History Series / TheGreatestAmericanHero

13th Oct '16 11:53:03 AM tropower
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** In the current comics, most people assume he's a lucha libre fan, or even an aspiring luchadore. Max's excuse to other cops is that Ralph is the test pilot of a top secret military weapon.

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** In the current comics, most people assume he's a lucha libre fan, or even an aspiring luchadore.luchador. Max's excuse to other cops is that Ralph is the test pilot of a top secret military weapon.
13th Oct '16 11:50:40 AM tropower
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** Ralph almost always crashes anytime he lands after flying.
13th Oct '16 11:41:54 AM tropower
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Ralph must balance his new powers and responsibilities with his old ones, which not only include his students, but his girlfriend Pam (Connie Selleca) and his son Kevin. The basic concept of the show, combined with the quality of the performances was a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for television in the early 80s, even if it appears cheesy and lame to today's jaded audience.

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Ralph must balance his new powers and responsibilities with his old ones, which not only include his students, but his girlfriend Pam (Connie Selleca) and his son Kevin. The basic concept of the show, combined with the quality of the performances was a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for television in the early 80s, even if it appears cheesy and lame to today's some of the more jaded audience.
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# Its catchy ThemeTune, "Theme from ''The Greatest American Hero'' ([[RefrainFromAssuming Believe It Or Not]])", which made it to ''Billboard'''s #2 slot in 1981, and stayed on the charts for ''two years''. It was written (with Stephen Geyer) by Mike Post, who also did the themes for ''Series/TheRockfordFiles'', ''Series/HillStreetBlues'', ''Series/TheATeam'', ''Series/HardcastleAndMcCormick'', and ''Series/LALaw'', and turned Joey Scarbury into a OneHitWonder.

# Though not the first show to come from Creator/StephenJCannell Productions, it was the first to end with Cannell's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSjqDpneJNc distinctive]] VanityPlate.

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# Its catchy ThemeTune, "Theme from ''The Greatest American Hero'' ([[RefrainFromAssuming Believe It Or Not]])", which made it to ''Billboard'''s #2 slot in 1981, and stayed on the charts for ''two years''. It was written (with Stephen Geyer) by Mike Post, who also did the themes for ''Series/TheRockfordFiles'', ''Series/HillStreetBlues'', ''Series/TheATeam'', ''Series/HardcastleAndMcCormick'', and ''Series/LALaw'', and turned Joey Scarbury into a OneHitWonder.

OneHitWonder.[[note]]He would later go on to sing the TitleThemeTune of "It's Flashbeagle, [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Charlie Brown]]", a duet with Desireé Goyette.[[/note]]

# Though not the first show to come from Creator/StephenJCannell Productions, it was the first to end with Cannell's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSjqDpneJNc distinctive]] VanityPlate.
VanityPlate.[[note]]Furthermore, it uses [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness a slightly different jingle]] from later versions. This one references this show's theme song.[[/note]]
7th Oct '16 3:18:06 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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** William Katt and Robert Culp didn't get along at all at first (The main issue being that Culp resented not getting top billing, and Katt resenting Culp for resenting that). Luckly for the first few episodes Bill and Ralph don't care for each other too much ether. Katt and Culp quickly put aside their problems about at the same time their characters did the same on the show.
** In the pilot the distress on Katt's face as he looks at himself in the mirror in suit for the first time. He recalls thinking during that scene 'Here's William Katt, throwing away his career'. When telling Cannell that he looked "ridiculous" in the suit, Cannell told him that that was the point

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** William Katt and Robert Culp didn't get along at all at first (The main issue being that Culp resented not getting top billing, and Katt resenting Culp for resenting that). Luckly Luckily for the first few episodes Bill and Ralph don't care for each other too much ether. either. Katt and Culp quickly put aside their problems about at the same time their characters did the same on the show.
** In the pilot the distress on Katt's face as he looks at himself in the mirror in suit for the first time. He recalls thinking during that scene 'Here's "Here's William Katt, throwing away his career'. career." When telling Cannell that he looked "ridiculous" in the suit, Cannell told him that that was the pointpoint.
7th Oct '16 3:12:17 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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* [[FreeRangeChildren Free Range High School Students]]: Ralph is apparently free to take his class on spur of the moment field trips and search parties, free of any needed permission slips. Validated to an extent by the fact that the school has given up on them, and as Pam says, half of their parents practicly need to be introduced to their kids.

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* [[FreeRangeChildren Free Range High School Students]]: Ralph is apparently free to take his class on spur of the moment field trips and search parties, free of any needed permission slips. Validated to an extent by the fact that the school has given up on them, and as Pam says, half of their parents practicly practically need to be introduced to their kids.
27th Jul '16 12:26:04 PM Merlyn_LeRoy
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* UnfortunateNames: See the Hinkley/Hanley note in the opening paragraph.
23rd May '16 3:26:35 PM BDA1978
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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Bill.
23rd May '16 3:24:03 PM BDA1978
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* {{Expy}}: This series is what you get when you combine {{Superman}} with GreenLantern and add more comedy.

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* {{Expy}}: This series is what you get when you combine {{Superman}} with GreenLantern and add more comedy.and.....WelcomeBackKotter.
9th Apr '16 7:43:28 PM Geoduck
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* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: "The Beast in the Black" is nothing ''but'' a set of giant chomping teeth.



* PowerPerversionPotential: In "Live at Eleven", Ralph can't resist using his (temporary) mind-control powers on Pam. (Although it never goes any further than prank-level behavior.)



* RealAfterAll: An episode involving a legendary sea-monster.

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* RealAfterAll: An episode involving a As noted, "The Devil in the Deep Blue Sea" and its legendary sea-monster.sea-serpent.



* SelfDeprecation: "Captain Bellybuster and the Speed Factory" features cheesy local commercials with the eponymous "superhero" "flying".. using exactly the same special effects that the show did with Ralph's flights.



* TouchedByVorlons

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* TouchedByVorlonsTouchedByVorlons: Or at least given one of their suits to wear.
9th Apr '16 7:29:41 PM Geoduck
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* CryptidEpisode: "The Devil in the Deep Blue Sea" has Ralph wanting to go sea-serpent hunting, before getting distracted by more human villains. It turns out [[spoiler: the serpent does exist, but only the viewer gets to see it.]]
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