Greatest American Hero

Greatest American Hero

1981 - 1986, Adventure
Aliens give a high-school teacher a suit with special powers.

Episode Guide

  • Greatest American Hero - The Greatest American Heroine (Season 3 Episode 14)
    Season 3 Episode 14:

    The Greatest American Heroine

    Once the secret is out, aliens ask Ralph to give away his superpowered suit.

  • Greatest American Hero - Vanity, Says the Preacher (Season 3 Episode 13)
    Season 3 Episode 13:

    Vanity, Says the Preacher

    Bill goes to South America to accept an award and meets a colleague's widow who wants him to help in a political struggle.

  • Greatest American Hero - Desperado (Season 3 Episode 12)
    Season 3 Episode 12:


    Ralph and Pam fight to stop a rancher from killing a wild stallion he blames for an injury.

  • Greatest American Hero - It's Only Rock `n' Roll (Season 3 Episode 11)
    Season 3 Episode 11:

    It's Only Rock `n' Roll

    Ralph saves rock musicians from a bomb and other threats on their lives.

  • Greatest American Hero - Wizards and Warlocks (Season 3 Episode 10)
    Season 3 Episode 10:

    Wizards and Warlocks

    Ralph and Bill learn a role-playing game to help them protect a missing Arab prince from a mad revolutionary.

  • Greatest American Hero - Thirty Seconds Over Little Tokyo (Season 3 Episode 9)
    Season 3 Episode 9:

    Thirty Seconds Over Little Tokyo

    Ralph and Maxwell try to rescue a scientist's uncle who has been kidnapped and held hostage in exchange for a powerful particle beam weapon.

  • Greatest American Hero - Space Ranger (Season 3 Episode 8)
    Season 3 Episode 8:

    Space Ranger

    A genius student, mistakenly put in Ralph's class, builds a satellite tracking system that attracts both the CIA and KGB.

  • Greatest American Hero - Live at Eleven (Season 3 Episode 7)
    Season 3 Episode 7:

    Live at Eleven

    A TV newsman (William Windom) plans a terrorist takeover of a nuclear plant to get publicity for a political career.

  • Greatest American Hero - Heaven Is in Your Genes (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:

    Heaven Is in Your Genes

    A vision convinces Ralph that Bill didn't die in a car crash but is being held prisoner by a fanatical genetics expert.

  • Greatest American Hero - The Newlywed Game (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:

    The Newlywed Game

    Ralph and Pam's wedding day is interrupted when the president needs Ralph to photograph Soviet missile silos.

  • Greatest American Hero - Resurrection of Carlini (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    Resurrection of Carlini

    Ralph plays magician to probe murder attempts on three magicians planning to do a dead illusionist's greatest tricks.

  • Greatest American Hero - This Is the One the Suit Was Meant For (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:

    This Is the One the Suit Was Meant For

    Bill's engagement gift to Ralph and Pam of an island holiday turns into a mission to recover a stolen military plane.

  • Greatest American Hero - The Price Is Right (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:

    The Price Is Right

    Ralph's friend, a pro-football quarterback, is ordered to lose a game by his wife's kidnappers.

  • Greatest American Hero - Divorce Venusian Style (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:

    Divorce Venusian Style

    Ralph meets his alien mentors when they heal a critical wound he suffers while saving Bill from neo-Nazis.

  • Greatest American Hero - Lilacs, Mr. Maxwell (Season 2 Episode 22)
    Season 2 Episode 22:

    Lilacs, Mr. Maxwell

    Bill falls for a deceptively sweet FBI efficiency expert (Dixie Carter) after he and Ralph bust a Soviet gunrunning ring.

  • Greatest American Hero - Who's Woo in America (Season 2 Episode 21)
    Season 2 Episode 21:

    Who's Woo in America

    Ralph tries to convince his mother to break off her engagement to a smuggler of top-secret government materials.

  • Greatest American Hero - Captain Bellybuster and the Speed Factory (Season 2 Episode 20)
    Season 2 Episode 20:

    Captain Bellybuster and the Speed Factory

    Ralph winds up on a tabloid's front page when a burger spokesman (Chuck McCann) decides to reveal his boss's drug dealing.

  • Greatest American Hero - The Good Samaritan (Season 2 Episode 19)
    Season 2 Episode 19:

    The Good Samaritan

    Ralph is detoured from the trail of two escaped convicts when he decides the suit should be used to save ordinary people.

  • Greatest American Hero - There's Just No Accounting ... (Season 2 Episode 18)
    Season 2 Episode 18:

    There's Just No Accounting ...

    Ralph rescues a kidnapped girl and the ransom then lands in trouble with the abductors and the IRS.

  • Greatest American Hero - Dreams (Season 2 Episode 17)
    Season 2 Episode 17:


    A gangster pursues Ralph as he tries to prevent his colleagues from tossing their lives away on dreams.

  • Greatest American Hero - It's All Downhill From Here (Season 2 Episode 16)
    Season 2 Episode 16:

    It's All Downhill From Here

    On a skiing vacation, Ralph has a vision of a Soviet spy murdering a Czech agent's American contact.

