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The Gang’s All Here…

…what the heck do we care? What the heck do we care? Hey hey! Hey, the gang’s all here….in the second Greatest American Hero episode to air, “The Hit Car”on March 25, 1981.

You can check out my overview and capapalooza post here.

One of my all time favorite Culp/Maxwell scenes is when Maxwell confronts Johnny Diamante in the restaurant. It doesn’t get much better than this…

Posted March 25th, 2012.

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If You’re Looking For Trouble…

…you were introduced to the West Coast distributor on this date (March 18th) 1981. The Greatest American Hero premiered on ABC with a two-hour pilot movie.

You can check out my capapalooza for the pilot, along with some extra tidbits here.

Meantime, if you really are looking for trouble, you can check out Bill’s introduction in the clip below…

..and the Lawrence of Palmdale.

Posted March 18th, 2012.

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Winter’s Not Over Yet

After two episodes in a nice tropical climate (I missed posting on Devil and the Deep Blue Sea), Bill, Ralph and Pam face international intrigue on the ski slopes when they help a downhill racer from Czechoslovakia defect to the US. The Greatest American Hero episode “It’s All Downhill From Here” aired March 3, 1982.

Bill’s suit musta been nice and toasty warm because he never sports any overcoat during this episode, just a scarf and gloves. I hope it was warm considering he hitches a ride on a snowmobile later in the episode – with no overcoat either.

I was never crazy about the two gun thing particularly in later episodes because it almost bordered on Yosemite Sam. But here, he was so damn serious looking with them!

Posted March 3rd, 2012.

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Island Getaway in February

The Greatest American Hero episode “A Chicken in Every Plot” aired this date, February 17, 1982. Filmed on location in the Virgin Islands, a friend of Maxwell’s invites Bill down to a small island country in the Caribbean to help raise up a shipwreck. Only nobody wants the boat raised and Bill, along with Ralph, Pam and Ralph’s students find themselves mixed up in nasty local politics and deadly voodoo.

I can’t think of a better reminder that warmer weather is coming!

Maxwell’s assertiveness is legendary and the following scene is no exception. But when he learns of his friend fate, it literally stops him in tracks…

Posted February 17th, 2012.

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The Greatest American Hero (Pilot)

Originally aired:  March 18, 1981

Ralph Hinkley (William Katt) is a young high school teacher who has been assigned to a remedial class made up of a group of misfits, Los Angeles’s answer to the Sweat Hogs. Ralph’s positive he can make a difference with the kids, but his first day proves that won’t be easy. In addition to that, Ralph has a personal issue to deal with – his ex-wife has filed for custody of their young son, Kevin.

When Ralph decides to take his students on a field trip, his life becomes even more complicated. In a diner somewhere near Palmdale, one of his students – Tony – mouths off to a patron who apparently looked at him cross-eyed. This particular patron, despite being “dressed like Archie Bunker going to church,” packs a .38 pistol and has no qualms about pulling the gun on Tony when Tony pulls a knife.

“If you’re looking for trouble, you’ve just come upon the West Coast distributor…”

Thus, we’re introduced for the first time to Bill Maxwell. He doesn’t think much of Ralph’s apology, rebuffs any further attempt by Ralph to smooth things over and they part ways, not knowing that their fates were soon to become intertwined.

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Continue reading more of The Greatest American Hero Pilot…

Posted August 30th, 2011.


TGAH: The Hit Car

Originally aired: March 25, 1981

In the early exploration of All Things Culp, I mined my way through YouTube. Back in 2008 there wasn’t a whole lot of stuff posted, a couple episodes of I Spy , one or two made for tv movies and various miscellaneous vids that I’ll cover in other posts. Amongst the miscellaneous stuff, however, was a vid that single handedly sold me on Bill Maxwell and The Greatest American Hero series. This vid is brilliant.

I was sold. I bought all three seasons in fairly short order.

I was especially sold on Culp’s Bill Maxwell, the calcified, old school Fed who freaked out and took off in the pilot after the visit with the “green guys” and the bequeathing of the suit to Ralph. He returned, however, out of a sense of duty and curious to see what the fuss was all about. By the end of the pilot, he was becoming quite comfortable with the idea of this supersuit and with this first regular season episode, he was ready to run the whole show, much to Ralph’s chagrin. Honestly, if the pilot for The Greatest American Hero didn’t sell you on watching this show, The Hit Car should have. This is by far my favorite episode.

So what’s the fuss all about? Read on…

Starlet Wilde has agreed to testify against Johnny “The Dancer” Diamante, the biggest “dope dealing slug” that FBI agent Bill Maxwell has been trying to nail for 15 years. After another Fed attempts to drive Starlet to LA from San Francisco and is shot in the process, Bill decides to go to San Francisco and bring her down himself – with help from Ralph and the suit.

Ralph, meanwhile, is trying to organize his class to do a Shakespeare play which will get them some credits for English Lit (which nobody seems to particularly care about). During the first meeting for the play, unfortunately, Bill shows up, tells Ralph they have a flight to San Francisco at 7 o’clock and it was go time.

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Continue reading more of the Hit Car…

Posted February 12th, 2011.