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The Incredible Hulk
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Opening Title Screen
Format Drama
Science Fiction
Created by Kenneth Johnson
Starring Bill Bixby
Lou Ferrigno
Jack Colvin
Composer(s) Joe Harnell
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 82 (List of The Incredible Hulk episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Kenneth Johnson
Producer(s) James D. Parriott
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Original run November 4, 1977
November 28, 1977
March 10, 1978 – May 12, 1982
Chronology
Followed by The Incredible Hulk Returns

The Incredible Hulk is an American television series based on the Marvel comic book character of the same name. The pilot episodes were a pair of TV movies on the CBS network beginning on November 4, 1977; the series soon followed, airing from March 10, 1978[1] to June 2, 1982.[1] It starred Bill Bixby as Dr. David Banner and Lou Ferrigno as the Hulk. Ferrigno is the only actor of the show to appear in every episode of the series. Bixby appeared in all but one of the episodes. There were a total of 82 episodes. The concept was developed for television by producer, writer, director Kenneth Johnson. The series still has a fanbase around the world, making it a cult classic.

Contents

Development

In early 1977, Frank Price, head of Universal Television, offered producer and writer Kenneth Johnson a deal to develop a TV show based on any of several characters they had licensed from the Marvel Comics library. Johnson turned down the offer at first, but then, while reading the Victor Hugo novel, Les Misérables, he became inspired and began working to develop the Hulk comic into a TV show.[2][3]

Johnson changed the name of the Hulk's comic book alter ego, Dr. (Robert) Bruce Banner, to Dr. David Banner for the t.v. series. This change was made, according to Johnson, because he did not want the series to be perceived as a comic book series, so he wanted to change what he felt was a staple of comic books, and Stan Lee's comics in particular, that major characters frequently had alliterative names.[4] On the DVD commentary of the pilot of The Incredible Hulk, Johnson also says that it was a way to honor his late son David. "Bruce" ultimately became the TV Banner's middle name, as it had been in the comics. It is visible on Banner's tombstone at the end of the pilot episode.

In an interview with Kenneth Johnson on the season 2 DVD, he explains that he had also wanted the Hulk to be colored red rather than green. His reasons given for this were because red, not green, is perceived as the color of rage, and also because red is a 'human color' whereas green isn't. However Stan Lee, the creator of the Hulk comics, insisted that the Hulk must remain green, and Johnson eventually consented.[4]

Johnson also omitted the comic book's supporting characters from his TV adaptation. Instead, he opted for a variety of more realistic characters, most of whom changed with each episode. Additionally, Johnson changed the character's origin story. Rather than being exposed to gamma rays during a botched atomic testing explosion, Banner was gamma-irradiated in a more low-key laboratory mishap, to reduce the level of comic book sensationalism and thus make the origin more believable. Yet another significant change was altering Banner's occupation, from nuclear physicist to medical researcher/physician. Although the comic-book Hulk's degree of speaking ability has varied over the years, the television Hulk did not speak at all — he merely growled and roared repeatedly. Another limitation on the Hulk was his strength. In the comics, the Hulk is capable of capsizing tanks, survive through heavy artillery and hold an entire mountain. The television Hulk could only take down bulldozers, hold a car compressor with some strain or smash down walls or doors. This Hulk could also be hurt, injured or killed, but still retained a healing factor. Finally, despite its Marvel Comics roots, fantasy and science fiction themes were minimized in the series. In the majority of episodes, the only supernatural element was the Hulk himself.

Casting

For the role of Dr. David Banner, Kenneth Johnson cast seasoned television actor/director Bill Bixby — his first choice for the role. At first, Bixby resisted accepting the part; but, after reading the script, he quickly signed on. Next, character actor Jack Colvin was cast as "Jack McGee", the series' recurring antagonist. Modeled after the character of Javert in Les Misérables, "Mr. McGee" was a cynical, tabloid newspaper reporter who relentlessly pursued the Hulk after personally witnessing the "urban legend" in action.

