Dr David Banner of The Incredible Hulk always said, “You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry,” but five seasons and 82 episodes on CBS between 1978 and 1982 proved otherwise. Based on the Marvel Comics character, the show followed Bill Bixby’s Dr Banner after he bombards himself with gamma radiation in an attempt to unlock the superhuman strength he believes lies within all humans.
Unfortunately for him, when he encounters strong negative emotions — like anger — he transforms into a seven foot tall green-skinned monster (played by muscle-man Lou Ferrigno) with massive strength. After the Hulk is suspected of murdering Banner and a colleague, Banner goes on the lam, helping others in need while trying to control his condition.
The show would go on to spawn three TV movies in the late 1980s, as well as several feature films all based on Stan Lee’s comic book creation — but no doubt inspired by the original Bill Bixby series, proving that moviegoers liked Dr Banner even more when he was angry. – AJW