My Secret Identity

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.[1] The series won the 1989 International Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Programming for Children and Young People.[2]

My Secret Identity
The Cast of My Secret Identity
Created by
Written by
  • Wilson Coneybeare
  • Fred Fox, Jr.
  • David Garber
  • Richard Marcus
  • John May
  • Dawn Ritchie
  • Eric Weinthal
StarringJerry O'Connell
Derek McGrath
Opening themeFred Mollin - "My Secret Identity"
Composer(s)Fred Mollin (48 episodes), Brad MacDonald (24 episodes)
Country of originCanada
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes72 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Martin J. Keltz
  • John Delmage
  • Brian Levant
  • Paul Saltzman (1988-1991)
  • Patrick Doyle (1990-1991)
  • Peter Benison
  • Brian R.R. Hebb
Editor(s)Christopher Cooper
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original network
Original releaseOctober 9, 1988 (1988-10-09) 
May 25, 1991 (1991-05-25)


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.


Initially, Clements' powers include superhuman speed, invulnerability, and levitation. Clements gains super-strength after being hit by the photon beam a second time.

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. However, he can jump quite high, and do impossible flips. In the second season, without explanation, 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.


  • 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, was released in 1989.


  1. Hasan, Zaki (June 22, 2012). "Nostalgia Theater: My Secret Identity -- "It's All In a Day's Work For Ultraman"". Zaki's Corner. Archived from the original on October 13, 2012. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  2. Greer, Sandy (December 15, 1990). "No Secret To Show's Success". The Spectator TV Times. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
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