The most daunting task, however, was finding someone to play the Hulk. Arnold Schwarzenegger auditioned, but was rejected due to his inadequate height (according to Johnson in his commentary on a DVD release). Actor Richard Kiel was hired for the role, and production commenced on the pilot movie. During filming, however, Kenneth Johnson's own son pointed out that Kiel's tall-but-under-developed physique did not resemble the Hulk's at all. Soon, Kiel was replaced with professional bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno, although a very brief shot of Kiel (as the Hulk) remained in the pilot (according to Johnson, in his DVD commentary). According to an interview at Den of geek, Kiel, who sees properly out of only one eye, also reacted badly to the contact lenses used for the role, and found the green makeup difficult to remove, so he did not mind losing the part.[5]

Initially the facial make-up for the Hulk was quite monstrous, but after both pilots, the first two weekly episodes and New York location shooting for the fourth, the design was toned down.[6]

Ted Cassidy, also known as Lurch from The Addams Family, provided the voice for the Hulk in the pilots and first two seasons. Ted died in 1979 and Charles Napier provided the Hulk's roars for the remaining episodes.[citation needed]

Premise

Doctor David Banner is a physician/scientist who is traumatized by the tragic car accident that killed his beloved wife Laura. Haunted by his inability to save her, Banner studies incidents of people who, while in danger, somehow managed to summon superhuman strength in order to save their loved ones. He concludes that high levels of gamma radiation from sunspots are the cause, and the emotional stress experienced in these situations combined with the gamma radiation altered the body chemistry to cause an increase in strength. In a tragic twist, it is revealed that while his own body would have been the most receptive to the sunspot augmentation, the car accident that claimed his wife occurred on a day with the least sunspot activity. To test his theory, he bombards his own body with gamma radiation. Unknown to Banner, his equipment has been upgraded, causing him to administer a far higher dose than he intended. He attempts to lift a heavy object to test his strength, but is unable to, so he leaves the lab angrily, thinking the experiment has failed.

Driving home in a heavy rainstorm, he suffers a flat tire and injures himself while trying to change it. The anger resulting from the pain triggers his first transformation into the Hulk, a seven-foot tall, 330 pound, green-skinned savage sub-human with near superhuman strength. The Hulk destroys Banner's car and wanders off into the nearby woods. The next morning, the Hulk stumbles upon a girl who is camping with her father, and attempts to befriend her (a la The Monster in Frankenstein). In the ensuing confusion, the Hulk is shot by the girl's father, but manages to escape. Once calm and unharrassed, he eventually transforms back into Banner—who has no memory of the tire-changing incident, or the events thereafter. Unsure of how to proceed, Banner seeks out his research partner, Dr. Elaina Marks (played by Susan Sullivan). Her amazement at Banner's healing powers (his gunshot wound is nearly healed) is replaced by shock and horror when Banner tells her that he bombarded himself with gamma rays.

Banner and Marks relocate to a laboratory isolated from the rest of the research institute but still on its grounds, locking him in an experimental pressure chamber designed for deep underwater use; they hope that if he metamorphoses again, it will hold the creature. Banner initially suspects that his transformation had been caused by the lighting and/or rain, both of which he was experiencing at the time, and they simulate analogous conditions in the chamber. When this fails to induce a transformation, he lies down to get some sleep. Banner then has his recurring nightmare of the accident that killed his wife, which causes him to transform and the creature violently escapes from the chamber. Dr. Marks takes a blood sample from the Hulk's wounded hands and guides him to a couch where he calms down and returns to normal. They then realize that the Hulk has a very high metabolism and healing rate and that the transformation is caused by strong negative emotions, such as anger.

While Banner and Dr. Marks try to reverse the process, a reporter named Jack McGee, who is investigating the reported sighting of the Hulk, intrudes on the lab. When the scientists refuse to speak to him, McGee suspects they know more than they are letting on and sneaks into the lab, hiding in a cupboard where he accidentally knocks over a chemical container. Banner catches McGee hiding and removes him from the premises, but as he confronts McGee outside the spilt chemicals (unseen by Banner) result in the lab catching fire. Banner rushes back into the lab to save Elaina, and the stress of the smoke fumes triggers a transformation into the Hulk. The Hulk carries Elaina away from the inferno into the woodland. She reveals her love for David before she dies from injuries she sustained in the explosion. McGee witnesses the Hulk carrying her away, and surmises that the Hulk started the fire and killed both Banner and Marks. Although the authorities are skeptical of the existence of the creature McGee tells them about, he reports the creature to the police and publishes a front page headline in his newspaper proclaiming 'Incredible "Hulk" Kills Two', before vowing to track down the creature so he can catch it and bring it to the law's attention. It is at this point the series begins – McGee vows to capture Marks and Banner's killer. Banner, now presumed dead, is forced to go into hiding while trying to find a cure for his condition.

