Dr. David Banner is a brilliant scientist but, one day, a laboratory experiment that he is working on goes terribly awry. Since that time, whenever he is under extreme stress, his body undergoes a transmogrification and he morphs into the Incredible Hulk. The Hulk is about seven feet tall, hugely muscular and powerful, and has bright green skin. After destroying whatever threatens Dr. Banner, he morphs back to normal human form with only amnesia and tattered clothing as evidence of what just transpired. As you can well imagine, this situation is quite troubling for Dr. Banner and causes him a great amount of problems. All the while, he is pursued by Jack McGee, an investigative reporter who believes that the Hulk is a deadly menace whose exposure would enhance his career.Written by
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
Bill Bixby was fond of bringing actors on who had been co-stars in his previous TV shows. The Incredible Hulk features a recurring atmosphere player (blonde, middle-aged lady), an extra who is prominently featured in some scenes, and who was previously an atmosphere player in Bixby's 1973 TV series, The Magician (1973). She is not credited and, to this day, her name remains a mystery. Since she appeared in The Incredible Hulk: Mystery Man (1979), fans have dubbed her the "mystery woman". See more »
Banner's problem is compounded severely throughout the course of the series in that not only is he the Hulk, but people either know he's the Hulk or know he has some connection to the Hulk. He departs them at the end of each episode with unspoken trust that they won't say anything.
Normally in super hero movies, there is the occasional episode where someone finds out the protagonist's secret identity and the central story revolves around him/her trying to cover it up. See more »
[opening sequence to the episode: "A Death in the Family"]
Dr. David Banner, Physician/Scientist, searching for a way to tap into the hidden strengths that all humans have. Then an accidental overdose of gamma radiation interacts with his unique body chemistry. And now, when David Banner grows angry or outraged, a startling metamorphosis occurs.
[while trying to change a tire during a thunderstorm, David changes into the Hulk]
The creature is driven by rage and pursued by an investigative reporter.
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In the opening sequence, the lit up gamma ray display can be seen with the word "anger" on it, which is zoomed out to show the full word is "danger". See more »
_Incredible Hulk, The (1977) (TV)_ (The pilot), _Incredible Hulk: Death in the Family, The (1977) (TV)_ and _Incredible Hulk: Married, The (1978) (TV)_, which all originally aired as two-hour TV-movies, are edited for syndication, allowing each installment to be seen as two-part episodes. See more »
THE INCREDIBLE HULK series was much like the series KUNG FU -- a sympathetic humanitarian and seemingly meek outcast rights wrongs using his very special abilities. However, THE INCREDIBLE HULK ran for 5 years with only three regular cast members. I am not sure if any other long running TV drama ever had a smaller cast.
Interestingly, Bill Bixby's COURTSHIP OF EDDIE'S FATHER co-star Brandon Cruz appeared in the first season of the HULK in the episode "747."
Bixby oozed charm and charisma, and made believable the idea that he could so easily win trust and find employment in a new town each and every week.
The music was exceptional. Among the best Hollywood TV has ever produced.
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