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The Cast of My Secret Identity
|Opening theme||"My Secret Identity"|
|Composer(s)||Fred Mollin (S1-2)
Brad MacDonald (S3)
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||72 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Martin J. Keltz|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original release||October 9, 1988– May 25, 1991|
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.
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.
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
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.
- 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
A novelization of the pilot episode, written by Jovial Bob Stine (R. L. Stine), was released in 1989.
Syndicated stations (United States)
|Baltimore, Maryland||WNUV-TV 54|
|Charleston, West Virginia||WVAH-TV 11|
|Chattanooga, Tennessee||WDSI 61|
|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|
|Johnstown, Pennsylvania||WWCP-TV 8|
|Lexington, Kentucky||WDKY-TV 56|
|Los Angeles||KTLA 5|
|Oklahoma City||KAUT-TV 43|
|Omaha, Nebraska||KPTM 42|
|Orlando, Florida||WCPX-TV 6
|Salt Lake City||KUTV 2|
|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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