In a manner vaguely similar to the popular series The Fugitive, this forms the basis of the TV series: Banner endlessly drifts from place to place, assuming different identities and odd jobs to support himself and sometimes to enable his research. Along the way, Banner finds himself feeling obliged to help the people he meets out of whatever troubles have befallen them. Often Banner's inner struggle is paralleled by the dilemmas of the people he encounters, who find in Banner a sympathetic helper. As Kenneth Johnson states, "what we were constantly doing was looking for thematic ways to touch [-on] the various ways that the Hulk sort of manifested itself in everyone. In Bixby and his character, David Banner, it happened to be anger. In someone else, it might be obsession, or it might be fear, or it might be jealousy or alcoholism! The Hulk comes in many shapes and sizes. That's what we tried to delve into in the individual episodes."[7] Despite his attempts to stay calm no matter how badly he is treated, Banner inevitably finds himself in dangerous situations that trigger his transformations into the Hulk.

Meanwhile, McGee continues to pursue the incredible story of the mysterious monster, whom he believes got away with a double-murder. Ultimately, Banner changes (or even saves) someone's life for the better. Nonetheless, he (almost always) flees town, scared that publicity over the Hulk's 'rampages' will eventually bring unwanted scrutiny of him from the local authorities and/or McGee. The story (almost always) ends with Banner hitch-hiking down some outbound highway or road—a strikingly haunting and sad piano solo version of the series theme music playing in the background (as the ending credits visualize). The mood conveys Banner's inner sense of hopelessness: the quest of a man desperate to one day find the cure that will bring him peace, an end to his endless running, and the ability to reclaim a normal life.

Opening narration

The opening narration to the show (performed by Ted Cassidy, who also provided the vocal growls and roars of the creature in the show's first two seasons.) reads as follows:

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 alters his body chemistry. And now when David Banner grows angry or outraged, a startling metamorphosis occurs. The creature is driven by rage and pursued by an investigative reporter. (Bixby: "Mr. McGee, don't make me angry. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry."--a clip from the first pilot) The creature is wanted for a murder he didn't commit. David Banner is believed to be dead, and he must let the world think that he is dead, until he can find a way to control the raging spirit that dwells within him.

The original narration for the second pilot episode, Death in the Family, had some differences:

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. The creature is driven by rage and pursued by an investigative reporter. (Bixby: "Mr. McGee, don't make me angry. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry.") An accidental explosion took the life of a fellow scientist and supposedly David Banner as well. The reporter thinks the creature was responsible. (McGee: "I gave a description to all the law enforcement agencies; They got a warrant for murder out on him.") A murder which David Banner can never prove he or the creature didn't commit. So he must let the world go on thinking that he, too, is dead, until he can find a way to control the raging spirit that dwells within him.

Broadcast history

The Incredible Hulk was the beginning series of the highly-rated Friday-night block on CBS, where it was followed by The Dukes of Hazzard and Dallas. The series lineup began as such in 1979 and remained that way until 1981, when the Hulk moved to a new night during the abbreviated fifth and final season. The series has aired as reruns on the Sci-Fi Channel. The show now reairs on RTV.

Series Progression and Story Arc

As the series progressed, Banner's character and the animalistic nature of the Hulk was frequently explored and expanded upon, with the viewer continuously learning more about the psychology of both Banner and the Hulk. The Hulk's animalistic personality was shown to still reflect Banner's good and compassionate nature, meaning he will typically restrict his wrath to villains threatening him, but will also restrict himself to simply tossing them aside, instead of killing them. Although the Hulk's intelligence is low, he retains the same motivations and priorities as Banner, always managing to protect people or objects that Banner deems important as well as attacking those he feels fear or hostility toward. The Hulk also has a soft spot towards women, children and animals. However, as Banner's normal personality becomes dormant to the Hulk's in that form, and he has no memory of the creature's actions, Banner lives in constant worry of what damage the Hulk causes during those episodes, fearing that someday the Hulk may unwittingly hurt or kill an innocent person.

