food chain, and a newspaper reporter publishes pictures of Ralph flying.

Director: Arnold Laven
Writer: Stephen J. Cannell, Frank Lupo
Guest stars: Chuck McCann, Anthony Charnota, Stanley Grover, Danny Wells
21 Who's Woo in America 60 min | Apr 13, 1982

Ralph's mother is re-marrying to a man who planted a much wanted micro-chip in her engagement ring.

Director: Bob Bender
Writer: Patrick Burke Hasburgh
Guest stars: Barbara Hale, Tom Hallick, Hugh Gillin, Jon Cedar, Michael Prince
22 Lilacs, Mr. Maxwell 60 min | Apr 27, 1982

Bill falls in love with a female FBI agent, and wants to tell her about the suit. She turns out to be a spy, and is ordered to kill him.

Writer: Robert Culp


Barcode Format Region Released Edition
013131281491 DVD 1 Apr 05, 2005
683904508911 DVD 1 2010
9336178006126 DVD 4
9336178011304 DVD 4