Thursday, November 12, 2020

Show Notes: Episode 8-8: The Greatest American Hero: "The Shock Will Kill You"

*The Greatest American Hero premiered March 1981 on ABC and ran until February 1983 for a total of 3 seasons and 45 episodes (though, as we say on the show, that includes the added-for-syndication multiple unaired episodes and the Greatest American Heroine pilot).

*ABC first broadcast "The Shock Will Kill You" February 10, 1982 at 8:00 P.M. The Fall Guy and Dynasty followed it.  NBC ran Real People, The Facts of Life, Love, Sidney, and Quincy

*CBS showed She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown and 1978's Hooper. The Peanuts special is a 1980 cartoon spotlighting Peppermint Patty.

*Joey Scarbury took the show's theme song to #2 on the Billboard charts. You will be able to hear a track from William "Billy" Katt's 1982 solo album in this week's YouTube playlist dropping soon!

*Here is where you can find RetroFan, which published the cool interview with star William Katt in issue #5.

*Jon Abbott's book quoted in that article is Stephen J. Cannell Television Productions: A History of All Series and Pilots.

*Bob Culp and Burt Reynolds never appeared in a movie nor TV episode together according to our research. What a shame!

*Ralph Hinkley and Pam Davidson get married in season 3's "The Newlywed Game."

*Hear more about Leonard Lightfoot here in our examination of Silver Spoons.

*Rod Holcomb directed 6 episodes of the series.

*The Greatest American Heroine featured Mary Ellen Stuart as the titular superhero and Mya Stark as the precocious girl.

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