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The Six Million Dollar Man

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The Six Million Dollar Man is a television series about a cyborg working for a U.S secret service called OSI. The show is based on the book Cyborg from Martin Caidin, and first aired in 1973.

Table of contents
1 Overview
2 Catch phrase
3 Main characters
4 Parts
5 Episode list
6 Trivia
7 External links


The background story of the show is the plane crash of astronaut Steve Austin, shown in the opening credits of the show. Austin is severely injured in the crash and is "rebuilt" in a title-giving operation that costs six million dollars. His right arm, both legs and the left eye are replaced by bionic (cybernetic) implants that enhance his strength, speed and vision far above human norm. He uses his enhanved abilities to work for the OSI (Office of Scientific Intelligence) as a secret agent (and as a guinea pig for bionics).

The show was very popular during its run and introduced many pop culture elements of the 1970s, such as the shows opening catch phrase and the slow motion action sequences and the accompaning "electronic" sound effects. The title role was played by Lee Majors and made him a pop culture icon.

Catch phrase

The shows memorable opening narration become part of American pop culture. Despite the show's age, it is still easily recognized.
"Steve Austin, astronaut. A man barely alive. Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world's first bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man. Better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster."

Main characters


There was a spinoff show later,
The Bionic Woman, and a bionic dog Maximillian (Max-a-million).

Episode list

TV movies

Episode # Original
Air Date
Episode Title
M-107-Mar-73The Six Million Dollar Man (a/k/a The Moon and the Desert)
M-220-Oct-73Wine, Women and War
M-317-Nov-73The Solid Gold Kidnapping

Season 1

Episode #Prod #Original
Air Date
Episode Title
1. 1-14001318-Jan-74Population: Zero
2. 1-24000725-Jan-74Survival of the Fittest
3. 1-34001601-Feb-74Operation Firefly
4. 1-44001208-Feb-74Day of the Robot
5. 1-54001422-Feb-74Little Orphan Airplane
6. 1-64000501-Mar-74Doomsday, and Counting
7. 1-74002308-Mar-74Eyewitness to Murder
8. 1-84002415-Mar-74The Rescue of Athena One
9. 1-94002129-Mar-74Dr. Wells is Missing
10. 1-104002205-Apr-74The Last of the Fourth of Julys
11. 1-114002012-Apr-74Burning Bright
12. 1-124001519-Apr-74The Coward
13. 1-134002526-Apr-74Run, Steve, Run

Season 2

Episode #Prod #Original
Air Date
Episode Title
14. 2-14120113-Sep-74Nuclear Alert
15. 2-24120420-Sep-74The Pioneers
16. 2-34120627-Sep-74Pilot Error
17. 2-44120804-Oct-74The Pal-Mir Escort
18. 2-54122401-Nov-74The Seven Million Dollar Man
19. 2-64121408-Nov-74Straight on 'til Morning
20. 2-74122015-Nov-74The Midas Touch
21. 2-84122322-Nov-74The Deadly Replay
22. 2-94121329-Nov-74Act of Piracy
23. 2-104122713-Dec-74Stranger in Broken Fork
24. 2-114122820-Dec-74The Peeping Blonde
25. 2-124121010-Jan-75The Cross-Country Kidnap
26. 2-134123317-Jan-75Lost Love
27. 2-144121619-Jan-75The Last Kamikaze
28. 2-154120726-Jan-75Return of the Robot Maker
29. 2-164121202-Feb-75Taneha
30. 2-174123023-Feb-75Look Alike
31. 2-184122602-Mar-75The E.S.P. Spy
32. 2-194124416-Mar-75The Bionic Woman (1)
33. 2-204124523-Mar-75The Bionic Woman (2)
34. 2-214123120-Apr-75Outrage in Balinderry
35. 2-224122927-Apr-75Steve Austin, Fugitive