Likewise, the character of the antagonist Jack McGee underwent significant development throughout the course of the series. Although initially perceived as cynical and conniving, the viewer's sympathy for McGee increases as the series progresses, as McGee gradually comes to realize the Hulk may not be as dangerous as he initially thought, particularly following several instances in episodes such as "The Hulk Breaks Las Vegas" in which he has his own life saved by the creature. In season 2's two-parter "Mystery Man" McGee learns that the creature he is pursuing is human most of the time, making things more difficult for Banner as he subsequently finds McGee's pursuit harder to avoid as McGee is now on a constant lookout for the man as well as the creature. In the same episode, we learn that McGee hopes to catch the Hulk so that the inevitable media sensation will advance his own dwindling career. However, subsequent episodes such as season 3's "Proof Positive" show that McGee's real intentions lie much deeper than this and that his main motive is purely to understand this fascinating creature for himself, for his amazement at the existence of such a remarkable creature has caused him to become totally obsessed with the Hulk to the extent that it has ruined his personal life. We see that the creature is permanently on his mind, and his annoyance over his lack of success in catching the Hulk is exacerbated by other people's refusal to believe the creature exists, for even his own colleagues do not take the story seriously and view him as a laughing stock for believing the Hulk is real.

Significant Episodes

In season 2's opener, the two-part episode "Married" (which originally aired as a two-hour special in September 1978), David approaches Dr. Carolyn Fields (Mariette Hartley) about a new form of hypnotic therapy. He learns that Carolyn has devised the therapy because she is terminally ill with a syndrome "similar" to ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease, and has been given no more than eight weeks to live. David reveals his true identity to her, and both agree to help each other, using a tissue sample from the creature to possibly cure Carolyn of her illness. They fall in love and eventually marry. After Carolyn obtains the sample while David has metamorphosed into the creature, she prepares the sample for her own use. The day the procedure to cure Carolyn is to take place, a hurricane hits the island.

While the pair are driving to the hospital, Carolyn suffers from another painful episode, this time leading her to flee their moving car. David stops the car and rushes after her, morphing into the Hulk once more. The creature catches her in his arms, and as she attempts to fight him in her pain-induced hysteria, she turns around and sees the creature, and stops struggling. Knowing her time has come, Carolyn embraces the creature, telling him (as David) she'll miss him as she dies in his arms. Mariette Hartley won an Emmy Award the following year for this performance. (Although genre shows frequently receive Emmy nominations or wins for technical aspects such as visual effects, this marks a rare early occurrence of a superhero/sci-fi/fantasy genre show actually winning a dramatic Emmy of any kind.)

In season 2's "Kindred Spirits", Dr Gabrielle White Cloud, played by Kim Cattrall, comes across evidence that a hulk-type metamorphosis had occurred at the dawn of mankind in America 30,000 years ago. This evidence included a cave painting of a transformation and a skull that Gabrielle claims to be two skulls at once, and which David suggests died while metamorphosing. Gabrielle tries to help David, but the plant that they thought had cured the prehistoric hulks has since become extinct.

In the second series' two-parter "Mystery Man", McGee finally comes face-to-face with an amnesia-ridden David Banner, although he does not recognize him for Banner's face is covered by a gauze mask following a severe injury in an auto accident. Banner has been admitted into a hospital as 'John Doe' as his true identity is unknown. Investigating an apparent link between this man and the Hulk, McGee hires a small plane for himself and Banner to see a doctor who will be able to cure Banner's amnesia.

