The History of The Incredible Hulk: Schwarzenegger! Ferrigno! Daredevil! Thor! Oh My!

The Incredible Hulk is an American television series that ran for 5 seasons starting in 1978 based on the Marvel Comics character The Hulk. The series aired on the CBS television network and starred Bill Bixby as Dr. David Bruce Banner and Lou Ferrigno as the Hulk.

While there are many differences between the comic and the TV show, the series was still wildly popular in its own right and forged it’s own path into pop culture.

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  1. kchishol1970 on September 6, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    I wish you could have mentioned that Fred Rogers paid the series a visit on set in his own TV series.

  2. Nemo_Veritas on September 6, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    Who else wants a deep fake of Arnold as the Hulk…?

  3. Deacon Paddock on September 6, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    I met Lou!😁

  4. Rob Camp on September 6, 2020 at 1:50 pm

    Grow out the mullet, shave the chin and lower jaw, and rock a bitchin’ horseshoe ‘stache and ‘chops

    The get yourself a Trans Am. For yourself, doesn’t even have to be for the show.

  5. RD That Mandalorian Kid on September 6, 2020 at 1:52 pm

    Dan just looks like the lead singer of the foo fighters.

  6. Rob Camp on September 6, 2020 at 1:53 pm

    That kid: “heck yeah hulk bust outta that shirt yeeeeeaaahhh”

  7. John M. Withers IV on September 6, 2020 at 1:53 pm

    Hammond was better than Nicholas Hammond’s Spider-Man. The Japanese Spider-Man was better than the CBS Hammond Spider-Man.

  8. smylexx on September 6, 2020 at 1:55 pm

    The Hulk TV show is obviously just The Littlest Hobo but with less kibble.

  9. Usman Farooqui on September 6, 2020 at 1:56 pm

    I was so in love with this series! Not only did I enjoy the hulk moments but Bill Bixby made me love Banner even more! All the storylines and nothing original today… Kinda Sad!

  10. ESTEFANO MONDRAGON on September 6, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    I want a marvel legends figure of the TV series HULK!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Matthew Naughton on September 6, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    The title sequence always scared the Hell out of me when I was a kid.

  12. William May on September 6, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Go to the final season 2 part episode The first part I & II, it’s the best of the series!

  13. yann beelen on September 6, 2020 at 2:01 pm

    Wasnt there a cartoon series?

  14. Raul Zavala on September 6, 2020 at 2:02 pm

    The 1982 Incredible Hulk cartoon that aired on NBC had an incredible (no pun intended) theme music too.

  15. naybur74 on September 6, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    LARSONS hair IS hulking out!

  16. Cacti88 on September 6, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    the box was cooler than the toy

  17. Robert Green on September 6, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    I got a stretch armstrong hulk doll for cristmas when i was a kid.

  18. Ohmy on September 6, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    I constantly fantasize being David Banner in the opening credits lately.

  19. smylexx on September 6, 2020 at 2:07 pm

    Some interesting stuff there. Didn’t know about Bixby’s intent to team up with Spider-Man. In the UK the pilot episode was actually given a theatrical release (much like Spielberg’s Duel). I remember seeing it in the cinema aged around five or six and it had quite an impact on me. I always loved the show but got a bit weirded out by the transformation scenes where Bixby is in the white contact lenses. Thank goodness for safety blankets and cushions, eh?

  20. michael anthony hilario on September 6, 2020 at 2:09 pm

    The Incredible Hulk RPN 9 now CNN Philippines in 1982 every Tuesday night. Then they aired it on Saturday at 5:00pm. And they aired on Syfy Asia in 2013. I love the series including the lessons they learn in this series

  21. Rob Maples on September 6, 2020 at 2:11 pm

    The “backdoor pilots” line and off camera 🎥 reaction had me rolling 🤣 @10:05

  22. jb888888888 on September 6, 2020 at 2:11 pm

    I’ve wondered a few times in my life how Don Blake in _The Incredible Hulk Returns_ learned that he had to hold Thor’s hammer in both hands while shouting *"OOOOOOODIIIIINNNNN!"* in order to release Thor into the world.

    And yeah, I get that that version of Thor would ultimately want to die. After all, when he’s not summoned by Blake he exists in some kind of netherworld/limbo. He really doesn’t like it there.

  23. Impossible Fight - IF Channel on September 6, 2020 at 2:12 pm

    2:05 GOLD COMEDY! Right there! XD Congrats my friend (/ > U <)/

  24. Andy Thomson on September 6, 2020 at 2:14 pm

    As a kid I loved this show. I’d also occasionally have nightmares with the the Hulk in them, which did make my parents wonder why I kept watching it…

  25. Ben Miller on September 6, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    No David Banner, the rapper, references?

