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Trivia: The Six Million Dollar Man
  • Affectionate Parody
    • Nick at Nite's marathon The Bob, Bob Newhart, Newhart Marathon presented 60-second parodies of Bob Newhart starring in various shows. One of these was The Six Million Dollar Bob.
    • MAD printed a parody of the show. The opening paragraph leading into the title talked of what a rip-off Steve Austin was to the US taxpayers, concluding with "Just wait 'till you see what we got for The Six Million Dollars, Man!
    • Goodness Gracious Me gave us the Six Million Rupee Man, about rebuilding an injured rickshaw test pilot. "We have the technology — we don't have the ideal exchange rate."
    • Uncle Croc's Block had the Six Dollar and Ninety-Five Cent Man.
    • The original Electric Comapny series featured a recurring "Six Dollar and Thirty-Nine Cent Man" sketch, with a shot-for-shot parody of the opening credits (from Steve Awesome being involved in a skateboarding accident, to rebuilding him to be "Better. Stronger. More fun at parties"). As a bonus, it was narrated by a young Morgan Freeman! Notable also for being a contemporary parody of the series.
    • An episode of The Venture Bros. featured Brock going on a camping trip and running into Col Steve Sommers, complete with red jumpsuit and Bigfoot.
    Steve Sommers: "The Government rebuilt me..made me bigger, stronger, faster. Spent Six million dollars to put me back together...and you know what? They put me to work! They expected me to pay it back! DO YOU KNOW HOW LONG IT TAKES TO PAY BACK SIX MILLION DOLLARS ON A GOVERNMENT SALARY?!?!?"
  • The Board Game: Parker Brothers released no less than two: one named simply The Six Million Dollar Man and a more obscure sequel, Bionic Action. The former was a glorified CandyLand, where each player had "power cards" he could spend to have greater control over his piece's actions; when two players landed in the same square, they had a "bionic battle."
  • Dead Guy on Display: Probably the closest Real Life has come to the shocking discovery of a Wax Museum Morgue happened when a film crew for The Six Million Dollar Man started rearranging the props in a Long Beach funhouse for a scene they were shooting. Turns out that what the funhouse's owner had believed to be a mannequin was actually a real cadaver: that of Elmer McCurdy, an Oklahoma outlaw shot in 1911. McCurdy's corpse had been embalmed and put on display in sideshows, haunted houses and, yes, wax museums for decades, passing from one owner to the next. Its status as the genuine article was eventually forgotten, until its arm broke off in a crew member's hand. McCurdy was returned to Guthrie, Oklahoma and buried in a Boot Hill cemetery there, under two tons of concrete by order of the state medical examiner so that his remains would no longer be exploited.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!
    • Wrestling fans likely did that when they realized it was Andre the Giant under the Bigfoot costume.
    • Who would of have known that Ayeka was once a secretary?
    • Sandra Bullock in an early role as the "new" bionic woman in the 1989 TV reunion movie Bionic Showdown.
  • Name's the Same
  • The Other Darrin: No less than three actors play Dr. Rudy Wells during the series, with Martin Balsam playing the role in the original pilot TV movie, Alan Oppenheimer in the other two pre-series movies and then the first two regular seasons, and Martin E. Brooks for the remainder. However after Brooks had joined the series, Oppenheimer was brought back to play Rudy for a single Season 3 episode, "The Bionic Criminal". The reason for this is that it was a sequel to an earlier episode that the need to include flashbacks required that Oppenheimer be brought back for consistency.

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