‘Greatest American Hero’ Celebrates 40th Anniversary on The Goldbergs


The Greatest American Hero premiered as a two-hour pilot movie on March 18, 1981. The series featured William Katt as teacher Ralph Hinkley, Robert Culp as FBI agent Bill Maxwell, and Connie Sellecca as lawyer Pam Davidson.


The series chronicles Hinkley’s adventures after a group of aliens gives him a red and black suit that grants him superhuman abilities. Unfortunately for Hinkley who hates wearing the suit, he immediately loses its instruction booklet, and thus has to learn how to use its powers by trial and error, often with comical results.


In The Goldbergs’ tribute, young Adam F. Goldberg (Sean Giambrone) in an exchange with Pops (George Segal) while watching an episode of the Greatest American Hero says, “What a perfectly realized premise! Of all the people to get superpowers: a mild-mannered guy!”



Pops responds with “Maybe his ordinariness is his superpower.”



“Could be. Either way, these are definitely the questions the show wants us to be asking,” remarks Adam F. Goldberg. 


'The Greatest American Hero' Intro Song 'Believe It or Not'



The tribute episode later reveals “the greatest superpower of all” while the theme song from The Greatest American Hero, “Believe It Or Not” closes the show.


The Greatest American Hero, the American comedy-drama superhero television series that aired for three seasons from 1981 to 1983 on ABC, will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a tribute during the ABC-TV hit comedy The Goldbergs this Wednesday, February 24 at 8 p.m.


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Mandy Parker

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