  26. Skipwulf on September 6, 2020 at 2:17 pm

    Actually in an Interview Stan Lee told that "some genius from Network" wanted the name to be David, because Bruce was too much "gay"…

  27. ManUnderMask on September 6, 2020 at 2:17 pm

    Show of hands, who cried at the end of Death of the Incredible Hulk?

  28. Rob Turner on September 6, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    Talking of Hulk parodies, this is my fave (Awesome video by the way, learn a lot from these)

  29. Unkle Salty on September 6, 2020 at 2:19 pm

    I have the "hulkout" sound effect from this show as my ringtone. Nobody has ever guessed what it is.

  30. jordel2010 on September 6, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    As much as I liked both Ed Norton and Mark Ruffalo, Bill Bixby’s compelling performance as David (Bruce) Banner remains the definitive one to me. It may not be comic accurate, but since this show is a mostly a drama -far removed from the visual spectacle of superhero movies these days, Bixby’s take on the character totally works within that context.

  31. J. C. on September 6, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    I absolutely love The Incredible Hulk. I have the whole series on dvd. I was so excited when I realized that the official MCU Hulk was based on the version from this series.

  32. Carson James IV on September 6, 2020 at 2:23 pm


  33. Jon Gonzales on September 6, 2020 at 2:23 pm

    LOL so funny ! When this episode ended I felt … so sad (cue Hulk piano theme).

  34. Travez Ripley on September 6, 2020 at 2:23 pm

    Get a Haircut you Hippy!

  35. Rock Norris on September 6, 2020 at 2:29 pm

    One point of correction: during the Ottawa ComicCon years ago (either the 1st or 2nd show), Lou Ferrigno was a speaking guest and specifically said that the name “Bruce” was downplayed due to concerns over gay association. His words, not mine. Disappointing, but I was there in the audience and can testify to its accuracy.

  36. TRINIMETROID on September 6, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    OMG….I loved this show. I was born in 1985 but this tv show was BIG in Trinidad during the late 80s and early 90s. I remember that scene where the hulk died from falling. Lol. Thanks for the memories Lou and Bill!

  37. G L Gillen on September 6, 2020 at 2:33 pm

    I’m only old enough to remember seeing the "Death of the Incredible Hulk" as a first-run TV special, but I was often told stories of my big sister being freaked out every time Banner turned into the Hulk, such that she screamed and ran out of the room when it happened on TV (she would have been 4-8 years old at the time). I kind of think that may have been the main reason my dad watched it.

  38. Mike Kaess on September 6, 2020 at 2:33 pm


  39. Tiki Dino on September 6, 2020 at 2:34 pm

    The Hulk was The Fugitive.

  40. ED Five on September 6, 2020 at 2:35 pm

    You didn’t mention Eric Banner as the Hulk! Okay it isn’t Incrediable but still in the same story arch? Cheers🍻👍🏻

  41. Scott Mefford on September 6, 2020 at 2:37 pm

    The most ironic and irritating twist is the fact that McGee started that lethal fire to begin with.

  42. Larry Berry on September 6, 2020 at 2:38 pm

    Though he was only given the full name of "Robert Bruce Banner" after Stan accidentally got his name confused in one comic. He had used the same letter for first and last name to make it easier to remember the full names of all the different characters, but then called him Bob Banner instead of Bruce in one of the comics. So they went with the "No that wasn’t a mistake his full name is" correction. Making it David instead of Robert for the tv show makes it more confusing.

  43. Handsome_Head_Injury on September 6, 2020 at 2:39 pm

    Anyone else remember the Mr. Rogers episode where he visited the set of The Incredible Hulk?

  44. Bill Pagan on September 6, 2020 at 2:40 pm

    Absolutely loved this show! Bill Bixby did an incredible job with his character.👍😁
    Another great one Dan and Greg! Thanks😁

  45. Dark Woods on September 6, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    I’d love to see you guys cover Captain Simian and the Space Monkeys. No one seems to ever talk about it or even realise it existed.

  46. sgzartan on September 6, 2020 at 2:43 pm

    Excellent series but what I find funny is that this series had several actors reappearing under different characters. For example, Gerald Mcraney appeared in each season as a different character. Anne Lockhart also appeared twice as a different character both times. There was also an actress who played Dr. Banners sister in one episode and then reappears the next season as a nun.

  47. king clovis on September 6, 2020 at 2:43 pm

    You BARELY touched on the toys! One toy?? You showed one toy?? Come on, man! You’re making me angry…

  48. Jonathan Copperfall on September 6, 2020 at 2:43 pm

    Planet Hulk and World War Hulk shows just how much crap the Green One has to put up with from people who are even his, "friends."
    By far one of the most tragic of comic characters.

  49. Carson James IV on September 6, 2020 at 2:44 pm


  50. mightyfilm on September 6, 2020 at 2:47 pm

    Can you imagine if they made a Hulk Vs Wolverine movie instead of one with Daredevil?

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