Lightning strikes the plane and an injured McGee and Banner are trapped in a forest, where they must help one another escape to safety. During the ordeal McGee sees the mystery man transform into the Hulk and realizes this is how the Hulk manages to get from one place to another without being seen in between. He is eventually separated from the Hulk but vows to track down the mysterious "John Doe" fellow and find out his "true identity." In the Season 4 two-parter "Prometheus", David rescues and befriends Katie Maxwell (Laurie Prange), a young woman recently blinded by an accident. While helping her through the woods near her home, a meteor lands near them. Banner investigates, and is sickened by the radiation emanating from the meteorite fragment.

An attacking swarm of bees triggers his transformation into the Hulk, and in the process of fighting off the bees the Hulk touches the meteorite. He retreats back to Katie's cabin, but in metamorphosing back into David, the process stops midway, with David retaining some of the Hulk's bulk and irradiated features, but with the ability to speak. Additionally, David had also retained most of the Hulk's child like intellect. Horrified at realizing that his transformation has gone wrong, David enlists Katie's help. The military, however, arrives and after attempting to evade them, David transforms back into the Hulk. The Hulk and Katie are captured and taken to a military installation, where a group of scientists working for the Prometheus Project mistakenly believe that the Hulk is an alien. After seeing a tape of David's transformation, however, they realize that the Hulk is actually a man who transforms into the creature. McGee, meanwhile, finagles his way onto the base and finds Katie, attempting to get her to give him more information on "John Doe". The Hulk escapes from his confinement and finds Katie. After the Hulk's transformation back into David again stops midway, Katie theorizes that the radiation from the meteorite is affecting David's unique body chemistry and that they need to escape from the base and get away from the meteorite. McGee, meanwhile, convinces the brass to let him talk to "John" and convince him to surrender. McGee finds them, but due to David's altered appearance, doesn't realize that he is, in fact, talking to David Banner. It's a double-cross, however, as soldiers move in on David and Katie. David transforms into the Hulk once again and breaks out of the installation with Katie. Far from the meteorite fragment, the Hulk transforms back into David Banner with no ill-effects.

In the episode "Dark Side", Banner's experiment with a mood altering chemical goes disastrously wrong with himself becoming psychotically violent, which makes his next transformation into the Hulk an extremely dangerous experience to everyone around him. Fortunately, Banner is able to inject an antidote right before transforming into the Hulk again in a crisis and the creature reverts to his good nature to save the day.

In the two-part episode "The First", David discovers that another man transformed into a Hulk-like creature 30 years ago. In this case, a doctor used gamma radiation in an attempt to heal a man named Dell Frye in poor health, who was embittered by bullying from the local townspeople, causing him to become vengeful and cruel. However, the radiation turned him instead into a savage green creature. Because of Frye's difference in personality, Frye's creature had killed people. Dr. Jeffery Clive, long dead, had discovered the cure, but Frye, now old and arthritic, and still bullied, wants to have the power again. David discovers Dr. Clive's laboratory, which contains a machine that can harness the sun's gamma radiation. Looking through Clive's journals, he realizes that he needs to take the antidote developed by Clive and then bombard himself with gamma rays for the cure to work. Before he can do so, however, Frye knocks him out and straps himself into the machine. As David awakens and attempts to stop him, Frye is bombarded with gamma radiation, which turns him into a Hulk-like creature. After metamorphosing back, Frye discovers that after one transformation, his arthritis has vanished. Seeking revenge for the years of taunts he has endured, Frye goes into town and provokes some of the town bullies into attacking him. He once again transforms into the creature, and proceeds to kill one of the bullies. Realizing that the Frye Hulk is extremely dangerous because of Frye's murderous nature, David manages to subdue Frye and strap him into the machine to reverse the process. Unfortunately, Frye comes to and transforms into the creature, and in the process destroys the last vial of the cure that Dr. Clive had developed. As he literally sees the cure dripping from his fingers, a distraught David transforms into the Hulk. The two creatures fight, with the much more powerful Banner Hulk getting the better of the Frye Hulk, who is eventually shot dead by the sheriff. "The First" is the only episode of the TV series to feature another superpowered character.

The series wraps up with a standard 50-minute episode ("A Minor Problem"). The character of McGee does not appear in this last episode, nor a few other episodes in the short, last season, and the series ends on an open note, with Banner still searching for a cure and McGee still unaware of the true identity of his John Doe.

