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Kindred Spirits


19 of season 2
Joseph Pevney
Karen Harris, Jill Sherman Donner
Original airdate
April 6, 1979
David Barton
Preceded by
Followed by

Kindred Spirits is episode thirty-one of the live-action TV series The Incredible Hulk. It originally aired on April 6, 1979 on CBS.


David discovers that an archaeological dig on a sacred Native American burial ground has uncovered evidence which suggests that a man thousands of years ago endured the same metamorphosis that transforms David into the Hulk. When David joins the dig in order to investigate further, a young researcher, Dr. Gabrielle White, recognizes him as the Dr. David Banner who guest-lectured at her university and who inspired her to achieve her degree and become a scientist. Together, they study the cave painting, the bones, and the plant remnants at the site, all of which lend promise to a possible cure for the Hulk. At the same time, David finds himself in the middle of a battle with Native Americans, on whose land the site is located. (Chief Dan George, as Grandfather, gives a beautiful monologue about the oneness of mankind and how the prehistoric Hulk, being green, proves that people, under the skin, are all the same.)


  • Bill Bixby as David Banner
  • Jack Colvin as Jack McGee
  • Lou Ferrigno as The Hulk / Prehistoric Hulk
  • Kim Cattrall as Dr. Gabrielle White
  • A Martinez as Rick
  • Whit Bissell as Prof. Williams
  • Eloy Casados as Frank
  • Don Shanks as Little Jim
  • Chief Dan George as Lone Wolf
  • Melvin F. Allen as Security Guard
  • Brian Pevney as Reporter
  • George Gonzales as Michael


  • Hulk out 1: Buried in a mine cave-in.

    Ending Sequence

  • Hulk out 2: Locked in a museum display while his friends are beat up by Native Americans
  • Contains the often used scene of the Hulk running away down the lighted alleyway.


This is the first time a character recognizes David Banner and confirms that he is indeed still alive.

Actors A Martinez and Jack Colvin would later be part of the Child's Play film series (which were distributed by Universal Studios, the distributor for this series). Colvin would play Dr. Ardmore in the film Child's Play, while Martinez would play Father Frank in Curse of Chucky.