Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Happy Greatest American Hero Day! Yep, believe it or not, today is the 28th anniversary of The Greatest American Hero.

During the evening of March 18, 1981 at 7:00 on ABC the two-hour pilot premiered. That night was a television event that found my brother and I parked in front of the tube with big bowls of popcorn and orange soda. We loved it! The show was so good that it was one of the few times that two hours went by without us wrestling on the shag carpet over a TV show or Atari.

We followed the show until its untimely cancellation in 1983. The show was created by the king of TV characterization, Stephen J. Cannell, the guy who whips out the paper from his typewriter at the end of his TV shows. Probably the main reason why this show has become a cult classic is the main cast - William Katt, Robert Culp and Connie Sellecca. They were a fantastic trio!

See one of the original TGAH suits at the in the Hall of Heroes Museum.

Also, I came across a couple of vintage snapshots of TGAH fans from back in the day. View ‘em here and here.

I know what I’m doing tonight and that’s watching the pilot episode, popping some popcorn and drinking some orange soda!


MsBoku said...

William Katt released the Greatest American Hero comic book! On sales today is issue #2
Here are some Katt sites!

Brian said...

Loved the show.

Man i wanted to find a suit WITH instructions.

Thanks for the post.

Mike Middleton said...

Wow NC, if this is the kind of coverage you give this show, I can't wait to see what you do with a good show:)

Rick said...

loved the show and wish it had gone on for at least one more year.

Paul Duca said...

Don't forget that after Ronald Reagan was shot by John Hinckley less than a month after the show premiered, they couldn't refer to Katt's character by his full name...Ralph Hinckley.