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Saturday Video: The Greatest American Hero Saves St. Croix

Saturday Video: The Greatest American Hero Saves St. Croix

I don’t care how big of a superhero fan you think you are, if you weren’t living in St. Croix in the 1980′s then you probably don’t remember The Greatest American Hero. The stiff and cheesy ABC series only lasted a couple years (1981-83), despite having such big names as Stephen J. Cannell (creator), Robert Culp (actor) and Mike Post (composer) headlining the credits. These guys were behind TV classics like I Spy, Hill Street Blues, and The Rockford Files. I doubt that Greatest American Hero shows prominently in their bios.

Like Crocket and Tubbs, though, the mad-cap caped crusader holds a special place in the hearts of 1980′s-era Crucians. For the reason why, watch the video above. What you’ll see is “The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,” episode 15 of the show’s second season, which was filmed almost entirely in St. Croix.

Like the wild episode of Miami Vice we profiled here, this film production took the island by storm during the shoot, the excitement only heightening once the show aired in February 1982.

You can watch the entire episode above, with just a couple audio gaffes along the way. Check it out and see how many STX landmarks you can make out!

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