The Greatest American Hero

1981 NR 3 seasons

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The Greatest American Hero

1981 NR 3 seasons
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In this endearing TV comedy series, aliens call upon mild-mannered schoolteacher Ralph (William Katt) to save the world, bequeathing him a fabulous red superhero outfit with extraordinary powers -- which, unfortunately, Ralph has no clue how to harness. Now, with the help of girlfriend Pam (Connie Sellecca) and FBI agent Bill (Robert Culp), Ralph must learn how to fly without crashing and otherwise control the suit even as he faces down a variety of foes.
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  2
  • SEASON  3

Summary of Season 1 (1981) - 3 discs

It's fitting that an L.A. teacher, Ralph (William Katt), would be the one to experience an alien adventure befitting a Hollywood movie. That's exactly what happens to Ralph: While he's on a field trip, extraterrestrials give him a red suit with unusual powers. Reluctant to don it, he's convinced by an FBI agent (Robert Culp) to harness his heroic abilities, but the outfit takes some getting used to, as evidenced by this hilarious first season.
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital Mono
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 11+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 11+
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age 11+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Greatest American Hero's content is pretty tame by modern primetime drama standards, but you'll still see shootouts, kidnappings, death threats, and some injuries. The protagonist is a mild-mannered teacher-turned-superhero whose altruistic priorities don't always mesh with his hardened FBI boss', which makes him all the more endearing. Expect to see some drinking and smoking indicative of the times of this '80s dramedy, as well as some allusions to sex, but nothing physical.

Sexual Content

No sex is shown, but there are implications of it. Women make blatant passes at Ralph, insinuating they'd like to sleep with him. He's usually shy and polite about the attention but doesn't encourage it.


Plenty of shooting, guns, and some death, but the violence usually isn't very bloody or graphic. Kidnappings, death threats, and plans for hits on enemies are common, and innocent bystanders are often caught in the middle of the violence.


Rarely "hell" and "damn."

Social Behavior

The series has fun with the typical superhero story, centering on an average guy who's thrown into the position against his own wishes. He likes to help people and nab the bad guys, but he doesn't care for the trappings of being a hero. Good and bad are easily identified, and the law (or the FBI, in this case) defines the two sides. Women (especially the pretty blondes) are often referred to as "bimbos" and assumed to be unintelligent.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Adults often drink and/or smoke, but it's more a sign of the times than a plot point.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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