Music

Joe Harnell composed the music for The Incredible Hulk. He was brought into the production due to his involvement with the series The Bionic Woman. The score used at the beginning and closing credits was a piano piece called "The Lonely Man". Portions of "The Lonely Man" can be heard in the 2008 film The Incredible Hulk.[8] Some of the series music was collected into a soundtrack.

Cancellation

In 1981, with a major entertainment union strike on the horizon, the production team continued filming episodes for the show's 5th season directly upon completion of the fourth. However, with seven of these "in the can," CBS cancelled the show due to a slight change in the ratings and budget. Rumors were going around at the time that Bill Bixby's contract was up, and that he wanted to move on. Bixby had wanted to see his character being cured from being the Hulk.[citation needed] Also, both executive producer Kenneth Johnson and producer Nicholas Corea had gone to Harvey Shepard, who was president of CBS entertainment at the time, to ask for clearance to shoot nine unfilmed scripts for the series to give the show a mid-season run.[citation needed] They were turned down, and the pilot and the first four seasons were released into general syndication. By that time the union had gone on strike as expected, and that autumn CBS aired five of the seven "5th season" episodes made, running the last two and repeating three of the others the following summer. That fall, all seven were added to the rerun package. The nine unfilmed scripts included, "Los Indios," Parts 1–2 (Season 3), "Double Exposure," (Season 3), "The Trial of Jack McGee," (Season 5), "David Banner, RIP," (Season 5), "The Steel Mill," (Season 5), "The Survivors," (Season 5), "Killer on Board," (Season 5), and "Eyes of the Beholder," (Season 5). Also, Johnson and Corea had wanted to do a two-hour series finale in which Banner is caught and is found out to be alive, goes on trial for the death of Elaina Marks, resolves things with McGee, and gets cured from his hulk-outs.

Made for TV movies

Two episodes of the series appeared first as stand-alone movies, but were later re-edited into one-hour length (two-parters) for syndication. They were produced as pilots before the series officially began in 1978.

  • The Incredible Hulk (pilot) – 1977 (also seen overseas as a feature)
  • The Incredible Hulk: Death in the Family – 1977 (retitled Return of the Incredible Hulk for overseas release; the special, "two-hour" second season premiere "Married" was also released overseas as a feature, titled The Bride of the Incredible Hulk[9])

Six years after the cancellation of the television series in 1982, three television movies were produced with Bixby and Ferrigno reprising their roles. All of these aired on NBC.

  • The Death of the Incredible Hulk (1990) – David Banner falls in love with an Eastern European spy (played by Elizabeth Gracen) and saves two kidnapped scientists. The film ends with the Hulk taking a fatal fall from an airplane, reverting to human form just before he dies, and allowing Banner to make a dying declaration.

Despite the apparent death of the Hulk in the 1990 film, more Incredible Hulk television movies were planned, including a proposed Revenge of the Incredible Hulk[10] where the Hulk would actually be able to talk.[11] In the mid-1980s, there was also talk about doing a television movie with the cast from the 1977–1979 live action Spider-Man television series.[citation needed] However, all such projects were cancelled when Bill Bixby died of cancer in November 1993.

DVD releases

All three of the NBC TV movies (The Incredible Hulk Returns, The Trial of the Incredible Hulk and The Death of the Incredible Hulk) have been available on DVD since 2003; the first two were released by Anchor Bay Entertainment, while The Death of the Incredible Hulk was released by 20th Century Fox home video. A double-sided DVD entitled The Incredible Hulk – Original Television Premiere, which contained the original pilot and the "Married" episodes, was released by Universal Studios DVD in 2003 to promote Ang Lee's Hulk motion picture. A six-disc set entitled The Incredible Hulk – The Television Series Ultimate Collection was released by Universal DVD later in 2003. This set includes several notable episodes including "Death in the Family," "The First," and "Prometheus".

On July 18, 2006, Universal released The Incredible Hulk – Season One on DVD. This set contains the original pilot movies, the entire first season, and a "preview" episode ("Stop the Presses") from Season Two.

