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The Six Million Dollar Man: Season 5

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The show's final season would run for 21 episodes from Fall 1977 to Spring 1978. With its sister show, The Bionic Woman moved to NBC, there would be no further joint appearances between the two lead characters (though at least one NBC Bionic Woman episode, "The Bionic Dog", references Steve in dialogue). However, in a situation that as of 2014 remains unique in American television, Richard Anderson and Martin E. Brooks continued to appear as Oscar Goldman and Rudy Wells in both series, despite the shows airing on competing networks.

The final season would visit the moon and bring back Bigfoot, Death Probe and sport a cameo by Steve Austin creator Martin Caidin. After losing the mustache late in Season Four, Steve loses the parted hair in Season Five in favor of a mod-for-the-time perm. Nonetheless, the opening credits remained unchanged from Season 4 - the only time the opening stayed consistent for more than one season - retaining the 1973-era images of Majors.

With a total of five two-parters (six in syndication when a two-hour episode was reedited), the final season sets a record for over half its episodes being extended narratives- not to mention the legacy behind “Bigfoot V” and “Return of Death Probe”.

Replacing Lionel E. Siegel and Alan Balter as producer would be Fred Freiberger (of Star Trek's and Space: 1999's final seasons) alternating with Richard H. Landau.

Episodes


Syndication Changes

As with The Bionic Boy and The Thunderbird Connection from the previous year, The Lost Island would be split for syndication, bringing Season 5's episode count to 22.

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