What it was like Growing Up in the Eighties (1980s)
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Greatest American Hero – 80s TV Series

The Greatest American Hero is a 80s comedy-drama superhero television series that aired on ABC. The series features William Katt as teacher Ralph Hinkley, Robert Culp as FBI agent Bill Maxwell, and Connie Sellecca as lawyer Pam Davidson.  

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Greatest American Hero

Cast

William Katt as Ralph Hinkley (Hanley)
Robert Cuilp as Bill Maxwell
Connie Sellecca as Pam Davidson
Michael Pare as Tony Villicana
Faye Grant as Rhonda Blake
Don Cervantes as Rodrigeuz
Jesse D. Goins as Cyler Johnson
Brandon Williams as Kevin Hinley (1981)

Series Run

First Telecast: March 18, 1981
Last Telecast: February 3, 1983

Broadcast History

March 1982- April 1982, CBS, Thursday 9:00-10:00pm
March 1981- May 1981, ABC, Wednesday 8:00-9:00pm
August 1981- August 1982, ABC, Wednesday 8:00-9:00pm
September 1982- November 1982, ABC, Friday 9:00-10:00pm
January 1983- February 1983, ABC, Thursday 8:00-9:00pm

Plot

The series chronicles Ralph’s adventures after a group of aliens gives him a red and black suit that grants him superhuman abilities. Unfortunately for Ralph, 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.

More info at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Greatest_American_Hero

Theme Song

“The Greatest American Hero (Believe it Or Not),” by Mike Post and Stephen Geyer, sung by Joey Scarbury

The Greatest American Hero Theme Song Lyrics

Look at what’s happened to me-,
I can’t believe it myself.
Suddenly I’m up on top of the world,
It should’ve been somebody else.

Believe it or not,
I’m walking on air.
I never thought I could feel so free-.
Flying away on a wing and a prayer.
Who could it be?
Believe it or not it’s just me.

It’s like a light of a new day-,
It came from out of the blue.
Breaking me out of the spell I was in,
Making all of my wishes come true-.

Believe it or not,
I’m walking on air.
I never thought I could feel so free-.
Flying away on a wing and a prayer.
Who could it be?
Believe it or not it’s just me.