Oct 9, 2020
The Greatest American Hero is so awful... so being rebooted
Perhaps the biggest nostalgia FAIL of my life was The Greatest American Hero on DVD. I loved this show so much back when I was barely potty trained. You know, the age when can’t tell the 1960s Batman TV show isn’t a serious drama.
When the DVD first came out, I was so excited to rush home and start binge watching. Then, somewhere in the middle of the pilot, I got distracted. Maybe the phone rang, maybe the cat threw up, maybe the there was a squiggly little floaty thing in my eye. I don’t remember exactly what it was, but any of these things would have been a thousand times more interesting. I wandered off and never returned.
But not everyone has given up on The Greatest American Hero…
Believe it or not, Fox wants it back on the air. Details are pretty much non-existent at this point—other than the writer, Rodney Rothman, who is no stranger to nostalgia-fueled projects. He penned the hit 22 Jump Street and the flop Grudge Match (you know, the Stallone vs. De Niro boxing thing).
Even if the original hasn’t stood the test of time either as a show or even as a parody of itself, it’s not hard to see what Fox sees in the concept. Superheroes are bigger than ever, and visual effects are cheap enough now to really have some slapstick fun with an indestructible flying doofus.
Hmm… A likeable, super-powered slacker and his gruff FBI handler… Could be the next Chuck. All they need is Adam Baldwin for the old Robert Culp role, and I’m in.
So what’s your biggest nostalgia fail? Ever tried to revisit an old childhood fave only to discover childhood you must have been suffering from a severe brain injury?
UPDATE: Wow, the entire pilot of the original series is on YouTube. See how long you can take it. It’s a minute fifty-eight seconds before you even get to the first line dialogue.