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YMMV: The Greatest American Hero

  • Ear Worm:
    Believe it or not, IIIIII'm walking on air,
    I never thought I could feel so free-hee-hee.
    Flyin' away on a wiiiing and a prayer.
    Who could it be?
    Believe it or not, it's just me.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The near crash of the space shuttle Columbia, until Ralph catches it and brings it down intact.
    • Also, the 2nd half of the pilot involved Ralph Hinkley attempting to thwart the assassination of the President. The pilot aired on March 18, 1981; almost exactly two weeks before John Warnick Hinckley's assassination attempt on President Reagan that forced (among other things) the temporary name change to "Hanley".
  • Special Effect Failure: The sea monster at the end of "The Devil in the Deep Blue Sea" is a laughably bad hand puppet that thankfully only appears for a few seconds.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Ralph losing the second instruction booklet. There could have been a ton of scenarios involving Ralph learning the full capabilities of the suit, while still maintaining the mishaps that made the show more than a conventional action adventure show (when Ralph begins to read the second book, he displays the ability to shrink and becomes smaller than an ant, but can't figure out how to return to normal size), but he loses it by the end of the episode.
    • Debatable; letting Ralph kept the instruction manual meant that he'd no longer have a reason to be incompetent at super-heroics, and thus risk turning him into a Boring Invincible Hero.
  • Weird Al Effect: Parodies of the theme song, basic plot, and the goofy looking Hinkley are well known among people who were born years after the show ended and have no idea what is even being parodied.


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