The Suit - Special red costume
(a.k.a. "The Jammies") created by outer space aliens and given to
school teach Ralph Hinkley (William Katt) to wear on the superhero
parody adventure THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO/ABC/1981-83.
benevolent aliens popped down from outer space and presented a red
costume with unique powers to Los Angeles high school teacher Ralph
Hinkley while he was on a desert field trip with his students.
The "suit" looked like a pair of tight fitting red pajamas with a
black cape and bestowed fantastic powers (flight, incredible speed,
telekinesis, clairvoyance, invisibility, invulnerability from
bullets and super strength) to this blond, mild-mannered Whitney
High School teacher.
The aliens had chosen Hinkley because he matched their profile of
someone having the qualities of "moral character, idealism and
Unfortunately, before Ralph got the hang of the suit's abilities,
he lost the instruction manual that came with it. He spent the rest
of the series clumsily fighting evil as he tried to unlock the many
mysteries of this extraterrestrial costume.
Assisting our superhero in the pursuit of the bad guys was
Ralph's attorney girlfriend Pam Davidson who along with FBI agent
Bill Maxwell kept the secret of this Greatest American Hero.
Attorney at Law
Agent Maxwell called Ralph's suit "The Jammies." He had witnessed
the initial alien encounter in the desert and later convinced Ralph
to use his powers to fight crime. Ralph and Bill eventually meet the
aliens in person and learn the truth behind the suit.
At the end of the series, Ralph's identity was inadvertently
revealed and the Aliens advised Ralph to find another earthling to
wear the suit. It was given to Holly Hathaway, an altruistic
environmentalist who would become "The Greatest American Heroine."
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