TV Series | TV-PG | | Action, Adventure, Crime
After a severely injured test pilot is rebuilt with nuclear powered limbs and implants, he serves as an intelligence agent.
The aircraft seen crashing in the show's opening sequence was an M2-F2, a "lifting body configuration" built by Northrop. The audio sound effects are from a crash that occurred on May 10, 1967, at Edwards Air Force base in California (although the dialogue heard was recorded by Lee Majors). The test pilot, Bruce Peterson, hit the ground at two hundred fifty miles per hour, tumbling six times. He lost use of his right eye following an infection, and had to stop flying, ending his career. Understandably, Peterson has said that he hated reliving his accident, week after week, courtesy of the show.
Steve Austin, astronaut. A man barely alive.
Oscar Goldman: Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to make the world's first bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man. Better than he was before. Better... stronger... faster.
Although Austin's legs and right arm are bionic, nothing was done to reinforce his back and spine. As a result, most of his displays of bionic strength (lifting and throwing heavy objects, etc.) would either be impossible or would have caused crippling if not fatal injury.
Several early episodes, now syndicated as two-part stories, were original broadcast as 90-minute TV movies. Most retain their original titles, except for the first two episodes of the series, "The Moon and the Desert," which were originally part of the original Six Million Dollar Man TV-movie. Several later two-hour episodes of the series have also been reedited into two-parters, such as "Lost Island."