Hi Douglas -- how's the console coming on?
I'd never even heard of the "Greatest American Hero" (I didn't move to America until 1990) ... was this a good one?
The scary thing to me is that when you say "1981" I think "that's not so long ago" and then when you say it was "31 years ago" I think "wow ... that is a long time ago"...
One more from the early 1980's ( more than 30 years ago ):
"Greatest American Hero" ( 1981 ); average American guy is given a "Super-Suit" by aliens, that only he can wear. He immediately loses the instruction manual ( meaning that he has to figure it out on his own ) and super-powered comic misadventures ensue.
Amazingly, this premise actually lasted for three seasons.
That being said, I then have to wonder what sort of sci-fi movies/novels/ideas, from over the past fifty or so years, actually... deservedly... *should* be made into a tv-series/movie/remake/sequel.
You guys are all way too young. How about going back to the 50's for "Destination Moon". Great story about how a group of enterprising astronauts commandeered the rocket after the project was cancelled and headed to the moon.
They managed to escape Earth's gravity, land on the moon and take off again all in a single stage rocket ship. Although, as I recall, the movie ended before they explained how they were going to solve the re-entry problem.
Today's space engineers worry far too much about the laws of physics.
I loved UFO as a little kid and got to watch it again in the early days of the Sci-Fi Network (now SyFy)!
There are some fans who point out that Moon Base Alpha in Space: 1999 is the same as the one from UFO, meaning that the alien invasion was defeated in the 80's ...
Despite the cheesiness, I loved Spaced 1999 -- I looked forward to a new episode every week! I'm with LiketoBike -- I liked the gadgets, the vehicles, and the coolness of a self-sustaining permanent lunar base -- something that, back in the '70s, we surely thought would come to pass before mankind reached the distant future of the year 1999!
My favorite Land of the Giants is when they find this broken time machine from thousands of years in the future. They fix the time machine by replacing some vacuum tube diodes with some from their spaceship. They even call them diodes. LOL