Who doesn’t remember all those Saturday evenings when the whole family gathered around the TV, eating popcorn and watching Six Million Dollar Man? The series started off with ninety minute movies. Most of the rest of the episodes were one hour long, with occasional two hours shows that are now syndicated in two parts. If all of this isn’t tough enough to keep track of, several stories alternated between the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman. To make matters even more confusing, there were many cross over shows that continued from one to another have all been lumped together in syndication, with two and three part episodes being shown entirely in one series or another, but not both.
The premise of the show starts at the point when astronaut test pilot Steve Austin is critically injured in airplane crash. The Office of Scientific Investigations fits him with bionic legs, and arm, and an eye, then sends him out on different missions of national concern which require his special skills and strengths.
The show became extremely popular with both children and adults, thus creating a huge following and even a spin-off series, The Bionic Woman. Is is hard to explain why the show became so popular. Maybe because of the originality of the plot, or the special effects that wowed viewers at that time. The success of the series maybe relies on the broad spectrum of viewers, white espionage for adults, lots of bionic special effects for youngsters.
Much to the producers’ surprise, The Bionic Woman was more successful than the Six Million Dollar Man. This lead to the latter fading out, and after nine years of bionic action, both series were cancelled in 1978. But you cannot keep a good cyborg down and the two bionic characters eventually returned on the screen for two reunion movies.