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26th Jul '13 7:33:48 AM MarkLungo
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[[caption-width:350: Just one costume short of true superherohood]]

''My Secret Identity'' was a Canadian live-action TV show that ran from 1988 to 1990. It starred Jerry O'Connell (who would become better known for starring in ''{{Sliders}}'') as a teenager named Andrew Clements who accidentally gains superpowers and secretly uses them to help people. Contrary to the series title, though, Andrew never actually uses a secret identity - although he likes to pretend he's a superhero named Ultraman, he never wears a costume (except in a daydream sequence) and never uses his powers in public. The only other person who knew his secret was Dr. Benjamin Jeffcoat (played by Derek [=McGrath=]), Andrew's neighbor who accidentally gave the boy his powers while he was fiddling around with a homemade particle beam projector. Jeffcoat felt responsible for what happened and tried to restore Andrew to normal, despite the boy clearly loving having superpowers. Instead he mostly kept Andrew grounded on reality.

Andrew's powers included invulnerability, superspeed and levitation, but not superstrength or true flight, which Andrew really wanted to have. Instead, he had to use aerosol cans to help himself fly around! However, later in the series he would indeed gain greater strength and flight, but lost his invulnerability, after being zapped by a particle beam a second time.

The show never got much publicity, so remains pretty obscure to this day.
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!!The series included instances of:
* AscendedFanboy: Andrew
* CanadianSeries
* CursedWithAwesome
* FantasticComedy
* FreakLabAccident: Something as simple as being hit by a beam.
* HomemadeInventions
* NewSuperPower: At the beginning of the second season.
* OneSidedArmWrestling
* PowerNullifier: A dentist's X-Ray machine temporarily robs Andrew of his powers.
* SamaritanSyndrome: In one episode, Andrew was a little too vigilant in fighting crime. What he originally thought would be a crime was instead something innocent (e.g. pulling a bank card out of a jacket, using a Heimlich Maneuver to stop choking, etc.)
* StockSuperpowers
* SuicidalOverconfidence: At one time, Andrew forgot about X-rays when he decided to show the superpower to his friend.
* TheRashomon: In the series finale.
* WeekendInventor: Dr. Jeffcoat
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[[caption-width:350: Just one costume short of true superherohood]]

''My Secret Identity'' was a Canadian live-action TV show that ran from 1988 to 1990. It starred Jerry O'Connell (who would become better known for starring in ''{{Sliders}}'') as a teenager named Andrew Clements who accidentally gains superpowers and secretly uses them to help people. Contrary to the series title, though, Andrew never actually uses a secret identity - although he likes to pretend he's a superhero named Ultraman, he never wears a costume (except in a daydream sequence) and never uses his powers in public. The only other person who knew his secret was Dr. Benjamin Jeffcoat (played by Derek [=McGrath=]), Andrew's neighbor who accidentally gave the boy his powers while he was fiddling around with a homemade particle beam projector. Jeffcoat felt responsible for what happened and tried to restore Andrew to normal, despite the boy clearly loving having superpowers. Instead he mostly kept Andrew grounded on reality.

Andrew's powers included invulnerability, superspeed and levitation, but not superstrength or true flight, which Andrew really wanted to have. Instead, he had to use aerosol cans to help himself fly around! However, later in the series he would indeed gain greater strength and flight, but lost his invulnerability, after being zapped by a particle beam a second time.

The show never got much publicity, so remains pretty obscure to this day.
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!!The series included instances of:
* AscendedFanboy: Andrew
* CanadianSeries
* CursedWithAwesome
* FantasticComedy
* FreakLabAccident: Something as simple as being hit by a beam.
* HomemadeInventions
* NewSuperPower: At the beginning of the second season.
* OneSidedArmWrestling
* PowerNullifier: A dentist's X-Ray machine temporarily robs Andrew of his powers.
* SamaritanSyndrome: In one episode, Andrew was a little too vigilant in fighting crime. What he originally thought would be a crime was instead something innocent (e.g. pulling a bank card out of a jacket, using a Heimlich Maneuver to stop choking, etc.)
* StockSuperpowers
* SuicidalOverconfidence: At one time, Andrew forgot about X-rays when he decided to show the superpower to his friend.
* TheRashomon: In the series finale.
* WeekendInventor: Dr. Jeffcoat
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<<|CanadianSeries|>>
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1st Apr '13 6:02:50 AM majohe
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The series included instances of:

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The !!The series included instances of:
28th Aug '11 10:08:03 AM DelShiftB
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* PowerNullifier: A dentist's X-Ray machine temporarily robs Andrew of his powers.
* SamaritanSyndrome: In one episode, Andrew was a little too vigilant in fighting crime. What he originally thought would be a crime was instead something innocent (e.g. pulling a bank card out of a jacket, using a Heimlich Maneuver to stop choking, etc.)



