As is typical with many Japanese tokusatsu TV shows, Ultraman takes place in a world besieged by dangerous aliens and giant monsters. Earth is protected by the Science Special Search Party - a global military force equipped with the most advanced weaponry and vehicles. But whenever SSSP finds themselves overwhelmed (which is quite
often, apparently), they called on the assistance of Ultraman - a giant alien warrior fused with the mind and body of Captain Shin Hayata (Susumu Kurobe).
Created in 1967 as a sequel to an earlier show, Ultra Q, Ultraman was nevertheless first TV show to feature the titular character. Ultraman was the creation of Japanese special effects director Eiji Tsuburaya, who also worked on the original 1954 Godzilla film. Ultraman premiered on TBS in July of 1966 and aired for 39 episodes. But Ultraman is just one of many long-running TV shows that are almost unknown outside Japan.