Combining a popular television show with its acclaimed spin-off and tying both together with the Bigfoot craze of the day—seriously, what’s not to love? Lindsay Wagner and Lee Majors join Ted Cassidy as Sasquatch in the two-parter “The Return of Bigfoot,” which spanned the fourth season premiere of “The Six Million Dollar Man” (1973–78) and second season premiere of “The Bionic Woman” (1976–78).
The pair of episodes, written by producer Kenneth Johnson (shown with Wagner and Cassidy in the second picture), resurrected the robotic Sasquatch character first introduced in the previous season of “The Six Million Dollar Man” and sparked a merchandising frenzy. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Actor Ted Cassidy, best remembered as Lurch on television’s “The Addams Family” (1964–66), took over the role from André the Giant. Flashback footage of the latter, including numerous close-ups, is incorporated into the episode despite the stark differences in appearance between the two men.
Interesting trivia: It is Ted Cassidy’s distinctive voice that delivers the set-up in the opening credits of another Kenneth Johnson-produced television series, “The Incredible Hulk” (1977–82): “Doctor David Banner… physician… scientist… searching for a way to tap into the hidden strengths that all humans have…”
More interesting trivia: Beginning with the fourth season premiere, Lee Majors sports a mustache as bionic man Steve Austin. An unpopular decision, he lost it near the end of the season, but not before it had been widely incorporated into book covers, comic books, and other merchandising. No word on whether it was bionic.
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