* SuicidalOverconfidence: At one time, Andrew forgot about X-rays when he decided to show the superpower to his friend.



* WeaksauceWeakness: A dentist's X-Ray machine temporarily robs Andrew of his powers.
28th Aug '11 9:50:32 AM DelShiftB
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* FreakLabAccident: Something as simple as being hit by a beam.
2nd Jul '11 1:06:47 AM sgamer82
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* OneSidedArmWrestling
22nd Mar '11 12:29:29 AM Duckay
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''My Secret Identity'' was a Canadian live-action TV show that ran from 1988 to 1990. It starred Jerry O?Connell (who would become better known for starring in ''{{Sliders}}'') as a teenager named Andrew Clements who accidentally gains superpowers and secretly uses them to help people. Contrary to the series? title, though, Andrew never actually uses a secret identity- although he likes to pretend he?s a superhero named Ultraman, he never wears a costume (except in a daydream sequence) and never uses his powers in public. The only other person who knew his secret was Dr. Benjamin Jeffcoat (played by Derek Mcgrath), Andrew?s neighbor who accidentally gave the boy his powers while he was fiddling around with a homemade particle beam projector. Jeffcoat felt responsible for what happened and tried to restore Andrew to normal, despite the boy clearly loving having superpowers. Instead he mostly kept Andrew grounded on reality.

Andrew?s powers included invulnerability, superspeed and levitation, but not superstrength or true flight, which Andrew really wanted to have. In fact he had to use aerosol cans to help himself fly around! However, later in the series he would indeed gain greater strength and flight, but lost his invulnerability.

The show never got much publicity so remains pretty obscure to this day.

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''My Secret Identity'' was a Canadian live-action TV show that ran from 1988 to 1990. It starred Jerry O?Connell O'Connell (who would become better known for starring in ''{{Sliders}}'') as a teenager named Andrew Clements who accidentally gains superpowers and secretly uses them to help people. Contrary to the series? series title, though, Andrew never actually uses a secret identity- identity - although he likes to pretend he?s he's a superhero named Ultraman, he never wears a costume (except in a daydream sequence) and never uses his powers in public. The only other person who knew his secret was Dr. Benjamin Jeffcoat (played by Derek Mcgrath), Andrew?s [=McGrath=]), Andrew's neighbor who accidentally gave the boy his powers while he was fiddling around with a homemade particle beam projector. Jeffcoat felt responsible for what happened and tried to restore Andrew to normal, despite the boy clearly loving having superpowers. Instead he mostly kept Andrew grounded on reality.

Andrew?s Andrew's powers included invulnerability, superspeed and levitation, but not superstrength or true flight, which Andrew really wanted to have. In fact Instead, he had to use aerosol cans to help himself fly around! However, later in the series he would indeed gain greater strength and flight, but lost his invulnerability.

invulnerability, after being zapped by a particle beam a second time.

The show never got much publicity publicity, so remains pretty obscure to this day.



* AscendedFanboy -Andrew

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* AscendedFanboy -AndrewAscendedFanboy: Andrew



* NewSuperPower ? in the second season

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* NewSuperPower ? in NewSuperPower: At the beginning of the second seasonseason.



* TheRashomon ?in the series? final episode
* WeaksauceWeakness- A dentist?s X-Ray machine temporarily robs Andrew of his powers.
* WeekendInventor- Dr. Jeffcoat

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* TheRashomon ?in TheRashomon: In the series? final episode
series finale.
* WeaksauceWeakness- WeaksauceWeakness: A dentist?s dentist's X-Ray machine temporarily robs Andrew of his powers.
* WeekendInventor- WeekendInventor: Dr. Jeffcoat
22nd Mar '11 12:20:41 AM DragonQuestZ
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The show is justifiably obscure- it never got much press and, quite frankly, nothing really unique ever happened in it- shows like ''SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' had it beat in all respects. Still, some of us remember it fondly.

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The show is justifiably obscure- it never got much press and, quite frankly, nothing really unique ever happened in it- shows like ''SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' had it beat in all respects. Still, some of us remember it fondly. publicity so remains pretty obscure to this day.
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