Season 3

Episode #Prod #Original
Air Date
Episode Title
36. 3-14302014-Sep-75The Return of the Bionic Woman (1)
37. 3-24302921-Sep-75The Return of the Bionic Woman (2)
38. 3-34301828-Sep-75The Price of Liberty
39. 3-44302405-Oct-75The Song and Dance Spy
40. 3-54301012-Oct-75The Wolf Boy
41. 3-64301719-Oct-75The Deadly Test
42. 3-74300326-Oct-75Target in the Sky
43. 3-84300102-Nov-75One of Our Running Backs is Missing
44. 3-94301209-Nov-75The Bionic Criminal
45. 3-104300616-Nov-75The Blue Flash
46. 3-114302123-Nov-75The White Lightning War
47. 3-124301930-Nov-75Divided Loyalty
48. 3-134302614-Dec-75Clark Templeton O'Flaherty
49. 3-144302221-Dec-75The Winning Smile
50. 3-1511-Jan-76Welcome Home, Jaime (1)
51. 3-164303318-Jan-76Hocus-Pocus
52. 3-174302701-Feb-76The Secret of Bigfoot (1)
53. 3-184302804-Feb-76The Secret of Bigfoot (2)
54. 3-194300708-Feb-76The Golden Pharaoh
55. 3-204300815-Feb-76Love Song for Tanya
56. 3-214303222-Feb-76The Bionic Badge
57. 3-224303107-Mar-76Big Brother

Season 4

Episode #Prod #Original
Air Date
Episode Title
58. 4-14512419-Sep-76The Return of Bigfoot (1)
59. 4-24510826-Sep-76Nightmare in the Sky
60. 4-34512103-Oct-76Double Trouble
61. 4-44510517-Oct-76The Most Dangerous Enemy
62. 4-54510224-Oct-76H+2+O = Death
63. 4-64512031-Oct-76Kill Oscar (2)
64. 4-74519607-Nov-76The Bionic Boy
65. 4-84511421-Nov-76Vulture of the Andes
66. 4-94519428-Nov-76The Thunderbird Conection
67. 4-104512612-Dec-76A Bionic Christmas Carol
68. 4-114511519-Dec-76Task Force
69. 4-124512502-Jan-77The Ultimate Imposter
70. 4-134512209-Jan-77Death Probe (1)
71. 4-144512316-Jan-77Death Probe (2)
72. 4-154510623-Jan-77Danny's Inferno
73. 4-164510730-Jan-77Fires of Hell
74. 4-174511306-Feb-77The Infiltrators
75. 4-184510113-Feb-77Carnival of Spies
76. 4-194510920-Feb-77U-509
77. 4-204511027-Feb-77The Privacy of the Mind
78. 4-214511606-Mar-77To Catch the Eagle
79. 4-224512815-May-77The Ghostly Teletype

Season 5

Episode #Prod #Original
Air Date
Episode Title
80. 5-14730611-Sep-77Sharks (1)
81. 5-24730718-Sep-77Sharks (2)
82. 5-34732225-Sep-77Deadly Countdown (1)
83. 5-44732302-Oct-77Deadly Countdown (2)
84. 5-54731109-Oct-77Bigfoot V
85. 5-64732616-Oct-77Killer Wind
86. 5-74731530-Oct-77Rollback
87. 5-84730306-Nov-77Dark Side of the Moon (1)
88. 5-94730413-Nov-77Dark Side of the Moon (2)
89. 5-104730927-Nov-77Target: Steve Austin
90. 5-114731318-Dec-77The Cheshire Project
91. 5-124731901-Jan-78Walk a Deadly Wing
92. 5-134731408-Jan-78Just a Matter of Time
93. 5-144730122-Jan-78Return of the Deathprobe (1)
94. 5-154730229-Jan-78Return of the Deathprobe (2)
95. 5-164739730-Jan-78The Lost Island
96. 5-174732806-Feb-78The Madonna Caper
97. 5-184733413-Feb-78Dead Ringer
98. 5-194731720-Feb-78Date With Danger (1)
99. 5-204732027-Feb-78Date With Danger (2)
100. 5-214733206-Mar-78The Moving Mountain

Later TV movies

Episode #Original
Air Date
Episode Title
M-417-May-87The Return of the Six Million Dollar Man and Bionic Woman
M-530-Apr-89Bionic Showdown
M-629-Nov-94Bionic Ever After?


The aircraft seen crashing in the opening sequence of the show is real. It was an M2-F2, a "flying body configuration" built by Northrop. The audio is from a crash that occurred on May 10 1967: "I can't hold her, she's breaking up! She's breaking--". The crash occured at Edwards Air Force Base in California. The actual test pilot, Bruce Peterson, hit the ground at 250 mph, tumbling six times. Like the fictional character, Steve Austin, Peterson lost use of his right eye, but retained use of all limbs. Because of his impaired vision, he had to stop flying, ending his career. Understandably, Peterson has said that he hated reliving his accident, week after week, courtesy of Steve Austin.

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