The Incredible Hulk is an American animated television series starring the Marvel Comics character the Hulk. It ran two seasons, for 21 episodes, on the television network UPN from 1996 to 1997. Lou Ferrigno, who portrayed Universal's version of the Hulk on the 1970s live-action TV series, provided the Hulk's voice.
The show often featured cameo appearances by characters from other Marvel cartoons of the period. In the second season, the show's format, after UPN decided that Season 1 was too dark, was changed, and to give "female viewers a chance", the network ordered that She-Hulk be made a regular co-star. As a result, the series was officially renamed The Incredible Hulk and She-Hulk. The second season also featured the Grey Hulk.
The series started with Dr. Robert Bruce Banner having already become the Hulk and on the run. This season saw the introduction of allies such as Betty Ross and Rick Jones as well as villains such as The Leader and General Ross, Betty's father. Banner's cousin Jennifer Walters was introduced and made into She-Hulk, though she would not became a major character until Season two. The season also saw numerous subplots that slowly developed over the course of the season. Betty, along with Doc Samson, attempted to make a Gamma Neutriant Bath that would separate Banner from the Hulk. The Leader was bringing mutant Gamma Warriors to life, along with a failing alliance with The Gargoyle. General Ross also had a fragile association with S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Gabriel Jones, who was ordered to destroy the Hulk completely while Ross wanted to capture and harness the power of the Hulk. All the subplots eventually came together in the three-part season finale which also introduced the Gray Hulk.
This season was particularly dark in terms of the story. Endings were bittersweet or complete downers. Ghost Rider, a dark yet popular comic book character, appeared during the season's darkest phase.
|Return of the Beast, Part 1|
|Return of the Beast, Part 2|
|Helping Hand, Iron Fist|
|Man to Man, Beast to Beast|
|And the Wind Cries...Wendigo!"|
|Darkness and Light, Part 1|
|Darkness and Light, Part 2|
|Darkness and Light, Part 3|
This season was renamed The Incredible Hulk and She-Hulk after UPN felt that the first season was too dark, wanted more female viewers, and more emphasis on humor. This was mainly done by the inclusion of She-Hulk as a major character alongside Banner and Hulk. The season started off with the wrapping up of Season one's story lines. She-Hulk and Banner partnered up and went on further adventures.
This season's episode "The Lost Village" won an Emmy award for "best audio editing."
|Hulk of a Different Color|
|Down Memory Lane|
|Mind Over Anti-Matter|
|They Call Me Mr. Fixit|
|The Lost Village|
|FANTASTIC FOUR: Nightmare in Green|
|IRON MAN: Hulk Buster|