Let’s take a look back at some of the best episodes from season 1 of Marvel and Disney XD’s short-lived animation Hulk And The Agents of S.M.A.S.H. The series revolved around the Hulk who, in an attempt to clean up his public image, agrees to take part in a reality web series at the insistence of best pal Rick Jones, AKA A-Bomb. To that end, Hulk lives together under one roof with his fellow Agents of S.M.A.S.H. – including cousin She-Hulk, former enemy Red Hulk, son Skaar, and A-Bomb – as robotic flying cameras document their various battles with villains like the Leader, Ego the Living Planet and Devil Dinosaur.
Combining Marvel superheroes with a reality show format was an interesting concept, but one that didn’t quite catch on with either critics or viewers. While Marvel and Disney XD had hits on their hands with other animated shows like Ultimate Spider-Man or Avengers Assemble, Hulk And The Agents of S.M.A.S.H. didn’t follow suit and was canceled after two seasons.
Still, it wasn’t all bad and the show produced some solid episodes over its two-season run. Here’s a recap of some of the best episodes from season 1 of Hulk And The Agents of S.M.A.S.H., based on their IMDb ranking.
Inhuman Nature – Episode 22 (IMDb Rating 7.6)
IMDb’s highest-rated episode “Inhuman Nature” saw the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. come up against an isolationist race known as the Inhumans made up of Black Bolt, Crystal, Medusa, Karnak, Lockjaw, Gorgon, Triton and Maximus the Mad. They’re forced to take action when it’s revealed Maximus has an evil plan to obliterate mankind.
The Venom Within – Episode 14 (IMDb Rating 7.3)
In “The Venom Within” Doctor Octopus unleashes Venom in the hope of creating a devastating Venom-Hulk hybrid. When the symbiote starts possessing Hulk and his fellow agents, they must team up with Spider-Man to save the day.
Doorway To Destruction Part 2 – Episode 2 (IMDb Rating 7.2)
In the season 1 opener, Hulk discovers supervillain Annihilus is planning on draining the Earth’s resources via a gamma portal leading to the Negative Zone. In “Doorway To Destruction Part 2," Hulk travels to the Negative Zone and battles Annihilus only to discover the Leader was the real mastermind and Skaar is in cahoots with him.
Into The Negative Zone – Episode 12 (IMDb Rating 7.1)
After the Leader injects the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. with a venom that turns them to stone, Hulk reluctantly teams up with The Thing and travels to the Negative Zone to find a cure and take on the Leader face-to-face.
For Asgard – Episode 19 (IMDb Rating 7.1)
A trip to Asgard goes awry when Skaar un-sheaths the Odinsword and ends up in jail. The Asgardians and Agents of S.M.A.S.H. put aside their differences, however, and join forces to battle Malekith the Accursed and his Dark Elves.
Deathlok – Episode 21 (IMDb Rating 7.1)
In the 21st episode of Hulk And The Agents of S.M.A.S.H., the team finds an unlikely ally in Deathlok as they battle Super-Skrull and a horde of shape-shifting Skrull minions who are building a super-weapon to wipe out mankind.