  • Greatest American Hero - The Devil in the Deep Blue Sea (Season 2 Episode 15)
    Season 2 Episode 15:

    The Devil in the Deep Blue Sea

    Ralph suspects a gigantic ocean creature is sinking yachts in the Devil's Triangle.

  • Greatest American Hero - A Chicken in Every Plot (Season 2 Episode 14)
    Season 2 Episode 14:

    A Chicken in Every Plot

    Ralph pits the suit against voodoo when Bill takes him, Pam and his students to the Caribbean to help an old FBI buddy.

  • Greatest American Hero - The Shock Will Kill You (Season 2 Episode 13)
    Season 2 Episode 13:

    The Shock Will Kill You

    Ralph becomes magnetized while preventing a space-shuttle crash then contends with an alien stowaway.

  • Greatest American Hero - Just Another Three-Ring Circus (Season 2 Episode 12)
    Season 2 Episode 12:

    Just Another Three-Ring Circus

    Ralph poses as a human cannonball to investigate the disappearance of a Polish clown from a traveling circus.

  • Greatest American Hero - The Hand-Painted Thai (Season 2 Episode 11)
    Season 2 Episode 11:

    The Hand-Painted Thai

    A Cambodian general plans to use Bill and other brainwashed ex-POWs to murder Western scientists by blowing up a dam.

  • Greatest American Hero - Now You See It (Season 2 Episode 10)
    Season 2 Episode 10:

    Now You See It

    Ralph's power to see into the future sends him on a mission to save Pam from an airplane crash before it happens.

  • Greatest American Hero - Train of Thought (Season 2 Episode 9)
    Season 2 Episode 9:

    Train of Thought

    Bill and Pam help Ralph overcome amnesia so he can stop a hijacked train carrying radioactive waste from reaching a city.

  • Greatest American Hero - The Plague (Season 2 Episode 8)
    Season 2 Episode 8:

    The Plague

    Bill depends on Ralph's suit to ward off a deadly virus that mercenaries plan to use for germ warfare.

  • Greatest American Hero - The Lost Diablo (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:

    The Lost Diablo

    Bill convinces Ralph to take his students on a field trip to the mountains, where he hopes to find a legendary gold mine.

  • Greatest American Hero - The Beast in the Black (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    The Beast in the Black

    Ralph uses his powers to rescue injured -- and possessed -- Bill from a haunted mansion set to be razed.

  • Greatest American Hero - Classical Gas (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    Classical Gas

    Pam arranges an audition for the students with a record promoter, unware he is involved with an international assassin.

  • Greatest American Hero - Hog Wild (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    Hog Wild

    Motorcycle-gang toughs accompanied by a kidnapped girl decide Ralph's suit would help their plans to wreck a border town.

  • Greatest American Hero - Don't Mess Around With Jim (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    Don't Mess Around With Jim

    A supposed-dead billionaire knows about the suit and asks Ralph to ensure his last charity bequest be honored.

  • Greatest American Hero - Operation: Spoilsport (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    Operation: Spoilsport

    The aliens who gave Ralph the suit ask him to stop a computerized missile launch which could start World War III.

  • Greatest American Hero - The 200-Mile-an-Hour Fastball (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    The 200-Mile-an-Hour Fastball

    Bill sends in baseball-fan Ralph to infiltrate a playoff-bound team whose members are being felled.

  • Greatest American Hero - The Best Desk Scenario (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:

    The Best Desk Scenario

    New junior law-partner Pam learns her boss is involved in a mob bribery scheme.

  • Greatest American Hero - Fire Man (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    Fire Man

    Ralph, Bill and Pam fend off the CIA, IRS, Treasury Department and police when Tony is suspected of arson.

  • Greatest American Hero - My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys

    Bill calls on disillusioned Ralph when he learns his Korean War idol plans to finance retirement with a gem heist.

  • Greatest American Hero - Reseda Rose (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    Reseda Rose

    Rhonda turns to Ralph when her too-curious mother is abducted by a Soviet spy stealing a weapons manufacturer's secrets.

  • Greatest American Hero - Saturday Night on Sunset Boulevard (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    Saturday Night on Sunset Boulevard

    Bill, in trouble with the FBI, asks Ralph to help him look good by finding an Italian heiress pursued by Soviet spies.

  • Greatest American Hero - Here's Looking at You, Kid (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    Here's Looking at You, Kid

    Ralph's plans to spend time with in-laws are thwarted when he must retrieve a secret gunsight stolen by mercenaries.

  • Greatest American Hero - The Hit Car (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    The Hit Car

    Bill enlists Ralph's help to protect a chorus girl as he transports her to testify against her drug-dealing ex-boyfriend.

  • Greatest American Hero - The Greatest American Hero (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    The Greatest American Hero

    After stumbling upon a suit's powers, Ralph, Bill and Pam work together to thwart a presidential assassination plot.

  • Greatest American Hero - The Greatest American Hero (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:

    The Greatest American Hero

    While on a road trip through a desert, mild-mannered high school teacher Ralph Hinkley is greeted by extraterrestrials that present him with an extraordinary red flying suit that imbues him with uncanny powers.