I heard a rumor

… and now I can’t remember where I heard it. But I heard that The Greatest American Hero (one of my all-time favorite shows as a kid) is going to be released, in its entirety, on DVD. I LOVED that show.

Robert Culp? Was that guy awesome or what?

I would love to see the show again, and discover if I was amiss in my adoration for it as a youngster (my diary entries for my time in Ireland as a kid are filled with: “And then we watched Greatest American Hero…” “And I made everyone race home from the crumbling abbey so that we wouldn’t miss Greatest American Hero…” “Who cares about Yeats’ grave? Bring on Greatest American Hero!!”)

I mean … think about the plot for a second. Guy is given a superhero suit. Guy loses instructions to superhero suit. So guy is a clumsy awkward bumbling superhero …

Think about that.


I MUST see it again.

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21 Responses to I heard a rumor

  1. Alex says:

    How about a Great American Hero Trivia Question:

    Who was the singer of the theme song? It not only went gold, it won him a Grammy as Best New Artist. Here’s another hint: He had another hit in the 70’s as well, about making it big.


  2. red says:

    “Believe it or not, I’m walkin’ on air…
    I never thought I could feel so free-ee-ee
    Flyin’ away on a wing and a prayer
    Who could it be?
    Believe it or not, it’s just me…”

    No idea who sang it though! SOMEONE out there will. I put my money on Mark Lippert.

  3. Emily says:

    Joey Scarbury.

  4. timmac says:

    Culp was great. In one of the shows, a couple of tough guys were giving him a hard time and he came up with one of the all time great lines, “If you’re looking for trouble, you’ve come to the east coast distributor…” Very tough guy!

  5. Alex says:

    Emily, you’re a genius.


  6. Alex says:

    Geek Central

    William Katt Update:


    See what he’s up to!

    Hee hee hee hee hee.

  7. Emily says:

    He he. I LOVED this show when I was a kid. Robert Culp was just the most perfect sarcastic bastard ever.

  8. JFH says:

    Dang, too late to comment… I knew both answers (Looks a round for someone to pat him on the back, but wife has long since stopped being impressed with my retention of useless knowledge)… But what really bothers me is that I wanted to make a lame joke like: “Believe or not, that rumor is true! Geez, Sheila, you must be walking on air!”

    Okay, how ’bout this:

    What TV Character used this theme on his answering machine?

  9. JFH says:

    BTW, Alex, if you’re taking about another TV theme song “Makin It”, I think it was the American Werewolf guy (or, for those TV people, the Dr. Pepper guy). I think the show was off the air even before the song hit the charts.

    Can’t remember the guy’s name though (and too lazy to look it up)

  10. Emily says:

    George Costanza.

  11. JFH says:

    I hope no one ever plays Trival Pursuit with Emily for money… What about the Dr. Pepper guy?

  12. Emily says:

    David Naughton.

  13. peteb says:

    There seem to be some relevant clips/interviews posted here, Sheila

  14. Alex says:

    Emily you’re scaring me.

  15. Ken Hall says:

    Man, I loved that show. Of course, I’m (barely) old enough to remember I Spy–Robert Culp’s character (Kelly Robinson?) in that one was, as I recall, a similar type.

    I heard about the DVD set too. It’s tempting. (Big Geek alert) I remember the episode where Maxwell got Ralph a contract as a major league pitcher (200 mile an hour fastball, 170 mile an hour curve), but bungled his contract (forget the details). I remember one scene from another episode, something about a player piano playing “Polly Wolly Doodle”–I remember it because at about the same time I was watching S.O.B. (an underappreciated work of malevolent genius in which “Polly Wolly Doodle” featured prominently, and along with Victor/Victoria the last good work Blake Edwards did) over and over and over on cable.

    Yes, I do frighten me. Why do you ask? ;-)

  16. Popskull says:

    I just remember watching that show, hoping he’d cut the crap and get like Superman. Dug the jingle though. “V.” Now there was a show!

  17. Believe it or not

    Sheila O’Malley has word that one of my favorite shows when I was a kid is coming to DVD. That, the A-Team, and CHiPs had me in kid heaven. Yes, I was a dork.

  18. Wutzizname says:

    I LOVED the Greatest American Hero.

    I remember three episodes that were classic(aside from the premiere episode)

    1. Where he joined a Baseball Team. ‘The Angels’ I believe the team was named. I was mainly fascinated because I was in little league at the time.

    2. The episode where he learned to concentrate on something and chaotic mind alloweed his powers to work. “White paper…White Paper…White Paper…”

    3. The greatest episode of them all, where they FOUND THE INSTRUCTION BOOK!!! and he went through how his powers were supposed to work, and he made the foolish mistake of sitting the book on a ‘boulder’ while he was microscopic, not realizing that the book shrunk with him, and when he grew back to normal size, he realized it too late, and he couldn’t shrink back down again.

    That was a great show. I’l TOTALLY research it, and see if I can get it. if it’s on DVD, I WILL get it!

    …and I suppose you can come over and watch, but you CAN’T BORROW IT!!!

  19. Stevie says:

    Emily! You rock!

    TV theme songs with lyrics – what a fun topic! Not a lot of those anymore, are there? “Friends” comes to mind as one of the more recent. The classic ones that explain the premise are my favorites.

    Meet Cathy who’s been most everywhere
    From something Park to Barklay Square
    But Patty’s only seen the sites
    A girl can see from Brooklyn Heights,
    What a crazy pair!
    ‘Cause they’re cousins, identical cousins all the way,
    One pair of matching bookends, different as night and day.
    While Cathy adores the minuet, the Ballet Russe, and crepes Suzette,
    Our Patty loves to rock and roll, a hot dog makes her lose control,
    What a wild duet!
    But they’re cousins, identical cousins and you’ll find,
    They act alike, they walk alike, at times they even talk alike . . you can lose your mind,
    When cousins are two of a kind!

  20. Wutzizname says:


    ok, I found this online. Y’know…looking at the symbol, I realize that the emblem on his chest looks a bit…well…phallic. Not completely, but somewhat.

    …like it has wings, or something….