On July 17, 2007, Universal released The Incredible Hulk – Season Two on DVD as a 5-disc set. The set included the entire second season, the Married episodes (AKA Bride of the Incredible Hulk), and preview episode (Homecoming) from season three.[12]

On June 3, 2008, Universal released The Incredible Hulk – Seasons Three and Four on DVD in time to promote Louis Leterrier's film The Incredible Hulk.

On October 21, 2008, Universal released "The Incredible Hulk" – Season Five on DVD as a 2-disc set. The set contains all seven Season Five episodes and interviews by Ken Johnson and various members of the Production & Writing teams, as well as a Gag Reel.,[13] Additionally, a complete series DVD Set was released as well.[14] The Complete Series was released in the UK on DVD on September 30, 2008.

Cameos

  • Jack Kirby – the artist that created the Hulk makes a cameo in "No Escape" from Season II
  • Stan Lee – the writer that created the Hulk makes a cameo in "Trial of the Incredible Hulk" (second post-series TV-movie)

A roster of guest stars

During the series' five and 1/2-season run, many unfamiliar actors and/or actresses have made guest appearances, and others were newcomers who have gone on to become well-known, among them appearing in Incredible Hulk episodes: John Witherspoon, Charles Siebert, Bradford Dillman, Dabbs Greer, Rosemary Forsyth, Ernie Hudson, Caroline McWilliams, Rosalind Chao, David White, James Wainwright, Kari Michaelsen, Kene Holliday, Rick Springfield, Gordon Jump, Elaine Joyce, Charles Napier, Mariette Hartley, Judith Chapman, Sally Kirkland, Mary Frann, Jennifer Holmes, Jared Martin, Robert O'Reilly, Pat Morita, Dana Elcar, Cameron Mitchell, Gerald McRaney, William Daniels, William Windom, Martin Kove, Kathleen Lloyd, Frank Dekova, Sheila Larken, Henry Polic II, Eloy Casados, Whit Bissell, Austin Stoker, Jerry Douglas, Lonny Chapman, John McIntire and his wife Jeanette Nolan, Mickey Jones, Sherman Hemsley, Robert Hogan, Ned Romero, Peter Breck, Debbi Morgan, Earl Billings, Robert Donner, Loni Anderson, William Boyett, Monte Markham, Jeremy Brett, Robert Alda, Pamela Susan Shoop, Sondra Currie, Mackenzie Phillips, Dick O'Neill, Meshach Taylor, Nicolas Coster, Bob Hastings, Anne Schedeen, Eddie Barth, Don Stroud, Wesley Thompson, Michael Conrad, June Allyson, Alan Toy, Dennis Patrick, Robin Mattson, Craig Stevens, James B. Sikking, Denny Miller, Jan Sterling, Shelley Fabares, John Anderson, Michael D. Roberts, Don Roberts, Robert F. Lyons, Stacy Keach, Sr., Lewis Arquette, Peter Mark Richman, Diana Muldaur, Edie McClurg, Kathleen Nolan, Penny Peyser, Anne Lockhart, Mark Lenard, among many others.

Future Falcon Crest star Susan Sullivan had a major role in the original pilot and Brett Cullen, also of that prime-time soap opera, made a guest appearance on the show as well. Bixby's best friend's (James Garner) longtime friend, Jack Kelly, made a guest appearance on one episode. The respective co-stars of Bixby's first two series, Ray Walston (My Favorite Martian) and Brandon Cruz (The Courtship of Eddie's Father), also made guest appearances on separate episodes, while Lou Ferrigno, who along with starring as the Hulk, appeared in one episode as a different character. Bixby's ex-wife Brenda Benet also made a guest appearance on the show.

References

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  3. ^ Mark Rathwell (1999-01-23). "THE INCREDIBLE HULK television series page: (c) 1996 to 2002 by Mark Rathwell: INTERVIEW WITH KENNETH JOHNSON". Incrediblehulktvseries.com. http://www.incrediblehulktvseries.com/InterviewsAndArticles/Johnson_Interview.html. Retrieved 2009-02-25. 
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  5. ^ Richard Kiel interview.
  6. ^ Gerani, Gary, "'The Incredible Hulk,'" Starlog Photo Guidebook: Television Episode Guides Volume 2, Starlog Press, Inc., January 1982, pp. 66–67.
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