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My Secret Identity
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The Cast of My Secret Identity
Genre Action/Adventure/Sci-fi
Created by
  • Fred Fox, Jr.
  • Brian Levant
Written by
  • Wilson Coneybeare
  • Fred Fox, Jr.
  • David Garber
  • Richard Marcus
  • John May
  • Dawn Ritchie
  • Eric Weinthal
Starring Jerry O'Connell
Derek McGrath
Opening theme "My Secret Identity"
Composer(s) Fred Mollin (S1-2)
Brad MacDonald (S3)
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 72 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Martin J. Keltz
Producer(s)
  • John Delmage
  • Brian Levant
  • Paul Saltzman
  • Patrick Doyle (S3)
Cinematography
  • Peter Benison
  • Brian R.R. Hebb
Editor(s) Christopher Cooper
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor MCA TV
Release
Original network
  • CTV (Canada)
  • Syndication (United States)
Original release October 9, 1988 (1988-10-09) – May 25, 1991 (1991-05-25)

My Secret Identity is a Canadian television series starring Jerry O'Connell and Derek McGrath. Originally broadcast from October 9, 1988 to May 25, 1991 on CTV in Canada, the series also aired in syndication in the United States. The series won the 1989 International Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Programming for Children and Young People.

Synopsis

O'Connell stars as 14-year-old Andrew Clements, who while looking one day for his friend, Dr. Benjamin Jeffcoate (McGrath), trips and is hit by a photon beam, causing him to develop superpowers. He uses these abilities to fight crime, to solve personal problems, and to help others. He hides his powers from his mother, sister, and friends with the exception of Jeffcoate. Andrew initially called himself Ultraman, but this was later dropped.

Powers

In the first season, Andrew must carry around aerosol spray containers and use them to move through the air, as his flying ability is limited; he can make himself nearly weightless, and move up without any problems, but he cannot propel himself through the air or move down without some external force. He can jump quite high and do amazing flips. In the second season, unexplained, Andrew gains the ability to move through the air without the use of aerosol cans. Later in that season, after being struck by the photon beam a second time, Andrew develops superhuman strength but loses his invulnerability.

For the entirety of the series, Andrew loses his powers when exposed to radiation (e.g. electromagnetic waves and x-rays). Starting in episode 10, he loses his powers for 2–3 days after exposure to an x-ray at the dentist. Later in the series, he regains them immediately after the exposure stops.

Setting and characters

The main setting of the show is Toronto, Ontario, Canada, but mainly takes place in the fictional suburb of Briarwood. Andrew goes to Briarwood High and his sister Erin goes to another school.

Dr. Jeffcoate (supposedly the fourth-smartest man in the world) is a close friend of the family who lives next door. He is attracted to Mrs. Clements but never tells her.

Cast

  • Jerry O'Connell as Andrew Clements
  • Derek McGrath as Dr. Benjamin Marion Jeffcoate
  • Christopher Bolton as Kirk Stevens (1989-1991)
  • Marsha Moreau as Erin Clements
  • Wanda Cannon as Stephanie Clements
  • Elizabeth Leslie as Ruth Schellenbach

Episodes

Novel

A novelization of the pilot episode, written by Jovial Bob Stine (R. L. Stine), was released in 1989.

Syndicated stations (United States)

City Station
Baltimore, Maryland WNUV-TV 54
Boston WNDS 50
Charleston, West Virginia WVAH-TV 11
Chattanooga, Tennessee WDSI 61
Chicago WPWR-TV 50
Detroit WXON 20
Fayetteville, North Carolina WKFT-TV 40
Fort Wayne, Indiana WFFT 55
Green Bay, Wisconsin WXGZ 32
Greensboro, North Carolina WGGT 48
Hartford, Connecticut WTIC-TV 61
Honolulu KHNL 13
Indianapolis WXIN 59
Johnstown, Pennsylvania WWCP-TV 8
Lexington, Kentucky WDKY-TV 56
Los Angeles KTLA 5
Miami WDZL 39
Milwaukee WVTV 18
Philadelphia WPHL-TV 17
Oklahoma City KAUT-TV 43
Omaha, Nebraska KPTM 42
Orlando, Florida WCPX-TV 6
WFTV 9
Pittsburgh WPTT 22
Salt Lake City KUTV 2
Seattle KCPQ 13
Secaucus, New Jersey/New York City WWOR-TV 9
Spokane, Washington KAYU-TV 28
St. Louis KPLR 11
Washington, D.C. WFTY 50
Wichita, Kansas KSAS-TV 24
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