Show Type: Adventure

First Telecast: January 14, 1976

Last Telecast: September 2, 1978

Broadcast History:

January 1976-May 1977, Wednesday 8:00-9:00 on ABC

September 1977-March 1978, Saturday 8:00-9:00 on NBC

May 1978-September 1978, Saturday 8:00-9:00 on NBC


Jaime Sommers..... Lindsay Wagner

Oscar Goldman..... Richard Anderson

Dr. Rudy Wells..... Martin E. Brooks

Steve Austin..... Lee Majors

Peggy Callahan..... Jennifer Darling

Jim Elgin (1976)..... Ford Rainey

Helen Elgin (1976)..... Martha Scott


The Bionic Woman was one of a wave of comic-book-style superheroes brought to TV in the wake of the enormous success of The Six Million Dollar Man. The Bionic Woman was in fact a spin-off from, and closely linked to, that program.

Jaime Sommers was originally introduced on The Six Million Dollar Man as Steve Austin's one-time fiancée. The couple had drifted apart when Steve became an astronaut, while Jaime went to college and then became a successful tennis pro. Then Jaime was nearly killed in a sky-diving accident, and the doctors who had reconstructed Steve bionically after his accident decided to try again with Jaime. Steve and Jaime renewed their romance, but too late it seemed, for when the four-part story ended in early 1975 Jamie was in a coma and apparently near death.

Unbeknownst to Steve, Jaime recovered and began a new life as a schoolteacher on an army base near her hometown of Ojai, California. Her bionic operation had given her superhuman abilities - two legs for great speed, a right arm of great strength, and an ear for acute, long-distance hearing. Grateful for having been saved, she, like Steve, undertook dangerous underground missions for the government's Office of Scientific Information (OSI), fighting international spies, smugglers, kidnappers, and an occasional extraterrestrial being. Among her disguises were those of a nun, a roller-derby queen, and a lady wrestler.

When Steve Austin learned of all this he rushed to her, but Jaime's problems had left her with a partial memory loss, and she had forgotten her love for Steve. So for the time being there was no bionic marriage. They sometimes were seen jointly on missions, however, and Jaime for a time lived in an apartment over the coach house at the farm of Steve's mother and stepfather, the Elgins, in Ojai.

Other regulars in the cast were Oscar Goldman, Jaime's supervisor at OSI, and Dr. Rudy Wells, who had devised the bionic operations, both of whom also appeared on The Six Million Dollar Man. Peggy Callahan (played by Jennifer Darling) was seen occasionally as Oscar's secretary on both series.

When The Bionic Woman moved to NBC another regular character was added to the cast in the person of Max, the bionic dog, a German Shepherd that became Jaime's loyal pet. Toward the end of that NBC season, with the popularity of science fiction movies on theater screens, more and more episodes of The Bionic Woman found Jaime encountering visitors from other planets.

The series was based on the novel Cyborg, by Martin Caidin.