REVIEW: THE INCREDIBLE HULK (1977) – SEASON 1

Starring
Bill Bixby (My Favorite Martian)
Lou Ferrigno (I Love You, Man)
Jack Colvin (Child’s Play)
Bill Bixby in The Incredible Hulk (1977)
RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST
Charles Siebert (Xena)
Susan Sullivan (Castle)
William Daniels (The Blue Lagoon)
Gerald McRaney (Focus)
Martin Kove (The Karate Kid)
Loni Anderson (Stroker Ace)
Robert Alda (Rhapsody in Blue)
Pamela Susan Shoop (Halloween II)
Jennifer Darling (The Six Million Dollar Man)
Julie Adams (Code Red)
Andrew Robinson (Hellraiser)
Sarah Rush (Battlestar Galactica)
Sherry Jackson (The Breaking Point)
Sheila Larken (The X-Files)
Lou Ferrigno in The Incredible Hulk (1977)
The first season of The Incredible Hulk premiered with its pilot in 1977 and went on to run for eleven additional episodes. This is the one that started it all and in the opening moments of the series we are given a glimpse at Dr. David’s origins and how he came to possess the abilities of the Hulk. With the introduction out of the way the first season more or less hits the ground running as it established itself with some strong episodes and character development. Granted there are a few clunkers in between the good parts, but all around it was a solid start for Hulk.
Lou Ferrigno and Laurie Prange in The Incredible Hulk (1978)

“Death in the Family” is the first episode after the pilot and it’s a nice way to get the series going as it establishes the formula early on. This episode sees Banner making his way through California only to stop and help a handicapped girl after she faints in an orchard. It leads to David getting into the middle of a plot to kill the girl, so naturally only he and the Hulk can save her. When he’s done with California, David hitches his way to a new city where he befriends a wannabe boxer involved with some shady dealings. After that he moves on to working in a zoo in an episode that actually features the Hulk fighting a gorilla.Lou Ferrigno in The Incredible Hulk (1978)Both of these episodes were kind of weak after the pilot and “Death in the Family”, but the season gets much better from here on out.One of the strongest notes comes from the fifth episode, “Of Guilt, Models, and Murder”. I found this episode entertaining due to the way it played with David’s amnesia after he becomes the Hulk. The episode starts out with the doctor waking up in a room with some dead fashion models, and naturally his mind heads down dark, guilty paths as he blames the Hulk for killing them. The rest of the episode sees him investigating the murders and trying to get the bottom to find out whether or not he was actually involved.From then on the first season has some ups and downs as it makes its way through the remaining seven episodes.Lou Ferrigno in The Incredible Hulk (1978)Of the better episodes, “Terror in Times Square” stands out as it features David helping out an arcade owner who is being pressured by some people for “protection”. What better protection could you ask for than having the Hulk on your side for some good ‘ol fashion smashing? “The Hulk Breaks Las Vegas” was a great episode as well. I mean, just think about it, the Hulk running through the streets and casinos of Vegas! After these episodes the only other one that stands out in this season is “Earthquakes Happen” which has David /the Hulk attempting to stop a meltdown after a massive earthquake.